PRESS RELEASE Date: February 24, 2005
Lloyd Library and Museum Announces Expanded and Enhanced Website
The Lloyd Library and Museum is pleased to announce important additions and enhancements to its website. New features include databases never before available and now accessed only on our website. They are the Eclectic Medical Journal Index, created by the Lloyd Staff, and Pharmacists in World War II, created and maintained by Lloyd Scholar, Dennis Worthen, in conjunction with his book, Pharmacy in World War II.
The Eclectic Medical Journal Index is the only one available for this Cincinnati publication and indexes its entire run of 97 volumes published from 1849 to 1937. Pharmacists in World War II includes over 11,000 pharmacists, pharmacy students, and those returning from the military on the GI Bill.
Also new is our first online exhibit-a virtual representation of the Lloyd’s successful 2003-2004 exhibit Mining the Lloyd: Book Artists Reveal Secrets and Treasures from the Lloyd Library and Museum. The Lloyd collaborated with local artists Susan Brumm and Diane Stemper in inviting book artists to choose a text from the library’s collection and use it as an inspiration for a new creation. The online exhibit is a reproduction of the exhibit catalog and features color photographs of the artists’ books, their statements, and the title of the Lloyd text that inspired the work. Introductions from co-curators, Brumm and Stemper, explore the relationship between science and art, making the case for a visual arts display within a scientific context. Another improvement has recently been negotiated with the University of Cincinnati Libraries that makes searching Lloyd’s holdings through UC’s online catalog easier for our patrons. Accessed from our website, Lloyd’s catalog records have been available through UC’s UCLID online catalog for several years, although up until recently it was not possible to search only Lloyd holdings. One can now change location to the Lloyd Library and Museum before searching, which eliminates holdings from other UC libraries or affiliates and returns results only from the Lloyd.
Other enhancements have been made to simplify access and provide for more content. For instance, there is a separate section for Lloyd news which includes information about events and exhibits, feature articles and headlines, as well as all press releases issued from the Lloyd. There is also an expanded section for the Lloyd Scholar with more information about his publications, projects, activities, and a biographical sketch. Our history found in “About Us” now includes all Lloyd Showcases written by our scholar, which provide supplementary chapters of the library’s past, highlighting several different biographical aspects of founder John Uri Lloyd. For more information about the Lloyd Library and Museum, see below.
The Lloyd Library and Museum, located at 917 Plum Street, downtown Cincinnati, is a local and regional treasure. The library was developed in the nineteenth century by the Lloyd Brothers-John Uri, Curtis Gates, and Nelson Ashley. Incorporated in 1898, its original purpose was to provide a reference and research facility for Lloyd Brothers Pharmacists, Inc., one of the leading pharmaceutical companies of the period. A trust was established in 1919 to guarantee that the library would continue to fulfill its mission “to collect and maintain a library on botanical, medical, pharmaceutical, and scientific books and periodicals and works of allied sciences” into the future. The library’s operations are still supported by that trust and today, the Lloyd Library and Museum is recognized worldwide by the scientific community as a vital research center. Housing hundreds of thousands of volumes on the subjects of pharmacy, botany, horticulture, herbal and alternative medicines, natural products, homeopathy, and eclectic medicine, the Lloyd maintains a vast collection of scientific texts-from the most current works to those that date back hundreds of years. Included in this rare book collection is an original copy of the ten-volume Flora Greca (1840) by John Sibthorp, an original copy of Elizabeth Blackwell’s A Curious Herbal (1739), Mesue Vulgare (a 1493 “common book” of remedies), and an array of rare European texts from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Lloyd also houses archival collections, including the papers of John Uri Lloyd, Curtis Gates Lloyd, Lloyd Brothers Pharmacists, Inc., and the Eclectic Medical College of Cincinnati. Free parking is available behind the library building. For more information about the Lloyd Library and Museum, please visit our website at www.lloydlibrary.org.
Lloyd Library and Museum 917 Plum Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 513-721-3707 www.lloydlibrary.org Open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; third Saturday of the month, September through May, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.