OSU Libraries Blogs http://library.osu.edu/blogs/digitalscholarship/feed Inspiring innovative digital scholarship at the OSU Libraries and beyond Thu, 28 May 2015 19:29:47 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 DH LibGuide from the University of Tennessee Knoxville http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/07/02/dh-libguide-link/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/07/02/dh-libguide-link/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:30:11 +0000 Melanie Schlosser http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/?p=66 As we head into the holiday weekend, I wanted to pass along an excellent resource from the University of Tennessee Libraries: a Digital Humanities LibGuide.  (Thanks to Jessica Chan of the Copyright Resources Center for the link.) The guide contains an enormous amount of information and will be useful for us and the DH-curious folks we work with around campus. Enjoy!

Digital Humanities LibGuide from the U of Tennessee

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WorldCat Discovery Services to replace OCLC FirstSearch http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/07/01/worldcat-discovery-services-to-replace-oclc-firstsearch/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/07/01/worldcat-discovery-services-to-replace-oclc-firstsearch/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:44:26 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3575 WorldCat Discovery Services will replace the OCLC FirstSearch service in December 2015. FirstSearch and WorldCat Discovery will operate in parallel through December 2015 to provide time for you to become familiar with the new service before access to FirstSearch ends December 31, 2015. Read more about the workshop and get more information about WorldCat Discovery: https://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/worldcat-discovery-workshop/

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Conversation Lab: Feedback http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/07/01/conversation-lab-feedback/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/07/01/conversation-lab-feedback/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:42:23 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3573 The University Libraries’ HR team and the Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce our “Conversation Lab: Feedback”, which will take place in the month of July.  Feedback, given with the intent of helping someone learn, is always positive.  Employees need feedback to know what is expected of them and how they are doing.  Our Feedback Conversation Labs will introduce feedback concepts to supervisors, including how to prepare for feedback discussions, how to engage in feedback discussions with your direct reports, and establishing accountability for set expectations.  This interactive workshop will include large and small-group discussions to develop techniques for collaborative communication and will help set the stage for the Step 4 Annual Review process.  The outcome of the workshop will include:

  • Understanding the feedback process
  • Recognizing your strengths and weaknesses in the feedback process
  • Skill-building for initiating and hosting feedback conversations

Attendance is limited and registration is required. Please contact Lauren Paulauskas (paulauskas.2@osu.edu) to register for one of the sessions listed below.

  • Tuesday, July 7, 2015, THO 150A/B, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 9, 2015, LTC 122, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
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Equipment list suggestions being sought http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/07/01/equipment-list-suggestions-being-sought/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/07/01/equipment-list-suggestions-being-sought/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:40:25 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3571 University Libraries is currently accepting equipment list suggestions. Please work with your AD to ensure that Lauren Paulauskas (paulauskas.2@osu.edu) receives your request by the close of business on Monday, July 6.

The equipment list is not for regular operating supplies. Those should be submitted through the regular e-request process and will workflow through to your AD for approval. Items for inclusion on the “equipment list” typically have a cost over $5,000 and can include items other than machinery. Some past submission examples include (but are not limited to): refurbishment of tables, addition of new furniture, wireless service for the Library Tech Center, replacement of an aging van, 400 plastic bins for transport of materials, power stocker lift truck, and floor box wiring in the tray areas.

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Call for Search Committee Members http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/07/01/call-for-search-committee-members/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/07/01/call-for-search-committee-members/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:38:03 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3569 If you are interested in serving on the search committee for the Electronic Resources Officer (Acquisitions Department), please email Quanetta at batts.8@osu.edu by July 3, 2015. Please remember that although search committees for faculty positions are composed primarily of members of the faculty, we are looking for staff member representation on these committees as well.

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OSU Libraries joins COAR statement against Elsevier’s sharing policy http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/07/01/osu-libraries-joins-coar-statement-against-elseviers-sharing-policy/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/07/01/osu-libraries-joins-coar-statement-against-elseviers-sharing-policy/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:35:28 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3566 The Ohio State University Libraries has joined the list of signatories to the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) Statement Against Elsevier’s Sharing Policy (https://www.coar-repositories.org/activities/advocacy-leadership/petition-against-elseviers-sharing-policy/).

The list includes ACRL, ALA, ARL, and many of our peer institutions in the academic research library community, as well as organizations and individuals from around the world. The statement calls on Elsevier to reconsider its recently-released article sharing policy, which governs how authors can share their work during all phases of the publication process. The policy, which applies retroactively, imposes embargo periods of up to 48 months before authors can publicly share their work, and creates unnecessary barriers for authors in complying with funders’ public access policies. OSU Libraries is committed to increasing access to scholarship, as evidenced by our large and well-established institutional repository (the Knowledge Bank) and our faculty open access resolution. The resolution, adopted in July of 2012, requires the Libraries’ faculty to deposit their scholarly articles in the Knowledge Bank upon acceptance for publication.

–Melanie Schlosser

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Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries position now posted http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/07/01/vice-provost-and-director-of-university-libraries-position-now-posted/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/07/01/vice-provost-and-director-of-university-libraries-position-now-posted/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:34:04 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3564 The position announcement for Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries has been posted on the American Library Association Job List. Take a look to learn more about the position.

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From Astrology to Astronomy: Cassini Maps the Stars http://library.osu.edu/blogs/rarebooks/2015/07/01/from-astrology-to-astronomy-cassini-maps-the-stars/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/rarebooks/2015/07/01/from-astrology-to-astronomy-cassini-maps-the-stars/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:14:22 +0000 stypinski.3@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/rarebooks/?p=446 Image of foldout from the back of the book that has a diagram of the path of the comet from the view of a telescope in February 1681 with illustration of a winged foot at the bottom of the page

From Astrology to Astronomy:  Cassini Maps the Stars

Abregé des observations & des reflexions svr la comete qui a paru au mois de decembre 1680, & aux mois de ianveir, fevrier, & mars de cette Anneé 1681 was the first book I examined as I began working on the Provenance Project.  It is an account of observations of the path of a comet recorded over several months.  The author, Giovanni Domenico Cassini (also known by the French translation of his name, Jean-Dominque Cassini), was a 17th century astronomer.  He was born in Italy but eventually moved to France where he became a citizen (Zimmerman, 2012).  Cassini’s interest in astronomy derived from his study of astrology.  He was appointed a position at the Panzano Observatory in Bologna and later became a professor at the University of Bologna.  Cassini was known for many things including his observations of comets, planets, and orbital patterns. Image of an illustration of the constellation virgo taken from a large foldout of a map of the stars found in the back of the book He was also a knowledgeable mathematician and engineer (Zimmerman, 2012).  He believed that the Earth was the center of the universe, which was reflected in his work.  He was the first to calculate the rotation of Jupiter and Mars and to see the spots and moons of Jupiter.  At the request of Louis XIV, Cassini moved to Paris to become head of the Paris Observatory where he made more significant discoveries such as finding four moons of Saturn and a gap in Saturn’s rings that has since been named the Cassini Division (O’Connor & Robertson, 2003).  His son eventually took over his position at the Paris Observatory.  Cassini started a family legacy of astronomers, and his influence continues to inspire scientists.

RBMS’ copy of the book, Abregé des observations & des reflexions svr la comete qui a paru au mois de decembre 1680, & aux mois de ianveir, fevrier, & mars de cette Anneé 1681, is a beautiful book with its gilded, leather binding, decorative borders, and detailed illustrations.  Some of the most fascinating parts of the book are the three foldouts.  The first is a chart of the path of the comet with an illustration of a winged foot.  The second is a map of constellations and stars.  The third is another chart.  The book was one of two works printed at E. Michallet, a publisher that appears to have specialized in scientific work, in that year (Open Library).





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Access the Latest Issue of Research Development and Grant Writing News http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/06/30/3868/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/06/30/3868/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:23:23 +0000 agnoli.1@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/?p=3868 Some of the topics in the June issue include:

  • Broader Impacts and Evidence-Based Models
  • NSF’s Perp Walk for Plagiarism
  • Team Grant Training for New Faculty
  • Confessions of a Grumpy Reviewer
  • CAREER Heads-up: Don’t let this happen to you
  • Topics in Brief: EAC at NSF; Antimicrobials
  • New Funding Opportunities, Agency News, and more

Visit http://go.osu.edu/grantwritingnews (OSU login required)

The Office of Research provides a campus-wide subscription to this excellent newsletter. Ohio State’s subscription permits unlimited distribution within the campus research community with your OSU login. Please feel free to forward this link, http://go.osu.edu/grantwritingnews, to anyone involved in research, i.e., faculty, staff, postdocs, graduate, and/or undergraduate students.

The writers and editors are experts in research/proposal development and this resource should be required reading for anyone preparing a grant proposal. The recommendations are especially helpful to those who are new to grant writing or want to enhance their grantsmanship skills.

Quick Hits

Each month, Research Development & Grant Writing News includes a comprehensive list of the latest happenings in the world of research development, funding opportunities, policy updates, and grant writing resources.  The table below includes 10 of this month’s headlines with associated links.  To see the full list, check out the latest issue.

NIH Grant Instructions Effective January 2016: Rigor and Reproducibility Link
Comment Request: National Science Foundation Proposal/Award; Information – NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide Link
Role of Science and Technology Should Be Expanded Throughout Department of State Link
Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science Link
New Blog Focusing on IES Research Link
Federal Programs and Fellowships that Support Early Career Faculty Link
House Passes FY 2016 Funding Bill for NASA, NIST, NOAA, and NSF Link
MIT Report Calls for Renewed U.S. Investment in Basic Research Link
Science and Engineering Research Facilities: Fiscal Year 2013 Link
Fundamentals of Grant Writing Link
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GEO LIB New Book Shelf week of 6-29-15 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/geology/2015/06/30/geo-lib-new-book-shelf-week-of-6-29-15/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/geology/2015/06/30/geo-lib-new-book-shelf-week-of-6-29-15/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:19:09 +0000 dittoe.1@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/geology/?p=519 TITLE The Prize : the epic quest for oil, money and power / an InVision
production for Majestic Films International and Trans Pacific
Films ; in association with BBC Television, MICO and WGBH,
IMPRINT [Minneaplis, Minn.] : Mill Creek Entertainment, 2013.
CALL # HD9560.5 .P74 2013 DVD.

TITLE Dante’s peak / Universal Pictures presents ; a Pacific Western
production ; a Roger Donaldson film ; executive producer, Ilona
Herzberg ; written by Leslie Bohem ; produced by Gale Anne
Hurd, Joseph M. Singer ; directed by Roger Donaldson.
IMPRINT Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios, [2009]
CALL # PN1997 .D3643 2009 DVD.

TITLE Carl Sagan’s Cosmos / [by Carl Sagan] ; Cosmos Studios ;
executive producer, Ann Druyan ; co-executive producer, Joe
Firmage ; producer, Kent Gibson ; writers, Ann Druyan, Steve
Soter ; co-producer, Anne Drecktrah.
IMPRINT [London] : FremantleMedia Enterprises, [2009]
GENRE/FORM Popular works. fast (OCoLC)fst01423846.
CALL # QB44.2 .C676 2009 DVD.

TITLE GSA Special Paper no.510 entitled,
East European craton : early Precambrian history and 3D models of deep crustal structure
by Michael V. Mints [and 18 others]
IMPRINT Boulder, Colorado, USA : The Geological Society of America, 2015.
CALL # QE1 .G34413 no.510 [text & DVD].

TITLE The Central Asian Orogenic Belt : geology, evolution, tectonics
and models
/ edited by Alfred Kröner.
IMPRINT Stuttgart : Borntraeger Science Pu

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A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words – Need Some Pictures? http://library.osu.edu/blogs/communication/2015/06/29/a-picture-is-worth-1000-words-need-some-pictures/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/communication/2015/06/29/a-picture-is-worth-1000-words-need-some-pictures/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:32:47 +0000 mcclung.26@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/communication/?p=2774 Photos

With many of us at the OSU Libraries writing and maintaining blogs now we have more need for images to illustrate our stories and points. The Communications Department should be your first stop when you need an image for your blog or web page.

We have thousands upon thousands of images that we own (no issues with usage or copyright) that we can provide you with in the correct resolution for either the web (low resolution) or print projects (high resolution – at least 300 dpi). Not only do we have HUGE repository of University Libraries specific images – of our locations, people, services, events and historic images, but we also have excellent, professional images on nearly any topic you might need for general or symbolic points. People of various ages, ethnicities, religions and backgrounds, places around the word and throughout history; generic items like books (imagine that!), tablets, computers, phones, pens.

These images we have are of high quality and fit in with the Libraries’ overall branding scheme, presenting a professional and unified look to the message that we want to send to our university colleagues and users. So please do not hesitate to use our Communications HUB request form to request any images that you might need! Be sure to indicate for use what use (web or print) that you need the image for so we can provide it in the resolution to best suit your needs. If you have a specific size you need, let us know and we can crop it to fit.

We can, in certain cases also take a specialized photo for you – or let you borrow our Department loaner camera – if you need a very unique image or images to illustrate something. Please allow us time to work this into our schedule and we’d be happy to work with you to get an image of what you need (please use the Communications HUB request form to request us to take photos for you).

We highly encourage you to use images on your posts when appropriate – it is a proven way to get the reader’s attention and one of the best ways to illustrate a story or point if done effectively with quality photos.

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A Quick Peek At Images In Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” http://library.osu.edu/blogs/rarebooks/2015/06/26/a-quick-peek-at-images-in-stephen-hawkings-a-brief-history-of-time/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/rarebooks/2015/06/26/a-quick-peek-at-images-in-stephen-hawkings-a-brief-history-of-time/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:59:56 +0000 stypinski.3@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/rarebooks/?p=430 Dust jackets for a Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

While working on the Provenance Project, I was fortunate to come across a copy of Stephen Hawking’s book, A Brief History of Time, in pristine condition.  It is not part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection but is actually part of the collection belonging to the Theater Research Institute.   I thought it seemed a relevant topic, nonetheless, with the release of the movie, The Theory of Everything, based on a book written by Hawking’s ex-wife, Jane Wilde, about their life together.  It occurred to me that the movie has most likely renewed interest in the work.  From my personal observations, this seems to be the case.  I cannot speak on a national or global level, but when I attempted to check out a copy of the book from my public library, every copy in the system was already on loan.  Therefore, I thought it would be interesting to feature some elements of the book that has attracted such a large audience.   (See Coyle for more information about the importance of the book.)

Stephen Hawking began his work in physics in the 1960’s and has continued to contribute to the field despite suffering with Lou Gehrig’s disease.  The book was first published in 1988 by Bantam Books and was a best seller.  It presents some of science’s most fascinating questions in a way that is accessible to the everyday reader.  This is a major factor in the book’s ongoing success, selling over 10 million copies, as well as turning Hawking into “a curious kind of cultural icon” (Benford, 2002, Coyle;  BBC page).  In fact, in an article written about the book for the Wall Street Journal, Hawking talks about what a long and arduous process it was to complete the book and how surprised he was at its immediate success.  Hawking states that, “It was on the New York Times best-seller list for 147 weeks and on the London Times best-seller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks, has been translated into 40 languages, and has sold over 10 million copies world-wide” (Hawking, 2013).

The book, in itself, is a fascinating object.  A photograph of Hawking sitting in front of a starry background graces the front of both copies held in Special Collections, the book jacket of the original edition and the updated paperback from 1998.  Inside there are numerous illustrations, graphs, and diagrams to enjoy.  Interestingly, when discussing the reasons people have purchased the book, Hawking claims that some have admitted that they just thought it would look nice on their bookshelf or coffee table (Hawking, 2013).

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Summer Intern Introduces Herself http://library.osu.edu/blogs/rarebooks/2015/06/25/summer-intern-introduces-herself/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/rarebooks/2015/06/25/summer-intern-introduces-herself/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:39:20 +0000 stypinski.3@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/rarebooks/?p=433 Image of Megan StypinskiHello!  My name is Megan Stypinski, and I am interning with Eric Johnson, Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts, at Ohio State Univeristy this summmer to learn about working with Rare Books and Manuscripts Library and Special Collections department.  I am currently a graduate student at Kent State University.  This opportunity is fulfilling my Culminating Experience requirement for the Masters of Library and Information Science degree.

My specialization is in museum studies, so I will be working with social media to highlight some unique and interesting pieces that I discover while learning about the collections held here at the university.  I will also be working on a small exhibit as my final project that I hope to share as well.

Aside from my studies at Kent State, I work as a part-time Circulation Assistant for the Worthington Libraries.  I also have a MA in Liberal Studies from Ohio Dominican University as well as a BA in English and a BS of Ed. in Secondary Language Arts from Ohio University.  Spending time in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library and learning from the valuable professionals in Ohio State University’s Special Collections is a wonderful way to combine my interest in museums with my work experience in a library setting.  I am grateful for the time that I have been granted to learn about the profession, and I hope you enjoy my contributions.


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Creative Commons Licenses: What You Need to Know as a Creator and User http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/06/24/creative-commons-licenses-what-you-need-to-know-as-a-creator-and-user/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/06/24/creative-commons-licenses-what-you-need-to-know-as-a-creator-and-user/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:29:37 +0000 Maria Scheid http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/?p=724 As one of the major open licensing options for copyright owners, Creative Commons (CC) is likely a familiar name to many of our readers. For those that are unfamiliar, CC is a nonprofit organization that offers a number of different copyright license options to copyright owners. A CC license allows a copyright owner to choose how they would like others to be able to use their work, and anybody may use the work for free, so long as they follow the terms of the license. Before using a CC licensed work or deciding to apply a CC license to your own work, you should have an understanding of the scope of the license you are working with. This blog will provide more information on some important points to keep in mind about CC licenses and provide an overview of the license options.

What Do You Need to Know About Creative Commons Licenses?

Whether you are applying a CC license to your own work or using a work covered by a CC license, here are some important things to keep in mind:

9 million websites use Creative Commons licenses

  1. Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright—a work must be copyrighted in order to be licensed under a CC license. Copyright owners have a bundle of rights that allow them exclusive control over how their work may be reproduced, adapted, distributed and publicly performed or displayed. A copyright owner may decide to transfer some or all of these rights to another or permit others to use the work through a licensing agreement. If a copyright owner chooses to license their work under a CC license, they are not giving up ownership of their work—they are permitting others to exercise one of the copyright owner’s exclusive rights under the terms and conditions listed in the language of the license.
  1. Creative Commons licenses do not limit or restrict any rights granted through statutory exceptions, including fair use. If your use of a copyright protected work would otherwise be allowed through a statutory exception (such as the face-to-face teaching exception, the TEACH Act, or fair use), you may still rely on those statutory exceptions.
  1. Only the copyright owner can place a CC license on the work or authorize another to do so. If third party material  is being used in a new work under a statutory exception or limitation or through permission of the copyright owner, the author of the new work can only license the part of the work to which they claim ownership. In this type of situation, it is important for the author to mark third party content to let others know that the entire new work may not be available under the selected CC license. An author of a new work may avoid this situation by seeking permission from the copyright owner to make the third party material available under a CC license, allowing others to then use the entire work according to the license terms.
  1. Creative Commons licenses are non-exclusive and non-revocable. Anyone is free to use a CC licensed work so long as they abide by the terms of the license. A copyright owner is also free to continue to exercise their exclusive rights, meaning they may simultaneously enter into separate agreements for the use of their works. A copyright owner may decide to no longer distribute their work under a CC license, but because CC licenses are non-revocable, anybody who already has access to the work may continue to use the work under the original license terms.

What Are the License Options?

Icon badges for all six Creative Commons license options and the Public Domain tool.

Creative Commons licenses provide copyright owners with a great degree of flexibility in how open they would like to make their work. The various license terms define the ways in which users may freely and legally share, modify, or build upon a copyrighted work.

All CC licenses require attribution. Beyond attribution, copyright owners may choose among a combination of licensing terms. Copyright owners may specify that their work not be used for the primary purpose of monetary compensation (NonCommercial) or that their work not be modified or adapted in any way (NoDerivs). Alternatively, a copyright owner may permit a user to modify, adapt, or build upon their work but specify that any new work created be made available under similar open licensing terms (ShareAlike). Creative Commons also provides a Public Domain Dedication (CC0) tool. This tool allows a copyright owner to dedicate their work to the public domain by waiving all of their copyright and related rights in a work, to the extent allowed under the law. While attribution is not required for CC0 works, it is recommended as a best practice in order to acknowledge the intellectual work of others and to avoid accusations of plagiarism.

Spectrum of openness for Creative Commons licensesFinally, if you are looking for CC works to use, a good place to start your search is with the search function on the Creative Commons website. You may also look through the Creative Commons content directories to view organizations and projects using CC licenses. Many services, including Flickr, SoundCloud, Google, Bing, and Vimeo, provide their own advanced search feature, making the search for CC licensed works quick and easy.

In conclusion, CC licenses are a great resource for copyright owners and users of copyrighted content. As with any license agreement, however, be sure you are clear about the scope and limitations of the license before using a protected work or making your own works available for use by others.

Interested in learning more about Creative Commons? Contact the Copyright Resources Center for answers to your questions or to schedule a Creative Commons workshop.


By Maria Scheid, Rights Management Specialist at the Copyright Resources Center, The Ohio State University Libraries

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Curriculum Mapping as Analysis for Outreach and Assessment http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/06/24/curriculum-mapping-as-analysis-for-outreach-and-assessment/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/06/24/curriculum-mapping-as-analysis-for-outreach-and-assessment/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:31:07 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3561 A Joint Program of ELF and the Library Programming Student Success Series

Thursday, July 16, 1-3 p.m., Room 150 Thompson Library

What is curriculum mapping?

“Curriculum mapping is a method of visualizing insight into the steps, requirements, and communities a learner negotiates as they engage with a particular learning experience or degree path” -Matthews and Booth (2012)

In other words, it provides a way for us to develop a student-centric understanding of the path to graduation so that we can better understand ways in which to fit into that path.

The workshop will focus on using curriculum mapping to better align our instructional efforts with students’ experiences, but participants may discover other ways that this work will benefit their engagement with academic departments.The workshop is especially for subject librarians, but we encourage everyone interested in learning more about this process to join. For more information, see the ELF agenda page .

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State Library Board Awards $39,916 for Digital Public Library of America Planning Project http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/06/24/state-library-board-awards-39916-for-digital-public-library-of-america-planning-project/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/06/24/state-library-board-awards-39916-for-digital-public-library-of-america-planning-project/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:29:05 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3559 The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce the State Library Board recently awarded $39,916 in federal IMLS LSTA funding to the Columbus Metropolitan Library to conduct a Digital Public Library of America Planning Project from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. The project will develop a plan for Ohio libraries and cultural heritage institutions to participate in the Digital Public Library of America through creation of an Ohio Service Hub.  In 2014, the State Library used LSTA funds, matched by OPLIN funds, to develop Digitization Hubs at four metropolitan libraries.  “Working toward creating a DPLA portal for Ohio’s libraries supports the State Library’s strategic focus on expanding digitization and resource sharing opportunities for libraries,” said State Librarian Beverly Cain.

“The DPLA Planning Grant is a logical next step for digitization activities in Ohio,” said Missy Lodge, Associate State Librarian for Library Development.  “The collaboration begun through the “DigiHub” grants is continuing as the Hub partners look toward becoming an Ohio portal to DPLA.”

Partners in the DPLA Planning Project include the Cleveland Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, LYRASIS, OCLC, OhioLINK, Ohio History Connection, Ohio State University, Ohio University, OPLIN, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, and the State Library of Ohio.  The Bishoff Group, LLC are lead consultants for the project.

Founded in 2010, the DPLA is the nation’s digital library with the goal of bringing together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and making them freely available to the world. Participation in the DPLA will make material from Ohio’s libraries, museums and archives accessible to millions of users who search the Digital Public Library of America (http://dp.la/).

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REACH Database announced http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/06/24/reach-database-announced/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/06/24/reach-database-announced/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:15:59 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3557 WHAT:  The REACH Database merges the TEACH Database and the Program Database into one quick and clear path for entering both your teaching and programming work in one easy to navigate location.

WHEN: The REACH Database is in soft launch phase now through the end of July.  Feel free to try it, enter sample data, and let us know if you have questions. Continue entering official data in the current systems. Starting August 1, 2015 REACH will be the official and only place to enter program and teaching data.

WHERE: The REACH Database is available at: http://go.osu.edu/REACH_Database

 Why are we switching?
The TEACH and Program Databases were a good first implementation of a centralized data collection system. We have learned a lot from this and are ready to move to the next best solution.  This new system will:

  • Pull from existing campus systems where possible to require less user input
  • Reduce confusion over which system to enter data
  • Lead to cleaner data output
  • Simplify the choices the user has to make for data input

Will I still be able to retrieve my own data if I want to go back and see what I have entered?
Yes, Sarah Murphy will create a user dashboard that will allow you to search for your data. Details for accessing this will be provided when the dashboard is available, approximately one month after REACH becomes the official data entry point. The dashboard data will be refreshed approximately once a month.

 Will I still have access to all the data in the old TEACH and Program Databases?
Yes, the data will be downloaded after it is turned off, and a legacy dashboard will be made available for searching.  Details for accessing this will be provided when the dashboard is available.

Are instructions available for the new REACH Database?
No.  We think using it will be so intuitive that instructions are not necessary.  Please use the soft launch phase to try it and let us know if this is not the case.

Will the ARL Data still be pulled from this?
Yes, the data is collected in a way that allows the Assessment librarian to pull data according to ARL needs and definitions.

Will I be able to pull data from my dashboard and upload into my profile in Research in View?
No. Unfortunately this improvement does not extend that far.  That problem has yet to be solved.

