Catherine Allen Latimer sitting in front of file cabinets at the New York Public Library
Celebrating Catherine Allen Latimer, NYPL’s first African-American Librarian.
Catherine Allen Latimer was New York Public Library’s first African American librarian. She was hired as a substitute in 1920 after being an assistant at Tuskegee Institute’s library for a year from 1919-1920. She stayed for her entire career until she retired in 1946. She founded the Division of Negro Literature, History and Prints at the 135th Street Branch of NYPL in 1925. This was a precursor to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Later, she was promoted to a curator of the same by Arturo Alfonso Schomburg.
Catherine was born in Nashville, TN in 1896. Her family eventually moved to NYC. She was educated during her early life in Germany and France. She spoke French fluently and read German. For high school, she attended public schools in Brooklyn, NY. Her undergraduate work and library training took place at Howard University and she completed some graduate work at Columbia University.
Over her career, she lectured to students of Wellesley College, Columbia University, Vassar College, Smith College, Hunter College and Pratt Institute. Continue reading →
10 years ago on September 1st 2009 the STRC uploaded their first video to YouTube. The video was of a old book that was sent to UCL’s Conservation and Binding department. They needed a quick way to show someone in California how the book would be repaired. 10 years later the STRC site has 300 videos, 400,000 views and 367 subscribers. 178 of the videos are UC student projects made at the STRC editing suites and STRC video production room. Below is a link to the most viewed student project (Tom Cruise on Teaching Composition) with 15,000 views. And also below is a link to the first video added 10 years ago, (Conservation of book) with 7,300 views.
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 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.
Best Overall – Capturing the List: The Birth of Photography by Ashleigh Schieszer
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
Attendees enjoying the treats at Edible Books
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!
April is National Poetry Month and the start of baseball. With today being opening day in Cincinnati, what better poem to read than the classic “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer. And check out this illustrated version. Continue reading →
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.
Eliza Walsh, Spanish major.
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.