ComFest Eco Library

We are excited to participate for the first time in Columbus, Ohio’s Community Festival! ComFest is a“a free, non-corporate, yearly celebration of Columbus, Ohio’s community organizations, performers, artists and volunteers.” Meet Cbus Libraries’ founders, Andrea Dixon and Bryan Loar, and visit the Eco Library June 23-25 at Goodale Park in Columbus, Ohio.

The Eco Library is a little free library that promotes environmentalism and sustainability.  The library illustrates a tale of two cities, one sustainable and the other not.  The sustainable city features a green roof, natural moss exterior and a rain collection system. On the reverse, the Eco Library unites local street art, a bench encouraging discussion and space for the community to create their own art.

Our Eco Library aligns with ComFest’s purpose by

  • Being a testament to collaboration for the collective good
  • Promoting basic necessities like clean air, water and soil as well as access to high-quality books
  • Advancing reading and libraries while giving citizens the necessary resources to conduct their lives with environmental harmony
  • Informing participants that our actions have direct consequences and begin changing behaviors

Click on our flyer to learn more about features and resources

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We are looking for a few good volunteers! Do you have interest in libraries, building community, and/or the environment? Sign up to be an Eco Library Ambassador!  Ambassadors will welcome festival goers, describe the library’s purpose, and promote interaction with the library through books and art.  Questions about volunteering may be directed to bryan [at] cbuslibraries [dot] com.

Eco Library Ambassadors Sign Up HERE!


Our Eco Library is made possible through a generous grant from ComFest and the support of several collaborators.  We are thrilled to partner with Half Price Books, The Lookout Shop, Lucida Dynamics, Michael Creath and Rebuilding Together of Central Ohio.

Columbus Business First

Columbus Business First provides valuable business, leadership and industry information.  Central Ohioans and those seeking to learn more can use the news to make important business decisions, understand industry front runners and learn more about Central Ohio executives and rising leaders. The paper, owned by American City Business Journals (ACBJ), offers an insightful weekly publication and a variety of other resources including The Book of Lists, Forty Under 40 awards, daily and breaking news emails and other business awards.

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Columbus Business First monthly publications

Research Director Robin Smith creates, edits and manages the paper’s many lists which are featured in weekly publications and collected annually to form The Book of Lists.  Robin leverages the company’s proprietary database, commercial databases, public records and online surveys to gather and analyze data for the lists. Topics for the list are decided by Robin, the editorial staff and ACBJ. In 2016, The Book of Lists contained 72 lists, but the number varies from year to year, depending on the market and relevant topics. June’s featured list explores Ohio’s Craft Brewers.

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Reception at Columbus Business First

Robin shared her process for creating the lists. She sends surveys to businesses in the category of the list she is building six weeks in advance of the list’s publication date, and she follows up several times to ensure that the companies can participate. Information is self reported by the companies and verified through research and comparison from previous years. Lists are based on quantitative data and vary depending on the industry. Often, Robin works with the editorial staff when creating a list and stories related to the list subject are run in the same issue.

The job requires understanding and processing large amounts of data. Robin noted the largest list she complied examined 850 companies! As a member of an investigative reporting organization, she has learned new tips and tricks to help manage these kinds of data-intensive projects.

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Research Director Robin Smith

Robin began her career in graphic design and worked with Business First as an ad designer for six years. Later, she performed freelance research services and co-authored Ohio Then & Now: Contemporary Rephotography. Her research and time in libraries and archives sparked her interest, which led her to complete her master’s degree in library science.

Robin enjoys that her work provides difficult to attain information, demonstrating a valuable skill for many businesses and individuals. In addition to her research, she leads classes for Columbus Business First subscribers on how to harness the power of The Book of Lists. Interaction with users gives her the opportunity to learn first-hand the value of her work. One small business owner featured in the minority-owned business list shared her company’s clients significantly increased after being featured. Now that’s making a positive difference!

Companies and individuals use Columbus Business First’s information for sales, recruiting, purchasing decisions and many other research purposes.  The work of Robin Smith and Columbus Business First is crucial for many in our community.

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Cbus Libraries Social

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Join Cbus Libraries for an evening of fun and new friends as we celebrate Central Ohio’s fantastic library community!

Come meet other librarians and library-fans for a game of Spot the Fake News!, great local beverages and lively conversation. We hope to see you there.

