Hi! Welcome to my apartment! It’s small and I share it with an opinionated cat, but I’m enjoying taking advantage of the natural light, the nearby caffeine sources and the ability to use different setups depending on my mood!
This is my “office” at home, which is actually just a nook. But it fits my desk and has a window to the right, so I don’t mind!
A perfect space for me to work from home!
The similarities of my work desk and work from home desk are threefold: all the tech, all the tchotchkes, and a chandelier. (Some of these tchotchkes are from my work office, though! Couldn’t leave Bob Ross!)
Always have a chandelier in your office, I say. Even if it’s a tiny one! (This is a take on the Met’s famous Sputnik chandeliers!)
I’m finding for most of my meetings, I like the ability to stand. So I’m using my kitchen counter accordingly. Grey Cat insisted on the ability to do the same. (Apologies to the books I’m using as a foot rest.)
If the cat is getting really insistent, I will move to the couch to work so she can sit on my lap. Yes, she is spoiled. The end table was made by my grandpa and my mom made the pillow! (The making gene runs strong in our family.)
Elizabeth Sullivan, Library Operations Manager, UCBA Library.
Welcome to my own little nook of the UCBA Library! I’m clearly hard at work, but I’ll happily pause and give you a peek into my space.
Here I am at my desk, awkward as always! Note the variety of teas in the cupboard above me. I drink tea daily & have a tea kettle at my desk. My two most unique blends are birch and moss from when I visited Iceland.
Owls are everywhere in my home and office environments. You’ll probably spot them in several pictures here. I am a big bird nerd, and my Charley Harper 2018 calendar art is also on display.
My love of coffee (and owls) is true.
Random desk items: post cards, Pete the Cat, Hello Kitty tissues, and a solid life reminder.
My photo wall has pics of my family & travels. I spent two months backpacking through Europe solo, & those photos inspire me to keep exploring. Can you spot Cincinnati superstar, Fiona the Hippo? I met her during my last job with the Cincinnati Zoo.
I absolutely love doodles and try to collect them. Please consider drawing one on a post-it for my meager collection!
The owl theme continues with my two office mugs. In the background is an image of a rat riding a cat in outerspace with a taco.
These feathers that I keep on my desk are from an African Penguin I met once. After giving him a few gentle pets on his back, he clamped his beak and teeth (yes, teeth!) onto my right thigh. To this day, I have a scar and these feathers as a memento.
I’m Michelle McKinney, Reference and Web Services Librarian for the UCBA Library. I’m usually behind the camera for the From the Desk Of… posts but it’s time for me to switch gears and welcome you to my office space. There’s no rhyme or reason to my set-up or decor. I like being surrounded by photos of family and friends. I’ve also started displaying a few of the gazillion art projects that my sons create. It’s not unusual to come across small toys that have accidentally ended up in my purse during our hectic mornings.
This is where you can normally find me working on the library’s website or other related web space. I’m on call to answer research questions which is why I have the pager.
A wide shot of my desk showing some of the photos, posters and trinkets atop my hutch.
I’m a crafter and it carries over into the office in the form of bullet journaling. I have a collection of pens, markers and washi tape that I use. I also have lots of photos of my boys along with their art on my bulletin board.
I like to use my whiteboard for positive and funny quotes. They come in handy on those rare days when things get rough.
I’m a crafter and it carries over into the office in the form of bullet journaling. I have a collection of pens, markers and washi tape that I use.
My small collection of bookish buttons and pins.
You can’t fully see my lone bamboo shoot but I’ve kept it alive for a surprisingly long time. My mother brought me the wooden Jeepney from her trip home to the Philippines. I picked up the Nuts about Libraries nut while on at a library conference in San Diego and the beautiful decorative egg was given to me by math professor, Natalia Darling.
A few trinkets on my bookshelf. UCBA swag, my Spectrum Scholars bear, my library coasters and my old name plate from my office in our former library space.
Christian Boyles, Collection Services Manager, UCBA Library.
Welcome to my desk, I hope you like it. Up until a few months ago, my space was pretty barren. That all changed when a co-worker told me that I “needed more $h!t in my area.” I hope I rose to the occasion.
Here is the magical entrance to my office wonderland.
I handle a lot of books, so there are always carts stack up in my space. Thankfully, Egon Schiele’s self portrait watches over them all. Also, that is a super forced smile.
“I was told by the photographer that this is her view when she passes by my office. I am quite tall.” -Christian Boyles, February 2018.
Who says Christmas lights are just for the holiday season? Not me. They make me happy all year long.
My area is well protected with this handy catapult/pencil sharpener I picked up in Battle, England.
I’m a graduate and former employee of Xavier and the Blue Blob was 3-D printed for me on my last day there. That said, when it comes to the Crosstown shootout, I am and always have been a Bearcat.
This is an owl. It keeps birds away from my desk.
