A final note from Dean Xuemao Wang
This summer, UC Libraries bids farewell to Dean Xuemao Wang as he leaves the university for Northwestern University. Wang has served as dean and university librarian at the University of Cincinnati since 2012. In 2019 he took on the additional title and responsibilities of vice provost of digital scholarship. During his tenure, Wang worked with library faculty and staff to raise the Libraries’ visibility regionally, nationally and internationally through the development of a Strategic Plan that focused on the four pillars of Digital Technologies and Innovation, People, Space, Data to Information to Knowledge. He emphasized agility, innovation and collaboration as we worked to achieve our vision to become the globally…
Goodbye and fond farewell
Earlier this summer, library faculty, staff, donors and colleagues gathered to say goodbye to Dean Xuemao Wang and to wish him well in this next step of his career. At the event, images from Xuemao’s 10 years in UC Libraries displayed for all to reminiscence.
Lori Harris named interim dean and university librarian
Lori E. Harris has been named interim dean and university librarian of the University of Cincinnati Libraries effective July 1, 2022. Harris initially joined the Libraries in 2015 as an associate fellow from the National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). She permanently joined the University of Cincinnati Libraries in 2016. Harris previously served as 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. More recently, she co-led the development of the Libraries’ strategic framework NEXT Directions, which outlines the Libraries’ Guiding Principles and Pathways to operational excellence with special emphasis on initiatives relating…
Staff Spotlight: Lori Harris
On July 1, Lori Harris began her tenure as interim dean and university librarian. As she embarks in this new role at the university, we thought this a perfect opportunity to ask her a few questions about her aspirations and hopes for the Libraries. What are your goals for the coming year? Both immediate and long-term. My immediate goal is to move forward with increasing the number of faculty and staff throughout the Libraries. I would like to use this as an opportunity to bring on board people who have the lived experience, expertise and initiative to support our strategic goals in ways that are innovative and that highlight the efforts…
P. Alfred Marchand – Trailblazer and Librarian
Leah Everitt, graduate research assistant in the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library, recently presented information obtained from archival materials regarding P. Alfred Marchand, one of the first Black librarians in the Midwest and possibly the United States, having worked at Cincinnati Hospital from 1869-1918. It is difficult to say definitively if Marchand was the first Black librarian since he started working before the establishment of the American Library Association in 1876 or professional library programs in 1887. Edward C. Williams is cited as the first professionally trained Black librarian in the U.S., having obtained his degree in librarianship from New York State Library School in 1898. Regardless, Marchand performed…
New digital display for 1911 graduate Valentine Barker
By Ivy O’Connell A collection donated to the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) Library is now a new digital exhibit. The Valentine Barker collection provides a snapshot of technical education and advertisement work in the early 20th century. The collection was recently digitized by the UC Libraries’ Digital Collections Team. Valentine Barker was a 1911 graduate of the Ohio Mechanics Institute comprehensive art program. The Ohio Mechanics Institute (OMI), founded in 1828, is one of CEAS’ source institutions and provided vital technical education during the early development of the city. Beginning in 1901, OMI served as a technical high school. Barker attended as a student of the technical high…
Library Spotlight: CECH Library
The College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) Library provides print, electronic and mixed media resources, high-quality instruction and reference, access to excellent facilities and comprehensive library services in support of the entire college community. Collections The CECH Library’s dynamic collections support the study of education and include a robust curriculum materials center and a professional education collection. Collection highlights include: Children’s and Young Adult Books – fiction and non-fiction titles including easy picture books, juvenile and young-adult fiction, graphic novels and board books The CECH Library is the proud home of the Kretschmer Collection of Native American Children’s Literature, a unique special collection of children’s and young…
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