Carlson Library reference and research assistance continues

A reminder that Reference Assistance will continue throughout the holidays* during the following hours:

M-Th   10:00 AM – 5 PM

Friday   12 PM – 3 PM

*(through January 4)

You may contact librarians in person (via the Circulation Desk), or by phone, email or chat (see “General Information” for contact details, left-hand side of page).  If chat is closed or if a librarian is unavailable, please feel free to leave a voice message or an email and we will respond as soon as we can.  The staff at the Circulation Desk will also be happy to assist you with certain requests.

We wish you a happy and prosperous new year!

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!

Local History through the Public Eye

Interested in local history? Already using Instagram? “Local History through the Public Eye” on the Toledo’s Attic site ( is an experiment in crowd-curation of local history through the eyes of Instagram enthusiasts with respect for the region’s history. Images of historical buildings and sites of events in Toledo and Northwest Ohio history are invited. This includes buildings, historical markers, parks, and social and business establishments with historical significance. We ask that participants add the #toledosattic hash tag along with some identification, and if possible geographical location to their photos and it hould appear in this gallery. A small gallery has already formed on

Look for @toledoattic on Instagram. Thank you!

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

“Unlock your Data!” (free event: save the date!)

The week of October 22 marks the sixth annual international “Open Access Week”!

You may remember that last October, the UT Libraries participated in the OA Week celebrations by surveying UT faculty and researchers on their knowledge, experience and perceptions of the open access model of publishing.

In May, we distributed results of that survey and in August we followed up with another article spotlighting certain aspects of those results.

Want to learn more about open access publishing?  In person?  For free? 

UT/BG Open Access Week flyerLibrarians from UT and BGSU recently got together to plan an informative day for those who would like to learn more.   Come join us on Tuesday, October 23 in the Driscoll Center (Schmakel Room) on Main Campus to interact in person with colleagues on the challenges and rewards of taking part in an open access publishing environment.  This all-day event will help answer questions for you on what open access publishing is and it will allow you to share stories with other researchers, professors and scholars.  Students are welcome too.

In the spirit of open access, this event is free of charge (and includes a free lunch!)

To attend in person, please RSVP by October 16 to the email posted in the link below.

Because seating is limited, you will also have the option to participate online if you cannot make it through the door.   (instructions forthcoming)

see full schedule

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.