Today we're Celebrating 50 Years of Alden Library. Join us on the 2nd floor for cake, punch, and late 60s tunes.
We're the main library for Ohio University's Athens campus. The University Libraries staff connect the OHIO community to information for research, creative work, and teaching.
Today we're Celebrating 50 Years of Alden Library. Join us on the 2nd floor for cake, punch, and late 60s tunes.
The Rare Book Collection: Pushing the Boundaries of Paper Engineering
Congratulations to Araba Dawson-Andoh, Subject Librarian for African Studies and Social Sciences, who was named Faculty of the Year by the African Student Union!
Dawson-Andoh Awarded Faculty of the Year May 2, 2019 By Kathleen Mason Left to right: Dr. Caroline Kingori, health sciences and professions, Araba Dawson-Andoh, and Dr. Assan Sarr, history. Photo courtesy of Dawson-AndohBeginning in the 1990s, in response to the prison release of Nelson Mandela in S...
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#MoveableMondays: Welcome to the Neighborwood
“Welcome to the Neighborwood” is another book by artist and paper engineer Shawn Sheehy, published in 2015. This book, which is widely available in a trade edition, features 7 common yard creatures and constructs in beautiful detailed pop-ups, the intricate homes, ranging from nests to webs to burrows, that they build for themselves.
Have you seen the posters for the Ohio University Student Expo library award winners on the 4th floor? We're so proud to be a part of this annual event. Library staff organize awards and serve as judges in their disciplinary areas.
The Vernon R. and Marion Alden Endowment also offers support for the expo. If you're participating in the #OHIOGivingDay, we'd love if you could help us continue our support for the Expo, one of the most exciting days on campus each year. You can find the fund listed under the Bobcat Spirit theme: https://givingday.ohio.edu/bobcat_spirit/?cfpage=project&project_id=27519.
Raise your hand if you recall working on computers like this. #TBT to 1994, the age of CD-ROMS and floppy disks. It doesn't feel like *that* long ago, does it? See the original at: http://bit.ly/2FZQtE3
This photo is one of the many gems from the Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections, which includes the University Archives, rare books, manuscripts, and much more. While TBTs are fun, students and scholars use the materials for major research projects each year. If you're participating in #OHIOGivingDay, you can find the fund for the Mahn Center listed under the Community theme. https://givingday.ohio.edu/community/?cfpage=project&project_id=27531
It's #OHIOGivingDay! Throughout the day, we'd like to share with you some of the ways that support for the Libraries translates into the work we do with the OHIO community.
Did you know we're turning 50 this year? Since 1960, Alden Library evolved to meet the changing needs of OHIO students, including a move to 24/5 hours on two floors in 2017 to offer more hours and space for those who work late at night.
This transformation is supported by the General Libraries Endowment Fund: https://givingday.ohio.edu/sustainability/?cfpage=project&project_id=27533
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#MoveableMondays: Table, Lay Yourself
Vojtěch Kubašta, a Czech paper engineer, children’s book illustrator, and graphic designer, is another notable figure in the history and evolution of moveable books. In addition to being celebrated for their paper engineering marvels, Kubašta’s books are known for their rich dynamic colors and complexity. In his version of the Brothers Grimm’s tale, “Table, Lay Yourself,” printed around 1960, the pages contain a pull-tab, pop ups, and additional moving parts.
It's time to wrap up our collaborative series with the Athens County Public Libraries for #NationalLibraryWeek. If you're new to ACPL system and its amazing resources, we hope you're ready to check them out (yes, I said it) for a welcoming space, great reads, useful online resources, and even a bike you can borrow for a trip down the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway.
Thanks for a fun week, ACPL friends!
Those of you who already make use of the ACPL resources, what are your favorites?
So far this #NationalLibraryWeek, we've talked about how anyone in the state - including current OHIO students - can get a Athens County Public Libraries card to borrow bikes and access online resources.
But we can't forget the (paper) books. They've got tons of titles still on the shelves. I love to browse the cookbook section, or look for new fiction to read. How about you?
And, PS: they don't have late fees!
You are probably already aware that tons of our resources are available online. But Athens County Public Libraries has great online resources as well. Get access with your ACPL card (available to all Ohio residents, including students in the dorms).
Some favorites: Creativebug, Lynda.com tutorials, The Ohio Digital Library for ebooks and audio books, Hoopla for ebooks, audio books, music and movies, and Mango Languages.
#MoveableMondays: Robinson Crusoe
“Robinson Crusoe,” by Daniel Defoe is a familiar title to many. Less familiar today may be this reproduction of a moveable version produced by the Merrimack Publishing Corporation around the turn to the 20th century. The book contains a variety of different images all revealed by unfolding the flaps.
We're doing an audio-only livestream of "A Night in the Theaters of the GULAG" presented by Inna Tsyrlin.
This is the first (of two) Graduate Research Series presentations for the Spring 2019 semester.
