Library resources in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI), a celebration of the culture, history and contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander people living in the United States. In celebration, the University of Cincinnati Libraries presents the following resources from our collections. Some resources may be for the UC community only.

For more on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has created a list of events, news stories, blog posts, resources and exhibits from ARL member libraries.

Congratulations and fond farewell to Leah Everitt, graduate student assistant in HSL

leah everittOver the past nine months, Leah Everitt, a masters of library science (MSLS) graduate student at the University of Kentucky, has worked at the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library. During that time, she made an enormous impact assisting with community outreach projects, assessing a portion of the institutional repository using the FAIR Principals, working on research projects and serving as the temporary circulation coordinator.

Today, May 6, Leah officially graduates with her MSLS degree. Her next library career move is a position with the National Library of Medicine in their Associate Fellow Program. During the fellowship Leah hopes to work on more open scholarship projects and projects facilitating interoperability through standard languages.

Congratulations, Leah, and thank you for your fine work with UC Libraries!

Gretchen Gueguen joins the Press as temporary journals and digital projects coordinator

Gretchen GueguenWelcome, Gretchen Gueguen to the University of Cincinnati Press. Gretchen has been hired as temporary journals and digital projects coordinator and will manage the Press’s seven journal clients and Sophia Triantafyllopoulos, journals graduate student assistant. Gretchen will also be a vital member of the Open Education Resources (OER) initiative serving as technical project manager and an associate editor for interactive Open Access (OA) projects hosted on Manifold and OMEKA.

Gretchen holds an MLIS from the University of Maryland and a BA in English from Penn State University. Since 2015 she has taught Digital Libraries in the MLIS program at Clarion University. Gretchen has worked remotely as an independent library consultant for the past six years. Previously, Gretchen worked as data services coordinator and network manager for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), where she managed member relationships and served as a liaison to DPLA Hubs. Before DPLA, she served as head of archival activities for the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia Library, Digital Initiatives Librarian at East Carolina University, and the Digital Collections Librarian for the University of Maryland.

Welcome, Gretschen!

Samantha Schaffer joins UC Libraries as computer systems administrator

samantha schafferSamantha Schaffer joined the University of Cincinnati Library May 2 as a computer systems administrator in the Library IT Department. She will be responsible for the day-to-day management of on-premise and cloud-based servers, as well as the deployment and monitoring of software applications for UC Libraries.

Samantha comes to UC from Boise, Idaho, where she most recently worked as a systems engineer for Synoptek, supporting Windows, macOS and Linux systems, as well as VMware servers and Azure. Samantha has worked in the systems administration area since 2014 and will be a great addition to the team.

Welcome, Samantha.

Lori Harris named Interim Associate Dean

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Lori Harris

Lori E. Harris was named interim associate dean of the University of Cincinnati Libraries on March 1, 2022.  She continues to serve as assistant dean and director of the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library and the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions.

Lori initially joined the Libraries in 2015 as an associate fellow from the National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine. She permanently joined the University of Cincinnati Libraries in 2016.

 In her new role, Lori will provide leadership and coordination for the daily operations of both the Libraries on West Campus as well as the Health Sciences Library and the Winkler Center on East Campus.

Lori will continue to work directly with UC Libraries’ senior leadership to move aspects of the Libraries’ strategic framework to operational with special emphasis on initiatives relating to research and health informatics.

Hello, Central!: Telephones in Illustrated Sheet Music

hello centralBy Theresa Leininger-Miller,

This two-part exhibition commemorates the 145th anniversary of the invention of the telephone (1876) that took place in 2021; COVID-19 slightly delayed the celebration. Displayed on the 4th floor lobby of the Walter C. Langsam Library are reproductions of 68 vibrant, chromolithographic covers of illustrated sheet music dating from 1877 to 1939.

The display outside and inside the Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art & Planning (DAAP) features two dozen original pieces of sheet music, along with ten vintage telephones. The name of the device, from the Greek, means “far speaking” a way of increasing human earshot. With it, people can make themselves heard and understood around the world with a whisper. Continue reading

Library resources in celebration of National Arab American Heritage Month

April is National Arab American Heritage Month. Below is a list of library resources for further exploration of Arab cultural and history.

