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    Exhibit Celebrates Leonard Bernstein at 100

    Performer. Composer. Teacher. These three descriptions of world-renowned musician Leonard Bernstein, who was born 100 years ago this year, are celebrated in a new exhibit on display on the 4th floor lobby of the Walter C. Langsam Library now through the end of the calendar year. The exhibit includes biographical and professional information about Bernstein, recordings, books and images. It corresponds with a display in the Albino Gorno Memorial (CCM) Library of additional Bernstein materials and recordings. The exhibit was designed by UC Libraries communication co-op student Sophia Yu with assistance from co-op student Sam Kane. It was curated by Jenny Doctor, head of the CCM Library, and Paul Cauthen,…

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    A Note from the Dean: Reflecting on UC’s History and Staff Impact

    This fall, the University of Cincinnati will kick off its Bicentennial during the annual Homecoming, paving the way for a year’s worth of events and celebrations in 2019. The University of Cincinnati Press will play a key role in the festivities as publisher of a suite of books related to the Bicentennial that explore the history of UC and its role in the city of Cincinnati. With 200 years of history to meditate on, a hopeful present and the promise of an even brighter future, this is an exciting time at the University of Cincinnati. Like the university, UC Libraries has a long history as we celebrated our 125th anniversary…

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    UC Libraries Receives Two Grants from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

    The Greater Midwest Region Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) awarded the University of Cincinnati Libraries two grants that will promote good data and good health. The first grant received is a Research Data Award in support of UC’s 2019 Data Day event. Held annually, UC Data Day provides an opportunity to discuss and explore opportunities and challenges related to data, as well as to educate the research community on methods for driving discovery through data, a key area of interest for the National Library of Medicine. UC Data Day 2019 will build on the momentum of the three previous Data Day events and endeavor to…

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    So What is an “Extra-Illustrated Edition?”

     By Kevin Grace, University Archivist and Head of the Archives and Rare Books Library When Cincinnati businessman Enoch Carson began collecting the works of William Shakespeare in the years before the Civil War, he was part of a bibliophile craze that stretched across the Atlantic Ocean. During the 1800s in Europe and America, book lovers scavenged publishers’ catalogues, auctions and bookshops to amass their private libraries built on their specific interests. They corresponded with each other at length, trading prints and imprints and finagling to acquire their most desired items. For Carson, the quests were for Masonic books and for Shakespeare. His collection of books on Masons numbered in the…

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    Photo Documentation in the Preservation Lab

    By Jessica Ebert, Conservation Technician in the Preservation Lab As the lead photographic documentation technician for the Preservation Lab, one of my primary responsibilities is creating visual representations of the conservation treatments performed, and housing created, in the Lab. This generally means capturing the condition of the object before treatment, anticipating how it will change once treatment is completed, and then capturing that transformation. We refer to this as before/after photography. The goal is to represent the object, with all its imperfections, accurately. Therefore, little modification is made to the captured before/after (and sometimes during) images. This allows the transition between the before image and its corresponding after image to…

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    An Interview with Mike Braunlin of the John Miller Burnam Classics Library

    By Rebecka Lindau, Head of the John Miller Burnam Classics Library The longest serving staff member in the John Miller Burnam Classics Library, Michael Braunlin, has been with the library for 42 years – starting in March 1976. The kind of institutional history and perspective that that brings has prompted me to ask Mike to share some of his experiences with those of us new to UC. Besides being much loved by classics staff, students and faculty alike, Mike has a wonderful sense of dry and even dark humor and a gift for story telling that makes him the perfect interview subject. He is also a true bibliophile and in…

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    UC Professors’ Unique Collection Finds Home in the Libraries

    Article courtesy the University of Cincinnati Foundation The first time Richard Kretschmer stepped off a plane in New Mexico, he felt an immediate connection to the mountains. It was on this same trip, more than 40 years ago, that he also became interested in Native American culture. This quickly developed into a passion for Native American children’s literature that his wife and fellow educator Laura grew to share. The now-retired UC professors—Richard, professor emeritus in the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH), and Laura, professor emerita in the College of Allied Health Sciences—began purchasing these rare and unique books during their travels in 1975. “We were always…

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    Join UC Libraries at Books by the Banks

    On Saturday, October 20, the 12th annual Books by the Banks: Cincinnati USA Book Festival will take place downtown at Duke Energy Convention Center from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Once again, UC Libraries is an organizing partner of the literary event that allows readers to meet and greet favorite authors. The day-long festival will feature over 150 regional and national authors, book signings, author panels and activities for the entire family to enjoy. All events are free and open to the public. At the festival, attendees will have the opportunity to meet authors and to purchase signed copies of their books. Books by the Banks features writers in various categories, including fiction, non-fiction, cooking,…