Announcing two full-time temp positions open in the Science and Engineering Libraries. Position descriptions are below. Anyone interested in either position should e-mail a resume to: Ted.Baldwin@uc.edu.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
To schedule an appointment, please contact ARB at firstname.lastname@example.org or (513) 556-1959. For more information about the Archives and Rare Books Library, including access to online exhibits and collections, visit our website.
IT@UC will upgrade the equipment that connects UC’s campus to the Internet (F5 Global Traffic Managers) during a planned maintenance window from 6-8 a.m., Saturday, July 24.
Users may experience brief interruptions to cloud-based IT services during the planned upgrade. Affected systems may include:
- Microsoft Office 365 (OneDrive, Outlook email, etc),
- Some UC Library resources, including access to the Library Catalog, website, CHAT and more
- Web conferencing tools (Teams, WebEx, Zoom)
This upgrade is necessary and will better prepare UC for fall semester. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your support.
Please contact the IT@UC Service Desk if you experience any issues following this necessary planned maintenance window.
- Submit a ticket.
- Or, call us: Dial (513) 556-HELP (4357) or (866) 397-3382 from your personal phone. Dial 6-HELP (4357) from a university phone on campus. Then, select option 2.
Did you know that UC Library has a subscription to the Cincinnati Business Courier Online? The Business Courier is a weekly newspaper that covers Cincinnati business news. It also covers politics and the local economy. The weekly journal is read by more than 50,000 business professionals. The Courier also produces special reports on topics and trends of interest to the business community, including the annual compilation of Top 25 Lists called the Book of Lists.
The business courier is also a helpful research tool. It can be difficult to find information on smaller local privately owned companies. However, many times these companies are mentioned in news articles, top 25 lists, and executive’s profiles. It can also be searched to find out local industry trends and the local laws and regulations that are impacting business. Try searching for local companies like Skyline or Rhinegeist and see what you can find compared to other company databases!
UC affiliates can access the full online version of the Cincinnati business courier through the library website. To find out more on how to access and search the Business Courier as well as where to find the Book of Lists check out this research guide.
Due to necessary database maintenance, the Libraries Interlibrary Loan program (ILLiad) will be unavailable Tuesday, July 6, 2021, from 8 p.m. until 12 a.m.
Want to learn more about issues pertaining to systemic racism in the United States but don’t know where to start? Inspired by the YWCA’s 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, the University of Cincinnati Libraries’ R.E.S.P.E.C.T. committee developed a 19-Day Self-Education Challenge Against Systemic Racism just for you! Sign up now to watch, read and listen to informative pieces! The challenge is free and open to all.
Scheduled to take place July 6-30, the challenge is divided into four weeks, each with a different theme. There will be weekly, open video-chat discussions every Friday. Details will be e-mailed weekly along with the challenge content.
- Week 1: Reparations and Narrowing the Wealth Gap
- Week 2: Police Brutality and Reform
- Week 3: Equity in Healthcare
- Week 4: Equity in Education
Should you agree to accept this challenge, you will learn new information as well as receive an award upon completion of the event for your efforts to learn more about systemic racism and ways to combat it.
R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (Racial Equity Support & Programming to Educate the Community Team) is a UC Libraries committee charged with developing external programming that explicitly addresses the negative role that systemic racism plays in our society.
In this issue of Source, Dean Xuemao Wang takes time to reflect as work begins to transition back on campus and we showcase UC Libraries innovation and impact during the pandemic. In addition to articles highlighting collections such as Albert Sabin’s papers and Obed Wilson’s library, this issue also marks the commemoration of the first national Juneteenth holiday and features an interview with the authors of the recent University of Cincinnati Press book, Bicycling Through Paradise. As our 19th year of publication comes to a close, we feature a retrospective of past covers and a look back at the 2009 Edible Books event.
Last Fall, UC Libraries made the tough decision to break up with our Statista subscription. The decision came down to two reasons:
- Statista’s price rose over 200% in the past two years
- More importantly, Statista’s data is accessible from other vendors and resources. The Statista platform serves as a portal to finding statistics. Basically, subscribers pay for ease of access to a lot of statistics. Most of these statistics come from government resources, industry associations, and other vendors of statistical information.
A few examples:
- Data Planet
Touted as the “largest repository of standardized and structured statistical data”. It has 13.5 billion datasets, pulls from over 90 data providers and covers 16 major subject categories. It also provides users with tutorials on how to analyze data and incorporate it into their research.
- US Census
One of the largest producers of social and economic data and statistics. The economic census includes Trade, Manufacturing, Construction, Financial, Insurance and Real Estate statistics.
- FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data)
Economic data out of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank including inflation rate, consumer price index, unemployment rate, and more. FRED also provides a lot of teaching resources for economic data.
- Market Research Reports from IBIS, Mintel, Euromonitor and many more!
UC Libraries subscribes to many market research databases. These reports provide domestic and international industry level data as well as consumer demographics and statistics.
If you are looking for something specific, please think of Maggie Patel (UC’s Business and Data Analytics Librarian) as your statistical matchmaker and she will work with you to find the appropriate resource. You may contact her through email.
Please don’t despair if you loved Statista, there are plenty of other statistical databases in the sea. You will improve your research skills and discover new statistical resources. Fall in love again with something new!
Join us for R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Each Other: The Lasting Impact of Juneteenth, an online WebEx event scheduled for Friday, June 18, from 10-11:30 am. Registration and link location are available online.
Juneteenth, also known as African American Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is celebrated on June 19 to mark the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. The University of Cincinnati Libraries RESPECT Group invites you to learn about the history of the Juneteenth holiday and its lasting and impact on United States’ culture and society.
This interactive session will introduce conversations around slavery, racism and modern-day injustices. A prepared presentation will include interviews with formerly enslaved people, videos of culture, music and poetry contrasting the past and present. Come prepared to reflect and share your thoughts and feelings on these topics in this safe space environment. In addition, the program will introduce the newly formed Racial Equity Support & Programming to Educate the Community Team (RESPECT), a UC Libraries committee charged with developing external programming that explicitly addresses the role that systemic racism plays in our society.