For several months from July of 2017 to April of this year, each day on the Archives & Rare Books Library’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ArchivesRareBooksLibraryUniversityOfCincinnati/, featured an architectural element of Blegen Library, from printer’s marks to the original floor tiles and terrazzo walls. In the way the cultural heritage of the building was presented with its sculptures and carvings representing the history of the book and the legacy of education, every detail was explored with a capsule account of its meaning and importance. The figures in the bas reliefs of “Ex Occidente Lux” and “Ex Orientale Lux” were freshly discovered. The bronze symbols of knowledge over the front door were explained. The human stories behind the plaster and bronze printers marks were revealed. Continue reading The Cycle of Knowledge and Do Unto Others: The Ouroboros of Blegen Library
The UCBA Library is pleased to welcome five new student assistants for the 2017-2018 school year. They are joined by five returning student assistants. Together, they assist students, staff and faculty by answering general questions about the library and its policies, checking materials in and out, facilitating study room usage, and providing instruction on how to use the various tools and resouces available in the library.
The University of Cincinnati Libraries celebrated the International Edible Books Festival for the 15th year on April 4, 2017.
Twenty-one students, librarians, and staff submitted entries that ranged from children’s books to literary classics to popular fiction and were made of cakes, cookies, candy, and even beans. Each entry was judged and awarded a bookmark. The winners are:
Most Photogenic – Ten Little Ladybugs by Melissa Cox Norris
Most Original – City of Bones by Michelle Burhans
Most Humorous – How to Eat Fried Worms by Tate Snyder
Most Whimsical – One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Sami Scheidler
Most Creative – The Manual of Detection by Jenny Mackiewicz
Most Beautiful – Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead by Elaine Ignatius
Most Magical – Charlotte’s Web by Michelle Wagner
Most Honorable – Lord of the Rings: One Ring to Rule Them All by Nicole Beletis
Most Adorable – Green Eggs and Ham by Sara Mihaly
Most Clever – The Creature from the Black Legume by Linda Newman
Most Gruesome – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Jack Norris
Most Deadly – Girl on the Train by Holly Prochaska
Most Surprising – Twisted by Olga Hart
Most Mysterious – Heart of Darkness by Ben Kline
Most Scandalous – Fifty Shades of Grey by Jessica Burhans
Most Checked Out – Pizza for Breakfast by Lorna and Jerry Newman
Most Fun – Me Cookie by Sam Norris
Best Overall – Capturing the Light: The Birth of Photography by Ashleigh Schieszer
Best Student Entry – I Spy by Tate Snyder
Congratulations to all the edible books creators. View the entries and the winners on the UC Libraries Facebook page. See you next year for Edible Books 2018!
Ever wonder what people are playing while they are practicing the keyboard in Langsam and CCM Libraries? Jay Sinnard, manager of the Student Technology Resources Center, did so he asked one student if he could listen in.
Can you identify what she’s playing? Bach? Beethoven?
A collaboration between UC Libraries and the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), the keyboards are open to anyone wanting to play on a first come-first served basis, but bring your own headphone as they are required.
Almost one year ago, Jeremy Dubin, Artistic Associate with at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, was kind enough to answer some questions we at the ARB had about the company. After writing our last blog on the costume designs in King Lear, we decided we were curious about what goes on in the mind of a costume designer. So, we went back to the CSC. Resident Costume Designer, Amanda McGee, answered everything we wanted to know. Below is the full copy of the interview with images.
The acronym BAE does not refer to a common slang term amongst young folks or even to the Danish word for “poop.” Rather, in this instance it is a term which means Bureau of American Ethnology.
How did the Bureau of American Ethnology come to be and why is it important?
In 1879, as the discipline of anthropology was taking hold in universities across America, Congress established an agency called the Bureau of Ethnology. There is some controversy over the exact purpose for which this department was founded, but one explanation is that the Department of the Interior needed to transfer archives and other materials to the Smithsonian Institution because the two entities were set to merge shortly thereafter. Thus Congress decided to create a department to ease this change. The second reason, on the other hand, states the Bureau of Ethnology was established as a purely research division of the Smithsonian. Regardless, John Wesley Powell, the Bureau’s key founder, believed it should be used to promote anthropological research in the Americas. In fact, in 1897, the Bureau of Ethnology changed its name to Bureau of American Ethnology in order to limit geographic interests. Continue reading BAE: Bureau of American Ethnology (not the Danish word for “poop” or an abbreviation of “babe”)