Aja Bettencourt-McCarthy joined the University of Cincinnati Libraries on February 1, 2023 as the science & engineering global services librarian.
Aja holds an MLIS degree from University of Washington and Bachelor’s degrees (French, community and regional development) from the University of California, Davis.
Aja may be a familiar face to many as she comes to UC Libraries from the Faculty Enrichment Center, located in the Walter C. Langsam Library, where she was the manager of special projects and programs. Aja brings a wealth of experience in science and engineering academic librarianship, including previous positions in instruction and public services. Prior to arriving at UC, Aja was the STEM instruction librarian at the University of Kentucky (UK). Before UK, she worked as instruction coordinator / head of public services at the Oregon Institute of Technology’s Library.
The University of Cincinnati Libraries invites applications for the university archivist and head, Archives & Rare Books Library. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and management of services and collections of the Archives and Rare Books Library, which includes rare books, manuscripts, the University Archives, and other archival and special collections. Additionally, as university archivist, the position is responsible for promoting use and engagement with collections documenting the history of the University of Cincinnati and providing leadership oversight of University Records Management Program.
This full-time, faculty tenure-track position has a salary range of $85-110K plus stipend and is covered by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), UC’s collective bargaining agreement. UC faculty librarians have access to annual funding to support conference attendance and professional development needs.
This position operates under the principles of the UC Libraries Strategic Framework: NEXT Directions, which aims to increase the Libraries’ impact by: creating paths to education innovation and student success; contributing to the university’s research, learning and teaching agendas; and by creating partnerships within UC, the wider Cincinnati urban community and at national and international levels.
This work requires a substantial investment in people, a renewed commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and a continued focus on and acceleration of digital transformations as the Libraries continues to fulfill its mission and achieve the vision to become the globally engaged, intellectual commons of the university—positioning itself as the hub of collaboration, digital innovation and scholarly endeavor on campus.
Welcome Rachel Hill, MLIS, PhD, to UC Libraries’ Research & Data Services Team as a temporary research data services librarian. Rachel is a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky’s iSchool and holds a PhD in anatomy and neurobiology. Rachel will provide research data management support, help get the word out about the new NIH Data Sharing and Management Policy and develop a Data Literacy Curriculum.
After a thorough review of UC Libraries staff positions with overlapping librarian faculty responsibilities, and in consultation with the Provost’s Office, the Libraries’ Executive Group, and library faculty members, Dean Xuemao Wang announces the newest UC Libraries faculty members:
Madeleine Gaiser, online learning & instruction specialist in the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH) Library to assistant librarian
Suzanne Bratt, cataloging specialist in the Albino Gorno Memorial Music (CCM) Library to assistant librarian
Melissa Previtera, academic & research services specialist in the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library to associate librarian
Lynn C. Warner joined the University of Cincinnati Libraries May 31, 2022 as the new research and health sciences librarian in the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library. Lynn comes to UC from Northern Kentucky University where she was the teaching and learning librarian at the Steely Library. While Lynn will primarily support the programs at the College of Nursing, she will also be available to work with all UC health sciences faculty, staff and students.
Lynn holds a masters of library science from the University of Kentucky and a BA in telecommunications from Bowling Green State University. She brings broad teaching experience and extensive work and partnership collaborations with faculty members at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). She is committed to information literacy and has delivered a wide range of information literacy education courses for undergraduate and graduate students during her teaching career. Lynn has working knowledge in assessment and critical information literacy concepts and indicates that she truly enjoys teaching information literacy and engaging with students on topics that she is passionate about.
Mark Chalmers, science and engineering librarian, has been accepted into Drexel University’s highly selective Library Information Science (LIS) Education and Data Science Integrated Network Group (LEADING) program as a 2021 LEADING Fellow.
The LEADING program is a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian (LB21) National Digital Infrastructures and Initiatives project, supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and hosted at Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI). The LEADING program scales-up the highly successful LEADS-4-NDP initiative and will prepare a diverse, nation-wide cohort of 50 LIS doctoral students and early to mid-career librarians for data science endeavors.
LEADING Fellows will complete the following:
self-paced online preparatory curriculum,
an online data science bootcamp with Drexel and other LEADING fellows,
six-month virtual data science internship at a LEADING hub or node,
development of a communication plan to connect with mentor/s on a regular basis, and
development of research output (e.g., a paper, poster, presentation, published data, etc.).
Mark’s LEADING Fellow research project will focus on “Assessing Overlap and Aggregation Potential of Open-Source Software Platforms and Their Data.” LYRASIS, a consortium that provides access to the world’s shared academic, scientific and cultural heritage, currently offers six hosted services on open-source software. Five of the six of which involve academic libraries and their cultural heritage assets. As a result, LYRASIS seeks expertise in cultural heritage metadata and data science to assist in assessing this overlap between platforms. In addition, they seek recommendations on how machine learning models can be leveraged to connect data in different platforms and to assess how researchers can be served by access to data across the different platforms.
“I am eager to work with Drexel and LYRASIS to grow my competencies in the domains of data science, data integration, large scale machine learning and exploratory feasibility projects,” said Mark upon learning of his acceptance into the LEADING program.
“The experience and skills Mark will gain as a LEADING Fellow will not only contribute to the completion of the LYRASIS research project, but he will bring new knowledge back to his role in the Science and Engineering Libraries while at the same time contributing to the university’s digital future and open access agenda,” said Xuemao Wang, vice provost of digital scholarship and dean and university librarian.
In a ceremony held April 2 during Research and Innovation Week, librarians Ted Baldwin and Eira Tansey were recognized for their contributions to colleagues and to their fields. The Office of the Provost and the Office of Research jointly sponsor the awards to honor faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and/or service. Continue reading →
Fall semester was business as usual with students, faculty, researchers and staff accessing our facilities and resources for research and study, or simply to grab a cup of coffee between classes. Librarians and staff provided instruction on how to find the best research materials, offered reference assistance, collected and made our collections available and collaborated with faculty and researchers to translate information and data into knowledge. The usual activities in the library would come to a sudden halt spring semester.
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In this issue of Source, Dean Xuemao Wang reflects on his eight years at UC and asks questions about the future. We announce a new collaboration to manage UC’s Art Collection, as well as share the news that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the University of Cincinnati a $700K renewal grant to advance and expand the Digital Scholarship Center’s (DSC) “catalyst” model.
Remote events are featured in this issue of Source, including the recent Life of the Mind lecture with links to the video and bibliography of submitted UC faculty and staff creative and scholarly works, as well as upcoming events announced such as UC DATA Day and the Cecil Striker Webinar Series.