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University Libraries Offering Workshops This Semester

From conducting research for a paper or a job search to learning more about digital publishing, University Libraries has a workshop for you.

During spring semester, University Libraries is offering workshops designed to build practical skills and improve scholarship and research habits. No need to register — just show up.

UToledo librarians are here to help undergraduate and graduate students in their research success.

One-hour workshops will be:

• Life Hack: UToledo Libraries;

• Finding Resources Your Professor Will Love;

• Mastering Citations in EndNote;

• Scholarly Attribution and Citation: What You Need to Know;

• Business Research for the Job Hunt;

• American Psychological Association Updated: Using Seventh Edition APA Style; and

• Digital Publishing.

Workshop descriptions and details can be found on University Libraries’ website.

For questions or more information, contact Julia Martin, associate professor, director of reference and instruction, and business librarian, at julia.martin@utoledo.edu or 419.530.2492.

Reception for Health Science Campus Artist Showcase Set for Feb. 21

The 15th annual Health Science Campus Artist Showcase will take place from Monday, Feb. 17, through Wednesday, April 8, on the fourth floor of Mulford Library.

This year’s exhibit features work from more than 30 artists who are students, faculty and staff in the health sciences from Health Science and Main campuses, as well as The University of Toledo Medical Center.


On display will be a variety of 2-D and 3-D artwork, including paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

An artist reception will be held Friday, Feb. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the fourth floor of Mulford Library. Dr. Donna Woodson, professor emerita of medicine, will give a talk, “Art is Good for Your Health,” at 4:30 p.m.

Woodson teaches the elective course Art and Medicine: Using Visual Literacy to Improve Diagnostic Skills in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. She is a longstanding participant in the Health Science Campus Artist Showcase; three of her pieces will be featured in this year’s exhibit.

Light refreshments will be served at the reception, where attendees will have the chance to win books on art and medicine.

Visitors can view the artwork during regular library hours: Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 9 a.m. to midnight.

For more information on the free, public exhibit and reception, visit the University Libraries’ website or contact Jodi Jameson, assistant professor and nursing librarian at Mulford Library, and member of the artist showcase committee, at 419.383.5152 or jodi.jameson@utoledo.edu.

Assessing Effectiveness of Research Topic of Forum

“Telling Your Story With Publication Metrics” will be discussed at the next Future of Higher Education Forum Friday, Nov. 15.

Wade M. Lee-Smith, associate professor of library administration, will be the speaker at the event, which will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Carlson Library Room 1005.


“My research and teaching interests include the changing ways in which scholars can document and interpret the effect their research has on the scholarly publication ecosystem,” Lee-Smith said.

A science librarian, Lee-Smith will share his wisdom from nearly 25 years of experience training researchers in efficient and effective use of tools to perform literature-based research.

The Future of Higher Education Forums are sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Forums are held monthly throughout the academic year. Visit the Office of the Provost website to see upcoming topics, as well as to view past forums.

For more information, contact Dr. Amy Thompson, vice provost for faculty affairs and professor of public health, at amy.thompson4@utoledo.edu.

UToledo Banned Books Vigil to Take Place Sept. 26

Keep the light on and your mind open: Students, faculty, staff and area residents will answer riddles to win prizes, discuss ideas, and eat snacks at the UToledo Banned Books Week Vigil Thursday, Sept. 26, in Health and Human Services Building Room 1711B.

Every fall for 22 years, the University community has celebrated the right to read and think freely because “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark.” This theme of the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, Sept. 22-28, highlights the role reading plays in democracy.

The free, public open house champions the right to read, think, speak and create freely.

“The battle for the First Amendment is never won,” said Dr. Paulette D. Kilmer, UToledo professor of communication and coordinator of the UToledo Banned Books Vigil. “Somebody is always eager to censor books, music, TV, movies, art and other cultural forms of free expression in the name of protecting us from ourselves.”

Recently, a Catholic school in Nashville banned the “Harry Potter” series, claiming the books contain spells and curses. In 2018, censorship affected 531 resources, including books, magazines and databases, according to the American Library Association.

Many instances of banning and challenges are not reported, Kilmer said.

“All books are vital to our democracy,” she said. “The ones that lack lasting value will fall away because they will not merit literary attention or remain interesting to the next generation. All books are not equally good reading, but each person must determine for him or herself what to read without outside interference.”

