Dean’s Corner: A Busy April Overview

It’s April at the University of Cincinnati, the end of another eventful academic year. This April was especially busy for UC Libraries, beginning with our 16th annual International Edible Books Festival event on April 3rd. Later in the month, the library hosted my Dean’s Advisory Council, and the board of downtown Cincinnati’s Lloyd Library. We honored Marian A. Spencer, this year’s recipient of the Taft Medal of Notable Achievement at UC’s Distinguished Alumni Celebration, and held our first German-Americana lecture. We celebrated the kickoff of UC’s bicentennial, participated in UC’s Research + Innovation Week and brought music to the Gorno Library.

This is just a short list, in no way comprehensive. It says nothing of UC Libraries’ hardworking faculty, staff and student workers, spread out over 10 campus locations.

From the upper left hand corner: Celebrating Edible Books; handing out snacks and giveaways at UC’s Bearcat Block Party; dining with members of my Dean’s Advisory Council

Top: UC Librarians Ted Baldwin, Tiffany Grant and Don Jason present to my Dean’s Advisory Council

Bottom, from left to right: Meeting with the Lloyd Library’s new executive director, Patricia M. Van Skaik, and members of Lloyd’s Board of Directors; UC Libraries’ GAs Sarah Muncy (UC Press) and Rodrigo Mariño-López (DSC) discuss their work at the UC Foundation’s Meet the Deans: A College Showcase

UC Libraries hosted its first German-Americana lecture, with guest speaker Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann. The lecture was generously supported by The Charlotte and Edward Unnewehr Fund made possible by the Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation. Dr. Tolzmann was introduced by Kevin Grace, head of UC Libraries’ Archive & Rare Books Library and the University Archivist. The lecture, titled “The German-Americana Collection, University of Cincinnati: How it Came to Be,” attracted members of Cincinnati’s active German American community, along with a group of German students from Elder High School and their teacher, Karin Albrecht-Kraeling.

From the upper left hand corner: DSC Co-Director James Lee honored with an Award for Faculty Excellence, awarded by Provost Kristi Nelson and the Office of Research; celebrating the Cincinnati Ballet at the American Sign Museum with DAC member Rosemary Schlachter and my wife, Wendy; enjoying the songs of Henri Duparc in the Gorno Library