Welcome back from Spring Break! While all library physical locations are closed, the University of Cincinnati Libraries remains open online and ready to support teaching, learning and research.
During this time of social isolation, libraries play an important role as a provider of resources and information expertise. UC Libraries’ online presence provides access to the services, resources and people to enable research and scholarly work.
Today, we are pleased to launch a new, specially designed landing page – https://libraries.uc.edu/online.html. This page serves as a portal to access key online library resources such as databases, e-journals and research guides, as well as to free information resources from global cultural and heritage organizations. Users can ask reference or research questions through Chat, e-mail or direct contact to a subject librarian or staff member. The page also offers direct search of the library catalog, and links to key online services such as Interlibrary Loan to request e-resources and how to connect from off campus. We will update this portal page as we continue to transform many of our services into the online environment.
As the library locations remain closed, users are encouraged to keep all library materials. Due dates have been extended and fines will not be incurred for UC, OhioLINK or Interlibrary Loan items. Please do not leave items outside of the library.
The University of Cincinnati Libraries continue to work toward our mission to empower discovery, stimulate learning and inspire the creation of knowledge by connecting students, faculty, researchers and scholars to dynamic data, information and resources.
Take care and stay well. We look forward to the day when we can work with you all in person again, but in the meantime, please work with UC Libraries online.
Vice Provost for Digital Scholarship and Dean and University Librarian
Effective Saturday, March 14, 2020, UC will suspend face-to-face instruction, lectures, discussion sessions, seminars and other similar classroom settings, and move to remote instruction. This includes face-to-face library instruction. Face-to-face instruction will resume Monday, April 13, 2020.
Library users are encouraged to keep library materials. Fines will not be incurred for UC, OhioLINK or Interlibrary Loan items.
I joined Research and Data Services (R&DS) in August 2019 as a Graduate Assistant (GA). R&DS is composed of multiple research and consultation labs across campus including the Data & GIS Collab, which is located inside the GMP Library (Braunstein 240). The Collab is designed to provide research and teaching consultations on the use of geocomputational software such as ArcGIS and QGIS.
To demonstrate some of the capabilities of our lab and to showcase one of the GMP Library’s special collections, we selected a collection of historical aerial imagery of Cincinnati and Hamilton County from 1962. The goal of the project was to digitize these photographs and combine them into a single mosaicked image that contains important geospatial information.
While frantically finishing a paper, taking a test online or texting a work group to set up a study session, the last thing a student wants to deal with is a dead laptop or phone battery. The University of Cincinnati Libraries, in partnership with Undergraduate Student Government (USG), is offering a remedy to that problem with charger rentals for phones and laptop computers.
Available for check out via The Desk@Langsam, students can check out a phone charger for up to four hours and a laptop charger for up to five days. The various chargers available are listed on the UC Libraries website, but include options for Macs, PC, iPhone, and Androids among others.
The charger rental program is a USG initiative started by Chandler Rankin, student body president, and Abbie Smith, student body vice president, after conducting student focus groups concerning their wants and needs in regards to campus services and resources. “This is a convenient campus amenity for students who need to charge their devices while in the library or for those who may have forgotten their chargers and need access to one during the day,” said Rankin. “The availability of chargers enhances the overall library equipment rental inventory to meet current student demand.”
USG worked with UC Libraries staff, including Amanda Welter, director of library facilities and planning, Ben Kline, assistant director of the Research and Teaching Services Department, and Jay Sinnard, operations manager of the Student Technology Resources Center, to research what peer institutions were doing and how the Libraries might expand the current lending equipment inventory to include chargers. USG has committed to funding the purchase and maintenance of the chargers for the next three years.
More information about the Libraries equipment borrowing, including policies and what is available, can be found online.
The Luna application, which houses some of our digital collections, will be upgraded to the latest version available from the vendor this morning, Dec. 12 starting at 10:00 am, so that we may patch some security vulnerabilities that were discovered from a recent scan of the server. Once the upgrade has been completed an all clear will be sent out for the server.
The Libraries Illiad (Interlibrary Loan) server will be offline for maintenance the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. During this time the library IT department will be updating the Illiad application to the latest version. Thank you for your patience.
Kanopy, the University of Cincinnati Libraries’ on-demand streaming video service available at http://uc.kanopystreaming.com, is a content-rich, much-used resource. However, the Libraries’ materials budget cannot sustain the current level of spending for Kanopy. It is important to note that films obtained in Kanopy are not owned, but leased for one year at $135 per lease. When the lease has expired, the film can then be triggered for another one-year lease.
In the past, Kanopy films were automatically leased after 30 seconds of viewing by any user with access to the library, including walk-in visitors. In an effort to eliminate purchases triggered by casual users and to focus on course-related use of the rich academic material included in Kanopy, UC Libraries is moving to a mediated leasing model beginning the 2019 fall semester.
University of Cincinnati students, faculty, and staff will continue to have immediate access to films currently leased by UC (approximately 645 titles as of June 2019) until they expire. People will still be able to search in Kanopy for films the Libraries does not already lease, however, when attempting to access such a film, users will have the option to select the “request” button next to the film, fill out the form, and the Libraries will work to fulfill the request, typically obtaining a new lease within one business day.
Students feature in three articles – one about a pilot program that integrates new technology into the Critical Care Nurse Residency Program (CCNRP) curriculum, a second from a former graduate assistant discussing her experience working in the Digital Scholarship Center, and the third where a student assistant in the Archives and Rare Books Library writes about The Irish Fairy Book.
Lastly, we highlight the mixed materials collection available in the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH) Library.
Select UC Libraries servers will be updated and rebooted to patch security vulnerabilities. The servers listed below will be rebooted tonight (Thursday, June 20, 2019) at 11:00 p.m. It will take approximately 30 minutes per server to patch and reboot. During this time the server will be unavailable.
Servers to be rebooted:
libraries.uc.edu – web server (Tricerashopper)
libraries.uc.edu – web server (library blogs & apps)
lang.uc.edu – database server
libraries.uc.edu – web server (Luna)
libraries.uc.edu – proxy server (offsite access)
Thank you for your patience during this important security maintenance.
During summer semester, Sarah Nordgren and her colleagues are spending a couple of days shooting a video in the STRC Production Room. Sarah is a graduate student (getting her doctorate of philosophy, English and comparative literature). Her specialty is poetry. The video is part of Sarah’s dissertation.