Library resources in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI), a celebration of the culture, history and contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander people living in the United States. In celebration, the University of Cincinnati Libraries presents the following resources from our collections. Some resources may be for the UC community only.

For more on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has created a list of events, news stories, blog posts, resources and exhibits from ARL member libraries.

Congratulations and fond farewell to Leah Everitt, graduate student assistant in HSL

leah everittOver the past nine months, Leah Everitt, a masters of library science (MSLS) graduate student at the University of Kentucky, has worked at the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library. During that time, she made an enormous impact assisting with community outreach projects, assessing a portion of the institutional repository using the FAIR Principals, working on research projects and serving as the temporary circulation coordinator.

Today, May 6, Leah officially graduates with her MSLS degree. Her next library career move is a position with the National Library of Medicine in their Associate Fellow Program. During the fellowship Leah hopes to work on more open scholarship projects and projects facilitating interoperability through standard languages.

Congratulations, Leah, and thank you for your fine work with UC Libraries!

Hello, Central!: Telephones in Illustrated Sheet Music

hello centralBy Theresa Leininger-Miller,

This two-part exhibition commemorates the 145th anniversary of the invention of the telephone (1876) that took place in 2021; COVID-19 slightly delayed the celebration. Displayed on the 4th floor lobby of the Walter C. Langsam Library are reproductions of 68 vibrant, chromolithographic covers of illustrated sheet music dating from 1877 to 1939.

The display outside and inside the Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art & Planning (DAAP) features two dozen original pieces of sheet music, along with ten vintage telephones. The name of the device, from the Greek, means “far speaking” a way of increasing human earshot. With it, people can make themselves heard and understood around the world with a whisper. Continue reading

Library resources in celebration of National Arab American Heritage Month

April is National Arab American Heritage Month. Below is a list of library resources for further exploration of Arab cultural and history.


UC librarians Olga Hart and Sally Moffitt created two research guides with links to information related to the Arab world. The Arabic Languages and Cultures guide provides an overview of Arabic language, literature and culture resources at the University of Cincinnati. The Middle Eastern Studies guide offers suggestions for conducting cross-disciplinary research into the history, politics, culture and social structures in the modern Middle East. The guide focuses on the Middle East after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War. With the exception of Egypt, North Africa is included only when that region is part of a more comprehensive survey of the Muslim Mediterranean world. Continue reading

And the winners are…Results of the 2022 UC Libraries International Edible Books Festival

Rebecca Tabaja – Fairy the Farting Unicorn – Best Overall

The University of Cincinnati Libraries celebrated the International Edible Books Festival on Friday, April 1, 2022.

Sixteen edible books were created by students, faculty, staff, librarians, friends and family. The entries ranged from children’s books to literary classics to popular fiction and nonfiction books. The edible books were made of cakes, cookies, Rice Krispie Treats, candy, Peeps, olives and even carrots. Each entry was judged by our esteemed judges Rachel Hoople and Imani Coleman and awarded a bookmark.

Created by librarian Judith A. Hoffberg and artist Béatrice Coron, the International Edible Books Festival is held worldwide annually on or around April 1st to mark the birthday of Jean Brillat-Savarin, author of The Physiology of Taste.  The global event has been celebrated since 2000 in various parts of the world, including in Australia, Brazil, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, The Netherlands and Hong Kong.

Milly Diaz Perez – To the Boy Who Lived – Best Student Entry

UC Libraries has participated in the International Edible Books Festival since 2001. The 2022 winners ares:

  • Luahna Winningham Carter – The Dark Tower – Most Checked Out
  • Holly Prochaska – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Most Imaginative
  • Debbie Weinstein – The Girl Who Drew Butterflies – Most Whimsical
  • Olga Hart – The Vanishing Half – Most Literary
  • Melissa Cox Norris – A Cast of Literary Birds – Most Clever
  • Natalie Rogers – If You Give a Moose a Muffin – Most Delicious
  • Jessica Ebert – Crazy Plant Lady – Most Creative
  • Ben Kline and Aaron Libby – The Secret Lives of Color – Most Fun
  • Jenny Mackiewicz – Should I Share My Ice Cream? – Most Adorable
  • Debbie Tenofsky – Olive Kitteridge & Olive, Again – Most Taboo
  • Sam Norris – Batman: The Court of Owls -Scariest
  • Steve Norris – Death and the Penguin – Most Deadly
  • Jack Norris – Too Many Carrots – Silliest
  • Rebecca Tabaja – Fairy the Farting Unicorn – Best Overall
  • Milly Diaz Perez – To the Boy Who Lived – Best Student Entry
  • The Little Prince by Emma Duhamel and Eli Seidman-Deutsch

Congratulations to all the edible books creators! View the entries and the winners on the UC Libraries Facebook page. See you next year for Edible Books 2023!

Women’s History Month- Catherine Allen Latimer, First African-American librarian at the New York Public Library

Catherine Allen Latimer sitting in front of file cabinets at the New York Public Library

Catherine Allen Latimer sitting in front of file cabinets at the New York Public Library

Celebrating Catherine Allen Latimer, NYPL’s first African-American Librarian.

Catherine Allen Latimer was New York Public Library’s first African American librarian. She was hired as a substitute in 1920 after being an assistant at Tuskegee Institute’s library for a year from 1919-1920.[1] She stayed for her entire career until she retired in 1946. She founded the Division of Negro Literature, History and Prints at the 135th Street Branch of NYPL in 1925. This was a precursor to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Later, she was promoted to a curator of the same by Arturo Alfonso Schomburg.