 Who do I ask if I have more questions?
Questions can go to Sarah Murphy (murphy.465@osu.edu) who will answer or refer to the appropriate person as necessary.

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Seeking Instructors for First-Year Success Series Workshops http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/06/24/seeking-instructors-for-first-year-success-series-workshops/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/06/24/seeking-instructors-for-first-year-success-series-workshops/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:13:22 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3555 Are you interested in working with first-year students? Are you curious about instruction outside of a class? Teaching and Learning is looking for instructors to lead these highly rated first-year success series sessions:

  • So much more than books! University Libraries can make your life easier
    In this one-hour interactive session, discover many resources and services the University Libraries offers that can save you time and help you get better grades.

    • Learning Outcome:
    • Students will engage with library products and services in order to build a personalized support system for success at Ohio State.
  • What’s in a question? Developing research questions from The Good Food Revolution
    Research questions lead to solutions that improve the world we live in. In this interactive 80 minute session participants will form teams and race against the clock to create a focused research question that might solve real world problems such as those in The Good Food Revolution (The Buckeye Book Community book for 2015).

    • Learning Outcomes:
    • Participants will develop a research question based on the themes in The Good Food Revolution (The Buckeye Book Community book for 2015).
    • Participants will use library resources to find data and background information to refine their research question.
  • Where’s Woody? Find Woody Hayes in Thompson Library
    Play an interactive game as a member of a team to solve the mystery of where Woody Hayes is hidden in Thompson Library. This 90 minute session begins with a brief meeting to learn the rules and to break into teams and then you are off to complete a series of tasks to solve the mystery. After about an hour of game time we will regroup to score and award prizes to the winning team. Along the way learn about some of the great resources and services offered by University Libraries.

    • Learning Outcomes:
    • Students will engage with library products and services in order to build a personalized support system for success at Ohio State.
    • Students will become familiar with the Libraries’ exhibits and special collections.

If you are interested in being an instructor of any of these workshops or just want to learn more, contact Beth Black, black.367@osu.edu by July 6.

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New Exhibits! SEEING THE GREAT WAR and THE STORY OF PUCK http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/06/24/new-exhibits-seeing-the-great-war-and-the-story-of-puck/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/06/24/new-exhibits-seeing-the-great-war-and-the-story-of-puck/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:07:01 +0000 Caitlin McGurk http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/?p=3182 #gallery-3 { margin: auto; } #gallery-3 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-3 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-3 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */

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The Ohio State University
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
1813 N High St.
Columbus OH 43210-1393


Upcoming Exhibitions at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum




July  25, 2015 – January 24, 2016

World War I and America’s first humor magazine are the subjects of two new exhibits opening in July at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

SEEING THE GREAT WAR: This exhibit explores the power of images generated during wartime, through the work of James Montgomery Flagg, Bud Fisher, Billy Ireland, Percy Crosby, Nell Brinkley, Frederick Burr Opper, Louis Raemaekers, and others. It will also feature Charles Schulz’ reinterpretation of the Great War’s legacy as shown through Snoopy as the Flying Ace. World War I represented a watershed in the history of warfare, both on the battlefield and in communication. The importance of the media to the American war effort was affirmed when President Woodrow Wilson signed Executive Order 2594 to form the Committee on Public Information (CPI). The CPI enforced voluntary press censorship with compliance dependent “entirely upon honor and patriotism.” Its Bureau of Cartoons published a weekly bulletin of tips and ideas that was distributed to more than 750 cartoonists nationwide. Original costumes from WWI will be displayed, as well as original art, film lobby cards, sheet music, and posters. Curated by Professor Emerita Lucy Shelton Caswell.

WHAT FOOLS THESE MORTALS BE! THE STORY OF PUCK: Discover the history and highlights of Puck, America’s first and most influential humor magazine of color political cartoons. This show presents some of Puck‘s greatest cartoons featuring politicians, personalities, and issues that dominated its forty years of publication. Puck was a training ground and showcase for some of the country’s most talented cartoonists. This exhibit will include chromolithographs by Joseph Keppler, Rose O’Neill, Frederick Opper, F.M. Howarth, Rolf Armstrong, Bernhard Gillam, J.S. Pughe, and more. As David Sloane has said in American Humor Magazine and Comic Periodicals, Puck “created a genre and established a tradition,” spawning dozens of imitators. It also led the way for that great American institution, the comics. Curated by Richard Samuel West and Michael Alexander Kahn . Their recent book, “What Fools These Mortals Be! The Story of Puck,” was published by IDW Publishing (October 2014).


About the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum:  The BICLM is one of The Ohio State University Libraries’ special collections. Its primary mission is to develop a comprehensive research collection of materials documenting American printed cartoon art (editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, sports cartoons, and magazine cartoons) and to provide access to the collections.  The BICLM recently moved into its newly-renovated 30,000 sq. ft. facility that includes a museum with three exhibition galleries, a reading room for researchers and a state-of-the-art collections storage space.   The library reading room is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 5 p.m. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m.  See http://cartoons.osu.edu/ for further information.

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WorldCat Discovery Workshop http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/worldcat-discovery-workshop/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/worldcat-discovery-workshop/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:31:07 +0000 Michelle Gerry http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=3064 On Wednesday, June 17, Applications Development and Support hosted a WorldCat Discovery workshop lead by Kathy Kie, Senior Training Coordinator at OCLC.   The purpose of the workshop was to offer hands-on training for library faculty and staff who typically use WorldCat First Search for research, collection development and other purposes.  The workshop had the added benefit of providing an opportunity for attendees to give feedback to OCLC staff while the resource is still in development.

Attendees were provided a thorough overview of WorldCat Discovery. Handouts were provided with tips for both basic and expert searching within the resource. Because Discovery is slated to replace WorldCat FirstSearch at the end of 2015, those in attendance were naturally most interested in the performance of the advanced search features.

Kathy Kie provided handouts with a list of exercises to familiarize users with how Discovery functions.  For example:

  • Locate a sound recording for the Marriage of Figaro. Filter the results to only display items in the eMusic format.
  • Locate an article on digital preservation from the Journal of Information Science.

For those of you who are interested in learning more about WorldCat Discovery and were unable to attend the workshop, you are invited to register for the 1 hour webinar, “Ready, Set, GO: Making the move from FirstSearch to WorldCat Discovery.” This webinar takes place Thursday, July 30 starting at 2:00 pm.

You can also register to view a training session recorded in May 2015:

This OCLC Support page offers detailed information about what search by index within WorldCat Discovery:

And finally, for an overview of basic searching in WorldCat Discovery, watch this brief video:

Questions? Please contact me!

Michelle Gerry/614.688.3512

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Special Funding Opportunities: An Overview http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/06/23/3830/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/06/23/3830/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:39:40 +0000 nash.246@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/?p=3830 The Office of Research will periodically post funding opportunities and resources in conjunction with the Research Commons. Below is a brief overview of special funding opportunities, a few notes regarding Office of Research services, and other ways to find funding.

The Office of Research manages special funding opportunities for members of the Ohio State community.  Special funding opportunities are funding mechanisms or recognitions that fall into one or more of the categories below:

Early Career Grants, prizes, or awards for researchers who are within the first few years of their career.
Limited Submission Funding Opportunities Grants, prizes, or awards in which the sponsor limits the number of proposals each institution may submit.
Notable Funding Opportunities Grants, prizes, or awards deemed “highly prestigious” by the National Research Council.
Nomination Programs Prizes or awards for which member(s) of the Ohio State community are invited or nominated to apply.
Prizes Prizes or awards for which member(s) of the Ohio State community can nominate themselves. Prizes usually come with a cash award and/or formal recognition.

These special funding opportunities are posted on the Office of Sponsored Programs website and are searchable by category or by college, institute, or center. See link below.

In addition to identifying and distributing these funding opportunities, the Office of Research also provides support during the nomination process and serves as a sponsor liaison. Special funding opportunities have an internal deadline that is typically six weeks prior to the sponsor deadline to allow enough time for the Office of Research to support the applicant during the submission process.

Here are links for a few tools associated with finding research funding, including databases listing the special funding opportunities described above, as well as external funding opportunities that can be located through funding search databases such as InfoEd SPIN.

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From the Director – June 22, 2015 – The Innovation Fund http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/06/22/from-the-director-june-22-2015-the-innovation-fund/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/06/22/from-the-director-june-22-2015-the-innovation-fund/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:00:44 +0000 batts.8@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3548 Background and History

On December 1, 2011, I wrote a blog posting announcing the creation of the OSUL Innovation fund.   Here’s an excerpt from that entry (the full message can be found here) https://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2011/12/01/from-the-director-december-1-2011-introducing-the-new-osul-innovation-fund/ :

I am pleased to announce the creation of the new OSUL Innovation Fund. The objective of the fund is to facilitate and support projects that advance innovative ideas and services that produce high value for users and support the strategic objectives of the OSU Libraries. Awards from this fund will serve as catalysts for introducing new and innovative technologies, research tools, user centric services and progressive approaches. Substantial initial funding has been allocated to provide the stimulus for this process. All requests for funds will be subject to a review process.
All initiatives or projects must align with the strategic plan. Therefore, the Executive Committee will be looking for projects whose nature and scope fulfill at least one or more of these premises:
The project…

  • Pilots or advances new ideas, services or technologies for our core users
  • Engages OSU faculty and/or students in using and enhancing library managed content
  • Initiates or advances new strategic partnerships with other libraries or academic units on campus
  • Positions the Libraries as a national leader in the integration of intellectual content and services within the larger world of ideas and knowledge.
  • Experiments with new ways of doing business
  • Creates infrastructure or enables other projects of strategic importance

In particular, I encourage you to think about “launching a lot of small ships” rather than “building a 100,000-ton freighter and taking a long time to do it.” (Y.S. Chi, IFLA World Library and Information Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 2011). That doesn’t mean that your proposals have to be inexpensive, but rather that we experiment and pilot as often as possible to move ideas forward.

During my first two years at OSU (and after the arrival of the new administrative leadership team), we had heard regularly statements such as:

  • “I don’t know how to get money to advance a great idea I have.”
  • “I don’t know how to get my needs and ideas in front of someone who can approve my going ahead (and provide resources to do so).”
  • “I’m not sure how IT projects get funded or who decides what things are a priority.”
  • “I don’t know how to get my digitization project in front of someone for consideration.”

These comments led us as an administrative group to begin to do many things but one outcome was to create the Innovation Fund as a clear avenue for answering those compelling questions. At the same time, we began to work with all of you to put in place several additional structures including:

  • a working group and process for receiving requests for digitization with clearer understanding on what was to be funded and tackled and on what schedule; and
  • an IT prioritization process that creates an avenue for articulating potential projects, reviews those projects with key stakeholders, and evaluates and sets a priority list for the next quarter of the year
  • an equipment review process that enables an individual to request facility needs ranging from the simple replacement of furniture to the complete renovation of the fourth floor study rooms in the 18th Avenue Library as well as clarifying that the Assistant/Associate Directors had spending authority up to $5,000
  • clarified clarification of the committee, working group, and task force appointment process, creating clear charges and expectations that include being entry points for good ideas to move forward in the organization.

Outcomes and Successes

On January 25, 2012 and January 6, 2014, I blogged again about the status and success of the Innovation Fund. The 2012 post https://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2012/01/25/from-the-director-january-25-2012-innovation-fund-proposals/ addresses the outcome of the first round of applications.

I am delighted with the first round of proposals for the innovation fund. We received 14 proposals. The quality and thoughtfulness of the proposals is a great start. We know the first deadline was quick and appreciate the work that went into getting these first proposals together.

Each application was reviewed and decisions were made to approve, consolidate, or send proposals back to the applicant(s) for additional development.  The appropriate AD will contact each applicant with information on how and when to move forward with their projects.

Most proposals were approved as written. . .

We’re off to a great start. It comes as no surprise to me that we have a number of innovative and creative proposals that will improve upon the great products and services that OSUL already offers to our students, colleagues and the entire OSU community.

And on January 6, 2014, you can see a more detailed list of projects which had been funded https://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2014/01/06/from-the-director-january-6-2014/ .

In the three years that the fund has existed, innovation ranged from successful projects that moved into full blown services to projects that failed but taught us something we needed to know to projects which were withdrawn before execution because something in the environment changed. We’ve had all those outcomes and I consider each a successful outcome. Over the life of the fund, we awarded 28 separate innovation projects for a total of approximately $270,000.


Current Status and Decision

Over the last few months, we have heard from a number of quarters that there was interest in changing the Innovation Fund process. We’ve discussed some of those ideas and also talked with individuals about their current thinking about submitting a proposal in the next round.   Here is a brief summary of what we heard:

  • We’ve blown through a great deal of “pent up” projects that people had been waiting to pursue.
  • Individuals now see clearer avenues for advancing a project and haven’t needed to wait for the official Innovation Fund process.
  • The new processes for equipment suggestions, digitization requests and IT projects has made it easier to move projects into implementation and through to completion.

So we believe that the formal innovation fund process has run its course and can now be ended. Innovation is a constant aspect of how we do our work and how you contribute to advancing the Libraries’ role in knowledge building. So if you’ve been waiting to submit a project in the next round of Innovation Fund proposals, wait no more. Simply use the digitization, IT or equipment processes. Or if your proposal doesn’t fit any of those, just talk to your supervisor about how to get your proposal considered.

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Searching for Documents from OSUL Staff http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/searching-for-documents-from-osul-staff/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/searching-for-documents-from-osul-staff/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:30:23 +0000 Beth Snapp http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=3058 A reminder that the Search This Site feature on the OSUL Staff (“intranet”) website searches only the content of that site. It does not search library.osu.edu or the Document Registry. Document Registry is a separate system, and you will need to go to it to find a document. It is helpful to think of OSUL Staff as a gateway for staff to get to other Libraries resources.

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A Note on Recently Auctioned Calvin & Hobbes Artwork http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/06/18/a-note-on-recently-auctioned-calvin-hobbes-artwork/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/06/18/a-note-on-recently-auctioned-calvin-hobbes-artwork/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 20:13:22 +0000 Caitlin McGurk http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/?p=3179 Thanks to some dear friends and fans of The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, it has come to our attention that there were recently three “original” Calvin & Hobbes comic strips listed for sale on eBay.

As many of you know, the Bill Watterson Deposit Collection lives here at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, and it contains the majority of original Calvin & Hobbes artwork.  We do have the originals of all three items recently posted as original art for sale on eBay, and they are safe in our high-security stacks.

If you see a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip for sale and would like to know if we have the original, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We will be glad to let you know which originals are in the collection here.  Although we are not appraisers and cannot authenticate work, we are here to help and advise as best we can.

Seen below is a comparison of one of Watterson’s works that was listed for sale on eBay (bottom) next to the actual original from our archive (top). A close look like this reveals many discrepancies, including different punctuation, date placement, inferior lettering, and more.



We strongly encourage folks to continue collecting and sharing the incredible history of the cartoon art form, and there are lots of opportunities to do so through reputable dealers and auction houses. Shop smart, and let us know how we can help!

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New Collaboration Tool Available to Ohio State Researchers http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/06/17/3810/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/06/17/3810/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:57:02 +0000 Joshua Sadvari http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/?p=3810 A recently-launched tool aims to make it easier for faculty, students, industry leaders, and community partners to explore the breadth of research expertise that Ohio State has to offer.  EngageOSU is an online portal providing profiles on faculty and researchers at the university and covering research across all fields – including life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and liberal arts.

An extension of the Academic Analytics database, the EngageOSU portal aggregates faculty and researcher data on collaborations, publications (including journal articles and books), citations, grants and awards, and researcher interests and expertise into a searchable, interactive database.

Upon accessing the portal, researchers can use the search box to look for information about specific faculty members or to enter terms aligning with their research interests to explore who may also be working in these areas at Ohio State.  Performing a search will return a list of faculty names and a table with data on collaborations, citations, and other key pieces of information.

CollaborationGraph_NoNamesClicking on any one of those names will return the departmental affiliation of that faculty member, as well as an interactive collaboration graph that displays information about a researcher’s individual and institutional collaborations.  In the accompanying figure, each connecting line represents collaboration between individual researchers (names have been removed), and nodes represented by different colors are indicative of collaborations across institutions.  The wider a connecting line between any two nodes, the greater the degree of collaboration between those individual researchers, determined based on other information in the database (e.g., co-authorship).

Researchers browsing EngageOSU can also click on the “Profile” icon to the left of an individual faculty member’s name to see more information about their publications and grants, as well as an interactive word cloud displaying keywords associated with their research interests.  Clicking on the different terms that form the word cloud will redirect to another list of names, including other faculty at the university who are associated with the same key term.  In this way, researchers can explore EngageOSU to locate other individuals at Ohio State who may share similar research interests and who may be open to collaborating on future projects.


Look for EngageOSU to develop further as more faculty and researcher data are incorporated into the database.  And, stay tuned to our Events calendar for information about future sessions on EngageOSU and other tools for finding collaborators and being found!

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IT Project Prioritization for 2015Q3 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/it-project-prioritization-for-2015q3/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/it-project-prioritization-for-2015q3/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 18:30:12 +0000 Russell Schelby http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=3049 image of the third quarter moon

Moon, by Hadley Paul Garland

Tier I (Highest Priority)

Co-Curricular Tutorial Delivery Select solution for re-implementation of Net.Tutor

Release goals:

  • (T&L) Test Moodle and make decision about suitability (research other solutions if Moodle is not sufficient)
    identify and prioritize enhancements to vanilla system
  • Assuming custom development not required: apply OSUL branding and turn over to T&L for content creation

Product Owner: Karen Diaz
Phase: User Acceptance Testing and possibly Implementation


Image Management System – “Gemify” code modifications in order to improve maintainability and share our work with the community

Release goals:

  • Identify code differences between our current version and ‘vanilla’ Sufia
  • Arrange code sets into possible gems
  • Develop, test, document, work with community, and pull request them

Product Owner: Beth Snapp
Phase: Development

DSpace Upgrade – Test upgrade, finalize customization requirements

Release goals:

  • Identify and prioritize necessary customizations
  • Depending on level of requested custom development, target date for real upgrade can be established

Product Owner: Maureen Walsh
Phase: Testing and Release Planning

Resource Capacity Suite – Complete development and test Buckeye Sensor (study room availability), InUse (computer availability), and Room Reservation System

Release goals:

  • Identify and assemble stakeholders
  • Design interface that can introduce and present the three systems together
  • Design and build Buckeye Sensor User Interface
  • Test InUse interface and unleash pilot on circ machine
  • Work with Communications to develop marketing plan
  • Test and Deploy

Product Owner: Tony Maniaci/Lila Andersen
Phase: Development, Testing and probably Deployment

ArchivesSpace Data Migration AS-48 – Import Sierra and Past Perfect Data

Release goals:

  • Develop tool to read and parse Sierra data
  • Develop tools to check for and store id’s for existing records, e.g. agents, resources, instances, accessions
  • Develop tools to insert and store id’s for new records, e.g. if an agent doesn’t exist, create it and store the id for inclusion in the resource
  • Develop logging system to store a record of all actions performed
  • Run import of Sierra data
  • Develop tool to read and parse Past Perfect Data
  • Run import of Past Perfect data

Product Owner: Cate Putriskis

Identifier Resolution Service – Develop architecture and implement proof of concept

Release goals:

  • Develop plan, architecture, service needs (e.g. handle is minted when object published)
  • Integrate mechanism for synchronizing ID’s with existing handle server
  • Integrate mechanism for minting ID’s and recording in repository
  • Test and deploy

Product Owner: Terry Reese
Phase: Requirements and Proof of Concept

Test Sierra Premium Write APIs – Determine whether the APIs are technically sound and provide useful functionality

Release goals:

  • Test delivered endpoints
  • Send bug reports and feedback to Innovative
  • Perform technical cost-benefit analysis

Product Owner: Beth Snapp
Phase: Beta Testing

Tier II

Streamline Communications Department Processes – NewsNotes

Release goals:

  • Develop a Hub submission form for requests to add articles to NewsNotes
  • Test WordPress-MailChimp integration and make necessary requested enhancements



Product Owner: Larry Allen
Phase: Implementation and Testing

Special Collection Reading Room Patron Management – Explore technical solutions against needs assessment, assemble and engage stakeholder group

Release goals:

  • Complete process mapping of existing workflows and review/correct with interviewees
  • Identify similarities and differences
  • Propose and implement, if approved, short-term recommendations for increased efficiencies (eg, new pickup location)
  • Present to Product Owner and discuss next steps


Product Owner: Lisa Carter
Phase: Needs Assessment/Process Improvement

Image Management System – Work with Product Owner to identify user stories for the next release

Release goals:

  • Groom existing user stories, many might be met by production system
  • Consult with stakeholders to find any additional needs (post production)
  • Identify and prioritize stories to be put forward for future P3

Product Owner: Morag Boyd
Phase: Initiate Next Release Cycle

Illiad Interface Enhancements – implement designs, check upgrade changes

Release goals:

  • Implement mockups and test with Product Owner
  • Note: requires front end development

Product Owner: Brian Miller

Phase: Implementation, Testing and Possibly Deployment)

Tier III

Archival Document Management System

Explore Video/Audio Preservation/Management System 


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“To the citizens of Russia: the Provisional Government is overthrown” http://library.osu.edu/blogs/theatre-research-institute/2015/06/16/650/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/theatre-research-institute/2015/06/16/650/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:12:53 +0000 Orville Martin http://library.osu.edu/blogs/theatre-research-institute/?p=650 “To the citizens of Russia: the Provisional Government is overthrown”

By Cecelia Bellomy

To the citizens of Russia: the Provisional Government is overthrown

To the citizens of Russia: the Provisional Government is overthrown

It is a cold, late fall Russian morning and you leave your home to go about your business. You’re on your way, a day like any other, until you see a notice posted on the side of a building or wall: “To the citizens of Russia: the Provisional Government is overthrown.” The notice is time-stamped 10 AM. It is November 7th, 1917, and at this moment, you realize that your life has changed forever.

This notice, posted in St. Petersburg to alert the populace of the victory of the Bolsheviks and the beginning of Communist rule, was a gift to the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute from Frank Lloyd Dent to the Norris Houghton Collection in 2008. Dent was a close friend of Houghton, one of the few Americans allowed to experience the Golden Age of Russian theatre firsthand. Houghton visited the Soviet Union multiple times and got to sit in on rehearsals and watch productions by Konstantin Stanislavsky and his Moscow Art Theatre and Vsevolod Meyerhold and his Meyerhold Theatre. He outlines his time in the USSR in his two books Moscow Rehearsals (1936) and Return Engagement (1962).

Other than the fact that the proclamation was gifted into the Houghton collection by a close friend, the document’s history remains a mystery. One likes to imagine that perhaps Stanislavsky himself gave it to Houghton as a thank-you for chronicling what the Soviet theatre was doing right in an age when the American opinion of all things Red was negative indeed.

Though the proclamation belongs to the Theatre Research Institute, it has fallen  to Predrag Matejic, the Director of the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies and Curator of the Hilandar Research Library, to provide historical context. I interviewed him about the piece and his face lit up at its first mention.

“I was truly amazed when I read it,” he said, “because it couldn’t be anything other than the announcement of the Bolshevik victory.” Matejic gave me a full translation of the document with added words in brackets to make understanding a bit easier:

To the citizens of Russia: the Provisional Government is overthrown. That [those things] for which the people fought: the immediate tendering of a democratic peace, the abolition of large landowner ownership of the land, worker control  of the means of production, the creation of a Soviet government – this has been achieved. Long life [Glory] to the revolution of the workers, soldiers, and peasants! Bread – [to the] hungry! Land – [to the] peasants! Factories – [to the] workers! Peace – [to the] peoples!

Military-Revolutionary Committee
of the Petrograd Soviet of
Workers and Soldiers Deputies

25 October [November 7] 1917 10:00 A.M.

Such a valuable and irreplaceable historical artifact seemed almost too good to be true to Matejic, so he did extensive research of Russian-language sources, eventually finding that the document did, in fact, “reflect something that was real.” As far as we know, this document really did hang in St. Petersburg, soon to be re-named Petrograd (and later Leningrad), and notified people of the success of the revolution. After more research, Matejic also found evidence that this notification and others like it were produced and distributed straight from Vladimir Lenin, the leader of the Bolshevik Revolution, himself. In fact, multiple versions were likely distributed, customized for different groups to read. It is unknown what type of citizens read this proclamation, but Matejic does draw an interesting parallel between the list of promises at the end of the proclamation, “Long life [Glory] to the revolution of the workers, soldiers, and peasants! Bread – [to the] hungry! Land – [to the] peasants! Factories – [to the] workers! Peace – [to the] peoples!” and the Beatitudes spoken by Jesus Christ during his Sermon on the Mount:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
(Matthew 5:3-10, KJV)

Just as Jesus promised heavenly rewards to the poor, oppressed, and peaceful, Lenin promises earthly comforts and peace to the downtrodden lower Russian classes. Though the exact audience of this proclamation is unknown, it could easily have been posted on a factory door or street corner surrounded by tenements. The language of the notice suggests that it is meant to bring comfort and excitement to those who would benefit most from the nationalization of privatized wealth.

Besides its historical significance and artistic language, the proclamation is interesting simply as an archival object. Matejic notes that the date printed on the proclamation is October 25, 1917, though it is well known that the day St. Petersburg was delivered into Bolshevik hands was, in fact, November 7th of that year. This date disparity is not a typo but a last, soon-to-be-destroyed vestige of pre-Revolution Russia. The October date coincides with the Julian calendar, used by Russia and a few other countries at the time of the Revolution. Within a year, the Soviets would change Russia over to the Gregorian calendar used by the majority of the world. In hindsight, it is an irony to see this remnant of the old Russia clinging to the bottom of this proclamation declaring the beginning of the new, Communist era.