The book festival calls attention to everyone’s right to read what he or she wants, Kilmer added.

UToledo faculty and area teachers are invited to bring classes. Attendance vouchers will be provided.

Programs will start every 30 minutes during the event, which coincides with the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week. Door prizes will be given out every half hour. The first 300 guests will receive a grab bag at the door. Pizza is scheduled to arrive around 3:45 p.m.

Topics and speakers will be:

• 9 a.m. — “How Copyright Rules Cramp Free Speech” by Lucy Duhon, collection sharing coordinator and scholarly communications librarian in University Libraries.

• 9:30 a.m. — “The Sound of Silence: What Does It Look Like?” by Dr. Monita Mungo, assistant professor of sociology.

10 a.m. — “Silence = Death” by Holly Hey, professor of film, with Dr. Allyson Day, assistant professor of disability studies.

• 10:30 a.m. — “Banning Pride?! Challenging ‘This Day in June’” by Dr. Sharon Barnes, associate professor and chair of women’s and gender studies.

• 11 a.m. — “Prison Resistance and the Right to Speak” by Dr. Renee Heberle, professor of political science and co-director of the Program in Law and Social Thought.

• 11:30 a.m. — “Super Hero Women Return to Save the World” by Warren Woodberry, Toledo author and playwright.

• Noon — “Banned in Boston: Lillian Hellman’s ‘The Children’s Hour’” by Holly Monsos, professor of theatre and associate dean of the College of Arts and Letters.

• 1 p.m. — “A Thousand Hands, A Million Stars: Speaking for Those Whose Voices Have Been Rendered Silent Through Human Sex Trafficking” by Jane Atwood, instructor in the Department of Music and University College.

• 1:30 p.m. — “Outrageous T-Shirts — Free Expression or Rudeness?” by Kilmer.

• 2 p.m. — “Google Docs, Social Media and Censorship: How Third-Party Corporations Are Deciding What You Can Study” by Dan McInnis, assistant lecturer in the Jesup Scott Honors College.

• 2:30 p.m. — “Banning Books in Nigeria: Findings From a Study of the Origin, Methods and Motivations” by Dr. Mojisola Tiamiyu, associate professor of psychology.

• 3 p.m. — Banned Books “Jeopardy” hosted by The Independent Collegian.

• 3:30 p.m. — “Why Democracies Need a Free Press” by Ben Morse, editor-in-chief of The Independent Collegian.

4 p.m. — “Don’t Look a Smith Horse in the Mouth,” an episode of “American Dad” that was fined by the Federal Communications Commission.

• 4:30 p.m. — “Woody Guthrie Songs” performance by Risa Cohen, local singer and storyteller.

Kilmer said the Banned Books Vigil would not be possible without the help of generous sponsors on campus and in the community. She gave a special thanks to the Office of the President; the Office of the Provost; the Jesup Scott Honors College; the College of Arts and Letters; the School of Visual and Performing Arts; Communication Department; Athletic Department; Disability Studies Department; Law and Social Thought Program; Inside-Outside Prison Exchange Program; and Phoenicia Cuisine.

For more information about the UToledo Banned Books Vigil, contact Kilmer at paulette.kilmer@utoledo.edu.

University Libraries Offering Workshops This Fall

Need help citing sources? Looking for a quick way to verify facts? University Libraries is offering workshops on different subjects during September, October and November.

“The purpose of the workshops is to help students effectively use and introduce them to library resources they might not know about,” said Julia Martin, associate professor and director of reference and instruction in University Libraries. “This outreach is especially important to new freshmen and graduate students to assist them with resources they may not be introduced to in the classroom.”

Topics for the workshops are:

• Business Research for the Job Hunt;

• All About Parents and Standards;

• Life Hack: UToledo Libraries;

• Social Media and Fake News: Fact Checking on the Fly;

• EndNote; and

• Scholarly Attribution and Citation: What You Need to Know.

All workshops will take place in either Carlson Library Room 1025 or 1027.

“Some workshops are general, like the upcoming Life Hack: UToledo Libraries, in which one of our librarians will help students discover library services to add quick strategies and techniques to make their University lives more efficient,” Martin said.

“Other workshops are more specific, such as Business Research for the Job Hunt, which is geared toward graduating students as they are on the verge of entering the workforce,” she added.

The workshop topics have been chosen to help students in areas in which librarians are uniquely qualified to engage the campus community in these information literacy skills, Martin said. University Libraries strives to promote lifelong learning, discovery and engagement.

