UC Libraries Closed Memorial Day, May 27th

All University of Cincinnati Libraries locations will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Regular library hours for all locations will resume Tuesday, May 28. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

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Participate in RESPECT’s 21-Day Anti-Racism Challenge Against Systemic Racism beginning June 3rd

U.C. Libraries announces R.E.S.P.E.C.T.’s annual 21-Day Anti-Racism Challenge — a three-week long, self-guided learning exercise that focuses on different aspects of systemic racism, and how we can all fight against it. All are welcome to join the challenge as they are able, as each week has multiple resources in various media formats.

This year’s challenge, which begins June 3rd, includes a focus on contemporary issues such as structural racism in health care, white privilege and “not-racist” vs. “anti-racist.” The 21-Day Anti-Racism Challenge includes a variety of resources to read, watch and listen to, along with suggested ways participants can take action in the hope to build a stronger, more diverse and inclusive University of Cincinnati community.


This year’s 21-Day Anti-Racism Challenge is available online via a LibGuide and is comprised of three weeks’ worth of learning resources, with a different topic assigned to each week.

  • Week 1 (June 3rd – June 7th): White Privilege as a Legacy of Racism
  • Week 2 (June 10 – June 14): Structural Racism in Physical and Mental Health Care
  • Week 3 (June 16 – 21): “Not Racist” vs. “Anti-Racist” Ideologies
Register to participate

Participants are encouraged to engage with each week’s learning resources as they are able. It is not required to read, watch or listen to all resources if time does not permit.

At the end of week three, Thursday, June 20 from 10:30a.m. – 11:30a.m., R.E.S.P.E.C.T. will host a Zoom meeting to discuss the challenge, what was learned and how participants can take further action.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (Racial Equity Support & Programming to Educate the Community Team) is a UC Libraries committee charged with developing external programming that explicitly addresses the negative role that systemic racism plays in our society. 

Research Lightning Talks: Recording Available

by Lauren Wahman

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Heather Maloney, UCBA Library Director, introduces the event

The UCBA Library’s Research Lightning Talks is an annual event that showcases research efforts of UCBA faculty and staff, sparks conversation, encourages collaboration, and inspires action within the UCBA community. This year’s event (view recording) took place on March 5, 2024 and featured five faculty presentations:  

Libby Anthony 
Associate Professor of English 
Pedagogies of Online Knitting Teachers 

David Freeman  
Professor of Mathematics 
What Is a Number? And Why Does it Matter? 

Smita Jadhav  
Assistant Professor of Chemistry 
Integrating ChatGPT in General Chemistry Education 

Rhonda Pettit  
Professor of English 
Immersion Research for Poetry 

Heather Vilvens  
Associate Professor of Health Promotion & Education 
Stakeholder-Driven Strategies for Improving the Discharge Process in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Concept Mapping Study 

Health Sciences Libraries exhibits celebrate the roles of physician assistants and neurology in health care.

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On display on the main floor of the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library (MSB G Level) is the traveling National Library of Medicine (NLM) exhibit Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care.” The exhibit describes how the profession developed as a solution to meet the social and health care needs of the mid-20th century and continues to evolve today.

According to the exhibit website: “Collaboration has been the foundation of the profession since the first three PAs graduated from Duke University in 1967. PAs practice medicine alongside doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, treating patients in diverse communities and addressing health care shortages.”

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In addition to the NLM banners, Lynn Warner, exhibit organizer and assistant librarian of research and health sciences, supplemented the exhibit with items loaned by the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions board member Creighton Wright, MD, who studied under Eugene Stead, MD, the founder of the PA program. The other case highlights the profession’s roots in the military.

The exhibit will remain on display until June 15, 2024.

The UC Department of Neurology

On display in the Stanley J. Lucas, MD, Board Room in the Winkler Center, Looking Back at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Department of Neurology, showcases images and artifacts to highlight of some of the talented physicians and the work of UC’s Department of Neurology – both present and in the past.

The exhibit was produced in conjunction with the 2024 Cecil Striker Society Annual Lecture presented May 7th by Joseph Broderick, MD, professor and director of the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute at the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center, and Director of the National NIH StrokeNet. Dr. Broderick is a distinguished stroke expert and neurologist and a founding member of the UC Stroke team, as well as a full staff member at all UC Health hospitals. 

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The exhibit was curated by Devhra BennettJones, archivist curator of the Winkler Center.

Meet the newest Preservation Lab staff members at the Open House May 2nd

Meet the newest two Preservation Lab staff members, Matt and Nicole, at the annual Open House on Thursday, May 2, 2024, 2-4pm, Walter C. Langsam Library 300 Level.

In May of 2023, Matthew McCoy joined the Preservation Lab as a conservation specialist with over seven years of library experience with the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library collections. He received a MLIS from San Jose University. Additionally, Matt comes with experience in construction and remodeling, bringing his ability to perform detailed work requiring manual dexterity in a variety of forms. Matt is also an accomplished jazz double-bassist with a B.A. in music performance from Northern Kentucky University, and he still performs in his spare time. 