The proclamation also lacks one character from the Russian alphabet, “yat” (pronounced YEH). Matejic explained that the notice is written in the orthography in use in Russian during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The “yat” (Ѣѣ) is replaced with another character known as the “hard sign” (Ъъ). Despite giving an odd look to some of the words in the document, this fact  supplies a tidbit of information that adds to our understanding of this very important day in Russian history: simply, as Matejic puts it, “Wherever Lenin was on that day, they couldn’t find a yat.”

Today, the document is one of the busiest and most popular in OSU Libraries’ Thompson Library Special Collections. It is often shown to classes of history students who “just can’t believe” we own such a piece. It is also used to illustrate differences between the Julian and Gregorian calendars.  Matejic also expressed his desire to get inside the frame the document came in to preserve it better and investigate it for further clues as to its origins.

Matejic doesn’t “believe [another one of these documents] exists anywhere in North America.” “Many people on this campus…for them, the USSR and Soviet-bloc European countries…are not something they grew up with” so the significance of a historical document like this is “incredible.” Just as Norris Houghton got to experience a slice of the Soviet world which was so foreign to him, the Theatre Research Institute, with this special document, can share a little bit of the dawn of a world now past to people who will be as stunned as Houghton was upon his first view of Stanislavsky.

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Navigating the TEACH Act in Distance Education http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/06/12/navigating-the-teach-act-in-distance-education/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/06/12/navigating-the-teach-act-in-distance-education/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 20:07:45 +0000 Maria Scheid http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/?p=690 Distance education is a thriving field, supported by the swift evolution and progress of technologies that promote access to and interaction with educational materials. The Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act of 2002 (“TEACH Act”), an amendment to Section 110 of U.S. Copyright Act, seeks to encourage these educational experiences by providing a specific carve out for distance education. The TEACH Act, codified in § 110(2), was signed into law and became effective on November 2, 2002 and amended existing copyright law to permit certain performances and displays of copyrighted materials in distance education settings.

A Brief History

In 1976, the time that the original language was enacted, § 110(2) provided an exemption for certain performances or displays of copyrighted works in the course of a transmission. At the time, a transmission referred to an instructional television or radio broadcast. With the expansion of digital technologies and development of distance learning, however, concerns arose over the adequacy of the existing copyright law in promoting digital distance education and protecting the rights of copyright owners. To address this concern, Section 403 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA) required the Register of Copyrights to submit recommendations to Congress on “how to promote distance education through digital technologies, while maintaining an appropriate balance between the rights of copyright owners and the needs of users.”[1] In their 1999 report “Report on Copyright and Digital Distance Education” the U.S. Copyright Office provided a number of recommendations after consultation with representatives of copyright owners, nonprofit educational institutions, and nonprofit libraries and archives. The original TEACH Act bill implemented a number of the recommendations set forth in the Copyright Office’s report.[2]

Requirements of the TEACH Act

You must comply with a rather lengthy list of requirements in order to receive the protection the TEACH Act provides. To guide you through these various requirements, we have created a new handout: Using Materials in Distance Learning: A Guide to § 110(2) (TEACH Act).

In many ways the TEACH Act broadened the scope of § 110(2). Transmissions of works were no longer confined to physical classrooms, all type of works could now be performed or displayed (subject to certain limitations), and transmitting organizations were now permitted to reproduce copies of the works in order to perform or display them (again, subject to certain limitations). At the same time, the TEACH Act introduced additional institutional, teaching, and technology requirements to address concerns over how a work may be accessed and shared in a digital environment. All of the following requirements must be met:

□ General Scope: 

The TEACH Act only applies to the performance and display of copyrighted works. It does not cover the remaining exclusive rights held by a copyright owner, including the rights of distribution or creation of a derivative work. Under § 112(f)(1), however, a work may be reproduced in order to be performed or displayed within the requirements of the TEACH Act. See our handout, Using Materials in Distance Learning: A Guide to § 110(2) (TEACH Act), to see under which conditions reproduction would be permissible.

The TEACH Act amended § 110(2) to expand the scope of works that may be performed or displayed. You are permitted to perform a full nondramatic literary or musical work or reasonable and limited portions of all other types of works. You are permitted to display any type of work so long as you do so in an amount comparable to what would be displayed in a traditional classroom setting.

Finally, all copies of works that are being performed or displayed must be lawfully made and acquired—illegally obtained copies are not permitted—and the copy performed or displayed cannot be a work that is produced or marketed primarily as eLearning or distance learning materials.

□ Institutional Requirements: 

Eligible transmitting entities include government bodies and nonprofit educational institutions. Nonprofit educational institutions must be accredited. The institution must also provide a number of safeguards to counteract the risk of widespread dissemination of works. These safeguards include instituting policies regarding copyright, providing notice to students or recipients of the materials that the works may be subject to copyright protection, and providing copyright information to faculty, staff, and students to promote compliance with copyright law.

□ Teaching Requirements:

Performance or display of a work must be made by, at the direction of, or under the actual supervision of an instructor. The performance or display of the work must be made as an integral part of a classroom session offered as a regular part of systematic mediated instructional activity. In other words, an instructor must either initiate or actually supervise the performance or display, though real-time supervision is not required. Additionally, the performance or display must be an actual part of the class itself, not ancillary to the class, and it must be analogous to the type of performance or display that would take place in a live classroom setting. The performance must also be directly related and of material assistance to the teaching content. Works cannot be performed or displayed as unrelated background materials or simply for entertainment—they must be tied to the curriculum.

□ Technology Requirements:

At the time the law was being amended and distance education was gaining popularity, copyright owners were expressing their concerns over the ease of reproduction and dissemination of the works in a digital environment. Such activities, they argued, would have a large impact on their ability to license or otherwise exploit their rights as copyright owners. To address this concern, the TEACH Act imposes a number of technology requirements and limits the receipt of transmissions, to the extent technologically feasible, to students officially enrolled in the course or governmental employees as part of their official duties or employment.

In the case of digital transmissions, the transmitting body must apply technological measures to reasonably prevent retention of the copyrighted work beyond the duration of a particular class session and to reasonably prevent unauthorized further dissemination of the work. This may include performance or display via streaming services or limiting access though adoption of a closed content management system.

Finally, the TEACH Act supports the anti-circumvention language of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and prevents a transmitting body from engaging in conduct that could reasonably be expected to interfere with technological protection measures that are already in place for copyrighted works.

What to Do if You Don’t Satisfy All Requirements

It may be the case that your intended use doesn’t satisfy all requirements of the TEACH Act. Maybe you would like to share materials to students beyond those officially enrolled in your class, or maybe you are performing or displaying materials through a service that does not allow for any sort of downstream control. In such situations, you may consider whether your intended use is likely to be considered a fair use. Fair use is a defense against a claim of copyright infringement and would allow you to perform or display the work without permission from the copyright owner. A fair use analysis is fact specific and should be considered for each individual piece of work you intend to perform or display.

You may also explore options for using alternative works that are in the public domain or available through more flexible open license terms. Works that are in the public domain are free to use without restriction. To use works available under an open license, you must comply with the license terms.

Finally, if you would like to use a particular work and you cannot rely on fair use, you may seek the permission from the copyright owner to use the work.


In summary, the TEACH Act was a result of years of discussion and debate between copyright owners and individual and institutional users of copyrighted content. The final product was a compromise designed to promote distance education through digital technologies, addressing the holes created through rapid growth of technology and proliferation of distance learning. Because of its many limitations and restrictions, the TEACH Act has been accused of being too narrow in applicability, prompting many instructors to rely instead on fair use or pursue licensing options. But for those transmitting bodies that meet all of its requirements, the TEACH Act serves as an important statutory exemption.

[1] Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Pub. L. 105-304, 112 Stat. 2860 (1998).

[2] Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act of 2001, S. 487, 107th Cong. (2001).


By Maria Scheid, Rights Management Specialist at the Copyright Resources Center, The Ohio State University Libraries

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Fair Use in text and data mining (link) http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/06/11/fair-use-in-data-mining/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/06/11/fair-use-in-data-mining/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 18:00:57 +0000 Melanie Schlosser http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/?p=62 From our colleagues at the Copyright Resources Center, here is a new issue brief from ARL on Fair Use in Text and Data Mining. New research techniques in the humanities raise a lot of copyright questions that have yet to be directly addressed by the law or the courts – one of them is the legality of data mining copyrighted content. Fortunately, from the issue brief, the news seems to be good…

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Mid-Quarter Project Report 2015Q2 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/mid-quarter-project-report-2015q2/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/mid-quarter-project-report-2015q2/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:33:33 +0000 Russell Schelby http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=3046 The following projects were approved for Quarter 2, 2015, April 1 to June 30.  The projects were arranged into three tiers of priority to help guide our work. This report describes progress through the 9th week of the quarter.

Tier I (Highest Priority)

  • ArchivesSpace Production Support (Product Owner: Cate Putirskis)
    The project team collaborated with Lyrasis to isolate the re-ordering issue and develop a patch for resolving it.  This fix has been tested in a development release, but has not been released for a production instance yet. We expect to have the release available in mid-June and will plan testing and upgrading the software.  The SCDA and Special Collections groups have been continuing to use the software for creating Accession records as well as uploading Resource record sets with the knowledge that data order will need to be redressed once the patch is in place. AD&S has developed a prototype for reordering Resource elements based on title, but will need to extend that to order by container data. Looking forward, the team participated in the selection process for next development efforts to be undertaken by the Lyrasis development team, especally anticipating the Location Management changes effected by “that Yale plugin”.
  • ArchivesSpace Data Migration – Import existing Special Collections data into ArchivesSpace (Product Owner: Cate Putirskis)
    This next phase has not been fully engaged, only beginning to identify the data from Sierra and conceptualizing the data we’ll need to import.  This project has unfortunately been delayed by resources committed to resolving the production issues around our ArchivesSpace installation.
  • Image Management System Import Cartoons and Byrd Polar Media Manager collections and deliver a production public interface (Product Owner: Morag Boyd)
    This project is reaching the final stages for this phase. Development around the Public and Back-End user interfaces is complete. Staging and development environments are being implemented and tested. Decisions on the metadata structure are being finalized and implemented and we are working through the importing scripts.  We are slightly behind where we wanted to be, but believe that we’ll be ready to move into production on schedule.
  • DSpace Upgrade to 5.x Practice upgrade with Longsight (Product Owner: Maureen Walsh)
    The team worked with our vendor to successfully complete and document a practice upgrade of a copy of our production code base and assets to DSpace 5.2.  DCS is in the process of reviewing this system to identify needed configuration changes and to itemize a list of customizations (code modifications) that would be required during the “real” upgrade. AD&S feels confident that our developers can perform future upgrades.
  • Identifier Resolution Service Review use cases and design solution (Product Owner: Terry Reese)
    Initial requirements and possible technical solutions have been had initial exploration. Further examination of needs against possible solutions will be the next step and an implementation plan developed.

Tier II

  • Room Reservation Enhancements – Improve system based on user feedback (Product Owner: Lila Andersen)
    We have started on the requested enhancements, with the first round of modifications fully tested and ready for production.
  • Co-Curricular Tutorial Delivery – Develop plan for migration of Net.Tutor to new tutorial platform/system (Product Owner: Karen Diaz)
    An instance of Moodle is ready for testing by Teaching & Learning. If Moodle does not meet the needs of T&L, we will continue our research into possible solutions.
  • Explore Video/Audio Preservation/Management System – Develop requirements, stand up Avalon (or equivalent) for exploration
    No progress.
  • ILLiad Interface Enhancements Improve usability and mobile responsiveness of Illiad (Product Owner: Brian Miller)
    User interface mockups have been developed with the Product Owner. Implementation can begin with the onboarding of a front-end web developer.

Tier III

  • Digital Exhibits Platform – Research and evaluate Spotlight
    The Digital Exhibits Working Group and the Head of Digital Initiatives are recommending adoption of Omeka as a platform for digital exhibits. (Digital Exhibits paper is due June 8) IT proposes that we consider developing a method for linking Omeka items in digital exhibits to objects in the Master Objects Repository, as there has been no progress in the community on an Omeka 2.x to Fedora 4 connector.
  • BuckeyeSensor Interface – Design and implement prototype interfaces
    No progress.
  • Special Collection Reading Room Patron Management – Develop requirements (Product Owner: Lisa Carter)
    The team has been conducting interviews with reading room managers. Documentation of current workflows, similarities and differences between processes, and pain points is in progress. We have recommended a couple short-term steps to increase efficiencies.

Other Work

  • Carmen Library Link/LibGuides Implementation
    This project wasn’t prioritized, as we didn’t have much work left to do on it. The team is obtaining the final data streams and setting it up for testing and training with the LibGuides implementation team in the next few weeks.
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Thoughts on the first meeting http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/06/11/thoughts-on-first-meeting/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/06/11/thoughts-on-first-meeting/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:33:05 +0000 Melanie Schlosser http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/?p=59 We spent much of Tuesday’s meeting discussing the definition of digital humanities included in the readings and talking at a high level about how its emergence affects us as librarians. Rather than try to summarize everything we talked about, I thought I’d share a few points that struck me as being particularly helpful.

The many uses of buckets

One attendee stressed that we shouldn’t need to (and can’t!) know everything. Instead, we can learn enough about the work happening under the digital humanities label to identify some ‘buckets.’ Mapping, for example, or text encoding. The specifics of a project will always be unique and often complex, but if we use our tried-and-true reference interview skills to  figure out what category of work we’re dealing with, we should be able to provide some resources and/or bring in the appropriate person to help. Of course, that means knowing who has the expertise on a particular ‘bucket,’ but maybe that’s something we can tackle in another meeting.

What would you do if…

Another attendee shared what I thought was an excellent question to ask researchers who are seeking help with digital scholarship projects: “What would you do if you had the technology/expertise available?” It’s another nod to the reference interview – getting at what people really want or need. The perfect tool for their project may already exist, and even if it doesn’t, it’s helpful for us to know what types of research are coming down the pike so we can develop the services and infrastructure to support them.

You can’t take the humanities out of digital humanities

There is a lot of fear and skepticism around digital scholarship. One way to make it less scary and show that it’s not out to destroy traditional research methods is to focus on the things they have in common. Digital humanities research starts with a research question just as print scholarship does, and its methods (text mining, for example) are often more powerful, more efficient versions of the methods humanists have used for decades (like compiling or consulting a concordance). Moving the focus from of the technology to the intellectual work is also a way to make DH more accessible for librarians. Many of our skills – like the reference interview I keep harping on, and organization of information – are crucial for supporting the digital humanities. We just need to find the right ways to think about and talk about our work in this context.

Thanks to everyone who attended yesterday. We are looking forward to next month’s discussion!

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Release Notes: 6.11.2015 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/release-notes-6-11-2015/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/release-notes-6-11-2015/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:27:56 +0000 Russell Schelby http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=3044 During our maintenance window this evening we will be releasing the following updates:

  • Room Reservation – ROOM-148: Disallow Room Deletion with Associated Reservations
  • Room Reservation – Theme and Branding changes
  • Room Reservation – Upgrade software version
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OAA Service Center requesting Libraries use new Travel Reimbursement Form http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/06/10/oaa-service-center-requesting-libraries-use-new-travel-reimbursement-form/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/06/10/oaa-service-center-requesting-libraries-use-new-travel-reimbursement-form/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:43:04 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3535 The OAA Service center is requesting that the libraries start using a new Travel Reimbursement Form.  The service center wants to standardize its processes across all colleges under them in order to improve their efficiency.  This change should assist in getting a quicker payment turnaround for you.

The new travel form template along with the form instructions can be found on the following procurement center website: https://u.osu.edu/pssc/

PLEASE NOTE:  the form does not calculate properly when using Google Chrome.  Please use Internet Explorer, Adobe or Firefox, so it calculates correctly.

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Call for Exhibit Proposals in Thompson Library Gallery for 2017 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/06/10/call-for-exhibit-proposals-in-thompson-library-gallery-for-2017/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/06/10/call-for-exhibit-proposals-in-thompson-library-gallery-for-2017/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:41:41 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3533 The Exhibits Sub-Committee is accepting proposals for two slots in Thompson Gallery in the 2017 academic year. This is an opportunity for all Library faculty and staff.  Proposals are due Friday, October 30, 2015.

The available slots are:

  • Spring/May: February 1-May 14, 2017
  • Summer/Fall: May 24-September 17, 2017

About this opportunity:  The Thompson gallery is a crossroads space located in the heart of campus. Exhibits present a special opportunity to foster meaningful and memorable learning experiences with library collections. The Exhibits Sub-Committee are seeking proposals that:

  • Offer specific engagement opportunities with collections for faculty and classes.
  • Collaborate across library and teaching departments for broad impact.
  • Are scoped broadly for the academic community by aligning with campus initiatives, significant events, and current discussions.
  • Embrace the university value of diversity in people and ideas by including perspectives from multiple worldviews, histories, and cultures.

 To propose an exhibit:

Begin by downloading and reviewing the proposal form. Use the form as a guide for developing your proposal. Reach out to the Exhibits Coordinator with questions: Erin Fletcher, Fletcher.301@osu.edu or 614-688-2187.

We suggest that you also look at the Exhibits Program Goals and Guidelines for Building a Strong Proposal. The Program Goals will give you a sense of the components of strong exhibits.  The guidelines will be used as criteria for evaluating and selecting submissions.

When you are ready to submit your proposal scan and email it to Erin Fletcher at Fletcher.301@osu.edu. Please include the word “Proposal” and your name in the subject heading. You may also deliver it to Erin Fletcher at 155 Thompson Library.


Call For Exhibit Proposals In Thompson:

Exhibits Goals and Criteria:

Exhibits Proposal Form:

You can submit your proposal at any time until the deadline of Friday, October 30.

For more information:  Call or email the Exhibitions Coordinator, Erin Fletcher, at 614-688-2187 or Fletcher.301@osu.edu.  Also, look for upcoming information sessions at Special Collections Forum and the Engaged Librarian Forum.

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University Libraries launches program encouraging university faculty and staff to return library items not being used http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/06/10/university-libraries-launches-program-encouraging-university-faculty-and-staff-to-return-library-items-not-being-used/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/06/10/university-libraries-launches-program-encouraging-university-faculty-and-staff-to-return-library-items-not-being-used/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:32:37 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3530 University Libraries has launched a new initiative designed to retrieve long overdue materials from faculty and staff this summer, prior to the implementation of changes in the Libraries’ billing policies starting in the fall.

Beginning Monday, June 1 and continuing through Thursday, September 3, University Libraries is encouraging the university’s faculty and staff to take advantage of the “Triple R Program,” facilitating the return of library materials to the system’s collection and helping clear up individuals’ records.  The driving purpose of the program is to recover items that have been borrowed and are no longer needed by the person who has the material.  Retrieving these items helps control costs by reducing the amount of money University Libraries must spend on replacement materials.  And getting the materials back in the collection makes them available for other faculty, staff, students and researchers to use in their own work.

The program was initially promoted to staff and faculty through OnCampus Today on June 1, directing readers to the Libraries’ news blog for details. The Libraries is requesting that university faculty and staff:

  • Review:   Check their library account:  https://library.ohio-state.edu/patroninfo/ . Look through offices and work spaces for borrowed University Libraries materials; determine which are being used and which should be returned to the Libraries.
  • Return:   Bring back library items which are no longer being used to any library location, or contact Tony Maniaci, Head of Circulation Services for University Libraries, at or your regional campus library to arrange for a pickup of items by University Libraries’ staff.
  • Renew:   Talk with library staff or go online to renew non-recalled items that faculty/staff would like to continue using. Renewal limits may apply to OhioLINK and SearchOhio items.

At the conclusion of the program, University Libraries will institute changes in its policies regarding faculty and staff fines and billing practices.  The changes are designed to more closely align Ohio State’s practices with those taking effect at peer institutions.

Beginning September 4, 2015, the threshold for blocking borrowing privileges will be reduced from the current $75 to $50 for all library customers, including faculty and staff.  In addition, faculty and staff with long overdue items will be billed through the University Bursar.

Questions about the logistics of the program should be directed to Toni Maniaci, 247-6888, maniaci.1 .

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Access the Latest Issue of Research Development and Grant Writing News http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/06/09/3766/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/06/09/3766/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 14:11:28 +0000 agnoli.1@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/?p=3766 Some of the topics in the May issue include:

  • NORDP (National Organization for Research Development Professionals) 2015 Conference Report
  • NIGMS Pilots New Funding Model
  • Agency Wide Insights from the NSF Cyber Learning Webinar
  • Generic vs. Specific Characteristics of Proposals
  • The Myth that Agencies Fund Good Ideas
  • Agency News, Reports, Roadmaps, etc.
  • New Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research provides a campus-wide subscription to this excellent newsletter. Ohio State’s subscription permits unlimited distribution within the campus research community with your OSU login. Please feel free to forward this link, http://go.osu.edu/grantwritingnews, to anyone involved in research, i.e., faculty, staff, postdocs, graduate, and/or undergraduate students.

The writers and editors are experts in research/proposal development and this resource should be required reading for anyone preparing a grant proposal. The recommendations are especially helpful to those who are new to grant writing or want to enhance their grantsmanship skills.

The Research Commons will host a funding-related workshop on June 16th, where participants will learn strategies for locating funding opportunities with the SPIN database.  For complete details and to register, visit Finding Funding Workshop (SPIN).

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Reminder: First study group meeting today! http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/06/09/reminder-first-meeting/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/06/09/reminder-first-meeting/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 13:56:44 +0000 Melanie Schlosser http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/?p=57 Don’t forget we’re meeting today at noon in THO 165 to talk about “What is DH and why should I care about it?” We know it’s over lunchtime, so feel free to bring something to eat. More information and links to the readings are in this post.  See you there!

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From the Director – June 8, 2015 – E-Books and Quiet Study: Results of the 2015 LibQUAL Survey http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/06/08/from-the-director-june-8-2015-e-books-and-quiet-study-results-of-the-2015-libqual-survey/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/06/08/from-the-director-june-8-2015-e-books-and-quiet-study-results-of-the-2015-libqual-survey/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 13:38:37 +0000 batts.8@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3527 Guest posting by Sarah Murphy, Coordinator of Assessment

University Libraries administered its ninth LibQUAL Survey in February 2015, gathering feedback from close to 1,900 undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff. Survey results indicate that overall faculty and students continue to be satisfied with library resources and services. The Libraries also achieved its LibQUAL benchmark targets for the 2011-2016 Strategic Plan by maintaining mean scores for questions within the Library as Place dimension and improving means scores for questions in both the Affect of Service and Information Control dimensions.


  • More than 70% of faculty and roughly 80% of all undergraduate and graduate students reported they most frequently used the Thompson or 18th Avenue Library
  • Undergraduate students are twice as likely as faculty to use library resources on library premises daily or weekly
  • Undergraduate and graduate students identified Quiet space for individual activities in their top five areas needing improvement. Both expressed a desire for more quiet study space.
  • Faculty and graduate students desire more robust, accessible e-book collections with options to download e-books to desired reading devices.
  • Faculty no longer identify a gap in their expectations for the Libraries’ print and electronic collections, but continue to identify A library Web site enabling me to locate information on my own as their top area for improvement.


A PDF of the full 2015 LibQUAL Survey Report is available in the Libraries Document Registry, along with four interactive Tableau workbook files which now allow library faculty and staff the ability filter the survey results by user group, OSU College or School, and the library location respondents reported they used the most often.* This means you can use these files to view the survey results for graduate students in the College of Engineering, for example, who report using the 18th Avenue Library the most frequently.

Comments are embedded in the file labeled LibQUAL 2015 Summary, With Comments. It is possible to filter and export both the comments and survey results directly to an Excel file, if needed or desired. A comparison of the 2011, 2013, and 2015 survey results is also now possible with Tableau, and is located in the files labeled:

  • Affect of Service, 2011-2015
  • Information Control, 2011-2015
  • Library as Place, 2011-2015, and
  • Local Questions, 2011-2015


The Recommended Actions section of the 2015 LibQUAL survey report highlights several opportunities for improvement and was developed in partnership with several faculty and staff throughout the Libraries. It is divided into three main topic areas – library.osu.edu, E-Books, and quiet study – and includes both current initiatives and ideas for exploration.


LibQUAL is a significantly large, time-intensive project that cannot be accomplished without the support and effort of several individuals. A special thank you is required for Lauren Paulauskas in Planning and Administration for identifying survey incentives and managing their distribution and Michael Barclay in HR for providing the faculty sample.

*The LibQUAL 2015 Reports are displayed only to OSUL Staff so it is necessary to login to the Document Registry to see the documents. All LibQUAL Reports are grouped together using the tag LibQUAL.

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ACRL Webcast: Finding Your Role: The Subject Specialist and Digital Humanities http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/06/03/acrl-webcast-finding-your-role-the-subject-specialist-and-digital-humanities/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/06/03/acrl-webcast-finding-your-role-the-subject-specialist-and-digital-humanities/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 15:40:39 +0000 falls.15@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/?p=49 Sponsored by the Research and Education Department, please join us on June 11 from 2-3:30 in Thompson Room 150A to watch and talk about the webinar Finding Your Role: The Subject Specialist and Digital Humanities.

