Reflections on Library Leadership Ohio 2018

By Hong Cheng, Michelle McKinney and Craig Person

Group photo of Library Leadership Ohio Class of 2018

College of Engineering and Applied Science Libraries’ Hong Cheng (Global Service Librarian), Craig Person (Operations Manager & Student Supervisor) and UC Blue Ash Library’s Michelle McKinney (Reference and Web Services Librarian) participated in Library Leadership Ohio (LLO) 2018 in Columbus, OH.

The Ivy Library group, in coordination with OhioNet and the State Library of Ohio, facilitated the group of thirty-two librarians from across the state. The four day institute brought speakers from all areas and levels of the library profession. Participants were given the opportunity to learn, discuss and reflect on leadership skills, strengths, and career growth.

Hong Cheng, Michelle McKinney and Craig Person
L-R: Hong Cheng, Michelle McKinney and Craig Person at Library Leadership Ohio 2018

Overall Impressions

Hong: I appreciated the opportunity to get to know myself better and more importantly realize how much I can contribute to the organization. I heard “community” throughout the training many times, and I am excited to work with my colleagues on building a happy and healthy community within and outside the library.

Michelle: This was just what I needed at this point in my career. I’ll be celebrating my thirteenth work anniversary in December and am in the midst of considering my professional future. LLO has allowed me the time to truly reflect on my accomplishments, skills and aspirations. It has also helped me to connect with others who are facing similar challenges. I’ve been lucky to have a strong group of library friends, colleagues and supporters and I feel I’ve grown that group as a result of this experience.

Craig: Seeing how I spent a good portion of my library career in Kentucky, I had not heard about the Library Leadership Ohio program. I am thankful beyond words for having had this opportunity. To be selected for the 2018 cohort was an honor. But the experience was something more than just the tangible items gathered, presentations viewed, or daily speakers. There were bonds and connections created through this shared experience that I can’t fully describe. I understand myself better, I see this library “world” with more definition, and I feel connected to something greater.

Hong, Michelle and Craig plan on sharing more about their LLO experience at an upcoming info session that has yet to be scheduled.

Attention All Nerds and Geeks!

Display and LiBlog Post by Library Student Assistant Tiffany Fite

geeky book display

We’ve scoured our shelves and searched the system to create a display of the Nerdiest and Geekiest books in our collection. Want to know more about Wonder Woman’s Origins? Careers in Video Game design? The development of the iPhone? Starting July 16, come to the UCBA Library for your daily intake of Science, Comics, Math, Video Games, and so much more. Let’s Geek Out!

View the Library Display LibGuide to browse the display online.

 

July Book of the Month

by Christian Boyles

Leper Spy Book Cover

The Leper Spy by Ben Montgomery
D802.P5 M66 2017

About the book

The GIs called her Joey. Hundreds owed their lives to the tiny Filipina woman who was one of the top spies for the Allies during World War II, stashing explosives, tracking Japanese troop movements, and smuggling maps of fortifications across enemy lines for Gen. Douglas MacArthur. As the Battle of Manila raged, young Josefina Guerrero walked through gunfire to bandage wounds and close the eyes of the dead. Her valor earned her the Medal of Freedom, but the thing that made her an effective spy was a disease that was destroying her.

Guerrero suffered from leprosy, which so horrified the Japanese they refused to search her. After the war, army chaplains found her in a nightmarish leper colony and campaigned for the US government to do something it had never done: welcome a foreigner with leprosy. The fight brought her celebrity, which she used on radio and television to speak for other sufferers. However, the notoriety haunted her after the disease was arrested, and she had to find a way to disappear.

Is it checked out? Don’t worry about it. Here are some other titles on the subject.

And if I Perish : Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II | D807.U6 M66 2003

In World War II, 59,000 women voluntarily risked their lives for their country as U.S. Army nurses. When the war began, some of them had so little idea of what to expect that they packed party dresses; but the reality of service quickly caught up with them, whether they waded through the water in the historic landings on North African and Normandy beaches, or worked around the clock in hospital tents on the Italian front as bombs fell all around them. For more than half a century these women’s experiences remained untold, almost without reference in books, historical societies, or military archives. After years of research and hundreds of hours of interviews, Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee have created a dramatic narrative that at last brings to light the critical role that women played throughout the war. From the North African and Italian Campaigns to the Liberation of France and the Conquest of Germany, U.S. Army nurses rose to the demands of war on the frontlines with grit, humor, and great heroism. A long overdue work of history, And If I Perish is also a powerful tribute to these women and their inspiring legacy.

