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Stratford-upon-Avon: “A Town Synonymous with William Shakespeare”

By: Sydney Vollmer, ARB Intern

Ah, summer. A time for frolicking on the beaches, zipping swiftly through busy cities with bright lights, tolerating that toddler kicking your seat on the plane just because it means you’re finally getting to spend some time away from work, and appreciating the Bard? It’s true. Shakespeare’s home, Stratford-upon-Avon, has been relying on tourism to bolster its economy since 1769.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Source: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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Welcome New Library Operations Manager, Elizabeth Sullivan

by Heather Maloney

The UCBA Library team welcomes Elizabeth Sullivan as the new Library Operations Manager. Elizabeth brings over 5 years of experience from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County including her role as a branch manager. She also comes directly to us from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden where she was the Manager of Member Experience and Fun (yes, she met Fiona!).

Elizabeth Sullivan

                        UCBA Library Operations Manager, Elizabeth Sullivan

Elizabeth will be managing the daily operations of the library to ensure high quality service and support for faculty, staff and students. We’re so excited to welcome Elizabeth to the UCBA Library Team!

A Few Alembics : Notes from the Oesper Collections, No. 45, July/August 2017

A reproduction of a circa 17th-century alembic with an “ostrich”-necked cucubert, clay luting, various receiving flasks, charcoal furnace, bellows, tongs, and poker

A reproduction of a circa 17th-century alembic
with an “ostrich”-necked cucubert, clay luting, various
receiving flasks, charcoal furnace, bellows, tongs, and poker

The 45th issue of Museum Notes gives a brief history of the oldest known distillation apparatus as illustrated by various reproductions found in the Oesper Collections.

 

Click here for all other issues of Notes from the Oesper Collections and to explore the Jensen-Thomas Apparatus Collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Cork: A County Unchanged by History

By:  Savannah Gulick, Archives & Rare Books Library student assistant
County Cork, Ireland, Scilly Walk

County Cork, Ireland lies in the southwest region of the country and contains many historically famous cities and buildings, such as Cobh (formerly Queenstown) where the Titanic last docked before its disastrous maiden voyage Smith's History of County Corkin 1912, and Cork City itself, the second largest city Ireland.   In terms of its beauty and traditions, this particular county has not changed very much over the centuries, though like the rest of Ireland, has seen economic hills and valleys as well as its own take on revolution and patriotism in the island.  In Charles Smith’s two-volume 1774 work in the Archives & Rare Books Library, The Ancient and Present State of The County and City of Cork, the author discusses the vast history of County Cork up to his own time in the 18th century.  He explains all aspects of Irish history in Cork, ranging from wars to flora and fauna with maps and photos to illustrate what he is discussing.  The volumes are part of the growing body of Irish literature in ARB and are consulted frequently by students and scholars interested in urban development, the history of cities, and the general history of Ireland.  Smith’s work also includes maps and engravings of Cork City and the surrounding countryside. Continue reading

Reporting back from the Archives Leadership Institute

By:  Eira Tansey

Archives Leadership Institute

Twenty-five archivists, five and a half days, and untold quantities of coffee: these are the basics that make up the annual Archives Leadership Institute (ALI). ALI is a week-long leadership training institute for a cohort of 25 archivists, selected each year following an extensive application and review process. The institute is funded by a 3-year grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC), and is currently located at Berea College (Kentucky). Continue reading

CCM Library Student Positions Available — Please Apply

The CCM Library is currently accepting applications for student assistants, for both the summer and fall semester.

Positions are open for:

  • staffing the Circulation Desk
  • maintaining the shelves

Positions require a commitment of at least 10–12 hours per week. Some positions require a federal Work/Study grant.

The library is conveniently located on the 6th floor of the Blegen Library building, next door to the CCM Village.

Please fill out the application form (pdf) and return to David Sandor, the Circulation Supervisor, CCM Library (600 Blegen Library)

email: david.sandor@uc.edu

ASTM Compass Now Available

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UC Libraries now has a subscription to ASTM Compass, which includes all ASTM standards, journals and STPs (Special Technical Publications).  Access to standards includes both current and historical versions.

ASTM standards and publications cover many topics: consumer products, science, design, architecture, engineering, 3D printing, medical devices, etc.  Go to  https://www.astm.org/Standards/category_index.html to see an entire list of standards by category.

To access go to https://compass.astm.org/CUSTOMERS/index.html .  If you are off-campus, log in to the UC VPN: http://libraries.uc.edu/off-campus-access.html

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