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Nicole Browning joined the Preservation Lab March 18, 2024 as a conservation assistant. Nicole holds a BA in anthropology from Eastern Kentucky University. Her background with collections and exhibits include experience at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Cincinnati Museum Center. Most recently, Nicole has worked as a library customer adviser at the Bond Hill Branch at the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library. In her personal time, she crochets and rides horses.

Meet Matt and Nicole, along with the rest of the talented people who work in the Preservation Lab, at their upcoming Open House on Thursday, May 2 from 2pm-4pm as they celebrate Preservation Week. Located in the 300 Level of the Walter C. Langsam Library, the Preservation Lab’s Open House theme is “Back to Basics” and will feature samples of their work, opportunities to meet and greet preservation colleagues and cookies!

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2024 Striker Lecture to cover the world impact of the 77-year history of the UC neurology department

By Richard A. Puff, Chief Communications Officer, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Charles Aring, MD, had a profound impact on the Cincinnati region and, through his founding of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s Department of Neurology, a tremendous influence on the health of people throughout the world.

Cincinnati-born, Aring lived in a nearby home for orphans. In 1919, he began working as a 15-year-old office boy at the College of Medicine and went on to receive his medical degree from the college 10 years later. Aring quickly became an internationally known neurologist and returned to UC in 1947 as the founding chair of the Department of Neurology after having founded the neurology department at University of California at San Francisco.

Aring and much more, including how modern neurology and the Beatles are related, will be discussed Tuesday, May 7 when Joseph Broderick, MD, Class of 1982, presents the 2024 Cecil Striker Lecture “Cincinnati Neurology: From Astute Human Observations to Life-changing Therapies.” The lecture begins at 5 p.m. in the Kresge Auditorium and also will be streamed online. Register to attend the free presentation.

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The Preservation goes “Back to Basics” at their Open House on Thurs, May 2nd

Join the Preservation Lab, Thursday, May 2 from 2pm-4pm as they celebrate Preservation Week with their annual Open House. Located in the 300 Level of the Walter C. Langsam Library, the Preservation Lab’s Open House theme is “Back to Basics” and will feature samples of their work, opportunities to meet and greet preservation colleagues and cookies!

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The Preservation Lab is a collaboration between the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library and the University of Cincinnati. The Lab is located on UC’s Main campus on the 300 level of the Walter C. Langsam Library, 2911 Woodside Drive. Information about parking on campus, both metered and garage parking, is available on UC’s website. Woodside Garage and Campus Green Garage are the garages closest to Langsam Library. There will be signs directing visitors to the Lab’s floor from the main level of Langsam Library (400 level), but assistance is available at The Desk @ Langsam.

To learn more about the Lab, subscribe to the Preservation Lab’s blog and follow them on Instagram –@thepreservationlab or subscribe to the Lab’s YouTube channel.

Lunch & Learn “Vesalius, Mascagni and anatomical mega prints – A personal journey”

Wednesday, April 17, 11:30am-1pm, Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library, Stanley J. Lucas MD Board Room

Join the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions at an April 17th Lunch & Learn, “Vesalius, Mascagni and anatomical mega prints – A personal journey.” Renaissance anatomist and physician Andreas Vesalius (December 1514 – June 1564), revolutionized the study and practice of medicine by his careful descriptions and anatomical studies of the human body. Efrain Miranda, PhD, CEO of Clinical Anatomy Associates, Inc, will discuss Vesalius’s life and his obsession with large images that led to the printing of the “Fabrica” in 1543, and through the centuries led to the “New Fabrica” by Garrison and Hast.

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Mascagni, is the largest anatomical book ever printed, of which there are only 16 known copies in the world – one at the Winkler Center. Anatomist Paolo Mascagni (1755-1815), worked on this masterpiece for 25 years, and after his death, the Mascagni family contracted with the artist Antonio Serantoni to complete the work. All plates were drawn, engraved and hand-colored with meticulous detail, beauty and accuracy by Serantoni from 1823-32.

The presentation will examine the life of Mascagni and the history of the plagiarist and thief that stole his prints. Miranda will illuminate the presentation with examples of mega drawings that are on display around the world, some measuring 14 feet in height.

Join the UC Libraries R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Team for a full roster of programs in April

The University of Cincinnati Libraries RESPECT (Racial Equity Support Programming to Educate the Community Team) has as its charge to use library resources to expand programming and resources that provide library users with the tools to understand systemic racism in order to begin dismantling it. Upcoming, RESPECT is sponsoring three events that are free and open to all to attend.

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And the winners are…Results of the 2024 UC Libraries International Edible Books Festival

The University of Cincinnati Libraries celebrated the International Edible Books Festival on Monday, April 1, 2024.

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Cheshire Cat by Rebecca Tabaja – Best Overall

This year saw a record 27 entries from students, librarians, faculty and staff throughout the university and from the Cincinnati community. There are few restrictions in creating an edible book – namely that the creation be edible and have something to do with a book.

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