Read about Preserving Taft, the Writing of E.B. White and the Digital Scholarship Center in Source.

source vol 16 no2Read Source, the online newsletter, to learn more about the news, events, people and happenings in UC Libraries.

This latest issue of Source includes a feature on the work of the Preservation Lab and their collaboration with the Archives and Rare Books Library on a collection about William Howard Taft. Xuemao Wang, dean and university librarian, talks about how libraries need to adapt for the future. Kevin Grace, university archivist and head of the Archives and Rare Books Library, writes about a collection centered around children’s books author and co-writer of The Elements of Style, E.B. White. A grant from The Andrew Mellon Foundation in support of the Digital Scholarship Center’s research on machine learning and data visualization in multiple disciplines in the humanities and beyond is announced. Dean Wang and Liz Scarpelli, director of the University of Cincinnati Press are interviewed about the progress of the Press one year in. Gino Pasi, archivist and curator for the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions, writes about a set of historical and important surgery films recently digitized and made available. Other articles announce the Libraries’s Adopt-a-Book program and the 2016/17 Annual Progress Report.

Read these articles, as well as past issues, on the web at and via e-mail. To receive Source via e-mail, contact to be added to the mailing list.

The World’s Finest Cinema Brought to You by Your Library & Kanopy


We are pleased to announce that the University of Cincinnati Libraries has recently introduced a new online video streaming service, Kanopy

With over 26,000 films and more added monthly, Kanopy includes thousands of award-winning documentaries, training films, and indie films. The database includes films from many of the leading producers, including the Criterion Collection, PBS, HBO California Newsreel, BBC, Kino Lorber, New Day Films, The Great Courses, First Run Features, The Video Project, and hundreds more.

Kanopy has an incredible range of films available: from PBS Shakespeare Uncovered Collection, through Food Choices to Art & Copy – viewers can filter subject searches by most popular,  subject, supplier, filmmaker and more.

Kanopy’s streaming interface makes it easy to watch, share, discuss and engage with films across campus. Instructors: it’s easy to use Kanopy in your coursework. You can share films, create clips or teaching playlists, and embed them into Blackboard. See the Kanopy homepage for more information or contact library staff for help.


New Exhibit Uncovers Black History through Arts & Education

On display on the 5th floor of Langsam Library, the exhibit “Uncovering Black History through Arts & Education” features prominent black writers, poets, educators and musicians. Featured in the exhibit are such notables as Rita Dove, Phillis Wheatley, Derrick Bell, Katherine Johnson, Muddy Waters and Tammi Terrell among others. A bibliography of related resources found in UC Libraries is located at the exhibit and online.

The “Uncovering Black History through Arts and Education” exhibit was curated by Meshia Anderson, acquisitions specialist in UC Libraries, and designed by Jessica Burhans, spring semester communications co-op design student from the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.

The exhibit was produced in coordination with an event scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., fourth floor Langsam Library in the Digital Commons Space. At the event, free and open to all, Littisha Bates, associate professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, will speak about sociology of black families. Other activities will include poetry, soulful food bites and interactive trivia based on the exhibit. Brandon Hawkins of Soul Palette, a company that creates paint party experiences, will help everyone tap into their inner artistry.

Looking for Historical Business Data?

In June 2014, The DAAP Library invested in Historical Business Data, Infogroup’s geo-referenced database of historic company records. Data comprises company name, mailing address, SIC and NAICS codes, employee size, sales volume, latitude/longitude and many more variables about each company.

Dr. Xinhao Wang, professor in the School of Planning in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP), and Jennifer Krivickas, head of the Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art & Planning, are exploring the possibility of working with the UC’s Technology Commercialization Accelerator (an internal unit that provides seed funding, commercialization expertise and business connections to launch potentially high-impact entrepreneurial initiatives) to develop a proprietary discovery layer that would help researchers search, analyze and visualize data. Stay tuned for more.

Library Research Guides: Digital Literacy

Libraries provide hundreds of online research guides that point you to tools for all of your research and information handling needs – from finding information to citing sources and publishing the information you created. Some guides are specific to a software product, course or discipline, while others cover a broad range of resources.

This month’s featured guide, Digital Literacy, is a collection of links and tips on finding and evaluating information in digital environments. There is information on how to use online technologies to stay current, organize your citations, files and data, and how to create and publish digital content, as well as how to network and collaborate effectively, protect your online identity, and how to be an ethical and responsible digital citizen.

All these aspects of digital literacy apply to many facets of daily life, but the primary goal of the Research Guide is to equip students with the tools and techniques that would enhance their academic careers and future employment.


Image source: Digital Literacy Forum.

Library Research Guides: A Makeover

research guidesThe Libraries’ research guides underwent a makeover this summer with a new look and feel, responsive design and enhanced browsing functionality, resulting in a user friendly interface.

With over 450 guides, there is something for everyone. Users may  browse the guides by:

  • Library
  • Subject
  • Type: Course, Research Help, Subject Guide, and Special Topic
  • Owner

Continue reading Library Research Guides: A Makeover

New Research Guides Platform!

Does the research guide you use regularly suddenly look different?  It is different – the research guides changed platforms and design!

In addition to the new look and feel, the Health Sciences Library Research Guides now have a responsive design, enhanced browsing functionality and are more user friendly for tablet and mobile phone users.  These changes and more incorporate accessibility design features required for any University of Cincinnati web pages and 3rd party web based products.  Find out more about accessibility requirements at UC.

Check out the new Health Sciences Library Research Guides design at and share your thoughts with us at



DynaMed Plus is Now Available!





The UC Health Sciences Library now has access to DynaMed Plus™.  Get answers to your clinical questions fast—try it here.

DynaMed Plus, the next-generation, evidence-based clinical information resource is written by a world-class team of physicians. A rigorous evidence-based editorial process provides synthesized information and objective analysis to answer your clinical questions quickly and easily.

DynaMed Plus features: Continue reading DynaMed Plus is Now Available!

Checking Out the Neil Armstrong Website

websiteHave you visited the Neil Armstrong Website? The site pays tribute to Armstrong’s professional life from his early career as a test pilot to his monumental first steps on the moon and concluding with his time as a professor and researcher at the University of Cincinnati?

Check out what others are saying about it:

From CHOICE Reviews Online

Anyone curious about the career of the first man to walk on the moon should begin with this site.  The rich content exposes users to highlights as well as little-known but important, interesting aspects of Neil Armstrong’s life.

From Air@Space Smithsonian

The University [of Cincinnati] has a nice online archive commemorating Armstrong’s time on the faculty.  The collection includes some items from the astronaut’s early life, like his pilot’s log book from the Navy, but mostly it covers in pictures and documents his career in academia.