OSU Libraries Blogs http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/feed Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:19:07 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Release Notes, 2015.08.27 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/release-notes-2015-08-27/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/release-notes-2015-08-27/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:13:35 +0000 Russell Schelby http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=3133
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    Revised Sexual Misconduct Policy Effective September 1 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/27/revised-sexual-misconduct-policy-effective-september-1/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/27/revised-sexual-misconduct-policy-effective-september-1/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:35:56 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3710 Effective September 1, in interim status, the Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment, and Relationship Violence policy will serve as a unified campus policy. It will replace the current Sexual Harassment policy. This policy will apply to the entire Ohio State community, including faculty, staff, students, student employees, graduate associates, appointees, volunteers, vendors and visitors. In addition to broadening the scope to all sexual misconduct, the policy provides appropriate guidance for handling allegations. It also provides additional definitions, details and expanded reporting requirements for employees, as well as contact information.

    Under the revised policy, all university employees, except those exempted by legal privilege of confidentiality or expressly identified as a confidential reporter, have an obligation to report incidents of sexual assault. Any university employee who becomes aware of information that would lead a reasonable person to believe that sexual assault may have occurred involving anyone covered under this policy must report such information immediately.

    Faculty and staff may make such reports in a few ways:

    1. To report any information regarding sexual misconduct, contact the Title IX coordinator by emailing titleix@osu.edu.
    2. To report allegations of employee sexual misconduct, contact the Employee and Labor Relation team in the Office of Human Resources by calling 614-292-2800,   skype 614-292-2800 (OSUWMC employees contact 614-293-4988,   skype 614-293-4988), filing a Discrimination and Harassment Complaint form, or emailing sexualharassment@osu.edu.
    3. To report allegations of student sexual misconduct, contact the deputy Title IX coordinator in the Office of Student Conduct by calling 614-292-0748,   skype 614-292-0748 or emailing studentconduct@osu.edu.

    For more information, visit go.osu.edu/smpolicyrevision.

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    AAEC 2015 ANNUAL CONVENTION, SEPTEMBER 3-5 in COLUMBUS http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/08/26/aaec-2015-annual-convention-events-september-3-5-in-columbus/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/08/26/aaec-2015-annual-convention-events-september-3-5-in-columbus/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:16:09 +0000 Caitlin McGurk http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/?p=3205 AAEC2015logo_500

    The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) is hosting their annual convention in Columbus during Labor Day weekend. As part of this convention, the AAEC is holding public presentations and panel discussions featuring prominent professionals in the field, including Steve Brodner, Liza Donnelly, Jules Feiffer (via Skype), Peter Kuper, Mike Peters and more.

    All of the following events are  held at  Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD)
    FREE and open to the public.

    The AAEC is a professional association concerned with promoting the interests of staff, freelance, and student editorial cartoonists in the United States.

    September 3, 2015 – September 5, 2015
    Canzani Center, Columbus College of Art and Design
    60 Cleveland Avenue
    Columbus OH 43215



    6:30 p.m.Mike Peters: Legendary editorial cartoonist for the Dayton Daily News and creator ofMother Goose and Grimm

    Mike Peters photo

    Mike Peters is recognized as one of the country’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic strip cartoonist. He has been a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist for more than 30 years. Peters graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University and immediately began his career on the art staff of the Chicago Daily News. After 2 years in the Army, his mentor, the renowned World War II artist Bill Mauldin, helped him find a cartooning position on the Dayton Daily News where his work was syndicated to more than 400 newspapers worldwide. In 1981, Peters received a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. His work frequently appears in such publications as Newsweek, Time, U.S. News & World Report and The New Republic. Mother Goose and Grimm, the award-winning comic strip he created in 1984, now appears in more than 800 newspapers worldwide, and is consistently placed in the top 10 most popular comic strip ratings.


    10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Cartooning Campaign 2016

    As the 2016 presidential primary season looms, cartoonists pick their targets from a field flush with cartoonable candidates.

    Moderator: Jack Ohman (cartoonist, The Sacramento Bee)

    Panelists: Chip Bok (cartoonist, Creators Syndicate), Gary Varvel (cartoonist, The Indianapolis Star),Dwayne “Mr. Fish” Booth (cartoonist, freelance), Adam Zyglis (cartoonist, The Buffalo News)

    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Coloring Between the Lines

    Two cartoonists offer a peek at their coloring process and discuss color’s role in their art.

    Panelists: Steve Hamaker (cartoonist and colorist, PLOX and Jeff Smith’s Bone), Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher(cartoonist, The Baltimore Sun and The Economist)

    1:30 – 2:30 p.m.The Fine Art of Cartoonists

    By day, they are editorial cartoonists, tackling current events with pen and ink. By night, they are fine artists, pursuing the Muse in oil, clay, or acrylic. Cartoonists discuss how their outside artistic pursuits energize their work.

    Moderator: Ann Telnaes (cartoonist, The Washington Post)

    Panelists: Steve Sack (cartoonist, Minneapolis Star Tribune), Signe Wilkinson (cartoonist, Philadelphia Daily News)

    2:30 – 3:15 p.m. –  Steve Brodner: Legendary satirical illustrator and caricaturist

    Steve Brodner photo

    Steve Brodner is a satirical illustrator and caricaturist working for publications in the US since the 1970s. After getting his BFA at Cooper Union in 1976, Brodner became editorial cartoonist at The Hudson Dispatch, in Union City, New Jersey. He’s illustrated for The New York Times Book Review and his own journal, The New York Illustrated News. He also became a regular contributor to Harper’s Magazine with the monthly feature, “Ars Politica”. In the late 1980’s, he contributed to The National Lampoon, Sports Illustrated, Playboy and Spy and did portrait caricature, art journalism and a back-page political cartoon, “Adversaria” for Esquire.  Since then Brodner’s art journalism has appeared in most major magazines and newspapers in the United States including GQ, The Nation, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time, Mother Jones, and The Atlantic.

    3:30 – 4:15 p.m. –  Peter Kuper: Graphic Novelist   

    Peter Kuper photo

    Peter Kuper’s illustrations and comics have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world including MAD where he has written and illustrated SPY vs. SPY since 1997. He is the co-founder of World War 3 Illustrated, a political comix magazine and has been on the editorial board since 1979. He has produced over two dozen books including The System, Diario de Oaxaca, Drawn To New York and adaptations of many of Franz Kafka’s works into comics including The Metamorphosis. His most recent graphic novel Ruins chronicles the migration of the Monarch butterfly interwoven with a couples’ journey to Mexico. Kuper has been teaching comics courses at The School of Visual Arts for 25 years and is a visiting professor at Harvard University.


    9:30 – 10:30 a.m.Animating Satire

    Cartoonists push the boundaries of editorial cartooning with truly moving commentary.

    Panelists: Mike Thompson (cartoonist, Detroit Free Press), Mark Fiore (cartoonist, freelance), and Ann Telnaes (cartoonist, The Washington Post)

    10:30 a.m. – 12:10 pm. –  Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy (film screening)

    Synopsis: Twelve lovable lunatics, capturing the comic and tragic in all four corners of the Earth: cartoonists who risk their lives to defend democracy, with a smile on their faces and a pencil as their only weapon. They are French, Tunisian, Russian, American, Burkinabe, Chinese, Algerian, Ivorian, Venezuelan, Israeli, and Palestinian.

    1:15 – 2:00 p.m. –  Liza Donnelly: Politics Unusual at The New Yorker: Past and Present

    Cartoonist and writer Liza Donnelly discusses political cartoons of The New Yorker, her own included.

    Liza Donnelly photo

    Liza Donnelly is a contract cartoonist and writer with The New Yorker, where she has been drawing cartoons about culture and politics for over thirty years. She is also a columnist and cartoonist for Forbes.com, specializing in politics and women’s rights, and a featured weekly political cartoonist for Medium. Her writing and cartoons have appeared on many online publications including Politico, The Daily Beast, Open Salon, The New Yorker, CNN, Forbes, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and Women’s eNews. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Harvard Business Review,The Nation, Audubon, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, National Lampoon, American Photographer, Scholastic News, Cobblestone, and Habitat. Her most recent book is Women On Men, a collection of her cartoons and writing which was a 2014 finalist for the The Thurber Prize.

    2:00 – 3:30 p.m.Charlie Hebdo: Free Speech or Hate Speech: Drawing the Line after Charlie Hebdo

    Moderator: Jenny Robb, Curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

    Panelists: Dr. Mark McKinney, Professor of French and Italian at Miami University; Michael Alexander Kahn, Senior Council at Crowell Moring; co-author of What Fools These Mortals Be: The Story of Puck, May It Amuse the Court: Editorial Cartoons of the Supreme Court and the Constitution, and Political Cartoons and Caricatures: From the Collection of Michael Alexander KahnRob Rogers (cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette); and Matt Wuerker (cartoonist for Politico)

    4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Jules Feiffer: Legendary cartoonist for The Village Voice (via Skype)

    With Jeff Danziger (cartoonist, New York Times Syndicate/CWS) and Jack Ohman (cartoonist, theSacramento Bee)

    Jules Feiffer photo

    Raised in the Bronx, New York, Jules Feiffer started as an  apprentice with comic industry legend Will Eisner at the age of 16. His Pulitzer-winning and internationally syndicated cartoon, Feiffer, ran for 42 years in the Village Voice. Feiffer went on to publish dozens of books, plays, and screenplays. His sensibility permeated a wide range of creative work: from his Obie-winning play Little Murders, to his screenplay for Carnal Knowledge, to his Oscar-winning anti-military short subject animation Munro. Taking inspiration from his three daughters, he reinvented himself as a children’s book author with the award-winning books, Bark George,  I Lost My Bear, The Man in the Ceiling and A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears. Feiffer’s autobiography, Backing into Forward: A Memoir, was published in 2012. His most recent work, Kill My Mother: a Graphic Novel, was his first time working in the noir graphic novel form.

    * Schedule of events is subject to change 

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    Renovations at Geology Library nearing completion http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/26/renovations-at-geology-library-nearing-completion/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/26/renovations-at-geology-library-nearing-completion/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:33:29 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3708 The stacks and study spaces at the Geology Library will be open to the public beginning Monday, August 31, following renovation work over the summer.

    During the week of August 24, the Geology Library will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Customers can pick up holds, return items, and use course reserves and items that can be paged from the stacks. However, there will be no study space available. Normal hours resume August 31:

    • Monday – Thursday:  8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Saturday: closed
    • Sunday:  2 – 6 p.m.
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    Carmen Library Link http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/26/carmen-library-link/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/26/carmen-library-link/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:32:47 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3706 Fall semester is nearly here. Now is a good time to log in to Carmen Library Link (CLL) and make sure that you’ve created all the links you need for the coming term. It is also recommended you make sure that the links you’ve created use the correct guide, and that you have no links without a guide attached.

    If you have any questions about Carmen Library Link or need access, contact Diana Ramey. Have a great semester!

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    New Submission Tool Available for NewsNotes http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/26/new-submission-tool-available-for-newsnotes/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/26/new-submission-tool-available-for-newsnotes/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:32:24 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3704 A new tool available through the Libraries’ “Services Hub” on the staff intranet makes it easier to submit article suggestions, pictures and graphics for inclusion in NewsNotes, the staff newsletter. Developed by Libraries IT in collaboration with Libraries Communications, the new feature makes it simple to submit story ideas, provide special instructions, indicate the issue date that you would like the article published, and to upload photos, graphics or other files.  Communications will then be able to upload the information directly into both the staff intranet and NewsNotes.  In addition, the new feature will enable an upcoming enhancement to NewsNotes, designed to make the publication easier to scan and read.

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    Change in Email displays http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/26/change-in-email-displays/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/26/change-in-email-displays/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:32:00 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3702 Beginning August 19, if you set a Preferred First Name through my.osu.edu, you will notice a change in both your email display name and the name shown in Ohio State’s online Find People directory. Using the following example, you can see how Preferred First Name will be visible to fellow students, faculty and colleagues.  (The Libraries’ staff directory displays the preferred name only.)

    Before August 19: Jonathan Edward Smith goes by Jack. Jonathan is his primary name. Jack is his preferred name. Prior to August 19, the systems display his name as Smith, Jonathan (Jack).

    After August 19: only Smith, Jack will be the name displayed to fellow students, faculty and colleagues.

    This enhancement was made in response to requests from many across our community.


    What is a preferred first name?

    – Your primary name is your legal name and official name of record for your transcripts, Statement of Account, Buck ID, diploma, payroll, etc.
    – Your preferred first name is the name you are known by other than your legal first name.

    • Jonathan Edward Smith goes by Jack. Jonathan is his primary name. Jack is his preferred name. The systems will now recognize “Jack Smith” as his name.
    • Steve Jones identifies as Sarah. Steve is her primary name. Sarah is her preferred name. The systems will now recognize “Sarah Jones” as her name.


    How do you change your preferred first name?

    If you notice your preferred first name is not what you intended, you can change it by going to my.osu.edu and following these easy steps:

    – Log in to my.osu.edu
    – Click on My OSU Identity Information
    – You can add, change or delete the value in the Preferred First Name field

    Once saved, your preferred first name will sync to lots of systems – including my.osu.edu, Student and/or Applicant Center, Employee Self Service, email, Carmen, class rosters and the OSU Find People directory. We appreciate your patience as your preferred name synchronizes throughout connected systems.


    How do you change your primary name?

    Your primary name is your legal name and official name of record for your transcripts, Statement of Account, Buck ID, diploma, payroll and etc.

    If you need to change your primary name due to a legal name change or any other reason, complete the Change of Record Form:

    – For Students: https://registrar.osu.edu/students/req_chng_rec.pdf
    – For Faculty and Staff: http://controller.osu.edu/forms/payroll/ChangeRecord.pdf

    Need more help?
    Additional assistance is available through the IT Service Desk. Use the contact information below or visit one of our BuckeyeBar locations at Thompson Library or Tech Hub.

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    Time is Running out http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/26/time-is-running-out/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/26/time-is-running-out/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:30:43 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3697 nn1

    Faculty and staff who were eligible for medical benefits before August 1, 2015, must complete a Personal Health and Well-Being Assessment (PHA) and biometric screening before September 30, 2015, in order to be eligible for full medical plan choice in 2016 through open enrollment. Completing these requirements will also provide faculty and staff with a $360 annual premium credit.   http://yp4h.osu.edu/


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    Attend the Ohio GIS Conference for Free! http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/08/26/2015-ohio-gis-conference/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/08/26/2015-ohio-gis-conference/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:40:21 +0000 Joshua Sadvari http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/?p=4119 The Ohio Chapter of the Urban Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) is inviting students to submit applications to attend the 2015 Ohio GIS Conference for free!

    The chapter has set aside funds to pay the registration fee for a limited number of students seeking assistance. This opportunity is for students who are currently enrolled full-time (or recently graduated in the last six months) in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program at an Ohio college or university.

    To be considered, students are required to fill out the request form on Page 2 of URISA’s sponsorship announcement. Please also fill out the Conference Registration form on Page 3 so that you can be registered for the conference should you be chosen to attend for free.

    The application and registration forms should be emailed to chair@ohurisa.org by Monday, August 31, 2015.

    The 2015 Ohio GIS Conference will take place September 21-23 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus, and this year’s agenda is full of interesting workshops and technical sessions!

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    Welcome http://library.osu.edu/blogs/askafriend/2015/08/26/welcome/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/askafriend/2015/08/26/welcome/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:25:19 +0000 cerqua.1@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/myfriendknows/?p=12 I want to welcome you to a new blog written for OSU students by OSU students working in Reference at the Library.  Each post will focus on tips and hints to help you find information or services at the library.   Look for new posts each week during the semester.

    Our bloggers for the semester are:


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    Check out our new LibGuide! http://library.osu.edu/blogs/musicdance/2015/08/25/check-out-our-new-libguide/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/musicdance/2015/08/25/check-out-our-new-libguide/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:50:06 +0000 Jarod Ogier http://library.osu.edu/blogs/musicdance/?p=73
    Head over to our new Libguide at go.osu.edu/mus and explore the vast resources available from the Music & Dance library. What’s a  Libguide, you ask? It’s a comprehensive online research destination where you can search the library catalog, find out which items are on reserve for your course, get access to research resources for music and dance, stream audio and video, and much more!