Catherine was born in Nashville, TN in 1896. Her family eventually moved to NYC. She was educated during her early life in Germany and France. She spoke French fluently and read German. For high school, she attended public schools in Brooklyn, NY. Her undergraduate work and library training took place at Howard University and she completed some graduate work at Columbia University.[2]

Over her career, she lectured to students of Wellesley College, Columbia University, Vassar College, Smith College, Hunter College and Pratt Institute. Continue reading

Life of the Mind celebrates the creative and scholarly works of UC’s Artists, Authors, Editors & Composers

The annual Life of the Mind, interdisciplinary conversations with University of Cincinnati faculty, was held Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. Jennifer Wright-Berryman, associate professor of social work in the College of Allied Health Sciences, presented “BEING A CAMPUS COMMUNITY THAT CARES: Emotional Wellbeing, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention at the University of Cincinnati.” 

Following Professor Wright-Berryman’s remarks, a panel of three responded to the lecture.

  • Calisha Brooks, mental health activist, Soul Care, LLC
  • Kelly Cohen, Brian H. Rowe Endowed Chair in aerospace engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Xander Wells, UC student and president of Men4Mental Health
A recording of the lecture is available for viewing on the Libraries YouTube Channel.
bibliography coverThe Life of the Mind lecture series has merged with the former Authors, Editors & Composers to create one event that celebrates the achievements of UC’s Artists, Authors, Editors & Composers.

A bibliography of the submitted creative and scholarly works is available online.

The bibliography includes the works of 114 UC faculty and staff representing 14 colleges and units. The 166 submitted works include research journal articles, chapters, books, and editing. The creative and performing arts are well represented with poetry, artwork, public performances, videos, music and fashion. There are solo works, as well as multiple works representing collaborations with fellow scholars both at UC and around the world.

A selection of the submitted works is on display now on the 4th and 5th floors of the Walter C. Langsam Library. More information about Life of the Mind is available on the Libraries website.

UC DATA Day, April 12, to focus on bias, miscommunication and equity in data

UC DATA Day, scheduled for Tuesday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will explore the theme of bias, miscommunication and equity in data with online power sessions, panel discussions and a keynote address by Monica Stephens, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Durham University in Durham, England.

data day graphic

More information about DATA Day, along with a link for registration, is available on the DATA Day website. UC DATA Day is free and open to all to attend.

Researchers producing and using data face similar but unique, challenges in data management, data sharing, reproducible research and preservation. Researchers have a tremendous responsibility to ensure that the data they produce and share is equitable as it impacts individuals and communities the world over. When data is collected and shared incorrectly, it can advance inequities, bias and even violence. Researchers must be aware of methods to mitigate these and how to generate data that is free of bias, is equitable and inclusive to avoid any miscommunication and/or ambiguity regarding their data. DATA Day 2022 highlights these challenges and showcases solutions and opportunities in which we can re-examine data through an equity lens.

Monica Stephens

Monica Stephens obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Arizona in 2012 and worked at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), as well as Humboldt State University (California). Her research mines social media to trace inequalities across gender, race, and economic status. Her book, “Misinformation in the Digital Age: An American Infodemic” is due out this year. In addition to academic articles, her work on social media has appeared in popular outlets including Wired Magazine, The New York Times, The Guardian, the Washington Post, and BBC World Service.



Check out library Spring Break reduced hours, March 12-20

spring break vine with lemonsMost University of Cincinnati Libraries locations have reduced hours for Spring Break, March 12-20. Check the library website for a list of hours by location.

Have a safe and relaxing Spring Break, Bearcats!

The final lecture in the Illustrated Human: The Impact of Andreas Vesalius to focus on the teaching of anatomy

vesalius illustrationsOn Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at 5:30 p.m., Bruce Giffin and Cynthia Klestinec will present, “Innovative Teaching of Human Anatomy beginning in the 1500s and Vesalius.”
In this final lecture of the series, award-winning UC College of Medicine anatomy professor, Bruce Giffin, MD, and Cynthia Klestinec, PhD, professor in the Department of English at Miami University and an expert in Renaissance anatomy and dissection, will discuss the pedagogical innovations that were introduced by Vesalius and others and how this revolutionized the teaching of anatomy for medical students and artists.

Professor Klestinec will share insights from her book, “Theaters of Anatomy: Students, Teachers, and Traditions of Dissection in Renaissance Venice” (2011). Dr. Giffin will discuss the teaching of anatomy dating from Vesalius through today and looking ahead into the future, including the role of virtual dissection in the 21st century.

The lecture will be held in Kresge Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, 231 Albert Sabin Way. Parking is recommended in the Eden Garage located at 3223 Eden Avenue (Visitor Parking on Levels 7 & 8), which is located across the street from the Care/Crawley Building where Kresge Auditorium is located. In addition, the lecture will be streamed live via Zoo.

Register to attend.

vesalius exhibitFollowing the lecture will be a reception held in front of the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions (next to Kresge Auditorium). Exhibits showcasing the life and work of Andreas Vesalius will be available for viewing in both the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library and the Winkler Center’s Stanley J. Lucas Board Room.

Did you miss a previous lecture in The Illustrated Human series? They are available for viewing on the Vesalius website.