A brief description

An ACRL e-Learning webcast

During this webcast the co-editors of Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists will discuss their recent book, give tips and suggestions for subject specialists interested in working with digital humanities projects, and give details on several case studies covered in the book.  The interactive webcast will consider the following:

  • What do you think the role of the subject specialist is in supporting digital humanities?
  • Do you feel comfortable working with faculty on digital humanities projects?  What kinds of training and support would you need to feel more comfortable?
  • How can subject specialists work together with other librarians and staff? (i.e. IT specialists, digital humanities librarians, archivists, etc.)
  • If you have worked on a digital humanities project, how have you balanced your time?  How do you manage learning new skills, working on special projects, and doing the traditional work of the subject specialist?How can we engage/support students in digital projects?

Questions? Contact Sarah Falls  falls.15

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Access the Current Issue of Research Development and Grant Writing News http://library.osu.edu/blogs/research-funding/2015/06/02/access-the-current-issue-of-research-development-and-grant-writing-news/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/research-funding/2015/06/02/access-the-current-issue-of-research-development-and-grant-writing-news/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 19:34:12 +0000 agnoli.1@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/research-funding/?p=532 The May 2015 Issue is now available.

Some of the topics this month include:

  • NORDP (National Organization for Research Development Professionals) 2015 Conference Report
  • NIGMS Pilots New Funding Model
  • Agency Wide Insights from the NSF Cyber Learning Webinar
  • Generic vs. Specific Characteristics of Proposals
  • The Myth that Agencies Fund Good Ideas
  • Agency News, Reports, Roadmaps, etc.
  • New Funding Opportunities

http://go.osu.edu/grantwritingnews (OSU login required)

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Invitation: Learn about the new resource WorldCat Discovery http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/invitation-learn-about-the-new-resource-worldcat-discovery/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/invitation-learn-about-the-new-resource-worldcat-discovery/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 21:24:45 +0000 Michelle Gerry http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=3014 You are invited you to attend an advanced preview and training session for WorldCat Discovery, a new discovery and access tool.

OCLC staff will be on campus to demonstrate WorldCat Discovery’s advanced features, provide hands-on training, and answer any questions you may have while Discovery is in beta.

WorldCat Discovery scheduled to replace WorldCat FirstSearch at the end of 2015, so this is an excellent opportunity to get an inside look at the new search resource under development.  You may want to consider adding WorldCat Discovery to subject guides and information literacy sessions.

Because of limited seating, we need to limit the number of attendees. Please RSVP using the form below if you plan to attend so we can save you a spot and create a WorldCat Discovery staff account for you.

Event: WorldCat Discovery Workshop

Date: Wednesday, June 17

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Thompson Classroom, Room 149


  • Introductions (All)
  • Overview of transition activities at OSU (Michelle Gerry)
  • Highlight features of WorldCat Discovery (OCLC staff)
  • Demonstration: (OCLC staff)
  • Tutorial of advanced searching
  • Staff features
  • Q&A
  • Hands-on workshop time
Contact Form
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Retirement – Maureen Donovan http://library.osu.edu/blogs/japanese/2015/05/29/retirement-maureen-donovan/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/japanese/2015/05/29/retirement-maureen-donovan/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 21:57:11 +0000 Hay Mew (Amy) Hwang http://library.osu.edu/blogs/japanese/?p=1002 Maureen Donovan

Maureen Donovan

Today we bid farewell to our Japanese Studies Librarian, Maureen Donovan. Maureen is retiring from OSUL after 37 years of service. An interview by Caitlin McGurk with Maureen on her career in OSUL and the development of the manga collection can be found here on the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Blog.

Thank you, Maureen, for the years of inspiration and contribution!

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Interview with Maureen Donovan – Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Blog http://library.osu.edu/blogs/manga/2015/05/29/interview-with-maureen-donovan/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/manga/2015/05/29/interview-with-maureen-donovan/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 21:26:03 +0000 Hay Mew (Amy) Hwang http://library.osu.edu/blogs/manga/?p=366 Maureen & Astro Boy at Maureen's Office

Maureen & Astro Boy (at Maureen’s Office in 2010)

Today is Professor Maureen Donovan’s last day at the Ohio State University Libraries. Caitlin McGurk from OSU’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum chatted with Maureen on her career and how the manga collection came to be in OSUL. The interview is posted on the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum blog.

We deeply appreciate Maureen’s many contributions and wish her all the best for her retirement!

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Maureen Donovan and OSUL’s Manga Collection History http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/05/29/maureen-donovan-and-osuls-manga-collection-history/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/05/29/maureen-donovan-and-osuls-manga-collection-history/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 18:58:07 +0000 Caitlin McGurk http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/?p=3154 Recently, we sat down with the indomitable Professor Maureen Donovan, Ohio State University Libraries’ own Japanese Studies Librarian and manga extraordinaire. Maureen was one of the very first librarians to focus on collecting manga in the United States, and in her time here has created an unparalleled manga collection of over 20,000 items – held at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and Thompson Library. After close to 40 years at OSUL as a celebrated scholar, colleague, and champion of the manga art form, Maureen is retiring today, May 29th, 2015. We greatly appreciate her taking the time out to discuss her career with us.


Caitlin McGurk: Ok, let’s get started! First of all, how long have you worked at OSUL, and how does it feel to be nearing the end of your time here?


Maureen Donovan: Well, I started at OSUL on August 1, 1978, so it has been just about 37 years. Before that, I worked for 4 years at Princeton University’s Gest Oriental Library and East Asian Collections as EA Reference Librarian. As for how it feels, it is a bit scary…  I’m entering a mysterious period called “retirement” and I have no idea what it will be like. People are talking about all that I have done, but I just feel like there is so much more to do, that I am leaving a job that is only half done (at best).  As I mentioned, even preparing for this interview I discovered a lot of books that I should have ordered before, but haven’t done so yet — only 3 weeks to go. I can’t finish!

August, 1978- the Cataloging Dept threw a welcoming party for me when I first joined OSUL as a half-time Japanese cataloger.

August, 1978- the Cataloging Department threw a welcoming party for Maureen when she first joined OSUL as a half-time Japanese cataloger, right before her wedding.


CM: Well, that’s why we’re here to help continue on the legacy after you leave! Let’s go back to the beginning then – what is the root of your interest in Japanese studies? Either from childhood, or your time in school?


MD: I was a Russian major in college, and went to Russia as one of the first American exchange students, then got interested in Asia. This was during the Vietnam War.  I studied Chinese starting in Junior year of college and wanted to continue, so I went on and got an MA in East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia U, majoring in modern Chinese literature.  We had a requirement to learn “reading knowledge” of Japanese, so I took a bit of Japanese and did a field in modern Japanese history.  I was working in the library and got interested in that as something to “do.”  So I went to library school also at Columbia.  Then I got the job at Princeton.  Since it was for all of East Asia, after the adjustment period I started auditing Japanese courses, exchanging language with visiting students from Japan, and then the faculty offered a “proseminar” in Japanese bibliography and research methods, so I took that and learned the basics….  I met my husband at Princeton where he was on a research grant.  He already had tenure at Ohio State, so I came out here with him. The library here needed some Japanese books cataloged, so I was hired in August 1, 1978 as a half-time Japanese cataloger.  The first thing I realized was that we did not have any reference books that I needed for cataloging (pre-Internet days…).  So I got a grant from the Japan Foundation to buy ref. books.  People said, “wow it seems you know what you are doing,” so my half-time was advanced to full time and bibliographer duties were added in 1981.  I still had never been to Asia….  In 1987, the Japanese Institute (OSU) sent me to Japan for 2 1/2 weeks.  That was my first time there.  I still felt I was doing all this temporarily though until after I got a Japan Foundation fellowship for the 1995-96 academic year, which I spent in Tokyo with my husband (on a Fulbright) and son.  That was when I encountered manga intensively! After that year, I was fascinated!


CM: Wow! I didn’t know about half of that – one of the first American exchange students? That’s fascinating in itself! Can you tell me a little more about why Asia in particular ended up catching your interest?


MD: Well, the reason I wanted to study Russian in the first place was that during the Cold War we had no information about Russian people, culture, food, humor, etc.  There was no information flow!  When I studied the language, I got access to this world of information that no one else seemed to have. In the summer after my sophomore year in college I went to a Russian summer school at Middlebury college where we had to speak Russian all the time. The other students were mainly grad students talking about their exams, theses, job hunting, etc.  I had no interest.  Two guys, though, were always talking about interesting things — one was an interpreter at the UN who wanted to add Russian to his portfolio and the other was from the Japanese Foreign MInistry.  I always joined their table at meals.  They mainly talked about Asia!  And I realized how little I knew.  So at the end of the summer school I asked their opinion about what language I should take next — and they both recommended Chinese!!  So that’s the origin of my interest in Asia — out of ignorance! In a way, this follows through to my development of a course that I teach in International Studies on “Understanding the Global Information Society” — I’m still interested in global flows of information.  This also added to my interest in manga — I became fascinated with which manga reached into global space and which are just popular within Japan, etc.

One of the shipments to the Cartoon Library of over 3,500 manga serials, from the Kyoto International Manga Museum in Japan, which Maureen arranged.

One of the shipments to the Cartoon Library of over 3,500 manga serials, from the Kyoto International Manga Museum in Japan, which Maureen arranged.


CM: That is so interesting. It’s amazing to think about what you just said… living in the internet world as we do today, with so much access…


MD: When I started working at Princeton I remember how people would hear that a delivery of newspapers had arrived at the library — papers that had been collected for months in Tokyo and then been in transit for more months — and they would come from all over campus to find out who had won a kendo tournament 6 months earlier or the latest about pop culture or whatever….  It is amazing how many changes I’ve seen in my career.  Just think about your future — how many changes will still be coming in the years ahead???

CM: It’s kind of terrifying! Ha ha. Here are a few questions that tie together – when did you first encounter manga (and do you remember what it was you saw), and what were you drawn to about it? Generally, “why manga?”


MD: Manga.  My very first encounter with manga was actually here in Thompson Library in the early or mid 1980s.  There was a guy who used to drive in to Columbus for help in translating manga that he got from someone in Japan.  He needed help with slang and dialect words.  As you can imagine from what I wrote earlier about my background in Japanese, this was quite a challenge for me! Still, he kept coming back, so I guess whatever help I gave him was worth something.  There was another guy around the same time who needed similar help with vocabulary about Okinawan karate.  These two people helped me to realize that there were information flows from Japan that were happening outside of academic publishing flows — and that they really mattered.  Anyway, that guy with the manga helped me realize that manga were important in Japan and I started buying a few titles each year from around the mid-1980s.  Lucy Caswell moved those into the Cartoon Library collections.


CM: Would you say that you were particularly drawn to manga? Is there something about it, or the role it plays in Japanese culture, that made it especially worth collecting to you?


Maureen's notes on Hagio Moto, one of the artists in the current BICLM Shojo Manga exhibit.

Maureen’s notes on Hagio Moto, one of the artists in the current BICLM Shojo Manga exhibit.

MD: When I lived in Tokyo in 95-96, that just happened to be at the height of manga publishing, which I have heard was in 1994. Manga were everywhere!  It was unbelievable.  Also, I went to an exhibit at the Kawasaki-shi Shimin Museum about the history of manga.  This helped me to realize that we could build a manga collection that would “match” the main Cartoon Library collections.  When I came back I talked about this idea with Lucy Caswell, and we agreed to set aside some money from each of our funds for purchasing manga.  Also, we wrote a grant application to the Japan Foundation to fund some key foundational purchases to establish the collection.  After that I became more “serious” about putting together a “broadly representative” collection of manga to support research and teaching. Perhaps the most fascinating thing about manga is how mainstream it is in Japan, how basic it is for their culture. Furthermore, since everyone reads manga, it is a great way to connect with Japanese people. I have met so many fascinating people through manga.  I cannot say the same about the literature, history, philosophy, etc books that comprise the main parts of the Japanese collections! One time I was taking a trip on the bullet train on my way back from Sendai where I had visited the Ishinomori Shotaro museums and had several bags full of manga — the Japanese lady sitting next to me on the train, a middle aged/senior citizen, asked me about the books.  I told her about the collection I was building and we had a wonderful conversation.  It turned out that she was a Catholic nun.  Anyway, she also asked if we had some specific titles and I said that I was familiar with them, but that they were hard to get, so we did not have them yet. Well, the next day a parcel arrived at my hotel with those titles!!  Her name was Kazuko Sato and one of the books was Asaki Yume Mishi, a manga version of The Tale of Genji.  Her donor name is entered in our catalog.  There have been a lot of instances like that.  When I have been at conferences in Japan, people bring bags of manga to give me. Just recently when Masami Toku was here for the symposium she made a point of saying “thank you” to me for building the manga collection.  This activity has been a way to connect with people!


CM: That’s incredible!!! And it certainly does prove what you were saying about how embedded manga is in the culture if a Catholic nun was reading them, ha ha!
I’m curious to know how OSUL reacted your desire to collect manga, if it was supported or not back then.


Notebook page showing different editions of Tetsuwan Atomu, which Maureen has been collecting.

Notebook page showing different editions of Tetsuwan Atomu, which Maureen has been collecting.


MD: The support at Ohio State has been great!  On the one hand, Lucy Caswell — who had her hands full to overflowing with the Bill Blackbeard collections and other materials — embraced the idea of collecting manga.  Jenny Robb has also been enthusiastic.  The library administration has supported the effort, including recently by hiring someone for two years to oversee the move of some manga into the circulating collections.  The Japanese studies faculty has also been behind me, despite the fact that none of them are researching manga — they all realize that eventually the next generation will be using these as research materials.


CM: That is such great news, and we are so lucky to have that kind of support. Many institutions don’t. On that same note, how did you initially start working with Lucy Caswell? Any stories there, or was it just a given that you would work with her since the Cartoon Library was already formed?


MD: She was hired a bit before me, but around the same time.  So I knew her as a colleague.  I started buying manga and books about manga that went into the East Asian stacks. She discovered them because of the call numbers and asked me if she could move them to her collection, once she moved over to the Wexner Center location. Then I started buying for the Cartoon Library location and we started having conversations about manga. She had begun to hear about manga from cartoonists, including Art Spiegelman, as I remember.  So she wanted to do more about collecting them. Lucy and I worked together well.  We are both strategic thinkers!  We both enjoy collecting!  Also, I liked the challenge of connecting manga with American cartoons and comics.  The general discourse was that they were different, but I found similarities.  For example, I collected newspaper manga — which many people did not even realize existed.

Maureen's notebook from June, 2000- shows purchases she made in Tokyo of Mizuki Shigeru.

Maureen’s notebook from June, 2000- shows purchases she made in Tokyo of Mizuki Shigeru.


CM: You guys are quite the pair – you both really revolutionized the collecting of cartoon art in American libraries- I hope you realize that!Could you tell me about some of the classes you have taught using manga/about manga, or how you’ve worked to integrate manga into the curriculum over the years?


MD: Well, collecting manga has just been a side job for me — only a tiny part of my work.  I wish I could have devoted more time to it….
So an interesting thing was that I was collecting all these manga that were connected to the CGA materials in some way — or famous mangaka such as  Tezuka Osamu, etc.  However around 2000 when manga started being translated in great numbers I noticed that those manga were different from the ones I had collected.  Around that time we had a new library director and soon an emphasis developed around teaching.  We were encouraged to propose to teach freshman seminars.  I proposed one on “Analyzing the Appeal of Manga”   I thought that it would give me a chance to talk with young people about why they liked reading manga, and how to appreciate those manga.  That was such a fun course!!!  I learned so much from my students!!!  I taught it from 2006 to 2010.  After that I was discouraged from continuing to teach it — the emphasis has shifted within the libraries!  However, I was encouraged to continue teaching the “Understanding the Global Information Society course (which is now a required course that will be taught by Johanna Sellman and Jose Diaz next year).  I started teaching that in 2009.
In 2010 for the last time I taught the Analyzing the Appeal of Manga course, I made it an all-Tezuka + Urasawa Naoki reading list.  The students loved it!  Previously I had only included one Tezuka on the reading list each year, but by making it all-Tezuka the students were able to follow his career chronologically and catch some of the “intertextual” puns and references that really make reading Tezuka fun.  Then they could also see how Urasawa Naoki echoed Tezuka in the works we read.  That seminar was such a memorable experience for all of us! Through teaching the freshman seminar, my involvement with the student clubs began.  Some students just did not want to stop getting together around discussions of manga after the course ended.  I really enjoyed working with them to set up the clubs! So, as I mentioned, collecting manga for the library has really been about connecting with people in so many ways!


CM: To be clear, these were manga books in English, or in Japanese language?


MD: The freshman seminar books were all in English! We just read volume one of a title.  I arranged the readings according to the original publication in Japan.  This really helped the students — because all the translations came out at the same time, although the books  were originally published over decades in Japanese. As for people with whom I connected, I met many people in the manga world in Japan. Lots of people have helped me learn about manga in Japan. As for why manga are important in a library context.  First of all, they are primary sources — can be used by linguists, people studying all sorts of subjects such as history, literature, culture.  global flows of information, too!   Second, to support creativity.  Manga are inherently creative and inspire creativity.  Finally, the world of manga is very participatory.  I’ve mentioned how they have helped me connect with people.  People who read manga want to do things — cosplay, draw, write, discuss, etc.  Having manga in the Japanese collection has made it a more dynamic collection, more engaged with people around campus and in the community.


CM: Great answer! What are some of your personal favorite manga?


MD: I love Doraemon!!   Also, I love reading Tezuka and encountering his intertextual puns and references. Other favorites include Mizuki Shigeru and Takahashi Rumiko.  I love Dragonball!!    While I was living in Japan I became a big fan of Shiriagari Kotobuki, who writes manga for the Asahi Shinbun.  I would read his manga every day — he takes the pulse of the nation and really nails it every day!!  As I was thinking of what to say about favorite manga, I realized I have not been collecting his manga books for a while.  This is really bad.  I have a lot of catching up to do, because I read that he has been doing some amazing work in writing post-Fukushima manga. Another manga I really like is Oishinbo — about eating and food!


Yamiuri Sande manga (Sunday newspaper comics from Japan, 1930s)

Yamiuri Sande manga (Sunday newspaper comics from Japan, 1930s)

CM: Sounds like I’ll have to check them out myself! Tell me about one or two most unique manga items you have collected?


MD: Most unique…  That would have to be the newspaper manga, Jiji Manga and — more recently — Yomiuri Sande Manga.   Also, the original manga by Tezuka.  I got that because we were planning to have an exhibit for the Astro Boy birthday.  I found it in a used bookshop in Tokyo. I remember that it was a rainy day — and I was carrying this amazing manga under my arm….


CM: Was there anything that you wish you could have gotten for the collection, but never could?


MD: I wish we could have more original manga.  I hope my successor will concentrate on getting such materials.


CM: What do you see as the future of manga in the classroom and the library? Did you ever expect it to come this far?


MD: As for the future, I have actually been surprised at how slow it has been for manga to be included in teaching and research. Since English translations do not stay in print very long, it may be hard to incorporate them into teaching, though. Already a great number of students are drawn to study Japanese language because they want to read manga and watch anime, etc. At OSU enrollments in Japanese remain high, mainly for this reason.  Perhaps, the availability of the manga collection draws more students to OSU to study Japanese???  I hope so!!


CM: Looking back, what is your proudest and moment in your career at OSUL?


MD: My proudest moments at OSU… those were probably related to my early web sites and other Internet-related initiatives.  In the mid-90s I had a lot of grants to promote use of the WWW for resource sharing among Japanese collections.  That work has continued with the Wiki projects I initiated, including the index of Jiji Manga  http://library.osu.edu/wikis/library/index.php?title=Jiji_Manga   and Mangajin  http://library.osu.edu/wikis/library/index.php/Mangajin as well as other manga-related wiki pages. I am also really excited about the new manga collection development strategy, which emphasizes manga magazines and original manga.  In particular, I am really happy that I could arrange the first donation of manga magazines from the Kyoto International Manga Museum.  Those materials have now been

processed and are available for researchers.  When I lived in Japan and saw the recycling trucks going around collecting people’s old manga in exchange for rolls of toilet paper and boxes of tissue, I felt despair!  How could we ever collect manga?  Volumes that were issued in millions of copies were essentially unavailable for researchers!!  However, with cooperation with Japanese institutions such as the KIMM, I really hope that the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum can continue to collect these works and make them available for researchers!

Recycling truck full of manga in Maureen's neighborhood in Kyoto in 2004

Recycling truck full of manga in Maureen’s neighborhood in Kyoto in 2004

CM: I’d love to hear more about stories from your collecting trips in Japan and people you met who helped you along the way…


MD: I have had so many memorable experiences on collecting trips in Japan!  First of all, I want to mention Makino Mamoru.  I met him through my involvement with Japanese cinema scholars and Kinema Club  http://kinemaclub.org/about-us/history  He specialized in collecting materials about Japanese film history — documentation, not the films themselves.  I met with him a few times and viewed his collection. Also, he invited me and my family for “bonenkai” (year-end party).  Through those conversations I learned about how to collect materials to support research on popular culture — books listing the “best” ones, biographies, directories, guides, how-to books, etc — all these are important research resources. In 2001, I had a wonderful visit to the Japan Cartoonists Association. Yanase Takashi was president.  He was the creator of Anpanman — he recently passed away.  I met him and several other famous cartoonists.  The purpose of the visit was to let them know that we were planning events to celebrate the “birthday” of Astro Boy (April 7 2003) to see if we could get some cooperation.  That did not happen by the visit was fun!  Also I went to Tezuka Productions which also was fun!  They donated some books and things. The Astro Boy birthday events was definitely one of the high points of my career!!  We had events all spring in 2003, including an exhibit.  It was covered in the International Herald Tribune!  I worked on that with Professor Mineharu Nakayama, who has been a great supporter of the manga collection.  He gave me the first list of manga to prioritize collecting — back in 1997.  We got a grant to bring in speakers,etc. I gave a presentation — again in Japanese– at the Japan Society for Studies in Cartoon and Comics (Manga Gakkai) in 2004.  That was about challenges of collecting manga in an American academic library.  At that conference I met/saw many cartoonists and people active in the manga studies community.  Also, I gave another talk in Japanese — on copyright issues and manga studies  — in 2009 at International House in Tokyo.  One of the key people whom I met on several occasions in Japan is Shimizu Isao.  He donated some wonderful resources to our manga collection, including the “akahon manga” (little manga books) about which he wrote a monograph.  I met with him a few times. He is a collector as well as a prolific scholar and is very generous, meeting with people like me and others who are studying manga.


CM: I really wish I was here when you guys had the Astro Boy celebration, it sounds so wonderful.
Is there anything else you’d like to add? If not, I just want to say thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me- I have learned SO much from you over the past 3 years, and am so sad that you’ll be leaving. Whether you feel like your job is truly done or not, I hope you know you are leaving a major legacy behind you, that generations and generations of OSU students and scholars in the future will be so grateful for. You’re our manga hero!


MD: I hope that the manga collection will continue to bring Ohio State into contact with people in the manga community in Japan in the future! That’s about it for me. My future plans are not clear, but now that I will have more time, I hope to read more manga — and perhaps do some research on manga! Thanks so much for this interview!


CM: Great, thank you so much Maureen! It was my pleasure. I hope you have a fabulous final month here at OSUL, and I look forward to celebrating your retirement with you on Wednesday!


I want to thank Maureen Donovan for taking the time out of her busy final month at OSUL to speak to me, and for the years of inspiration and fun. Best of luck in your future endeavors Maureen, enjoy retirement!


Maureen Donovan, delivering a paper on Yomiuri Sande manga at our March 2015 manga symposium which celebrated Maureen's career and retirement.

Maureen Donovan, delivering a paper on Yomiuri Sande manga at our March 2015 manga symposium which celebrated Maureen’s career and retirement.

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Sample Post http://library.osu.edu/blogs/ridim/2015/05/29/hello-world/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/ridim/2015/05/29/hello-world/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 16:03:16 +0000 Beth Snapp http://library.osu.edu/blogs/ridim/?p=1 This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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Sample Post http://library.osu.edu/blogs/allensapp/2015/05/29/hello-world/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/allensapp/2015/05/29/hello-world/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 16:03:16 +0000 Beth Snapp http://library.osu.edu/blogs/allensapp/?p=1 This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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Agenda and Readings for the June meeting http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/05/29/agenda-and-readings-for-june-meeting/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/05/29/agenda-and-readings-for-june-meeting/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 13:38:23 +0000 Melanie Schlosser http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/?p=40 Details
  • June 9, 12:00-1pm
  • THO 165
  • Facilitator: Melanie Schlosser


What is Digital Humanities, and why should I care about it? 

For our first meeting of the DH Study Group, our goal is to come to a shared understanding of the phrase “Digital Humanities,” and to explore the reasons that Libraries might have for taking an interest in it. I will start off with a brief introduction, but most of the meeting will be dedicated to discussion.


There is no one definition of the Digital Humanities – in fact, it’s the subject of ongoing debate even among practitioners. That said, here is a definition to kick off discussion:

“[The Digital Humanities are] a nexus of fields within which scholars use computing technologies to investigate the kinds of questions that are traditional to the humanities, or, as is more true of my own work, who ask traditional kinds of humanities-oriented questions about computing technologies.” – Kathleen Fitzpatrick.

There are lots of other good definitions out there – feel free to leave some in the comments, or to bring them to the study group discussion.

Required* readings

  • Jennifer Vinopal, “Why understanding the digital humanities is key for libraries,” 2011.  [This is a short piece, but I think it offers a compelling argument for libraries getting into the digital scholarship space, and can help us understand it in the context of our engaged librarian framework.]
  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick,  “The Humanities, Done Digitally,” Chronicle of Higher Education, 2011. [This is the article the above definition comes from. It also contains a nice, very brief history of the field, and an overview of the current state of things that’s still pretty current, even 4 years later.]

