Dean’s Corner: A Deep Dive into DH/DS

Since UC Libraries announced the establishment of UC’s first Digital Scholarship Center (DSC) last September, the center’s co-directors Arlene Johnson and James Lee have been busy reaching out to the university community and laying groundwork. We sat down with both them and Dean Xuemao Wang to discuss their respective backgrounds in digital humanities/digital scholarship (DH/DS) and the early details of their plans for the DSC at the University of Cincinnati and UC Libraries.

Arlene Johnson introduces Dr. James Lee at his DH/DS talk

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Check Out the Latest Issue of Source

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

This latest issue of Source includes interviews with Dean Xuemao Wang about creating a Master Plan for library spaces as well as with May Chang about her role in the newly created position of library chief technology officer. Other articles include the announcement of a gift from the John Hauck Foundation for the digitization of Dr. Albert B. Sabin’s lab notebooks, the installation of two new exhibits of World War I illustrated sheet music, a listing of Spring events in UC Libraries, an update on recent staff accomplishments and a donor spotlight of Marjorie Motch. Read these articles and more.

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Welcome, Craig Person, New Operations Manager & Student Supervisor for the Science & Engineering Libraries

UC Libraries is pleased to welcome Craig Person as the operations manager and student supervisor for the Science and Engineering Libraries.

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Craig comes to the university from Northern Kentucky University (NKU) Libraries where he was the head of access services since 2008, and was previously the circulation and reserves supervisor and the evening circulation supervisor.  Craig may be a familiar face to some as he was a temporary staff member at Langsam Library from September 1996 – June 1997.  He is also active as a continuing education instructor for programs at NKU and with the American Library Association (ALA).

As operations manager and student supervisor, Craig will manage daily operations and service points at both the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) Library and the Chemistry-Biology Library.  His major duties include supervising the student workforce, overseeing interlibrary services and collections maintenance, assisting with facilities and technology initiatives, providing reference and training support and assisting with unit-wide planning.

Welcome to UC Libraries, Craig!

Dean Wang Invited to Participate on International Dunhuang Consultative Committee

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Xuemao Wang, Dean and University Librarian, attending the International Dunhuang Consultative Committee meeting.

This past October, Xuemao Wang, dean and university librarian, was invited by the Dunhuang Research Academy of China to participate in a two-day International Dunhuang Consultative Committee meeting sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to consult on the Digital Dunhuang project. The consultative committee included individuals from such institutions as UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, Microsoft Research Asia, The University of Hong Kong Libraries, the British Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Jawaharlal Nehru University Library, the National Museum in New Delhi, the Korea Institute of Dunhuang, National Taiwan University, Zhejiang University, Wuhan University, and the University of Science and Technology of China, among other institutions. Members of the Consultative Committee received a three-year appointment from the director of the academy, Mr. Wang Yuanlong.

The objective of the two-day meeting was to review Digital Dunhuang’s current infrastructures, policies, and challenges, particularly in the three key areas of: digital asset management, digital resource integration, and digital preservation. The committee was charged by the director to prepare a set of recommendations for future activities in each of the three areas. At the end of the two-day, intensive meeting, the international consultative committee presented a draft set of recommendations to the academy.

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Dunhuang Cave

The Dunhuang Caves, the best-known of which are the Mogao Caves, comprise some 492 temples and contain some of the finest examples of Buddhist art spanning a period of 1,000 years. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, the caves are one of the most comprehensive cultural heritage museums in existence. The Dunhuang Research Academy  has been devoted to the protection of the Dunhuang Mogao Caves since its founding in 1944. Currently, the Academy is undertaking a massive endeavor known as Digital Dunhuang whose ambitious goals include, eventually, digitizing all 492 caves’ resources—including 3-D imaging of murals, sculptures and the caves themselves—as well as managing the resulting digital resources with long-term digital preservation strategies.

Another Dunhuang project, the International Dunhuang Project is a consortium of libraries and museums that are linking their collections of digitized Dunhuang manuscripts and making them available on the Internet.

This was Dean Wang’s first visit Dunhuang, although he remembers learning about it in his Chinese high school history class. “I was tremendously impressed by its historical and artistic richness and the beauty of the mural paintings, Buddhism manuscripts and massive cave structures,” said Dean Wang. “Dunhuang Research Academy’s vision and work on digitizing the cave’s entire historical and cultural objects for both access and preservation using cutting edge digital technologies is an important and impressive endeavor.”

Emily Kean New Research and Education Librarian in the Health Sciences Library

Emily KeanUC Libraries is pleased to welcome Emily Kean as the research and education librarian in the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library. In this position, Emily will provide research, consultation, instruction, collection development and outreach services to the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center. She will serve as liaison to Academic Health Center colleges with a focus on Nursing and Allied Health.

Emily has over 10 years of experience working in libraries, most recently serving as the digital services librarian at the Boone County Public Library.  Prior to that she was the electronic resources librarian at the Christ Hospital.  Emily brings with her great technical skills and a passion for teaching and developing new and innovative ways to provide instruction and library services.

Welcome to UC Libraries, Emily!

Welcome Jenny Doctor as the New Head of the CCM Library

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Jenny Doctor

UC Libraries is pleased to welcome Jenny Doctor as the new Head of the Albino Gorno Memorial Music (CCM) Library. With the agreement of the College-Conservatory of Music, she is also appointed with the academic title of associate professor of musicology.

Doctor comes to UC Libraries from Syracuse University where she had a joint appointment as the director of the Belfer Audio Archive with Syracuse University Libraries and associate professor in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications since 2012. Prior to that she was a reader in music at the University of York in the UK, and has also served as director of the Britten-Pears Library, a specialist music research library with close links to the British Library. Continue reading Welcome Jenny Doctor as the New Head of the CCM Library

Check Out the Latest Issue of the Libraries Newsletter, 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 interviews with Xuemao Wang upon his reappointment as dean and university librarian as well as with Mark Konecny in the newly created position of scholarly communications and digital publishing strategist. Other articles include the announcement of UC’s first Digital Scholarship Center, and features of two new websites – one about the Jacobite Collection in the Archives and Rare Books Library and the other highlighting the book Looking East: William Howard Taft’s Diplomatic Mission to Asia. Speaking of journeys, there’s an article about librarian Rosemary Franklin’s recent trip to Cuba. Read these articles and more.

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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

Get to Know the Clermont College Library Staff: Penny McGinnis

Penny McGinnis, Clermont College Library’s Technical Services Manager

IMG_0087-flat-120I’ve worked in libraries for over twenty years. I started out at the Lynchburg branch of the Highland County District Libraries as a children’s librarian. Then I moved to Lynchburg-Clay public school and worked in K-8 and K-5 libraries. In 2006 I started working in technical services at Clermont College Library.

A favorite part of my multi-layered job is sharing library information through social media. The library uses Facebook, Twitter, and our LiBlog in the social media world. I enjoy connecting with our faculty, staff, and students.

When I’m not at work, I write for my own blog where I review books, share devotional thoughts, poetry, photos, and art. My husband and I enjoy sports, hiking, and spending time with our children and grandchildren.

You might be surprised to know that I coached high school volleyball for two years, while my youngest daughter played. That surprised me too!

A few of my favorite things:

Books-the Bible, cozy mysteries & anything set on the east coast, especially Maine

Music-Casting Crowns, Matt Redman, and 70s pop/folk

Movie-You’ve Got Mail & Letters to Julia

TV-NCIS & Gilmore Girls

 

We’re here to help!

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager