Connecting with UCBA Library Over the Years: Slideshow

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The American Library Association theme for National Library Week 2022, “Connect with Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology, books and other resources. Libraries also offer opportunities to connect with people and ideas. Most importantly libraries also connect communities to each other. Overall, the theme is an explicit call to action—an invitation for communities to visit, engage with or advocate for their libraries.

The UCBA Library is a vital part of the UC Blue Ash and greater UC community. We take pride in the services we offer in the areas of research and teaching support and access to resources. We also enjoy working together alongside our UCBA faculty, staff and students for both work and play. This slideshow highlights the various ways the UCBA Library connects with our community.

Connect with the UCBA Library as we celebrate this week! Here are a few activities you can engage in, at the UCBA Library and online:

Spring Book Blooms: A good book can help you escape to another world or connect to this one in new ways. Find recently published novels, short stories, biographies, and more at this UCBA Library pop-up event in the hallway across from our entrance. We’ll supply the books and a few delicious sweets to help you finish this semester strong!  Note: UC ID is required to borrow books.

#UniteAgainstBookBans: Participate in the campaign to support diverse materials in public, school and university libraries. The American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked an unprecedented number of book challenges in 2021 (the highest number since they began tracking over two decades ago), and many of these challenged books were by or about Black or LGBTQIA+ persons.

Show Your Library Love for a Chance to Win $100: Post to Instagram, Twitter, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page. Use the hashtag #MyLibrary.  All the entries will be gathered and one randomly selected winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card.  The promotion ends on Saturday, April 9 at noon CT. Don’t forget to tag or name your local (academic, public or school) library!

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Women’s History Month at the UCBA Library

by Lauren Wahman

display of books atop a table for women's history month

Featured books for Women’s History Month

For the month of March, the UCBA Library is featuring a multi-disciplinary selection of books highlighting the global contributions of women as part of Women’s History Month. These featured books are located on a table near the Library’s Information Desk. Visit the Women’s History Month virtual featured books to view a small selection. To view the full selection, stop by the UCBA Library during open hours, browse, and borrow a book. 

Celebrating UC Blue Ash Faculty Achievements: Life of the Mind’s Artists, Authors, Editors and Composers 

by Lauren Wahman and Heather Maloney 

The Life of the Mind lecture and Artists, Authors, Editors & Composers event took place on February 22, 2022. As part of the UCBA Library’s research-sharing efforts, we’re celebrating the selected works submitted this year from UCBA faculty. Visit Life of the Mind for the online exhibit, bibliography, and event recording. 

Cover of Revista Matemática Iberoamericana

David Freeman, Professor
Math, Physics, & Computer Science
Fun Fact: David presented this research topic at the UCBA Library’s 3rd Annual Faculty Research Lightning Talks event. 

 

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Fall 2021 UCBA Library Research Workshops

by Lauren Wahman

The UCBA Library is offering two Research Workshops for fall 2021 – Finding Your Research Sources and Evaluating Your Research Sources. These are one hour sessions offered online and in person and registration is required. The sessions are open to all UCBA students. Refer to the 2021 UCBA Library Workshops flyer for schedule and registration information.  

Finding Your Research Sources
Need to find sources for your research assignment? Finding information can be frustrating and overwhelming, but the UCBA Library is here to help. Join librarians to discuss where to search, get some strategies for building better searches, and ask questions. 

Evaluating Your Research Sources
Not sure if the sources you’ve found are high quality? Deciding if info is trustworthy and credible can be challenging, but the UCBA Library is here to help. Join librarians to discuss source evaluation, get strategies you can use for your research, and ask questions.  

Library Display: Celebrate Diversity!

By Lauren Wahman

This display showcases a selection of books (print/electronic) and streaming media available through the UC Blue Ash Library and includes a range of topics and authors. The display will be available until January 29, 2021 with physical items available to request via Click and Collect. Be sure to visit the Celebrate Diversity online display. 

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Resources for Faculty Research

by Lauren Wahman

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Whether it’s discipline-specific, creative, or a classroom-based research project, we’re getting you started with a newly redesigned Faculty Research Guide. To help with specific research needs, schedule an online research consultation with your department’s library faculty liaison. Or, find research-focused online workshops through the UC Libraries Calendar and the Faculty Enrichment Center’s Program Calendar.  Finally, watch for a special 4th Annual Faculty Research Lightning Talks blog post in the spring that will showcase faculty scholarship. 

