Librarians James Van Mil and Hannah Stitzlein take on new roles in digital collection production and management

To meet vital digital collection production and management needs, UC librarians James Van Mil and Hannah Stitzlein have taken on new responsibilities to support digital content, collection and repository service needs for metadata, access, discovery, promotion, ingest/harvest and preservation. Working closely with Sidney Gao, digital lab coordinator, and Glen Horton, head of the development team, they will provide matrix support for content, collections, imaging, repository functional development and technology infrastructure support.

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James Van Mil and Hannah Stitzlein

James Van Mil has a new title of digital projects and preservation librarian. In this role within the Content Services Team he is responsible for planning and implementing strategies for the life-cycle of digital content. James is a primary contact point for digital collections project management services, UC Libraries digital content strategy and assuring adherence to standards and clarity of workflow for digital preservation.

Hannah Stitzlein has a new title of metadata and repository services librarian. Hannah Stitzlein, in her first year with UC Libraries has had a primary focus on metadata, the standardized description of digital content that ensures future access and data transfer for the libraries digital collections. In concert with metadata analysis and application, Hannah will now begin to provide repository services to further promote use of repository content and enhance discovery of collections.

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Suzanne Bratt Joins the CCM Library as Cataloging Specialist

On Monday, Sept. 16, Suzanne Bratt joined the staff of the Albino Gorno Memorial (CCM) Library as the cataloging specialist.

Suzanne graduated with a BA in music from Yale University, and with her PhD in musicology from the University of Pennsylvania. Over the past year, she has worked as a library intern at the Curtis Institute of Music, focusing on cataloging archival materials and processing ILL requests. Previous experience included working at UPenn’s Graduate Student Center as a “Navigating the Dissertation” and “Navigating the Grant” fellow. Suzanne’s research interests include the music of J. S. Bach, early Beethoven, the history of music printing, opera history and early chamber music. Her future interests include pursuing qualifications in music librarianship.

Please join us in warmly welcoming Suzanne to UC Libraries!

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Elizabeth Meyer Appointed Head of the Deshon, Schlachter DAAP Library

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Interior of the DAAP Library

Elizabeth Meyer has been appointed head of the Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) effective immediately. Elizabeth has been graciously serving as the interim head of the DAAP Library since 2017. In her interim role, Elizabeth has been commended for her commitment to outstanding services and collections at the DAAP library, her creativity and her vision of how to engage with the faculty and students of DAAP to ensure a vital library presence with their innovative programs and research interests.

Elizabeth began working at UC Libraries in 2004 as the visual resources librarian. She holds an MLS from Indiana University, and a BA in art history from DAAP. Her research interests include Cincinnati modernist architecture and historic preservation, and she has continually engaged with the design and architecture communities in the Cincinnati metropolitan area, securing unique papers, archives and special collections that benefit both DAAP and the broader research community.

Congratulations, Elizabeth, on her new role as the Head of the DAAP Library!

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Welcome, Melissa Previtera, Health Sciences Library/Winkler Center Academic & Research Services Specialist

On Tuesday, Sept. 3, Melissa Previtera began her position at the University of Cincinnati Libraries as the academic and research services specialist for the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library (HSL) and the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions (Winkler Center).

Melissa is a familiar face in UC Libraries having worked previously in the HSL/Winkler Center, College of Engineering and Applied Science Library, and most recently at the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services Library. In this new role, she will work closely with HSL and Winkler Center faculty as well as members of the Winkler Center Board, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and Allied Health faculty, researchers, staff and students.

Welcome (back), Melissa!

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New Faces in the Clermont College Library

Over the summer, two new staff members joined us in the Clermont College Library.

Emily Wages, Operations Manager

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Emily Wages

Emily has worked at various libraries and library-related organizations over the years, including King Library at Miami University, Lane Libraries, MidPointe Libraries, and SWON Library Consortium. Emily graduated from Miami University in 2011 with a BS in English Education and a minor in British Literature. In 2014, she graduated from Kent State University with her MLIS. At Clermont College Library, Emily will be managing our public services and student employees.  

Emily loves gardening with native plants, reading, and true crime. She is also a distance runner, currently training to run the Indy Monumental half in November. In the last few years, she has run three full marathons (two Flying Pigs and Columbus) and she plans to run the full Flying Pig again this coming May. She lives in Colerain Township with her husband Quinn, dog Shay, and cat Chili.

Nicole Stamat, Library Specialist

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Nicole Stamat

For the last six years Nicole has worked for the Clermont County Public Library as a library assistant and library assistant specialist. She previously worked for the National Park Service at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park; as well as the BSA Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM. She obtained a BFA in Art Therapy at Millikin University in 2009 and worked at the Staley academic library. Nicole will also be working in public services and helping with some aspects of our technical services.

She lives in the area with her husband, young son and a hound mix. Her hobbies include fiber arts (most especially knitting), table-top gaming and of course, reading. Her favorite authors include: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor and Margaret Atwood.

Please join me in welcoming Emily and Nicole to Clermont College!

Heather Mitchell-Botts
Instruction Librarian

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Dean and University Librarian Xuemao Wang to take on Additional Title of Vice Provost of Digital Scholarship

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Xuemao Wang

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Kristi A. Nelson announced that Dean and University Librarian Xuemao Wang will take on the additional title and responsibilities of vice provost of digital scholarship.