Women at War : the Women of World War II | D810.W7 L47 2002 

When the men went off to the front in World War II, a huge vacuum was left behind in the family, in the workplace, and in society at large. Women soon stepped into the breach in the factories, on the farms, in transport and public services, as well as in auxiliary military services, intelligence and espionage. Women endured the hardships of separation and rationing, as well as aerial bombardment, arrest, interrogation and perhaps imprisonment in a labour camp. Socially, women gained new skills and acquired a new sense of freedom, independence and equality, which they would take with them into the post-war world. From a German pin-up to American photographers, from Japanese women’s police to all women British orchestras, from Soviet women typists in the field to German pilots, from prisoners of war to secret agents, Women at War in World War II is a testament to these courageous and capable women and their experience, in both Allied and Axis countries. Included are first-person accounts, from the London air-raid warden to nurses caught in the raids on Pearl Harbor to flight technicians in Toronto.

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter DVD | D810.W7 L53 2007

Among the many sweeping social changes engendered by World War II was the influx of women into previously male-dominated workplaces. Documentary filmmaker Connie Field interviews five of these women. Black and white, urban and rural, poor and middle-class, the former defense employees relate their treatment during and then after the war, when they often faced discrimination from their male co-workers and employers, even as they were publicly praised for leading the war effort at home..

The reminiscences are intercut with the realities of the period – old news, films, recruiting trailers, March of Time clips, and pop songs such as “Rosie the Riveter.” These often serve to highlight the disparities between how women were portrayed in wartime media and the actual experiences of these five women.

 

UCBA Librarians in the Big Easy

by Michelle McKinney and Kellie Tilton

Michelle McKinney, Reference and Web Services Librarian

After a five year conference break, I was very excited to attend #ALAAC2018 in New Orleans! I spent the majority of the conference working with and for this year’s class of Spectrum Scholars. I had the honor of being named a Spectrum Scholar in 2005 and am currently serving as a member of Spectrum Advisory Committee. This year’s class of scholars networked, attended panels featuring Spectrum Alumni and took part in the greater conference, which included an Opening Session featuring Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden.

Spectrum Scholars group photo
         Michelle (front row, second from right) with other scholars awaiting Michelle Obama

I had the chance to reconnect with many colleagues and library friends, including fellow Spectrum Scholars from my class, during the Spectrum Scholars Founders Reception.

Michelle McKinney and three library colleagues
   Michelle and fellow 2005 Spectrum Scholars: Brenda Linares, Nancy Kirkpatrick and Nia Lam

When I wasn’t in sessions or meetings, I wandered around the Exhibit Hall and enjoyed some of the local cuisine, including the required serving of beignets.

Kellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian

Unfortunately, my #alaa18 trip was way too short. I flew in to attend my last official duty as a member of the Alex Award Committee, which presents an award to 10 books published for adults that has a unique appeal to young adults. (Check them out!) Luckily, the last event is also one of the best, as we honor the award winners with a program and book signing for anyone to attend.

Alex Awards Book Signing

I also was able to visit the exhibit hall to say hello to many vendors and publicists and check out the new products coming to libraries near you!

ALA Conference Decorations

It was awesome to be in New Orleans for its 300th birthday and the best way to celebrate was a late night run to Cafe du Monde for their famous beignets!

NOLA 300th birthday sign

It may have only been about 48 hours, but ALA is always a blast and a reminder how awesome the library profession is!

UCBA Library Celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month

For the month of June UCBA library will be showcasing LGBTQ+ Pride month with a selection of books and media celebrating LGBTQ+ authors, musicians, activists, and artists. Whether you are new to the topic of Pride or well versed, we have memoirs, poetry, and even popular culture icons; there is something for everyone!

When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”–Barack Obama

Visit the UCBA Library Display guide to browse a selection of titles from the display.

Hayden with her Pride Book Display
Library Student Assistant Haiden Reno’s LGBTQ Pride Month Display

Display & LiBlog post by Library Student Assistant Haiden Reno

June Book of the Month

by Christian Boyles

Fast Food Genocide book cover

Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About it
TX357 .F84 2017

About the book

Fast food is far more than just the burgers, fries, and burritos served at chain restaurants; it is also the toxic, human-engineered products found in every grocery store across America. These include: cold breakfast cereals; commercial and preserved (deli) meats and cheeses; sandwich breads Continue reading June Book of the Month