UCBA Library Celebrates National Library Week 2016

It’s National Library Week and the UCBA Library is celebrating! This year we are highlighting the ways libraries transform their communities. Check out our #librariestransform video to see some amazing UCBA faculty, staff, and students share their UCBA Library stories. Come into the library and celebrate this Thursday and Friday with Crayons and Candy. Relax a little with coloring therapy while enjoying an everlasting (and transforming) gobstopper. Want to capture your relaxation? Take a selfie in our #librariestransform selfie frame, or just stop by to check our new #librariestransform signs and celebrity READ posters.

We are proud and honored to be part of the UC Blue Ash community and look forward to celebrating with you this week!

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UCBA Librarian Judges Edible Books

By Michelle McKinney, Reference and Web Services Librarian

When Melissa Norris asked if I would like to serve as a judge for the 2016 Edible Books contest held on April 1st at the University of Cincinnati Libraries’ Langsam Library, I happily (and hungrily) agreed.

This was my first time attending the event let alone judging it. I was completely blown away by the creativity and complexity of some of the entries. It was truly a challenge for me and fellow judge, Michael Alfieri, to fairly assess and assign winners for 15 categories which included: Most Gruesome, Most Literary, Most Whimsical and Best Overall.

All those in attendance had the chance to taste the literary creations which included cheese balls, fruits,  veggies, cakes and cookies. Did I mention how tasty the entries were as well?

For more information about the participants and the International Edible Books Festival, read the News Record article. View the entries and the winners on theLibraries Facebook page.

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UCBA Fun Facts: Personal Lending Policy

Question: What is your policy on book lending?

Heather

Heather Maloney, Library Director: I share! Unless it’s a library book then I’m a little more protective. 😉

 

 

Michelle Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: It depends on the book and who I’m lending it to…I’ve lost a few faves over the years and those folks can’t borrow from my anymore. 

 

KellieKellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: I am an advocate of book lending! But only if I know the person well enough to know the book is coming back at some point. 

 

LaurenLauren Wahman, Instruction LibrarianNo policy. All of my books come from the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 

 

 

julierobinsonJulie Robinson, Library Operations Manager: Hardly ever. Streamlined my collection to keep mainly my absolute favorite hardcovers and first editions which I NEVER lend and the rest I borrow from the library.

 

pamadler Pam Adler, Public Services Assistant: Depends on the book. I rarely loan my hardcovers but if I have an ebook it’s yours to borrow. 

 

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UCBA Fun Facts: Giving Bad Reviews

Question: How do you feel about giving a bad or negative review?

Heather

Heather Maloney, Library Director: Reading opinions can be very personal (especially if reading for leisure) so I keep it constructive and from a place of my own personal preference.

 

Michelle Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: I like reading them if I don’t like a book. Sometimes I can’t find the words to describe why I don’t like a book and reading other people’s negative review helps. 

 

KellieKellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: I think if the reviews are given critically, I’m okay with them. I also appreciate when reviewers acknowledge the difference between issues they personally had with a book and the issues that are problematic on a more general level. 

 

LaurenLauren Wahman, Instruction LibrarianI appreciate honesty and understand that not everyone is going to like the same books as me. 

 

julierobinsonJulie Robinson, Library Operations Manager: I try to keep it concrete and give specific examples, but just because I don’t care for a book doesn’t mean someone else won’t love it. I never want to discourage anyone from picking up a book. 

 

pamadler Pam Adler, Public Services Assistant: Reviews/opinions. I will give my opinion, good/bad/indifferent if asked. 

 

 

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UCBA Fun Facts: Favorite Reading Snack

Question: What’s your favorite reading snack?

Heather

Heather Maloney, Library Director: I’m not much of a snacker when I read but a glass of wine or cup of tea is always nice. 

 

 

Michelle Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: Peanut M & Ms

 

 

KellieKellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: Water?

 

 

 

LaurenLauren Wahman, Instruction LibrarianNo favorites, just usually have water near me.

 

 

RachelRachel Lewis, Technical Services Manager: ALL things FOOD!

 

 

julierobinsonJulie Robinson, Library Operations Manager: If I get sucked into a good read, I don’t even know if people are around, much less a snack!

 

 

pamadler Pam Adler, Public Services Assistant: Nothing. I’ll have water or coffee but rarely any food while reading.

 

 

 

 

 

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UCBA Fun Facts: Do You Have An E-reader?

Question: Do you have an e-reader?

Heather

Heather Maloney, Library Director: I do read on my iPad occasionally — print books give my eyes a break after so much screen time. 

 

Michelle Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: Yes, I own a Kindle Touch and use the Kindle app on my laptop and iPhone. 

 

 

KellieKellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: Yep!

 

 

 

LaurenLauren Wahman, Instruction LibrarianOf course! A Kindle and an iPad Mini. 

 

 

RachelRachel Lewis, Technical Services Manager: Yes (Kindle Paperwhite)

 

 

julierobinsonJulie Robinson, Library Operations Manager: Kindle app on my iPad…super convenient. Still enjoy a “real” book in my hand, but having the library at my fingertips is very addictive!

 

 

pamadler Pam Adler, Public Services Assistant: Yes! I love my Kindle.

 

 

 

 

 

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UCBA Fun Facts: Favorite Childhood Book

Question: What’s your favorite book from childhood?

Heather

Heather Maloney, Library Director: It was a Helen Keller biography and had the sign language alphabet in the back. 

 

 

Michelle Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: The Peanuts Comics by Charles Schulz

 

 

KellieKellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

 

 

LaurenLauren Wahman, Instruction LibrarianWizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

 

 

RachelRachel Lewis, Technical Services Manager: The Berenstain’s B Book

 

 

julierobinsonJulie Robinson, Library Operations Manager: Savage Journey by Allan Eckert

 

 

pamadler Pam Adler, Public Services Assistant: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. I still have the book from my childhood.

 

 

 

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UCBA Black History Month Display

by Heather Maloney

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Black History Month Display includes books and DVDs by and about African Americans.

The latest UCBA Library book and media ​display celebrates Black History Month and the many ​contributions of ​African Americans from past to present.  The display highlights​ a wide variety of titles that include groundbreaking works from African American authors as well as books and media that cover​ key​ cultural, political, and historical events.​​​ ​Included in the ​display is a brief synopsis ​of Black History month from the History.com website ​and three themes of Knowledge, Engagement, and Reflection highlighted ​from Regina Edmondson’s article, “Why it’s important to observe Black History Month”.​

Don’t forget to check out the suggested titles for the National African American Read-In (NAARI) designated with a bright yellow bookmark.​ NAARI titles on display are only a selection of a much more expansive list of books on the National African American Read-In at UCBA Guide. The guide represents selected “Must Read” Books by African American Authors available through UC Libraries and​ was created in conjunction with UC Blue Ash College’s annual National African American Read-In (NAARI) event:​.

Stop in the UCBA Library this month and borrow a book or DVD from the display!

Want to explore more Black History month resources? Check out these links:

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UCBA Fun Facts: 2016 Reading Goals

Question: Do you have any reading goals for the new year?

Heather

Heather Maloney, Library Director: To read more – more specifically to finish more books! The stack on nightstand is embarrassing:-)

 

Michelle Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: I’m taking up the Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge found at: http://bookriot.com/2014/12/15/book-riot-2015-read-harder-challenge/

 

KellieKellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: Stretch Goal: 150 books; Realistic Goal: 100 books

 

 

LaurenLauren Wahman, Instruction LibrarianAh, yes.  I’m going to make another attempt at noting what books I read throughout the year.  I sometimes pick up a book only to find that I’ve already read it!

 

RachelRachel Lewis, Technical Services Manager: My goal is just to “read”.  

 

 

julierobinsonJulie Robinson, Library Operations Manager: Hmmm, more time for reading!

 

 

pamadler Pam Adler, Public Services Assistant: No!  No goals, no pressure when it comes to reading for pleasure.

 

 

 

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