Tickets are just $10 and include one Lineage draft beer and snacks! Proceeds will go toward Cbus Libraries’ mission to champion librarians and the creation of a diverse librarian scholarship.

TICKETS: http://bit.ly/Cbus-Social-Lineage

WHEN: Tuesday, May 23, 5:30pm-6:30pm

WHERE: Lineage Brewing, 2971 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202


Can’t make the event but still want to donate?  We are currently in the process of becoming a nonprofit.  At this time we can not offer tax incentives.  However, if you still would like to donate now, please click the following donate button.

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Special thanks to our friends at Lineage Brewing and to General Manager David Day!

Flyover Fest Panel Discussion

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We are thrilled to be a part of Columbus, Ohio’s first Flyover Fest!  Through multiple arts in walkable, distinctive venues, Flyover Fest will engage the city, stimulate creativity and spark conversation. Flyover includes literature, music, film and a book fair.  Buy your tickets today at https://www.theflyoverfest.com.

Join and chat with us about bookstores and libraries as important spaces for civic engagement.

 

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Resistance + Refuge : Bookstores + Libraries
In an environment seen by millions as regressive, learn how bookstores and libraries are places of activism and refuge.

When: 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017

Where: Rambling House, 310 E. Hudson St., Columbus, OH 43202

Cost: FREE!

 

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Angie Sharkey, Panelist

Angie Sharkey is a youth services manager within Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML).  She has been with CML for nearly 10 years and was previously with Upper Arlington Public Library. As a politically engaged librarian, she brings a fresh perspective from women’s rights to serving immigrant populations.  Connect with Angie here.

 

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Charlie Pugsley, Panelist

Charlie Pugsley is the founder and owner of Bookspace Columbus, an ever-evolving concept whose main aims are to spread awareness through the Columbus, Ohio area through self-education, self-empowerment and community involvement. Learn more about Charlie here.

 

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Linda Kass, Panelist

Linda Kass is founder and owner of Gramercy Books, an independently-minded, carefully curated neighborhood bookstore located in the heart of Bexley, Ohio. Three years in the making, Gramercy Books opened its doors on December 12, 2016. learn more about Linda here.

 

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Bryan Loar, Moderator

As co-founder of Cbus Libraries, Bryan champions libraries, library professionals and the love of reading. Through grassroots community involvement, including Cbus Libraries’ Libraries Everywhere program, Bryan believes a strong democracy is created, in part, through libraries and intellectual freedom.

 


The Flyover Fest is presented by Two Dollar Radio (founders), Outer Orbit Booking, Wild Goose Creative and Wexner Center for the Arts.  The festival is brought to Columbus in part by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Dispatch Media Group and Columbus Makes Art/Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Special thanks to Eric Obenauf & Eliza Wood-Obenauf of Two Dollar Radio for inviting Cbus Libraries to participate!

Noor Islamic Cultural Center Library

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Noor Islamic Cultural Center

The Noor Islamic Cultural Center and its library serves the Muslim and non-Muslim community of greater Columbus by promoting goodwill, tolerance, unity and understanding.

 

On the day we toured, the center was bustling with activity from the sounds of melodic Friday prayers, the smell of delicious samosas and the chatting of congregants outside the mosque promoting events like the film premiere of The Sultan & The Saint.

 

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Inside Noor Islamic Cultural Center’s library during prayers

The Noor Islamic Cultural Center is composed of a mosque, library, classrooms and meeting rooms.  The library fills an important function to house sacred texts, provide a space for study and reflection and accommodate additional congregants during prayer.

 

Noor is welcoming to all and encourages learning more.  Every Saturday at 11 a.m., the center hosts a gathering open to the public to meet Muslims and learn about Islam.  The center also has a strong partnership with all faiths and was one of first to have suburban interfaith programming.

 

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Over 6,000 across the country are reached by Noor, while 70% of the congregation live within walking distance.  Its programming is considered among the best in the country, and community service plays a strong part in making a difference, building relationships and creating friendships.  From ladies cooking classes, book clubs and National Muslim Soup Kitchen Day, to so much more,  Noor is a devoted community partner. The center collaborates with hospitals, high schools, colleges, YMCA and other organizations to nurture community relations and understanding.