Happy #NationalLibraryWeek! As promised, we're partnering with Athens County Public Libraries this week to share more ways you can get access to even more library content. It's the library crossover you didn't even know you needed.
Anyone who lives in Ohio can get an ACPL card - including Ohio University students living on campus. Once you have a card, you've got access to tons of great resources, including bikes that you can borrow from any of the 7 branches.
More info on getting a card: https://www.myacpl.org/about/card/
It's almost #NationalLibraryWeek and the perfect time to celebrate the many ways that Libraries = Strong Communities.
We tell you all the time about the resources we share, so we're taking this opportunity to partner with the Athens County Public Libraries to share resources that you may not know are available from our amazing public libraries. Why limit yourself to just one library?
They'll also be sharing details on using the OHIO Libraries for those of you who live in the area. Stay tuned.
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We've got a new book display on the 2nd floor for the We Are Appalachia: Exploring Diverse Appalachian Identities celebration this week. Thanks to Lorraine Wochna and student employee Jack Patterson for collecting these works by Affrilachian writers, including Frank X. Waler, Nikky Finney, Ohio University English professor Bianca Lynne Spriggs, and keynote presenter Crystal Wilkinson. https://www.library.ohio.edu/2019/03/affrilachian-poets-highlighted-in-new-book-display/
We continue our #MoveableMondays series with: “A Pop-Up Field Guide to North American Wildflowers” is a contemporary artists’ book by artist and paper engineer Shawn Sheehy. Our #FromTheVault copy is number 2 from the edition of 30 hand-constructed moveable books made in 2011 by Sheehy with Sarah Vogel, who letterpress printed the text. Included at the end of the book is an essay titled, "A Language of Flowers for the 21st Century,” also by Sheehy.
Exciting news from the folks on our Digital Initiatives Team: 1960s issues of The Post are now available online: bit.ly/1960sPost.
The 60s were a time of incredible change and upheaval in Athens and around the world. Today, we tend to think of the massive culture shifts of the Civil Rights movement, women's liberation, and what we would today call LGBTQ rights as a steady march of progress. Primary sources such as The Post reveal the complexities and contradictions of these narratives-- and allow us to walk with the real human beings living their lives during this tumultuous decade.
More details (and some selected faves from the DI Team) are in their monthly newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/43453625a618/march-2019-digital-initiatives-digest
Have you seen this beautiful, visual history of public libraries in the US from CityLab?
A visual exploration of how a critical piece of social infrastructure came to be.
Who's got a good OhioLINK story to share?
We want to know how we’re helping our community! If you use OhioLINK, we want to know about it! We’re looking for tweets, testimonials and stories to share in future posts and other publications. Comment below or DM us!
We are delighted to be hosting We Are Appalachia: Exploring Diverse Appalachian Identities on March 28, including the keynote presentation by award-winning author Crystal Wilkinson.
More details are now available on our website: http://bit.ly/WeAreAppalachia.
The Athens County Public Libraries will be hosting the closing event: We Are Appalachia: Open Mic.
Please join us, share with folks you think would be interested, and consider sharing your own images of the region in the main event listing or on Twitter/Instagram with #WeAreAppalachia. The day will begin with a discussion of images of Appalachia, led by event organizer Tiffany Arnold.
Lothar Meggendorfer, the German creator of “A Series of Amusing Transformation Scenes: The Tricks of Naughty Boys,” is a pivotal figure in the history of moveable books. He made over 200 moveable books beginning in 1878. The mechanisms he invented and perfected remain some of the most complex in the genre. “The Tricks of Naughty Boys” features what is sometimes referred to as a venetian blind structure, where the image transforms with the pull of a tab. The English edition was produced in London and New York in 1899.
No doubt many of you are familiar with this issue already, but this is a great visual essay by an Ohio University student documenting how lack of Internet access affects those in the region - including students. Many folks are using ACPL wifi outside the building after hours to connect with friends and family online, or to get work done.
Thanks to Ohio University photojournalism student Elisabeth Moughon for this powerful piece, and for highlighting ACPL's role in broadband access in our region. #WednesdayWisdom
To read the story, click on this link: https://spark.adobe.com/page/Ye4Kk1ecfKXGn/
Tomorrow evening, the African and African Diaspora Film series will begin with a showing of Warehoused, a documentary film on the challenges faced by long-term refugees in Dadaab, Kenya.
Full details on the series: http://bit.ly/AADfilmseries
Tomorrow is Ohio University Founder's Day! Next time you're in the library, be sure to stop by the 5th floor to see the Founder's Day exhibit. It's about Making OHIO Home and showcases the history OHIO Housing & Residence Life at Ohio University.
More info: bit.ly/MakingOHIOHome.
“The Mariners-Compass Rectified” by Andrew Wakely was originally published in 1665. 17th century copies are quite rare, but the book was reprinted in many editions over time. Our #FromTheVault copy was printed for Mount and Page, on Tower-Hill, in London in 1787. The moveable part is a volvelle, consisting of two concentric circles made of board, which could be used to aid in navigation.
