Libraries/Muslim Student Association sponsor Book Discussion

Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim JourneysPlease join the UT Libraries and the UT Muslim Student Association this Spring as we read and discuss The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam.

We’ll kick off the program at the UT MSA meeting on Thursday, February 7th at 6 p.m. in Student Union Room 2591, where we’ll have a brief introduction of the book and distribute free copies.  If demand exceeds supply, more copies can be ordered at the meeting from OhioLINK partner libraries.

The discussion itself will take place during Islamic Awareness Week on Tuesday, March 19th at 6 p.m. in Student Union 2582 after we’ve all had a chance to read the book.   You can RSVP for the book discussion at our Facebook event page.

More information about the book and the program is available at the Muslim Journeys LibGuide.  This discussion is part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Oxford University Press, and Twin Cities Public Television. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Local programming partners include the Toledo Museum of Art, the Toledo Public Library, the University of Toledo Department of Philosophy & Religion, and the University of Toledo Muslim Student Association.

Finals week hours & Study Bash!

Carlson library will be extending their hours to provide for additional study opportunities during and before exams. The entire library will be open until Midnight both Friday & Saturday before the exams (December 7th & 8th).  The upper floors will also stay open later Sunday through Wednesday to accommodate additional student need; staying open until 2 a.m. on Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday, and 3 a.m. on Monday.  As usual, the first floor Information Commons will remain open 24 hours from Sunday noon until Friday evening.

Please stop by the 2nd floor Learning Commons on Monday, December 10th for a Study Bash from 3 p.m. until 3 a.m.  Student Government will be giving away gift cards each hour, and massages will be available from 4-6 p.m.

We wish you all the best as you study for your finals!

Get Quality Health Information at Welloween this Friday!

Did you know that October is Information Literacy Month in Ohio?  Read Governor Kasich’s full proclamation.

As our Information Literacy LibGuide states:

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” Developing these critical skills creates the foundation for lifelong learning. (American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. Final Report. Chicago: American Library Association, 1989.)

In today’s environment, consumer health information in particular is readily available via the Internet.  How many of you have “Googled” your medical symptoms? But, how do you know that the information you find is trustworthy?  Which websites are more reputable than others? How can you effectively evaluate information for your particular need?

What a great way to celebrate Information Literacy Month by visiting the University Libraries and UT Student Medical Center’s joint table at this year’s Welloween health fair on main campus!  Our library professionals and physicians will point you to expert resources for quality health information you can rely on, as well as tips for locating, evaluating and using information. We will also have a fun matching game that you can play to win some healthy snacks.

Welloween is fun, free and open to the public.  There will be free flu shots, health screenings, door prizes and a costume contest.  Enter to win, and you might be lucky enough to take home a copy of The Healthy College Cookbook and PeTA’s Vegan College Cookbook, among other prizes.  Mark your calendars – the event will be held this Friday, October 26, from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the Student Recreation Center.  We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Jodi Jameson, Nursing Librarian, at 419-383-5152 or

Join us for our Speakers’ Series: Medicine on the Maumee: A History of Health Care in Northwest Ohio

All events held in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, Fifth Floor, William S. Carlson Library.  See the UTNews article for more details on each event.

September 26, 3 p.m.: “The History of Hospital-Based Nurse Education in 20th Century Toledo,” by Joanna Russ, archivist, ProMedica.
October 3, 3 p.m.: “The History of HIV Infection in Northwest Ohio,” a panel discussion led by Dr. Joan Duggan, director of the Toledo Ryan White HIV Center.
October 10, 3 p.m.: “A Man, His Work, and His Legacy—Conrad Jobst,” by Dr. Anthony Comerota, director of the Jobst Vascular Institute at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.
October 17, 3 p.m.: “Posing for Eternity: The Art and Science of Plastination,” by Dr. Carlos Baptista, president of the International Society for Plastination.
October 24, 3:30 p.m.: “From M*A*S*H to the Great Black Swamp: The Life of John Howard M.D.,” by Dr. S. Amjad Hussain, UT professor emeritus.
November 7, 3 p.m.: “The Magician with a Meningioma,” by Dr. James Ravin, Toledo ophthalmologist and medical historian.

All Events Free and Open to the Public

Reception to Follow Each Talk

Book Artist Elisabeth Tonnard to present talk on Wed., Oct. 10

Elisabeth Tonnard, an artist and poet working in the areas of artists’ books, photography, and conceptual literature, will present a talk about her art on Wednesday, October 10, at noon in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of Carlson Library on UT’s main campus.

Since 2003, Tonnard has published 25 books, which are included in numerous private and public collections.  Her work features how visual culture and visual events are seen in the light of literature.  Tonnard’s books have won numerous awards, including the jury prize of the Sheffield International Artists’ Book Prize last year.  Her works have been exhibited widely, and she is a member of the Artists’ Book Cooperative.

Tonnard received a master’s of arts in literature from Radbound University in the Netherlands, and a master’s of fine arts from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York.  She lives and works in the Netherlands.

A reception will follow her talk.  This talk is co-sponsored by the Friends of the University Libraries.  For more information, contact David Remaklus, Carlson Library, at 419-530-4030.

Tonnard Talk Flyer

Librarians & English Dept. publish research on ESL Students & Libraries

Librarians Julia A. Martin and Elaine M. Reeves were co-authors on a paper titled “Relationship building with students and instructors of ESL: Bridging the gap for library instruction and services” in the journal Reference Services Review (Vol. 40 No. 3, 2012, pp. 352-367).  The paper describes the benefits of relationship building between a librarian and two English As A Second Language (ESL) instructors and the information literacy sessions created for two ESL classrooms as a result of the collaboration.  Students for whom English is a second language often do not utilize the librarian for help or attend library orientation and instruction sessions. This paper finds that librarians and ESL instructors can bridge the gap for ESL students. English Department co-authors were Kathleen M. Reaume and Ryan D. Wright.

Free “Copyright in Academia” Webinar: Sept. 27

(Hat tip to Mulford Library Blog:)

Register today for the free webinar, Copyright in Academia, offered by the Copyright Clearance Center.  The webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 27, from 2-3pm.

It will cover the basics of copyright (what is it?; fair use; public domain, etc.) in the context of the academic world, and may be of particular interest to faculty using course management systems for online and web-assisted classes.

Scopus and ScienceDirect will be down Saturday, August 25.

The Scopus database and the ScienceDirect electronic journal platform for Elsevier Journals will be down all day on Saturday, August 25th for a system upgrade.

During the outage, we suggest using Web of Science for any citation searching you may need to do, and use the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center for access to journals published by Elsevier (we have duplicate access to these titles through OhioLINK).

University Authors’ books in the Library

Steinbeck in Vietnam book coverThe University Libraries try to buy copies of books authored by our university community for our collections.  Just recently, for example, we added Steinbeck in Vietnam: Dispatches from the War, by Dr. Thomas Barden, Dean of the Honors College.  Sometimes we find out about these authors through local publications like the UTNews or the Toledo Blade, but we don’t catch every one.  If you know of a publication authored by a member of the UT community that we don’t already have, please let us know!

All of the publications by UT authors are marked in our catalog with the alternate title: University of Toledo Authors Collection.   You can view these by year and primary author as well.