Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dr. Frederick Martin Ernsberger Display
A display on Dr. Fred. M. Ernsberger, an Ada native and ONU alumnus,  is in the main display case on the library's first floor. During his student days at Northern (1938 – 1941), Fred majored in chemistry and participated in a variety of clubs. 

After graduation, he enrolled at Ohio State University and was pursuing a PhD. Degree in Physical Chemistry at the outbreak of WWII. He joined the Manhattan Project’s work at Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
For more information on his long and eventful career, please view the cases outside the Music Media Lab.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Open Access Week: October 20-26

"Open Access Week, a global event now entering its eighth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research."

To find out more, visit the Open Access Week website:

The librarians at Heterick Memorial Library have put together a guide with links to a variety of Open Access sites:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall Break Hours

Fall Break Hours

Friday, October 10  7:30AM - 4:30PM
Saturday, October 11  and Sunday October 12  Closed
Monday, October 13 8AM - 4:30PM
Tuesday, October 14 8AM - Midnight

Monday, September 8, 2014

Newly Tenured Faculty Display

Heterick Library has proudly created a display in honor of the newly tenured faculty here at Ohio Northern. Located just to the left of the circulation desk the display features a photo of the newly tenured faculty, a short write up, and a book in their discipline that was purchased in honor of their achievement.

Check out our staff picks!

The faculty and staff at Heterick Library have created a new display of books that they have loved and want to share with you! If you are looking for something fun to read, come check out our new Staff Picks display located on the first floor near the Popular and New Books sections.

Friday, August 22, 2014

1-2-1 Research Consultations

A librarian is still always on call or at the reference desk Monday - Thursday: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM ; 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, and Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. However, that may not meet all of your research needs. That is why the librarians of Heterick Memorial Library will continue to offer 121 Research Consultations.

121 Research Consultations provide an individual or group an opportunity to schedule a 30-60 minute appointment with a librarian for an in-depth research consultation, which can cover anything from capstone consultations to database instruction to resource management to tracking an elusive citation or paper. Student, faculty, and staff are all invited to schedule a consultation.

To schedule, you can email or you can email the librarian of your choice (for information on each librarian, visit Meet the Librarians). Include days and times you are available and your topic.

We look forward to meeting with you!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014



Aug. 2, 1899 – Ownership of ONU transferred to M.E. Church


August 14, 1871 – classes begin at Northwestern Ohio Normal School, predecessor to ONU

                                                       On site of Present Lehr Memorial

Aug. 15, 1871 – First two literary societies, Franklins and Philomatheans, organized (Adelphians   
                             organized 1880)

                          Window commemorating Societies - In Practice Room - Presser Hall

Aug. 17, 1953 – Library collection moved from Brown Hall to Presser

                                                   Reading Room in Brown Hall Library

Aug. 22, 2011 – Classes under the new semester calendar begin

Aug. 25, 1925 – Pres. DeBow Freed born  in Hendersonville, TN

Aug. 26, 1941 – Former Pres. A.E. Smith died at his home in Findlay at age 80; buried in
                             Delaware, Ohio

Aug. 30, 2006 – Dedication of Affinity Housing

Aug. 31, 1977 - Pres. Samuel L. Meyer retires and became president emeritus

                      May 1989 - Three Presidents - Dr. Freed (L) Dr. McIntosh (C) Dr. Meyer (R)





Friday, July 25, 2014

July - New Library Resources

New Resources include: 

  • Wall Street Journal Online :  Online access is available from 1984 through the present.  
  • JSTOR Arts and Sciences Collection III : This collection contains archival journals in languages and literature as well as essential titles in art history, music, history and religion.  

Monday, June 30, 2014

New Books and Media: May

Advanced modern control system theory and design / Stanley M. Shinners
Against expression : an anthology of conceptual writing / edited by Craig Dworkin and Kenneth Goldsmith
Alfred Jarry : a pataphysical life / Alastair Brotchie
Algebra / Michael Artin
Amy Lowell anew : a biography / Carl Rollyson
Animals and objects in and out of water : posters by Jay Ryan 2005-2008 / Jay Ryan
Applied methods and techniques for mechatronic systems : modelling, identification and control / Lei Liu, Quanmin Zhu, Lei Cheng, Yongji Wang, Dongya Zhao, editors
The art of P. Craig Russell / edited by Joe Pruett ; designed by P. Craig Russell, Joe Pruett

New Books and Media: April

Abstract city / Christoph Niemann
Acts of desire : women and sex on stage, 1800-1930 / Sos Eltis
Against democracy : literary experience in the era of emancipations / Simon During
The American sign language phrase book / Lou Fant and Barbara Bernstein Fant ; illustrations by Betty G. Miller
Analytic combinatorics / Philippe Flajolet & Robert Sedgewick
Art & fear : observations on the perils (and rewards) of artmaking / David Bayles, Ted Orland
Art in Latin America, 1990-2010 / Iria Candela ; translated by Chris Miller
The art of the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien / Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull
Artist's journal workshop : creating your life in words and pictures / Cathy Johnson
Astrophysical techniques / C.R. Kitchin, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Astrophysics of planet formation / Philip J. Armitage

