Understanding Black History through Black Music: From Protests to Celebration, February 26

February 26, 3:30-5 p.m.
Thompson Library, 11th floor

Dr. William T. McDaniel, Professor of African American Music and Area Head of Jazz Studies, The Ohio State University. Music will be interspersed throughout the lecture.

Sponsored by the University Libraries Diversity & Inclusion Committee

United Black World Month–2013

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Poet Laureate Program February 19

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University and current state poet laureate of Mississippi, will read from her work at 8 p.m.,Tuesday, February 19 in the Thompson Library on the 11th floor.

Trethewey is the author of “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Native Guard,” for which she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. Her recent book, “Thrall: Poems,” was published in 2012.

This event is free and open to the public.

Read more: http://artsandsciences.osu.edu/events/a-reading-with-us-poet-laureate-natasha-trethewey

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Artists’ Books Open House February 20

Wednesday, February 20
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH  43210
Room 150

Come see work by Marina Abramovic and Ulay, John Baldessari, Johanna Drucker, Fluxus, General Idea, The Guerrilla Girls, Hans Haacke, Nancy Holt, Douglas Huebler, Barbara Kruger, Sol LeWitt, George Maciunas, Ed Ruscha, Carolee Schneemann, Richard Tuttle, Lawrence Weiner, Xu Bing, and many more.

The open house will also include a selection from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum’s Dylan Williams Collection of small press and self-published mini-comics, which showcase unique formats and binding techniques from underground cartoonists to contemporary self-publishers. If you are interested in homemade comics and the art of the book, this is a unique opportunity to examine these objects up close and understand how they’re made. The Cartoon Library’s Caitlin McGurk will also be available during the open house to discuss the materials and their construction.

Gloves will be provided so visitors can study the works. Because of the sensitive nature of the materials (such as their designs, paper qualities, and fragility), we ask that no backpacks or portfolios, food, drink, or wet media be brought into the room with them.  Pencils and paper are best!

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Libraries Mark Woody Hayes’ 100th Birthday

University Libraries is joining Ohio State’s celebration of Woody Hayes birth with both physical and digital exhibitions of the famed coach’s life.

A display of memorabilia belonging to Coach Hayes and his wife Anne is on display through February 28 in the Special Collections area on the first floor of the Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Avenue.

The exhibit uses photographs, documents, books, and artifacts from the Wayne W. “Woody” Hayes Papers and other archival collections to tell the story of Hayes’ successful football coaching career at Ohio State as well as other less well known aspects of his life and career, such as his interest in military history and politics.

Some of the highlights include one of Hayes’ playbooks, family photos, letters from US Presidents Ford and Nixon, a piece of a goal post from the 1955 Rose Bowl, and the couch from Hayes’ office.

A second digital display, “Woody Hayes:  100 Years On and Off the Field,” recalls Hayes time at Ohio State, his education and military service, politics and philanthropy, and his family and friends.



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Libraries Running LibQUAL Survey

The OSU Libraries will be administering LibQUAL, a survey developed by the Association of Research Libraries to measure library service quality and identify best practices in February 2013.  You may receive an email requesting your participation.  The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete; you will be asked to rate your “desired” and “perceived” level of service from the University Libraries.

If you choose to participate, you can enter a drawing for one of two $100 Visa Prepaid gift cards, or gift cards from Campus Dining, Kroger, Panera Bread, iTunes, or Wired Out.

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Former OSU Libraries Director Joseph Branin Passes Away

Joseph A. Branin, former director of The Ohio State University Libraries and a visionary leader who led the transforming renovation of the Thompson Library, died December 30, 2012 after a brave battle with cancer.

Joseph BraninBranin served as director of OSUL from 2000-2009, and, among his many accomplishments, spearheaded the renovation of the Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Avenue.

“Quite simply, our landmark library is a testament to Joseph Branin’s leadership and vision,” said E. Gordon Gee, president of The Ohio State University. “He will be greatly missed,  but his contributions to the intellectual heart of our University will endure for generations.”

Current Director of Libraries Carol Diedrichs recalled Branin fondly, both professionally and personally.

“During his tenure at OSU, Joe will be remembered for many successes including the Knowledge Bank and the continued growth and development of OhioLINK,” Diedrichs said. “But undoubtedly he will be remembered for the decade he would spend at OSU managing, planning, and overseeing the magnificent renovation of the Thompson Library.

