Students & librarian focus on collections in UC Forward Class!



Documenting a Fashion Icon: The UC Bonnie Cashin Collection is a ‘test kitchen’, hands-on course that incorporates transdisciplinary inquiry and discourse, student crowdsourcing power, and Millennials innate love for technology, social media, and images, to investigate, interpret, digitize, and widely disseminate authoritative information about an important collection of garments, The UC Bonnie Cashin Collection.

The primary goal of the class: To actively engage UC students in transdisciplinary inquiry and discovery and enable innovation through collaboration AND to provide the global community of designers, historians, curators, students, and design-minded lay people with free and open access to visual and textual information about The UC Bonnie Cashin Collection, a collection with international research potential.

Students who complete this course will understand how to conduct formal, historical, and structural analysis of objects; the historical and cultural value of objects and collections; the principles of collecting and the curation of both physical and digital objects, textile conservation and proper handling techniques, and forms and variables related to physical and digital preservation. Students will learn how to conduct object analysis, interpret information, and prepare succinct, written descriptions of objects; the basics of database and website design; metadata and standardized descriptive language; and finally, how to organize, market, and execute a successful, multidimensional event (an exhibition & opening).

For more information about the class, see our course website!

~Jennifer Krivickas, Head of the DAAP Library



Publication from Local Photographer, Tom Schiff, Explores Columbus, Indiana

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Cincinnati panoramic Photographer, Tom Schiff, is well-known for his colorful,oblong books of panoramic photographs. Often, the subject of Schiff’s photographs are the visually interesting landmarks, buildings, and places in and around Cincinnati and Ohio. Schiff’s newest photo book project, Columbus, Indiana: Midwestern Modernist Mecca (Skira Rizzoli, 2013), takes the reader/viewer on a wonderful tour around the little town in Indiana that has some of the most extraordinary examples of modernist architecture you’ll ever lay eyes on. Schiff not only offers readers/viewers a glimpse inside of beautiful places, such as the Miller House by Eero Saarinen (1957), but his unique style and craft allows us to see things in a different way. Whether you are traveling for research or leisure, Schiff’s new book, available for check out at the DAAP Library, is a wonderful resource for preparing for your next architectural pilgrimage to Columbus (Indiana).

~Jennifer Krivickas, Head of the Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning



Travel the World with UC Libraries! Destination for Today: Bulgaria


“Mastika and Rakia – Mastika is an anise-flavored liqueur made from raisins, grapes, figs, or plums. Rakia is a typically made from plums (but can also be produced from peaches, apricots, figs, and apples). It also serves as the national drink of Bulgaria. Both liqueurs taste similar to brandy. Most meals include drinks served as aperitifs.”

About their food:”Lunches and dinners often include soups, salads, stews, grilled meats, or stuffed vegetables. Regional culinary variations include the presence of more fish dishes along the Black Sea, less pork in the more Muslim Southeast, and more diverse dairy products in mountain areas. Plums, apricots, peaches, and melons are a few of the fruits available in the country. Cafes, pubs, and sweet shops are popular meeting places for a drink, coffee, or snack.”

Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Sofia

Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Sofia

The Global Road Warrior, “Bulgaria: Country Snapshot,” (accessed October 9, 2013).

Travel the World with UC Libraries! Destination for Today: Brazil

Brazil is one of the great rising world economies, comprising the BRIC nations along with Russia, India, and China. The country’s large agricultural, mining, manufacturing, and service sectors have become forces on world markets. Brazil weathered the 2008 global economic crisis with only two fiscal quarters of recession as global demand for Brazilian commodities declined. Foreign investment has remained strong amidst strong growth and high interest rates. The economy is likely to be among the top five in the world in coming years.

Curitiba, in the southeast corner of Brazil, is one of the cities that is studied frequently by urban planners because of their system for rapid transit.
The Architecture and Urban Planning Collection in the UC Libraries has a collection of images from the city taken by a UC student in planning.

Rapid Transit in Curitiba

Source: Global Road Warrior

Feature Library Resource: Architecture and Urban Planning Collection, Information Please Almanac.

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The DAAP Library: New & improved meeting & study spaces!

The DAAP Library now has several group studies for you to use for group or individual study, meetings, presentations, reviews, and teaching!

On the main (500) level, there are two:

The Seminar Room at the DAAP Library

The Seminar Room: This instructional room seats 25-30 and is equipped with HD projection & a sound system, a new DVD/VHS player, and PC that you can use or disconnect to connect your own Mac or PC. The Seminar Room should be booked in advance by visiting or calling the main desk in the DAAP Library (556-1335).


The Eames Room at the DAAP Library

The Eames Room: As an homage to famed designers, Charles & Ray Eames, this room is fully appointed with Eames furniture manufactured by Herman Miller and Vitra. This room seats 12 and is also equipped with projection & sound, a DVD/VHS player, and a PC that you can use or disconnect to connect your own Mac or PC. You may reserve this room by signing up on the weekly sign-up sheet hanging outside the room itself, otherwise, it’s first come, first serve.

On the upper (600) level, there are two more rooms for your use:

The DAAPThinks Tank at the DAAP Library

The DAAPThinks Tank: This room is appointed with George Nelson chairs, an Eames table, and seats 12. You may reserve this room by signing up on the weekly sign-up sheet hanging outside the room itself, otherwise, it’s first come, first serve.




The Special Collection Reading Room at the DAAP Library

The Special Collections Reading Room: Like the DAAPThinks Tank, this room is appointed with George Nelson chairs, an Eames table, and seats 12. You may reserve this room by signing up on the weekly sign-up sheet hanging outside the room itself, otherwise, it’s first come, first serve.

Transcending the Desolate to the Sanguine: Reflections of East Germany through the Art of Hermann Glockner (1889-1987)

Come visit DAAP Student, Betty Hensellek’s, exhibition on the postwar work of East German artist Hermann Glöckner at the library of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati.     It is a modest show of an original print (1963), two original printed posters (1971 and 1987), two hand printed catalogues (1969 and 1976), and an out of print book (1983) that will be on display until June of 2011.

Living in Dresden and its suburbs for 98 years, Hermann Glöckner witnessed the construction, struggle, demise, and reconstruction of a single nation. The work displayed in this exhibition highlights his artist      endeavors as a mature artist after previously experiencing two world wars, the chaotic Weimar Republic, the crimes of the Third Reich, and the division of Germany, which refashioned Dresden and Eastern Germany into the German Democratic Republic (Deutsche Demokratische Republik, DDR) as a communist Soviet Satellite State. Despite living through this turbulence and the shifting rigidity of censorship on culture in the DDR, Glöckner was able to find contentment and even optimism within the seemingly disconsolate political, economic, and social conditions.

Further reading:

1. Hermann Glöckner – Ein Patriarch der Moderne. Ed. by John Erpenbeck. Der Morgen. Berlin 1983
2. Die großen Dresdner. 26 Annäherungen. Ed. by Karin Nitzschke. Insel Verlag. Frankfurt am Main und Leipzig 1999
3. Günter Meissner: Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon: die bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker. K.G. Saur Verlag 1992. pp 198-201


1.  Hermann Glöckner in the German National Library catalogue

2. Exhibition at the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa)

3. Bibliography at the Smithsonian Institution