Lori E. Harris named assistant dean and director of the Health Sciences Library and Winkler Center

lori harrisXuemao Wang, vice provost for digital scholarship and dean and university librarian, is pleased to announce that Lori E. Harris has been appointed UC Libraries assistant dean and director of the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library and the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions.

In her new role, Harris will plan, direct and assess the services and resources of the Health Sciences Library and Winkler Center within the context of UC Libraries’ mission and strategic plan. She will develop and implement library procedures, collect and analyze library data and oversee the implementation of the Health Sciences Library and Winkler Center strategic directions. She will provide leadership and coordination of the daily operations of the Health Sciences Library and Winkler Center.

Harris joined UC in 2016 as the assistant director of the Health Sciences Library after completing the second year of her National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM) Associate Fellowship Program at UC Libraries. She received her MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a B.A. in American Studies from Smith College.

During her tenure at UC Libraries, Lori has lead and collaborated in numerous initiatives and projects including acquiring and managing the traveling Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness exhibition to the Health Sciences Library, serving as interim director of the Health Sciences Library since January 2019 and co-leading the Libraries Return to Campus Task Force, which is managing how the libraries are providing access to research, services and facilities during the pandemic.

“My time at UC Libraries has been a rewarding one, and it’s just beginning,” said Harris. “I look forward to working with my library colleagues in this new capacity to continue to provide access to the Health Sciences Library’s and Winkler Center’s excellent research collections and services that help to advance the university’s research, teaching, learning and clinical practice initiatives.”

To learn more, read an interview with Lori Harris that appeared in Source in September 2015 when she first came to UC Libraries as an NIH/NLM associate fellow. Congratulations, Lori!

Inaugural Cecil Striker Webinar Series to discuss the book University of Cincinnati Health Colleges: 200 Years

On Thursday, November 12, 7:00 p.m., the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions will hold its inaugural Cecil Striker Webinar with a discussion with Stephen Marine, associate dean emeritus of the University of Cincinnati Libraries, and Gino Pasi, archivist and curator of collections at the Winkler Center, regarding their new book University of Cincinnati Health Colleges: 200 Years. The talk will be led and moderated by Philip Diller, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for educational affairs at the College of Medicine and chair of the Winkler Center Board.

The webinar link will be available on the Winkler Center’s website at https://libraries.uc.edu/libraries/hsl/winkler-center/cecil-striker.html.

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UC Libraries closed Wednesday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. Health Sciences Library to remain open 9am-5pm.

veterans day imageUC Libraries will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day, except for the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library, which will be open 9am to 5pm.

In addition, both the Click & Collect request and retrieval service and the CHAT online reference service will be unavailable Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Regular hours will resume Thursday, November 12.

To learn more about veterans at UC, check out this online exhibit from the Archives and Rare Books Library entitled “School & Country: Military Life at the University of Cincinnati.”

Join us Dec. 1 for World AIDS Day: Highlighting the Past, Present and Future of HIV/AIDS from the Medical, Research and Urban Perspective

world aids day graphicAn estimated 40 million people worldwide have died of AIDS since 1981, and an estimated 37 million are currently living with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), making it one of the most significant global public health issues in recorded history. First recognized in 1988, World AIDS Day is dedicated to spreading awareness of the AIDS pandemic, uniting in the fight against HIV infections and to mourning those who have died of the disease.

On December 1, 2020, the University of Cincinnati will participate in Worlds AIDS Day with a symposium to highlight the past, present and future of HIV/AIDS around the world from a medical, research and urban perspective. Open to all, this day-long, virtual event will feature speakers from around the country who have endeavored in many facets of HIV/AIDS treatment, research and advocacy. The day’s speakers include: Continue reading

Votes for Women exhibit chronicles the U.S. Women’s Suffrage Movement

votes for women graphicTo mark the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment, the University of Cincinnati Libraries presented Votes for Women, an exhibit that was on display on the 5th floor lobby of the Walter C. Langsam Library beginning March 1. The exhibit is now available for viewing online – Votes for Women.

The exhibit chronicles the timeline of the women’s suffrage fight starting in 1848 when Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott organized the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. It includes milestones, setbacks and contentions along the way, including after the Civil War when the movement found itself divided over the issue of voting rights for Black men, thus resulting in a split in the group fighting for women’s suffrage. After a national vote was defeated in 1886, the suffragists changed their strategy from attempting to get a national amendment passed to instead gaining women’s voting rights state-by-state in hopes that a national amendment would follow. The timeline concludes with the passing of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920. While ultimately successful, the American Women’s Suffrage Movement was not without its detractors nor did it include all women. Both of these issues are addressed in the exhibit.

Votes for Women was curated by Sally Moffitt, reference librarian and selector, and Melissa Cox Norris, director of library communication. It was designed by Emily Young, UC Libraries communication design co-op student. For more information on women’s suffrage a bliography of books, articles and online resources from UC Libraries is available.