    Our Libguide is also accessible from your mobile device, so log in with your smartphone or tablet for access to library resources on the go. Click on the image below to visit the guide. If you’d like a quick tutorial in person, stop by our circulation desk on the 2nd floor of the 18th Avenue Library. We’d love to help!




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    Copyright in the Libraries: Digital Content Services (Part 1) http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/08/25/copyright-in-the-libraries-digital-content-services-part-1/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/08/25/copyright-in-the-libraries-digital-content-services-part-1/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:45:05 +0000 Jessica Chan http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/?p=807 Copyright touches many library services because we collect, share and loan original works fixed in a wide variety of tangible media. The Copyright Resources Center conducted a series of informational interviews with faculty and staff from various areas of The Ohio State University Libraries to discuss the ways in which they engage with copyright issues. This blog series documents those conversations, and highlights how copyright law helps to shape services provided by the Libraries. See all available posts in the series here.

    Photo of Melanie Schlosser

    Melanie Schlosser, Digital Publishing Librarian

    Digital Content Services at The OSU Libraries include the Libraries’ Publishing Program and the Knowledge Bank, OSU’s institutional repository (this post focuses on the Libraries’ Publishing Program, while Digital Content Services: Part 2 will discuss the Knowledge Bank). Melanie Schlosser (Digital Publishing Librarian) and Maureen Walsh (Institutional Repository Services Librarian) are interim co-heads of Digital Content Services; Melanie and Maureen met with me to discuss how copyright affects their work in the publishing program and the institutional repository. In fact, they observed that not a day goes by when they aren’t thinking about copyright, as they are constantly working with copyrighted materials and “someone else’s content.”

    Continue reading

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    International Journal of Cartography http://library.osu.edu/blogs/maps/2015/08/21/international-journal-of-cartography/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/maps/2015/08/21/international-journal-of-cartography/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:09:34 +0000 wagner.19@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/maps/?p=223 This new journal is published for the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and will be published twice a year in paper and online.

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    TRI DISPLAY FEATURES NEW ACQUISITIONS! http://library.osu.edu/blogs/theatre-research-institute/2015/08/21/tri-display-features-new-acquisitions/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/theatre-research-institute/2015/08/21/tri-display-features-new-acquisitions/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:23:29 +0000 Orville Martin http://library.osu.edu/blogs/theatre-research-institute/?p=683 Here at the Theatre Research Institute we are always busy acquiring new items and collections to support the research of our students, faculty and worldwide visitors. Some of the treasures we have acquired are currently on display in the Thompson Library Special Collections display area.


    New TRI Acquisitions Display

    New TRI Acquisitions Display

    Below is a list of the included items:


    [Stratford-upon-Avon] [n.d., c. 1800]. British Theatre Collection.

    Fragment of wood from Shakespeare’s Mulberry Tree, bearing the seal of John Doubleday and inscribed with a note by Doubleday: “A fragment of the Mulberry Tree planted by Wm. Shakespeare at Stratford upon Avon, given me by the Revd. Thos. Rackett, one of the executors, for the famous 18-century actor David Garrick.” John Doubleday (circa 1799-1856), was a dealer in casts of coins, and an object restorer for the British Museum.


    1868. Charles H. McCaghy Collection of Exotic Dance from Burlesque to Clubs.

    Lydia Thompson [a.k.a. Eliza Hodges Thompson] (1838-1908) was born in London, where she became a popular actress, dancer and theatrical producer. In 1868 she came to America with a burlesque troupe called the “British Blondes.” The troupe was a hit in New York and then went on an extremely popular national tour lasting almost six years. Thompson returned to England in 1874, but came back to perform in the United States several more times before her death.


    1935-36. Cole Porter’s Jubilee Collection.

    Jubilee is a musical comedy with a book by Moss Hart and music and lyrics by Cole Porter. It premiered on Broadway in October 1935 to great reviews. Several of its songs became popular, including “Begin the Beguine” and “Just One of Those Things.”


    Jubilee Photos

    Jubilee Photos


    various dates. Ralph MacPhail, Jr., Howdy Doody Collection.

    The Howdy Doody Show is a program that was telecast on the NBC network in the United States from 1947 until 1960. The show featured Howdy Doody (a red-haired, freckled marionette) and several other recurring puppet and human characters. It was a groundbreaking children’s television show that combined educational content with entertainment. It was also one of the first programs to use extensive merchandising and branding on a wide variety of products.


    1940. Martha Scott Collection.

    Actress Martha Scott (1912 – 2003) had a career that spanned more than fifty years. She originated the role of Emily Webb in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town on Broadway in 1938 and played the role in the 1940 film version. She was also featured in several other major films including The Ten Commandments, and Ben-Hur. From 1979 to 1985 she had a continuing role on the popular television series Dallas. Scott also co-produced the stage and film versions of Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee’s First Monday in October.


    mid-20th century. Jesse and Rochelle Shereff Gilbert and Sullivan Collection

    This “toby jug” depicts the character of the Major General from the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance. A set of fourteen jugs was created by Shorter & Sons, Ltd. based on the characters from The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company’s productions. The designs depict the actual costumes worn by the actors, with each posing in the best possible stance to portray their character.


    1981. Film Promotions Collection.

    Butterfly McQueen (1911-1995) was an actress who appeared in numerous films and television series throughout the mid-20th century.

    She is most well-known for her portrayal of Prissy in Gone With the Wind (1939). In addition to signing the front of this photo, Ms. McQueen also wrote an inscription on the back: “To whom it may concern: This is a publicity photo of Prissy; she is never so “happy” in “G.W.T.W.” Butterfly McQueen 2/81.

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    Take a Lap Around The Oval & Hit The Road With The Buckeyes http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/19/take-a-lap-around-the-oval-hit-the-road-with-the-buckeyes/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/19/take-a-lap-around-the-oval-hit-the-road-with-the-buckeyes/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:47:03 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3691 Football season is just around the corner, which also marks the arrival of the 6th annual YP4H walking challenge. Mark your calendar for Friday, Sept. 11, for the kick-off of Hit the Road with the Buckeyes and Take a Lap around the Oval from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Event details are still being confirmed and more information will be coming soon. In the meantime, start putting together your 4-6 person team and get ready to ‘Walk like a Champion!’

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    Group Paperwork Sessions Available for Student Hires http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/19/group-paperwork-sessions-available-for-student-hires/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/19/group-paperwork-sessions-available-for-student-hires/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:46:22 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3689 You can schedule time to complete all student hire paperwork as a group.  If you have orientation for your student hires, this is a great time for the HR Associate to complete the hire paperwork at your location, or at Bricker Hall.  Contact HR Associate Alyssa Kitchen, 614-292-5421,  kitchen.103@osu.edu to schedule

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    Resource Commons Construction Underway http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/19/resource-commons-construction-underway/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/19/resource-commons-construction-underway/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:45:54 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3687 A reminder to staff that construction has begun on the Research Commons at 18th Avenue Library, and that the third floor will be closed off during fall semester. You should call ahead if you are meeting with an 18th Avenue Library staff member and make arrangements to gain access to the third floor.

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    Predatory publishers, solicitation scams, and unethical publishing practices: The Research Commons needs your stories! http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/19/predatory-publishers-solicitation-scams-and-unethical-publishing-practices-the-research-commons-needs-your-stories/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/19/predatory-publishers-solicitation-scams-and-unethical-publishing-practices-the-research-commons-needs-your-stories/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:45:15 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3685 This year during International Open Access Week (October 19-25), the Research Commons, in partnership with the Libraries’ Publishing Program and the Copyright Resources Center, will host a panel discussion about the potentials and pitfalls of Open Access publishing. As we prepare, we invite OSU faculty, postdocs and graduate students to share your experiences with unscrupulous publishers and questionable publishing practices. We will use your experiences to inform our program, and may ask your permission to share especially relevant stories more widely. Please email your story to Melanie Schlosser (schlosser.40@osu.edu) by September 1.


    Program organizers: Josh Sadvari (Research Commons Program Manager), Sandra Enimil (Head, Copyright Resources Center), and Melanie Schlosser (Digital Publishing Librarian).

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    MarcEdit Workshop for Catalogers August 31 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/19/marcedit-workshop-for-catalogers-august-31/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/19/marcedit-workshop-for-catalogers-august-31/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:44:37 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3683 The Cataloging Policy, Processing and Training Committee (CPPT) is pleased to announce the MarcEdit Workshop for Catalogers.” This MarcEdit workshop has been designed to meet the needs of a broad range of users – from those very new to the program, to more seasoned users.  The workshop will seek to provide a broad overview of the application, outlining global functions, automation, workflows, etc.  The workshop will use real-world examples to demonstrate different concepts, as well as introduce new functionality targeting the transition to the semantic web.

    • Speaker:    Terry Reese, MarcEdit creator
    • When:        August 31
    • Where:       Thompson Library Room 165
    • Time:          10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


    If you have any questions about this workshop, please contact Magda El-Sherbini (247-7456) or el-sherbini.1@osu.edu

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    Script Ohio on Google http://library.osu.edu/blogs/maps/2015/08/18/script-ohio-on-google/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/maps/2015/08/18/script-ohio-on-google/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:16:27 +0000 wagner.19@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/maps/?p=220 It’s almost Fall and time for Football.  It’s also time for the OSU Marching Band to perform Script Ohio.

    Some Buckeye Fans decided to do a little walking and mapped out Ohio on Google Maps.


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    Copyright in the Libraries: Government Publications http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/08/18/copyright-in-the-libraries-government-publications/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/08/18/copyright-in-the-libraries-government-publications/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:45:27 +0000 Jessica Chan http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/?p=782 Copyright touches many library services because we collect, share and loan original works fixed in a wide variety of tangible media. The Copyright Resources Center conducted a series of informational interviews with faculty and staff from various areas of The Ohio State University Libraries to discuss the ways in which they engage with copyright issues. This blog series documents those conversations, and highlights how copyright law helps to shape services provided by the Libraries. See all available posts in the series here.

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    Mary Ann Ries, Library Associate

    The OSU Libraries have been collecting government publications for over a century: since it became a Federal Depository Library in 1902. Government publications may be generally defined as any material (print or digital) published by any government agency, including federal, state, county, and city. The collection at OSUL includes U.S. government materials from all of the above categories, and also includes international materials. I met with Mary Ann Ries, Library Associate for Research and Education, to discuss our government publications collection and how copyright affects this particular collection.

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    Access the August 2015 Issue of “Research Development and Grant Writing News” http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/08/17/august-2015-issue/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/08/17/august-2015-issue/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:41:55 +0000 agnoli.1@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/?p=4094 Visit http://go.osu.edu/grantwritingnews (OSU login required).

    Topics this month include:

    • Is There a Need for Your Proposed Project?
    • Make Your Case for Value-Added Benefits
    • Implicit Requirements: Dark Matter of the Research Solicitation
    • Strategic Planning for an NSF ERC
    • Agency News, Reports, & Roadmaps
    • New Funding Opportunities and much more

    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

    Request for Information: Strategies for Simplifying NIH’s Grant Application Instructions Link
    Early Career Research Program: Department of Energy – Office of Science Link
    The Community for Advancing Research Discovery in Education Link
    Mentoring for the Postdoctoral/Early Career Researcher: Key Elements and Broader Impacts Link
    NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Solicitation Link
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    From the Director – August 17, 2015 – Mentoring http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/17/from-the-director-august-17-2015-mentoring/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/17/from-the-director-august-17-2015-mentoring/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:00:26 +0000 batts.8@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3656 We hear a lot these days about paying it forward. There are lots of good examples of our students going on service trips during spring break or our athletes visiting children in the hospital etc. As I reflect on my own career, it’s easy for me to see a number of situations where I have been the beneficiary of someone paying it forward. In particular, my career would not have been what it was without the role of mentors.


    Dana C. Rooks, retired Dean of Libraries, University of Houston

    Professionally, Dana Rooks was my first, and last, mentor. I met her during the interview for my first position as a serials retrospective conversion cataloger at the University of Houston. She was the person who convinced UH’s director of libraries to give me a chance as the Head of the Acquisitions Department with only a year of library (or really even work) experience under my belt. She went out on a limb for me by appointing me, and then began to mentor me immediately.

    In late July, I traveled to Houston to attend the retirement celebration for Dana where I spoke about her impact on me, the library profession and most definitely on the University of Houston. The list of those she has mentored is long and I count myself lucky to have encountered her so very early in my own career. She has provided me with mountains of sage advice. In those early days of my career before the Internet, we wrote memos. I would often appear in her office with my memo in hand addressed to someone who had really ticked me off. Dana’s response – do you feel better? Mine, of course, yes. And hers – okay now let’s write one we can actually send. Of course, I have a thousand stories I could tell about Dana and her influence on me.

    When I took my first position as a dean of libraries, Dana saw me through an intense period of adjustment as I learned this new role.

    William J. Crowe, retired Dean of Libraries, University of Kansas

    I will be eternally grateful to Bill for one single act – hiring me into my first position at The Ohio State University Libraries. I couldn’t have known at that time how critical that decision would be to the rest of my life and how important Bill would be to me in that next stage of my career. In addition to career and work advice, I remember Bill most for innumerable small acts of kindness. The first – having been hired sometime in the spring of 1987 but not planning to start my new position until October 1 – Bill thoughtfully arranged to have my new business cards created and then ferried them to the ALA Annual Conference in June so that I would have them to give out to folks. (This was, of course, a time when we did not have email as a way of sharing this kind of information. The business card was a very important networking tool.) In a second example, I will never forget the sympathy note that Bill wrote me in 1989 when my father died rather suddenly. He has always known exactly what to say.

    Mentors also come in small doses. What I mean by that is that you can have a good colleague to whom you would never affix the formal title of mentor, but that individual will on occasion and perhaps just once, provide you with a very sage piece of advice just at the time you need it. That list of individuals is very long for me.


    So, as my own career has advanced I have tried to pay it forward by being a mentor myself. And I’ll leave it to others to decide what impact that has had. But I can say, that being a mentor is highly rewarding as well.

    I am grateful to those who have mentored me and to those who have allowed me to share my own experiences with them.

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    Schlosser appointed to OSU Press Editorial Board http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/13/schlosser-appointed-to-osu-press-editorial-board/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/13/schlosser-appointed-to-osu-press-editorial-board/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:57:47 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3676 Melanie Schlosser, digital publishing librarian, has been appointed to a three-year term on the editorial board of The Ohio State University Press. The board consists of nine OSU faculty who help the Press to find and publish the best possible scholarship in the disciplines in which it works. The Press has historically published in a number of areas,Melanie Schlosser including literary studies, the classics, medieval studies, Victorian studies, comic studies, creative writing, and linguistics, and is currently exploring acquisitions in new areas that align with strengths on campus.

    More information about the Press itself and its publication program can be found at http://www.ohiostatepress.org.

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    American Geographical Society Library Fellowships: Call for Applications http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/08/13/ags-library-fellowships/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/08/13/ags-library-fellowships/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:17:17 +0000 Joshua Sadvari http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/?p=4069 The American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, welcomes applications for two short-term research fellowship programs.

    The AGS Library fellowship program was created to give scholars an opportunity to pursue their work in proximity to a distinguished collection of primary sources from the 15th century to the present, including maps, atlases, books, periodicals, film media, and digital data files.

    Eligible candidates for these fellowships include established scholars and doctoral students who have completed their coursework and are at the stage of writing their dissertations.

    Applications must be received at the AGS Library by October 31, 2015.

    For more information about the AGS Library fellowship program and details on how to apply, visit: AGS Library Research Fellowships.

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    Crowd-sourcing Challenge: TOBY PRESS Romance Comics! http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/08/12/crowd-sourcing-challenge-toby-press-romance-comics/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/08/12/crowd-sourcing-challenge-toby-press-romance-comics/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 20:51:39 +0000 Caitlin McGurk http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/?p=3193 Cartoon Library friends and fans, we need your help!

    Recently, we’ve had the sheer joy of cataloging a large collection of original art from old romance comics, all published by the long-defunct Toby Press.  While many of the works we came across were immediately recognizable, there are a few that have us stumped.

