Dean’s Corner: Welcome Back!

This fall, UC Libraries continued the pursuit of our mission to become the “globally engaged intellectual commons of the university.”

We began the semester with the announcement of Langsam Library’s transformation to a 24×7 space, and the opening of its new Starbucks cafe. We celebrated a number of new hires, including the director of the University of Cincinnati Press, Liz Scarpelli and the head of the CCM Library, Jenny Doctor. We featured new displays, such as Big Bone Lick: A Place of Discovery at the Geography-Mathematics-Physics Library, physical and online exhibits  celebrating Native American Heritage found at Langsam Library and on our library website, and a Halloween exhibit of creepy medical artifacts at the Winkler Center. We also celebrated at the Winkler Center the 100th birthday of Dr. Henry R. Winkler.

At the 10th Annual Books by the Banks Festival. From left to right, my wife Wendy, Director of Communications Melissa Cox Norris, and Interim Associate Dean for Public Services Dan Gottlieb

UC Libraries sponsored numerous events, including ones for Hispanic Heritage Month and the bi-annual Life of the Mind.* I held my third bi-annual Dean’s Advisory Council meeting.

All of these visible and publicized changes and events don’t account for the hard work done behind the scenes by UC Libraries’ excellent faculty and staff.

This spring will be a time of re-calibration. We will continue to serve the students, faculty, researchers and scholars of the University of Cincinnati community while examining the best way forward. On this blog, I plan to dig deeper into the initiatives, departments and personnel that make up UC Libraries.

Thank you for reading and welcome back!

Xuemao Wang
Dean and University Librarian



*For more highlights, check out the recently released 2015/2016 Progress Report: Transforming Our Spaces and UC Libraries’ Newsletter Source.

Dean’s Corner: Fall 2016 Dean’s Advisory Council

This month I held my third biannual Dean’s Advisory Council meeting. The focus of this fall’s meeting was Digital Humanities and Digital Scholarship (DH/DS). The two-day meeting included: a tour of Northern Kentucky University’s Steele Library and College of Informatics; a presentation with the co-leaders of UC Libraries’ new Digital Scholarship Center; a tour of UC Libraries’ Preservation Lab; and a luncheon with guests from across the university, including Interim Provost Peter Landgren, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Eileen Strempel, and representatives from Student Government and the Graduate Student Governance.




Dean’s Corner: IFLA Revisited

Welcome back!

It was a long and busy summer here at UC Libraries with several exciting projects that kicked off just in time for the start of the fall semester.  August in particular was full of library sponsored events, including the Grand Opening of the Langsam Starbucks the first week of school. Several other events took place right before the start of the semester that centered on the International Federation of Library Associations and Institution’s (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress. Continue reading Dean’s Corner: IFLA Revisited

Dean’s Corner: UC Libraries’ Dean’s Advisory Council Explore Strategic Issues of Space

Dean of University Libraries, Xuemao Wang
Dean of University Libraries, Xuemao Wang

Over two years ago, recruitment began for my Dean’s Advisory Council, an advisory group comprised of individuals from different industries and backgrounds with a tremendous passion for higher education and lifelong learning, global experience, digital technologies and a commitment to UC and the mission of UC Libraries. This group met recently to discuss and explore the issues and goals of library space. Continue reading Dean’s Corner: UC Libraries’ Dean’s Advisory Council Explore Strategic Issues of Space

Dean’s Corner: A New Year for UC Libraries

After an innovative, transformative and event-filled 2015, UC Libraries is starting the new year off strong.

The Libraries are undergoing a great deal of physical change, from the accessible new entrance of the Geography-Mathematics-Physics Library to the updated service desk and learning commons on the 4th floor of Langsam Library.