* Yes, this is a study group, and we would very much like for people to have done the readings beforehand, but if you absolutely can’t get to them, don’t skip the meeting because of it. We will make sure to kick off each meeting with a brief recap, and the discussion should be informative regardless. 

Just for fun

The stuff in this section isn’t required in any sense of the word, but if you want to explore further, here are some more resources:

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Getting to Know the Research Commons: May 2015 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/05/29/3699/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/05/29/3699/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 12:30:59 +0000 Joshua Sadvari http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/?p=3699 Our May installment of “Getting to Know the Research Commons” is coming to you just under the wire, and this month we’re featuring Joni Barnard, Quality Improvement Specialist with the Office of Responsible Research Practices.

Joni BarnardJosh: What is your role within the Office of Responsible Research Practices, and what types of services do you offer to researchers at Ohio State?

Joni: The Office of Responsible Research Practices provides administrative support to the university research community and the committees responsible for research review and oversight. My primary role is to direct the development of educational outreach initiatives to support faculty, staff, and students conducting human subjects research in the social and behavioral sciences (SBS). This is accomplished by staffing weekly SBS office hours to assist undergraduate and graduate students and faculty who are preparing IRB submissions and exemption requests, conducting ongoing classroom presentations, and participating in university events such as the New Graduate Student Welcome & Resource Fair. I also assist with quality improvement activities designed to improve review efficiency. I am responsible for maintaining SBS board membership and assisting with training for new board members, and I am a member of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Josh: Can you tell us a little bit about your professional background and how you became involved in this particular area of research support?

Joni: I spent the first twenty years of my career working in various corporate environments in the areas of training and development and operations management. I earned my doctoral degree from The Ohio State University in Workforce Development and Education. Upon receiving my degree, I was an Assistant Professor in Human Resource Development at Pittsburg State University, where I taught courses in organization and workforce development, adult learning, and leadership. I have been with the Office of Responsible Research Practices at Ohio State for seven years.  I have always had a passion for helping students, and this position has allowed me to utilize both my teaching and research skills in helping students as well as faculty.

Josh: What are the most common questions or concerns that you encounter from researchers?  What advice and assistance do you normally offer in these situations?

Joni: We routinely provide assistance to faculty and students in navigating the IRB process. Oftentimes this involves actually helping with research submissions, reporting, and record-keeping. We provide assistance in research reviews while ensuring regulatory compliance. We also provide guidance on meeting regulatory, university, and sponsor requirements pertaining to research. Our office is a resource for research-related questions and concerns for the university and external community, and we provide maintenance of the university’s federal assurances and execute cooperative research agreements.

Josh: Why are you excited to be partnering with the Research Commons?  How do you think this partnership might enhance the services that you provide to the Ohio State research community?

Joni: Building partnerships across Ohio State is truly a win-win situation. The Research Commons is a great way to leverage these partnerships around research. Our office is always looking for ways to assist Ohio State faculty, staff, and students who are seeking required research reviews, and the Research Commons is another avenue for accomplishing this.

For more information about the services provided by Joni, or to contact her directly, visit her Office of Responsible Research Practices experts page.

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Kattelman Recipient of Annual Research Excellence Award http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/05/28/kattelman-recipient-of-annual-research-excellence-award/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/05/28/kattelman-recipient-of-annual-research-excellence-award/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 19:37:19 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3516 KattelmanThe Committee for Faculty Benefits, Research, and Responsibilities is pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the Annual Research Excellence Award. Congratulations to Beth Kattelman,  Curator of Theatre and Associate Professor of the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute of University Libraries ,on her 2014 book chapter and article called “Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?: American Ghost Shows of the Twentieth Century.” published in “Theatre and Ghosts: Materiality, Performance and Modernity.”

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Release Notes: 5.28.2015 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/release-notes-5-28-2015/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/release-notes-5-28-2015/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 19:33:28 +0000 reid.419@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=3016 During our maintenance window this evening we will be releasing the following updates:

  • Document Registry – Expected Downtime: less than 15 minutes
    • Tableau workbook files added to allowable document types
    • Fixes to the admin interface Tag and Category management
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Beyond the Nuts and Bolts: Blogs as Publishing http://library.osu.edu/blogs/digitalscholarship/2015/05/28/blogs-as-publishing-workshop/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/digitalscholarship/2015/05/28/blogs-as-publishing-workshop/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 19:08:01 +0000 Melanie Schlosser http://library.osu.edu/blogs/digitalscholarship/?p=1702 Editing icon by Luis Prado on the Noun ProjectThis (very long) post is based on a Libraries’ workshop on blogging, held on 5/27/15, which was the second in a two-part series. View the original slides for this workshop here. Part one of the series was taught by Beth Snapp, and was titled  “Carousels, Drop-Down Menus, and Forms: Little Known Features of OSUL Blogs.” 

Why should librarians blog?

If you are reading this, the odds are you don’t think blogging in libraries is a complete waste of time. Nevertheless, I’d like to open with a brief discussion of what I see as the most compelling reasons for us to put our time and energy into blog-based publishing. I think of this list, collectively, as The Visible Library. (It’s a play on the phrase “The Invisible Library,” which is used to refer to those books that only exist in fiction.) All of these are ways in which blogging can provide greater visiblity to libraries and the work of librarianship:

  • News and updates: Since they are easy to use and allow for chronological, serial posting, blogs are a good platform for announcements about services, collections, facilities, and upcoming events.
  • Broaden the reach of our events: Speaking of events, we have too many of them that are completely invisible and inaccessible to anyone who wasn’t able – because of time or geography – to attend in person. Blogs can be used to distribute write-ups of events, to share research or interesting work done during the planning phase, or to continue the discussion afterwards.
  • Educate users and peers: This one’s pretty self-explanatory.
  • Tailored discovery: In our broad discussions about the principles of library discovery last fall, one of the ideas that consistently rose to the top was the need to provide tailored discovery environments for different groups. That’s a really tricky thing to do in traditional discovery environments (like the catalog), but a fairly easy thing to do in a blog environment. A blog can serve as an entry point into the library for a specific user group, where resources, services, and events of possible interest to that group are aggregated and described in accessible terms.
  • Make the work of librarianship more visible: I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for this one. The work of librarianship is fascinating, and largely invisible to folks outside of it. It includes intensive research and innovative teaching, interesting (if geeky) technical processes, and the development of cutting-edge services. One of the best ways we can advocate for ourselves and advance professional practice is to show people – users and peers – what we do.

Continue reading

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OhioLINK services down (6/12-6/13) http://library.osu.edu/blogs/sel/2015/05/28/ohiolink-services-down-612-613/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/sel/2015/05/28/ohiolink-services-down-612-613/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 17:58:58 +0000 Belinda Hurley http://library.osu.edu/blogs/sel/?p=461 OhioLINK Data Center Move June 12

All OhioLINK hosted services will be down Friday, June 12, 6 p.m. – Saturday, June 13, 12 noon, while all OH-TECH organizations are moved to a new data center at the State of Ohio Computing Center. Affected services will include: the OhioLINK website, Central Catalog, EJC (electronic journals center), EBC (electronic books center), DRC (digital resources commons), ETD (electronic theses and dissertations).

What does this mean for OSU?

1.  Most (but not all) OSU science and engineering content originates from OhioLINK subscriptions.  These resources will not be available via the OhioLINK website, however, most OhioLINK subscribed content will continue to be available directly through vendors’ sites.

2.  For on-campus access, direct access from publishers’ sites should function via IP recognition.

3.  For off-campus access, direct access from publishers’ sites will require the use of the OSU proxy.  For information on using the OSU proxy for off-campus access to publishers’ sites, see off-campus access.

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University Libraries launches “Triple R Program” to encourage return of materials http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/05/28/university-libraries-launches-triple-r-program-to-encourage-return-of-materials/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/05/28/university-libraries-launches-triple-r-program-to-encourage-return-of-materials/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 14:17:28 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3512 University Libraries is launching a new initiative designed to retrieve long overdue materials from faculty and staff this summer, prior to the implementation of changes in the Libraries’ billing policies starting in the fall.

When items borrowed from the Libraries are not returned, the overall value and utility of the collections is diminished.  Many items that are not returned must be replaced, reducing the amount of money available for new acquisitions that would add to the depth and breadth of the collection.

Beginning Monday, June 1 and continuing through Thursday, September 3, University Libraries is encouraging faculty and staff to take advantage of the “Triple R Program,” facilitating the return of library materials to the system’s collection and helping clear up individuals’ records.  The driving purpose of the program is to recover items that have been borrowed and are no longer needed by the person who has the material.  Retrieving these items helps control costs by reducing the amount of money University Libraries must spend on replacement materials.  And getting the materials back in the collection makes them available for other faculty, staff, students and researchers to use in their own work.

The Libraries is requesting that faculty and staff:

  • Review: Check your library account:  https://library.ohio-state.edu/patroninfo/ .  Look through offices and work spaces for borrowed University Libraries materials; determine which are being used and which should be returned to the Libraries.
  • Return: Bring back library items which are no longer being used to any library location, or contact Tony Maniaci, Head of Circulation Services for University Libraries, at maniaci.1 or your regional campus library to arrange for a pickup of items by University Libraries’ staff.
  • Renew: Talk with library staff or go online to renew non-recalled items that faculty/staff would like to continue using. Renewal limits may apply to OhioLINK and SearchOhio items.

At the conclusion of the program, University Libraries will institute changes in its policies regarding faculty and staff fines and billing practices.  The changes are designed to more closely align Ohio State’s practices with those taking effect at peer institutions.

Beginning September 4, 2015, the threshold for blocking borrowing privileges will be reduced from the current $75 to $50 for all library customers, including faculty and staff.  In addition, faculty and staff with long overdue items will be billed through the University Bursar.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, or would like have the Libraries’ staff assist you in returning library materials in your possession you no longer need, please contact Tony Maniaci, Circulation Services for University Libraries, maniaci.1

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Carmen Library Links Transition to LibGuides http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/05/27/carmen-library-links-transition-to-libguides/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/05/27/carmen-library-links-transition-to-libguides/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 17:27:50 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3507 The transition from the Libraries’ current Subject Pages and Carmen Library Link Pages has begun. Beginning in early August, only Subject Guides and Course Guides created in LibGuides will be publically available. We have begun training users in the new system, so if you have been invited to training and haven’t yet RSVP’d to Deidra Herring (herring.44), please do so as soon as possible. Training session attendance is required for access to LibGuides.

If you work on:
• Carmen Library Link course pages
• Carmen Library Link department pages
• and/or Subject guides,

you must sign up to receive training for LibGuides. RSVP to Deidra Herring (herring.44).

There is still room in the following scheduled training sessions:
• June 18 – 10:00-11:30 THO 149
• June 18 – 1:00-2:30 THO 149
• June 19 – 10:00-11:30 THO 149
• June 19 – 1:00-2:30 THO 149

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HOWDY DOODY COLLECTION http://library.osu.edu/blogs/theatre-research-institute/2015/05/27/howdy-doody-collection/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/theatre-research-institute/2015/05/27/howdy-doody-collection/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 12:31:14 +0000 Orville Martin http://library.osu.edu/blogs/theatre-research-institute/?p=634  TRI ACQUIRES RALPH MACPHAIL, JR.HOWDY DOODY COLLECTION

The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute is pleased to announce its acquisition of:

The Ralph MacPhail, Jr., Howdy Doody Collection

The collection was donated by Ralph MacPhail, Jr., Professor of Theatre emeritus of Bridgewater College of Virginia who has long been a Howdy Doody scholar and enthusiast. Professor MacPhail is also an authority on Gilbert and Sullivan and serves as the Artistic Director of The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin.

Ralph MacPhail, Jr., and his wife Alice with Clarabell the Clown and Buffalo Bob of The Howdy Doody Show

Ralph MacPhail, Jr., and his wife Alice with Clarabell the Clown and Buffalo Bob of The Howdy Doody Show

This resource provides deep insight into The Howdy Doody Show and is also a treasure trove of information about puppetry, performance in children’s television, early television programming, and merchandising history. Some collection highlights include:

• Original H.D. “Test Pattern” flip card used at the end of telecasts
• Scripts, manuscript music and photographs from The Howdy Doody Show
• Extensive information on Eddie Kean, script writer, music composer, and driving force behind The Howdy Doody Show.
• Extensive Information on “Buffalo Bob” Smith, creator and star of The Howdy Doody Show.
• Working papers for issues of The Howdy Doody Times (Newsletter of the Doodyville Historical Society)

doody buttons

In addition, the collection contains hundreds of toys, product premiums, and audio and video recordings. The collection is available for use by students, faculty and researchers worldwide. For those interested accessing it, please contact the TRI staff at 614-292-6614 or visit go.osu.edu/tri  for more information.

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GEO LIB New Book Shelf week of 5-26-15 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/geology/2015/05/26/geo-lib-new-book-shelf-week-of-5-26-15/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/geology/2015/05/26/geo-lib-new-book-shelf-week-of-5-26-15/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 18:55:46 +0000 dittoe.1@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/geology/?p=516 TITLE        Sky & Telescope’s Mercury globe [Globe & Text].
IMPRINT      Cambridge, Massachusetts : Sky & Telescope Media, LLC, [2014]
IMPRINT      ©2014.
GENRE/FORM   Globes. lcgft.
GENRE/FORM   Maps. fast (OCoLC)fst01423704.
CALL #       G3167.M4 2014 .S5 Globe & Text

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Join the Cartoon Library Mailing List! http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/05/22/join-the-cartoon-library-mailing-list/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/05/22/join-the-cartoon-library-mailing-list/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 18:52:09 +0000 Caitlin McGurk http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/?p=3142

Great news, Cartoon Library friends and fans!

[detail] The Passing Show by Billy Ireland, 1910-06-12

[detail] The Passing Show by Billy Ireland, 1910-06-12

We’ve added a new feature to our website to sign up to receive email notifications about upcoming exhibits, events, and workshops at the BICLM.  Scroll down to the bottom of our homepage, http://cartoons.osu.edu, and enter your email under “Sign Up for Mailing List” above the orange “Sign Up” button. You’ll receive a confirmation email shortly. It’s that simple, so sign up now!

Worried that yet another mailing list will clog up your inbox? Fear not! Cartoon Library announcements go out less than once a month, and we keep them short, sweet, and exciting. Be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for announcements as well!


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Virginia Tiefel Achievement in Teaching Award Recipient Announced http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/05/22/virginia-tiefel-achievement-in-teaching-award-recipient-announced/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/05/22/virginia-tiefel-achievement-in-teaching-award-recipient-announced/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 16:00:32 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3505 The Teaching and Learning Committee is pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the Virginia Tiefel Achievement in Teaching Award. Congratulations goes to Maureen Donovan, who is recognized for long, deep, innovative, and adaptive teaching over her career.

See more information about this award and her accomplishments at:

We will look forward to celebrating publicly with Maureen over the summer at the Faculty Awards Ceremony.

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Reports from May 2015 Indigenous Knowledge Gathering in California http://library.osu.edu/blogs/mujerestalk/2015/05/19/reports-from-may-2015-indigenous-knowledge-gathering-in-california/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/mujerestalk/2015/05/19/reports-from-may-2015-indigenous-knowledge-gathering-in-california/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 11:00:54 +0000 mujerestalk http://library.osu.edu/blogs/mujerestalk/?p=3101 group moving and dancing through room

Photo of Indigenous Knowledge Gathering by Agos Bawi. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Movements in Motion by Angela “Mictlanxochitl” Anderson Guerrero

On May 2nd, indigenous communities, scholars, and activists were invited to the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco to build understanding around culturally competent integration of indigenous knowledge in the academy. A student-initiated event aimed to raise awareness and attention to the value of culturally competent curriculum and programming at CIIS and other universities. The Indigenous Knowledge Gathering was an experience that inspired dialogue, tough questions, and movement to honor the history and sources of indigenous knowledge. Huge awe for our volunteer team who showed up at 8 a.m. and stepped into action to welcome and invite everyone into CIIS. The day was organized to facilitate dialogue and to build community with all types of knowledge keepers. No papers were presented, but each of the presenters were asked to share their testimonies, which in return help ground our self-reflection as a group and dialogue.

Wicahpiluta Candelaria, Carla Munoz, and Desiree Munoz welcomed all of us into Ohlone territories with songs of mourning and joy to start the day. Monique guided and weaved together the stories shared by Ohlone participants Corrina Gould, Nicholas Alexander Gomez, and Jonathan Cordero of their connections to the land and the transformative possibilities of bringing Native people to the table for equitable say and involvement involving the land, indigenous knowledge, and traditions. Laura Cedillo fired up the dialogue by challenging us all to think about the benefits of indigenous knowledge cultivated in the academy?

To slow down and encourage the dialogue to linger among participants, Corrina Gould blessed the mid-day meal that was prepared by Seven Native American Generations Youth Organization, or SNAG. We were honored to be the first to see the unveiling of the SNAG mural, which will travel with Bay Area urban native youth to Hawaii for the cultural exchange with Native Hawaiian Youth from Halau Ku Mana Charter School in Oahu. Huge thanks to Sylvie Karina and Ras K’Dee for sharing the native foods and allowing us to experience the art of the hawks wings wide open carrying all of our traditions.

Jack Gray and Dakota Alcantara-Camacho ushered in the connections starting to form with a powerful dance, O Hanau Ka Maunakea, inviting all of us to swiftly come together in circles of 10 and to share a story of who we are. There are no words to describe how ancestors, sounds, movement, testimony came through the space. We as a gathering started to really to get know one another and our collective intentions. This sharing became the basis for each group’s creation of actions they hope to see move forward. [Living Report and Dissemination To Be Shared Soon!]

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s presentation on “Positioning Indigenous Knowledge in Higher Education” was a moment of poetic justice because it brought into an academic space an indigenous people’s history that validates our stories, traumas, and hopes for all of our peoples. Roxanne also helped contextualize the powerful action of the gathering within CIIS, an academic institution, as a radical moment that she hopes ripples into other institutions.

To bring the dialogue to a pause so it could sit within each of us as we head home, Rulan Tangen and Jack Gray gathered everyone on the ground for our intentions to be heard and to begin to take shape. What followed was transformation, activation, provocation, identification, communication, decolonization, indigenize-nation. The Indigenous Knowledge Gathering committee passed out medicinal tea by Cultura sin Fronteras and white sage seeds were gifted as thanks.

But we were not done… we had to celebrate! After amazing collective clean-up/break-down effort, we were greeted by jams of Ras in the First Floor. Kris Hoag aka “Kwaz” who came in all the way from Bishop Paiute Tribe, gifted us some of his beats from his heart. Then there was dancing and Chhoti Ma dropped in to share more hip hop medicine, then more dancing.  Visiting San Francisco State students and members of Student Kouncil of Inter Tribal Nations or SKINS, Carlos Peterson-Gomez, and Nancy Andrade were inspired to drop some more beats that invited more dancing.

To close it up 14 hours later, we circled up and Antonio from the community shared songs from the Peace and Dignity Run. Pomo Joe and Ras offered Pomo songs of goodness and wellness and a few more hugs of gratitude for all that was given and received were exchanged before we dispersed under the Full Moon light.

Gathering and work will continue…  Please stay posted via our Facebook page Indigenous Knowledge Gathering and our website: www.indigenousknowledgegathering.com.

Angela “Mictlanxochitl” Anderson Guerrero was a lead organizer for the event described in this post. She is a Doctoral Candidate in East West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies whose dissertation is titled “Testimonio and Knowledge Production Among Transterritorial Mexican and Mexican American Indigenous Spiritual Practitioners: A Decolonial, Participatory, and Grassroots Postmodernist Inquiry.” She is a Council Member of Circulo Danza de la Luna Huitzlimetzli in Austin, Texas, and is finishing her nine year commitment with the Circulo Danza de la Luna Xochitlmetzli in Mexico. Previous positions include Center for Metropolitan Chicago Initiatives, Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame; Integral Teaching Fellow at CIIS: Emerging Arts Professional Fellow in San Francisco/Bay Area. She received an M.A. in Public Policy and a Certificate in Health Administration and Policy from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Public Policy in 2004.

speakers at talking session

Photo of Indigenous Knowledge Gathering by Agos Bawi. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Medicine in Knowledge by Susy Zepeda

Attending the First Annual Indigenous Knowledge Gathering at CIIS was exactly what my spirit needed as I work to find my ground and honor past, present, and future ancestors on my path. I was pleasantly surprised to find a critical yet warm space where the knowledge honored and spoken came from the heart of Indigenous peoples.  Participants were invited to be fully-embodied in non-hierarchal space, through eating amazing earth-centered food, building community with each other through sharing story, and listening in an accountable way.

The deep lessons of how to exist and live in a respectful way on Ohlone land and collaborate with Native and Indigenous local communities were insightful and instructive.  Corrina Gould, Nicholas Alexander Gomez, and Jonathan Cordero offered interruptions to the usual “othering” that tends to happen in western-centered scholarly work with Indigenous peoples—instead their assertions spoke to the urgency of taking up this work in ways that are accountable to ancestral knowledges, the earth, and all interconnected beings, as well as facilitative of the complexity of  being present as a vessel for transformation. As a queer Xicana Indígena scholar-activist, critical thinker, and practitioner of curanderismo, this gathering was medicine for my whole being.

The collective space created by Jack Gray, Dakota Alcantara-Camacho, and others who offered words, ceremony, movement, and song opened a path for participants to show up for ourselves and each other through small talking circles that facilitated instant heart connections and desire to learn more about each other’s histories and struggle. Roxanne Dubar-Ortiz’s sharing from her 2014 text, An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, offered both wisdom and knowledge about the unseen genocidal and “transcommunal”[1] histories, highlighting the importance of world-wide decolonizing efforts that must also address oppressive dominant social and state structures. The closing movement and creativity brought the gathering full circle. We  all left full of wonderful energy and language to continue the important work of decolonization, solidarity, and loving our whole complex selves.


Susy Zepeda,is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UC Davis.  She is affiliated faculty with the Mellon funded Social Justice Initiative and the UC Davis Race Project. Zepeda is part of a writing collaborative, the Santa Cruz Feminist of Color Collective and a member of the Mujeres Talk Editorial Board.  She is currently working on her first book manuscript.

Photo of Indigenous Knowledge Gathering by Angela Anderson Guerrero. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Photo of Indigenous Knowledge Gathering by Agos Bawi. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Learning and Practicing Indigenous Intellectual Traditions by Alicia Cox

The First Annual Indigenous Knowledge Gathering at the California Institute of Integral Studies was a landmark in attempts to reposition indigenous knowledge in higher education. As Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz stated in her talk, the history of the United States has conventionally elided indigenous perspectives and perpetuated systems of colonization and genocide. Even the “integral” philosophy on which CIIS is founded is one of bridging “Eastern” and “Western” thought with no regard for the intellectual traditions of indigenous Americans. As a researcher and teacher of Native American and Indigenous Studies, the gathering invigorated and inspired me. I look forward to attending this event for years to come, and I urge readers to do the same or, better yet, gather indigenous intellectuals at a campus near you!

The opening panel featuring three Ohlone scholars was particularly instructive. Corrina Gould gave an overview of the Indian Relocation Act of 1956 and the Termination Era of U.S. Indian policy that encouraged thousands of Native people to move from reservations to urban centers like San Francisco. In Corrina’s words, “Indians from elsewhere . . . were unaware of the existence of California Indians.” Subsequently, Indians from all over worked together to create organizations in the Bay Area such as the United Indian Nations, the American Indian Child Resource Center, and Indian People Organizing for Change. The latter organization has been especially instrumental in raising awareness about issues affecting Bay Area indigenous peoples, such as the destruction of shellmounds and other sacred sites by corporate and governmental construction projects. Since the Ohlone people are not recognized by the federal government, they are working to regain stewardship of their Native homelands by creating a cultural easement, a Native women-led urban land trust. IPOC is seeking volunteers to write grants, develop a website, and provide maintenance and upkeep services once the land is granted. Please visit ipocshellmoundwalk.homestead.com for more information or to donate funds.

The second session was led by Maori Contemporary Dance artist Jack Gray from Aotearoa. During the lunch break, Jack, who is a friend of mine, asked me to sing a song to help open the next session. This was not part of the program, and I was hesitant due to performance anxiety, but I understood that improvisation—a flexibility around the spirit of what is happening—is part of the indigenous intellectual tradition that Jack was offering. To rouse and ready the audience to receive the gifts of the gathering, Dåkot-ta Alcantara Camacho, a Chamorro Contemporary Hip-Hop Theater artist, chanted a welcoming song that honors a great navigator for the knowledge/spirit it takes to travel the seas. I then sang “The Trail of Tears Song” in Tsalagi (Cherokee), Eastern Band dialect, to thank Creator for life and the food, material and spiritual, that nourishes it. Several participants from the Transformance Lab that Jack and Dåkot-ta had co-facilitated the previous week at California State, East Bay, then led the audience in chanting and movement, helping us harness the power of gathering, sharing, and performing to awaken the latent energy and transformative potential that exist in all of us.

Alicia Cox completed her Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Native American Studies at the University of California, Riverside, and she is currently a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests include Native American literatures and gender and sexuality studies. She was born in Kansas City, Kansas, and she presently resides in Oakland, California.


[1] John Brown Childs, Transcommunality: From the Politics of Conversion to the Ethics of Respect (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2003). 

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Release Notes: 5.14.2015 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/release-notes-5-14-2015/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/release-notes-5-14-2015/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 21:02:05 +0000 reid.419@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=3009 Here are the notes on our maintenance window activity this evening.