Throughout the week, a number of the subject librarians hold office hours outside closer to their liaison departments.
You can find Andrew Stuart, Science Librarian, in Clippinger each Tuesday and Thursday from 2-4.
Photos by Ohio University Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Ask Me a Question!
Alden Library Info Expert Andrew Stuart is available in Clippinger Labs to assist you!
Andrew works at a hallway table each Tu and Th from 2-4 pm on the second floor, Clippinger Labs. He’s here to help students, faculty, and staff with topics related to Physics & Astronomy, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Geological Sciences.
Need access to a journal? Need help with resources for a thesis topic? Or a paper for a seminar?
Just ask the reference librarian!
We've got two workshops on tap for you this week:
Panel: So You Want to Write a Book? is Wednesday at 2. A panel of recent academic book authors will answer your questions about the process of writing and publishing a monograph.
Workshop: Get Started with Zotero is back on Friday at noon. Bring your laptop and get up and running with this *FREE* tool to manage your research resources and create ciations.
Really cool story from The Post! Click through to see more photos from the University Archives.
Berry Hotel was the first hotel in the country to have closet hangers, Gideon Bibles in each room and sewing kits.
We're celebrating Ohio University Sibs Weekend with a zine-making workshop we've cleverly titled A to Zine. If you've got a visitor in town for the weekend - or just want to try your hand at making your own zine, please join us Saturday between 12 and 2 in the Friends Room (Alden 319). Full details at: http://bit.ly/SibsWeekendAtoZine.
It's once again #MoveableMonday, when we share a video of books in our Special Collections with moving elements.
“The Daily Express Children’s Annua,” by Louis Giraud is a series of moveable books produced in London during the 1930s and 1940s. Giraud called the moveable parts of his books “living models,” and they are some of the earliest examples that actually pop-up as the page is turned.
The videos in this series were created by Andie Walla of the Ohio University School of Media Arts & Studies.
There's a FREE showing of If Beale Street Could Talk Saturday at the The Athena Cinema.
Want to add more Baldwin to your reading list after seeing this adaptation? Here's what we've got in our collection: http://bit.ly/MoreBaldwin.
#TBT to when members of Ohio's ROTC plunge into Lake Snowden during the 5th annual Polar Plunge in 2012. The Polar Plunge is held by Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity to raise money for Special Olympics Ohio.
View the original 📸 in color here: http://bit.ly/2UdkWnT
Join us this Friday for a reception celebrating the addition of the Nancy H. Rue Sheet Music Collection. Rue donated more than 2,000 pieces of sheet music from the early and mid-20th century that will now be available for for hands-on research exploration. http://bit.ly/RueCollReception
The reception will be from 1-2:30pm in the Music & Dance Library in Glidden Hall.
Several current - and a few former - Alden librarians have a new article in College & Research Libraries - C&RL News this month. They wrote about the Reimagining the Research Assignment, which partnered librarians with instructors seeking to design new student research assignments. The full article is available online: https://crln.acrl.org/index.php/crlnews/article/view/17526.
Congratulations friends, and thanks to all of the Ohio University instructors who've partnered with us on this project. If you're interested in a re-design of your own research assignment, reach out to your subject librarian.
It's time to register for the Ohio University Student Expo!
Registration is now open for the 2019 Ohio University Student Expo! Students can visit www.ohio.edu/studentexpo to sign up to showcase their research, scholarship or creative work. This year's Expo will be held on Thursday, April 11 at the Convocation Center.
If you'd worked for The Post forty years ago, you may have been tasked with pasting up the news, or laying out the content by hand.
This photo of the process from 1979 (taken in the Old Baker Center) was included in an Ohio University Alumni Association magazine story about The Post, which called it an Ohio University "campus institution almost without parallel." http://bit.ly/PastingPost
Did you know that the folks in our Digital Initiatives Team have digitized several decades of The Post, it's predecessor The Green & White, and Afro-American Affairs? Explore the Ohio University Student Newspapers Collection at http://bit.ly/ou-archives-newspapers
Newly available online: collections on the history of the Athens Mental Health Center. More than 6000 pages of content are now available online, featuring materials from patients, staff, and administrators. Read more in the monthly newsletter from the folks in Digital Initiatives who've worked on making the collection available for online viewing: https://mailchi.mp/a34e840f80d3/amhc.
The start of a new semester means it's once again time to call for proposals for the Graduate Research Series. The GRS invites grad students across all disciplines to apply to share their research process in a short presentation at the library. The chosen speaker earns $200 and valuable experience discussing how their research is conducted.
Apply by February 18 at: bit.ly/GRSAppSp19.
Presentations will be scheduled for early April.
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Athens Public Transit routes 2, 3, 5 and 6 all make stops near Alden Library on Court Street and University Terrace.
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