“Joe was a wonderful colleague, boss and friend,” Diedrichs said.

Branin was a member of the Board of the Association of Research Libraries, a trustee on the Board of the Columbus Museum of Art, and chair of the CIC Library Directors Group. Branin also served as the editor of one of the foremost journals in the field of librarianship, College & Research Libraries.

Branin left Ohio State and the U.S. in 2009 to become the first director of the new King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Library in Saudi Arabia. He helped oversee construction of the facility and oversaw its operations from the first day it opened.

KAUST’s Stefan Catsicas, Provost, and Nadhmi Al Nasr, Executive Vice President, in a joint statement released just after his passing, praised Branin’s work.

“As the founding Director of the University Library, Joe’s vital contributions to KAUST will long be remembered. His effective leadership established the library as a key element of KAUST’s world-class infrastructure and an important part of research and education at KAUST.”

Diedrichs said Branin was excited about the professional opportunity that KAUST represented.

“Joe was very enthusiastic about addressing the challenges that would come in conceiving, planning and implementing a new library for a new university,” Diedrichs said.

Jay Jordan, president and chief executive officer of OCLC, said Branin always respected the special connection between The Ohio State University and OCLC which goes back to the 1960’s, when Founder Fredrick Kilgour ran OCLC from a small office in the rare books room of the Thompson Library.

“I will  think of Joe as a leader who always sought ways to work with OCLC Research to advance the science of librarianship,” Jordan said.  “His dedication to his profession makes him an exemplar  of a librarian and he will be sorely missed both in the USA and around the globe.”

William Crowe, former member of the OCLC Board of Trustees and Librarian Emeritus of the University of Kansas, recalled Branin’s professional commitment and easygoing nature.

“Joe had a keen wit and sharp intellect that, with his capacity for hard work and ability to understand other people, made him both a strong leader and exceptional company,” Crowe said. “Joe demonstrated a great sensitivity to others through his kindness and his ready smile.  He was always there to encourage and help.”

Branin was cremated and his remains are to be scattered in one of his favorite places. The Libraries is working with Branin’s wife Anita regarding a memorial gathering in Columbus later this spring.

Donations in Branin’s memory can be made to the Friends of the Libraries’ Designated Library Fund,  fund #308498, for the Rare Books collection, either by mail, to The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 West Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221, or online at:


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Passing of Joe Branin

From Director of Libraries Carol Diedrichs:

It is with sadness and a sense of loss that I share the news of the death of Joe Branin, former director of University Libraries, last evening, December 30, after a battle with cancer.

Joe served as director of OSUL from 2000-2009, and, among his many accomplishments, spearheaded the renovation of the Thompson Library. During his time at OSU, Joe was a member of the Board of the Association of Research Libraries, a trustee on the Board of the Columbus Museum of Art, and chair of the CIC Library Directors Group. He also served as the editor of one of the foremost journals in the field of librarianshio, College & Research Libraries.

Joe left Ohio State and the U.S. in 2009 to become the first director of the new King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Library in Saudi Arabia. Joe helped oversee construction of the facility and oversaw its operations from the first day it opened. Joe’s wife Anita worked with him at KAUST as the user and education instruction librarian.

In keeping with his wishes, Joe will be cremated and his remains scattered in one of his favorite places.

In the weeks ahead, we will determine an appropriate means of remembering Joe’s contributions to the Libraries and the university. For now, we will keep Anita and Joe’s family in our thoughts.


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The Ohio State University Archives Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Jesse Owens’ Birth

The University Archives will honor Jesse Owens with an exhibition titled “Faster, Higher, Stronger – Jesse Owens: 100 Years of Life and Legacy” from January 9 – May 5, 2013.  The exhibit will be held in the William Oxley Thompson Library Gallery and will feature material from the Jesse Owens Papers.

Owens made history at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by winning four gold medals in track and field.  Owens spent much of his later life working with young people and serving as a goodwill ambassador for the Olympic movement and the United States.  His accomplishments will be explored in detail throughout the exhibit.  Highlights include Owens’ Olympic gold medals and diary, an Olympic torch from the 1936 Berlin Games, and Owens’ Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The exhibit will explore Owens’ legacy after his death in 1980 and explain his connection to today’s Olympic athletes.  Material from the 2012 London Olympics worn by an Ohio State University student-athlete will be included in the exhibit.