    Can YOU identify the artists for the following six romance stories?

    Note: These images are only the covers of the stories, though we do have the inside pages available if they will aid in your sleuthing. The first page of the story has been used where the covers were not available.

    Help us by leaving a comment with your discoveries below!
    Click on the images to zoom in for a closer look.

    Forms part of the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection

    Forms part of the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection

    Forms part of the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection

    Forms part of the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection

    Forms part of the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection

    Forms part of the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection

    Forms part of the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection

    Forms part of the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection

    Forms part of the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection

    Forms part of the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection

    Forms part of the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection

    Forms part of the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection

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    Happy Birthday, Sarah Piatt! http://library.osu.edu/blogs/rarebooks/2015/08/11/happy-birthday-sarah-piatt/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/rarebooks/2015/08/11/happy-birthday-sarah-piatt/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 21:29:31 +0000 Lisa Iacobellis http://library.osu.edu/blogs/rarebooks/?p=487 19th century painting of a party

    “Hip, Hip, Hurrah!”  Peder Severin Krøyer, 1888 (Gothenburg Mus. of Art)

    We recognize today the 1836 birth of poet Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt.  Born in Kentucky, she married into the Piatt family in 1861, whose castles in West Liberty,  Ohio are a popular tourist destination ( http://www.piattcastles.org/ ).  The Rare Books and Manuscripts Library holds a valuable collection of research material on Piatt as well as original published versions of her poems in books and newspapers, making it a destination for Piatt scholars. Contact rarebooks@osu.edu for more details about the collections, and watch this space for announcements about two digitization projects currently underway.

    On this special anniversary therefore, we claim her as our own, and raise a glass to her memory!

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    Logan Elm Press and the Libraries’ Center for the Book Arts http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/11/logan-elm-press-and-the-libraries-center-for-the-book-arts/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/11/logan-elm-press-and-the-libraries-center-for-the-book-arts/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:39:53 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3672 From Vice Provost and Director of Libraries Carol Diedrichs: 

    An important decision has been made recently which impacts a unit of University Libraries.  First, some context.

    The Logan Elm Press (LEP), together with the Libraries’ Center for the Book Arts, was founded in 1978. LEP focused on preserving and advancing the age-old technology of the book. The Press published unique, handmade limited edition books; the Center brought together editors, designers, scholars, writers, craftspeople and artists for hands-on, interdisciplinary teaching and learning experiences.

    Since the retirement of former press operations head Bob Tauber in late 2014, University Libraries and the College of Arts and Sciences have been seeking potential paths for LEP that would allow the operation to carry on.  Although there had been interest expressed in continuing the press, a sustainable strategy is not feasible at this time.

    As a result, after consultation with Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph Steinmetz and the College of Arts and Sciences, the Logan Elm Press and the Center for the Book Arts suspended operations on August 1, 2015.

    This was a difficult decision, and one that was not made lightly. LEP has a rich history, and made an important contribution to the university and the broader community.  But the reality is that, even with the support of endowment funds, the resources for maintaining the operation are not available.


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    Copyright in the Libraries: Preservation and Reformatting http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/08/11/copyright-in-the-libraries-preservation-and-reformatting/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/08/11/copyright-in-the-libraries-preservation-and-reformatting/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 13:45:08 +0000 Jessica Chan http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/?p=815 Copyright touches many library services because we collect, share and loan original works fixed in a wide variety of tangible media. The Copyright Resources Center conducted a series of informational interviews with faculty and staff from various areas of The Ohio State University Libraries to discuss the ways in which they engage with copyright issues. This blog series documents those conversations, and highlights how copyright law helps to shape services provided by the Libraries. See all available posts in the series here.

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    Emily Shaw,
    Head of Preservation & Reformatting

    Preservation and reformatting at The OSU Libraries encompass a wide variety of activities, some of which are not as affected by copyright while others engage with copyright issues on a regular basis. Reformatting primarily means digitization, and preservation efforts include systematically preserving print collections by repairing damaged collections, binding journals and paperbacks, monitoring collection environments, and more. Emily Shaw is Head of the Preservation and Reformatting Department at The OSU Libraries, and she met with me to discuss the ways in which copyright affects her department.

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    The Marlin Mine and Women’s Resistance http://library.osu.edu/blogs/mujerestalk/2015/08/11/the-marlin-mine-and-womens-resistance/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/mujerestalk/2015/08/11/the-marlin-mine-and-womens-resistance/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 13:00:42 +0000 mujerestalk http://library.osu.edu/blogs/mujerestalk/?p=3173 Mountaintop gravel mining in Guatemala. Photo taken by Tim O'Brien. CC BY NC ND 2.0

    Mountaintop gravel mining in Guatemala. Photo taken by Tim O’Brien. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    by Nancy Sabas

    With the permission of the author, we are republishing a blog essay by Nancy Sabas on Indigenous Mam Mayan women resisting mining operations in their community of San Miguel Ixtahuacán in the highlands of Guatemala. The essay originally appeared on the Latin American Advocacy Blog in June 2015 and is republished here with additional reference notes for readers.

    Was it you who sent the miners?
    They violate the womb of Mother Earth
    They take the gold, destroying the hills.
    One gram of blood is worth more than a thousand kilos of gold.
    What about my people?
    And you, my God, where are you hiding?
    Fear paralyzes us
    My people are sold and they do not realize it.

    -Portion of a song written by the Parish of San Miguel Ixtahuacán.

    A few weeks ago, I organized a learning tour for North American participants to discuss the mining industry in Guatemala, On the tour, we visited the department of San Marcos and surrounding communities that deal with this problem.

    Mining operations in Guatemala are not a recent issue. In 1998, two years after the signing of the peace agreement following a harsh civil war, the Foreign Investment Law removed the restrictions on trade with Guatemala, which attracted transnational companies to enter the country. Among the various companies, Goldcorp, a Canadian extractive company with high interest in exploiting gold, stands out.

    After a license granted by the Guatemalan government, the Marlin mine, operated by Montana Exploradora, a subsidiary of Goldcorp, began its operations in the community of San Miguel in western Guatemala. This was done without prior community consultation, even though it is an obligatory requirement of various international and national laws.¹  In 2009, Goldcorp stopped appearing in the Canadian Jantzi Social Index for ethical investment due to the controversial use of cyanide in their operations.²  Currently the Marlin mine is considered the most lucrative mine that Goldcorp owns worldwide.

    During our trip, we visited the community and interviewed community members to hear their side of the story. I met Crisanta Pérez, a Mayan Mam woman with 6 children who lives with determination, loyal to her philosophy of caring for Mother Earth and defending her territory. Crisanta resists and denounces Goldcorp’s environmental and community violations.  Despite facing intimidation, 14 arrest warrants and criminalization for her work in defense of her territory and human rights, Crisanta stands firm. When we asked her how the resistance movement in San Miguel was born, she explained, ”There are many men who work as miners in the company. Our community is divided in opinions, and although some of the men disagree with the mining operations in the community, they do not take a position because they are working there. It is for this reason that the resistance movement in San Miguel against mining started from the women.¨

    As an indigenous woman, Crisanta faces various levels of oppression. However, she resists the roles imposed by a patriarchal hegemonic system, and has become a public figure, with a voice, empowered with knowledge about her rights and equipped to assertively demand the vindication of environmentally sustainable traditional practices, in line with the Mayan worldview. In addition, Crisanta tirelessly denounces the massive exploitation of resources.
    ¨Transnational companies are destroying the most valuable thing we have, Mother Earth,¨ Crisanta explained during our visit.

    With her focus from the periphery, Crisanta defies the ruling capitalist logic that sacrifices the sacred elements (Mother Earth) and whose goal is the strict accumulation of wealth. The position of inequality that Crisanta has, along with other Mam women, enables her to integrate a more holistic perspective in line with her worldview and allows her to critique the mining operations from a Maya Mam light. These women, based on their condition of oppression, have the ability to see with clarity from the base. This viewpoint enables them to understand the world from their ancestral worldview, as well as the reality of the mestizo (the Guatemalan State), and the dominant white (Goldcorp). This understanding contrasts the power groups’ viewpoint who understand and legitimize their knowledge as the only valid form of knowing. The women have become privileged epistemic subjects, for not being ¨contaminated¨ with only one way of knowledge that comes from an advantageous social position.

    A member of the catholic parish, an indigenous Mam woman facing towards the marlin mine. Photo credit: Matthew Kok.

    A member of the Catholic parish, an indigenous Mam woman facing towards the Marlin mine. Photo credit: Matthew Kok. Used with permission of author.

    The case of mining in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, its environmental impact and the criminalization of women activists, can be understood from an ecofeminist perspective. As Vandana Shiva, in her book Stolen Harvest states: ¨For more than two centuries, patriarchal, eurocentric, and anthropocentric scientific discourse has treated women, other cultures, and other species as objects. Experts have been treated as the only legitimate knowers. For more than two decades, feminist movements, Third World and indigenous people’s movements, and ecological and animal-rights movements have questioned this objectification and denial of subjecthood.¨ The Guatemalan state and the mining company, driven by their focus on production, consumption and accumulation of wealth fail to respect the sovereignty and spirituality of indigenous peoples. The Mayan worldview is trampled by a mercantilist system that does not recognize the land as sacred, positioning man/production over woman /nature.

    Crisanta and the anti-mining resistance group of San Miguel are reluctant to embrace the imposition of a clearly western and patriarchal “development” that despises life in the periphery and legitimizes abuse from its position of power. On the contrary, the women demand ¨the good life which according to their worldview and ancestral knowledge, consists in the search for harmony and balance with Mother Earth and all forms of existence. This philosophy of living naturally disapproves all forms of accumulation and exploitation that would alter the harmonious coexistence and quality of life of other beings.

    In 2008, the Pastoral Commission of Peace and Ecology (COPAE) of San Marcos along with other organizations doing independent studies presented their detections of arsenic, aluminum, copper, manganese, and other metals in some water sources near the Marlin mine. The poor management of the mine waste and their presence in natural sources of water is a good explanation for the increase in gastrointestinal and skin diseases among the neighbors of the nearby communities.

    During my visit, as we were interviewing members of the Parish of the San Miguel community, we talked about how racism was politically used to justify these atrocities. A parishioner tearfully explained, abuse is legitimized under the premise that ¨the Indians are dirty and unhygienic.¨ The hierarchy of race or gender is illogical and cannot be interpreted if it does not fall within a base structure with political interest. This is a clear example, where the discrediting and discrimination of a population is aligned with neoliberalist interest.

    ¨On the threshold of the third millennium, liberation strategies must ensure that human freedom is not achieved at the expense of other species, that freedom of one race or gender is not based on the increasing subjugation of other races and genders. In each of these struggles for freedom, the challenge is to include the other.¨ –Vandana Shiva

    For me, Crisanta´s resistance is a miracle born from an oppressed community. The same system that abused and excluded Mam women, now is the same that caused the conditions for them to become creators of new knowledge outside of a dominant perspective. The heart and unbreakable spirit of these women defending their territory and returning to their ancestral knowledge, translates their struggles against the violation of the land to their female bodies and vice versa. They are women who cling to their indigenous philosophy of the ¨Good Life,¨ seeking harmony and sustainable living between people and nature peacefully. Under that view, Crisanta and the women of San Miguel Ixtahuacán rethink, deconstruct and reconstruct themselves.

    Take action:
    Send a letter to your congressmen to ensure that ensure that Canadian oil, mining and gas companies live up to international human rights, labour and environmental standards:


    1.  S. James Anaya, “Preliminary Note on the Application of the Principle of Consultation with Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala and the Case of the Marlin Mine, ” UN Human Rights Council Report A/HRC/15/37/App. 8 (July 8, 2010), http://unsr.jamesanaya.org/special-reports/preliminary-note-on-the-application-of-the-principle-of-consultation-with-indigenous-peoples-in-guatemala-and-the-case-of-the-marlin-mine-2010

    2. Jantzi Research Client Alert (2008), https://goldcorpoutofguatemala.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/jantziresearch-alert-080430-goldcorp-final.pdf

    3. Vandana Shiva, Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply, (Boston: South End Press, 2000).

    Nancy Sabas, originally from Honduras, currently lives in Guatemala as a exchange coordinator for the Mennonite Central Committee. She has a degree in Business Management and is a current student in a feminist studies certification course provided by Ixchel women´s collective in Guatemala City.

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    GEO LIB New Book Shelf week of 8-10-15 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/geology/2015/08/10/geo-lib-new-book-shelf-week-of-8-10-15/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/geology/2015/08/10/geo-lib-new-book-shelf-week-of-8-10-15/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:58:16 +0000 dittoe.1@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/geology/?p=530 TITLE        The archaeology of Fazzān v.1-4, cd-rom / D.J. Mattingly [and others] ;
    edited by David J. Mattingly.
    IMPRINT      Tripoli : Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahariya,
    Dept. of Antiquities ; London : Society for Libyan Studies, [2003]- [2013]
    IMPRINT      ©2003-©2013.
    CALL #       DT238.F5 A73 2003.

    TITLE        Earth revealed [7 DVD set]/ Intelecom,
    Corporation for Community College Television ;
    produced and directed by Robert Lattanzio ;
    written by Glenn Kamman, David Stansfield, Deane Rink,
    Richard Bellikoff, Maureen Muldaur, Sally V. Beaty ;
    Executive producer, Sally V. Beaty.IMPRINT
    South Burlington, Vt. : Annenberg Media ; [St. Louis, Mo.] :
    Annenberg Learner, [1992]
    IMPRINT      ℗©1992.
    CALL #       QE26.2 .E27 1992 DVD.

    TITLE        Minerals of Ohio / by Ernest H. Carlson ;
    [editing, Charles R. Salmons]
    IMPRINT      Columbus : State of Ohio, Department of Natural Resources,
    Division of Geological Survey, 2015.
    CALL #       QE375.5.O3 C37 2015.

    TITLE        The founders of seismology / Charles Davison.
    IMPRINT      Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
    GENRE/FORM   History. fast (OCoLC)fst01411628.
    CALL #       QE534 .D38 2014.

    The following journals can be found online:
    Geological Society, London, Memoirs
    Petroleum Geology of Myanmar
    2015; Vol. 45
    is now available online.

    The Paleontological Institute:
    Order Fenestrata: Morphology and Growth
    Treatise Online no. 66: Part G, Revised, Volume 2, Chapter 8A:
    is now available online.

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    Construction of Research Commons Underway; 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library closed http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/10/construction-of-research-commons-underway/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/10/construction-of-research-commons-underway/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:18:09 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3668 Construction has begun on the Research Commons at 18th Avenue Library.  During construction, the third floor of the library will be closed to the public.  Additional study spaces are available at the:

    Construction is expected to be completed in December 2015, and the Research Commons is scheduled to open in January 2016.  The Research Commons will be a hub for collaborative, interdisciplinary research.

    Learn more about the Research Commons.


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    The Research Commons Needs Your Stories! http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/08/10/the-research-commons-needs-your-stories/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/08/10/the-research-commons-needs-your-stories/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:28:08 +0000 Jessica Chan http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/?p=857 Predatory publishers, solicitation scams, and unethical publishing practices — the Research Commons needs your stories!

    This year during International Open Access Week (October 19-25), the Research Commons, in partnership with the Libraries’ Publishing Program and the Copyright Resources Center, will host a panel discussion about the potentials and pitfalls of Open Access publishing.

    As we prepare, we invite OSU faculty, postdocs, and graduate students to share your experiences with unscrupulous publishers and questionable publishing practices. We will use your experiences to inform our program, and may ask your permission to share especially relevant stories more widely.

    Please email your story to Melanie Schlosser (schlosser.40@osu.edu) by September 1st.

    Program organizers: Josh Sadvari (Research Commons Program Manager), Sandra Enimil (Head, Copyright Resources Center), and Melanie Schlosser (Digital Publishing Librarian).


    This announcement first appeared on the Research Commons blog.