More after the break...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

This Month @ ONU: July

July 2, 1905 Brown Hall dedicated
July 2, 1943 – Dr. Robert O. McClure named ONU president
July 11, 1977 – Unification of East and West campus marked by “Ribbon Tying” ceremony
                           during Alumni Weekend
July 20, 1905 – Pres. Albert Edwin Smith inaugurated as ONU’s third president
July 20, 21, 1897 – Founder’s Day first observed at Ohio Northern
July 27, 1902 – Cornerstone laid for Dukes Bldg.
July 28, 1903 – Name of institution changed from Ohio Normal University to Ohio Northern  
July 31, 1979 – Pres. Ray B. Loeschner resigned

Monday, June 16, 2014

POLAR (Library Catalog) Downtime: UPDATED

POLAR (the library catalog) and the library databases off-campus are back up and running, after downtime Monday, June 16, 2014, for a system conversion.

Thank you for your patience if this outage affected you.

Friday, May 30, 2014

This Month @ ONU: June


June 1, 1912 - The Zeta chapter of Sigma Pi was installed at Northern. It incorporated a local

                          fraternity, Phi Chi Psi, which had been founded in 1909. The chapter’s charter  

                          was revoked effective December 14, 2012.

June 1, 1949 – Dr. Frank Bringle McIntosh becomes Northern’s sixth president

June 1, 1952 – Former President McClure died at his home in Winter Park, FL at age 65; buried in Evansville, IN

June 3, 1910 – Pres. William Howard speaks at commencement

June 11, 1977 – Ribbon tying ceremony commemorating unification of East and West Campus held to mark the removal of the last of 29 houses that stood between two areas at the start of Pres. Meyer’s administration

June 12, 1874 – First commencement at Northern, 11 students graduated

June 13, 1965 – A $700,000 bequest from Dr. and Mrs. Robert Heterick announced; Dr.

                        -   McIntosh retired to become president emeritus

June 14, 1897 – First alumni reunion held

June 18, 1944 – Former Pres. Williams died at Van Wert at age 60; buried in Van Wert

June 26, 1970 – Mrs. Sarah Lehr Kennedy, daughter of Pres. Lehr, died

Monday, May 12, 2014

Heterick Memorial Library Summer Hours

The library will be open the following hours over the summer:

Monday - Friday 8AM - 4:30PM
Closed Saturdays and Sundays
Closed July 4

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

140th Commencement Display!

Please visit the display on the library's first floor which commemorates commencements at ONU and Prof. Charles Johnson, formerly of the Communication Arts Department.
One of the Ohio Northern University’s longest-standing traditions will be observed for the 140th time when the class of 2014, several hundred-strong,  graduates.  The first Commencement, held on Friday, June 12, 1874, involved just eleven students.

The ceremony was held in the Normal School Building, the only structure on campus at that time. The event was preceded by the Anthem Gloria from Mozart’s 12th Mass. A reporter from the Lima Allen County Democrat noted that the “…intelligent and delighted” audience was also treated to numbers by the Ada Silver Coronet Band.   The day’s events began at 9AM when President  Lehr called for silence.


Commencements in the nineteenth century featured rather more student participation than is the case today. Indeed, all of the eleven either read an essay or gave an oration.
These presentations were interspaced with musical offerings and consisted of:


·       Salutory ……What Shall We Live For …………………………… C.W. Butler

·       Oration …….Will Our Structure Stand? …………………..……R.C. Eastman

·       Essay …….….As the Day Go Shall Thy Strength Be ………..Sue Fogel

·       Essay ……….. Mental Beauty ……………………………………..…Metta Ferral

·       Oration ….… Visions of the Mysterious ………………………..S.P. Gray

·       Essay ……….. Act Well Your Part, There All Honor Lies ….Sallie Lindsey

·       Oration ……...Make Use of The Keys …………………………….A.D. Snively

·       Oration ........ Intellect and Genius ……………………………….E.L. Sinclair

·       Essay ……….…The Roughest Stone May Be a Diamond…. Anna Stayner

·       Essay …………..Social Growth………………………………………… Mollie Schoonover

·       Valedictory … Nature and Power of Science ……………….. J.W. Zeller


The day’s festivities concluded with a class farewell, an element included in many commencements prior to 1900.

                         FAREWELL CLASS SONG

By Heaven's rich blessings we are brought

To see the present day,

And reap rewards, by labor sought

In years now passed away.