Langsam Service Point
The new Langsam Service Point under construction

Behind the scenes, our librarians and staff continue to plan and host events and educational opportunities for UC students and library users, like those sponsored by the Libraries’ Diversity grant. The Libraries’ online resources are constantly being refined to provide the best possible access and content for students and faculty, such as the BoardVitals Question Banks recently acquired by the Health Sciences Library. In addition, we are making it possible for UC’s faculty and researchers to archive and make available online their scholarly output with Scholar@UC, UC’s digital repository. Want to know more about the opportunities for faculty, staff and student workers? New positions are posted on the Libraries’ website.

This year, look for posts from me about the new and exciting projects and events at UCL, my local, national and international involvement with the library community, and my personal thinking on UC Libraries’ Strategic Plan going forward.

Thank you for reading and welcome back!

Dean of University Libraries, Xuemao Wang

Xuemao Wang
Dean and University Librarian




Dean’s Corner: Travels to Africa

Every year, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) hosts a general conference where leaders in the global library community gather together to exchange ideas, network with fellow delegates and share the latest advancements in librarianship. This is a conference I relish attending as over the years I have formed valuable relationships and learned a great deal from my colleagues around the world.IFLA%20LOGO-Colour_no-text[1]

My direct involvement with IFLA began in 2001, when I gave a poster presentation for the Metropolitan New York Library Council at IFLA’s Boston conference.  My current role is as a member of the Knowledge Management (KM) Standing Committee, after serving two four-year terms as chair of the section.  This section was approved as a part of IFLA in 2003, with objectives to: support the implementation of KM culture in libraries and information environments; provide an international platform for professional communication and understanding of the significance of KM for librarians and their institutions; and follow the developments in KM and promote its practical implementation within the IFLA community. Continue reading Dean’s Corner: Travels to Africa

Dean’s Corner: Building Connections

As the dean of UC Libraries, I serve as an ambassador for the university and the Libraries on a global scale.  My travel takes me across the United States and around the world for conferences and site visits from San Francisco, California to Zhejiang, China.  It is equally important, however, for me to foster my relationships on a local and regional level with the universities and library systems across the state.

This summer, Ohio University hosted a two-week Institute for Chinese Academic Leaders.  Scott Seaman, the university’s dean of libraries, invited me to Athens to participate in a panel about “Current Trends & Changes in U.S. Research Libraries.”  This gave me the opportunity to spend time with the OU library leadership, support their international partnerships, and to reinforce the ties between our two libraries.

From left to right: Liu Wanguo, director and research librarian and Huang Ying, head of Research and Development at Northeast Normal University with Scott Seaman, dean of Libraries at Ohio University

Upon their arrival at Ohio University, the visitors presented dean Seaman and OU’s dean emeritus Dr. Hwai-Wei Lee with handmade scrolls decorated with Chinese calligraphy commemorating the visit.

From left to right: Huang Ying and Liu Wanguo with Ohio University’s dean emeritus Dr. Hwai-Wei Lee

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Dean’s Corner: The Journey to Looking East

Hong Shen and Margo Taft Stever
“Looking East” authors Hong Shen and Margo Taft Stever

Late last month, UC Libraries celebrated the publication of the new English-language edition of Looking East: William Howard Taft and the 1905 U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Asia, The Photographs of Harry Fowler Woods.  This book, co-authored by Margo Taft Stever, James Taft Stever and Hong Shen, spotlights a little known but important historical event in U.S.-Asian relations.  The publication was commemorated with a book signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, as well as a donor event hosted by the library, which took place on the 400 level of Langsam Library.  These events provided UC Libraries with the opportunity to connect with the broader donor community, while celebrating an accomplishment three years in the making.

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Dean’s Corner: A Year in Review

Xuemao Wang
Dean and University Librarian Xuemao Wang

The 2014-15 academic year has been one of exploration, innovation and collaboration for UC Libraries. The launch of the Strategic Plan has contributed greatly to our success with its ten initiatives along with a wide range of events and activities created and sponsored by library faculty and staff throughout our libraries. The initiatives are all focused on the same goal, to make UC libraries the globally connected intellectual hub of the university. Below is a small sampling of those successes. More information on the ten strategic initiatives is available online.


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