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    The Research Commons Needs Your Stories! http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/08/10/publishing-stories/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/08/10/publishing-stories/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:16:39 +0000 Joshua Sadvari http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/?p=4066 Predatory Publishers, Solicitation Scams, and Unethical Publishing Practices: The Research Commons Needs Your Stories!

    This year during International Open Access Week (October 19-25), the Research Commons, in partnership with the Libraries’ Publishing Program and the Copyright Resources Center, will host a panel discussion about the potentials and pitfalls of Open Access publishing.

    As we prepare, we invite OSU faculty, postdocs, and graduate students to share your experiences with unscrupulous publishers and questionable publishing practices. We will use your experiences to inform our program, and may ask your permission to share especially relevant stories more widely.

    Please email your story to Melanie Schlosser (schlosser.40@osu.edu) by September 1st.

    Program organizers: Josh Sadvari (Research Commons Program Manager), Sandra Enimil (Head, Copyright Resources Center), and Melanie Schlosser (Digital Publishing Librarian).

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    August 11th Study Group reading links http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/08/10/august-11th-study-group-reading-links/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/08/10/august-11th-study-group-reading-links/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:14:23 +0000 Meris Mandernach http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/?p=93 Just a quick reminder that we will be discussing these readings at tomorrow’s meeting.


    August: What is the role of libraries in digital humanities?

    Dueling perspectives
    Jennifer Vinopal and Monica McCormick, “Supporting digital humanities in the library: Creative sustainable and scalable services,” 2012. http://vinopal.org/2012/06/29/supporting-digital-humanities-in-the-library-creating-sustainable-scalable-services/
    The authors have done great work setting up DH support services at NYU, and I think there are some lessons there for us.

    Trevor Munoz, “Digital humanities in the library isn’t a service,” 2012. http://trevormunoz.com/notebook/2012/08/19/doing-dh-in-the-library.html

    This is a more philosophical take on what the role of librarians should be in digital scholarship projects – i.e. we should be full collaborators – or even instigators – rather than service providers.


    Bonus readings:
    Miriam Posner, “No half measures: Overcoming common challenges to doing digital humanities in the library,” 2013. http://escholarship.org/uc/item/6q2625np
    “This laundry list of challenges may seem disheartening, but it is (believe it or not) not my intention to discourage DH aspirants. It is true that there are very real hurdles to getting a functional DH center up and running in the library. But thinking through these challenges can provide an occasion to grapple with some of the most fundamental questions libraries are faced with today.” (p. 8)

    The challenges the author lists are likely to look familiar. We might as well talk about them!
    “Are the Digital Humanities and Library and Information Science the Same Thing?” City University of London blogs. https://blogs.city.ac.uk/citylis/2015/06/30/digital-humanities-library-information-science-same-thing/#.VZ05HvlViko

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    DH in the UK http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/08/08/dh-in-the-uk/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/08/08/dh-in-the-uk/#comments Sat, 08 Aug 2015 22:50:23 +0000 falls.15@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/?p=88 An interesting article in the Guardian that looks as how the digital Arts and Humanities in the UK.


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    Diversity Residency Appointments Announced http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/07/3660/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/07/3660/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 20:23:26 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3660 Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros will be joining University Libraries September 8 as Diversity Resident, Latin American Studies and Darnelle Melvin on September 14 as Diversity Resident, Metadata Transformation Librarian.

    • As the as Diversity Resident, Latin American Studies, Pamela will build partnerships connecting the Libraries’ learning environment, expertise, resources, and services with constituent needs.  She will serve as liaison for OSUL’s Latin American Studies services and collections, engaging with the University’s Center for Latin American Studies and the Spanish and Portuguese Department.  Pamela’s duties include advancing understanding of the global information environment, and exploring strategies for supporting co-curricular centers and initiatives on campus. She will work with faculty and graduate teaching assistants to integrate information literacy concepts and library resources into the curriculum, including instruction in globally networked learning environments, and offering on-demand research support.  She will also work with other our librarians to develop interdisciplinary solutions for integrating distinctive intellectual content and services into the academic environment, identifying areas where new tools can place the Libraries into teaching, learning and research.

    Pamela Espinosa de los MonterosPamela has supported international research initiatives between the United States and Mexico, instructed bilingual digital literacy classes, and coordinated programing for youth, teens, and adults.  As a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico City, Mexico, she coordinated an educational campaign for a national conservation initiative designed to unite the diverse regions of Mexico around the preservation of their national bird, the Golden Eagle. Pamela received her MS in Library and Information Science from the Syracuse University, School of Information.  She earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from the University of San Diego, with a minor in Latin American Studies.  Pamela comes to University Libraries from the San Diego County Library and Sedona Public Library where she worked in material acquisition for the adult Spanish collection serving 33 county branch libraries in San Diego County and a network of 42 public, academic, K-12, and museum libraries in Yavapai County.  As a librarian, she has worked as lead facilitator of Latino library services and early literacy initiatives. Previously, Pamela held positions with the Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza [Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature], and the Sisters of Saint Francis, Saint Marianne Cope Museum, as an intern in collection development.

    • As Diversity Resident, Metadata Transformation Librarian, Darnelle will be part of the Special Collections Description and Access Department working with a variety of stakeholders to advance the research and documentation components the Libraries’ digital initiatives, support enhanced metadata creation, and the development of metadata guidelines. He will facilitate the transition of metadata to ArchivesSpace, migrating metadata to newly-implemented archival management systems, and identifying, planning, and implementing data normalization and clean-up projects.  Darnelle will also be assisting in the growth and development of metadata infrastructures to support Digital Initiatives and prepare OSUL for the transition from today’s MARC environment to one facilitating the management and use of library data as linked data.  He will also be performing metadata transformation to prepare content for University Libraries’ Knowledge Bank, Ohio State’s institutional repository.

    dMelvin_OSU_headshotDarnelle received his Master of Library and Information Science from San José State University, and also has a Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University.  Darnelle has been involved in numerous productions and projects, including live and studio recording, audio preservation, mastering, and radio production projects for Melvin Audioworks. He has worked as an independent cataloging contractor for Mitinet, Inc., performing original and complex copy cataloging and subject analysis for books and non-book titles; an audio engineer and media preservationist for Melvin Audioworks, and a regional coordinator and research manager for Integrated Marketing Systems. Darnelle was the 2014 recipient of the Robert Ellett Scholarship, an academic scholarship for MLIS students studying cataloging at San José State University.

    Mary P. Key was an emerita assistant professor of University Libraries.  Before retiring in 1998, she served as chair of the Libraries’ Diversity Committee, and was the second African American to head a department at University Libraries. The Libraries’ two-year Mary P. Key Diversity Residency Program, started in 1989, provides mentorship for participants through a successful transition from academic training to research librarianship, provides the opportunity for hands-on exposure in many areas of the University Libraries’ operations, and increases diversity from underrepresented groups for academic librarianship and University Libraries.


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    Japan after August 6, 1945 (The Allied Occupation) http://library.osu.edu/blogs/rarebooks/2015/08/07/japan-after-august-6-1945-the-allied-occupation/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/rarebooks/2015/08/07/japan-after-august-6-1945-the-allied-occupation/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 17:10:45 +0000 Lisa Iacobellis http://library.osu.edu/blogs/rarebooks/?p=484 On this day after the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing we might turn our thoughts to post World War II Japan, the subject matter of a collection of photographs donated to Rare Books and Manuscripts in 2003 by anthropologist John W. Bennett.  His photographs document the period 1948-1951.  They were published, along with excerpts from his journals and other textual material, as an online exhibition: “Doing Photography and Social Research in the Allied Occupation of Japan, 1948-1951: A Personal and Professional Memoir”  ( http://library.osu.edu/projects/bennett-in-japan/  )

    The photographs have been the focus of considerable interest since made available to the public.  Most recently  they were the subject of an article by Morris Low – “American Photography during the Allied Occupation of Japan: The Work of John W. Bennett,” The History of Photography: An International Quarterly  39 no. 3 (2015): 263-278.  This was just published in a special issue of The History of Photography entitled “American Photography in the Asia-Pacific.”

    JWB_in_Japan-10(400w)John W. Bennett, “The Rice Ration in Suburban Tokyo”
    (from a selection of Urban Images)

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    Varsity ‘O’ member had more to brag about than athletic ability http://library.osu.edu/blogs/archives/2015/08/07/varsity-o-member-had-more-to-brag-about-than-athletic-ability/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/archives/2015/08/07/varsity-o-member-had-more-to-brag-about-than-athletic-ability/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:40:32 +0000 haire.14@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/archives/?p=5032 Editor’s Note: Recently, Peggy Knight graciously donated the Varsity “O” sweater her father, Arthur Gordon Knight, earned as a member of the OSU Track and Field Team in 1938. It turns out that while Knight had the legs of a racehorse, as it were, he also had the heart of a poet: In 1949 the then-married student, who had interrupted his studies to serve in World War II, won a short-story contest for “The Shovel.” His own story seemed intriguing, so we asked Peggy to tell us more about her father. Below is his story, which we have edited for length.

    1938 men's track team. Knight is in the second row, fourth from the right

    1938 men’s track team. Knight is in the second row, fourth from the right

    The son of immigrants, Knight was born in 1917 and grew up in Lakewood, Ohio. One of Peggy’s first stories about her father was when he was about eight years old. His older sister had diabetes, and there were no insulin shots at the time to help regulate her blood sugar. He kept an eye on her, though, so he could prevent an “episode.” As Peggy says, “One time… as they walked together he saw she was shaking and sweating profusely. Knowing she had little time before collapsing, he reached in his pockets hoping to find a bit of candy that he normally carried for her. He did not have any but he also knew the best thing for her was a glass of orange juice.  He had no money and there were no stores about, so he ducked into a neighborhood bar. The bartender tried to run him out thinking he was a mischievous neighborhood scamp, but he quickly explained the situation and the bartender was happy to provide the juice. Even then, my dad showed great compassion and sense of responsibility.”

    Knight was extremely curious about the world, so he decided after he graduated from high school to do some exploring. He spent six months traveling around Mexico, including doing some digging in the ruins of Oaxaca. When he returned home, he decided to attend OSU, thinking at the time he would become a Geology major. After arriving on campus in the fall of 1936, however, he switched majors to English Literature, in the hopes it would better prepare him for a career that would allow him to explore and write about the world.

    Knight was also interested in sports, and he decided to participate in either OSU’s football or track program. After spending time in a few football practices, he realized he was not going to excel and would probably spend most of his later life nursing old injuries from the game. He focused then on track and field, helping the OSU team establish new team records in the mile-relay event in 1938. He was good enough to earn a Varsity “O” sweater that year, and he started dreaming of going to the 1940 Olympics.

    Knight's Varsity "O" sweater and a photo of the 1938 team

    Knight’s Varsity “O” sweater and a photo of the 1938 team

    However, his dream was never fulfilled because of World War II, which also interrupted his studies. Early in 1941, he and Peggy’s mother, Betty, eloped, and in June, he enlisted in the Army. According to Peggy, her father did not talk much about the war, but he did share several anecdotes with her, one of which was about being an ordinance officer with “a knack for bombs. He became the local go-to-guy for bombs that fell but did not go off.  He was called out to defuse bombs as needed and, as a child, I saw many gold-toned flaming bomb pins in his dresser drawer that he was given after each bomb was unarmed.  He told me he was very happy he was a smoker because his matchbook was his biggest weapon against difficult bombs.  He used the flap to prevent contact between the pin and the explosives.”

    When his four years of service were up, the war wasn’t over yet, so he decided to re-enlist, this time in the Air Force. It was during these three years of service – he reached the rank of Second Lieutenant – that he hatched the idea for his future award-winning short story.

    A year after returning home and to Ohio State in 1948, Knight enrolled in a short story class, English 507, where he wrote “The Shovel.” It was submitted to the Columbus Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters, and won first prize. The story, about a British woman in the days just before D-Day, was described by one judge as “a very profound story,” according to a Lantern article. In the article, Knight said he planned to be a creative writer after he graduated that June.

    Knight, sharing a book with his daughter, Peggy

    Knight, sharing a book with his daughter, Peggy

    But Knight had a family to support (Peggy was adopted in 1953) and he began working in his father’s insurance agency. He and his family eventually moved to Galveston, Texas, though, where he became vice president of the American National Insurance Company. Because of a heart condition, Knight decided to retire early, and that’s when he was really able to satisfy his curiosity about the world and his passion for writing.

    In 1970, he opened a rare and antique book dealership, and at about the same time, he became a columnist for the Galveston Daily News. “Now, his life was everything he hoped for in a career,” Peggy says, “he bought and sold rare books, 13th-century manuscripts and other types of writing, and spent hours reading them before selling them.  He was filling additional hours with writing his editorial columns.  And on occasion, he locked himself in his home office where I could hear his ‘new and modern’ electric typewriter clacking away with determination.”

    His career as a Galveston columnist came to an abrupt end when he submitted a column about the “Johnson Memorial.” It was about a pull-chain toilet affectionately known by that name at the Rowfant Club in Cleveland (a literary society of which Knight was a long-standing member). According to Peggy, “no matter how good the article was or what the history of the water closet was, the publishers of the paper felt that the cultured ladies of Galveston society would not be pleased with talk of toilets, even in the modern age of the ’70s.  My father refused to be censored and pulled out of the ‘editorial comment’ business.”

    After a flood destroyed much of their home – including many of Knight’s books and other life treasures – he and Betty moved to Ocala, Florida, where he died in 1987 at the age of 70 from melanoma. Peggy concludes:

    “In his effects, I found nine unpublished and unfinished novels on which he’d been working.

    He was a great man to many, an enemy to none.  He was a hero to me.”

    We would like to thank Peggy for her wonderful donations, and we say donations because she not only provided us with a beautiful Varsity “O” sweater, but also a wonderful recounting of her father’s life. Our records focus mostly on him being an OSU athlete, so we appreciate her taking the time to show that his own story was much more than that.

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    Welcome! http://library.osu.edu/blogs/musicdance/2015/08/06/musicdance-library/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/musicdance/2015/08/06/musicdance-library/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 20:56:57 +0000 Beth Snapp http://library.osu.edu/blogs/musicdance/?p=59 Welcome to the newly created blog of the Ohio State Music/Dance Library. Check back often for information about our collections, lectures, and general musings on music and dance. Also, remember to stop by and check out our books, scores, CDs, and more. Having trouble finding something? Visit the Music/Dance service desk on the second floor of the 18th Avenue Library and ask us! We’re happy to help you.

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    Articles of Interest: January-June 2015 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/08/06/articles-of-interest-january-june-2015/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/08/06/articles-of-interest-january-june-2015/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 13:40:20 +0000 Jessica Chan http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/?p=854 This post highlights articles published in the first half of 2015 with a focus on copyright, especially as it pertains to libraries, higher education, and scholarly communication. Links to the full-text articles are provided when available; [OSU full-text] links will connect authenticated users through The Ohio State University Libraries, while [OA full-text] links point to an open access version of the article that should be available to all users.

    Did we miss an interesting article? Please share the citation in the comments!



