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 Kevin Grace Receives Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence

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!

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.

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

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

Join Us for UC DATA Day April 5

On April 5, the University of Cincinnati Libraries and IT@UC are thrilled to host the first UC DATA Day. This day-long event will highlight innovative work being done by researchers and present the types of data services available to the research community. In addition, it will provide a forum to discuss data challenges and opportunities at the University of Cincinnati and beyond.

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Scheduled for 8:30am-2:30pm in the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center, UC DATA Day will include a full schedule of events all free and open to the public. Keynote speaker Michael Huerta, PhD, from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), will highlight his work in making data more discoverable, accessible, usable and open, in addition to speaking on his other areas of program development at the NIH. Other UC DATA Day events will include:

  • Cross-disciplinary panels of researchers known for their work with innovative or challenging data of any size – big to small. Each panelist will have approximately 15 minutes to highlight data practices, challenges and future opportunities. Rather than serve as research presentations, the panels will provide a broad audience with knowledge about data practices and challenges.
  • Lunchtime panel with service providers whose work supports data practices, including representatives from IT@UC, Office of Research, UC Libraries and more.

The full schedule for the day’s events is available through the event’s website at http://bit.ly/UCDataDay. Seats are limited, so register now to attend – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UCDATADAY16. Both breakfast and lunch are included for those who register.

Check Out the Latest Issue of Source

SourceRead Source, the online newsletter, to learn more about the news, events, people and happenings in UC Libraries.

This latest issue of Source includes an article about recent renovations to the entrances of two library locations, a Q&A with two employees, Hong Cheng and Bob Freeman, and A Note from the Dean: Finding the Talent. There are announcements of Dean Wang joining the SPARC Steering Committee and that Scholar@UC is open for self-submissions, as well as a list of spring events in UC Libraries. Read these articles and more.

Source is available on the web at http://libapps.libraries.uc.edu/source/ and via e-mail. To receive Source via e-mail, contact melissa.norris@uc.edu to be added to the mailing list.

Welcome to the New Entrance to the Geology-Mathematics-Physics Library

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New exterior entrance.

When users of the Geology-Mathematics-Physics Library returned to campus for spring semester, they were greeted with a new entrance to the library. The more accessible and visible entrance is located on the exterior of Braunstein Hall across from the Old Chemistry Building and visible from the quad. It includes a book drop as well as a lounge space adjacent to the new entrance.

Over the next six months there are plans to improve the library’s upper level. First, the service desk and reserves will move across the room to be adjacent to the external entrance. In addition, more lounge and group collaboration spaces will be created, as well as a computing space to support GIS needs.

The new entrance will allow many people to discover, or re-discover, this library, and to make use of its resources.

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View from the quad.

 

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View of the interior and the lounge adjacent to the new entrance.

Dean Xuemao Wang to Join Steering Committee of SPARC

Dean of University Libraries, Xuemao Wang
Dean of University Libraries, Xuemao Wang

The global coalition advocates Open Access, Open Education and Open Data.

Xuemao Wang, dean and university librarian, has been selected to serve on the Steering Committee of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

SPARC is a global coalition of 200+ academic and research libraries that works to enable open sharing of research output and educational materials in order to “democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery and increase the return on investment in research and education.” To achieve this mission, SPARC collaborates with authors, publishers, libraries, students, policymakers and the public to build opportunities and promote changes to make open access the default for research and education. Continue reading Dean Xuemao Wang to Join Steering Committee of SPARC