More information and a schedule for the workshops can be found on the University Libraries’ website.

Nurse education history book published by UToledo Press receives award

“Caps, Capes, and Caring: The Legacy of Diploma Nursing Schools in Toledo” has won the 2018 Local History Publication Award in the Independent Scholar Division from the Bowling Green State University Center for Archival Collections.

Published by The University of Toledo Press, the book chronicles a century of nursing education in the Glass City.

Authors Patricia Ringos Beach, Susan J. Eisel, Maria E. Nowicki, Judy Harris Szor and Beth E. White will receive a $300 cash prize this fall at an event at Bowling Green, where they will discuss their work.

The BGSU contest was established to encourage and recognize authors of outstanding publications about northwest Ohio history.

This is the UToledo Press’ seventh award since 2006.

“This group of health-care professionals are so deserving of this honor,” Yarko Kuk, managing editor of the UToledo Press said. “They interviewed countless fellow nurses and produced a book that documents more than 100 years of the evolution of nursing schools in Toledo. The memories, stories and history contained in ‘Caps’ would have been lost were it not for the efforts of these dedicated women. Their book offers a wonderful peek into the field of nursing as it evolved over the past century.”

“Caps, Capes, and Caring” tells the story of the eight hospital-based diploma schools of nursing that were operating in Toledo from 1893 to 1999.

The authors, all hospital diploma school graduates, taught together as nursing faculty at the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing. Beach, Eisel, Nowicki and Szor are alumnae of MCO/MUO/UToledo, where they received advanced degrees in nursing and education.

To write the book, the authors interviewed nearly 100 Toledo diploma school graduates. Their memories and stories are celebrated in the book, which also includes historical images and photographs.

“I was a bit curious about how the book would turn out, considering we were working with five authors,” Kuk said. “When they initially pitched the book idea, they were describing something far different than the 320-plus-page work we have today. They thought it might be around 100 pages with about 100 photos. But as they turned in the manuscript, chapter by chapter, it became clear we had something really special. When I sat down with them after our first major edit of the entire draft and told them we were around 280 pages without photos, they just could not believe it. I had to tell them several times they had something really exceptional before it sank in.”

“We are so pleased to have won this award,” Beau Case, dean of University Libraries, said. “The prize both recognizes the hard work of Yarko Kuk and the authors, as well as the continued valuable contributions to local history that the Press makes.”

“Caps, Capes, and Caring: The Legacy of Diploma Nursing Schools in Toledo” is $24.95 and available on the website of The University of Toledo Press.

University recognized as Phi Kappa Phi Circle of Excellence Silver Chapter

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines — recently recognized The University of Toledo Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Circle of Excellence Silver Chapter.

The award is given to chapters that exceed expectations in operations and that demonstrate sustainability and vitality as a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

The Circle of Excellence distinction is a part of the Society’s Circle of Honor Program, which was introduced in 2018 and awarded for the first time this year. The program recognized 75 chapters this year, including 29 with the Silver distinction. Phi Kappa Phi has chapters on more than 300 select campuses in the United States and the Philippines.

“The Circle of Honor Program recognizes Phi Kappa Phi Chapters that have gone above and beyond to promote academic excellence on their campuses,” said Dr. Mary Todd, society executive director.

The Circle of Excellence Silver honor is given to chapters that scored 90 to 94 out of 100 on a criteria scale that evaluates chapter health indicators. By receiving the Silver distinction, the UToledo chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that holds annual initiations, upholds the society bylaws, regularly attends chapter training opportunities, and submits a chapter-endorsed nominee to the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program.

“I’m proud of the members of our chapter who have stepped up to promote the love of learning on our campus,” said Wade M. Lee-Smith, associate professor of library administration and president of the University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. “Through thoughtful programming and philanthropy, they have shown that membership in an honor society is more than a recognition of academic success, but can be a means of giving back to our University community.”

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.

Since its founding, more than 1.5 million Phi Kappa Phi members have been initiated. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist John Grisham and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley.

Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards nearly $1 million to qualifying students and members through graduate and dissertation fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives.

For more information, visit the Phi Kappa Phi website and the Circle of Honor Program page.

University Libraries going green with recycling drive

Carlson Library will host a recycling drive just in time for move out. Students leaving campus for the summer are invited to recycle and enter to win reusable zero-waste products.

