IMPORTANT – OhioLINK Service Interruptions June 12th & 13th

The Libraries have been informed that all OH-TECH organizations, including OhioLINK, will be moving to a new data center. This move will require a significant outage of all OhioLINK hosted services for the following window:


Friday, June 12, 6pm – Saturday, June 13, 12pm (noon).


Services affected will include the Central Catalog, EJC, Databases, EBC and more. Please be sure to plan any usage of these tools and research accordingly. We will update you on any changes via the libraries’ blog.

Senior Due Date Reminder

With graduation fast approaching, please remember that most library items will be due soon for Seniors. We ask that, if possible, please return library items by May 4th. Additionally, please know that failure to return library items by the due date will result in the withholding of your university transcript. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Haley Kuhn at 740-368-3226 or

New Primary Source Collection Added

We are excited to announce that we have recently acquired a new primary source collection: The Making of the Modern World. This two collection series provides digital facsimile images of unique primary sources that track the development of the modern, western world through the lens of trade and wealth. Spanning the years 1450 to 1914, users will be able to research topics such as slavery, industrialization, social history, gender, technology, birth of the modern corporation and much, much more. To access and explore, visit our Database A-Z list found on the Libraries’ home page or click this link for direct access. (If you are off campus you may need to authenticate first.)


Slavery and Human Trafficking: A Film Screening & Discussion at OWU Libraries

slavery-by-another-name-coverAs part of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ohio Wesleyan University Libraries will host a screening of the film Slavery by Another Name followed by a discussion of slavery and modern-day human trafficking on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.  The film will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Bayley Room in Beeghly Library.  The discussion, guided by OWU faculty members Dr. Barbara Terzian and Dr. David Eastman, will begin at 7:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

Based on the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subject to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor. Interviews with the descendants of victims and perpetrators resonate with a modern audience. As an alternative to attending the screening of the film in person, free streaming copies of the film are available online: Slavery by Another Name.

Dr. Terzian is a specialist in U.S. legal and women’s history. Her research focuses on Ohio’s constitutional history in the 19th century, particularly as it affected African-Americans and women. Dr. Terzian, an experienced civil rights attorney, authored Ohio’s Constitutions: An Historical Perspective in the Cleveland State Law Review and ‘Let Us Agitate’: Woman Suffrage at Ohio’s Constitutional Conventions, 1850-1913, in The History of Ohio Law.

Dr. Eastman teaches courses in New Testament, Christian history, and western religions. He is active in scholarly research and service. His first book was on the early Christian veneration of the apostle Paul (Paul the Martyr: The Cult of the Apostle in the Latin West, 2011). His second book is due to be published in spring, 2015: The Deaths of the Apostles: Ancient Accounts of the Martyrdoms of Peter and Paul (Latin, Greek, Syriac). Dr. Eastman is a strong advocate for improving the situation of children around the world, especially through efforts to eliminate human trafficking.

The discussion and film series are made possible through Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History as a part of the larger Bridging Cultures programming initiative of the NEH. Created Equal aims to bring diverse communities together to explore the history of civil rights and the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America through selected documentaries, which include The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, The Loving Story, and Freedom Riders.

Deeply grounded in humanities scholarship, these films tell a remarkable story about the importance of race in the making of American democracy; about the power of individuals to effect change; and about the historical contexts in which Americans have understood and struggled with ideas of freedom, equality and citizenship. The documentaries address events from the 1800s through 1965 in the United States. Each of the films was produced with NEH support and each highlights individuals who challenged the racial, social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.

Contact Catherine Cardwell, Director of Libraries, at 740-368-3246 or with questions about local events.


New Issue of Eight Bits: OH5 Digital Scholarship News

The latest issue of Eight Bits, the digital newsletter for the Ohio 5 with news and updates on issues related to digital scholarship relevant to the the Five Colleges of Ohio, is now available.


This issue includes a nod to a new project led by OWU religion professor Dr. David Eastman. This project will involve the development of a web-based interface that will allow students and researchers to explore times and locations at which we have documentation of early Christian persecutions. The project will be tied to Dr. Eastman’s honors course looking at early Christian martyrdom and persecution.

For any students interested in religion and technology, we are currently seeking a student assistant to help develop the website for this project and to eventually offer technical guidance to students in Dr. Eastman’s honors course who will be populating the site with their original research. Interested students can view details and apply here: