Are You A Fan of the Renovated Langsam Classroom? The Bearcat Is.

BearcatThis summer, Langsam Library classroom 462 was renovated to improve functionality and to provide new capabilities for both students and instructors.

The renovated learning classroom has been enlarged and features a curved, glass wall for added visibility. New modular furniture and six large display screens connected to a main projection screen allow for flexible and responsive collaboration opportunities. Wireless access provides for seamless connectivity to the Internet with laptops.

The renovations to Langsam 462 are part of a university pilot project to create an active learning classroom. Four UC professors are using and testing the enhanced learning classroom this semester and providing feedback for use in planning similar spaces across campus.

The Bearcat visited the learning classroom recently and gave it two paws up.

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Library Research Guides: Digital Literacy

Libraries provide hundreds of online research guides that point you to tools for all of your research and information handling needs – from finding information to citing sources and publishing the information you created. Some guides are specific to a software product, course or discipline, while others cover a broad range of resources.

This month’s featured guide, Digital Literacy, is a collection of links and tips on finding and evaluating information in digital environments. There is information on how to use online technologies to stay current, organize your citations, files and data, and how to create and publish digital content, as well as how to network and collaborate effectively, protect your online identity, and how to be an ethical and responsible digital citizen.

All these aspects of digital literacy apply to many facets of daily life, but the primary goal of the Research Guide is to equip students with the tools and techniques that would enhance their academic careers and future employment.


Image source: Digital Literacy Forum.

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Check Out the Latest Issue of Source

sourceRead Source, the online newsletter, to learn more about the news, events, people and happenings in UC Libraries.

This latest issue of Source includes an An Update from Dean and University Librarian Xuemao Wang on the Implementation of our Strategic Plan, a Celebration of William Shakespeare and an interview with Lori Harris, NLM Associate Fellow. There are articles about two exciting spaces in the Health Sciences Library – the new Informatics Lab and the newly named Dr. Stanley B. Troup Learning Space, as well as a list of fall events in UC Libraries. Read these articles and more.

Source is available on the web at and via e-mail. To receive Source via e-mail, contact to be added to the mailing list.

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New Multi-Agency RFI on Exascale Computing

RFI on Science Drivers Requiring Capable Exascale High Performance Computing (

Purpose: This is a multi-agency request for information to identify scientific research topics and applications that need High Performance Computing (HPC) capabilities that extend 100 times beyond today’s performance on scientific applications. Currently, computational modeling, simulation, as well as data assimilation and data analytics are used by an increasing number of researchers to answer more complex multispatial, multiphysics scientific questions with more realism.

Background: This is a request for information from NSF, DOE, and NIH for community input identifying scientific research that would benefit from a greatly enhanced new generation of HPC and in support of the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) (

Request for Information: All responses must be submitted to by October 16, 2015

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Check out the new Informatics Lab at the Health Sciences Library!

Informatics Lab: A Collaborative Space for Innovation at the Health Sciences Library

The Informatics Lab is designed for innovative and collaborative hands-on learning experiences. It is a place for UC researchers and graduate students to connect, collaborate, and receive research support services. The space includes an iMac and a Windows PC with many visualization, design, and statistical software packages, 4 whiteboard tables and 2 moveable whiteboards for collaborative work.

To reserve the room or suggest software, contact us at

Hours:   Mon.-Fri. 9 AM – 5 PM

Location: E005L (near the back of the E Level of the Health Sciences Library)

Technology and Software


Windows 7:Office,Skype, SPSS,SAS,R, RStudio, Matlab,CLC Main Workbench,Cytoscape, ArcGIS, QGIS, GeoDA, TerraGO Toolbar, Satscan, EpiInfo, 7zip,Notepad++,Python + scipy + NumPy IGV,MySQL Workbench, Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro, InDesign, InCopy, Dreamweaver, FlashPro/Builder, Acrobat Pro, Audition, Bridge, Animate, Prelude, Fireworks)

OSX:Office, Skype, SPSS, SAS, R, RStudio, Matlab, CLC Main Workbench, Cytoscape,QGIS, GeoDA, TerraGO Toolbar, Satscan, EpiInfo, TextMate, The Unarchiver, Python + scipy + NumPy IGV, MySQL workbench, Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro, InDesign, InCopy, Dreamweaver, FlashPro/Builder, Acrobat Pro, Audition, Bridge, Animate, Prelude, Fireworks)

Equipment: 1 iMac,1 PC,1 AirMedia unit for wireless presentation from any mobile device,4 whiteboard tables, 2 standing whiteboards, 1 wall-mounted white board, 1 3D printer (coming in the future)

More information is available at

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New Research Guides Platform!

Does the research guide you use regularly suddenly look different?  It is different – the research guides changed platforms and design!

In addition to the new look and feel, the Health Sciences Library Research Guides now have a responsive design, enhanced browsing functionality and are more user friendly for tablet and mobile phone users.  These changes and more incorporate accessibility design features required for any University of Cincinnati web pages and 3rd party web based products.  Find out more about accessibility requirements at UC.

Check out the new Health Sciences Library Research Guides design at and share your thoughts with us at



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DynaMed Plus is Now Available!





The UC Health Sciences Library now has access to DynaMed Plus™.  Get answers to your clinical questions fast—try it here.

DynaMed Plus, the next-generation, evidence-based clinical information resource is written by a world-class team of physicians. A rigorous evidence-based editorial process provides synthesized information and objective analysis to answer your clinical questions quickly and easily.

DynaMed Plus features: Continue reading DynaMed Plus is Now Available!

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CRCnetBASE: a Science, Technology, and Medicine eBook Platform

CRCnetBASE provides a comprehensive e-book collection in over 350 subject areas and more than 40 collections.  Browse or search across the collection for your science, technology, or medical topic.  Check out the collections below.

CRCnetBASE Biomedical Science Collection

CRCnetBASE Environmental Engineering Collection

CRCnetBASE Environmental Science Collection

CRCnetBASE Ergonomics & Human Factors Collection

CRCnetBASE Life Science Collection

CRCnetBASE Medicine Collection

CRCnetBASE Nutrition Collection

CRCnetBASE Occupational Health & Safety

CRCnetBASE Pharmaceutical Science & Regulation Collection

CRCnetBASE Statistics Collection

Find CRCnetBASE collections via the online catalog or via the HSL eBook page.

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UC Libraries’ Tiffany Grant to Attend Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course

tjgphotoTiffany Grant, research informationist in the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library, has been accepted into the Georgia Biomedical Informatics course to be held April 12-18, 2015.

Organized by the National Library of Medicine, this week-long survey course is designed to familiarize individuals with the application of computer technologies and information science in biomedicine and health science. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on computer exercises, participants will be introduced to the conceptual and technical components of biomedical informatics. Acceptance into the course is a competitive process. Kristen Burgess, UC Libraries’ assistant director for research and informatics, attended previously.

Continue reading UC Libraries’ Tiffany Grant to Attend Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course

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