Our star of future hope is bright;

With joy our fond hearts swell;

Yet sorrow's tears may dim our sight

When we pronounce farewell.

'Tis here we've toiled to knowledge gain,

And thus spent happy hours,

That in our mem'ry we'll retain.

And cherish there as flowers.

We've had our petty trials too

That were thought sad to tell;

But if our future knows as few

We will in truth FARE WELL.

'Tis hard to tear ourselves away

From scenes we love so well,

For in this live we ne'er can say

What future days may tell.

We know not where our boats may land

In sailing o'er life's sea,

So as we take the parting hand

We'll say, farewell to thee.


Our life work scarcely is begun

This but the first degree

We hope another to gain soon

That truly earned will be.

With thanks to teachers, good and kind

Whose work hath been done well,

We join our hearts and join our hands

In this, farewell-FAREWELL.


Afterwards, the graduates, with the exception of Mr. Zeller, were treated to dinner at the president’s home prepared by Mrs. Lehr. In helping to establish a Northern tradition of employable graduates, Mr. Zeller had to make do with a lunch in order to catch an early train. His destination – a successful  job interview.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Library Hours - Dead and Finals Weeks

Heterick Memorial Library will be open for extended hours for dead and finals week starting on Monday, April 28th.  

Hours for Dead Week:

Monday, April 28            7:30AM - 2AM
Tuesday, April 29           7:30AM - 2AM
Wednesday, April 30      7:30AM - 2AM
Thursday, May 1            7:30AM - 2AM 
Friday, May 2                7:30AM - 10PM
Saturday, May 3            10AM - 10PM

Hours for Finals Week: 

Sunday, May 4          10AM - 2AM
Monday, May 5          7:30AM - 2AM
Tuesday, May 6         7:30AM - 2AM
Wednesday, May 7    7:30AM - 2AM
Thursday, May 8        7:30AM - 2AM
Friday, May 9            7:30AM - 4:30PM

Thursday, April 24, 2014



May 1915 – Lehr Memorial Dedicated

May 16, 1959 – Alpha Xi Delta chapter established at ONU

May 19, 1885 – State of Ohio issued a charter incorporating Lehr’s school under the 
                          name  Ohio Normal University – previously Northwestern Ohio Normal

May 19, 1990 – Ground breaking for ONU Sports Center; dedicated on Oct,. 13, 1991

May 19, 2002 – Weber Hall named for Ronald G. Weber,
                          former president of Mount Union College and development consultant
                           at Ohio Northern University

May 19, 2006 – Dicke Hall dedicated

May 21, 1977 – Wilson Art Bldg. dedicated
                      - Elzay Gallery dedicated 

                      - Dedication of Chapel Organ – English Chapel 

May 25, 1929 – Dedication of Taft Gym

May 26, 1929 – Dedication of Presser Hall

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Faculty Copyright Workshop

April Display: Archaeology of the Book

April's display features several beautiful handmade books created during Prof. Melissa Eddings' EXDS class, Archaeology of the Book. 

Prof. Eddings describes how the students create the books during her class:

"We began the semester with a brief survey of book history and how it evolved over time to the structure we are all familiar with today. Students were asked to think about what makes a book a book? What is the function of a book? Does the structure/binding define the book or vice versa? Students then made their own paper which which they folded into signatures for their text block. The historic model we were focusing on is a 14th century gothic-style Medieval book. After the paper was made, they began work on the wood (oak) covers. Sewing holes were drilled and the boards were shaped in the same manner as gothic-style Medieval books were shaped: rounded edges along the head, tail, and spine, and chamfered toward the fore edge of the book. Students then had the option of painting and distressing their covers to artificially "age" the books. Several layers of milk paint were applied and then burnished with steel wool. Once the desired effects were achieved, the covers were coated with wax (shoe polish) and buffed.

The sewing is a Coptic variation which involves attaching the boards to the text block as the spine is sewn. A link chain stitch was used which creates a beautiful braided chain across the spine. Historically, the spine would have been covered with leather, hiding the intricate sewing. I chose to leave the spine exposed to showcase the sewing pattern. Once both covers were attached, the end bands were sewn. Endbands are found at the head and tail of the spine of books. Many contemporary hardcover books have end bands, but these are applied as decoration and don't act as a structural component the way hand sewn endbands did centuries earlier."

The books and the materials used to make them will be on display in Heterick Library on the first floor through April 24, 2014. In addition, library books related to book art and bookbinding are also on display next to the exhibit and are available for checkout. 

All photographs by Ken Colwell

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Books and Media: March

Anders Zorn : Sweden's master painter / Johan Cederlund, Hans Henrik Brummer, Per Hedström, James A. Ganz
The arsenic century : how Victorian Britain was poisoned at home, work, and play / James C. Whorton
The art of Bone / in association with Jeff Smith ; and featuring an introduction by Lucy Shelton Caswell

More after the break...