  • ArchivesSpace – Expected Downtime: None
    • Completed some residual data recovery from last week’s maintenance window.


  • Knowledge Bank – Expected Downtime: Less than 15 minutes
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OhioLINK Data Center Move, June 12 – 13 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/ohiolink-data-center-move-june-12-13/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/ohiolink-data-center-move-june-12-13/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 15:10:06 +0000 Michelle Gerry http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=2990 All OhioLINK hosted services will be down Friday, June 12, 6pm – Saturday, June 13, 12pm (noon), while all OH-TECH organizations are moved to a new data center at the State of Ohio Computing Center.

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Federal Work Study Student Employees Information http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/05/13/federal-work-study-student-employees-information/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/05/13/federal-work-study-student-employees-information/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 14:07:53 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3494 The FWS pay ranges have been updated effective May 3, 2015.  Here are the updated pay ranges for each category, which will be reflected on newly printed FWS referral forms:

Range 1, FWS Aide I, $8.10-$9.50

Entry-level positions requiring basic skills; performs routine tasks, operates simple equipment and exercises very little independent decision making responsibilities; skills may be attained through on the job training; no previous work experience or course work required.

Range 2, FWS Aide II, $9.51 – $10.50

Requires basic skills acquired through some previous work experience, training and/or completion of related coursework; responsibilities may require the application of basic organizational and/or more technical knowledge; operates and is accountable for more complex equipment; exercises some independent decision-making.

Range 3, FWS Assistant, $10.51 – $11.50

Considerable work experience and/or completion of related coursework; moderately developed skills; responsibilities may include data analysis, independent supervision or coordination of programs or projects involving complex equipment; may include day to day supervision of other student employees and independent decision making.

Range 4, FWS Associate, $11.51 – $13.00

Considerable to extensive work experience and/or completion of related coursework; moderately to highly developed skills; responsibilities may include data analysis, independent supervision or coordination of programs or projects involving complex equipment; may include day to day supervision of other student employees and independent decision making. May require travel to and from off-campus work site.

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From our Shelves: Post-Korean War Literature http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/2015/05/12/from-our-shelves-post-korean-war-literature/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/2015/05/12/from-our-shelves-post-korean-war-literature/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 20:23:54 +0000 Mina Kim http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/?p=347

문학 과 이데올로기 (left) and The Square by In-hun Choi (right)

While recovering from the Korean War one of the goals of South Korea was to create a new sense of national identity through literature, resulting in many nationalistic works.

In-Hun Choi (최인훈) was an author who steered Korean literature away from these nationalistic tendencies. Instead, he led literature towards themes such as human psychology and social conditions in novels full of groundbreaking literary techniques. Continue reading

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From Our Shelves: Books and Articles on Contemporary Theater http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/2015/05/12/from-our-shelves-books-and-articles-on-contemporary-theater/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/2015/05/12/from-our-shelves-books-and-articles-on-contemporary-theater/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 20:23:04 +0000 Mina Kim http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/?p=284 Many establishments in South Korea promote contemporary theater. The Seoul Performing Arts Company  performs at many international events,  the Sejong Center for Performing Arts is considered to be among the top ten art centers in the world according to Theatre in Korea, and the National Theater of Korea has several programs that promote theater.

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2015 MARGO JONES AWARD http://library.osu.edu/blogs/theatre-research-institute/2015/05/12/2015-margo-jones-award/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/theatre-research-institute/2015/05/12/2015-margo-jones-award/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 19:33:54 +0000 Orville Martin http://library.osu.edu/blogs/theatre-research-institute/?p=629 Margo Jones Medal

Margo Jones Medal

2015 Margo Jones Award Recipient

Emily Mann, playwright and Artistic Director of the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, has been named as the 2015 Margo Jones Award recipient. Mann was selected based on her significant impact, understanding, and affirmation of the craft of playwriting and work to encourage the living theatre everywhere.

The award will be presented to Ms. Mann during a ceremony on May 16th at the McCarter Theatre. Speakers will include Nadine Strossen, Jade King Carroll, and Christopher Durang, who received his own Margo Jones Award (along with Marsha Norman) in 2004 for his work with the Juilliard School’s American Playwrights Program.

Emily Mann has piloted the McCarter Theatre for 25 seasons, directing, writing, and/or overseeing over 200 productions in her time there. Under Mann’s direction, the McCarter accepted the 1994 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater and the 2013 Tony Award for best new play for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. During her time at the McCarter, Mann has also ensured the ongoing advancement of new plays through commissions and development.

Mann herself is a prolific writer of both original plays and adaptations. Her original works include: Annulla, An Autobiography; Still Life; Greensboro (A Requiem); Meshugah; and Mrs. Packard and her adaptations include: Antigone, Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, a free adaptation of The Seagull: A Seagull in the Hamptons and The House of Bernarda Alba (recently staged in London). Having Our Say, wrote and directed by Ms. Mann and adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth, appeared on Broadway in 1995. Mann’s adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage premiered this fall at New York Theatre Workshop.

A winner of the Peabody Award, the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, and the Edward Albee Last Frontier Directing Award, Mann is a member of the Dramatists Guild and serves on its council. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Princeton University.

Members of the Medal Committee are Deborah Robison for the family of Jerome Lawrence; Janet Waldo Lee, Lucy Lee, and Jonathan Barlow Lee for the family of Robert E. Lee; and Nena Couch, Beth Kattelman, and Mary Tarantino for the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute at the Ohio State University. Joining the committee to make the presentation is Lisa Carter, Associate Director of Special Collections and Area Studies for OSU Libraries.

“Emily has contributed to the creation and support of new plays in so many ways,” said Beth Kattelman, Curator of the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute, “In addition to being an accomplished playwright herself, she has fostered the work of numerous playwrights throughout her years at the McCarter. The committee believes she truly epitomizes the spirit of the Margo Jones Award.”

Go see the list of past award recipients.



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JIRA Workflow Dashboard http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/jira-workflow-dashboard/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/jira-workflow-dashboard/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 21:22:39 +0000 Russell Schelby http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=2959 Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 5.04.52 PMYour team has worked with AD&S to develop a workflow to manage requests in your department.  You’re proficient at creating and resolving tickets, adding comments, and assigning them to Someone Else. Now you’re ready to take the next step for making your team more efficient. This post is to focus on how to easily keep an eye on things on your workflow with a Dashboard.

Create a New Dashboard

When you first log into JIRA, there is a good chance that you will land on the summary page for your project (or one of your projects if you have many). There is some good general information about your project there, e.g. the Summary page describes the ticket flow and gives a stream of latest activity, the Issue page breaks the issues out into digestible chunks by assignee, issue type, criticality, and the Calendar shows any due dates on, well, a calendar.  (You can export that to your Outlook, but that is a different post!)

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 2.43.16 PMYou might also land on the System Dashboard, which is a nice, but not always useful tool for disseminating information. It is really just a demo to get you into the world of creating your own system Dashboard. Kind of like a lightsaber, you really need to create your own. So let’s do that: From the System Dashboard (or any Dashboard) go to the top-right corner, click on the (gear) Tools drop down and Create Dashboard. Name it something that you can live with every day, “Russell’s EZ Workflow”, add a description that describes what you want out of it “A Dashboard to keep me up to date on what I am working on, what needs my attention, and what might be languishing.” Save it for now, we’ll talk about sharing later.  That wasn’t so hard, yes?

Easy? Yes, useful… not yet.  As you can see it is awaiting some guidance from you. If you click on the “add a new gadget” link to browse the various tools. You can add pie charts, heat maps, activity streams, and calendars. You can add these, configure them, and see if they are useful. Some of them are useful out of the box, “Assigned to Me” and “Activity Stream”. But to be really useful, you need to…

Create your Own Filter

JIRA is essentially a giant database full of all kinds of information: an issue, who asked for it, when they want it, who touched it and when, what labels have been assigned, what components does it relate to… and all of this is able to be pulled out using the JQL – Java Query Language.  This is a fairly robust language for finding issues in JIRA, but we fortunately don’t have to learn it, we can just use some basic controls for finding what we need.

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 3.55.56 PMTo get started, let’s click on the Issues>Search for Issues navigation at the top of the interface. This will give you a list of all the issues that you have the permission to see. This can be a large number, for me, uber-admin to the stars, that is like 18,000. Above the list of issues, we have some basic controls – like Project and Status and Assignee.

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 4.42.36 PMFor instance if I want to view all of the CMS tickets that are assigned to the Current User that are Open, it falls quickly down to one ticket. (Sorry Dan, I’ll get right on that one!)  If this is a useful list of issues, I can save it as a filter: Search>Save As.

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 5.03.10 PMNow, let’s tie it all together! I click on Dashboards>Russell’s EZ Workflow and then in the right corner Add Gadget. Search for Filter Results and add it to your Dashboard.  Close the Add Gadget modal and configure your widget. Select your filter, adjust the number of issues you’d like to see, and what fields. Save, and voila! you have a useful dashboard widget!

Be Creative, Share your Work

You can create a dashboard and share it with your team; include things like average ticket age, unassigned tickets in our project, list of folks with tickets assigned to them, tickets that are waiting on customer feedback. Give it a try and let us know what you think, and if you have any questions.

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The Fruits of Research: A Public Symposium http://library.osu.edu/blogs/rarebooks/2015/05/11/the-fruits-of-res-a-public-symposium/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/rarebooks/2015/05/11/the-fruits-of-res-a-public-symposium/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 18:44:35 +0000 Geoffrey Smith http://library.osu.edu/blogs/rarebooks/?p=418 Professor Elizabeth Renker of the Department of English has been among the most stalwart users of the holdings from the William Charvat Collection of American Literature. Of especial note, Professor Renker originated and developed a literary archives course that, over the years, has enlightened both undergraduate and graduate students on the rewards of hands-on research of primary materials. Her students have won numerous research awards for their papers on nineteenth-century American culture, particularly, Sarah Piatt, other period poets, story papers, sheet music, trade catalogs and more.

On May 25, 2015 (Memorial Day) members of the 2015 literary archives course will be presenting their research at a special event sponsored by Mac-O-Chee Castle, a private, family-owned museum that interprets over 200 years of history of the Ohio land and Ohio people. The event is part of Castle’s Centennial Season that celebrates the cultural ideas that defined the 19th Century.

Program and contact information can be found at: http://library.osu.edu/documents/rarebooks/events/PiattCastlesSalonMay2015.pdf

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GEO LIB New Book Shelf week of 5-11-15 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/geology/2015/05/11/geo-lib-new-book-shelf-week-of-5-11-15/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/geology/2015/05/11/geo-lib-new-book-shelf-week-of-5-11-15/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 15:59:46 +0000 dittoe.1@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/geology/?p=513 TITLE Geologisches Jahrbuch. Reihe B: Regionale Geologie Ausland v.104 entitled,
Seismische Exploration für tiefe Geothermie / Hartwig von Hartmann, Thies Beilecke,
Hermann Buness, Patrick Musmann & Rüdiger Schulz.
IMPRINT Hannover : Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, 2015.
IMPRINT ©2015.
CALL # QE1 .G353 no.104.

TITLE Sandstone geomorphology : landscape formation, field mapping,
research methods / edited by Piotr Migoń and Heather A. Viles.
IMPRINT Stuttgart : Gebrüder Borntraeger, 2015.
IMPRINT ©2015.
CALL # QE471.5.S25 S25 2015.

TITLE Arsenic : environmental geochemistry, mineralogy, and
microbiology / editors, Robert J. Bowell, Charles N. Alpers,
Heather E. Jamieson, D. Kirk Nordstrom, Juraj Majzlan.
IMPRINT [Chantilly, Va.] : Mineralogical Society of America, [2014]
IMPRINT ©2014.
CALL # TD196.A77 E58 2014.

The following can be found online:

Geological Society, London, Special Publications
Gas Generation and Migration in Deep Geological Radioactive Waste Repositories
2015; Vol. 415
The latest content is now online.

Geological Society, London, Special Publications
Global Heritage Stone: Towards International Recognition of Building and Ornamental Stones
2015; Vol. 407
The latest content is now online.

Geological Society, London, Special Publications
Strata and Time: Probing the Gaps in Our Understanding
2015; Vol. 404
The latest content is now online.

Journal of the Geological Society
May 2015; Vol. 172, 3
The latest content is now online.

Scottish Journal of Geology
April 2015; Vol. 51, 1
The latest content is now online.

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From Our Shelves: 천년학 (Beyond the Years) http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/2015/05/11/from-our-shelves-%ec%b2%9c%eb%85%84%ed%95%99-beyond-the-years/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/2015/05/11/from-our-shelves-%ec%b2%9c%eb%85%84%ed%95%99-beyond-the-years/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 14:57:55 +0000 Matthew Bradley http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/?p=349 Beyond the Years

Beyond The Years – DVD Inside Spread

The film 천년학 (Beyond the Years) tells the tale of an adopted youth 동호 (Dong-ho). He falls in love with his sister, 송화 (Song-hwa) who is also adopted. Both Dong-ho and Song-hwa are taught the Korean traditional performance style of p’ansori. P’ansori is one of the National Intangible Cultural Properties in Korean culture. It is described as musical story-telling accompanied by a drummer.

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Release Notes: 5.7.2015 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/release-notes-5-7-2015/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/release-notes-5-7-2015/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 20:58:47 +0000 reid.419@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=2956 During our maintenance window this evening we will be taking care of the following item:

  • ArchivesSpace – Expected Downtime: less than 45 minutes
    • Data recovery
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Issues with OSUL WordPress RSS Feeds http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/issues-with-osul-wordpress-rss-feeds/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/issues-with-osul-wordpress-rss-feeds/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 13:04:12 +0000 Beth Snapp http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=2944 We are experiencing some issues with RSS feeds. Sometimes, you’ll see really old posts, or posts for all of the OSUL blogs, not just your own. We are looking into it. Thanks for your patience.

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eApplications unavailable early a.m. May 10 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/eapplications-unavailable-early-a-m-may-10/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/eapplications-unavailable-early-a-m-may-10/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 12:58:17 +0000 Beth Snapp http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=2941 Planned maintenance for multiple university eApplications will occur from 1-5 a.m. EST on Sunday (5/10). Affected services unavailable during this time include: Curriculum.osu.edu, eLeave, Business Leave, eTimesheet, WebClock, Monthly Certification, eRequest, eTravel, Grad Forms, Sponsorships and HR Action Request. Check System Status (ocio.osu.edu/status) for updates.

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Quick Tips for Friendlier Web Pages http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/quick-tips-for-friendlier-web-pages/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/quick-tips-for-friendlier-web-pages/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 19:26:52 +0000 Beth Snapp http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=2932 1. Scannable Text
  • Paragraphs are short.
  • Text is bulleted, when appropriate.
  • There’s plenty of white space.

2. Clear Links

  • Links are descriptive.
    • Link includes the title of the document, page, site that is linked to, or a short descriptive phrase.
    • Don’t use Click Here.
  • Words are linked, not full URLs.

3. Correct Headings

  • Heading text is concise.
  • Heading text is meaningful.
    • Don’t use headings to format text so it stands out more.
  • Headings follow the hierarchy.
    • Don’t skip levels.
    • Start at Heading 3 in the CMS and Heading 2 in WordPress.

4. Clean Formatting

  • No text is in ALL CAPS.
  • bold and italic are used sparingly.
  • Text is not underlined (which implies a link).

5. Accessible Content

  • Headings follow the hierarchy.
  • Links are clear and descriptive.
  • Images have descriptive alternative text (“alt” attributes).
    • Don’t need to say “Image of”.

Robyn Ness, Usability Specialist, Teaching and Learning (ness.16@osu.edu)
Beth Snapp, Head, Applications Development & Support (snapp.6@osu.edu)
More information with instructions: go.osu.edu/writingfortheweb

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May 12: OSUL Image Management System Demo http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/may-12-osul-image-management-system-demo/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/may-12-osul-image-management-system-demo/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 19:49:44 +0000 Beth Snapp http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=2879 Please join us for a demonstration of the new Image Management System (IMS) at the IT Awareness meeting on May 12, 11:00 am in THO 150. Terry Reese and Morag Boyd will be on hand to talk about how IMS fits in to the larger Digital Initiatives program, share details about the IMS rollout and what to expect when, as well as answer any of your questions.

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Writing about Julia http://library.osu.edu/blogs/mujerestalk/2015/05/05/writing-about-julia/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/mujerestalk/2015/05/05/writing-about-julia/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 15:38:47 +0000 mujerestalk http://library.osu.edu/blogs/mujerestalk/?p=3085 author photo

Vanessa Pérez. Photo courtesy of author. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

by Vanessa Pérez

In the early morning hours of July 5, 1953, two New York City police officers spotted a figure on the ground near the corner of Fifth Avenue and 106th Street in East Harlem. As they approached, they saw the body of a woman with bronze-colored skin. Once a towering woman at five feet, ten inches, she now lay in the street, unconscious. They rushed her to Harlem Hospital, where she died shortly thereafter. The woman carried no handbag and had no identification on her. No one came to the morgue to claim her body. No missing person’s case fit her description. She was buried in the city’s Potter’s Field. One month later, the woman was identified as award-winning Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos. Her family and friends exhumed and repatriated her body.

When I began writing about Julia de Burgos, I hesitated to mention her notorious death, seeking to move away from the narratives of victimhood that have shrouded her life for more than half a century. I wanted to focus on her poetry, her activism for women’s rights, social justice and the independence of Puerto Rico, and her legacy. Most Puerto Ricans already know her story, and many both on the island and in New York have been captivated by her life. However, I soon realized the importance of recounting even the most difficult details as I introduced her to new audiences. Her migration experience and her death on the streets of New York capture the imaginations of readers everywhere. Becoming Julia de Burgos builds on recent approaches to her work that focus on movement, flow, and migration. This book proposes a new way of reading Burgos’s work, life, and legacy, focusing on the escape routes she created in her poetry to write herself out of the rigid confines of gender and cultural nationalism.

For those of you who are not familiar with Burgos, let me offer a brief biographical sketch. Julia Constanza Burgos García was born on 17 February 1914 in the town of Carolina, Puerto Rico, the eldest of Paula García de Burgos and Francisco Burgos Hans’s thirteen children. Julia was intimately familiar with struggle, hardship, and death. She watched six of her younger siblings die of malnutrition and other illnesses associated with poverty. She obtained a teaching certification, a two-year degree, from the University of Puerto Rico, but would only work as a teacher for a year. In 1934, she married Rubén Rodríguez Beauchamp who she divorced only three years later. As a divorced woman in a conservative Catholic society, Burgos found that gossip, speculation, and vicious rumors undermined her respectabil­ity. During this time, she wrote her first collection of poetry, Poemas exactos a mí misma (Poems to Myself), which she later considered juvenilia and never published. In those early years, she also wrote “Río Grande de Loíza,” which became one of her most well-known works and was later included in her first published collection, Poema en veinte surcos (Poem in Twenty Furrows, 1938). This early work explored social justice and feminist themes, which she would continue to write about throughout her life. In poems such as “Pentacromia” and “A Julia de Burgos” she would write about her frustration with the institution of marriage and the limited roles available to women. In “Pentacromia” she repeats in each of the six stanzas the line “Hoy, quiero ser hombre (Today, I want to be a man),” expressing her desire for greater freedom to travel, and be an active participant in the world. In the poem, “A Julia de Burgos” she voices her frustration with social expectations of femininity through a split or double consciousness, suggesting postmodernist ideas of identity as performance. The speaker dramatizes the conflict between her socially acceptable constructed identity and her inner voices as a woman artist, as can be noted in the lines below.

Tú en ti misma no mandas; a ti todos te mandan;

en ti mandan tu esposo, tus padres, tus parientes,

el cura, la modista, el teatro, el casino,

el auto, las alhajas, el banquete, el champán,

el cielo y el infierno, y el qué dirán social.


En mí no, que en mí manda mí solo corazón,

mi solo pensamiento; quien manda en mí soy yo.

Tú, flor de aristocracia; y yo flor del pueblo.

Tú en ti lo tienes todo y a todos se lo debes,

mientras que yo, mi nada a nadie se la debo.


(You in yourself rule not; you’re ruled by everyone;

in you your husband rules, your parents, relatives,

the priest, the dressmaker, the theater, the casino

the car, the jewels, the banquet, the champagne,

the heaven and the hell, and the what-will-they-say.


Not so in me, who am ruled only by my heart,

only by what I think; who me commands is me.

You, aristocratic blossom; and I plebian floret.

You have it all with you and you owe it all to all,

While I, my nothing to no one do I owe.)

These lines offer an example of her commitment to freedom from prescribed roles for women. Burgos wrote and published her second collection of poetry, Canción de la verdad sencilla (Song of the Simple Truth), in 1939. Her third and final collection of poetry, El mar y tú (The Sea and You), was published posthumously in 1954. In January 1940, Burgos left Puerto Rico for New York where she stayed for six month. She then moved to Havana where she lived for two years before returning to New York in 1942. Several factors influenced her decision to leave Puerto Rico in 1940. The turn in Puerto Rican politics away from the nationalist and independence movement was one of the reasons. Also, many Puerto Rican writers, artists and musicians left for New York in those years in search of a wider audience, publishing houses, recording studios and greater opportunities to continue to develop their craft. Julia de Burgos wanted to be a part of this.

From late 1942 until her death, Burgos lived in New York where she struggled to make a living as a writer. She wrote for the Spanish-language weekly Pueblos Hispanos from 1943 to 1944, further developing her political voice. However, her journalism shows her political commitment to radical democracy and the struggle for immigrant and Puerto Rican rights and her advocacy of solidarity with Harlem’s African American community. In addition, these writings as well as her poetry reveal her understanding of cultural identity as fluid and unbound by national territory. While in the hospital months before her death, she wrote her two final poems in English, “Farewell in Welfare Island,” and “The Sun in Welfare Island,” describing the condition of exile and her sense of seclusion and desolation. These poems can be read as precursors to the literature of Nuyorican and U.S. Latina/o writers of the 1970s in both theme and emotional intonation.

Becoming Julia de Burgos recuperates a savvy, ambitious and influential intellectual who was a creative force both on the island and in New York. She is claimed by later generations as a beloved and inspiring icon and a fierce ancestor. There are at least two historical moments where we see a renewed interest in Julia de Burgos’s life and work. The civil rights movement of the 1960s is one of those moments. The women’s movement of that era led to a renewed interest in the poet on the island by feminist writers, artists and literary critics. The Nuyorican Movement of the 1970s led to ethnic revitalization and search for a deeper understanding of Puerto Rican history and culture that so many New York Puerto Ricans were distanced from. This coincided with first translations of some of her poems into English. As Latina feminists sought for intellectual genealogies during the women of color movement, they reclaimed Julia de Burgos as an ancestor. Julia de Burgos is remembered, reinvented and invoked in the poetry, prose, and artwork of various New York Latino writers and visual artist such as Sandra María Esteves, Mariposa and Andrea Arroyo, just to name a few. She is inscribed in the neighborhood of El Barrio in the form of murals, a cultural center named in her honor, and a street named after her. Sixty years after Julia de Burgos was found unconscious on an El Barrio street corner, she now forms part of the neighborhood’s urban landscape and cultural mythology.

Vanessa Pérez is an Associate Professor of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at City University of New York, Brooklyn College, and the editor of Hispanic Caribbean Literature of Migration: Narratives of Displacement. She serves as an associate investigator on the City University of New York-New York State Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals (CUNY-NYSIEB), a collaborative project of the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society (RISLUS) and the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center.

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Travelling to Japan – Resources on Japanese Etiquette and Mannerisms http://library.osu.edu/blogs/japanese/2015/05/04/travelling-to-japan-resources-on-japanese-etiquette-and-mannerisms/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/japanese/2015/05/04/travelling-to-japan-resources-on-japanese-etiquette-and-mannerisms/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 18:15:00 +0000 Brandon Stribrny http://library.osu.edu/blogs/japanese/?p=796 Learning the everyday mannerisms necessary to operate in a foreign society like Japan can seem overwhelming. However, taking the time to research some common social practices can go a long way in deepening your understanding. For those looking to visit Japan, or those just researching at home, OSUL has numerous resources available on Japanese culture and etiquette. There are also studies, such as 在日留学生に必要なソーシャル・スキル (Necessary Social Skills for International Students in Japan) by 田中 共子(Tomoko Tanaka),  高井 次郎(Jiro Takai) and  神山 貴弥 (Takaya Kohyama), that analyze and give suggestions on how to successfully cope with these social difficulties. Continue reading

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IT Project Updates, 2015Q1, 2015Q2 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/it-project-updates-2015q1-2015q2/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/it-project-updates-2015q1-2015q2/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 16:13:59 +0000 Russell Schelby http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=2851 This post is a roundup of the work IT did last quarter and what we’re working on next quarter.  I’ve tried to break it down into some digestible chunks.  If you’d prefer it straight-up table-style, here’s the 2015 First Quarter and 2015 Second Quarter wiki pages.

2015Q1 – Requirements Gathering

2015Q1 – Exploratory ActionScreen Shot 2015-04-21 at 6.10.07 PM

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 6.18.10 PM2015Q1 – Building, Building

2015Q1 – Holding Pattern

diagram of an airport holding pattern

Diagram by Feorag

  • DSpace Upgrade to 5.0
    Upgrade DSpace from 1.8 to 5.x
  • ArchivesSpace Data Migration
    Import existing Special Collections data into ArchiveSpace
  • Patron Management
    Track patron access to Special Collections

2015Q2 – Tier I

These projects were identified as top priorities for the next quarter.  Each project has identified release goals in italics – what the team hopes to accomplish this quarter.

