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    Volume 18,  Volume 18, Issue 3

    Standing Together

    Xuemao Wang | Vice Provost for Digital Scholarship and Dean and University Librarian I have watched and have been deeply moved over the last few weeks as people around the world respond to the May 25th murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. Each news cycle seems to bring another senseless killing of black Americans, from Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, GA to Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY and, most recently, Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, GA. The national and global protests point out the painful reality that America is still far from her original creed that all men are created equal. The American Library Association (ALA), Association of Research Libraries…

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    Volume 18,  Volume 18, Issue 2

    A Note from the Dean: Digital Core as Part of 21st-Century Liberal Education

    In 1906, the University of Cincinnati created a new paradigm for higher education with the invention of cooperative education. Co-op helped transform the undergraduate experience at UC, providing students with experiential learning in their primary areas of study. Co-op also made a name for UC. According to US News and Report, last year UC ranked third among all U.S. universities and the first in public universities for co-op. UC co-op students collectively earned $75M last year. In the years since, UC has done much to increase student’s preparedness for their post-collegiate careers, a trend that continues today with the Next Lives Here pathway Bearcat Promise. We are now in the…

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    Volume 18,  Volume 18, Issue 1

    A Note from the Dean: Vision and Key Roles as Vice Provost of Digital Scholarship

    Welcome to the fall edition of Source. School is back in session and the libraries are once again full with new and returning students, faculty and staff. I am delighted to announce that over the summer I took on an additional title and new responsibilities as the vice provost of digital scholarship. The creation of this new role, under the leadership of Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Kristi A. Nelson, is the reflection of UC’s commitment to the broad implementation of President Neville Pinto’s Next Lives Here, with a focus on our innovative agenda. This role is also a recognition and endorsement of UC Libraries’ contributions to…

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    Volume 17,  Volume 17, Issue 3

    A Note from the Dean: Supporting the Libraries

    It’s summer in Cincinnati and while the campus is calmer and the parking garages emptier, there is still a quiet buzz of activity. The first summer semester is winding to a close, new student orientation is in full swing, and construction projects, including the long awaited Faculty Enrichment Center located in the Walter C. Langsam Library, are rushing toward completion before the fall semester begins. It is a good time for reflection. Some of my most memorable moments from this spring share a common theme; they feature the donors, volunteers and faithful advocates who give generously of their time, talents and treasures to the University of Cincinnati Libraries.  This year…

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    Volume 17,  Volume 17, Issue 2

    A Note from the Dean: Celebrating the Bicentennial

    The University of Cincinnati has kicked off its bicentennial year and all of us at UC Libraries are excited to celebrate along with the rest of the university community. During my participation at the first Bicentennial kickoff event, which was held in front of the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library and attracted a huge crowd, I felt tremendous Bearcat pride reflecting on the great journey our university has traveled. I was also proud hearing President Pinto mention the distinguished Bicentennial books published by the University of Cincinnati Press, a new division of UC Libraries. In the last issue of Source, I talked about a recent important milestone for the…

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    Volume 17,  Volume 17, Issue 1

    A Note from the Dean: Reflecting on UC’s History and Staff Impact

    This fall, the University of Cincinnati will kick off its Bicentennial during the annual Homecoming, paving the way for a year’s worth of events and celebrations in 2019. The University of Cincinnati Press will play a key role in the festivities as publisher of a suite of books related to the Bicentennial that explore the history of UC and its role in the city of Cincinnati. With 200 years of history to meditate on, a hopeful present and the promise of an even brighter future, this is an exciting time at the University of Cincinnati. Like the university, UC Libraries has a long history as we celebrated our 125th anniversary…

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    Volume 16, Issue 3

    A Note from the Dean: Celebrating Special Collections

    In this edition of Source we highlight some of the University of Cincinnati Libraries’ newest endeavors in digital collections. From the latest version of the university’s digital repository, Scholar@UC, to a new archive space for special collections, to our recent membership in the large-scale collaborative repository HathiTrust, UC Libraries has made great strides in increasing our digital footprint and exploring new ways to enhance our user’s scholarship and the ways they can access and utilize our collections. As the materials in our collections become more accessible online, our rare and special collections become even more valuable to the identities of our libraries and the university. Each of UC Libraries’ 10…

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    Volume 16,  Volume 16, Issue 2

    A Note from the Dean: Adapting Libraries for the Future

      How do we transform the Libraries’ traditional role from one of a service organization to that of a true partner in the academic pursuits of the university? Traditionally, libraries have been seen primarily as service units. Librarians and staff purchased and disseminated materials and assisted users with reference and other questions concerning the library. While this service role is important, in order for us to remain relevant – to not just survive, but to thrive – libraries need to move beyond that traditional service model into something that is more collaborative and integrated into the academic mission of the university. For academic libraries, this means transforming ourselves from information…