UC Libraries closed Wednesday, June 19th in observance of the Juneteenth holiday

All University of Cincinnati Libraries locations will be closed Wednesday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Regular library hours for all locations will resume Thursday, June 20.


In observance of the holiday, learn about “Not Racist” vs. “Anti-Racist” Ideologies as part of week three of R.E.S.P.E.C.T.’s annual 21-Day Anti-Racism Challenge — a three-week long, self-guided learning exercise that focuses on different aspects of systemic racism, and how we can all fight against it. And join us Thursday, June 20th from 10:30AM-11:30PM for a Zoom discussion on the challenge, what was learned and how participants can take further action.  Join the meeting here, or through the link found on the LibGuide.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (Racial Equity Support & Programming to Educate the Community Team) is a UC Libraries committee charged with developing external programming that explicitly addresses the negative role that systemic racism plays in our society. 

UC Libraries Closed Memorial Day, May 27th

All University of Cincinnati Libraries locations will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Regular library hours for all locations will resume Tuesday, May 28. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

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Two UC librarians elected to the SWON Libraries Consortium Board

Ted Baldwin, director of the Science and Engineering Libraries and the interim head of Library Collections, and Emily Wages, collection services manager at the University of Cincinnati Clermont’s Frederick A. Marcotte Library, have been voted in by the Directors Council to join the SWON Executive Board in June. They join existing UC Board member Gerry Wagner, unit operations manager in UC Libraries Collection Development Services and Engagement Department.

SWON Libraries formed in 1973 as the “Greater Cincinnati Library Consortium” (GCLC) when a group of library directors in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky wanted a vehicle for pooling resources, sharing knowledge and collaborating to better serve their patrons. They continue that mission today as one of the State Library of Ohio’s Regional Library Systems.

ORCID and GitHub Sign Memorandum of Understanding – ORCID

ORCID profiles can now be linked to Github profiles.  What does this mean for you?  Now you can include your ORCID number on your Github profile.  It is also possible to add the URL of your Github account to your ORICD landing page.  If you need some help setting up your ORCID or linking these two resources, please contact askdata@uc.edu

To learn more check out the ORCID blog post on the memorandum.

New Books in the Science Libraries

Check out the new science books that have been added to the Geology-Math-Physics Library. A couple of interesting titles are The Native Landscape Reader and A Spider’s World.

Click here to access the January-February 2024 list.

If you have any questions about these books, contact Ted Baldwin, Director of the Science and Engineering Libraries, at Ted.Baldwin@uc.edu.

Check out library Spring Break reduced hours, March 9-16

Most University of Cincinnati Libraries locations have reduced hours for Spring Break, March 9-16. Check the library website for a list of hours by location.

Have a safe and rejuvenating Spring Break, Bearcats!

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Read Source, the online newsletter, to learn about 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, Liz Kiscaden, dean and university librarian, writes about moving forging a path as we create our strategic plan. Readers can access the Strategic Plan to give a sense of what we accomplished in 2022/2023. Collections play a prominent theme in this issue, including in a new DAAP Library exhibit, Rediscovering Catherina van Hemmessen’s Flagellation of Christ: Women as Artists, Patrons and Rulers in Renaissance Europe, that features prints, books and manuscripts from the collections of UC Libraries and in the acquisitions of Blue Books in the Archives and Rare Books Library. Collaboration is another theme of this issue when we write about Poetry Stacked Beyond the Bookshelves and the efforts of several librarians and staff to present for school children participating in the College Mentors for Kids program. And don’t miss the article about the lost mural in the CEAS Library.

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

Love Data Week Day 4

Research & Data Services

February 12-16, 2024

Thursday, February 15, 2024 – Blog Post by Tiffany Grant, PhD, CDE

Today we will focus on diet and nutrition. Poor diet is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. Over the last several decades consumption of processed foods and changing lifestyles have led to the development of unhealthy diets. The lockdowns of the pandemic and the increased use of remote technologies have also led to an increase in sedentary lifestyles and habits amplifying the impact of these already unhealthy lifestyles. Eating the right variety of foods in moderation can help to offset this impact and help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and obesity.

What does a healthy diet look like?

The details of a “healthy diet varies for each person, but there are some common threads. Individuals should aim to incorporate nutrient-dense foods like vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and high-fiber carbs and limit low-nutrient, high-calorie foods like sweets, fatty meats, and fried and processed foods.

All healthy eating plans should include:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Lean meats and plant-based sources of protein
  • Less added sugar
  • Less processed foods


MyPlate is a visual reminder to make healthy choices from each of the five groups. MyPlate.gov offers tips and resources that support healthy dietary patterns.