    Gordon-Murnane, L. l. (2015). The digital public domain. Online Searcher39(2), 10-15. [OSU full-text]

    Saw, C. L., & Chik, W. B. (2015). Whither the future of internet streaming and time-shifting? Revisiting the rights of reproduction and communication to the public in copyright law after Aereo. International Journal of Law & Information Technology23(1), 53-88. [OA full-text]


    Copyright Education

    Dow, M. J., Boettcher, C. A., Diego, J. F., Karch, M. E., Todd-Diaz, A., & Woods, K. M. (2015). Case-based learning as pedagogy for teaching information ethics based on the Dervin sense-making methodology. Journal of Education for Library & Information Science56(2), 141-157. [OSU full-text]

    Keener, M. (2015). Contextualizing copyright: Fostering students’ understanding of their rights and responsibilities as content creators. Virginia Libraries61(1), 37-42. [OSU full-text] / [OA full-text]

    Lofton, J. (2015). Blogging with students: A vehicle for writing, digital citizenship, and more. School Librarian’s Workshop35(5), 13-15. [OSU full-text]

    Schoen, M. J. (2015). Teaching visual literacy skills in a one-shot session. Visual Resources Association Bulletin41(1), 1-12. [OSU full-text] / [OA full-text]



    Arendt, A., & Fife, D. (2015). Impact of public domain resources on public libraries in the United States. Journal of Librarianship & Information Science47(2), 91-103. [OSU full-text] / [OA full-text]

    Band, J. (2015). What does the HathiTrust decision mean for libraries?. Research Library Issues, (285), 7-13. [OSU full-text] / [OA full-text]

    Butler, B. (2015). Fair use rising: Full-text access and repurposing in recent case law. Research Library Issues, (285), 3-6.  [OSU full-text] / [OA full-text]

    Cox, K. (2015). International copyright developments: From the Marrakesh treaty to trade agreements. Research Library Issues, (285), 14-22. [OSU full-text] / [OA full-text]

    Dygert, C., & Van Rennes, R. (2015). Building your licensing and negotiation skills toolkit. Serials Librarian68(1-4), 17-25. [OSU full-text]

    Kawooya, D., Veverka, A., & Lipinski, T. (2015). The copyright librarian: A study of advertising trends for the period 2006–2013. Journal of Academic Librarianship41(3), 341-349. [OSU full-text]

    Light, M. (2015). Controlling goods or promoting the public good: Choices for special collections in the marketplace. RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Cultural Heritage16(1), 48-63. [OSU full-text]

    Smith, D. (2015). Finding parents for orphan works: Using genealogical methods to locate heirs for obtaining copyright permissions. Journal of Academic Librarianship41(3), 280-284. [OSU full-text]

    Walz, A. R. (2015). Open and editable: Exploring library engagement in open educational resource adoption, adaptation and authoring. Virginia Libraries61(1), 23-31. [OSU full text] / [OA full-text]




    By Jessica Chan, Rights Management Specialist at the Copyright Resources Center, The Ohio State University Libraries

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    Executive Committee Meeting Notes, June 17 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/05/executive-committee-meeting-notes-june-17/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/05/executive-committee-meeting-notes-june-17/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 16:17:23 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3654 CIC Open Textbook Network Update
    Diedrichs and Armstrong shared the update from the CIC Open Textbook Network. Armstrong reported that University Libraries is working with ODEE on the Course Enhancement Grants that will encourage faculty to write and use open educational resources.

    COAR/SPARC Statement about new Elsevier Policy
    Diedrichs shared that SPARC and COAR (the Confederation of Open Access Repositories) have issued a statement in response to the new Elsevier policy on article sharing.  More than 1600 individual libraries, consortia, and other organizations have signed on.  Diedrichs will sign the statement on behalf of University Libraries. More information can be found at: https://www.coar-repositories.org/activities/advocacy-leadership/petition-against-elseviers-sharing-policy/

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    Executive Committee Meeting Notes, June 8 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/05/executive-committee-meeting-notes-june-8/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/05/executive-committee-meeting-notes-june-8/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 16:16:53 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3652 Agenda for Admin Plus on 6/24
    A decision was made to cancel the June 24th Admin Plus meeting. Batts will send out the meeting schedule for FY15.

    Visiting Scholar Application
    Exec reviewed a visiting scholar application from an E-Resources librarian from the University of the Electronic Science and Technology of China. We are unable to accommodate the request at this time.

    Consortial ILS Demos
    OhioLINK has scheduled demonstrations for the ILS vendors and University Libraries can have no more than three people attend each session. The ADs will identify the appropriate faculty/staff who should attend. Others can attend remotely and we will reserve a meeting room for interested staff to view the streamed meeting.

    Innovation Fund
    There was some discussion about the future of the Innovation Fund. The program is officially coming to an end, but faculty and staff are encouraged to continue to discuss innovative projects with their ADs as needed. Diedrichs will do a blog posting with more information.

    Strategic plan review and update
    Diedrichs and Batts will update the metrics in the current strategic plan. There will be an update at the fall general meeting as well.

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    Important Federal Work Study Guidelines http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/05/important-federal-work-study-guidelines/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/05/important-federal-work-study-guidelines/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 16:16:28 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3650 The last day for Summer-only students and graduating seniors to work for Summer Term and be paid with work-study funds is 8/8/15.  Please note, if they work beyond this date, they will be paid with departmental funds instead.

    Continuously enrolled students who are currently employed for Summer Term may keep working uninterrupted through the break. Between 8/9/15 – 8/22/15, these students can work a total of 38 hours for Pay Period 5 and still be paid with work-study funds.  Keep a close eye on how many hours students are accumulating.  Over-time can never be paid with work-study funds, even during a break period.  If hours are exceeded, the department will be charged for the total earnings for that pay period.  The 20 hour a week limit will resume for these students on 8/23/15.

    International Students are able to work up to 38 hours per week during the summer, as long as it is not their first or last semester enrolled at the University.  They may also work up to 38 hours per week during official school breaks.

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    PHA Deadline Changes for Newly Benefits-Eligible Faculty and Staff http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/05/pha-deadline-changes-for-newly-benefits-eligible-faculty-and-staff/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/2015/08/05/pha-deadline-changes-for-newly-benefits-eligible-faculty-and-staff/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 16:15:57 +0000 Larry Allen http://library.osu.edu/blogs/osulstaff/?p=3648 Outlined below are the Personal Health and Well-Being Assessment (PHA) deadlines for newly benefits-eligible faculty and staff, which includes new hires. While the PHA may not be required for medical plan choice, newly eligible faculty and staff must complete the PHA and biometric screening to receive the $360 annual premium credit with an Ohio State medical plan.  All benefits-eligible faculty/staff are encouraged to complete the PHA and biometric screening even if not electing university health coverage to ensure medical plan choice at a later date. While not required this year, newly benefits-eligible faculty and staff will be required to complete the PHA the following year by the September 30 deadline to maintain medical plan choice. Questions? Contact yp4h@osu.edu.

    Date when newly eligible for benefits 2015 Plan Year 2016 Plan year 2015 and 2016 Plan Years  
    PHA deadline to have medical plan choice PHA deadline to have medical plan choice PHA requirement for premium credit  
    On or before July 31, 2015 60 days from benefits eligibility date 60 days from benefits eligibility date 60 days from benefits eligibility date  
    Aug. 1 – Dec. 31, 2015 Not required Not required Premium credit applied after PHA/screening requirements completed  
    Jan. 1 – July 31, 2016 Not applicable Not required Premium credit applied after PHA/screening requirements completed  
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    Learning GIS in the Library http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/08/04/gis-workshop/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/08/04/gis-workshop/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 15:43:42 +0000 Joshua Sadvari http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/?p=4047 GIS workshop in Thompson Library

    On Thursday, July 30, the Research Commons jointly sponsored a day-long Geographic Information Systems (GIS) workshop in Thompson Library with the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA).

    The event, called “GIS for the Rest of Us,” brought together a group of about 60 Ohio State faculty, staff, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate students spanning nine different Colleges at Ohio State, including: Arts and Sciences; Engineering; the Fisher College of Business; Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; the John Glenn College of Public Affairs; Medicine; Nursing; Public Health; and Social Work. Within the College of Arts and Sciences, disciplines spanning the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and natural and physical sciences were all represented by workshop participants.

    In addition to the Ohio State participants, several attendees visited us from off-campus, representing a variety of organizations including the City of Columbus, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, National Audobon Society, and United Way of Central Ohio. The diversity of the workshop participants illustrates the widespread interdisciplinary interest in GIS and the recognition that geospatial concepts, tools, and technologies are applicable in a wide array of research fields and workplace settings.

    The event began with presentations from two graduate students in the Department of Geography. Calvin Tribby, a Ph.D. student, oriented workshop participants to the concept of “thinking spatially,” and Ryan Crumley, a recent Master’s graduate, explained how he used GIS to pinpoint water sample locations during his research on Peruvian glaciers (pictured above).

    From 10am to 3pm, workshop participants rotated through four different one-hour stations. Josh Sadvari, GIS Specialist for the University Libraries, led a session on getting started with ArcGIS Online. Jason Cervenec and Ryan Crumley of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center led two sessions covering basic and more advanced features of Google Earth. Matthew Adair of CURA led a session on using Esri Story Maps to create a spatial narrative with photos, text, and location data.

    Given the amount of interest generated by this workshop, we plan to offer additional sessions in the future on each of these different tools and look forward to future collaborations with our friends at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and CURA! Stay informed by following us on Twitter at: @OSUrescommons.

    If you have questions about how you might use GIS tools and technologies in your own teaching or research, or you would like assistance locating geospatial data for your work, please contact Josh Sadvari at sadvari.1@osu.edu.

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    Copyright in the Libraries: Interlibrary Services http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/08/04/copyright-in-the-libraries-interlibrary-services/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/08/04/copyright-in-the-libraries-interlibrary-services/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:45:31 +0000 Jessica Chan http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/?p=789 Copyright touches many library services because we collect, share and loan original works fixed in a wide variety of tangible media. The Copyright Resources Center conducted a series of informational interviews with faculty and staff from various areas of The Ohio State University Libraries to discuss the ways in which they engage with copyright issues. This blog series documents those conversations, and highlights how copyright law helps to shape services provided by the Libraries. See all available posts in the series here.

    Photo of Brian Miller

    Brian Miller, Head of Interlibrary Services

    Interlibrary services at The OSU Libraries comprise three categories: lending, borrowing, and document delivery. Lending services consist of loaning physical copies and scans of shorter materials to other institutions, while borrowing activities involve obtaining copies from other institutions to fulfill requests from OSU-affiliated patrons.  Document delivery is a service where we provide scans from our own locally held print collections to members of the OSU community. Brian Miller, Head of Interlibrary Services, met with me to discuss how copyright weaves through all three services. Interlibrary services are influenced by community practices established in the National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyright Works (CONTU) final report from 1978, known as the CONTU guidelines, and the statutory provisions of U.S. Copyright Law.

    Continue reading

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    Funding Announcement: Guggenheim Fellowships http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/08/03/funding-announcement-guggenheim-fellowships/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/08/03/funding-announcement-guggenheim-fellowships/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 19:42:55 +0000 nash.246@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/?p=4006 The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation is accepting applications for Guggenheim Fellowships. Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

    The foundation offers fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed. The foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, creative arts) except the performing arts. The foundation selects its fellows on the basis of two separate competitions, one for the United States and Canada, the other for Latin America and the Caribbean.

    The sponsor deadline is September 18, 2015.

    The foundation only supports individuals. It does not make grants to institutions or organizations. Although internal applications are not required, it is requested that applicants notify Margo Nash, nash.246s@osu.edu, of intentions to apply. Contact Margo or the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relation’s Meg Savane, savane.1@osu.edu, for more information about this foundation or for application support.

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    Release Notes 7.30.2015 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/release-notes-7-30-2015/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/release-notes-7-30-2015/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:28:59 +0000 reid.419@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=3109 Here are the details of our maintenance window this evening from 5-6PM:

    • Infrastructure Maintenance on two of our main application servers – expected downtime: 15-30 minutes
      • All of our apps will experience downtime except for the Knowledge Bank and Sierra
    • ArchivesSpace – expected downtime: 15 minutes
      • Increase memory used by the app.
      • Restore missing resource
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    Copyright as an Instrument for Censorship? http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/07/29/copyright-as-an-instrument-for-censorship/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/07/29/copyright-as-an-instrument-for-censorship/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:28:50 +0000 Maria Scheid http://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/?p=828 Copyright protects the intellectual property of creators—more specifically it protects original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright owners have a bundle of exclusive rights in their protected works and they may exercise these rights to control who and under what conditions their work may be used or reused. In copyright law, the rights of copyright owners have often intersected with the rights of others regarding copyright as well as other legally protected rights, including trademark, right of publicity, and right of privacy. Recently, some issues have arisen over the intersection of copyright enforcement and censorship, in which subjects and/or rights holders of publicly available copyrighted works have sought to remove access to the works.

    These issues have become seemingly more common with the emergence of the takedown procedure set forth in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA provides a takedown process that allows rights holders to request the removal of their copyrighted materials that have been uploaded by users and hosted by online service providers such as YouTube, WordPress, or Tumblr. In the past month alone, Google has received DMCA takedown notices from 5,596 copyright owners requesting the removal of 39,829,891 URLS.[1]

    The DMCA takedown process makes removal of copyrighted material expeditious, and in many cases automatic (e.g., YouTube’s Content ID system), but when does the removal of infringing content align with the purpose of copyright law to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts,”[2] and when does it cross the line into the realm of censorship?[3] Here are some recent examples to consider:

    1. “Ugly” photograph. In Katz v. Chevaldina,[4] a photograph was taken of businessman Raanan Katz, in which Mr. Katz can be seen with his tongue sticking out of his mouth. The photograph was described as “ugly” and “candid and embarrassing” by Mr. Katz. The photo was first published in an Israeli newspaper accompanying a favorable article discussing Mr. Katz’s potential ownership interest in an Israeli basketball team, before being republished several times by Irina Chevaldina on her blogs. The republished photos were sometimes accompanied by critical remarks or included in mocking cartoons. Following a request from Mr. Katz, the Israeli photographer who took the photo assigned his copyright to Mr. Katz free of any charge (Mr. Katz testified he had obtained the assignment “[b]ecause I wanted to stop this atrocity”). Following the assignment, Mr. Katz asked Ms. Chevaldina to remove the photos from her blogs. When Ms. Chevaldina refused, Mr. Katz filed a suit for copyright infringement. On balance, the district court found Ms. Chevaldina’s use of the photo to constitute a fair use, protecting her from liability. An appeal has been made to the Eleventh Circuit.
    1. Propaganda film. In 2011, Cindy Lee Garcia agreed to perform a minor role for Desert Warrior, an action thriller set in Arabia. Without her knowledge or consent, Ms. Garcia’s performance was then used in the creation of Innocence of Muslims, an anti-Islam propaganda video. Following the upload of the video to YouTube, Ms. Garcia received death threats for her involvement in the film. Ms. Garcia filed numerous DMCA takedown notices with Google, all of which were resisted, before seeking legal action to remove the video based on the claim that the posting of the video infringed her copyright in her individual performance. In May 2015, the Ninth Circuit affirmed an earlier decision by the district court and held that Ms. Garcia lacked a copyright interest in her 5-second performance, stating that “a weak copyright claim cannot justify censorship in the guise of authorship.”[5]
    1. “Unauthorized” blog post. In 2013, student journalist Oliver Hotham reached out to Straight Pride UK, asking if he could send some questions for more information on the organization. The questions and corresponding answers were posted to Mr. Hotham’s WordPress blog and included comments from Nick Steiner, Straight Pride UK’s press officer, urging individuals to come out as straight and speaking of the need to raise awareness of heterosexuality and traditional lifestyles and relationships. On the same day the post was made, Mr. Hotham received a DMCA takedown notice. Mr. Hotham refused to remove the material from his blog and filed a counter-claim. Following legal action, Automattic, the company responsible for operating WordPress.com, was granted a motion for default judgement on their claim against Mr. Steiner for misrepresentation in filing a DMCA notice (17 USC 512(f)). [6] Automattic was awarded $25,084 in damages.
    1. Revenge porn. The emergence of revenge porn has also raised some questions around the role of copyright in removing online content. Typical revenge porn cases involve the nonconsensual public distribution of sexually explicit photos or videos, often released by a victim’s ex-partner. A majority of these videos and images are taken by the victims themselves.[7] While some states have passed revenge law legislation or currently have laws in place broad enough to encompass revenge porn, many states leave victims with fewer legal options. Victims of revenge porn have pursued tort claims, including harassment, stalking, and invasion of privacy, but because most uploaded photos are taken by the victim themselves, a claim of copyright infringement has been suggested as an attractive option to facilitate the takedown of the material.

    In situations where copyright is asserted to censor in order to achieve a positive societal result, is it enough that the ends justify the means? Or should these issues be viewed solely through the lens of the purpose of copyright law; to promote the progress of science and the useful arts? These types of issues will continue to arise as courts are asked to define the line between allowing copyright owners to exercise their legal rights and allowing copyright owners to use their legal interests to censor otherwise lawful conduct.


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

    [1] Google Transparency Report. Requests to remove content: Due to copyright. Available at: https://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/copyright/ (last updated July 8, 2015).

