• Volume 22,  Volume 22, Issue 2

    UC Libraries hosts local elementary school students

    By Participants Elaine Grigg Dean, Mark Chalmers, Ted Baldwin, Chris Harter, Katie Foran-Mulcahy, Rachel Hoople and Aja Bettencourt-McCarthyn Throughout the Fall 2023 semester, UC Libraries collaborated with College Mentors for Kids to host local elementary school students in library locations across the campus. Students from Oyler School and Evanston Academy visited the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) Library, the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH) Library, and the Archives and Rare Books (ARB) Library along with the Oesper Museum to learn more about UC Libraries collections and the work of librarianship. What is CMFK? College Mentors for Kids (CMFK) is a non-profit organization that works…

  • Volume 22,  Volume 22, Issue 2

    New acquisition is a resource for radical publishing history

    By Christopher Harter, University Archivist and Head of the Archives and Rare Books Library “President Cancels Student Debt for 150K Borrowers. – The Hill, February 21, 2024“40 Percent of Student Loan Borrowers Missed Payments in October.” – Politico, December 14, 2023“Is Rising Student Debt Harming the U.S. Economy.” – Council on Foreign Relations, August 22, 2023 Between pandemic relief efforts and election cycles, student debt remains a hot topic in the media and among politicians, pundits, parents and students. And for good reason. As of March 2023, an estimated 44 million U.S. borrowers owed over $1.7 trillion in federal and private student loans. However, a recent acquisition by the Archives…

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    Volume 22,  Volume 22, Issue 2

    Poetry Stacked – beyond the bookshelves

    Tasked to enrich and engage the University of Cincinnati campus and community, UC Libraries and the Elliston Poetry Room partnered to create Poetry Stacked, a interdisciplinary reading series staged in the 6th floor east stacks of the Walter C. Langsam Library and curated with 21st-century values. Poetry Stacked brings faculty, staff, student and community poets together in-person and live streamed. After only a year and a half of programming, Poetry Stacked has enjoyed many successes, addressed challenges and expanded past just the poetry readings with exciting plans for the future. Poetry Stacked coordinators Melissa Cox Norris, director of library communications, Ben Kline, assistant department head of research, teaching and services,…

  • Volume 22,  Volume 22, Issue 2

    DAAP Library exhibit celebrates Renaissance painter Catherina van Hemessen

    By Christopher Platts, assistant professor of art history On display now through April 8 in the Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP), the exhibit, Rediscovering Catherina van Hemmessen’s Flagellation of Christ: Women as Artists, Patrons and Rulers in Renaissance Europe, features prints, books and manuscripts from the collections of UC Libraries. Catherina van Hemessen was the most important Northern Renaissance woman painter in Europe and her works are currently the highlights of numerous exhibitions and installations worldwide. Every museum is actively trying to acquire a painting by her, and only a handful of institutions, all in Europe, have a signed work…

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    Volume 22,  Volume 22, Issue 1

    The art of cataloging Japanese design books

    Sometimes being a cataloger is somewhat like being a detective. Looking for clues on a book or item, researching its history and provenance, filling in blanks left from librarians or book sellers of the past. Such was the case for Mikaila Corday, library associate and Japanese language cataloger in Content Services, when she was sent volumes from the Archives and Rare Book Library with the request to find out what she could so that they could be properly cataloged. It helps that Mikaila speaks and reads Japanese from her time living in Japan as a child. Her knowledge of Japanese art and culture also served her well as she researched…

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    Volume 22,  Volume 22, Issue 1

    Returning the She-Wolf (Lupa) to Cincinnati

    Edited from LiBlog posts by Rebecka Lindau, head of the John Miller Burnam Classics Library In response to the theft in June 2022 of the She-Wolf (Lupa) statue from her perch in Cincinnati’s Eden Park, the Cincinnati chapter of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America raised funds for its replacement and return. A workshop connected to the University of Florence, Italy, created a replica and shipped it to the United States where it arrived in Cincinnati on Friday, August 25, 2023. The statue will be officially returned to Eden Park at a dedication ceremony on Friday, Nov. 3, 2023, at 10:00 am. The She-Wolf statue was originally…

  • Volume 21,  Volume 21, Issue 2

    Note from the Dean

    How does that saying go about change? “The only constant in life is change.” We who work in academia know this to be very true – change, both enacted and exacted, is constant. Each year we see students graduate in the summer and then a whole new cohort of students begin at the university in the fall. We welcome new faculty and researchers to the library. We bring in new collections and update and create services and spaces to meet the changing needs of our diverse user group. This past year, serving as your interim dean, I’ve been both an active agent of and a witness to great changes in…

  • Volume 21,  Volume 21, Issue 2

    A Medical Pioneer goes Digital

    By Sidney Gao, Digital Collections Manager UC Libraries celebrates a new digital collection in honor of Dr. Lucy Orinthia Oxley, the first African American to graduate from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1935. The collection consists of photographs, memorabilia, awards, correspondence, newspaper clippings and a scrapbook documenting the personal life and professional career of Dr.Oxley, a beloved family medicine doctor and general practitioner in Cincinnati, Ohio. Not only does the collection celebrate Dr. Oxley’s accomplishments, but it itself is an accomplishment for the Libraries Digital Collections Team (DCT) as it is one of the first to be released with holistic accessibility standards, a milestone for the DCT…