Celebrating Women’s History Month

women's history month display at UCBA Library

The UCBA Library is celebrating Women’s History Month and the amazing global contributions of women!  This year’s displays (located in Reference area) showcase books covering a wide range of topics in the areas of journalism, science, art, business, politics, law, activism, education, technology, as well as social issues.  There’s also a selection of recent fiction titles by women writers.

Stop by and borrow a book from the displays during the month of March! You can also browse the list of books on the Library Displays at UCBA online guide.

Additional Resources for Women’s History Month:

 

by Lauren Wahman

March Book of the Month

Your UBCA Library’s Book of the Month  for March 2020 

All the Light We Cannot See 

By Anthony Doerr 

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A stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure. Doerr’s gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. 

Is it checked out?  Don’t worrywe’ve got you covered: 

 The Secrets We Keep (PS3616.R463 S43 2019)At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where no one dare publish it, and help Pasternak’s magnum opus make its way into print around the world. Glamorous and sophisticated Sally Forrester is a seasoned spy who has honed her gift for deceit all over the world — using her magnetism and charm to pry secrets out of powerful men. Irina is a complete novice, but under Sally’s tutelage quickly learns how to blend in, make drops, and invisibly ferry classified documents. Their story is intertwined with that of the decades-long affair between Pasternak and his mistress and muse, Olga Ivinskaya, who was sent to the Gulag and inspired Zhivago’s heroine, Lara 

320 rue St Jacques : the Diary of Madeleine Blaess (ebook)In November 1939 Madeleine Blaess, a French-born, British-raised student, set off for Paris to study for a doctorate in Medieval French literature at the Sorbonne. In June 1940, the German invasion cut off her escape route to the ports, preventing her return to Britain. She was forced to remain in France for the duration of the Occupation and in October 1940 began to write a diary. Intended initially as a replacement letter to her parents in York, she wrote it in French and barely missed an entry for almost four years.  

Madeleine’s diary is unique as she wrote it to record as much as she could about everyday life, people and events so she could use these written traces to rekindle memories later for the family from whom she had been parted. Many diaries of that era focus on the political situation. Madeleine’s diary does reflect and engage with military and political events. It also provides an unprecedented day-by-day account of the struggle to manage material deprivation, physical hardship, mental exhaustion and depression during the Occupation. The diary is also a record of Madeleine’s determination to achieve her ambition to become a university academic at a time when there was little encouragement for women to prioritise education and career over marriage and motherhood. Her diary is edited and translated here for the first time. 

The Last Metro (streaming film): Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve star as members of a French theater company living under the German occupation during World War II in François Truffaut’s gripping, humanist character study. Against all odds, a Jewish theater manager in hiding; a leading man who’s in the Resistance; increasingly restrictive Nazi oversight, the troupe believes the show must go on. Equal parts romance, historical tragedy, and even comedy, The last metro (Le dernier métro) is Truffaut’s ultimate tribute to art overcoming adversity. 

 

by Christian Boyles

3rd Annual Faculty Research Lightning Talks

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Tuesday March 10, 2020 from 3:00-4:30 pm
Learning & Teaching Center Room (Muntz 117) 

These short presentations showcase faculty research and share different aspects of the research process. Refreshments will be provided.   

Carla Cesare
Networks of Design: Women at Work 

David Freeman
Geometry From Symmetry

Christopher Gulgas
A Student Discovery Involving a Chemical that Changes Color Leads to a New Organic Laboratory Experiment

Linda Wunderley
The Real Truth About What Determines Our Professional Performance 

 

by Lauren Wahman

On Display: Black History Month and National African American Read In Titles

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The National African American Read-In display represents a selection of “Must Read” books by African American authors available at UC Blue Ash Library. Books will be on display until February 28, 2020. Borrow a book and volunteer to read an excerpt from a book by an African American Author by visiting ucblueash.edu/readin. Rachelle Lawson, UC staff alumna and author of Girl, Get Yo’ Life is the special guest for this year’s National African American Read In on February 13, 2020 at 11:00 am in the Muntz Auditorium Lobby.