UC’s Lynn Warner selected to complete Open Education Network’s Certificate in Open Education Librarianship

Lynn Warner, research and health sciences librarian in the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library, is among nine librarians selected to complete Open Education Network’s Certificate in Open Education Librarianship.

Selection into the cohort was a competitive process based on the candidate’s “experience, passion and commitment to advancing the goals of the open education movement,” according to the program’s documentation. Administered by the Open Education Network (OEN), the Certificate in Open Education Librarianship is a professional development program that aims to create effective open education program leaders who want to be stewards and advocates for high-quality, public domain, open and adaptable educational resources (OER).

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The cohort begins in January, 2024 and runs through September. After completing the eight-month OEN course, in addition to serving as OER advocates, the librarians will be prepared to support and advise faculty interested in transitioning from commercial to no-cost-to-student teaching materials.

Joint funding is provided by OhioLINK and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, which supports post-secondary education through cost-savings initiatives and policy solutions. OhioLINK’s long-term objective for the program is “to increase the availability of Open Educational Resource(OER)-specialist librarians at OhioLINK institutions to support faculty, possibly sharing expertise among the consortium’s libraries.”

In interviewing Lynn, she replied:

  • What motivated you to apply?

I was motivated to apply as I have been interested in Open Access (OA) and Open Education Resources (OERs) for some time now, and I would like to learn more so I can better connect UC faculty and students with open resources. I find open education exciting for a variety of reasons; one main reason is that OERs have been shown to increase equity and help maintain student diversity as well as increasing student retention.They also can help engage students in new ways of learning, which I discovered when I worked with students to edit, modify and recreate an OER for a credit bearing class I taught previously.

  • What do you hope to get from this program in relation to your job at UC?

Part of this program is to create an action plan geared to moving an open education initiative forward on UC’s campus. As a liaison librarian to the College of Nursing and the College of Allied Health, it is part of my role to develop a collection to support the curriculum. It is my goal to advocate for the use of OA resources and OERs, as well as to aid faculty in discovering and creating open resources that will ultimately help level the playing field for students.

  • What is the value of Open Education – especially to your students/researchers?

Open education removes barriers for our students and researchers. Our model of sharing educational resources and information has not fully embraced the potential of our current technology. As SPARC notes: “Open Education maximizes the power of the Internet to make education more affordable, accessible and effective.” (https://sparcopen.org/open-education/)

Students have so much access to information through UC Libraries, but when they graduate or leave the university, that access is gone. It is important we are equipping students with valuable information literacy skills that will continue to serve them in their post-UC life. Understanding open access resources and how they can find reliable scholarly work outside of the university setting is an important part of being a member of society. 

  • At the conclusion of the cohort, what do you hope to have accomplished or what do you plan to do with the knowledge gained?

As I noted above, I will conclude this program with an action plan. In addition to working with my liaison areas, I hope to share my knowledge with other librarians and faculty across UC and the state of Ohio to help promote the use and creation of Open Education Resources.

Joining Lynn in the cohort are librarians from Bowling Green State University, Franklin University, Kent State University, Ohio University, University of Rio Grande, University of Toledo and Wittenberg University.

UC Libraries closed for Thanksgiving holiday


The University of Cincinnati Libraries will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for Thanksgiving, with some locations closed the remainder of the holiday weekend and many library locations closing early on Wednesday, November 22 at 5pm. Check the listed hours for each library location’s specific hours.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Health Sciences Library display in honor of World AIDS Day December 1

UC Libraries recognizes World AIDS Day on December 1st. This year, we are partnering with Caracole and other libraries across Cincinnati to coordinate educational displays that help raise awareness, challenge stigma and improve education about HIV.


Caracole is a nonprofit organization that is devoted to positively changing lives in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Caracole seeks to educate and empower both young and older adults with accurate information about HIV. It has been four decades since the first AIDS cases were reported in the U.S., but lack of HIV knowledge and stigma continues, especially among younger people who were not alive during the darkest days of the epidemic (Owning HIV Survey 2019).

To learn more, stop by the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library between Monday, November 20th and Sunday, December 3rd to view the World AIDS Day display. We encourage you to take a pin, take a brochure and browse a curated collection of books on HIV/AIDS.

With your help, we can raise awareness, de-stigmatize HIV and prevent future cases or HIV in our communities.

UC Libraries closed Friday, Nov. 10 for Veterans Day

UC Libraries will be closed Friday, Nov. 10 in observance of Veterans Day.

Regular library hours will resume Saturday, Nov. 11.

To learn more about veterans at UC, check out this online exhibit from the Archives and Rare Books Library entitled “School & Country: Military Life at the University of Cincinnati.”

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GIS Day Celebration – November 15, 2023

Join other UC GIS users for the celebration of National GIS Day. 

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GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, is a way of analyzing spatial data to identify spatial patterns, solve problems and better understand the world we live in. With GIS we can understand climate change, disease progression, population dynamics and other phenomena of our modern world.

Sponsored by the Provost’s Office, UC Libraries, Department of Geography & GIS, Geography Graduate Student Association, and the Joint Center for GIS and Spatial Analysis, the day features Director of Education for Esri [Industry Leader in GIS software], Geri Miller and a GIS Jobs Panel.  The event is free and open to all.  Lunch will be provided for all attendees.


