Calling all UC Artists, Authors, Editors & Composers to submit creative and scholarly works for inclusion in Life of the Mind

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The annual Life of the Mind, interdisciplinary conversations with University of Cincinnati faculty, is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. Once again, the event will celebrate the published or performed creative and scholarly works of UC’s artists, authors, editors & composers with an exhibit and bibliography. To include creative and scholarly works, UC faculty and staff members are invited to self-submit via an online form. Include only those submitted works performed or published between January 1, 2020 and June 20, 2021. Submissions are limited to three per category per artist, author, editor or composer. Categories may include: books, book chapters, journal articles, editing, artwork, photography, plays, musical scores, CDs or DVDs, and more. Contact melissa.norris@uc.edu with any questions.

The mission of Life of the Mind is to celebrate UC research, scholarship and creative output and to foster the free and open exchange of ideas and discourse. It is organized by UC Libraries, Faculty Senate and the Faculty Enrichment Center, and is sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Life of the Mind supports the university’s Research2030 initiative, which focuses on two key objectives: Enhancing UC’s national reputation and emphasizing the impact of UC’s research enterprise. The Life of the Mind lecture creates a platform to exchange interdisciplinary research and foster intellectual conversation. The artists, authors, editors & composers exhibit and bibliography promotes faculty and staff research and creative outcomes.

For information on last year’s event, visit the Life of the Mind website.

UC Libraries closed Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6

All UC Libraries locations are closed Monday, Sept. 6 for Labor Day. The Libraries will reopen as scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Have a safe and relaxing holiday.

And for more information on labor, check out the exhibit Working for a Living, featuring the University of Cincinnati’s Archives and Rare Books Library labor collections.

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SERVICE NOTE: Interlibrary Loan service unavailable to users September 7 and 8

The Interlibrary Loan service (ILLiad) will be down for maintenance and unavailable to users Tuesday and Wednesday, September 7 and 8.

Once updated, users may access ILLiad from the Libraries website at https://libraries.uc.edu/login/Illiad-login.html where you will login and authenticate before being directed to ILLiad, which will have a new look, but the same functionality.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The Desk@Langsam to cease lending of multimedia equipment

After thoughtful consideration, review of usage statistics and consultation, as of Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, the Desk@Langsam will cease lending of equipment, which includes laptops, cameras, projectors, microphones and speakers, etc.

This change is largely the result of decreased usage of the equipment and the service no longer meeting the current and changing technology needs and behaviors of students. All currently checked out laptops and other equipment are due Aug. 31, 2021.

This service change has been added to the Borrow Equipment web page, which includes a list of referrals should users seek another source for technology equipment.

Questions about this change or equipment items currently checked out, should be directed to Ben Kline.

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Curious about the library/information studies profession? UC Libraries seeks racially/ethnically under-represented candidates for paid internship.

library student workersUniversity of Cincinnati Libraries, in cooperation with OhioLINK, is seeking racially/ethnically under-represented candidates interested in an internship with UC Libraries. This position requires a full academic-year commitment (fall, spring and possibly summer semesters) and the ability to work 10-15 hours per week. The internship includes orientation, departmental rotations and working with a mentor. Interns will participate in professional development sessions coordinated throughout the internship.

These paid, resume-building positions offer student interns hands-on experience and a broad introduction to the information studies profession—its purpose, reach and expertise. Students are paired with a mentor to explore and gain valuable knowledge in the field and to develop marketable skills that are extendable to a variety of career disciplines. This program provides experiential learning, valuable training and professional support within a structured work environment. OhioLINK interns around the state will be given the opportunity to network and collaborate via an agreed-upon capstone project, if desired.

To apply for a library internship, complete the online application.

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Aug. 26th Cecil Striker Lecture to focus on “What Nineteenth Century Hospital Designers Knew about Minimizing Airborne Transmission and Why It’s Been Forgotten.”

cecil striker event graphicThe Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions’ ongoing Cecil Striker Webinar Lecture Series continues on Thursday, Aug. 26 at 7:00 p.m. when Jeanne Kisacky presents “What Nineteenth Century Hospital Designers Knew about Minimizing Airborne Transmission and Why It’s Been Forgotten.”