Additional information on Owens and his life are also available from the Archive’s web site.

The Thompson Library is located at 1858 Neil Avenue Mall at The Ohio State University.  Gallery Hours: Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon- 5 p.m.

For more information, please contact Tamar Chute (chute.6@osu.edu; 614-292-3271).

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Libraries Closing Early December 26

The Thompson Library and the system’s department libraries are closing at 4 p.m. on December 26 because of the weather.

The Science and Engineering Library will close at 6 p.m. on December 26, and is expected to re-open Thursday, December 27 at 8 a.m.

The Thompson Library and the system’s department libraries will resume normal break hours on Thursday, December 27, weather permitting.



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Google Books Project FAQ

University Libraries’ participation in the Google Books project is about to get underway.  Please see responses to the questions below for more information on the project.

What is the purpose of the Google Books Project?
The goal of the project is to make the wealth of knowledge in libraries discoverable to anyone with Internet access. The result will be to a comprehensive, searchable, virtual catalog of books and resources.  The Google Books Library Project moves toward that goal by participating libraries loaning Google books from their collections that will be scanned and added to this virtual catalog.

What other university libraries are participating in the project?
Google has been digitizing the collections of several libraries in the CIC, including Michigan, Indiana, Penn State and Minnesota.  In addition, a number of universities outside of the CIC are participating, including Columbia, Cornell, Harvard and Stanford.

When will the OSU Libraries begin participating in the project?
The lending process will begin in March 2013.

Why didn’t the OSU Libraries participate in the Google Book Project earlier?
The renovation of the Thompson Library, which concluded in 2009, prevented the OSU Libraries from joining the project at its start.

How will the OSU Libraries’ participation work?
Google has reviewed the OSU Libraries’ catalog and presented us with a list of books they would like to borrow from us to scan.  These books will come from our collections, and will only be volumes that are in the public domain (largely those published prior to 1923).

How did Google determine which OSUL books they would like to scan?
The list submitted to OSUL is one that has evolved as material is digitized from other libraries. Many of the books in our collections are already available as digital scans based on books loaned by other libraries. Although millions of books have been scanned from several academic libraries over the past few years there are still more unique items that Google wished to borrow from OSUL.

Will the Libraries be loaning Google all the books that have been requested?
Our staff will decide which of the volumes Google requests will be loaned from our collections.  Staff will also be selective in evaluating the condition of individual items; we will not send materials that are determined to be too fragile to be shipped.

How will the Libraries manage requests from Google?
Google will become a borrower.  Their requests will be managed in much the same way we presently loan books to our OhioLINK partners.

Is there a cost to the OSU Libraries for participating in the project?
The scanning by Google is at no charge to OSUL.  The only cost involved for the university is in the staff time needed to manage the loan requests.

How will the books be handled by Google?
Google will borrow a book, scan it, and return it, undamaged, to us.  About the same time we get our book back, the file of the scan will be provided to the HathiTrust.

Where will the books come from?
The Libraries will initially be loaning books from our Book Depository location, the facility we use to house important but lower-use volumes.  Some books will eventually be filled from our on-campus library locations as well.

What if a faculty member or student needs access to a book while it is on loan to Google?
As in any other situation in which a book is on loan, the Libraries’ staff will work with customers to obtain a copy of the book from another library.

Are there additional benefits that come from the Google Book Project?
A copy of each book scan is provided to the HathiTrust Digital Library, which is accessible to Ohio State faculty, students and staff.  HathiTrust is a digital preservation repository (founded by the CIC) and highly functional platform that provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in-copyright content from a variety of sources.  Only public domain material is available for use by our faculty, staff and students, but work is also underway to determine what other material in the HathiTrust collection is free of copyright restrictions.  HathiTrust is also working on technology which will, in the future, enable us to make the in-copyright material available to our students and faculty with print disabilities.  At the present time, more than 10.5 million volumes are included in the HathiTrust Digital Library, representing more than 3.7 billion pages.  Approximately 31% of that total is currently in the public domain.

Where can I learn more about the Google Book Project?

Where can I learn more about the HathiTrust Digital Library?

Where can I learn more about the participation of other libraries in the Google Book Project?



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