Date: November 15, 2023

Venue: Location Rm 400 ABC / Tangeman University Center

11:00 Keynote Speaker Geri Miller, Director of Education, Esri – Talk Title – “Geospatial Education in the Cloud: Today’s Workforce Skills

  • Geri Miller is Director of Education at Esri. Her main role is to support academic institutions stay on cutting edge of geospatial technology. Prior to that, she was an Instructor and Technical Lead at Esri, specializing in online and onsite delivery of various geospatial technology courses. Ms. Miller is also an Associate Program Director for the Johns Hopkins University Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems program and has been a lecturer in the program since its inception. She has developed and taught a range of the GIS curriculum, including Web GIS, Spatial Analytics, Programming in GIS courses.  https://advanced.jhu.edu/directory/geri-miller/

12:00 pm Lunch                                                

1:00 pm Jobs Panel featuring

  • Trisha Brush, MBA PMP GISP DTM (Director Information Systems and Analytics at Planning and Development Services of Kenton County)
  • Kelly Wright, M.S., GISP (GIS Analyst at City of Monroe)
  • Gabriela Waesch (GIS Analyst at OKI Regional Council of Governments)
  • Madison Cox (Geospatial Data Scientist at Sanitation District No. 1 of Campbell and Kenton Counties)
  • Madison Landon (Urban Planner at Woolpert)

Register for GIS Day in Faculty One Stop

Also please join members of the Department of Geography & GIS for coffee, pastries and conversation with the keynote prior to the official celebration

Venue: 4th Floor lounge, Braunstein Hall

9:30 – 10:30 Pre event Coffee and Donuts with Keynote   

SERVICE NOTE: Power outage on Friday, Oct. 6 will impact access to some library websites

A power outage is scheduled for UC’s primary Data Center beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6, and lasting as late as 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 8. Electrical maintenance will be performed in the Data Center during this time.

More information, and a list of UC services that will be affected during the outage, can be found in this news post.

The University of Cincinnati Libraries website (libraries.uc.edu) will remain up and available during the outage; however, some parts of the website will be unavailable.

The parts of the site that will be unavailable during the outage are:

•             Browzine integration with Summon

•             The staff directory

•             The student employment application

•             Some Contact Us forms

•             The “Journals” and “Books” search tabs on homepage

•             My Library Record

In addition, the following library sites/services will be unavailable during the outage:

•             uclid.uc.edu (staff and public Sierra)

•             scholar.uc.edu

•             journals.uc.edu

•             digital.libraries.uc.edu (including Luna)

•             data.libraries.uc.edu

•             libapps.libraries.uc.edu (including the Source, LiBlog, Omeka S, and Exhibits)

Health Sciences Library Newsletter – October 2023

Explore the news and recent happenings at the HSL with our latest newsletter…

Data, data, data! Data is everywhere and constantly growing – and we are here to help. Join us for the Future directions of Data with UC Data Day, get help with your data with RDS’s student assistant, and learn new skills to work with data with this month’s workshops. Need additional assistance? Let us know!

UC Libraries New Dean

On August 14, 2023 UC Libraries welcomed Elizabeth Kiscaden, MLIS, AHIP, as dean and university librarian. Prior to UC, Kiscaden served as university librarian and assistant vice provost of library services at Creighton University. Read more…

Need help with data?

Saurabh Verma is the new Data Literacy Research Consultant and Graduate Assistant for Research & Data Services. Saurabh will be housed in the Health Sciences Library Informatics Lab and provide research and data services across both the main and medical campuses. Saurabh has a bachelor’s degree in statistics and a master’s degree in economics, both earned from the University of Pune, India. Saurabh Verma is presently enrolled in the MS in Business Analytics program at Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati, and he brings to RDS more than seven years of extensive experience in the field of data science and analytics. Throughout his career as a data scientist, he has contributed his expertise to various sectors, including public relations, telecommunications, as well as sales and marketing. Email Saurabh to schedule an appointment.

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Kyle McGill joins UC Libraries as the GIS Research Consultant

Welcome to Kyle!

Kyle McGill is the new GIS research consultant in the UC Libraries Research and Data Services Unit.

Kyle is a Master’s student in the Department of Geography and GIS. He completed an undergraduate degree in Geography, but also took classes in Urban Planning, both at UC. His primary interests are in remote sensing and environmental geography. He tends to spend his free time reading science fiction, playing video games, or playing with his two cats, Jojo and Nebula (pictures below).

Graduate Student Kyle McGill

Kyle is here to help you understand how to use GIS software, think about project plans, and find data for your project.  He can share information, offer advice, and even partner on projects on a case by case basis. Please come by the Data & GIS Collab, located in the Geology Math and Physics Library (240 Braunstein Hall).

Kyle’s hours will be:

Monday10 am to 2 pm
Tuesday10 am to 2 pm
Wednesday10 am to 2 pm
Thursday10 am to 2 pm
Friday12 pm to 4 pm

UC Libraries Closed Labor Day

All University of Cincinnati Libraries locations are closed Monday, Sept. 4 for Labor Day. The Libraries will reopen as scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 5. Have a safe and relaxing holiday.

Welcome Elizabeth Kiscaden, Dean and University Librarian

Today we officially welcome our new dean and university librarian Elizabeth Kiscaden on her first day at the University of Cincinnati Libraries.

Dean Kiscaden comes to UC from Creighton University where she was university librarian and assistant vice provost of library services. While at Creighton, she worked to modernize legacy library systems and infrastructure to support an anytime, anywhere, any device philosophy and oversaw the development of a single library enterprise, bringing together campus and health sciences libraries. She has extensive experience administering large grants and library services to support academic programs, faculty teaching and student learning. Her research largely focuses on consumer health information.