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UC Libraries closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday

thanksgiving graphicThe University of Cincinnati Libraries will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving, with the Walter C. Langsam Library closing early on Wednesday, November 25 at 5pm.

Beginning Monday, November 30 library hours will vary by location with some closing their facilities and offering weekly Click & Collect library material retrieval and pick up service. Library hours and information about the Click & Collect service is available on the Libraries website.

Through the Online Library portal and CHAT reference service, UC Libraries remains open and available online to provide users with access to library resources and services.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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Lori E. Harris named assistant dean and director of the Health Sciences Library and Winkler Center

lori harrisXuemao Wang, vice provost for digital scholarship and dean and university librarian, is pleased to announce that Lori E. Harris has been appointed UC Libraries 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.

In her new role, Harris will plan, direct and assess the services and resources of the Health Sciences Library and Winkler Center within the context of UC Libraries’ mission and strategic plan. She will develop and implement library procedures, collect and analyze library data and oversee the implementation of the Health Sciences Library and Winkler Center strategic directions. She will provide leadership and coordination of the daily operations of the Health Sciences Library and Winkler Center.

Harris joined UC in 2016 as the assistant director of the Health Sciences Library after completing the second year of her National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM) Associate Fellowship Program at UC Libraries. She received her MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a B.A. in American Studies from Smith College.

During her tenure at UC Libraries, Lori has lead and collaborated in numerous initiatives and projects including acquiring and managing the traveling Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness exhibition to the Health Sciences Library, serving as interim director of the Health Sciences Library since January 2019 and co-leading the Libraries Return to Campus Task Force, which is managing how the libraries are providing access to research, services and facilities during the pandemic.

“My time at UC Libraries has been a rewarding one, and it’s just beginning,” said Harris. “I look forward to working with my library colleagues in this new capacity to continue to provide access to the Health Sciences Library’s and Winkler Center’s excellent research collections and services that help to advance the university’s research, teaching, learning and clinical practice initiatives.”

To learn more, read an interview with Lori Harris that appeared in Source in September 2015 when she first came to UC Libraries as an NIH/NLM associate fellow. Congratulations, Lori!

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UC Libraries closed Wednesday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. Health Sciences Library to remain open 9am-5pm.

veterans day imageUC Libraries will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day, except for the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library, which will be open 9am to 5pm.

In addition, both the Click & Collect request and retrieval service and the CHAT online reference service will be unavailable Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Regular hours will resume Thursday, November 12.

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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Join us Dec. 1 for World AIDS Day: Highlighting the Past, Present and Future of HIV/AIDS from the Medical, Research and Urban Perspective

world aids day graphicAn estimated 40 million people worldwide have died of AIDS since 1981, and an estimated 37 million are currently living with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), making it one of the most significant global public health issues in recorded history. First recognized in 1988, World AIDS Day is dedicated to spreading awareness of the AIDS pandemic, uniting in the fight against HIV infections and to mourning those who have died of the disease.

On December 1, 2020, the University of Cincinnati will participate in Worlds AIDS Day with a symposium to highlight the past, present and future of HIV/AIDS around the world from a medical, research and urban perspective. Open to all, this day-long, virtual event will feature speakers from around the country who have endeavored in many facets of HIV/AIDS treatment, research and advocacy. The day’s speakers include: Continue reading Join us Dec. 1 for World AIDS Day: Highlighting the Past, Present and Future of HIV/AIDS from the Medical, Research and Urban Perspective

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New PubMed: Tips and Tutorials


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PubMed changed its look and user experience earlier this Spring. While it still offers the same great search features – it is quite a bit different. To learn about the new features, check out the Network of the National Library of Medicine’s (NNLM) Tutorials and Recordings for PubMed. There you will find quick video tours, PowerPoint presentations, and even classes.

Still have questions about the New PubMed?  Contact the Health Sciences Library for additional assistance. We can provide answers, workshops, as well as PubMed instruction for your course. 




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OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC) Platform Update

OhioLINK will release the latest update of the Electronic Journal Center (EJC) platform on September 30th. The EJC will be unavailable between 7 and 9 p.m. while the platform is updated.

This release includes three major changes:

  • a new user interface with minor changes to functionality, including more ways to search on the List of Journals page
  • the discontinuation of the MyEJC feature
  • additional support for WCAG 2.1 (Accessibility Tools for ADA)

While EJC 6.1 is not yet fully compliant with WCAG 2.1, per OhioLINK policy, there is an exception on file with the Ohio State University Digital Accessibility Office. If a library user with a disability experiences difficulty accessing an OhioLINK application, they should contact the OH-TECH Digital Accessibility Team:

If you have any questions, fill out a ticket at

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Sept. 22 Life of the Mind lecture to feature John Lynch who will speak on challenges of medical communication

Life of the Mind, interdisciplinary conversations with University of Cincinnati faculty, will return Tues, Sept. 22, at 2:30 p.m. with a lecture by John Lynch, professor of communication in the College of Arts and Sciences, who will speak on “Remembering When Medicine Went Wrong: Lessons for Medical Communication Today.” The lecture will be presented via Zoom with the link soon available at

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Following Professor Lynch’s remarks, a panel of three will respond to the lecture:

  • Charles R. Doarn, professor, environmental and public health sciences; program director, MPH; director of telemedicine
  • Renee MaHaffey Harris, president and CEO, The Center for Closing the Health Gap
  • Michelle McGowan, research associate professor in the Ethics Center and Division of General and Community Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the College of Medicine; graduate program director, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, College of Arts and Sciences.