Here’s a stack of old books and other stuff. The one on top is a UC yearbook from 1940 and below it is a book of various websites that we used to find stuff before Google was a thing.
That’s my computer and super stylish standing desk. I also can not function without loads of Post-It notes.
That’s my standing desk and, yes, it is made out of a super classy combination of cardboard boxes and old oversized books. What it lacks in aesthetic qualities, it more than makes up with its function.
It’s kinda hard to see but those are photos I’ve taken on my travels. My eye tends to be attrached to geometric patterns and those are some of my favorite.
This is my wall of postcards, weird stuff I’ve cut out of magazines, a photo of me on a horse, and stupid inside jokes.
From the desk of Julie Robinson, UCBA’s Library Operations Manager. She has turned her cozy cubicle into a mini pop culture museum filled with the coolest items.
Welcome to my space! My home away from home….
I cleaned just for this…otherwise there would be A LOT more stacks. Notice the Angry Bird above my computer….I have a 5 year old nephew who is obsessed and this was his birthday invitation!
Every space needs some fun! My book pages are folded to spell out my name, an Xmas gift from my mother; Guy Noir, detective; LOTR Minas Tirith; and of course my amazing family!
I have way more than this at home (surprise, surprise), but this is a nice representation of some of favorite pop culture “things”!
Guy Noir is watching over Minas Tirith….with a teeny tiny copy of “The Hunger Games” in front of them.
More pop culture, because we should all have a lot in our lives! The building on the right is the Drinko Library at Marshall University, a going away gift from friends at Marshall University’s School of Medicine, my job prior to UCBA.
He Who Must Not Be Named even comes to the UCBA Library!
One of my favorite movies today, tomorrow, and forever…sadly, I’m missing Fezzik, the Man in Black, and Inigo “you killed my father, prepare to die” Montoya 🙁
Extra signs, ’cause seriously folks it’s a library…shhhhhh 😉
The “dark side” of my space…project board and a “dumping ground” for equipment and “stuff” . What you don’t see is my coffee pot, because vast quantities are required to achieve the highly functioning status you see on a daily basis!
Thanks for visiting my space…I’m sure if I try really, really hard I may be able to keep it clean for a while, no promises though!
The UC Blue Ash Library is kicking off a new series called From The Desk Of… which gives you a chance to peer into our work spaces to see where the magic happens.
Instructional Technologies Librarian, Kellie Tilton has graciously opened her doors to share her workspace and favorite office items with us.
“This is my office! I live in 115B! Typical thumbs up in a photo.”
“I take advantage of my metal bookshelf to host an array of photos of friends and loved ones. Also, my office is almost always freezing, so note my heater and two blankets. Office Essentials!”
“The top two shelves of my bookcase are a place for all my weird toys. Every office needs a TARDIS and a golden snitch, in my opinion. That third shelf is my craft shelf. You never know when you’ll need cardstock, spray adhesive or foam board.”
“I love the Disney Vinylmation, and like to grab new ones if I’m near the park. I just had a conference in Orlando, so I got some new ones for my office.”
“Part of my job is to make instructional objects which means I have a fancy mic and soundbooth in my office. And by fancy I mean we made it using a cardboard box and $20 soundproof inserts. But it works! I love it.”
“I never quite grew out of the collage decorating phase. Postcards, pictures, quotes, comics all live together in a mish-mash. Some of which has traveled with me for years.”
“These guys chill under my monitor and make me super happy. That bird totally chirps if I whistle at it! The keychain? Adorably angry. And Dancing Groot is just the best. At the holidays, I bring in my Holiday Dancing Groot.”
“Washi Tape + Chapstick + Pens = Essentials. (That may or may not be every single color of Sharpie pen available.) (I love them.)”
“I can’t fit all the buttons I get on my lanyard, so up on the bulletin board they go! (Bonus shot of my parents and brother in a photobooth!) (Also, if you haven’t, read The Book Thief. So good.)”
“The Post-It note collection. I will not be the first librarian to feature this, I promise.”
“Holiday decorations + co-worker presents live together in harmony all year round on the top of my shelf. The raven’s name is Poe and I dig his party hat.”
“Theatre is one of my favorite things and I love how colorful these posters are. (Also, that negative space Cinderella in the glass slipper? Love.)”
“I hate blank walls, so posters are my go-to. The green one with the braids is the entire book of Anne of Green Gables. The Every 4 Years is from the last World Cup. (Normally there is 75% more paper and Post-Its scattered across my desk.)”
“Don’t be deceived by the blank whiteboard. Come fall, it will be filled with my schedule for the week. Also, my hydration/caffeination station on full display. (DFTBA!)”
“This is my office chandelier. I may nurse a slight obsession with chandeliers – so shiny! It’s really a Christmas ornament from Macy’s that’s hanging by Scotch tape and a dream. Really classes up the joint!”