Michelle McKinney, Reference and Web Services Librarian
After a five year conference break, I was very excited to attend #ALAAC2018 in New Orleans! I spent the majority of the conference working with and for this year’s class of Spectrum Scholars. I had the honor of being named a Spectrum Scholar in 2005 and am currently serving as a member of Spectrum Advisory Committee. This year’s class of scholars networked, attended panels featuring Spectrum Alumni and took part in the greater conference, which included an Opening Session featuring Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden.
I had the chance to reconnect with many colleagues and library friends, including fellow Spectrum Scholars from my class, during the Spectrum Scholars Founders Reception.
When I wasn’t in sessions or meetings, I wandered around the Exhibit Hall and enjoyed some of the local cuisine, including the required serving of beignets.
Unfortunately, my #alaa18 trip was way too short. I flew in to attend my last official duty as a member of the Alex Award Committee, which presents an award to 10 books published for adults that has a unique appeal to young adults. (Check them out!) Luckily, the last event is also one of the best, as we honor the award winners with a program and book signing for anyone to attend.
I also was able to visit the exhibit hall to say hello to many vendors and publicists and check out the new products coming to libraries near you!
It was awesome to be in New Orleans for its 300th birthday and the best way to celebrate was a late night run to Cafe du Monde for their famous beignets!
It may have only been about 48 hours, but ALA is always a blast and a reminder how awesome the library profession is!
The UCBA Library enjoys celebrating National Library Week with our students, staff and faculty and this year was no different! Visitors had the chance to participate in a number of activities such as “Guess How Many Bookworms” are in a jar, Book Drive for local non-profit Adopt a Book, submitting Book Recommendations and Wake Up And Read Pajama Day.
Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century HD6280 .B77 2017
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From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security comes up short Continue reading April Book of the Month
The UCBA Library hours for Fall Reading Days will be 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Monday, October 9th and Tuesday, October 10th. The library will resume regular hours on Wednesday, October 11th. A full list of library hours can be found on the UCBA Library Hours webpage.
The UCBA Library team welcomes Elizabeth Sullivan as the new Library Operations Manager. Elizabeth brings over 5 years of experience from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County including her role as a branch manager. She also comes directly to us from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden where she was the Manager of Member Experience and Fun (yes, she met Fiona!).
Elizabeth will be managing the daily operations of the library to ensure high quality service and support for faculty, staff and students. We’re so excited to welcome Elizabeth to the UCBA Library Team!
The New Titles at Your UCBA Library online guide lists newly acquired books and media by subject. Select titles are highlighted on the homepage along with the ability to search for other titles in the UC Libraries system. Many of the new titles can also be found on the new book cart located next to the front desk in the library.
Stop by the UCBA Library to browse and borrow books in honor of Black History Month and the National African American Read-In (NAARI). Titles that include a yellow NAARI bookmark are written by African Americans and can be read for the NAARI event scheduled for Tuesday, February 28 at 12:00 pm in the Muntz 119 Lobby.