New Book and Acquisitions: February

African Americans in sports / edited by David K. Wiggins, editor
Aircraft design : a systems engineering approach / Mohammad H. Sadraey, Daniel Webster College, New Hampshire, USA
Art critiques : a guide / James Elkins
Autism spectrum disorder : a clinical guide for general practitioners / V. Mark Durand

More after the break...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This Month @ ONU

April 1, 1976 – Groundbreaking for Wilson Art Bldg.

April 1, 1973 – Groundbreaking for King-Horn Center

April 1, 1995 – Freeman Annex to Dukes Memorial dedicated
(L to R) C.H. Freeman's daughter, Pres. Freed, Susan Insley (Trustee) A&S Dean Hawbecker
April 2, 2004 – Arbogast Building in downtown Ada burns, ONU students & staff lose housing


April 3, 1928 – Funeral of Sen. Willis ('93 and ONU faculty member)

April 5, 1997 – Ground broken for addition to Taggart Law Library

April 7, 1941 – Clappers are stolen from bell tower in Hill Bldg.

April 9, 1866 – Henry S. Lehr began leaching in the Ada Public School – conducted his “select
                           school,” the predecessor of ONU, after classes

April 10, 1949 – Pres. McClure resigns for health reasons. Died June 1, 1952 at his home in

April 11, 1941 – Northern opens a $12,000 dormitory in the former S.M. Johnson residence
                             behind Hill

April 12, 1973 – Cornerstone laid for King-Horn

April 17, 1971 – Wesley Center dedicated

April 17, 1991 – beginning of dedication ceremonies for Freed Center

April 20, 1903 – first classes held in Dukes Building

April 22, 1941 – Two 50 lb. bell clappers from Hill Bldg. turn up in the lobby of the Cleveland

                             Plain Dealer

April 21, 1968 – Five University Place (former Alpha Sigma Phi house) opened

April 22, 1907 – Former Pres. Leroy A. Belt dies in his home in Kenton

April 23, 1994 - The Zeta Sigma chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta was established at Northern
April 27, 2009 – First LGBT course added to ONU’s curriculum

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March Display: The Great Black Swamp

March’s library display is about the Great Black Swamp and surrounding marshes, which are important to the history of this area of northwest Ohio. The Swamp was roughly the size of Connecticut before being drained. Virtually none of the Swamp is left.

Tom Rumer, author of Unearthing the Land: The Story of Ohio’s Scioto Marsh, is appearing at ONU in April. He is a native of Kenton, Ohio.

Earliest known photo of the Great Black Swamp

The landscape of northwest Ohio was formed by melting ice and the glacial lakes left behind in its wake. Because of the low gradient (3 feet fall per mile) to the northeast, the flat lacustrine plain evolved into a large swamp. A massive swamp forest with huge hardwoods, broken only sporadically with intermittent wet prairies and savannahs, dominated the landscape. Both prehistoric and historic Indians farmed the flood plains of the Maumee River and its tributaries: Auglaize, Tiffin, and Blanchard rivers. The geography of the swamp retarded major settlement up to the Civil War. The 1859 Ohio Ditch Law, a harbinger of drainage legislation nationally, created a cooperative system for individuals to petition county government to surface drain the area. Simultaneous to the surface drainage projects, a massive effort was underway timbering the former swamp forest. Virgin timber for the fleets of America and Europe, grade lumber for the farms and the emerging cities of the area, stave wood for the barrel and stave mills, and the left-over slabwood to fuel the hundreds of clay tile mill kilns dotting the counties of the swamp nearly denuded the landscape of these giant trees. The family-owned clay tile mills allowed underdrainage to transform the swamp into Ohio's most contiguously farmed and productive region. 

The Scioto Marsh, located on SR 195 near McGuffey, was the largest of three extensive marsh areas in western Hardin County. It was formed in the low basins left by the last retreating glacier 10,000 years ago. It covered more than 16,000 acres and was thought to be a source of malaria by the early settlers. A drainage project was begun in 1859, and the remaining peat-ladened soil helped make this rich agricultural area. 

The village of McGuffey was named for John McGuffey, who in the 1860s first attempted to drain the Scioto Marsh. McGuffey was once the center of the national onion trade due to the rich organic soil in the wetland.

Hog-Creek Marsh was located on SR 81, halfway between the villages of Ada and Dola. Comprising 8,000 acres of Brookston-Crosby soils, the marsh is named for Hog Creek which drains it. Once a shallow lake, cranberries, wild flags and grasses flourished here. Reclamation (1868) cost $13.00 per acre. Dredging was done by steam scow; lateral ditches were hand dug by spade. The original grade of 1/3" in 100' proved ineffective for onion, beets and potatoes. In 1949 restored drainage outlets breathed new life for today's soybean and corn agriculture.