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”)
Join the University of Cincinnati Libraries for “Coming Together to Give Thanks: Expanding Horizons on Food and Culture” ~ Thursday, November 17, 3:30-5:30pm, Langsam Library 4th floor.
Enjoy food, drink and fun as you play trivia and learn about U.S. Thanksgiving traditions, guess where foods eaten around the world began, write a thank-you note to family and friends, solve the international recipe puzzle and enjoy traditional U.S. Thanksgiving foods.
Heather Maloney, Library Director: I share! Unless it’s a library book then I’m a little more protective. 😉
Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: It depends on the book and who I’m lending it to…I’ve lost a few faves over the years and those folks can’t borrow from my anymore.
Kellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: I am an advocate of book lending! But only if I know the person well enough to know the book is coming back at some point.
Lauren Wahman, Instruction Librarian: No policy. All of my books come from the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County.
Julie Robinson, Library Operations Manager: Hardly ever. Streamlined my collection to keep mainly my absolute favorite hardcovers and first editions which I NEVER lend and the rest I borrow from the library.
Pam Adler, Public Services Assistant: Depends on the book. I rarely loan my hardcovers but if I have an ebook it’s yours to borrow.
Once again, the University of Cincinnati Libraries will celebrate the International Edible Books Festival with an event scheduled from 1-2 p.m., on Friday, April 1, on the fifth floor lobby of Langsam Library.
At the event, nearly 20 participants will present their edible creations that represent a book in some form. There are few restrictions in creating an edible book – namely that the creation be edible and have something to do with a book. Submitted entries include edible titles such as Cuneiform Cookies and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Best sellers The Girl on the Train, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and The Girl with the Pearl Earring are represented along with favorite children’s books The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and If You Were a Penguin among other literary greats. Continue reading Hungry?! Bite into an Edible Book with UC Libraries on April 1
Question: How do you feel about giving a bad or negative review?
Heather Maloney, Library Director: Reading opinions can be very personal (especially if reading for leisure) so I keep it constructive and from a place of my own personal preference.
Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: I like reading them if I don’t like a book. Sometimes I can’t find the words to describe why I don’t like a book and reading other people’s negative review helps.
Kellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: I think if the reviews are given critically, I’m okay with them. I also appreciate when reviewers acknowledge the difference between issues they personally had with a book and the issues that are problematic on a more general level.
Lauren Wahman, Instruction Librarian: I appreciate honesty and understand that not everyone is going to like the same books as me.
Julie Robinson, Library Operations Manager: I try to keep it concrete and give specific examples, but just because I don’t care for a book doesn’t mean someone else won’t love it. I never want to discourage anyone from picking up a book.
Pam Adler, Public Services Assistant: Reviews/opinions. I will give my opinion, good/bad/indifferent if asked.