Kevin Grace Receives Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence

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Kevin Grace, University Archivist and Head of the Archives and Rare Books, with Little William Shakespeare.

Dean and University Librarian Xuemao Wang has selected Kevin Grace, University Archivist and Head of the Archives and Rare Books Library, as the 2015-2016 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence.

The newly created award from UC’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Beverly Davenport and Vice President for Research Patrick Limbach is intended to recognize outstanding faculty members in each college who represent excellence in all its forms. These faculty development awards are meant to recognize their contributions to their respective colleges and to UC, as well as support their professional efforts. Each recipient will receive $2,000 in discretionary funds to be used to support their teaching or research. Continue reading

UCBA Fun Facts: 2016 Reading Goals

Question: Do you have any reading goals for the new year?

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Heather Maloney, Library Director: To read more – more specifically to finish more books! The stack on nightstand is embarrassing:-)

 

Michelle Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: I’m taking up the Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge found at: http://bookriot.com/2014/12/15/book-riot-2015-read-harder-challenge/

 

KellieKellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: Stretch Goal: 150 books; Realistic Goal: 100 books

 

 

LaurenLauren Wahman, Instruction LibrarianAh, yes.  I’m going to make another attempt at noting what books I read throughout the year.  I sometimes pick up a book only to find that I’ve already read it!

 

RachelRachel Lewis, Technical Services Manager: My goal is just to “read”.  

 

 

julierobinsonJulie Robinson, Library Operations Manager: Hmmm, more time for reading!

 

 

pamadler Pam Adler, Public Services Assistant: No!  No goals, no pressure when it comes to reading for pleasure.

 

 

 

UC Employees Featured in UC Magazine

UC Libraries is proud to be a part of the Provost’s Strategic Hiring Opportunity and Dual Career Assistance programs. In a recent article in UC Magazine, library employees Bill McMillin, Tiffany Grant, Don Jason, Hong Cheng and Robert Freeman are included in a feature of new employees that “have joined UC with support from Provost Office funds dedicated to recruit the best and brightest in their fields as well as to attract and support faculty who have partners who can bring their own academic expertise to campus.” You can read all about it online in UC Magazine.

UCBA Fun Facts: What’s on your Christmas List?

Question: What books are on your Christmas list?

Heather

Heather Maloney, Library Director: Giada De Laurentis’, Happy Cooking. I like to go to the bookstore during Xmas break and find a reading book more serendipitously.

 

 

Michelle Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: Looking forward to reading Sara Addison Allen’s latest book, First Frost. She’s one of my favorite authors. 

 

 

KellieKellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell; Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling; Hawkeye Omnibus by Matt Fraction and David Aja

 

 

LaurenLauren Wahman, Instruction LibrarianI’ve got quite a few eBooks that I’m waiting on from the public library!  A few that I’m looking forward to are Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale, Michel Bussi’s After the Crash, and David Mitchell’s Slade House.

 

 

RachelRachel Lewis, Technical Services Manager: I don’t have any books on my Christmas list.

 

 

 

julierobinsonJulie Robinson, Library Operations Manager: Patricia Briggs, Fire Touched, Maria V. Snyder, Night Study, and Karen Marie Moning, Feverborn

 

 

pamadler Pam Adler, Public Services Assistant: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes and Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission by Hampton Sides

 

 

Congrats Grads!

UC Blue Ash Library would like to congratulate the graduating class of 2015! UCBA Librarians participated in the Commencement ceremony held on May 2, 2015.

Librarians Lauren Wahman and Heather Maloney

Librarians Lauren Wahman and Heather Maloney

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UCBA Librarians Lauren Wahman and Michelle McKinney

UCBA Fun Facts: Are you a quitter?

Question: What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?

HeatherHeather Maloney, Library Director: Sleep and kids….I love both dearly.

 

 

Michelle Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: f I can’t connect with the characters or plot or if it’s taking too long to get moving. I normally give a book 3 chapters to catch my attention.

 

KellieKellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: Dragging plots. Or if I’m not in the right frame of mind for a certain genre. Sometimes I’m just suddenly not in the mood for a sobfest.

 

LaurenLauren Wahman, Instruction LibrarianIf the book isn’t catching/keeping my interest.  I used to give a book the first 100 pages, now, it’s more like the first 25-50.

 

RachelRachel Lewis, Technical Services Manager: Setting my book down and starting another project.  I do it ALL the time.

ChrisChris Marshall, Public Services Assistant: Can’t relate to the characters.

 

UCBA Fun Facts: Favorite villain?

Question: Who’s your favorite fictional villain?

HeatherHeather Maloney, Library Director: So many, but I’ll go with the White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the witch, and the Wardrobe….Tilda Swinton really brought her to life in the movie!

 

Michelle Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: Hilly Holbrook in The Help by Kathryn Stockett or Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

 

KellieKellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: Can I say “The Man?” Like, when a group of scrappy friends go up against The Man/Authority? Okay, probably not. In that case, I currently really love President Snow from The Hunger Games. I won’t say too much – spoilers! – but he is creepy in the best way.

LaurenLauren Wahman, Instruction LibrarianHmm…hard to just pick one, but I’ll go with Dexter Morgan in the Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay.  I guess he’s considered a villian, but he has a good side too.

 

RachelRachel Lewis, Technical Services Manager: Miranda Priestly in A Devil Wears Prada. You can consider her a villain but it depends on the day.

ChrisChris Marshall, Public Services Assistant: Miss Breakbone from the children’s book “The Dunderheads” by Paul Fleischmen

 

UCBA Fun Facts: Best Reading Related Memory

Question: What’s your best reading related memory?

HeatherHeather Maloney, Library Director: I read a book about Helen Keller’s life over and over when I was a kid — I was amazed by her grit and determination. I also loved learning the alphabet in sign language in the back of the book.

 

Michelle Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: My high-school best friend had the entire Sweet Valley High book collection and would let me borrow each book until I read the entire series.

 

KellieKellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: Oh, man. I loved the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows release night. I was in a wedding the night the book came out. We all went and got a copy in our bridesmaids dresses (including one for the bride). I stayed up all night reading and finished just in time to make the morning brunch.

 

LaurenLauren Wahman, Instruction LibrarianVisiting the used bookstore in Raleigh, NC right on Hillsborough Street, close to NC State University.  I walked there every summer when I would visit my grandparents.  I usually made multiple trips during my visit and would stock up on the Nancy Drew mysteries.

 

RachelRachel Lewis, Technical Services Manager: My Aunt use to read to me when I was little during the time she lived with my family.  My favorite book was the Bernstein Bears.

ChrisChris Marshall, Public Services Assistant: Reading bedtime stories to my 3 kids when they were little.  I miss it so much!

 

UCBA Fun Facts: Audiobooks?

Question: Do you listen to audiobooks?

HeatherHeather Maloney, Library Director: Nope but keep meaning to get some. I’m usually listening to music, NPR, or my 4 year old in the car.

 

Michelle Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: Yes! I love audiobooks. I started listening to them when I had an one-way, hour-long commute years ago and have been hooked ever since. Jim Dale (Harry Potter) is one of my favorite readers.

 

KellieKellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: Sometimes. I’m pretty bad about paying attention to them, so that can be problematic.

 

LaurenLauren Wahman, Instruction LibrarianOnly on road trips.

 

 

RachelRachel Lewis, Technical Services Manager: No.

 

 

ChrisChris Marshall, Public Services Assistant: Yes, but have not in awhile.  Use to listen to them more when my kids were younger.  Helped travel time go faster.

 

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