News & Notes

By: Nick Kneer on: June 29, 2018 1:52 pm | kneerna

We Were There

Miami in the Cold War

From the threat of nuclear war to Korea and Vietnam to unrest on campus, the Cold War years marked a notable and turbulent time in Miami University history.

A new exhibit in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections & University Archives, located in King Library 321, explores the various chapters and sides of this era through photos, letters, memorabilia and even a children’s game.

In this three-minute video, Elizabeth Maurer, library technician in the Havighurst Special Collections & University Archives, introduces “We Were There: Miami in the Cold War” and talks about a few notable items and their place in Miami history.

“We Were There: Miami in the Cold War” is available for viewing – free of charge – in King Library room 321. The Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives are open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

By: Nick Kneer on: June 04, 2018 1:33 pm | kneerna

Libraries announce addition of two student success librarians

By Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator

With a renewed focus on connecting with new students and bolstering support of other key student constituencies, the Miami University Libraries are excited to announce the hiring of two new student success librarians within the Advise & Instruct Department.

Laura Birkenhauer, a 2010 Miami alumna who began with the University Libraries in 2011, assumes the role of student success librarian for campus engagement. Nate Floyd, an academic resident librarian at Miami since 2017 continues his Miami Libraries’ tenure as student success librarian for foundational learning. Both began their new roles on June 1.

“The emphasis on student success and engagement is not new to the University Libraries,” said Lindsay Miller, assistant head of Advise & Instruct. “These new positions increase our capacity to create meaningful, welcoming and supportive experiences for students engaging with Miami’s library services and resources. Their voices also will represent the Libraries in campus-wide discussions about student success.”

As student success librarian for campus engagement, Birkenhauer supports students via classroom instruction, workshops, events and other initiatives. She will collaborate closely with campus partners to enhance student engagement, success and academic well-being. The role seeks to enhance outreach to key campus constituencies, including first-generation students, international students, veterans and others.

Birkenhauer holds a bachelor’s from Miami and an M.L.I.S. from Kent State University. She joined the University Libraries as a senior library technician in 2011 and has served as academic resident librarian since October 2016. Much of her residency was dedicated to providing instruction, developing innovative programming and fostering campus partnerships to better serve first-year and at-risk student populations.

“Laura has already demonstrated her ability to thrive in this role,” Miller said. “She brings high levels of professionalism and enthusiasm to the position, and we are excited both by the ideas she brings to the table and her demonstrated ability to turn great ideas into realities.”

Birkenhauer works out of 214 King Library and can be reached at crosbylm@MiamiOH.edu or 529-4148.

As student success librarian for foundational learning, Floyd supports the student transition from high school to college with a focus on integrating research skills and information literacy into the first-year student curriculum. He will also build upon programming and services that orient students to the University Libraries and engage them as active users of library resources.

Floyd holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marshall University, an M.L.S. from Indiana University, and is nearing completion of a doctorate in mass communication from IU. For the past year, he has served the Miami Libraries by developing instructional sessions in information and media literacy.

“Nate’s interest, experience and enthusiasm make him a great addition,” Miller said. “His background in information literacy and journalism allow him to introduce and instill these skills to students in interactive and engaging ways. He has been impressive in the ways he has been able to keep up with and adapt to how changes in technology are reshaping this landscape.”

Floyd works out of 215 King Library and can be reached at floydns@MiamiOH.edu or 529-4187.

“We are excited about these hires and the directions in which they will lead the futures of the Miami University Libraries and the Advise & Instruct department,” said Kevin Messner, head, Advise & Instruct. “Nate and Laura both offer insightful perspectives and direct experience in relation to student needs in and outside the classroom. Their roles and their abilities will actively build and contribute to Libraries’ and university programming.”