  • ArchivesSpace Production Support – Cate Putirskis
    Ensure that the ArchivesSpace system is secure, reliable and efficient.
  • ArchivesSpace Data MigrationCate Putirskis
    Import existing Special Collections data into ArchivesSpace
  • Image Management SystemMorag Boyd
    Import Cartoons and Byrd Polar Media Manager collections and deliver a production public interface
  • DSpace Upgrade to 5.xMaureen Walsh
    Practice upgrade with Longsight
  • Identifier Resolution Service Terry Reese
    Review use cases and design solution

2015Q2 – Tier II

These projects were selected as important, but less of a focus for the team.

2015Q3 – Tier III

Tier three – we’d like to work on these if we have available resources.

  • Digital Exhibits PlatformTBD
    Research and evaluate Spotlight
  • BuckeyeSensor InterfaceTBD
    Design and implement prototype interfaces
  • Special Collection Reading Room Patron ManagementLisa Carter
    Develop requirements


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From Our Shelves: Resources on P’ansori http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/2015/05/01/from-our-shelves-resources-on-pansori/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/2015/05/01/from-our-shelves-resources-on-pansori/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 14:52:07 +0000 Mina Kim http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/?p=254 P’ansori (판소리)is a fundamental aspect of traditional Korean culture.  It is sometimes referred to as a “one-man opera”, and has four distinct characteristics: it is musical, it is a solo oral technique, it is dramatic, and it is in verse. The performer, called kwangdae, is joined on stage only by a drummer and alternates between speaking and singing. The “stage” was traditionally a large mat, and the kwangdae used only a fan and his clothing for props. To learn more, see What is P’ansori? (OSUL login required) by Marshall R. Pihl (Chicago Review, 1993)

One of the most popular p’ansori songs is “Song of Ch’unhyang” or Chunhyangga (춘향가). Chunhyangga has several different scenes, ranging from peaceful to sad, from humorous to serious. Chunhyangjeon (춘향전) is the book based on the song.

  • OSUL’s copy of Chunhyangga (춘향가) can be accessed here
  • OSUL’s copy of  Chunhyangjeon (춘향전) can be accessed here (v.1)

Chan E. Park, a professor of Korean language, literature, and performance studies at The Ohio State University, specializes in in p’ansori. You can see a performance by Professor Park here.

Books (in Korean) about p’ansori in OSUL:

Books (in English) about p’ansori in OSUL:

Online articles about p’ansori (OSUL login required)

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Release Notes: 4.30.2015 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/release-notes-4-30-2015/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/release-notes-4-30-2015/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:26:21 +0000 reid.419@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=2832 We’ve got a small Maintenance Window this evening from 5-6PM:

  • Staff Directory – Expected Downtime: Less than 15 minutes
    • Updating Help link.
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Guest Blog: Commemorating SS. Cyril and Methodius http://library.osu.edu/blogs/medieval-slavic/guest-nh-cm/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/medieval-slavic/guest-nh-cm/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:44:49 +0000 johnson.60@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/medieval-slavic/?p=2176 Guest Blogger: Nina Haviernikova, Graduate Associate, RCMSS / HRL

Recent acquisitions to the stacks of the Hilandar Research Library include two works devoted to Saints Cyril and Methodius, the Apostles to the Slavs.

Title page of the book

Title page

The first, formerly held by the Litchfield Public Library in Litchfield, Minnesota, and offered to academic libraries courtesy of Gordon B. Anderson* is Památka roku slavnostního 1863 tisícileté památky obrácení národu českého na Moravě, Slovensku a v Čechách na křesťanství / Commemoration of the Millennial year 1863 Anniversary of the Christianization of the Czech People in Moravia, Slovakia and in the Czech Republic by J. Janata, Václav Šubert, and Heřman z Tardy, published in 1864 in Prague. The book commemorates the one thousandth anniversary of SS. Cyril and Methodius’ mission to Great Moravia. Written by priests, the book contains poems, a history of the conversion of the Western Slavs to Christianity which began in 863, a section devoted to the lives of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius, as well as notes on the history of Protestantism in Bohemia, and a description of the most important events of the Evangelical Church in Bohemia in the year 1863. The publication is interesting from theological, historical as well as linguistic and literary perspectives.

Photo of the brown leather spine of the book and the front cover - a blue and black paisley pattern - on a red background

1864 spine and front cover


Cover of the book: on a white background there is an image of a wooden cross that take sup 3/4s of the cover, and underneath it is the title of the book in Czech and in English

Gift of Václav Čermák

The second publication, a gift of Václav Čermák from the Institute of Slavonic Studies of the Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic, is the bilingual Czech-English Cyril a Metoděj – doba, život, dílo / Cyril and Methodius – Their Era, Lives, and Work, published by Moravské zemské muzeum in Brno in 2013. Besides addressing the importance of the Cyrillo-Methodian mission and its immediate legacy, this work also focuses on reflections of the Cyrillo-Methodian traditions in Czech literature, theater, music, and society. The publication specifically examines Cyrillo-Methodian themes in modern Czech literature and in Czech folk culture. It offers insight into the long-lasting influence of the “Enlighteners of the Slavs” on the culture and society of Czechs and Moravians.

*Gordon Anderson is both the Librarian for European Studies at the University of Minnesota and the Bibliographer for Scandinavian Studies for the University of Chicago Library.

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Subscribing to the blog http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/04/30/subscribing-to-the-blog/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/04/30/subscribing-to-the-blog/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:34:50 +0000 Melanie Schlosser http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/?p=26 We are having some technical difficulties with the subscribe function in the right-hand navigation bar. If you get an error, or something else weird happens, try it again, or wait a while and try it again. We’re working with IT on it. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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Announcing the OSUL Digital Humanities Study Group http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/04/29/announcing-the-osul-digital-humanities-study-group/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/04/29/announcing-the-osul-digital-humanities-study-group/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:22:06 +0000 Melanie Schlosser http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/?p=16 Do you keep hearing the phrase ‘digital humanities’ and wondering what, exactly, it means? Are you interested in how scholarship is changing in the digital era? Do you need to support faculty and researchers through new methods and technologies? Do you want to spend a few hours this summer discussing interesting things with your fellow Libraries faculty and staff? Then join us for the OSUL Digital Humanities Study Group! We will be meeting during the following times:

  • Tuesday, June 9th, 12-1pm
  • Tuesday, July 14th, 1-2pm
  • Tuesday, August 11th, 12-1pm

Each meeting will consist of discussion on a reading (or a couple of short readings) on the topic of digital humanities. No prior knowledge or experience is required to join in, and everyone is welcome. By the end of the summer, participants will have gained the following:

  • An understanding of what digital humanities is and why we should care about it
  • Some familiarity with what digital humanities work looks like and how it is used
  • Some perspectives on the role of libraries in the world of digital scholarship

To join the group, just use the ‘Subscribe’ widget in the right sidebar. Reading assignments and other information will be posted on this blog as they become available, and subscribers will receive an email. Even if you can’t make the meetings, feel free to subscribe to the blog and follow along from home/conference/vacation/your desk.

We look forward to learning with you!

Melanie Schlosser, Meris Mandernach, Sarah Falls, Jose Diaz

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Managing your Microsoft Outlook Calendar http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/managing-your-microsoft-outlook-calendar/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/managing-your-microsoft-outlook-calendar/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:35:29 +0000 Sue Rahnema http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=2794 Create a New Calendar:

In addition to the default Microsoft Outlook Calendar, you can create other Outlook calendars. For example, you can create a calendar for a specific project or workflow, separate from the rest of your work calendar. These additional calendars will allow you to better organize projects and events.

1- Select the folder tab and click on the New Calendar:

Create New Calendar

2- Name your new calendar and click OK:

Name New Calendar

3- Your new calendar appears under your list:

New Calendar Listed

View Calendars:

Continue reading

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Federal Public Access Initiatives Update http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/04/27/3610/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/04/27/3610/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:13:51 +0000 rinehart.64@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/?p=3610 In February of 2013, the Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a memo requiring all federal funding agencies with more than $100 million in research funds to design a Public Access Plan. Since then, several plans have been released. What does this mean for you? That largely depends on which agencies award you funding and whether the various policies and laws allow you to share your research products.  However, there are some emerging trends.

First, published outputs (such as journal articles) are almost always required to be shared publicly no later than one year after publication, and the repository for most funding agencies is PubMed Central. Exceptions are: the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation are using a system called PAGES, the USDA developed PubAg, and the Department of Defense has the Defense Technical Information Center. For dataset sharing, the trend is to require a Data Management Plan. However, the agencies are rarely specifying where the data is to be shared. The chart below is a brief overview of known OSTP responses. Information annotated with an ‘A‘ applies to articles, while information annotated with a ‘D‘ applies to data. Have questions about these new policies? Check out the resources listed at the end of the post.

Funding Agency When policies go into effect Data Management Plan required with funding proposal? Timeline for making articles public Recommended article repository Timeline for making data public
AHRQ Feb. 2015 (A), Oct. 2015 (D) Yes No later than 12 months from publication PubMed Central At article publication
ASPR Oct. 2015 (A, D) Currently proposed No later than 12 months from publication PubMed Central Within 30 months of data collection
CDC Jul. 2013 (A), Oct. 2015 (D) Yes No later than 12 months from publication PubMed Central (peer-reviewed) and CDC Stacks (all), Submission via NIHMS With the article and/or within 30 months of data collection
DOD Estimate of fiscal year 2015 Yes No later than 12 months from publication Defense Technical Information Center Within a reasonable time frame
DOE Oct. 2014 (A), Oct. 2014 (D – Office of Science), Oct. 2015 (D – Other offices) Yes No later than 12 months from publication PAGES to index, Article hosting choices: 1st) publisher, 2nd) local repository, 3rd) OSTI At article publication
FDA Oct. 2015 (A, D) Proposed, but details not yet available No later than 12 months from publication PubMed Central At article publication
IES 2012 Not yet No later than 12 months from publication ERIC None yet
NASA Oct. 2015 (A, D) Yes No later than 12 months from publication NASA-branded portal of PubMed Central At article publication
NIH Dec. 2015 (A, D) If over $500,000 in direct costs No later than 12 months from publication PubMed Central At article publication
NIST Oct. 2015 (A, D) Yes No later than 12 months from publication PubMed Central No later than 12 months from publication of article
NOAA Jan. 2016 (A, D) Yes No later than 12 months from publication NOAA Institutional Repository Not more than one year from data collection
NSF Jan. 2016 (A, D) Yes No later than 12 months from publication PAGES (http://www.osti.gov/pages/) Currently exploring
USAID Oct. 2014 (D) No Unknown Unknown Within 12 months if publication or patent is pending, Must submit to the Development Data Library (DDL)
USDA Jan. 2016 (A) Proposed, but details not yet available No later than 12 months from publication PubAg TBD
USGS Feb. 2015 (D) Recommended, but not submitted with proposals Unknown Unknown No information yet
VA Feb. 2015 (A) No No later than 12 months from publication in a journal PubMed Central None yet

Have questions about these new policies? Check out these resources:

Situation: Where to go:
I need a Data Management Plan or data repository DMPTool.org or Rinehart.64@osu.edu
I need to publicly share my articles and other publications Walsh.260@osu.edu
As an editor, I need to make sure my journal is author-friendly regarding these new requirements Schlosser.40@osu.edu
As an author, I want to make sure my publishing agreements allow me to be compliant with these new requirements Enimil.1@osu.edu
I need help submitting my article to PubMed Central Lynda.Hartel@osumc.edu
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World IP Day 2015 Celebrates Music http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/04/24/world-ip-day-2015-celebrates-music/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/04/24/world-ip-day-2015-celebrates-music/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:42:25 +0000 Maria Scheid http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/?p=669 On April 26, 1970, the Convention Establishing World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO Convention) entered into force. The event is celebrated annually through the World Intellectual Property Day. The theme for this year’s World IP Day is “Get up, stand up. For music.”

Music plays a critical role in our lives—it is an essential defining element of our culture and society.  And through the changing of technology, consumer preferences, and industry standards, the demand for music has remained.  This past year has seen a lot of activity surrounding music creators and their rights under copyright law. Parties on all sides have questioned our current systems and laws, seeking changes designed to fairly support the value that musicians contribute to our lives and adequately encourage society’s access to and use of music.

Keeping with the theme of this year’s World IP Day 2015, we are highlighting a few out of many interesting and important recent developments and the resulting impact on copyright owners of musical compositions and sound recordings.


The Fair Play, Fair Pay Act of 2015

While musical compositions have long been protected under federal copyright, the inclusion of sound recordings under federal copyright law has been a relatively recent development (sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972 are still governed by state law). In 1995, through the Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act (DPRSRA), Congress provided copyright owners an exclusive public performance right in their sound recordings, but limited the exclusive right to public performances of sound recordings via digital audio transmission. This limitation means satellite and music subscription services need to pay a licensing fee to perform a sound recording, but terrestrial (AM/FM) radio stations do not. Why the exception for traditional over-the-air broadcasts? In short, Congress didn’t believe radio and television broadcasters posed a threat to copyright owners. Terrestrial radio stations, it has been argued, enjoy a symbiotic relationship with copyright owners. Terrestrial stations play music to increase their listenership and increase advertising revenue and in return create exposure for artists, promoting record and other sales for the sound recording owner.

Introduced in Congress earlier this month, the Fair Play, Fair Pay Act of 2015, H.R. 1733, 114th Cong. (2015) would require terrestrial broadcasters to pay royalties for the public performance of sound recordings, a requirement that is currently only applicable to services that perform a song via digital audio transmission. This public performance right would also extend to sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972.  Special protections exist for small broadcasters, public broadcasters, college radio, noncommercial radio, and religious services. The bill also includes pieces from the Allocation for Music Producers (AMP) Act, discussed below.

Why it matters: Under the current law, owners of a musical composition (songwriters or music publishers) are compensated if their song is played on terrestrial radio but owners of the sound recording (performing artist or record label) are not. If that same song is transmitted through a service like Pandora, both copyright owners will be compensated. If enacted, the Fair Play, Fair Pay Act of 2015 would result in terrestrial broadcasters operating under the same system that newer digital broadcasters are required to operate under. Overall, this would create more harmonization in copyright law by bringing platform parity to radio and would establish an additional revenue stream for both current artists and older artists.


Local Radio Freedom Act

The Local Radio Freedom Act, a resolution reintroduced into the House and Senate earlier this year, declares that “Congress should not impose any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” to terrestrial broadcasters for the public performance of sound recordings. The National Association of Broadcasters has backed the resolution, which does not carry the force of law. The resolution highlights the “mutually beneficial relationship between local radio and the recording industry,” in which radio stations have provided publicity and promotion to artists, which has benefitted the careers of many performers. The resolution also cautions the economic hardship local radio stations and small businesses will face at the imposition of any new performance fee.

Why it matters: While artists have thrown a lot of support behind the Fair Play, Fair Pay Act (discussed above), broadcasters believe the Local Radio Freedom Act provides a better solution. The Local Radio Freedom Act, is non-binding, but functions to express the sentiment of Congress. This resolution would preserve the status quo for public performance of sound recordings. There are currently 165 co-sponsors in the House and 12 co-sponsors in the Senate.


Allocation for Music Producers (AMP) Act

Traditionally, record producers have received compensation for their work through the negotiation of a flat fee for their services and/or points (typically 3-4% of the wholesale price of an album). The Allocation for Music Producers (AMP) Act, H.R. 1457, 114th Cong. (2015), introduced in March of this year, would amend copyright law to provide a statutory right for producers, sound engineers, or mixers involved in the creative process of creating the sound recording to receive royalties for the digital transmission of the work.

Current law requires that royalties paid for the public performance of a sound recording by digital audio transmission be split between featured artists (45%), non-featured artists (5%), and sound recording copyright owners (50%). A featured artist may provide a Letter of Direction to SoundExchange, the entity responsible for collecting and distributing such royalties, requesting that a portion of their royalties be paid to the producer. Under the AMP Act, this informal process would be recognized through a statutory amendment.

In addition, the bill creates a new process for setting aside royalties for sound recordings fixed before November 1, 1995. In the absence of a Letter of Direction, SoundExchange may set aside 2% of featured artist royalties to be paid to the producer, mixer, or sound engineer of the relevant sound recording, so long as the artist does not object within a given period of time.

Why it matters: Producers, sound engineers, and mixers play an important role in the creative development of sound recordings. The AMP Acts acknowledges the importance of these individuals in the overall creative process and seeks to establish a permanent procedure by which these professionals can fairly be compensated for their contributions.


Songwriter Equity Act

Re-introduced into both houses on March 4, 2015, the Songwriter Equity Act of 2015 (SEA) would amend Sections 114 and 115 of the Copyright Act to allow the calculation of statutory royalty rates for musical compositions based on fair market value.

The SEA would change the way royalties are calculated for the reproduction of musical compositions. There is currently a compulsory mechanical license for the reproduction of musical compositions. The initial rate set by Congress in 1909 was 2¢ per song. In 2015, it is 9.1¢ per song. The SEA would now allow Copyright Royalty Judges to establish rates that “most clearly represent the rates and terms that would have been negotiated in the marketplace between a willing buyer and a willing seller.” In addition, Judges may now consider the royalty rates set for the public performance of sound recordings in their determination of rates for the public performance of musical compositions.

Why it matters: The intent of this bill, as with the other bills we have discussed, is to even the playing field. By adopting rates that reflect free market conditions, songwriters may receive fair compensation for their works.


Calculation of digital royalties for pre-digital artists

It is difficult to predict how technology will change in the future, as a result, older recording agreements are silent on how to handle payments for digital downloads. The major record labels have historically treated downloads as equivalent to physical sales (meaning artists get 12-20% of net receipt of sales) but artists have argued that digital downloads are more appropriately treated as licenses (meaning the artist would receive 50% of net receipts).

The approach taken by major labels has resulted in major class action lawsuits against Sony, Warner, and Universal. On April 14, 2015, Universal submitted a preliminary settlement of $11.5 million, to be paid to artists signed with UMG or Capitol Records between 1965 and 2004. Universal does not, however, admit wrongdoing in the payment of royalties. Going forward, an increase of 10% has been applied to the royalty rate for digital downloads. Settlements have already been reached in the Sony and Warner Music Group lawsuits.

Why it matters: Compensation. There is a substantial difference in royalty rates between traditional physical sales and licenses. In cases where digital downloads have not been anticipated, it has been up to the court to determine what is just based on the technology of today.

As you can see from just these examples, this past year has been full of activity surrounding music and copyright issues. Following calls for comprehensive copyright reform and talks of a “music omnibus bill” to overhaul the music licensing system, we can expect this important dialogue to continue. Only time will tell how some of these issues will ultimately be resolved and the impact any changes will have on artists, consumers, and facilitators of music.

Interested in learning more about music copyright? Be sure to check out our 4-part series on music copyright: What is music copyright?, Copyright duration for musical compositions and sound recordings, Termination of transfer for music copyright, and Licensing opportunities for music copyright.


By Maria Scheid, Rights Management Specialist at the Copyright Resources Center, The Ohio State University Libraries

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Student post – Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly French Magazine Collection! http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/04/24/student-post-art-spiegelman-and-francoise-mouly-french-magazine-collection/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/04/24/student-post-art-spiegelman-and-francoise-mouly-french-magazine-collection/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:12:13 +0000 Caitlin McGurk http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/?p=3087 We are so happy to have a post today by our guest-writer, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum student employee Maggie Lynch! Maggie was tasked with organizing and inventorying a truly unique collection that came to us from Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly, and was kind enough to write about the collection for our blog. Enjoy!



Maggie Lynch

BIO: Maggie is a third year French major at The Ohio State University. She started her career in French four years ago and has had experiences abroad in Montréal and throughout France, including an internship with WorldTeam in Paris this past summer of 2014. She plans on pursuing translation, English education to french speakers and more possible work with WorldTeam in Paris after graduation.

Thanks to a generous donation from Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly, we now have 509 magazines in French ranging from 1970-2003, including Charlie mensuel, Hara-Kiri, A Suivre, Metal Hurlant, L’Echo des Savanes, and more. Through this donation, our library collection has expanded to facilitate more areas of research that include French language and culture, the French Women’s Liberation Movement, gender studies, the history of France during the riots of 1968, sociology, international studies and more. Even for non-French speakers this could be a good collection to search for inspiration in art or architecture. The topics that interested me the most were unique aspects shown of French culture, positive and negativepisser opinions of American media in the eyes of the French, a huge range of beautiful art, and some satire about the feminist movement of the late 1960’s. I alsbaldo did some research on how Charlie mensuel became Charlie Hebdo.

To start, French culture is unique. For example for those who don’t know, it is nearly impossible to find a place to pee in big cities, especially in Paris. Fluide Glacial gives its readers a useful guide, “Où pisser à Paris et quel prix?” (Where to pee in Paris and at what cost?). I also loved this fake ad in Hara-Kiri where it coaxed readers to buy a wine bottle and a glass on two separate watches. That way, you could keep holding your cigarette, and pour wine, all at once. Americans respond to the same problem, “how do I keep doing things while drinking?” in a similar, yet different way. Most Americans know the idea of the classic beer hat: two beers attached on each side of a trucker hat with straws leading to the mouth. It’s the American way to solve that same dilemma. Maybe we’re more similar than we think. As Americans reading our library’s new French magazines, there are endless similar cultural connections to be made.beerhat

As a French major in Columbus, people always ask me, “do the French hate Americans?” I can’t speak for every French person, but I’ll present some positive and negative perceptions of the French through their opinions of American media I found in our new collection. First, in Charlie mensuel, there are a good amount of American comics translated into French primarily with the intent of sharing them with the French people, probably because they’re valuable and funny. In fact, the magazine title Charlie mensuel came from the character Charlie Brown from Peanuts. In addition, there are reviews of American music and films in Jazzman, Jade, and Fluide Glacial probably because they were admired by the French. However, I ran across some fairly negative reviews, including a review of Octopussy with the first sentence stating that the film is “naze” (stupid), and another review of Gumby and Pokey stating the creator was “un idiot américan dont j’ai oublié le nom” (a stupid American whose name I forget).gumbypeanuts

ouiRegardless, I think the influence of American comics on French comics is inevitable. While flipping through our magazines, I noticed the action sounds like splash, plop, crash, zonk, or slam which are English onomatopoeias in French comics. Thepresence of English-language sounds communicate that the American influence remains. On a different note, French onomatopoeias can be interesting to English speakers, like the sound of birds, “cui” (k-WEE), when we usually say “tweet”. There are many more gems like these in our new collection.

To start about art, there is a great range of comic art styles in this collection. The mediums range from watercolor, to printmaking, pencil, photo with captions pasted in, and more.There are many different styles from very simple pencil drawings with no shading, to very busy pieces with many conflicting lines and colors. There were also many different color schemes, ranging from pastel and soft colors, to loud and bright colors. Overall, it it was fascinating to see the many different styles. Also, there was a very unique magazine that focused balloonon comic architecture (A Suivre Hors Serie 1985). I suggest looking through them for any visual artist.

In view of the recent shootings at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, the world has beenfeiffer curious, “what in the magazines provoked such a response?” Our magazines contain some of Charlie Hebdo’s history. Charlie mensuel and Hara-Kiri are like the two parents of Charlie Hebdo. These magazines both began in 1969 with a mutual vision, bandes déssinées with bête et méchant (stupid and nasty) humor, partly inspired by Mad Magazine but a more crude version. Charlie Hebdo began with the end of Hara-Kiri in November of 1970. Hara-Kiri was banned because of a snide headline about the death of Charles de Gaulle. Promptly a week later, the vision of Hara-Kiri and the name of Charlie Mensuel gave birth to Charlie Hebdo. So, Charlie Hebdo is like the son of Hara-Kiri that carried on the family business of bête et méchant humor. Today, these same themes of satirical humor and comments on current events remain in Charlie Hebdo DNA. For more satirical publications from a different era, the BICLM also has L’Assiette au Beurre (Issues from 1903-1912).


“Dad… this is Simone” – “Hello, Simone” – “Simone is a part of the Women’s Liberation Movement” – “Isn’t that nice, great movement”

Hara-Kiri was also banned in 1966 and gained support from impactful philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. De Beauvoir’s well-known publication The Second Sex was in line with the demands of the riots of 1968 in Paris. The people of this social movement were the direct audience of Hara-Kiri, young people in revolt. But also in the spirit of Hara-Kiri, the writers had to make fun of it. The cartoon on the side is poking fun of the Women’s Liberation Movement through a father’s relationship with his son.

Obviously by scooting further down the couch, the father does not actually support the feminist movement, unable to express his true sentiments in his first encounter with his son’s girlfriend. This comic has a mild but direct message that not everyone, apparently not older generations, supported the Women’s Liberation Movement.

These few themes are the ones I saw, but there could be many more! Come stop by the Cartoon Library and see for yourself!


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Sierra Enhancements: Winning Ballot Items http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/sierra-enhancements-winning-ballot-items/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/sierra-enhancements-winning-ballot-items/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:40:10 +0000 Michelle Gerry http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=2746 Many libray staff were asked to vote from a list of suggested enhancements to improve the Sierra integrated library system. I appreciate everyone’s input on this important process. Our votes were added to the votes of all members of the Innovative  Users Groups, and the winning ballots are below.

These winning ballots are submitted to Innovative and play a key role in providing feedback so that Sierra can better function for all of us.  I am very pleased that many of the items that OSUL staff chose were winning ballot items.