The drive will take place on the first floor of Carlson Library from 11 a.m. to
3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 22
and 23.

“The library has not typically participated in Earth Day programming in the past. This year we wanted to tackle an issue we see every day in this building — paper waste.” said Alyssa Jane Slottke, event coordinator for University Libraries.

“Most students associate the first floor of Carlson Library as the printing station. The library wanted to bring awareness to the excess of paper still being used in the digital age with an event focused around making a positive change to enforce behaviors hopefully our students will take with them,” she said. “To drive home the importance of recycling, the library wanted to provide the service at a time so close to move-out when there is so much waste.”

All products to be recycled need to be visible; no black garbage bags or sealed containers. Carlson Library only will accept paper products for recycling. Please remove any metal spiral binding from notebooks.

Trash, cans, glass and plastic will not be accepted, Slottke said. Paper products stained with food or liquids, receipts, photos, coffee cups, pizza boxes, stickers, padded envelopes, paper towels and napkins cannot be recycled.

Each person who brings in qualified materials will have a chance to enter the zero-waste raffle. Prizes will include reusable coffee cup filters, beeswax wrap, reusable grocery bags, a KeepCup, a FinalStraw and more.

More information on the paper recycle drive can be found on the University Involvement Network website.

For more information, contact Slottke at alyssa.slottke@utoledo.edu or 419.530.5479.

Traveling national exhibit shines spotlight on Colonial America

An exhibit from the National Library of Medicine can be seen on the first floor of Carlson Library through Friday, April 26.

“The ‘Fire & Freedom: Food & Enslavement in Early America’ exhibit is one of several from the National Library of Medicine that the UToledo Libraries has hosted over the years,” said Gerald Natal, assistant professor and health sciences librarian in University Libraries.

This detail from Joachim Ferdinand Richardt’s “East Front of Mount Vernon” is featured in the “Fire & Freedom: Food & Enslavement in Early America” exhibit on display in Carlson Library.

The six panels show how meals reflected how power was exchanged between and among different peoples, races, genders and classes in the early colonial era.

These National Library of Medicine exhibits focus on the intersection of medicine with the arts, technology and society, but often go further to reveal issues of social justice, according to Natal.

For example, the current exhibit reveals that the popularity of a beverage enjoyed by a large percentage of Americans — coffee — was a major driver of slavery and colonialism. In addition, during his presidency, George Washington often rotated his slaves to get around the Gradual Abolition Act, which was an opportunity for freedom for slaves in Pennsylvania.

“These exhibits are so popular among libraries that we have to wait two to three years for an exhibit,” Natal said.

The free exhibit can be seen when Carlson Library is open: Monday through Thursday from 7:30 to 1 a.m.; Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 to 1 a.m.

The next exhibit to come to the University will be “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn!” It will be here in March 2021.

Exhibit focuses on activism and history of protest

“PROTEST: Activism and Social Change, 1845-2015,” an exhibition, will open Thursday, April 18, at 3 p.m. in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of Carlson Library with a panel discussion on the effectiveness of activism in creating change.

Panelists will be Dr. Kim Nielsen, professor of disability studies, history, and women’s and gender studies; Dr. Sharon Barnes, associate professor and interim chair of women’s and gender studies; and Andrew Krantz, medical eligibility specialist for the Lucas County Department of Job and Family Services. Dr. Ally Day, assistant professor of disability studies, will be the moderator.

“Social media has made us more aware of activism than ever before. #BlackLivesMatter, #WomensMarch, #MarchForOurLives, and many other hash tags have emerged as powerful tools for gaining support for a cause, but Americans have a long history of joining together to advocate for civil rights,” Sara Mouch, archivist in the Canaday Center and associate lecturer, said. “Demonstrations, sit-ins, boycotts, art, writing, service, scholarship and education have been — and continue to be — effective methods to demand social and political change.”

“PROTEST” illustrates those demands for change through the historical materials of local and national activist organizations, student groups, and individual artists and advocates.

The exhibit explores the theme of protest by focusing on six movements: women’s rights, civil rights, disability rights, labor rights, student protest, and LGBTQ rights.

A free exhibition catalog providing a general overview of each movement will be available to guests.

The free, public exhibition will be on display Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Monday, Dec. 16.

The collections represented in the exhibit are available for review by interested researchers. For more information on the exhibit or to view related collections, contact the Canaday Center at 419.530.4480.