Join us Oct. 29 for “Sabin’s Oral Polio Vaccine vs. the Race to Cure COVID 19: Historical Differences and Similarities”

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The Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions, as part of the Albert B. Sabin Research Notebook Project, invites you to a presentation titled “Sabin’s Oral Polio Vaccine vs. the Race to Cure COVID 19: Historical Differences and Similarities” presented by the Hauck Center for the Albert B. Sabin Archives’ visiting scholars Karen Torghele and Larry Anderson, MD.

When: Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom (link available at https://libraries.uc.edu/libraries/hsl/winkler-center.html)

Project financially assisted by The John Hauck Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, John W. Hauck and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees.

Join us for UC DATA DAY, Oct. 23 to examine World Changing Data: How Digital Data Will Change Our Future

Sponsored by UC Libraries, IT@UC the Office of Research and the Office of the Provost, the virtual UC DATA Day will include a trainings, an interactive panel and keynote speaker Glenn Ricart, founder and CTO, US Ignite, who will present “A Day In Our Digital Future – The Intersection between Data and Humans.”

Researchers producing and using data face similar, but unique, challenges in data management, data sharing, reproducible research and preservation. This event highlights these challenges and showcases solutions and opportunities available to the broad research and education community.  UC Data Day 2020 focuses on the role and impact of the world-changing data generated by the explosion in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and VR/AR, including how we work, live and educate in our urban digital present and future.

Event details, including registration and panel information, is available at https://libapps.libraries.uc.edu/blogs/dataday/.

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Read Source, the online newsletter, to learn about the news, events, people and happenings in UC Libraries

Read Source, the online newsletter, to learn about the news, events, people and happenings in UC Libraries.

In this issue of Source, Dean Xuemao Wang reflects on his eight years at UC and asks questions about the future. We announce a new collaboration to manage UC’s Art Collection, as well as share the news that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the University of Cincinnati a $700K renewal grant to advance and expand the Digital Scholarship Center’s (DSC) “catalyst” model.

Ted Baldwin and Rebecca Olson tell of a partnership with the UC Venture Lab to boost innovation and Melissa Cox Norris writes about the New Way(s) of Work.

Remote events are featured in this issue of Source, including the recent Life of the Mind lecture with links to the video and bibliography of submitted UC faculty and staff creative and scholarly works, as well as upcoming events announced such as UC DATA Day and the Cecil Striker Webinar Series.

Read these articles, as well as past issues, on the web at http://libapps.libraries.uc.edu/source/ and via e-mail. To receive Source via e-mail, contact melissa.norris@uc.edu to be added to the mailing list.

CEAS, CECH and DAAP Libraries Re-Open to Users

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DAAP Library

As of September 14, the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) Library, College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH) Library and the Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) have re-opened to users, joining the other library locations previously opened. Hours and location specific details are available on the Libraries website.

With the start of fall semester, UC Libraries began to re-open library facilities to the UC community in a limited, phased approach to ensure social distancing. The priority remains to provide access to library resources to the extent possible while maintaining the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. Only the Geology-Mathematics-Physics Library location remains closed to users; however, its collections are available through Click & Collect.

With limited exceptions, there is no browsing of library materials in the stacks. The Click & Collect retrieval and pickup service allows UC users to request print library materials in the Library Catalog for pickup at designated locations. Pickup location details are available on the Click & Collect webpage. In addition, library users can once again request OhioLINK & Interlibrary Loan materials. Details are posted on the Libraries website.

As always, UC Libraries remains open and available online to provide users with access to library resources and services. CHAT, the online reference service, has expanded its hours and availability to 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday.

Sept. 22 Life of the Mind lecture to feature John Lynch who will speak on challenges of medical communication

Life of the Mind, interdisciplinary conversations with University of Cincinnati faculty, will return Tues, Sept. 22, at 2:30 p.m. with a lecture by John Lynch, professor of communication in the College of Arts and Sciences, who will speak on “Remembering When Medicine Went Wrong: Lessons for Medical Communication Today.” The lecture will be presented via Zoom with the link soon available at https://libraries.uc.edu/lifeofthemind.html.

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Following Professor Lynch’s remarks, a panel of three will respond to the lecture:

  • Charles R. Doarn, professor, environmental and public health sciences; program director, MPH; director of telemedicine
  • Renee MaHaffey Harris, president and CEO, The Center for Closing the Health Gap
  • Michelle McGowan, research associate professor in the Ethics Center and Division of General and Community Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the College of Medicine; graduate program director, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, College of Arts and Sciences.

The Life of the Mind lecture series has merged with the former Authors, Editors & Composers to create one event that will celebrate the achievements of UC’s artists, authors, editors and composers. A bibliography and exhibit of the 2019 creative and scholarly works of UC’s faculty and staff will accompany the lecture and be available online.

Sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, and organized by the University of Cincinnati Libraries, Faculty Senate and the Faculty Enrichment Center, the mission of Life of the Mind is to celebrate UC faculty research, scholarship and creative output and to foster the free and open exchange of ideas and discourse. Life of the Mind is free and open to the public and attracts a broad audience including UC students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as people from the community.

More information about Life of the Mind is available online at www.libraries.uc.edu/lifeofthemind/.

Questions? Contact Melissa Cox Norris, (513)556-1558 or melissa.norris@uc.edu.