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UC librarians Olga Hart and Sally Moffitt created two research guides with links to information related to the Arab world. The Arabic Languages and Cultures guide provides an overview of Arabic language, literature and culture resources at the University of Cincinnati. The Middle Eastern Studies guide offers suggestions for conducting cross-disciplinary research into the history, politics, culture and social structures in the modern Middle East. The guide focuses on the Middle East after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War. With the exception of Egypt, North Africa is included only when that region is part of a more comprehensive survey of the Muslim Mediterranean world. Continue reading

Read Source for the news, events, people and happenings in UC Libraries

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Read Source, the online newsletter, to learn about the news, events, people and happenings in UC Libraries.

In this issue of Source, we announce our updated Strategic Framework – NEXT Directions. We celebrate Mikaila Corday receiving the 2022 Marian Spencer Ambassador Award for Staff and meet OhioLINK Luminaries intern Marvin Jones. We look back at three recent big events – the Oesper Musuem’s receipt of National Landmark designation, the six-part lecture series The Illustrated Human: The Impact of Andreas Vesalius and the ever-popular International Edible Books Festival. Finally, we look forward to Preservation Week with a sneak peek of The Preservation Lab.

Read these articles, as well as past issues, on the website. To receive Source via e-mail, contact melissa.norris@uc.edu to be added to the mailing list.

Celebrate Preservation Week with a Sneak Peek into the Preservation Lab

In celebration of the American Library Association’s Preservation Week, join Preservation Lab staff as they chat about preservation, conservation and what the Lab does for the libraries. There will be materials and models on hand.

Thursday, April 21, 10-11am & 2-3pm, Walter C. Langsam Library 4th floor, next to the Desk@Langsam.

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And the winners are…Results of the 2022 UC Libraries International Edible Books Festival

Rebecca Tabaja – Fairy the Farting Unicorn – Best Overall

The University of Cincinnati Libraries celebrated the International Edible Books Festival on Friday, April 1, 2022.

Sixteen edible books were created by students, faculty, staff, librarians, friends and family. The entries ranged from children’s books to literary classics to popular fiction and nonfiction books. The edible books were made of cakes, cookies, Rice Krispie Treats, candy, Peeps, olives and even carrots. Each entry was judged by our esteemed judges Rachel Hoople and Imani Coleman and awarded a bookmark.

Created by librarian Judith A. Hoffberg and artist Béatrice Coron, the International Edible Books Festival is held worldwide annually on or around April 1st to mark the birthday of Jean Brillat-Savarin, author of The Physiology of Taste.  The global event has been celebrated since 2000 in various parts of the world, including in Australia, Brazil, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, The Netherlands and Hong Kong.

Milly Diaz Perez – To the Boy Who Lived – Best Student Entry

UC Libraries has participated in the International Edible Books Festival since 2001. The 2022 winners ares:

  • Luahna Winningham Carter – The Dark Tower – Most Checked Out
  • Holly Prochaska – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Most Imaginative
  • Debbie Weinstein – The Girl Who Drew Butterflies – Most Whimsical
  • Olga Hart – The Vanishing Half – Most Literary
  • Melissa Cox Norris – A Cast of Literary Birds – Most Clever
  • Natalie Rogers – If You Give a Moose a Muffin – Most Delicious
  • Jessica Ebert – Crazy Plant Lady – Most Creative
  • Ben Kline and Aaron Libby – The Secret Lives of Color – Most Fun
  • Jenny Mackiewicz – Should I Share My Ice Cream? – Most Adorable
  • Debbie Tenofsky – Olive Kitteridge & Olive, Again – Most Taboo
  • Sam Norris – Batman: The Court of Owls -Scariest
  • Steve Norris – Death and the Penguin – Most Deadly
  • Jack Norris – Too Many Carrots – Silliest
  • Rebecca Tabaja – Fairy the Farting Unicorn – Best Overall
  • Milly Diaz Perez – To the Boy Who Lived – Best Student Entry
  • The Little Prince by Emma Duhamel and Eli Seidman-Deutsch

Congratulations to all the edible books creators! View the entries and the winners on the UC Libraries Facebook page. See you next year for Edible Books 2023!