    [2] U.S. Constitution, Art. 1, Sec. 8, cl. 8.

    [3] Compare the emphasis the European Union places on privacy versus the United States’ emphasis on the public’s right to know. In 2014, the Court of Justice for the European Union ruled that under the 1995 Data Protection Directive, individuals have a right to be forgotten under certain circumstances. Individuals may exercise this right by asking search engines (including U.S. search engines with a branch or subsidiary in an EU Member State) to remove inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant, or excessive personal information. The court ruled, however, that the right to be forgotten would be balanced against the freedom of the media and the freedom of expression. Individuals have since exercised this right to be forgotten, requesting Google to remove links to revenge porn. See The Economist (Oct. 4, 2014). The right to be forgotten: Drawing the line. Retrieved from http://www.economist.com/news/international/21621804-google-grapples-consequences-controversial-ruling-boundary-between.

    [4] Katz v. Chevaldina, 12-22211-CIV-KING/MCALILEY, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88085 (S.D. Fla. 2014).

    [5] Cindy Lee Garcia v. Google, Inc., D.C. No. 2:12-cv-08315-MWF-VBK (9th Cir. 2015) (en banc).

    [6] Automattic, Inc., et. Al., v. Nick Steiner, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 182295 (N.D. Cal., Oct. 6, 2014).

    [7] Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (Sept. 10, 2013). Proposed CA Bill Would Fail to Protect up to 80% of Revenge Porn Victims [Press release]. Retrieved from http://www.cybercivilrights.org/press_releases.


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    Las dos alas de un pájaro: The Cuban Refugee Program and Operation Bootstrap http://library.osu.edu/blogs/mujerestalk/2015/07/28/las-dos-alas-de-un-pajaro-the-cuban-refugee-program-and-operation-bootstrap/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/mujerestalk/2015/07/28/las-dos-alas-de-un-pajaro-the-cuban-refugee-program-and-operation-bootstrap/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:00:02 +0000 mujerestalk http://library.osu.edu/blogs/mujerestalk/?p=3142 Old San Juan

    Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo by Sam Valadi. CC BY 2.0

    by Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo and Cheris Brewer Current

    Cuba y Puerto Rico son
    (Cuba and Puerto Rico are)

    De un pájaro las dos alas,
    (Two birds of a feather)

    Reciben flores y balas
    (They receive flowers and bullets)

    Sobre el mismo corazón…
    (Over the same heart…)

    —From Mi libro de Cuba by Lola Rodríguez de Tió


    One Bird, Two Wings

    Sometimes attributed to Cuban revolutionary José Martí, the verses by Puerto Rican revolutionary Lola Rodríguez de Tió were first published in 1893, while she was exiled in Cuba. Martí and Rodríguez de Tió became good friends and avid advocates for the independence of their own and each other’s country, as Cuba and Puerto Rico remained the last bastions of Spain’s Empire in the Caribbean. The verses were a testimony of the similar histories the two islands developed under four centuries of Spanish rule. They can also be seen as a chilling presage of what was to come after the U.S. won the Spanish American War in 1898 and became a consistent presence in the future of both countries, as U.S. decisions and U.S. policies have affected the way Cubans and Puerto Ricans live their lives on both their respective islands and the US mainland as well.

    The islands were forced into different routes during the 20th century with the Platt Amendment (1901) steering Cuba in one direction (i.e., eventual independence), and the Foraker Act (1900) and Jones Act (1917) gearing Puerto Rico in another (i.e., an entrenched colonial status). Later, when Puerto Rico became a Commonwealth of the U.S. in 1952 and Fidel Castro assumed power in 1959, this bifurcation seemed to be irreversible. The effects of U.S. policies toward Puerto Rico and Cuba have been critical in shaping the positions that both islands occupy globally, and in the living conditions of Cubans and Puerto Ricans on the mainland.

    This essay presents a brief comparative sketch of two distinctive immigrating and incoming Caribbean groups resulting from two specific structural programs: the Cuban Refugee Program (CRP) targeting Cubans in the U.S.; and Operation Bootstrap (OB) involving Puerto Ricans on the island. Both programs had their genesis in the mid-twentieth century, at a moment when the U.S. was attempting to re-vamp its racial politics in response to both domestic and international pressures. Yet, it is noteworthy that both CRP and OB were operational before the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 which ended explicit race based preferences in entrants.

    Thus Puerto Rican incomers and Cuban immigrants of the 1950s and 1960s are a precursor to the increasingly diverse group of immigrants who were to follow. Movement from Latin American and the Caribbean to the US contains a peculiar history shaped by individual relationships between countries of origin and the US. Immigrants from countries with closer political, economic, and social ties to the US were (and are) granted advantages in entrance, settlement, and employment that are unavailable to immigrants from countries who do not share the same intimacy with the US. This is clear when you compare Cubans with other political immigrants of the period—Haitians and Dominicans, for instance—who, because of racial and political reasons were not granted refugee status. This essay focuses on two relatively privileged groups of Latino immigrants: Puerto Ricans who entered with citizenship status, and Cubans who were granted legal status, provided financial assistance, and structural assimilation. Tracing the reception of these two groups illustrates the ways in which the U.S. government eased and aided the process of migration for some, while it outright neglected other newcomers.

    Bootstrapping the Island

    As an economic policy and as a development initiative, OB was not a U.S. policy per se, but rather, the effort of Puerto Rican leaders, who sought to develop Puerto Rico economically (Maldonado, 1997). The program was funded, almost entirely, by the island’s government. However, U.S. involvement was at the heart of its conception and implementation, for the companies targeted by the program were exclusively U.S. companies. U.S. policy was also at the heart of the program by way of specific tax exemptions that these companies would enjoy, as “Puerto Rico had been exempted from U.S. taxes since 1900” (Maldonado, 1997: 46). Those exemptions were the core of the program, so OB was possible, fundamentally, because of already existing U.S. policy. In addition, the massive movement of Puerto Ricans to the mainland that ensued after OB was also only possible, again, because of U.S. policy (in this case, policies ruling citizenship and territories).

    Using an “industrialization by invitation” approach (Dietz, 1986; Whalen, 2005),
    Operación Manos a la Obra (as it is known in Spanish) began in the 1940s, and had among its main objectives to eliminate extreme poverty on the island, and to develop the island economically (Morales-Carrión, 1983). Initially, the project included federal tax incentives and exemptions to entice American businesses with cheap and abundant labor. OB turned into an export-oriented form of absentee capitalism that overhauled the economy in Puerto Rico in unprecedented ways. By the 1950s the island had largely left its agricultural past behind, for as James Dietz (1986) tells us, agriculture came to be regarded as an obstacle to progress.

    OB prompted a massive exodus of Puerto Ricans to the mainland US that has literally divided the Puerto Rican population in half, and has prompted poet Nicolasa Mohr to thoughtfully proclaim that “Puerto Ricans are no longer an island people” (in Rodríguez, 1991). The movement of Puerto Ricans alleviated the large-scale unemployment produced by the sudden shift from an agricultural to an industrial economy. The mainland Puerto Rican population went from 53,000 in 1930 (before OB), to 1.5 million in1964, roughly 20 years after OB began (Briggs, 2002). Although the set of initiatives, policies, and practices that came to be known as Operation Bootstrap did not institute or formally encourage island to mainland movement, we are suggesting (as have others before us—see, e.g., Briggs 2002; Dietz 1986; Maldonado 1997; and Whalen 2005, etc.) that Operation Bootstrap created a de facto form of movement to the U.S. by “pushing” migrants northward.

    When the U.S. is Pulling the Bootstrap

    The post-1959 migration of Cubans was part of an immigration continuum that had brought Cubans to Florida whenever political or economic strife hit the island (Mirabal, 2003; Poyo, 1989). Given this history, the U.S. became a natural refuge for former supporters of Batista and other Cubans who quickly became politically and financially disillusioned with the revolution, but discerning why the U.S. chose to accept over 650,000 refugees by 1977 is a more complicated challenge (Whorton, 1997). The acceptance of Cubans, first as immigrants and then as refuges, marks an anomaly in US immigration policy, as they arrived during an era of restrictive immigration (1924-1965).

    Accepting Cuban refugees was merely one aspect of the U.S.’s developing policies directed at incoming exiles. Early on, many Cubans leaving the island managed to take money and other forms of capital with them and were able to support themselves –if only temporarily– in their exile. The restrictions Castro imposed on what Cubans could take with them became increasingly stringent over time as concern grew that assets in the forms of cash and jewelry were being sent northward. Eventually luggage was limited to a change or two of clothing.
    As Cubans began entering the U.S. early in 1959, private agencies and local church groups offered aid to impoverished refugees. Federal aid increased greatly in 1961 with the creation of the Cuban Refugee Program, providing the needed resources for the programs many aid-based goals. The CRP, administered by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW), provided funds for resettlement, and “monthly relief checks, health services, job training, adult educational opportunities, and surplus food distribution (canned meat, powdered eggs and milk, cheese, and oatmeal, among other food products)” (García, 1996).

    Based on number of dependents, place of residence, and employment status, CRP staff calculated a monthly financial benefit for deserving refugees – primarily the unemployed – and granted refugees a maximum of $60 a month for a single person and $100 for a family (Voorhees, 1961). These payments were substantially more than the welfare payments available to U.S. citizens (including Puerto Ricans). The CRP also provided additional assistance, including medical insurance, assistance with employment readjustment, and college scholarships. This comprehensive program ensured that Cuban refugees were provided with structural assistance that extended beyond the stopgap needs of early exile.

    Final Thoughts: Of Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Republicans, and Latinos

    The unequal power relations that typify U.S.-Latin American exchanges mark the admittance, treatment and integration of Latin American immigrants, as all migrants from the region have been subject to the whims of the U.S.’s shifting relations with Latin America. Similarly, the complex histories that individual nations share with the U.S. have dictated the response to immigration policy and immigrants (Taft, et al, 1979 ). This in part explains that although Puerto Ricans and Cubans are all categorized as “Hispanic” in the eyes of the U.S. government or Latinos in the U.S. popular imagination, for instance, specific historical, political and perceived racial differences have produced great disparity in U.S. policy and reception of immigrants or incomers from the country and territory respectively.

    This discrepancy becomes patently obvious when one compares the reception of Cuban refugees to that of Puerto Ricans workers during the mid-twentieth century. On the one hand, during the Puerto Rican movement to the U.S., the U.S. government benefited from the cheap labor that ended up manning its factories and processing plants. It was assumed that Puerto Ricans, who were U.S. citizens after all, could access welfare if needed—yet the racialized welfare system discouraged if not outright barred people of color from accessing services (DeParle, 2004). Meanwhile, unlike Cuban refugees from the same period, Puerto Ricans did not receive a hero’s welcome, or assistance to find a place to stay, or to learn English. They were given no free vocational training, or medical services. In sum, Puerto Ricans were not presented with an aid package tailored to their needs. As citizens, they were assumed to have access to the U.S. government resources, when the reality seemed that they were here only to fulfill the needs of an economic system that thrived on cheap labor. The massive migration turned out to be a “win-win” for both governments (US’ and Puerto Rico’s), while it became a “lose-lose” for Puerto Ricans, including Puerto Ricans in the U.S., who ended up at the bottom of the economic ladder.

    On the other hand, the US government not only allowed Cubans entry, but it also provided direct assistance that exceeded any welfare program available to its own citizens, including Puerto Ricans. Some of the motives behind this benevolence remain unclear; what is clear is that the Cold War and anti-communist rhetoric shaped governmental discussions of Cuban immigration; ensuring the well-being and success of people fleeing communism held important ideological value. The direct assistance that Cubans received was, indeed, helpful in some form, as they still have the highest net worth of any U.S. Latino group. Puerto Ricans, on the other hand, continue to lag behind, and are experienced as a problem group, one immersed in poverty—and racialized as non-White. Regardless of the historical, social, and racial similarities shared by Cuba and Puerto Rico pre-1898 (the two birds of a feather), an act of American exceptionalism elevated (and perhaps continues to elevate) the status of Cubans, while Puerto Ricans and other Latino/as remain(ed) marginalized. This unilateral decision predisposed Puerto Ricans to a different treatment by mainstream U.S. culture, and hence, a different future from that of Cubans.

    Over half a century into that future, the 2016 presidential election campaign has produced (thus far) two Republican hopefuls of Cuban descent, while not one Puerto Rican has ever made a bid for the presidency (on either party). Something to note here is that the candidates in question are both the offspring of Cubans who migrated to the U.S. before Castro took office, meaning, they are not CRP babies. This fact brings us to a crucial, final argument: the CRP seems to have “lifted the boats” of Cubans as a group, even those who did not participate in it (and perhaps even those who came after the program was terminated). This point is important, for the net effect of the CRP extends beyond the assistance granted to individuals, as the program collectively elevated the economic and social status of Cubans. The CRP argued that these heralded newcomers were capable of accessing the American Dream and political self-determination (as it was assumed that the future leaders of Cuba were temporary sojourners, who would return to the island eventually and take control). Puerto Ricans were pushed to the margins as they were denied structural assistance and viewed as political and economic dependents, creating a long-lasting, major chasm between both groups.

    But now the chasm seems to be closing, and Republican candidates notwithstanding, second and third generation Cuban Americans are shifting politically, presumably joining Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in less conservative spaces (Fisher, (2015). Thus, regardless of their bifurcated histories, and their still dissimilar class status, Puerto Ricans and Cubans in the U.S. seem to be finally converging not only geographically, but in their ideals and aspirations as well. There is also the collective imagination of Americans who sees both groups as part of that collective known as Latinos/as, and whether that is a good thing or not, is a question for another essay.


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    Thomas, J.F. 1963. “US Cuban Refugee Program.” (December) Records of Health, Education, and Welfare, RG 363, Carton 12, File CR 18-1, National Archives II.

    Whalen, Carmen Teresa. 2005. “Colonialism, Citizenship and the Making of the Puerto
    Rican Diaspora.” In The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Historical Perspectives edited by Carmen Teresa Whalen and Víctor Vázquez-Hernández. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

    Whorton, B. 1997. The Transformation of Refugee Policy: Race, Welfare, and American Political Culture, 1959-1997. PhD Dissertation. Sociology, University of Kansas.

    Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender,  and Race Studies at Washington State University. Her research focuses on Latinos in the US, “the War on Terror,” and the representation of Latinas/os and other minorities in popular culture. Cheris Brewer Current is Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Work
    at Walla Walla University’s Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology. Her research focuses on Cuban Immigration to the U.S., and the intersections of race, class, and gender.

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    Request for Proposals: 2016 Sloan Research Fellowships http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/07/27/4002/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/07/27/4002/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:05:18 +0000 nash.246@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/?p=4002 The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2016 Sloan Research Fellowships. The Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

    Up to three candidates per department may be nominated by an institution. Candidates must:

    • Hold a tenure track (or equivalent) position at a college, university, or other degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada.  Tenure track faculty positions at the candidate’s institution must include a yearly teaching requirement.
    • Hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field; and
    • The most recent Ph.D. (or equivalent) must have been awarded on or after September 1, 2009. Exceptions may apply.

    Please submit an internal application by August 3, 2015 per the instructions below in advance of the September 15, 2015 sponsor deadline.

    Nominee Instructions

    The nominee prepares a brief (one-page) statement describing his or her significant scientific work and immediate research plans and attaches, in the same document, a copy of their curriculum vitae. The Office of Research will coordinate with the department chair to ensure no more than three applications are submitted. Also please include the:

    • Nominator’s name
    • Sponsor name
    • Funding opportunity name and number
    • Nominee’s name, department, college
    • Title of the proposed project

    The principal investigator (PI) for the project must meet the PI status guidelines as defined by the university and the program guidelines. Applicants need to include a statement in the pre-proposal that reads “I have verified that I may serve as a principal investigator for this project.”

    When the document is ready, click here to upload and submit the application.

    Contact the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relation’s Meg Savane, savane.1@osu.edu, for more information about this foundation.