 

By: Nick Kneer on: June 06, 2018 9:45 am | kneerna

B.E.S.T., Amos Music, and Wertz Art & Architecture Libraries will close for the day on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

On Tuesday, June 5, B.E.S.T. Library, Amos Music Library, and Wertz Art and Architecture Library will close for the day while staff attend training. King Library will remain open from 7:15 a.m. - 9 p.m., and online chat will be unavailable.

 

Tuesday, June 5
B.E.S.T., Amos, & Wertz Libraries are closed for the day
King Library open 7:15 a.m. - 9 p.m.

By: Nick Kneer on: June 11, 2018 9:15 am | kneerna

Alumni Weekend 2018: June 7-10

Welcome, Alumni!

As part of Alumni Weekend, Miami University Libraries are hosting a series of events and activities including Then & Now Tours, special collections and university archives, children's activities and a Libraries' alumni reception.

Schedule of events

King Library Then & Now Tours
King Library Lobby
Thursday - Saturday, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Special Collections & University Archives
King 321
Thursday & Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

King Library Kids Stuff
Instructional Materials Center, King Ground Floor
Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Kids Creative Corner
King 134 (AIS)
Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m.

Libraries Alumni Weekend Reception
King First Floor
Saturday, 2 - 4 p.m. - free and open to all
Whether you are a retired Libraries employee, former student worker or an alum who once called the Libraries a second home, you are welcome to drop in during this fun, informal and free reception to connect with friends both old and new.

Have you registered as a former Libraries student worker?

Full descriptions can be found in the Alumni Weekend guidebook and app.

Libraries Alumni Weekend Hours

King Library
Thursday & Friday, 7:15 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (open during MiamiFest)
Sunday, 1 - 9 p.m.

Amos Music Library (CPA), B.E.S.T. Library (Laws), Wertz Art & Architecture Library (Alumni)
Thursday & Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

By: Vincent Frieden on: May 18, 2018 11:15 am | friedevt small twitter logo@ohiyote

Alia Levar WegnerWith a rich background in information science, exhibit curation and collection digitization, Alia Levar Wegner joined the Miami University Libraries as digital collections librarian on May 14.

In her role, Wegner will work as part of the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives team to manage the processing, digitization, organization and access of special collections and university archives materials. Her role is an integral piece of a larger University Libraries’ effort to digitally preserve the culture and history of the university and the Libraries’ collections.

Wegner holds a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University, a master’s in book history and material culture from the University of Edinburgh and a master’s of science in information from Florida State University. She also has completed coursework in digital humanities from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Professionally, Wegner spent nearly three years as a rare book collection assistant in UNC’s Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library. More recently, she was a full-time collections specialist in the University of South Florida’s special collections and metadata departments. Other experiences include time working in a law library, the Florida Holocaust Museum, and the American Dance Festival Archives.  

Wegner’s work in the digital sphere includes two years as an editorial assistant with the William Blake Archive, where she assisted with the textual transcription, illustration markup and color correction of digital copies of Blake’s illuminated books. She is currently exploring data mining applications of digitized special collections and continues to develop the longstanding project, Augmenting Special Collections, which applies augmented reality technology to special collections materials.

“I enjoy looking at historical materials in new ways, and digitization offers new avenues to make those materials accessible, learn more from them, and increase student engagement,” Wegner said. “The Miami University Libraries have great collections, and I’m excited to help expand our digital collections so that more faculty, students and community members can interact with our materials.”

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections are located on King Library’s third floor. Wegner can be reached at 513-529- 0462 or wegnera3@miamioh.edu.

By: Nick Kneer on: May 18, 2018 11:31 am | kneerna

Finals Week Library Hours

To support students preparing for final exams, the Libraries will extend their operating hours Saturday, May 12 through Friday, May 18.