Jeanne Kisacky uses her background in architectural design to inform her historical research into hospital design and how the built environment has influenced health and illness. A grant from the National Library of Medicine supported the writing and publication of her award-winning book, Rise of the Modern Hospital: An Architectural History of Health and Healing. She is currently working on extending her history of US hospitals to the 1960s, through the Hill-Burton era, the Cold War, and Civil Rights.

For Zoom login credentials and more information please visit the Winkler Center’s website.

Finale of 19-Day Self-Education Challenge Against Systemic Racism scheduled for August 10

respect's 19-day self-education challenge against systemic racismJoin us Tuesday, August 10, 12:30-2pm via WebEx, for a finale of the 19-Day Self-Education Challenge Against Systemic Racism. Whether you took the challenge or not, all are welcome!

The University of Cincinnati Libraries’ R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (Racial Equity Support & Programming to Educate the Community Team organized the 19-day Challenge (July 6-30) with the mission to bring knowledge and consciousness from the disparities of systemic racism in our society. Articles, podcasts and videos were supplied to participants each week with an option to attend a Friday WebEx discussion and/or fill out a questionnaire concerning the week’s subject. Although this enlightening undertaking has ended, our endeavor for racial equity has only begun. The finale event will include a discussion of the various lessons, as well as prizes.

Return to Campus Library Service Updates

As the university plans for a broad return of students, faculty and staff to campus for fall semester, the Libraries are preparing our facilities, services and access to collections. Following are important things to know as we Return to Campus. Library spaces, services and access may be adapted in accordance with current and changing safety guidelines. Check the Libraries Return to Campus web page for library service updates.

Library Spaces

  • Beginning August 2, most library locations will be open and available for use. The availability of certain services and spaces within each library may vary by location. Hours and specific library location information are listed on the website.
  • Users are encouraged to maintain social distancing and must follow current university safety protocols outlined on UC’s Public Health Website.
  • In addition:
    • Tables and chairs may not be moved or reconfigured so as to ensure social distancing.
    • All users are encouraged to clean their table and chair upon leaving. The library advises that all users consider a wipe-down upon arrival to their seating location as well. Cleaning supplies will be provided.
    • Consumption of food and drink should occur when seated. Please note that some library locations continue to prohibit food and drink.
    • Public computers and labs located within library facilities will be available with social distancing measurements and cleaning protocols in place.
  • Library spaces and services may be adapted in accordance with safety guidelines. Visit the Return to Campus website for the latest updates.

Requesting Library Materials

  • Daily deliveries between libraries have resumed.
  • All pickup locations are reactivated, which allows users to request UC materials be sent to the University of Cincinnati library location of choice for pick up.
  • OhioLINK, SWORD and SearchOhio items can be requested.

Access to Print Collections

  • Service desks and library stacks will re-open at most locations on August 2. This re-opening includes the previously closed floors of the Walter C. Langsam Library and the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library.
  • The Click & Collect retrieval and pickup service ends on August 2.
  • Course Reserves will resume on August 2.
  • Regular, pre-pandemic loan rules and borrowing periods have resumed.
    • Summer semester loans continue through August 31.

Access to Online Library Resources

  • Beginning August 10, access to licensed online library resources requires user authentication by logging in with a UC username + password and Duo Two Factor authorization.
  • More information on accessing online licensed library resources and help with troubleshooting problems will be available on the Libraries website.

Questions?

  • Need help finding library resources? Can’t remember how to access My Library Record to renew materials checked out? Librarians and staff are available to answer your questions via CHAT, Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.
  • Users can also reference the Contact Us webpage to report a website error or to ask a reference or circulation question.

Library Location Information

  • Detailed facility, service and contact information for specific library locations is available on library web pages.

UC Libraries looks forward to a safe and productive fall semester. More information about UC Libraries, as well as access to the library catalog, is available via the website.

New Hours for the Archives and Rare Books Library beginning Aug. 9

Beginning Monday, August 9, 2021 the Archives and Rare Books (ARB) Library, located on the 8th floor of Blegen Library, will institute new hours:

Monday: Closed to the public
Tuesday-Friday: 9am-5pm, available by appointment
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Mostudent researching in the archives and rare books librarynday public closures will allow the ARB staff additional time to process collections and prepare materials for upcoming research appointments.

To schedule an appointment, please contact ARB at archives@ucmail.uc.edu or (513) 556-1959. For more information about the Archives and Rare Books Library, including access to online exhibits and collections, visit our website.