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    RESOLVED: Blog feeds displayed in CMS listing all posts http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/resolved-blog-feeds-displayed-in-cms-listing-all-posts/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/resolved-blog-feeds-displayed-in-cms-listing-all-posts/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:57:44 +0000 Beth Snapp http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=3106 There are pages on library.osu.edu (CMS) that present posts from OSUL WordPress sites (see sidebar of University Archives CMS page as an example). The CMS widget was showing all blog posts, not just one blog. This is now fixed.


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    Recent Posts Extended http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/recent-posts-extended/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/recent-posts-extended/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:51:38 +0000 Beth Snapp http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=3104 A couple people have asked about adding post excerpts to their WordPress sites. We have discovered a nifty Recent Posts Extended widget with more functionality than comes out of the box with WordPress. You can see the widget in action on the sidebar of this (IT) site. There are a handful of configurable options, including defining length of excerpts and displaying thumbnails of featured images. Interestingly, you can also embed the listing on a page: https://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/test-recent-posts-on-a-page/ (not yet styled).

    If you would like this widget enabled on your site, please send a request to: https://go.osu.edu/hub

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    Release Notes 7.23.2015 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/release-notes-7-23-2015/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/release-notes-7-23-2015/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:48:08 +0000 reid.419@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=3100 During our maintenance window this afternoon (4PM) we will be deploying updates to the Hub, we expect downtime to be less than 15 minutes:

    • Added a new Printer Issue form
    • Updates to the IT Service Request form
    • Communications form issue type now defaults to a General Task
    • Removed all fields related to Time Tracking
    • Fixed: Re-Opening a Resolved ticket from the Hub
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    Access the July 2015 Issue of “Research Development and Grant Writing News” http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/07/22/3993/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/07/22/3993/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:41:51 +0000 agnoli.1@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/?p=3993 Visit http://go.osu.edu/grantwritingnews (OSU login required)

    Topics this month include:

    • Clarity in the Research Narrative
    • USDA Center of Excellence Justification
    • Explaining the State of the Art: Telling Your Reviewers What They Need to Know
    • Don’t Bury the Lead
    • What NSF Expects to See in Your Narrative
    • Agency News, Reports, & Roadmaps
    • 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.

    Quick Hits

    Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War Link
    Science and Technology Priorities for the FY 2017 Budget Link
    Research.gov Online Grants Management for NSF Community Link
    Innovation: An American Imperative Link
    Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream Link
    How Can I Stay Up to Date on New NIH Funding Opportunities? Link
    Broader Impact Statements: Are Researchers Thinking Broadly Enough? Link
    InformalScience.org Central Portal to Project, Research, and Evaluation Resources Link
    AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science & Technology Link
    Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research Link
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    GEO LIB New Book Shelf week of 7-20-15 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/geology/2015/07/20/geo-lib-new-book-shelf-week-of-7-20-15/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/geology/2015/07/20/geo-lib-new-book-shelf-week-of-7-20-15/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 19:33:57 +0000 dittoe.1@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/geology/?p=524 TITLE GSA Special Paper no. 511 entitled, The origin, evolution, and environmental impact of oceanic large
    igneous provinces
    / edited by Clive R. Neal, William W. Sager,
    Takashi Sano, Elisabetta Erba.
    IMPRINT Boulder, Colorado, USA : The Geological Society of America, 2015.
    CALL # QE1 .G34413 no.511.

    TITLE Earth science / Edward J. Tarbuck, Frederick K. Lutgens ;
    illustrated by Dennis Tasa.
    IMPRINT Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall/Pearson, ©2012.
    GENRE/FORM Textbooks. fast (OCoLC)fst01423863.
    CALL # QE26.3 .T38 2012.

    TITLE Applications and investigations in Earth science /
    Edward J. Tarbuck, Frederick K. Lutgens, Dennis Tasa ; illus. by Dennis Tasa.
    IMPRINT Boston : Prentice Hall, c2012.
    GENRE/FORM Handbooks, manuals, etc. fast (OCoLC)fst01423877.
    CALL # QE44 .T37 2012.

    TITLE Rockhounding California : a guide to the state’s best
    rockhounding sites
    / Gail A. Butler ; updated by members of the
    California Federation of Mineralogical Societies, compiled by
    Shep Koss.
    IMPRINT Guilford, Conn. : Falcon Guides, c2012.
    GENRE/FORM Guidebooks. fast (OCoLC)fst01423871.
    CALL # QE445.C2 B88 2012.

    TITLE Rockhounding Nevada : a guide to the state’s best rockhounding
    / William A. Kappele.
    IMPRINT Guilford, Conn. : FalconGuides, c2011.
    GENRE/FORM Guidebooks. fast (OCoLC)fst01423871.
    CALL # QE445.N3 K36 2011.

    The following eBooks can be found online:

    TITLE Earth’s deep history : how it was discovered and why it matters /
    Martin J.S. Rudwick.
    IMPRINT Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, [2014]
    IMPRINT ©2014.
    GENRE/FORM History. fast (OCoLC)fst01411628.
    GENRE/FORM Electronic books.
    CALL # QE11 .R827 2014eb.

    TITLE Remote sensing for geoscientists : image analysis and integration
    / Gary L. Prost.
    IMPRINT Boca Raton [Florida] : CRC Press, [2013]
    IMPRINT ©2014.
    GENRE/FORM Geographic information systems. fast (OCoLC)fst01752691.
    GENRE/FORM Electronic books.
    CALL # QE33.2.R4 P76 2013eb.

    TITLE Wavelets and fractals in earth system sciences /
    editors E. Chandrasekhar, V.P. Dimri, V.M. Gadre.
    IMPRINT Boca Raton : CRC Press, [2014]
    IMPRINT ©2014.
    GENRE/FORM Electronic books.
    CALL # QE33.2.W38 W38 2014eb.

    TITLE A key for identification of rock-forming minerals in thin section
    / Andrew J. Barker, University of Southampton, UK.
    IMPRINT Leiden, The Netherlands : CRC Press/Balkema, 2014.
    IMPRINT ©2014.
    GENRE/FORM Guidebooks. fast (OCoLC)fst01423871.
    GENRE/FORM Electronic books.
    CALL # QE397 .B37 2014.

    TITLE Principles of mathematical petrophysics / John H. Doveton,
    Kansas Geological Survey.
    IMPRINT Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]
    IMPRINT ©2014.
    GENRE/FORM Electronic books.
    CALL # QE431.6.P5 D68 2014eb.

    TITLE Flow in porous rocks : energy and environmental applications /
    Andrew W. Woods.
    IMPRINT Cambridge, England : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
    IMPRINT ©2015.
    GENRE/FORM Electronic books.
    CALL # QE431.6.P6 .W663 2015eb.

    TITLE Large igneous provinces / Richard E. Ernst,
    Department of Earth Sciences, Carleton University & Ernst Geosciences.
    IMPRINT Cambridge, England : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
    IMPRINT ©2014.
    GENRE/FORM Electronic books.
    CALL # QE461 .E76 2014eb.

    TITLE Volcanic ash : chemical composition, environmental impact, and
    health risks
    / Danielle Graver, editor.
    IMPRINT New York : Novinka, [2015]
    IMPRINT ©2015.
    GENRE/FORM Electronic books.
    CALL # QE461 .V615 2015eb.

    TITLE Intraplate earthquakes / edited by Pradeep Talwani, University of South Carolina.
    IMPRINT New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
    IMPRINT ©2014.
    GENRE/FORM Electronic books.
    CALL # QE511.4 .I57 2014eb.

    TITLE Volcanic eruptions : triggers, role of climate change, and
    environmental effects
    / Trent Milburn, editor.
    IMPRINT New York : Nova Publishers, [2015]
    IMPRINT ©2015.
    GENRE/FORM Electronic books.
    CALL # QE522 .V63 2015eb.

    TITLE Volcanism and global environmental change / edited by
    Anja Schmidt, University of Leeds,
    Kirsten Fristad, NASA Ames Research Center,
    Linda Elkins-Tanton, Arizona State University.
    IMPRINT New York : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
    GENRE/FORM Electronic books.
    CALL # QE522 .V64 2015.

    TITLE The Finite-Difference Modelling of Earthquake Motions : Waves and Ruptures.
    IMPRINT Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
    IMPRINT ©2014.
    GENRE/FORM Electronic books.
    CALL # QE539.2.M37 M63 2014.

    TITLE Debris flow : mechanics, prediction, and countermeasures /
    Tamotsu Takahashi.
    IMPRINT Boca Raton, Florida : CRC Press, [2014]
    IMPRINT ©2014.
    GENRE/FORM Electronic books.
    CALL # QE599.A1 .T353 2014eb.

    TITLE Environmental organic chemistry / René P. Schwarzenbach,
    Philip M. Gschwend, Dieter M. Imboden.
    IMPRINT Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, ©[2003]
    IMPRINT ©2003.
    GENRE/FORM Electronic books.
    CALL # TD196.O73 S39 2003.

    The following journals can be found online:

    Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis
    May 2015; Vol. 15, 2-3
    The latest content is now online.

    Geological Society, London, Special Publications
    Geoethics: the Role and Responsibility of Geoscientists
    2015; Vol. 419
    The latest content is now online.

    Geological Society, London, Special Publications
    Microbial Carbonates in Space and Time: Implications for Global Exploration and Production
    2015; Vol. 418
    The latest content is now online.

    Journal of Micropalaeontology
    July 2015; Vol. 34, 2
    The latest content is now online.

    Journal of the Geological Society
    July 2015; Vol. 172, 4
    The latest content is now online.

    Paleontological Institute
    Paleontological Contributions no.12
    A new rhizangiid genus from the Miocene of North America .
    The paracladistic approach to phylogenetic taxonomy.

    Petroleum Geoscience
    July 2015; Vol. 21, 2-3
    The latest content is now online.

    Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society
    May 2015; Vol. 60, 3
    The latest content is now online.

    Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology
    May 2015; Vol. 48, 2
    The latest content is now online.

    Paleontological Institute
    Treatise online, Part V, Revision 2, Chapter 11
    Graphtolite Preparation and Illustration Techniques 2015.

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    Hacking the Humanities http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/07/17/hacking-the-humanities/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/07/17/hacking-the-humanities/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:38:59 +0000 falls.15@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/?p=77 Interesting and recent article about the notion of time, learning and the digital. It describes some of the thought process that those engaging in DH in the classroom go through as they are working with students.


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    Notes from the 2nd meeting http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/07/14/notes-from-the-2nd-meeting/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/07/14/notes-from-the-2nd-meeting/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 19:53:48 +0000 falls.15@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/?p=78 Readings coming out of grant-funded projects geared towards teaching graduate students at their institutions about DH.

    These two structures can serve as a template. As these projects become more common and librarians get more involved, we can inform people about what DH work is happening here and how it’s being done. If working with someone on a mapping project, for example, can ask them to write up a brief ‘How this was done’ thing afterwards to inform other people.

    Liked the approach of ‘if you want to do this kind of project, these are the tools to look at, and here are the skills you will need.’ But wanted a flow chart starting from either inputs or outputs – that would make it more manageable.

    Can we use this template for outreach or to help users? Can see building a suite of tools. Might be interesting to start a Google Doc with a list of projects on campus and we each go in and populate it. It’s a natural fit for the Libraries – we are a clearinghouse for information. It would drive conversations. Using templates like this allows us to situate ourselves as consultants, which is a critical role on campus.

    What kinds of projects are coming to us? All kinds! GIS, data mining, creating timelines, storytelling, digital editions.

    Emerging themes from the conversation:

    • Communicating what people are already doing,
    • what tools should I know about and how do I use them,
    • what now becomes possible to do using these tools to extend traditional research programs or do something entirely new.

    How do we reach out to people who are already doing this stuff? Ask them to present! It is increased visibility for them, and can help people identify collaborative opportunities.

    Artstor blog post: Challenging us to think about access and discoverability of these types of projects. It’s a call-to-action to us to identify what is happening on our campus.

    It’s a tough problem because people often have good reasons for not wanting to use the standards. Rather than making everybody use the same tools, we can leverage linked open data to build relationships across terms.

    There is an educational role for librarians to make sure that they are at least making informed decisions, and not just doing their own thing because they don’t know that there are standards or what are the benefits of using them.

    Is it OK for the Libraries to just let it be and let people come to things as they will, or do we have a mandate to provide deeper access?

    Role for libraries as an authorizing agent? Create authorizing streams for content. [Sounds like he is talking about the kind of aggregating and filtering that PressForward was created to help with.]

    How would we respond to this post? We are challenging the idea that there aren’t community-generated controlled vocabularies – it’s more that people aren’t using them. What you need is a community of shared disciplinary practice.

    The ‘digital’ side of DH is intimidating if you don’t have the programming skills, or know how to acquire them or find someone who has them. As a librarian, how technical to get? It can be helpful just to have an idea of what kinds of skills will be required for projects, even if we don’t have them, because it informs our consultant role. It’s like peeling an onion!

    Next steps/ possible deliverables:

    • Create a document using Paige Morgan’s list as a template where we can add examples of projects we know about on campus.
    • Can also gather tutorials, etc, that will give people places to go to learn the necessary skills.
    • Can have small groups of people learn to use specific tools and then share with the rest of us.
    • Can compile a list of the skills that are needed for DH – based on what researchers are asking us for – to see what we might step in and provide.
    • A list of questions to ask if someone comes to us with a DH project.


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    For Archives, it’s pretty fabulous to be 50 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/archives/2015/07/14/for-archives-its-pretty-fabulous-to-be-50/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/archives/2015/07/14/for-archives-its-pretty-fabulous-to-be-50/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 18:36:07 +0000 drobik.5@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/archives/?p=5008 anniversary_emblem_fullsizeEveryone always complains about getting old, but here at the Archives, we found that turning 50, at least, can be one heck of a good time.

    We had more than 300 people help us celebrate this important milestone during our Anniversary Open House event on May 14. Our guests were treated to a wide array of artifacts, a viewing of historical campus film footage, and fine food and drink.

    If you attended the event, you may have noticed guests who took the opportunity to sit on OSU Football Coach Woody Hayes’ Couch (as seen in the upper-right-hand corner of this blog) and share their favorite memories of attending or working at OSU. Check it out!

    To see how really spectacular the event was, please see the Archives’ Flickr Gallery.

    You can also revisit the 50 artifacts that were on display during the event in a new interactive story map, designed by Josh Sadvari of the Research Commons.

    University Archives' 50th Anniversary Story Map

    University Archives’ 50th Anniversary Story Map

    We truly appreciate all of our supporters who attended our Anniversary event.  If you were not able to make it, we hope this post has given you an opportunity to see what was missed.  And, if you are interested in donating to the Archives, you can do so through our Paul E. and Sandy Watkins Endowment for University Archives.

    See why your support is so important to our mission in a message written by University Archivist Tamar Chute.

    And finally, if you just want to take a look at cool old photos of OSU, check out our Flickr page!

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    Request for Proposals: “The Global Midwest” http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/07/14/3967/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/07/14/3967/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 13:33:29 +0000 Joshua Sadvari http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/?p=3967 The OSU Humanities Institute will be accepting applications for funding from cross-institutional teams of faculty and graduate students wishing to collaboratively pursue research topics related to “The Global Midwest.”

    This funding opportunity is made possible through the “Humanities Without Walls” initiative, which aims to “create new avenues for collaborative research, teaching, and the production of scholarship in the humanities, forging and sustaining areas of inquiry that cannot be created or maintained without cross-institutional cooperation.”  The Humanities Without Walls consortium, which is led by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, links the humanities centers of 15 universities in the Midwest and beyond, including Ohio State.

    An Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant ($3,000,000) awarded to IPRH is geared toward funding two Humanities Without Walls initiatives:

    • Development of summer workshops for pre-doctoral students in the humanities who intend to pursue careers outside the academy
    • Research projects undertaken by cross-institutional teams of faculty and graduate students focusing on a grand challenge: “The Global Midwest”

    The latter initiative aims to “stimulate collaborative research that rethinks and reveals the Midwest as a key site – both now and in the past – in shaping global economies and cultures.”

    For more information about this opportunity, visit: Humanities Without Walls Call for Proposals.