The new title reflects both the university’s commitment to digital scholarship as well as Wang’s extensive expertise in the subject. As dean and university librarian, he has led UC Libraries in the formation of the Digital Scholarship Center (DSC), the creation of the university’s digital repository, Scholar@UC, along with the development of new digital publishing capacities with the University of Cincinnati Press, the establishment of new services offered through research and data management and he partnered with three colleges to form the Digital Media Collaborative (DMC).

“Xuemao’s broad expertise in digital scholarship and strategic-thinking approach that has developed UC Libraries into an intellectual commons will be a tremendous asset in advancing UC’s dynamic data, information and resource offerings as we implement the Innovation Agenda outlined in Next Lives Here,” said Nelson.

This additional role of vice provost of digital scholarship will cover a broad spectrum of areas including the DSC, Scholar@UC, the DMC and research and data management, but also digital archives and preservation, digital records and assets management, scholarly communication and digital publishing, as well as the rapidly evolving movements of open science, open education resources, open data and open access.

Wang, who joined the University of Cincinnati in 2012, will continue to provide leadership of UC Libraries as the dean, which includes the Walter C. Langsam Library, the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library and Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions, the Archives and Rare Books Library and seven college and departmental libraries. The Libraries’ strategic plan, created under the leadership of Wang, has as its vision to transform UC Libraries into “the globally engaged, intellectual commons of the university — positioning ourselves as the hub of collaboration, digital innovation and scholarly endeavor on campus.”

“I am honored and thrilled to take on this new responsibility for the university. My additional role in leading university wide digital scholarship efforts will allow me to contribute at a new level in supporting the advancement of UC’s Next Lives Here strategic direction,” said Wang. “I plan to capitalize on the experience, resources and the catalyst role of the Libraries, as well as the extraordinary expertise of library faculty and staff, to facilitate university wide digital scholarship integration.”

With a career that spans international, public, library consortium and academic library worlds, Wang came to UC from Emory University where he was the associate vice provost of University Libraries. Prior to that, he worked at Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries, the Metropolitan New York Library Council, Borough Public Library, as well as spent numerous years gaining academic librarian experience in China. He has a strong research interest and background in global librarianship and digital scholarship, publishing and consulting internationally. Wang currently chairs the OhioLINK special task force on the future of the digital library system, is chair of the Innovation Lab Working Group of the Association of Research Libraries, and chair of the Digital Humanities/Digital Scholarship Special Interest Group of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.

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UC Libraries’ Melissa Cox Norris Elected to ALAO Executive Board

melissa cox norrisMelissa Cox Norris, director of library communication, was elected to the board of the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) as public relations coordinator. Fellow incoming board members are:

Vice President/President Elect: Mandi Goodsett
Treasurer: Don Appleby
Board Members-at-Large: Amanda Black; Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros, and Jennifer Starkey

Tracing its beginnings to 1947, ALAO exists to develop, promote and improve library and information services in Ohio’s higher education community, to advance the interests of academic librarianship and the personnel of academic libraries, and to provide leadership and advocacy for the educational and policy concerns of the academic library community in Ohio. ALAO strives to adopt environmentally sustainable practices in all areas of the association.

For more about ALAO, visit their web site at https://www.alaoweb.org/.

Congratulations, Melissa!

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

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

In this issue of Source, Dean Xuemao Wang writes about the invaluable support of library donors, volunteers and faithful advocates that make events such as the inaugural Adopt-A-Book event, held this past March, a success. We celebrate the latest three publications from the University of Cincinnati Press and the graduation of the second cohort of 56 students from the Joint Co-Op Institute.

Students feature in three articles – one about a pilot program that integrates new technology into the Critical Care Nurse Residency Program (CCNRP) curriculum, a second from a former graduate assistant discussing her experience working in the Digital Scholarship Center, and the third where a student assistant in the Archives and Rare Books Library writes about The Irish Fairy Book.

Lastly, we highlight the mixed materials collection available in the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH) Library.

Read these articles, as well as past issues, 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.

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Welcome, Sarah Muncy, Assistant Managing Editor for the University of Cincinnati Press

sarah muncy Sarah Muncy has accepted the position of full time assistant managing editor for the University of Cincinnati Press. Sarah, who started at the Press in August 2017, began as a 2nd year graduate assistant working in the role of editorial assistant. After earning her master’s in history from the University of Cincinnati, she stayed on with the Press in a new position as temporary production coordinator.

In her new role as assistant managing editor, Sarah will coordinate production activities for both CLIPS and university press imprints, which includes creating productions schedules, working with contracted authors and journal editors, coordinating freelance typesetters and designers, evaluating art and cover designs, maintaining print vendor relationships, sending typesetter files to printers and e-book converters and overseeing countless other details from permissions to copyright.

Sarah was recently awarded one of four prestigious 2019 Early Career Fellowships from the Society for Scholarly Publishers (SSP). This one-year fellowship includes an all-expense paid trip to the SSP annual meeting in San Diego, California, followed by career development, training, registration to select events throughout the year and an invitation to participate on SSP committees and mentoring activities.

For more about the University of Cincinnati Press, visit their website at https://ucincinnatipress.uc.edu/.

Welcome to the Press and to the Libraries, Sarah.

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