Research and Data Services produces a photographic map of downtown Cincinnati circa 1962

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.

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UC Libraries and Student Government Partner to offer charger rentals

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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.

 

Luna Digital Collections Application Briefly Unavailable Dec. 12

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.

Most other digital collections continue to be available.

Thank you.

Libraries Moving to Mediated Service Model for Kanopy Streaming Videos

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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.

For additional streaming video sources, or for further information on the mediation of Kanopy films, please visit the Libraries’ Kanopy LibGuide at https://guides.libraries.uc.edu/Kanopy/FAQ.

For more information regarding Kanopy’s streaming service please read the following article from the May 2019 issue of Film Quarterly at https://filmquarterly.org/2019/05/03/kanopy-not-just-like-netflix-and-not-free/.

Read Source to learn more about the news, events, people and happenings in UC Libraries.

source graphicRead Source, the online newsletter, to learn more about the news, events, people and happenings in UC Libraries.

In this issue of Source, Dean Xuemao Wang writes about the invaluable support of library donors, volunteers and faithful advocates that make events such as the inaugural Adopt-A-Book event, held this past March, a success. We celebrate the latest three publications from the University of Cincinnati Press and the graduation of the second cohort of 56 students from the Joint Co-Op Institute.

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.

Read these articles, as well as past issues, on the web at http://libapps.libraries.uc.edu/source/ and via e-mail. To receive Source via e-mail, contact melissa.norris@uc.edu to be added to the mailing list.

Library Databases, Proxy Server and Blogs Unavailable for Maintenance beginning 11pm, Thurs, June 20

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.

Poetry in Motion – A Grad Student’s Interpretation

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.

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Sarah (far right) and colleagues shooting a scene for her video.
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The outfits were designed just for this video.
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Try to find just the right angle.

Traveling to Hogwarts with the STRC

Recently, eight students from Dr. Brittany Rosen’s HPE 7040 Social & Behavioral Health class used the services of UC Libraries and the Student Technology Resources Center (STRC) to create a video about the importance of dental care. The students borrowed several pieces of equipment from the Desk@Langsam. They then shot the video in the STRC production room and worked with Jay Sinnard, manager of the STRC, to edit the video.

To view the videos produced in the STRC, visit their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/STRC1.

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UPDATED: Interlibrary Loan Service Unavailable Monday, March 18, 8am-5pm because of Maintenance

UPDATE TWO:   Correct link to Illiad: https://illiad.uc.edu/illiad/index.html

If you have problems logging into Illiad, please use the above link to login.

We are working to correct all links now.

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Thank you!

UPDATE: the scheduled maintenance is taking longer than anticipated. Please note we’ve changed the estimated up time to 5pm. Thank you for understanding.

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The Libraries Interlibrary Loan (Illiad) server will be offline for maintenance Monday, March 18 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. During that time, Interlibrary Loan will be unavailable.

Thank you for your patience.