 

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The Noor Islamic Cultural Center is an incredible space and a wonderful part of the Central Ohio community.  We highly recommend visiting and learning more.

 


Special thanks to Noor’s Board of Directors President Imran Malik as well as Noorgul Dada for their warm welcome and personal tour.


 

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Ad Libs Podcast: Leigh Bonds + OSU Libraries

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Get to know Leigh Bonds, The Ohio State University’s first digital humanities librarian. Listen in below.

 

Bonds-300x230Dr. Leigh Bonds is a digital humanist, textual scholar, and book historian.  Leigh earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, and her Doctor of Philosophy in English literature, specializing in Nineteenth-Century British literature, book history and digital humanities.  She joined The Ohio State University as its first digital humanities librarian in August of 2016.


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Today’s episode was generously underwritten by independent publisher, Two Dollar Radio, whose books are Too Loud to Ignore. Learn more at twodollarradio.com.

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Cbus Libraries is proud to participate in The Flyover Fest.  On May 13, 2017, hear and discuss perspectives on bookstores and libraries as places of resistance and refuge.

Resistance + Refuge : Bookstores + Libraries
In an environment seen by millions as regressive, learn how bookstores and libraries are places of activism and refuge.

When: 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13

Where: Rambling House, 310 E. Hudson St., Columbus, OH 43202

Who: Angie Sharkey (Columbus Metropolitan Library), Charlie Pugsley (Bookspace Columbus), Linda Kass (Gramercy Books)

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Music was generously provided by Correy Parks.  See Correy at The Flyover Fest on May 12, follow him on Twitter and buy his music on iTunes.  You can stream his album “The Road Less Traveled” at Listen Columbus, a project of Upper Arlington Public Library.

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OSU Historic Costume and Textiles Collection

Located in Campbell Hall on The Ohio State University campus, the Historic Costume and Textiles Collection is truly a gem in the university’s crown. The collection, part of OSU’s College of Education and Human Ecology, was established by Ohio State faculty in the 1920s and has grown through donations and acquisitions into an expansive collection of nearly 12,000 items.

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Clothing, arranged by decade in the climate controlled archive

The collection includes an array of items, including clothing, buttons and accessories dating back to the mid-18th century and some textiles go back much further – the oldest European items dating to 1450-1510 and pre-Columbian South American  to the 9th-11th century.  These pieces provide a rich perspective into the evolution of culture over time. Students, faculty and visitors can study the changing fashions of men, women and children from around the world, lending insight into the culture of the times and bringing to life periods of history in a unique way.

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Curator Gayle Strege shows off some of her favorite pieces

Gayle Strege, collection curator, joined the university in 1996 and has played an instrumental role in creating digital access, improving organization and preservation, and curating engaging exhibits to highlight the importance of the collection. Gayle, whose background includes theater costuming  and museum work, is passionate about textiles and fascinated with the way items are constructed. She enjoys helping students discover connections between the garment and the history of the individuals who created and wore it. The collection is frequently studied by the 20th Century Fashion History course, offered in the Fashion/Retail Studies major. Courses including Women in Modern Europe (History), Women and Gender in the US (History) and Children and Childhood in the Western World (History), Art History, Education and English Literature are a few of the other classes that access the collection to create a deeper understanding of the cultures and subjects they study. Students visit the collection in person and can access many items on the collection’s website, which provides detailed images and background information.

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Buttons are categorized by color, size, type and other attributes on large cards

The collection also contains an assortment of over 25,000 buttons which were gifted to the university by former Battelle librarian Ann Rudolph. The buttons are organized on cards by a variety of characteristics, including size, shape, color and material and provide an ongoing project for the collections caretakers – photographing and cataloging them for future enthusiasts!

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All Wrapped Up: An Example of Fashionable Outerwear will run through April 2017

The Historic Costume and Textile Collection operates a gallery in Campbell Hall.  The current exhibit celebrates a variety of fashionable outerwear, providing a rich “history of fashion in the shape of capes, coats, and cloaks”. Past exhibits include bridal fashion and Columbus’ fashion story.  The gallery is free and open to the public and we highly recommend visiting.

The Ohio State University Historic Costume and Textile Collection is amazing and culturally important, giving audiences the opportunity to experience the technical aspects, aesthetics and social meaning of apparel and textiles.

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