For healthy recipe ideas, check out My Plate. The MyPlate Quiz is a quick self-assessment tool that provides tailored resources based on answers to a series of simple questions about current eating habits. The results page provides a snapshot of how the user is doing in meeting food group recommendations. The user can then sync quiz results with the Start Simple with MyPlate app to set daily goals organized by food group. Each goal can be personalized to personal preference, cultural foodways, and budget needs, and includes sample tips as starter ideas.

Check out this mini-poster for more information and tips on nutrition, including portion amounts for each dietary component.

Grocery Shopping Tips

First consider your shopping cart divided into fourths.

  • Fill one half of your shopping cart with fruits and vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, canned or dried. Start in the produce section to get more fresh produce.
  • Fill one fourth of the cart with whole grains like bread, tortillas, pasta, brown rice, quinoa, etc.
  • Fills one fourth with healthy proteins. This can include seafood and lean meats, but also nuts, nut butters, eggs and beans.
  • Aim to add dairy to your cart. Milk/dairy provides essential vitamins like calcium and vitamin D that you are less likely to get from other foods in the same quantity that milk provides. Other sources of dairy can include, yogurt and cheese. Also, when reading your label, you may find that many sources of dairy are also great sources of protein!

Similarly, your grocery cart should look like your plate.

  • Half plate of fruit and vegetables
  • Quarter plate of lean protein
  • Quarter plate of high-fiber carbohydrates

Nutrition Label Tips

Serving Size, Calories, and Macronutrients

  • Check serving sizes first! They may not be the same as the usual portion you take or the amount you assume it is.
  • A can of soup often has 2.5 “servings”, but a person often has 1 full can
  • A bag of chips often has 3 “servings,” but a person often has 1 full bag
  • Calories are good to check if you choose to look at just one part of the nutrition label
  • Fat, carbohydrates, and protein are worth checking

Nutrients to increase

  • Dietary fiber
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin D

Nutrients to decrease

  • Saturated fat
  • Sodium
  • Added sugars

Ways to Use Nutrition Labels

  • Guide to serving and portion sizes
  • Compare two products to choose the healthier
  • Limit or increase consumption of calories or certain nutrients
  • Finding new foods that fit within your plan

List of Ingredients

  • Listed from highest to lowest quantity in the food product
  • Use it to find ingredients you may or may not want
  • You might want:
    • Whole grains
    • Olive, soybean, or canola oil
  • You may not want:
    • Added sugars like honey, sugar, molasses, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, turbinado sugar, agave syrup, brown rice syrup
    • Hydrogenated oil, partially hydrogenated oil
    • Nitrites, sodium nitrate
  • You can also check for preservatives, colors, flavors, and other types of additives

A great resource on reading food labels can be found here.

No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.


Love Data Week Day 3

Research & Data Services

February 12-16, 2024

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 –  Blog Post by Tiffany Grant, PhD, CDE

Did you know…

  • Prolonged sitting increases risk of spinal, shoulder, carpal tunnel, and leg disorders
  • Sitting for more than 3 hours/day increases risk for all-cause mortality deaths
  • Sitting too much increases cholesterol and accelerates weight gain
  • People who sit most of the day and people who smoke have the same risk of heart attack

Question: What is the single most important thing you can do this very moment for health?

Answer: MOVE!

Regular exercise is one of the most important things you do to improve your health. For those that don’t like the term “exercise”, let’s just use the term “movement” because virtually any movement counts, even those that don’t resonate as “exercise”. Throughout the day, aim to move more and sit less because some activity is better than no activity. Though seemingly small now, it will add up over time to equate to added health benefits.  

The CDC recommends 150 – 300 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity/week or 75 minutes to 150 minutes of vigorous intensity activity/week. These minutes can be broken down into smaller chunks of time, such as 30 minutes/day for 5 days. Your activity can be walking, jogging, running, dancing, biking, mowing the lawn, walking the dog, golf, hiking, or virtually anything that will get you moving.

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Love Data Week – Day 2

Research & Data Services

February 12-16, 2024

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 – Blog Post by Tiffany Grant, PhD, CDE

Today we will focus on health disparities. The term health disparity refers to differences in health and health care between groups that typically stem from broader inequities. Multiple definitions of health disparity exist including:

Healthy People 2030 definition of health disparity

A particular type of health difference that is linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage,” and that adversely affects groups of people who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention definition of health disparity

Preventable differences in the burden, disease, injury, violence, or in opportunities to achieve optimal health experienced by socially disadvantaged racial, ethnic, and other population groups and communities.

*Note that each definition refers to differences, and these differences are driven by a number of factors, including genetics, health behaviors, social and environmental factors, and access to health care.

Health disparities exist across all demographics in the US, and addressing them is essential to not only to those impacted, but to the overall health our our nation. Health disparties place a significant financial burden on individual, families, and the health care system.

Heart disease has been the number one cause of death for the last 100 years. In 2021 heart disease and stroke (5th leading cause of death) took more lives in the US than all forms of cancer and lower respiratory disease.

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