Two Librarians Recognized for Excellence

Each year, The Office of the Provost and the Office of Research collaborate to present the Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence, which recognizes faculty members who represent excellence in all its forms. Each Dean nominates faculty from their respective units whom they deem worthy of this honor. This year, Dean Xuemao Wang recognized the work of Elna Saxton, head of Content Services in the Walter C. Langsam Library, and Tiffany Grant, interim assistant director for research and informatics at the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library. Below is more about their awards. Congratulations, Elna and Tiffany!

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(l to r) Dr. Patrick A. Limbach, VP for Research; Elna Saxton; and Peter E. Landgren, Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Excellence Award for Faculty-to-Faculty Research Mentoring 2016-2017 – Elna Saxton

Elna has a long history of mentoring faculty members who work as part of her team.  She encourages them to develop their positions and skill sets and provides encouragement and other support to them.  Elna’s support of faculty in her unit is unconditional, even if that means they need to leave her team to move on to other career objectives within University of Cincinnati Libraries or elsewhere.

“Receiving this award is an honor and reflects on the many successful colleagues that I’ve had the good fortune to work with.  It is very rewarding to work with new faculty and engage with their professional and career development,” said Elna.

Tiffany Grant

(l to r) Dr. Patrick A. Limbach, VP for Research; Tiffany Grant; and Peter E. Landgren, Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Award for Faculty Excellence 2016-2017 – Tiffany Grant

Tiffany has served as co-PI on the NIH Informationist Supplement grant “The Relationship Between Vortices, Acoustics, and Vibration in Vocal Fold Asymmetries”, working collaboratively with Dr. Khosla and his team.  Dr. Grant also coordinated the writing of and now implementation of the Faculty Development Grant UC Libraries received this year for the pilot of Electronic Lab Notebooks at the University of Cincinnati.  Last fall, Dr. Grant also invited the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) to come to the University for a series of workshops for UC faculty and staff.

“I am profoundly grateful to have been considered for such an honor. I truly enjoy the work that I do and those that I work with. My work in the Libraries has been tremendously rewarding, and I’m thankful for the continued support of my Health Sciences Library and University of Cincinnati colleagues. Any “excellence” that I may have achieved has largely been due to your example and support,” said Tiffany.

Digital Archivist Eira Tansey Named an Archives Leadership Institute Cohort

Eira Tansey

Eira Tansey

Eira Tansey, digital archivist and records manager in the Archives and Rare Books Library, has been selected as an ALI17 cohort member. The Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) is a program funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and is being hosted at Berea College for the years 2016-18. ALI will provide advanced training for 25 archival leaders each year, giving them the knowledge and tools to transform the profession in practice, theory and attitude.

“The Archives Leadership Institute is a well-regarded program in the American archives profession that brings together archivists of diverse backgrounds and work experiences to learn leadership skills together at a week-long institute every summer,” said Eira. “All ALI participants commit to working on a practicum at their home institution, and I have committed to working on increasing documentation of student life within University Archives at the Archives and Rare Books Library.”

Eira joins an elite group attending ALI as only 25 people are accepted each year. More about the Archives Leadership Institute is available on its website.

Welcome, Rebecka Lindau, Head of the Classics Library

Classics Library Reading Room

Classics Library Reading Room

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Rebecka Lindau started March 1 as the Head of the John Miller Burnam Classical Library.

Rebecka comes to UC Libraries from the Lorenzo de Medici Institute and the Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies (Marist College Branch Campus) where she has been a Lecturer in Classical Studies since the Fall of 2015.  Prior to that she worked at the American Academy in Rome Library. From 2011 to 2013 she was responsible for the digital development of that library and its web design and maintenance. From 2007 to 2011, she was the Drue Heiz Librarian, responsible for the staff, collections (including rare books and manuscripts), selection, preservation, access, circulation, technical services, research consultation, digitization, web design, guides and tutorials. From 2001 to 2007, Rebecka was a subject specialist  for Classics, Hellenic Studies, Linguistics and German at Princeton University and prior to that, from 1997 to 2001 she was subject specialist for Classics, Hellenic Studies and Philosophy at New York University. Continue reading

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.

 

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