Remote and online classes this summer gives us more opportunities to enjoy some rays while getting work done. However, it also means there will be less access to our beautiful campus. The good news is that does not equate to fewer services from your Clermont Library.
Are you researching a paper and need help finding a quote? Looking for sheet music? Need help connecting to e-books? UC Libraries is available online to assist with research and scholarly work. Our librarians, staff and student workers are also available to answer questions via a new CHAT service.
Have a question? Need help with research? Available at https://libraries.uc.edu/ask, the Libraries CHAT service is available 10am-6pm, Monday-Friday. After hours, users can still go online to ask a reference or circulation question or to e-mail a subject librarian or library staff member directly. Continue reading UC Libraries Available via CHAT Service to Answer Your Research and Reference Questions
As we’re sure you’ve heard by now, the Clermont College Library is closed. However, that doesn’t mean there is no support for students as they continue their courses remotely. UC Libraries has resources available online 24/7 to help meet your scholarly source needs, including journal articles and eBooks. Just don’t forget off-campus access to these materials requires extra steps for authentication. For those that may need a reminder, there are a number of online help mechanisms such as the Summon tutorial or our research guides.
If you need any assistance using library resources or finding materials for your assignments, you may still reach the librarians. The Librarians are available by appointment to discuss your research and citation needs. Appointments will be held by WebEx or by phone. Our email email@example.com is also always an option, and we are answering those within 1-hour during normal business hours.
For more information about how we are supporting our students, faculty, and staff from afar, check out our frequently asked questions page.
Welcome back from Spring Break! While all library physical locations are closed, the University of Cincinnati Libraries remains open online and ready to support teaching, learning and research.
During this time of social isolation, libraries play an important role as a provider of resources and information expertise. UC Libraries’ online presence provides access to the services, resources and people to enable research and scholarly work.
Today, we are pleased to launch a new, specially designed landing page – https://libraries.uc.edu/online.html. This page serves as a portal to access key online library resources such as databases, e-journals and research guides, as well as to free information resources from global cultural and heritage organizations. Users can ask reference or research questions through Chat, e-mail or direct contact to a subject librarian or staff member. The page also offers direct search of the library catalog, and links to key online services such as Interlibrary Loan to request e-resources and how to connect from off campus. We will update this portal page as we continue to transform many of our services into the online environment.
As the library locations remain closed, users are encouraged to keep all library materials. Due dates have been extended and fines will not be incurred for UC, OhioLINK or Interlibrary Loan items. Please do not leave items outside of the library.
The University of Cincinnati Libraries continue to work toward our mission to empower discovery, stimulate learning and inspire the creation of knowledge by connecting students, faculty, researchers and scholars to dynamic data, information and resources.
Take care and stay well. We look forward to the day when we can work with you all in person again, but in the meantime, please work with UC Libraries online.
Vice Provost for Digital Scholarship and Dean and University Librarian
Effective Saturday, March 14, 2020, UC will suspend face-to-face instruction, lectures, discussion sessions, seminars and other similar classroom settings, and move to remote instruction. This includes face-to-face library instruction. Face-to-face instruction will resume Monday, April 13, 2020.
Library users are encouraged to keep library materials. Fines will not be incurred for UC, OhioLINK or Interlibrary Loan items.
For up-to-date university information regarding coronavirus – https://www.uc.edu/publichealth.html
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I joined Research and Data Services (R&DS) in August 2019 as a Graduate Assistant (GA). R&DS is composed of multiple research and consultation labs across campus including the Data & GIS Collab, which is located inside the GMP Library (Braunstein 240). The Collab is designed to provide research and teaching consultations on the use of geocomputational software such as ArcGIS and QGIS.
To demonstrate some of the capabilities of our lab and to showcase one of the GMP Library’s special collections, we selected a collection of historical aerial imagery of Cincinnati and Hamilton County from 1962. The goal of the project was to digitize these photographs and combine them into a single mosaicked image that contains important geospatial information.
While frantically finishing a paper, taking a test online or texting a work group to set up a study session, the last thing a student wants to deal with is a dead laptop or phone battery. The University of Cincinnati Libraries, in partnership with Undergraduate Student Government (USG), is offering a remedy to that problem with charger rentals for phones and laptop computers.
Available for check out via The Desk@Langsam, students can check out a phone charger for up to four hours and a laptop charger for up to five days. The various chargers available are listed on the UC Libraries website, but include options for Macs, PC, iPhone, and Androids among others.
The charger rental program is a USG initiative started by Chandler Rankin, student body president, and Abbie Smith, student body vice president, after conducting student focus groups concerning their wants and needs in regards to campus services and resources. “This is a convenient campus amenity for students who need to charge their devices while in the library or for those who may have forgotten their chargers and need access to one during the day,” said Rankin. “The availability of chargers enhances the overall library equipment rental inventory to meet current student demand.”
USG worked with UC Libraries staff, including Amanda Welter, director of library facilities and planning, Ben Kline, assistant director of the Research and Teaching Services Department, and Jay Sinnard, operations manager of the Student Technology Resources Center, to research what peer institutions were doing and how the Libraries might expand the current lending equipment inventory to include chargers. USG has committed to funding the purchase and maintenance of the chargers for the next three years.
More information about the Libraries equipment borrowing, including policies and what is available, can be found online.
The Luna application, which houses some of our digital collections, will be upgraded to the latest version available from the vendor this morning, Dec. 12 starting at 10:00 am, so that we may patch some security vulnerabilities that were discovered from a recent scan of the server. Once the upgrade has been completed an all clear will be sent out for the server.
Most other digital collections continue to be available.
The Libraries Illiad (Interlibrary Loan) server will be offline for maintenance the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. During this time the library IT department will be updating the Illiad application to the latest version. Thank you for your patience.
Kanopy, the University of Cincinnati Libraries’ on-demand streaming video service available at http://uc.kanopystreaming.com, is a content-rich, much-used resource. However, the Libraries’ materials budget cannot sustain the current level of spending for Kanopy. It is important to note that films obtained in Kanopy are not owned, but leased for one year at $135 per lease. When the lease has expired, the film can then be triggered for another one-year lease.
In the past, Kanopy films were automatically leased after 30 seconds of viewing by any user with access to the library, including walk-in visitors. In an effort to eliminate purchases triggered by casual users and to focus on course-related use of the rich academic material included in Kanopy, UC Libraries is moving to a mediated leasing model beginning the 2019 fall semester.
University of Cincinnati students, faculty, and staff will continue to have immediate access to films currently leased by UC (approximately 645 titles as of June 2019) until they expire. People will still be able to search in Kanopy for films the Libraries does not already lease, however, when attempting to access such a film, users will have the option to select the “request” button next to the film, fill out the form, and the Libraries will work to fulfill the request, typically obtaining a new lease within one business day.
For additional streaming video sources, or for further information on the mediation of Kanopy films, please visit the Libraries’ Kanopy LibGuide at https://guides.libraries.uc.edu/Kanopy/FAQ.
For more information regarding Kanopy’s streaming service please read the following article from the May 2019 issue of Film Quarterly at https://filmquarterly.org/2019/05/03/kanopy-not-just-like-netflix-and-not-free/.