Celebrate Preservation Week at an Open House April 29 in the Preservation Lab

In celebration of National Preservation Week, the Preservation Lab will host its annual open house on April 29 from 1:30-3:30pm.

Preservation Week Flyer

Located on the 300 level of Langsam Library, the Preservation Lab preserves and conserves the collections of UC Libraries and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. At the open house, lab staff will demo some of the techniques and equipment used to repair and protect materials, as well as showcase some of their recent projects. In addition to the usual fun, this year visitors to the Preservation Lab will have an opportunity to make their own sheet of paper with plant fibers beaten with a Hollander beater.

We hope to see you then!

Register Now for the Second Annual THATCamp University of Cincinnati 2016

THATCamp-Carousel-jpgJoin UC Libraries for THATCamp University of Cincinnati 2016, an unconference, which is an open meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels and interests gather to learn and to build together in sessions proposed on the spot.
THATCamp (The Humanities And Technology Camp) University of Cincinnati 2016 is free and open to all and will be held on the 4th floor of Langsam Library. The event will begin at noon on Monday, May 2, and conclude on Tuesday, May 3 at 4:30pm. Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, as well as scholars, archivists, museum professionals, developers and programmers, K-12 teachers and administrators from within and outside UC who have an involvement or interest in digital humanities are welcome and encouraged to attend. Sessions for THATCamp University of Cincinnati 2016 will be determined during the opening session on May 2; however, a preliminary schedule has been devised and posted online at http://ucincinnati2016.thatcamp.org/schedule/.    Continue reading Register Now for the Second Annual THATCamp University of Cincinnati 2016

Celebrating the History of Nursing at the 7th Annual Cecil Striker Society Lecture April 14

cecil striker imageThe Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions and the Cecil Striker Society for the History of Medicine will host the seventh annual Cecil Striker Society Annual Lecture on Thursday, April 14, 4-6:30pm in Kresge Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, 231 Albert Sabin Way. Julie Fairman, Nightingale Professor of Nursing and Chair of the Biobehavioral Health Sciences Department at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, will present this year’s lecture, “Making History: From the University of Cincinnati to the Future of Nursing.”

Sponsored by UC Health, the evening will include the talk from 4 to 5 p.m. followed by Q&A and a reception at 5:30 p.m. The Cecil Striker Lecture is free and open to the public, but RSVP’s are requested to (513) 558-5120 or chhp@uc.edu.

Dr. Fairman’s presentation is supported by the UC College of Nursing. The Winkler Center gratefully recognizes the generosity and foresight of the following individuals and organizations who have provided significant support to establish the Cecil Striker Endowment fund: Presenting Sponsors: Dr. and Mrs. Carl Fisher and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Supporting Sponsors: Cecil L. Striker, PhD, Dr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Striker, UC Health; Additional Support provided by Dr. and Mrs. Michael K. Farrell.

For more on the history of the College of Nursing, specifically the 100th anniversary of the offering of a Bachelor of Nursing degree, read an article by Winkler Center student Nathan Hood on the Libraries blog.

View the Winners from the 2016 International Edible Books Festival

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The University of Cincinnati Libraries celebrated the International Edible Books Festival for the 14th year on April 1, 2016. Fifteen UC students, librarians and staff submitted entries that included edible books made of cakes, cookies, candy and Peeps.

For more information about the participants and the International Edible Books Festival, read the News Record article. View the entries and the winners on the Libraries Facebook page.

 

New Exhibit, “Poems of UC’s Past,” Combines Original Works with Historic Photographs

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One of the images from the Archives and Rare Books Library collections used in the exhibit.

A new exhibit on display on the 5th floor lobby of Langsam Library features original poetry describing historic images from the collections of UC’s Archives and Rare Books Library.

Referred to as “Ekphrastic poems,” they use “vivid descriptions of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the ‘action’ of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning.” (Poetry Foundation.org)

In this exhibit, six graduate-student poets in the McMicken College of Arts and Science’s English department do not aim to simply “amplify and expand” the meaning of the images, but rather through their words, these pictures come more vibrantly to life. Continue reading New Exhibit, “Poems of UC’s Past,” Combines Original Works with Historic Photographs

Hunting the Bard

By:  Sydney Vollmer

Do you like games? Are you good at finding things? (We’re looking at you, Hufflepuffs!) Know any Shakespeare? GREAT! Join us in our Shakespeare Quote Scavenger Hunt!

On Tuesday, March 29th, we hid 5 Shakespeare Quotes around campus. They could be anywhere! Here’s the idea: You follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the most up-to-date clues. You find one of the quotes we hid. You bring it to the Archives and Rare Books Library on the 8th floor of Blegen. You tell us the Shakespearean work the quote is from. We give you a prize! (And these are good prizes. You want it. Yes. YOU.)

Here are the clues we’ve given so far…Each number corresponds to a different quote and location. Continue reading Hunting the Bard

Hungry?! Bite into an Edible Book with UC Libraries on April 1

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The Graveyard Book, Edible Books 2015

Once again, the University of Cincinnati Libraries will celebrate the International Edible Books Festival with an event scheduled from 1-2 p.m., on Friday, April 1, on the fifth floor lobby of Langsam Library.

At the event, nearly 20 participants will present their edible creations that represent a book in some form. There are few restrictions in creating an edible book – namely that the creation be edible and have something to do with a book. Submitted entries include edible titles such as Cuneiform Cookies and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Best sellers The Girl on the Train, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and The Girl with the Pearl Earring are represented along with favorite children’s books The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and If You Were a Penguin among other literary greats. Continue reading Hungry?! Bite into an Edible Book with UC Libraries on April 1

UC Libraries Reflects on “Celebration of Excellence in Black History” Event

UC Libraries celebrated Black History Month with a cultural program filled with poetry readings, theater performances and delicious cuisine.

chalkboard_eventThe event was titled “Celebration of Excellence in Black History.” It was part of UC Libraries’ “Bridges to Diversity and Inclusion” initiative. The event was extremely well attended and guests included students, faculty, staff and administrators from across UC.  Here is a multimedia slideshow that features highlights from the event: https://animoto.com/play/VYYiygBRepyAv4wXUj3RwQ

The program started with a presentation on the origins and foundations of Black History Month. Dr. Karen Cudjoe shared inspirational and empowering quotes from Black leaders. Her presentation also featured a mosaic of Black excellence that showed the impact Black people have made in the fields of: education, politics, business, civil rights, athletics, arts and culture.

Afterwards, Don Jason introduced UC Libraries’ Diversity Journaling Initiative. This initiative encourages UC students, faculty and staff to attend diversity programs on campus and write about them. Everyone at the event received a diversity diary.

Next, the event featured poetry readings by Nick Wantsala and Jenny Wright—Black Buttafly. The poetry was a mix of classic poems written by Lewis Latimer and original spoken word poems.

The poetry was followed by a theater performance presented by Donna Davis and Akosua Favors from the Soul Consciousness Theater Group. The performance highlighted the contributions Black inventors have made on society. It gave the audience a glimpse of what daily life would be like if we did not have inventions created by Black people. Meshia Anderson and June Taylor-Slaughter researched all of the inventors mentioned in the theater performance. They compiled their research into two eye-catching display boards that were showcased at the Black History Month event.

The final portion of the program featured presentations from student and community groups. These presentations highlighted the history and mission of each organization. The presentations also talked about the exciting programs and events hosted by the different groups. Here are the organizations that presented:

  • African Students Association
  • Black Graduate and Professional Student Association
  • UC Black Women on the Move
  • UC Graduate Student Consortium for Cultural Diversity in Chemistry
  • Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio – Young Professionals

After the formal program concluded, everyone shared in a delicious soul food meal.

UC Libraries would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of Meshia Anderson, Program Coordinator, program participants and everyone who helped make the event a success.  UC Libraries would also like to extend a special thanks to the UC Provost’s Office for the grant that made this event possible.

The “Celebration of Excellence in Black History” event occurred on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 2:30- 4:30 PM in Langsam Library. It was hosted in Room 462, UC Libraries’ new state-of-the-art teaching and learning facility.

Don Jason and Meshia Anderson

Seeking Edible Book Creators for Annual Festival

edible books graphicKnow of a good book to eat?! Create an Edible Book for UC Libraries International Edible Books Festival.

It’s time once again for the fan favorite International Edible Books Festival scheduled for Friday, April 1, 2016, from 1-2pm in Langsam Library’s 5th floor lobby. UC Libraries is seeking people interested in creating an edible book for the enjoyment (and consumption) of all in attendance. There are few restrictions – namely that your creation be edible and have something to do with a book – so you may let your creativity run wild.  Continue reading Seeking Edible Book Creators for Annual Festival

March 29 “Life of the Mind” Lecture to Feature Philosophy Professor Heidi L. Maibom

Life of the Mind, interdisciplinary conversations with UC faculty, will return Tuesday, March 29, 3:30-5pm in the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center with a lecture by Heidi L. Maibom, professor of philosophy in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, who will speak on “Know Others to Know Thyself: Uses and Misuses of Taking Another’s Perspective.”

Life of the Mind

Life of the Mind is a semi-annual lecture series that features a distinguished University of Cincinnati faculty member presenting his or her work and expertise. A panel of three responds to and discusses the lecture from diverse perspectives. The series includes intriguing insights from diverse perspectives and encourages faculty and students from across UC to engage in further discourse. The presentation is not simply a recitation of the faculty member’s work but promotes an informed point of view. Continue reading March 29 “Life of the Mind” Lecture to Feature Philosophy Professor Heidi L. Maibom