The Life of the Mind lecture series has merged with the former Authors, Editors & Composers to create one event that will celebrate the achievements of UC’s artists, authors, editors and composers. A bibliography and exhibit of the 2019 creative and scholarly works of UC’s faculty and staff will accompany the lecture and be available online.

Sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, and organized by the University of Cincinnati Libraries, Faculty Senate and the Faculty Enrichment Center, the mission of Life of the Mind is to celebrate UC faculty research, scholarship and creative output and to foster the free and open exchange of ideas and discourse. Life of the Mind is free and open to the public and attracts a broad audience including UC students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as people from the community.

More information about Life of the Mind is available online at

Questions? Contact Melissa Cox Norris, (513)556-1558 or

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Click & Collect Retrieval and Pickup Service Expanded to Daily, Monday-Friday

Lookinclick and collect graphicg for library print materials for research or study? The Click & Collect retrieval and pickup service (now expanded to a daily service!) allows UC users to request printed library materials in the Library Catalog for pickup at designated locations. Requests made daily Monday-Friday are typically available the next 1-2 business days. Users should wait for an e-mail pickup notice before coming to the library to pick up requested items. There is a limit of 10 items per request/25 a week.

Due dates have been automatically set for February 15, 2021. When searching for print materials in the Library Catalog, items with the status of “Click & Collect” are available for request. Items from one library location cannot be requested for pickup at another library location.

Click & Collect pickup locations and details per participating library are available on the Libraries web site.

Items requested from SWORD (Southwest Ohio Regional Depository) will be sent to Langsam Library only for pickup. Please note – SWORD will initially appear as the pickup location at the time of request, but will change to Langsam as the request is processed.

Updates to Click & Collect will continue to be posted online.

For other research and library service needs, the University of Cincinnati Libraries remains open and available online to provide users with access to library resources and services.

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UC Libraries Announce Phased Approach to Re-Open Library Facilities

With the start of fall semester, UC Libraries will begin to re-open library facilities to the UC community in a limited, phased approach to ensure social distancing. Our priority remains to provide access to library resources to the extent possible while maintaining the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. The availability and use of locations and spaces within the libraries will be reviewed on a continual basis and updates will be posted on the Libraries website.library with tables and chairs

Beginning August 10
, the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library (HSL) is open for fall semester with limited in-person accessibility to library spaces.

Beginning August 17, the UC Blue Ash College Library is open with services available in person, virtually or both.

Tues-Fri, August 18-21, the 400 level of the Walter C. Langsam Library will be open from 10am-4pm. No library services will be available during this time.

Beginning August 24, the Walter C. Langsam Library, Albino Gorno Memorial (CCM) Library, John Miller Burnam Classics Library, Archives and Rare Books Library and UC Clermont College Library will open with limitations and protocols to ensure social distancing. Location specifics are listed at

Other library locations remain closed at this time, but are under review for re-opening at a date to be announced. UC Libraries remains open and available online to provide users with access to library resources and services.

With limited exceptions in the Classics and CCM Libraries, there is no browsing of library materials in the stacks. The Click & Collect retrieval and pickup service allows UC users to request print library materials in the Library Catalog for pickup at designated locations. Pickup location details are available on the Click & Collect webpage.

Library users can once again request OhioLINK & Interlibrary Loan materials. Details are posted on the Libraries website.

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Save the Date: GIS Day 2020

GIS Day is an annual event for students, staff, faculty, and the broader community to learn more about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and to celebrate the power of geospatial analysis and visualization in answering research questions and solving real-world problems. This year, GIS Day is happening on Wednesday, November 18, and we hope you’ll mark your calendars so you can participate. We’re excited to bring you a different kind of GIS Day experience this year and to tell you a bit about what we have in the works.

In the past, we’ve hosted in-person GIS Day events, but we decided early in the discussions about returning to campus for autumn semester that this would not be a good idea in 2020. The first important change for this year is that we’re going virtual!

A virtual GIS Day provides us with a great opportunity to broaden participation in the program. Another important change this year is that our GIS Day 2020 program will be a collaboration between The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Cincinnati. Get ready for 3C GIS Day!

We’re in the early stages of planning, but we look forward to an exciting program that will include:

  • Lightning Talks
    • Learn about the application of geospatial technologies in a wide variety of disciplines from faculty, staff, students, and GIS professionals across Ohio’s 3C Corridor (Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati).
  • StoryMaps Showcase
    • We’re inviting any students, staff, and faculty affiliated with The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Cincinnati to create and submit ArcGIS StoryMaps to showcase their work on GIS Day and beyond. More details about the StoryMaps Showcase will be coming soon!
  • Professional Networking
    • We will provide a venue for GIS professionals, researchers, and students from across Ohio to connect with one another and discuss experiences, opportunities, and current topics of interest in the world of geospatial.

In anticipation, there will be a StoryMaps workshop on October 5, 2020 from 10 am – 12 pm taught by the Research and Data Services team and hosted by the FEC.  Stay tuned for more information about this workshop and 3C GIS Day in the coming weeks and months, and mark your calendars for a great event on November 18, 2020!  The event is free and open to all.

The 3C GIS Day planning committee includes Josh Sadvari and Katie Phillips (OSU), Ben Gorham (Case), and Amy Koshoffer (UC). If you have any questions about 3C GIS Day or are interested in participating and want to receive updates, please email Amy Koshoffer at


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