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From Our Shelves: Books and Articles on Traditional Theater http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/2015/04/23/from-our-shelves-books-and-articles-on-traditional-theater/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/2015/04/23/from-our-shelves-books-and-articles-on-traditional-theater/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:03:13 +0000 Mina Kim http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/?p=259 This blog is the first of a three part blog series about Korean theater. The second blog will cover P’ansori, while the third blog will be about contemporary Korean theater.

Traditional Korean theater has a rich and diverse history. According to Remapping the Korean Theatre Tradition by Jungman Park, theaters of the Chosun era were ingrained in the culture of the minjung, or the commoners. There were several different styles of theater, including  탈춤 (talchum), 판소리 (p’ansori), 그림자극 (geurimja-geuk ), and 인형극 (inhyeong-geuk). Park explains that talchum is a mask dance, geurimja-geuk is a shadow drama, and inhyeong-geuk is a puppet show.  P’ansori, one of the more popular forms of traditional Korean theater, is an epic song performance.

Books (in Korean) about traditional Korean theater in OSUL:

Books (in English) about traditional Korean theater in OSUL:

Online article about traditional Korean theater (OSUL login required):

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From Our Shelves: Book and Drama Adaptations http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/2015/04/23/from-our-shelves-book-and-drama-adaptations/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/2015/04/23/from-our-shelves-book-and-drama-adaptations/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:01:06 +0000 Mina Kim http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/?p=182 Dramas are a significant part of culture in South Korea, and have initiated a “Korean Wave”, or “Hallyu”, which is the spread of Korean culture across the globe. From historical and trendy dramas to melodramas, these captivating Korean television programs attract a broad and diverse audience.

OSUL has several books that are either based on dramas or have been turned into dramas.

Books turned into dramas in OSUL:  

마녀유희, 해 를 품은 달 , 압구정다이어리

Covers of 마녀유희, 해 를 품은 달 , 압구정다이어리

  • 해 를 품은 달  (Hae rŭl p’umŭn talby 정은궐(Chŏng, Ŭn-gwŏl) (파란, 2011)
    • This historical drama, which includes elements of fantasy, tells of the love story between a fictional king and a shaman, along with the numerous political conflicts that are encountered along the way.
    •  MBC Link 
  • 마녀유희 (Manyŏ Yu-hŭi) by 김수희 (Kim, Su-hŭi) (눈과마음, 2007)
    • This novel is about the love life of a woman who is often called “witch” by her coworkers.
    • SBS Link
  • 압구정다이어리 (Apkujŏng daiŏriby 정수현 (Chŏng, Su-hyŏn) (소담출판사, 2008)
    • This novel follows the affluent and glamorous lives of the young elite in South Korea. The production of this tvN drama was unfortunately cancelled.

Dramas turned into books in OSUL:

  • 마이 프린세스 (My Princess) by 손현경(Son, Hyŏn-gyŏng) (MBC 프로덕션, 2011)
    • This romantic comedy is about a college student who discovers she is the descendant
      of Emperor Sunjong, who was the last Emperor of Korea, and falls in love with a wealthy businessman.

      Drama Books 2

      Covers of 동이, 마이 프린세스, 선덕 여왕

    • 순종 황제 와 친인척 (Sunjong Hwangje wa ch’ininch’ŏk) by 지두환 (Chi, Tu-hwan) (A biography of Emperor Sunjong available in OSUL)
    •  MBC Link 
  • 선덕 여왕 (Sŏndŏk Yŏwang) by 류 은경 (Yu, Ŭn-gyŏng) (MBC 프로덕션, 2009) This historical drama is very loosely based on the life of Queen Seon Deok.
  • 동이 (Tongi) by 정재인 (Chŏng, Chae-in) (MBC 프로덕션, 2010) This is another historical drama that is loosely based on another famous historical woman figure.
    Drama books 3

    Covers of 인현 왕후 의 男子, 신사 의 품격

  • 인현 왕후 의 男子 : 드라마 대본집 (Inhyŏn Wanghu ŭi namja : tŭrama taebonjipby  송 재정 (Song, Chae-jŏng) (이 퍼블릭, 2012)
    • This item is not a novel, but rather a screenplay of the historical/fantasy drama of the romance between an actress and a time-travelling man of the Joseon Dynasty.
    • tvN Link
  • 신사 의 품격  (Sinsa ŭi p’umkyŏk) by 박민숙  (Pak, Min-suk) (문학 동네, 2012)
    • This drama is about the romantic and professional lives of four men.
    • SBS Link

Book in OSUL about Korean dramas

DBpia articles about Korean dramas (OSUL login required)

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From Our Shelves: 올드보이 (Oldboy) http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/2015/04/23/from-our-shelves-%ec%98%ac%eb%93%9c%eb%b3%b4%ec%9d%b4-oldboy/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/2015/04/23/from-our-shelves-%ec%98%ac%eb%93%9c%eb%b3%b4%ec%9d%b4-oldboy/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:35:21 +0000 Matthew Bradley http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/?p=312 올드보이 (Oldboy)  is one of many vengeance films in South Korean cinema and the second film in director 박찬욱‘s (Park Chan-wook) vengeance trilogy. Oldboy received over 28 awards and 15 nominations from around the world. The story follows the protagonist, 오대수 (Oh Dae-su) as he exacts his revenge after being captured and imprisoned for 15 years. The movie was inspired by an eight volume manga made by Garon Tsuchiya. The movie was remade in America in 2013.

  • 올드보이 (Oldboy) DVD in OSUL can be accessed here.
Old Boy Movie Poster

Old Boy Movie Poster

For articles on the Vengeance films and the director, 박찬욱 (Park Chan-wook):

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Writing for Mujeres Talk http://library.osu.edu/blogs/mujerestalk/2015/04/21/writing-for-mujeres-talk/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/mujerestalk/2015/04/21/writing-for-mujeres-talk/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:27:16 +0000 mujerestalk http://library.osu.edu/blogs/mujerestalk/?p=3069 "Typewriter of Capricorn" by Emdot. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

“Typewriter of Capricorn” by Emdot. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

by the Editorial Group

As an online venue dedicated to the publication of Latina, Chicana, and Native American Studies research, commentary, and creative work that is widely accessible to both specialist and non-specialist audiences, we’ve often been asked by potential authors to provide guidelines on how to write for this site. In answer to this request, we’d like to share our experience in writing and editing for this site, and provide a guide for authors.

The Academic Journal Article

Throughout one’s career, academics receive extensive training in how to write a scholarly article for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. That training begins with the assignment of the seminar paper in a graduate course and workshops on publishing in graduate school. As a new professor, one receives further training in the form of workshops, mentorship from senior faculty, actual peer review feedback on submissions, participation in peer reviewing the work of others, and the ongoing reading of academic journals and volumes. Through this process, one learns how to craft a publishable academic journal article appropriate to a specific field. As should be apparent, this doesn’t happen overnight. There is a learning curve. For this reason, we at Mujeres Talk are not surprised when we occasionally hear back from a potential author who we’ve invited to submit that, “I don’t know how to write in that format,” or “I don’t have time to learn how to do that.” The working conditions in higher education have, indeed, changed significantly, and it’s no surprise that many academics barely have time to do what is expected and required of them for their regular appointments, let alone a kind of writing that may have more limited impact on tenure and promotion than traditional forms of scholarly publication (books, journal articles).

The Online Academic Essay: Actual Experience

Yet, academics and non-academics alike do write for Mujeres Talk, and for a variety of reasons, including:

·      To make Latina and Native American Studies contributions to media and public policy discussions

·      Interest in online dialogue on topics of importance to academic and non-academic audiences

·      Contribute to public discussion of humanities, and research in ethnic studies

·      Promotion of a recent publication or film

·      Opportunity to analyze current events

·      Widely share “how-to” information and guidance

·      Interest in collaborating with others in co-authored pieces

·      Provide mentorship and support to Latinas and Native American women in academia

·      Report on events, conferences, lectures

·      Engage students in interactive assignments.

These wide-ranging reasons for interest in our site has meant that Mujeres Talk has published several different types of short essay – “Dichos” or advice for academics; commentary on current events; personal reflections on research, community work, or current events; research in brief; biographic profiles; analyses of film or literature; and book reviews. We’ve also published three different kinds of multimedia artifacts: slide shows, graphic book; and short video. Three of our authors have used Mujeres Talk for class assignments. In one case, faculty author Ella Diaz wrote about the visit of artist Ana Teresa Fernandez to her school and assigned students to comment on their engagement with this artist and her art. In another instance, faculty author Brenda Sendejo collaborated with students in her Latina/o and Latin American Spiritualities course to co-write a piece on identity, social justice, and spirituality. In a third example, faculty author Theresa Delgadillo wrote an essay on Latinas/os in a popular television program that she also assigned her class to write, and then invited the class to engage in online dialogue on their shared assignment.

Essays that first appeared on Mujeres Talk have been republished on sites such as Share INC/Domestic Violence, Texas Ed Equity, and Puerto Rico Today. Our modified form of peer review has been cited by the US Intellectual History website. And we have collaborated in simultaneous posts with the websites HASTAC, La Bloga, and Somebody’s Children. We do not keep count of the thousands of spams and random hits the site receives, but we do track the number of page views/reads for each new post, and these have steadily climbed and now range between 400 and 1000 per post. Our subscriber list has grown to 194. Anyone can comment on our site, and we’ve received multiple comments from across the country on posts. We notify our growing list of followers on Facebook and Twitter of new posts, as well as related news. Since 2011, we have published 121 essays or multimedia presentations on this site.

Benefits of Writing for Mujeres Talk or Another Online Venue

Both academic and community authors who have contributed to our site have recognized multiple benefits from this experience, including:

·      Learning how to write for online media

·      Publicizing one’s expertise

·      Enhancing one’s online research profile or that of one’s program, department, or school so that others interested in areas you research can easily find you

·      Getting early feedback on work-in-progress.

Authors retain the copyright to the work they publish on Mujeres Talk and, with citation, may reproduce their short form research or online essay in longer journal articles or scholarly manuscripts on their research, or in other kinds of print or online publications.

Tips for Writing for Mujeres Talk

For authors interested in multimedia submissions, we encourage you to research readily available software for making short videos, graphic books, and slide shows to share. For those of you interested in learning how to write the kind of short essay we usually publish, we offer the following tips and questions as a guide:

·      Our upper word limit is 1500, and that means you can only say one or two things well. Your topic can be big, but your insight must be focused.

·      Imagine your audience. Who are you writing to? Is it a group of close colleagues? A public lecture open to anyone at your university? A conference-like gathering of people in your field? Be sure your essay addresses that audience. And then remember that your friend brought along some folks who would also like to understand your work, so make sure a non-specialist can follow it.

·      Write yourself into the essay, making apparent your investment, interest, and/or personal experience with the topic. This is especially important if you are writing a personal reflection or personally inflected commentary. It might be important if you are writing a review, but this advice is less likely to apply to essays that present research in brief.

·      Be generous to other Latina/o and Native American scholars and students.

·      Pose a question in your essay. This is a good way to invite readers in to dialogue.

·      Provide citations, references, shout-outs, and links where appropriate.

·      Save some good stuff for the peer review journal article that will carry greater weight in tenure and promotion.

If you’re interested in writing commentary about a current event or reporting on a lecture, conference, or concert, you might begin a draft of your essay by jotting down some short answers to these questions:

·      What event are you interested in writing about?

·      Why is this event important to Mujeres Talk audiences?

·      Do you want readers to do something about this current event or do you want them to know something about this event? If you answer “do something” explain what and provide links. If you answer “know something” explain what, and include citations.

·      If there is currently public discussion about this event, what are the views currently circulating? How is yours different?

·      How did you become interested in this event? What personal experience do you have with this event?

If you’re interested in writing research in brief, consider which piece of your ongoing, original research you want to publish in this format. Like academic journals, we seek unpublished, original work. Unlike academic journals, we only publish in short format. Keeping that distinction in mind, consider writing about a concept in your research, or how that concept has been critically regarded, or one example of the kind of analysis you are engaging, or a small piece of your findings. The short form research essay will not be as extensive or as complete as the academic journal article, but it does need to be as rigorous and engaging as any more extended work.

Since this is a distillation of our experience, we thank all the women who have ever served on the  Editorial Group of Mujeres Talk and all the authors who have published on this site. A special thank you to Diana Rivera of Michigan State University who recently completed a one year term on our Editorial Group for her wise advice and guidance in creating mechanisms to ensure the continued success of the site.

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New e-resource for Korean Language Films http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/2015/04/21/new-e-resource-for-korean-language-films/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/2015/04/21/new-e-resource-for-korean-language-films/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:59:35 +0000 Matthew Bradley http://library.osu.edu/blogs/koreancollections/?p=358 OSUL added a new e-resource for video, audio and mixed media – Alexander Street, which  includes Korean language films. The list of films can be found in the Korean Studies Collection’s monthly New to the Collections website  starting from the February 2015 list. These films include different genres such as dramas, documentaries, short films, and animated films. Most films come with English subtitles and transcripts .

Here is a list of selected  films with transcripts or subtitles:

Here are some films with little or no dialog:

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Yurii Kyogoku Collection – Books with inscription by Itsuzo Kyogoku (京極 逸藏) http://library.osu.edu/blogs/japanese/2015/04/20/yurii-kyogoku-collection-books-with-inscription-by-itsuzo-kyogoku-%e4%ba%ac%e6%a5%b5-%e9%80%b8%e8%97%8f/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/japanese/2015/04/20/yurii-kyogoku-collection-books-with-inscription-by-itsuzo-kyogoku-%e4%ba%ac%e6%a5%b5-%e9%80%b8%e8%97%8f/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:03:13 +0000 Mina Kim http://library.osu.edu/blogs/japanese/?p=775 Yurii Kyogoku was a Serials Cataloger at OSU Libraries until her retirement in 1982. Born on April 13, 1916 near Hiroshima, Japan, Yurii came with her family to the United States in 1919 and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley.

When she retired and moved to Virginia, Yurii donated 523 volumes of Japanese books to the Ohio State University Libraries. Most of them were acquired by her father in California during the 20s and 30s, providing a rare glimpse into Japanese-American history. Continue reading

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Pause 4 Paws Returns to the Architecture Library! http://library.osu.edu/blogs/architecture/2015/04/20/pause-4-paws-returns-to-the-architecture-library/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/architecture/2015/04/20/pause-4-paws-returns-to-the-architecture-library/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:44:07 +0000 deavers.4@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/architecture/?p=1448 Therapy animals will visit the Architecture Library during finals week:


Wed. April 29 11a-1p

Thurs. April 30 11a-1p


Take a study break and relax with therapy animals in the library!


Pause 4 Paws

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Sample of Meta Slider http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/sample-of-meta-slider/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/sample-of-meta-slider/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:47:45 +0000 Beth Snapp http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=2694 ]]> http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/sample-of-meta-slider/feed/ 0 Spotlight on our GRAPHIC DETAILS guests for this weekend! http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/04/16/spotlight-on-our-graphic-details-guests-for-this-weekend/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/04/16/spotlight-on-our-graphic-details-guests-for-this-weekend/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:05:34 +0000 Caitlin McGurk http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/?p=3043 We are so excited for the opening program and reception for GRAPHIC DETAILS: CONFESSIONAL COMICS BY JEWISH WOMEN this Sunday, April 19th at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum!

This event is FREE and open to the public! You can find out more information about the program and exhibit here.
For now, we thought we’d give you a taste for what these fabulous women have in store for you by sharing a bit about their histories:


katin_sevenspoonfuls1Miriam Katin was born in Hungary in 1942, and immigrated to Israel after the Hungarian uprising of 1956. She apprenticed in a graphic arts studio in Tel Aviv, and from 1960-1962 served in the Israel Defense Forces as a graphic artist. She has had no formal education except for a passion for drawing her entire life. From 1981-1989, Katin worked in Ein Gedi Animation in Kibbutz Ein Gedi as a background designer, and from 1990 -2000 as a background designer for Jumbo Pictures/Nickelodeon, MTV Animation, and Disney Studios in New York. In 2000, Katin started creating her own comics. Her graphic novels are We Are On Our Own (Drawn & Quarterly, 2006) and Letting It Go (Drawn & Quarterly, 2013). Her work has been included in Best American Comics for 2007 and 2014. Katin’s awards include: 2006 Eisner Award nomination for Outstanding Short Story, 2006 Ignatz Award nomination for Outstanding Artist category, 2007 Grand Prix de la Critique of the Association des Critiques at Journalistses de Bande Dessinee, 2007 Inkpot Award for Outstanding contribution to the world of comics, and a 2013 nominated for Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist. Miriam currently lives in Washington Heights, NY with husband Geoff and a giant Ficus Benjamina tree. http://www.miriamkatin.com/
Award-winning herstorian and writer Trina Robbins has been writing books, comics, and graphic novels for over forty years. She has written and drawn comics from Wonder Woman to Barbie. Her 2009 book, The Brinkley Girls: the Best of Nell Brinkley’s Cartoons from 1913-1940 (Fantagraphics), and her 2011 book, “Tarpe Mills and Miss Fury,” were nominated for Eisner awards and Harvey awards. Her all-ages graphic novel, Chicagoland Detective Agency: The Drained Brains Caper, first in a 6-book series, was a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her graphic novel, “Lily Renee: Escape Artist,” was awarded a gold medal from Moonbeam Chidren’s Books and a silver medal from Sydney Taylor Jewish Library Awards. Trina’s most recent book is Pretty in Ink, her final and definitive history of women cartoonists. In 2013, Trina was voted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. http://www.trinarobbins.com/Trina_Robbins/Welcome.html



SARAH GLIDDENhow-to-understand-israel-in-60-days-or-less-main
Sarah Glidden’s first book, a graphic-memoir called “How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less”, was published by Vertigo in 2010 and was later translated into five languages. Her short comics and essays have been published in Ha’aretz, Symbolia Magazine, the Nib, and the Jewish Quarterly. Her second book, “Rolling Blackouts”, will be published by Drawn and Quarterly in 2016. sarahglidden.com



SARAH LIGHTMAN graphic details book cover copy
Sarah Lightman is  co-curator of Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women, and editor of “Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews” (McFarland 2014) which was just awarded The Susan Koppelman Prize for Best Feminist Anthology. She has contributed writings on comics to many books, newspapers and journals including The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Jewish Cultures ( Routledge 2014), The Unspeakable: Narratives of Trauma (Peter Lang 2014), Trauma Narratives and Herstory (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) and is a frequent contributor to Studies in Comics (Intellect Publishing). She is an award-winning fine artist, currently working on her autobiographical graphic novel The Book of Sarah (Myriad Editions 2017). She has also been making animated films from her drawings which she has exhibited in galleries in UK, US and Israel. She is director, with Nicola Streeten, of Laydeez do Comics, the UK’s only women’s led monthly comic forum now with branches worldwide.  www.sarahlightman.com

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Getting to Know the Research Commons: April 2015 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/04/14/3586/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/04/14/3586/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:39:12 +0000 Joshua Sadvari http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/?p=3586 We’re back for another installment of our monthly “Getting to Know the Research Commons” blog series, in which we feature one of the people or offices partnering with us to provide services that enable and support the work of the Ohio State research community.

In April, our featured expert is Melanie Schlosser, Ohio State’s Digital Publishing Librarian.

Melanie SchlosserJosh: What is the Libraries Publishing Program, and what types of services do you offer to researchers at Ohio State?

Melanie: I work mainly with faculty who edit scholarly journals, and I provide publishing support, as well as consulting and education on publishing-related topics. The Libraries is the publisher of record for a number of open access journals, which means we provide hosting, and technical and workflow support. I work closely with the editors on publication development and/or conversion from subscription access to open access, on developing peer review and editing workflows, and – in some cases – on journal production tasks like HTML layout editing. On the consulting side, I serve as a resource for the university community on digital and open access scholarly publishing, so I regularly field calls and emails from faculty who have questions or need help. My educational activities include working with the Research Commons on panels and workshops, and convening the OSU Journal Editors’ Group, which is a forum for editors from all disciplines to discuss common issues.

Josh: Can you tell us a little bit about your professional background and how you became involved in this particular area of research support?

Melanie: I have an undergraduate degree in English (Indiana University, ’01), so publishing is a topic near and dear to my heart. My work with the publishing program, however, was an evolution of my work with the Knowledge Bank, Ohio State’s institutional repository. As in many academic libraries, publishing support was developed here as an extension of the services we were already providing through our repository program – providing open access to scholarly content. In fact, I continue to work very closely with Maureen Walsh, the Institutional Repository Services Librarian, and the Knowledge Bank is one of the platforms we use for journal publishing. My ultimate goal is always to make scholarship more accessible, and supporting the work of journal editors is an important piece of the puzzle.

Josh: What are the most common questions or concerns that you encounter from researchers? What advice and assistance do you normally offer in these situations?

Melanie: One of the most common questions I get from editors is, “How can I get an Impact Factor for my journal?” or, “How can I raise my journal’s Impact Factor?” The Impact Factor gets used as a kind of shorthand for quality and prestige, but it’s not right for every journal, and focusing on it can lead to a sort of gamesmanship that doesn’t serve the scholarly community. When editors start talking about it, my job is to tease out what’s really going on, and to figure out how to help them reach their goals. Faculty journal editors, no matter their discipline, are concerned with maintaining or increasing the impact of the research they publish. Depending on the situation, that might involve increasing the quantity or quality of manuscripts submitted for publication, or making the journal more visible through scholarly databases or on the open web. And yes, sometimes they can benefit from having an Impact Factor, and I’m happy to help them navigate the application process.

Josh: Can you give an example of a particularly tricky situation that you helped a researcher navigate and that stands out in your mind?

Melanie: This isn’t a specific example, but it is a tricky situation I come across on a regular basis. For many years, journal publishing has been used as a source of revenue for scholarly societies, which have used the proceeds to subsidize administrative operations, conferences, scholarships, and more. Two factors are making that harder these days – the increasing competition for library dollars, and the move to open access publishing. Societies that are already seeing dwindling revenue from library journal subscriptions are now under pressure from their members, their editorial boards, or their editors to flip their subscription publications to open access. Even if their authors can subsidize the journal through author fees (most common in fields where research is grant-funded), they are unlikely to pull in the kind of revenue they did during the heyday of subscriptions. Unfortunately, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to this problem. Sometimes, on closer inspection, it will turn out that the journal isn’t paying for much other than itself, and we can help them figure out how to cut costs enough to open it up. At other times, they need to find other revenue streams. Those of us in the library publishing community are still grappling with how to best help in this situation. I approach it on a case-by-case basis, and try to help them find ways to adopt open access publishing, if that is their goal.

Josh: Why are you excited to be partnering with the Research Commons? How do you think this partnership might enhance the services you provide to the Ohio State research community?

Melanie: There is a real need for publishing-related education on campus. Publications are the currency of the academic world, but no one is really charged with teaching new scholars how to publish, or providing ongoing education to editors. I’ve done a smattering of educational programming over the years, but my focus is usually on developing and growing the publishing program and supporting our partners. After all – there’s only so much of me to go around! I’ve started working with Josh to create some interesting events through the Research Commons, and it’s amazing how much further my small efforts can go when put in the context of this wonderful new structure. I think the Research Commons is going to help me reach some new audiences, and I’m excited to serve as one of their ‘experts.’

For more information about the services provided by Melanie, or to contact her directly, visit her Libraries Publishing Program experts page.

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Workshop: Popular Visual Culture and Migration in the Mediterranean Region http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/04/07/workshop-popular-visual-culture-and-migration-in-the-mediterranean-region/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/04/07/workshop-popular-visual-culture-and-migration-in-the-mediterranean-region/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:47:26 +0000 Caitlin McGurk http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/?p=3022 Popular Visual Culture and Migration in the Mediterranean Region
Wednesday, April 15 – 2-4pm


Please join us on Wednesday, April 15th from 2-4pm for a workshop exploring the visual culture of migration in the Mediterranean region.

We will be viewing and discussing cartoons, graphic novels, and street art from Algeria, Morocco, France, Italy, Lebanon, and Israel / Palestine that depict migration, immigration, and the interaction of diverse cultures. We will also be considering how iconic images circulate between the page and other public contexts. Participants in this workshop will hone close visual reading skills alongside cultural knowledge, both related to the themes of migration, immigration, borders, and exile in a Mediterranean context.


This is a great chance to explore the rich holdings of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and OSU Libraries pertaining to migration in the Mediterranean region. Knowledge of French and Arabic will be helpful, but not necessary.

This workshop is open to all but since space and time are limited we suggest registering. Please email Poppy Thornton at thornton.98@osu.edu to register and receive pre-workshop suggested readings.

FREE and open to the public.


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Digital scholarship and the public domain http://library.osu.edu/blogs/digitalscholarship/2015/04/07/digital-scholarship-public-domain/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/digitalscholarship/2015/04/07/digital-scholarship-public-domain/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 15:59:49 +0000 Melanie Schlosser http://library.osu.edu/blogs/digitalscholarship/?p=1676 How the public domain promotes scholarship: Engaging Columbus uses 1922 OSU thesis to map Columbus neighborhoods | Copyright Corner

Looks like it’s cross-post Tuesday here on the Digital Scholarship blog! This second link is to a post on the Copyright Resources Center’s Copyright Corner blog. Maria Scheid writes about Engaging Columbus, an interesting collaborative project that makes use of digitized images from a 1922 OSU thesis. She uses the opportunity to talk about the important role of the public domain, but it’s also a great example of how digital technology can enable transformative scholarship, and a reminder of the curious life of online collections. When we digitize our content, it can be used in wonderful, creative ways that we never imaged when we put it on a scanner or submitted it to a repository. Read Maria’s post to learn more.

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