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JERRY http://library.osu.edu/blogs/theatre-research-institute/2015/07/14/happy-birthday-jerry/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/theatre-research-institute/2015/07/14/happy-birthday-jerry/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:49:08 +0000 Orville Martin http://library.osu.edu/blogs/theatre-research-institute/?p=668 Jerome Lawrence’s Big 100: A Celebration of the Individual
    Jerome Lawrence portrait

    Jerome Lawrence’s Big 100: A Celebration of the Individual

    by Cecelia Bellomy

    In an interview with Jerome Lawrence and long-time writing partner Robert E. Lee, conducted by head of Thompson Library Special Collections, Nena Couch, Lawrence quotes a line from John Donne’s famous poem, “No Man Is an Island.” “I am involved in mankind,” Lawrence recites, and it is clear from the legacy he has left behind on the 100th anniversary of his birth, that this author’s involvement with humanity has left an indelible stamp on the stage, screen, airwaves, and most importantly, the hearts and minds of multiple generations of theatregoers.

    Jerome Lawrence “always wanted to be a writer,” as he confesses in the same interview for Studies in American Drama (Couch). Born Jerome Lawrence Schwartz, he grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. His father Samuel owned a printing press, his mother Sarah wrote poetry, and his sister Naomi was an actress. Based on their occupations alone, it is easy to see that Lawrence’s upbringing encouraged creative and intellectual expression.

    He received a bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University in 1937. While attending OSU, Lawrence was involved in many theatrical productions as an actor. He was also a writer for the student newspaper and the student radio station. He even published his first play during his undergraduate career: Laugh, God!, published in the timely Six Anti-Nazi One Act Plays (1939).

    After graduating, Lawrence worked as the director of summer stock for multiple theatre companies, a reporter, and editor for multiple small-town newspapers and one radio station. It wasn’t until after earning a graduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, that Lawrence really began breaking into the writing world. He began working in New York and Los Angeles, writing for CBS and Paramount.

    Though Lawrence and Lee were born and educated approximately thirty miles apart (Lee was born in Elyria, Ohio and attended Ohio Wesleyan University), and their similar careers writing for the radio brought them both to New York, the two men didn’t meet until January, 1942. Their partnership was immediate. They collaborated on several radio plays, the first of which, “Inside a Kid’s Head,” aired on the experimental Columbia Workshop. Lawrence and his partner Lee’s burgeoning writing careers were put on hold, however, as the partners turned their focus toward the War effort.

    Lawrence and Lee became Expert Consultants to the Secretary of War during World War II and co-founded the Armed Forces Radio Service for which Lawrence was a correspondent in North Africa and Italy. Additionally, Lawrence and Lee wrote and directed official Army-Navy programs for D-Day, VE Day, and VJ Day.

    After a few halting post-war years, the collaboration between Lawrence and Lee began to truly soar. The musical Look Ma, I’m Dancin’!, for which the duo wrote the book, opened in 1948 with good reception. Lawrence and Lee also continued collaborating regularly for the radio, writing “299 broadcasts of notable musical theatre works for the weekly series, The Railroad Hour” (Woods xiii). And that is just one program for which the pair wrote during this time.

    It was during the next several years in which Lawrence, with Lee, wrote the plays and musicals for which he is still remembered today. The partners showed a true knack for versatility from the light-hearted comedy musical Mame (1966) to the serious, topical, straight drama, Inherit the Wind (1955), which used the famous Scopes Monkey Trial to address the individual’s right to think freely. Other famous plays and musicals written by the duo include Shangri-La (1956), The Gang’s All Here (1959), and First Monday in October (1975).

    On their writing technique, the duo claimed they oftentimes could not remember who wrote what. They also employed a “UN veto” in which either had the power to veto a creative idea but only if the dissenter could come up with a better replacement.

    Despite their critical success on Broadway, Lawrence and Lee co-founded the American Playwrights Theatre, based in Columbus, Ohio, to attempt to bypass the ever-more stringent rules and regulations of Broadway. By connecting new scripts by new writers to theatres outside New York, the APT was instrumental in the regional theatre movement of the second half of the twentieth century. Lawrence and Lee’s Vietnam War-commentary, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail (1970), made its debut through APT.

    In 1972, Lawrence and Lee wrote a play on the life of Columbus playwright and humorist James Thurber. Jabberwock: Improbabilities Lived and Imagined by James Thurber in the Fictional City of Columbus, Ohio premiered at the opening of the Thurber Theatre at Ohio State. The duo also founded the Margo Jones Award, now administered by OSU Libraries’ Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute, to honor citizens-of-the-theatre who have demonstrated a significant impact, understanding, and affirmation of the craft of playwriting, with a lifetime commitment to the encouragement of the living theatre.

    Though Jerome Lawrence is most known for his work with Robert E. Lee, he did some solo work throughout his career, including the play Live Spelled Backwards (1966) and the book Actor: The Life and Times of Paul Muni (1975).

    Always interested in expanding theatre education for young people, Lawrence taught at universities across the country, including the University of Southern California. Lawrence passed away at the age of 88 on February 29th, 2004 from complications of a stroke.

    Through his life, with the help of Lee, Jerome Lawrence encouraged people to think. Though his body of work is diverse in tone and content, one string stretches throughout—the power and importance of the individual. Throughout Lawrence’s life, from his upbringing in a creative home, to his commitment to expression during World War II, to his varied and provocative playwriting career, he has championed and proven the importance of individual expression for the person and their larger society. With his passing, the world lost a true individual, but on his 100th birthday, we celebrate the legacy he left behind in his work.


    Works Cited

    Couch, Nena. “An Interview with Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee.”Studies in American Drama 7.1 (1992): 3-18. Web.

    Woods, Alan. “General Introduction.” The Selected Plays of Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. Ed. Alan Woods. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 1995. Ix-Xxiii. Print.


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    Staff position open in Digital Content Services http://library.osu.edu/blogs/digitalscholarship/2015/07/13/staff-position-open-in-dcs/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/digitalscholarship/2015/07/13/staff-position-open-in-dcs/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:30:14 +0000 Melanie Schlosser http://library.osu.edu/blogs/digitalscholarship/?p=1728 Interested in supporting digital scholarship? There is a staff position open in the Digital Content Services department, which encompasses the Knowledge Bank and Publishing Programs. An excerpt from the posting:

    The Digital Content Services (DCS) Projects Coordinator performs and coordinates production work for Digital Content Services across the repository and publishing programs and multiple software platforms (e.g., DSpace and Open Journal Systems), on multiple simultaneous projects. Production work includes submitting content, creating metadata, HTML layout editing, and providing technical support; designing and documenting workflows, scheduling and supervising production work, facilitating communications, and tracking projects to completion; works collaboratively with the Interim Co-Heads of the Department and other departmental staff; requires an in-depth understanding of the suite of digital content services provided by the department, attention to detail, sound judgment and decision making, and knowledge of related and applicable software programs.

    Learn more about the position and apply online at  https://www.jobsatosu.com, job opening 410104. Applications will be accepted through August 2, 2015.

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    2nd meetings of the Reading Group tomorrow http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/07/13/2nd-meetings-of-the-reading-group-tomorrow/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/07/13/2nd-meetings-of-the-reading-group-tomorrow/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:40:59 +0000 falls.15@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/?p=75 Hi there: We will meet tomorrow, July 14 from 1-2 pm to discuss the following two readings:

    What does digital humanities work look like?

    o   Paige Morgan, “What digital humanists do,” 2013. http://www.dmdh.org/2013/09/what-digital-humanists-do/

    o   Miriam Posner, “How did they make that?” 2013. http://dhbasecamp.humanities.ucla.edu/bootcamp/2013/08/28/how-did-they-make-that/

    Additionally, if you have time, we could discuss and possibly tweet responses to this post’s author , in that it’s a call to action in some ways–from last week about the relationship of librarians and discovery of digital humanities projects:



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    Release Notes: 7.9.2015 http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/release-notes-7-9-2015/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/release-notes-7-9-2015/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 20:31:15 +0000 reid.419@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/?p=3086 We’ve got a few things going out during our maintenance window this evening from 5-6PM:

    • Sierra – Expected Downtime: About 15 minutes
      • Server Maintenance
    • Hub – Expected Downtime: less than 15 minutes
      • Fixes for errors that happen after creating a Communications ticket, when viewing a Communications tickets, and when viewing the My Requests page.
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    Digital Scholarship Centers: a report from the field http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/07/08/digital-scholarship-centers-a-report-from-the-field/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/2015/07/08/digital-scholarship-centers-a-report-from-the-field/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 19:58:37 +0000 Jose Diaz http://library.osu.edu/blogs/dhstudygroup/?p=73 At the recently-concluded ALA summer conference I attended the inaugural meeting of the Digital Scholarship Centers Interest Group. Joan Lippincott from the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) was the keynote speaker. Her remarks centered not on digital scholarship per se but on digital scholarship centers (DSC). The DSCs are spaces and services, the latter more ubiquitous than the former, designed to encourage faculty and students to combined, analyze, and represent information using the myriad possibilities generated by emerging digital technologies.
    In her remarks Lippincott analyzed a 2014 survey conducted by CNI in to assess the state of digital scholarship centers. The sample consisted of 24 centers. Each center volunteered data about staffing, services, funding, organization, and expertise. Not surprisingly, each center tells a different story. Some digital scholarship centers provide physical spaces for instruction and collaboration in the digital humanities. Others focused solely on services such as publishing, GIS, copyright consultation, website hosting or data management.
    This “services model” was the topic of April Hathcock’s and Zach Cobble’s presentation. They spoke about their experiences at New York University Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center. Their approach links faculty and students to diverse services without providing a discrete physical space for experimentation. They build awareness of digital scholarship services through word of mouth, “in-reach meetings” and workshops provided by librarians in-house. Listservs , faculty meetings, and presentations are also used for promote these services. Although their efforts have shown successes, they identified sustainability and scalability as key challenges.
    In the Q&A session the speakers identified the need for digital scholarship centers to incorporate not only digital humanities but also a range of disciplines across the university curriculum. Lippincott described concerns surrounding staffing, expertise, administrative buy-in, prioritization of goals, and the inclusion of digital scholarship in the tenure review. To learn more about these issues see the Digital Scholarship Centers Interest Group listserv at acr-igdsc@lists.ala.org
    Jose Diaz

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    OSU Represented in the Summer of Maps http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/07/07/3894/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/2015/07/07/3894/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:34:31 +0000 Joshua Sadvari http://library.osu.edu/blogs/researchcommons/?p=3894 Nathaniel HenryFor one Ohio State student, the summer of 2015 truly is the Summer of Maps. Nathaniel Henry (Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science and Bachelor of Science in Geography: Urban, Regional, and Global Studies with Minors in Economics and Chinese) is one of only three students selected from across the U.S. to be a 2015 Fellow in Azavea’s Summer of Maps.

    Summer of Maps is a 12-week program that provides competitive, funded fellowships to students and matches them with challenging spatial analysis projects for nonprofit organizations. The Summer of Maps fellowship program is facilitated by Azavea, a Philadelphia-based software company that specializes in the creation of geographic web and mobile software and geospatial analysis services.

    I recently caught up with Nat for a conversation about his experience so far in the Summer of Maps.

    Josh: Can you tell us a little bit about the projects you’ll be working on this summer and the organizations you’ll be working with?

    Nat: As a Summer of Maps fellow, I am working on GIS analysis projects with two nonprofit organizations: the Legal Clinic for the Disabled, which provides pro bono services to low-income people with disabilities in Philadelphia; and The Greening of Detroit, which promotes sustainability through street tree planting and urban farming. Both of these groups had already collected spatial data, but were uncertain about how to use it. My core goal for the summer is to help both organizations deploy GIS data in a way that informs their strategy, community outreach, and daily operations.

    Josh: As you assist these organizations with utilizing the GIS data they’ve collected, what types of spatial analyses will you be carrying out? Can you give us an idea of the research questions and overall goals for each of your two projects?

    Nat: The Legal Clinic for the Disabled wants to understand where their clients are coming from and how that compares to the overall distribution of need around Philadelphia. To help them, I am drawing from a database of their client intakes over the past 15 years, which includes address information. I will geocode past client addresses to create a set of points, and then compare those point locations with publicly-available demographic information about poverty and disability status. Finally, I want to perform a number of spatial analyses to spot unusual patterns of intakes. If these patterns can be matched to “problem areas” such as pollution sites, it might point to an unmet legal need. Throughout this process, I will have to ensure that my final maps are anonymized so that the public cannot trace any sensitive information back to individuals.

    The Greening of Detroit wants to prioritize possible locations for street tree planting around the city. To help them, I am using existing tree inventories for Detroit to determine blocks that have the lowest density of street trees. I will combine this information with public health, economic, and demographic data sets for the city to determine the areas that have the greatest need for increased street tree planting. I hope to turn this analysis into a toolbox that the organization can continue to use as more street trees are planted. In addition to finding the best locations for street tree planting, I will perform a tree canopy analysis to estimate the economic and environmental benefits that street trees provide to the people of Detroit. The Greening of Detroit can use these figures for community outreach and fundraising purposes in the future.

    Josh:  Wow – it sounds like you will be doing some very interesting and impactful research this summer! What do you hope to take away from your work in the Summer of Maps program, and how do you think it will assist you in terms of your future career goals?

    Nat: The Summer of Maps program is particularly exciting to me because it gives nonprofits powerful analytical tools that they can use for a worthy cause. I hope that my work will transform the way these organizations make decisions – and for now, I get to wrangle with interesting data and learn from my mentors at Azavea, who are some of the best in the business. After graduation, I want to develop spatial analysis tools that help people understand complex social and environmental problems, so the lessons that I learn this summer will help me enormously in the future!

    Josh: Thanks for taking the time to tell us a little bit about your projects, Nat! Best of luck in your research during the Summer of Maps!

    The Research Commons is collaborating with the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, and the Department of Geography to host our very own summer program about GIS!

    If you are interested in learning more about how GIS tools can be deployed in research, teaching, and nonprofit work, register to attend our one-day, hands-on workshop on July 30th in Thompson Library.

    Complete event details and registration information can be found here: GIS for the Rest of Us

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    Congratulations to Dr. Beth Kattelman http://library.osu.edu/blogs/theatre-research-institute/2015/07/06/congratulations-to-dr-beth-kattelman/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/theatre-research-institute/2015/07/06/congratulations-to-dr-beth-kattelman/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:37:06 +0000 Orville Martin http://library.osu.edu/blogs/theatre-research-institute/?p=658 TRI’S




    Dr. Beth Kattelman to receive award 7/9/2015

    Dr. Beth Kattelman to receive award 7/9/2015

    Annual Research Excellence Award Announced

    The 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 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.

    Invitation to Award Ceremony


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    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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    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 June 2015 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.
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    World’s Largest Atlas http://library.osu.edu/blogs/maps/2015/06/24/worlds-largest-atlas/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/maps/2015/06/24/worlds-largest-atlas/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:36:37 +0000 wagner.19@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/maps/?p=213 Although there are 31 copies –The State Library of New South Wales is presently displaying theirs.

    Earth Platinum  requires 2 people to turn the page.




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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-4 { margin: auto; } #gallery-4 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-4 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-4 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */

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

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2015

    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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    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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    Access the May 2015 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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    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
    * indicates required field

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    New Maps http://library.osu.edu/blogs/maps/2015/06/01/new-maps/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/maps/2015/06/01/new-maps/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 18:24:08 +0000 wagner.19@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/maps/?p=210 “Tourist & Motoring Atlas Spain & Portugal”  by Michelin

    “The New York World’s Fair”

    “Booth’s Maps of London Poverty East & West 1889″  (digitized:  Booth’s Maps of London Poverty)

    “Four Very Detailed Maps of Victorian London 1863″

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    Women in Cartography: Celebrating 400 Years of Unsung Contributions to the Mapping World http://library.osu.edu/blogs/maps/2015/06/01/women-in-cartography-celebrating-400-years-of-unsung-contributions-to-the-mapping-world/ http://library.osu.edu/blogs/maps/2015/06/01/women-in-cartography-celebrating-400-years-of-unsung-contributions-to-the-mapping-world/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 18:13:05 +0000 wagner.19@osu.edu http://library.osu.edu/blogs/maps/?p=208 Women in Cartography

    Check out this new exhibit by the Osher Map Library–Smith Center for Cartographic Education


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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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