 

  Saturday, May 12 Sunday, May 13 Monday, May 14 - Thursday, May 17 Friday, May 18
King 24 hours 24 hours 24 hours Closes at 5 p.m.
B.E.S.T. 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. 9 a.m. - 2 a.m. 7:30 a.m. - 2 a.m. 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wertz Noon - 6 p.m. Noon - 11 p.m. 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Amos 1 - 5 p.m. 1 - 11 p.m. 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

By: Nick Kneer on: May 02, 2018 3:00 pm | kneerna

By Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator

Rachel Makarowski poses for a photograph outside of the Walter Havighurst Special Collections suite at King Library.Rachel Makarowski joined the Miami University Libraries on May 1 as special collections librarian within the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives.

In the position, Makarowski will fill a variety of roles, including classroom instruction, curation of exhibits, cataloging and processing materials, and hosting and supporting library events.

“Rachel brings enthusiasm and passion for teaching and a desire to reach more researchers with Miami University Libraries materials,” said Bill Modrow, head of the Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives. “We are excited that the next chapters of her promising career will unfold at Miami.”

Makarowski holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Indiana, Bloomington.

She discovered her passion for rare books while taking an undergraduate course on medieval manuscripts and worked at Rare Book School (Charlottesville, Virginia) in a variety of capacities from 2014-2017. Makarowski, who is language proficient in modern French, Latin, Old French and Old Irish, also completed three courses at Rare Book School.

While completing her graduate work, Makarowski gained considerable work experience at IU’s Lilly Library, serving as a reference attendant and receptionist, assistant to the head of public services and reference librarian, and, most recently, as education and outreach intern. Her internship included researching and instructing class sessions using primary source materials.

“I was attracted to the position because it offered a variety of roles and experiences,” Makarowski said. “It is a great opportunity to grow professionally in what really came across as a team environment. I’m excited to start working with Miami’s faculty to design class visits that connect our students with the impressive materials available through our special collections and archives.”

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections are located on King Library’s third floor. Makarowski can be reached at 513-529-4140 or makarorm@MiamiOH.edu.

By: Nick Kneer on: April 27, 2018 9:21 am | kneerna

Dr. Wietse de Boer, Ms. Godard’s faculty advisor, who accepted on her behalf as she currently studying abroad in Paris, France; Sydney Chuen; Abigail Culpepper; Emily Mendenhall; and Miami University President Dr. Greg Crawford pose for a photo at the Undergraduate Research Forum Luncheon on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

Pictured, left to right: Dr. Wietse de Boer, Ms. Godard’s faculty advisor, who accepted on her behalf as she currently studying abroad in Paris, France; Sydney Chuen; Abigail Culpepper; Emily Mendenhall; and Miami University President Dr. Greg Crawford

By Nick Kneer, communications specialist

The four student winners of the Miami University Libraries’ Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE) were announced Wednesday, April 25 during the Undergraduate Research Forum.

  • First place: Caroline Godard, junior, for her project “Andrea Alciato and the Politics of the Printed Image”
  • Second place: Sydney Chuen, sophomore, for her project “Europe or Bust: A Comparative Study on Human Smuggling in Nimruz, Afghanistan and Agadez, Niger”
  • Honorable mention: Emily Mendenhall, senior, for her project “Student Understanding and Navigation Patterns of Miami University Sexual Violence Webpages”
  • Honorable mention: Abigail Culpepper, junior, for her project “Metaphors We Love By: A Cognitive Linguistic Analysis of Conceptual Metaphors of Love in Metropolitan French and American English”

 

The annual award, now in its third year, honors Miami undergraduates who demonstrate excellence in library research conducted in support of a student project. Lindsay Miller, LAURE committee member and assistant head of the Libraries’ Advise & Instruct department, presented the first place, second place, and two honorable mention winners at the Undergraduate Research Forum Luncheon.

“All of the winners mentioned an element of serendipity in their essays – whether it was finding the perfect book on the shelf at King Library or stumbling upon on online resource that they didn’t know they were looking for,” said Miller. “That’s something that really stood out to us: that they really let the research process lead them instead of the other way around, and they were open to that serendipity and that inquiry.”

Applicants submitted an essay detailing their research strategies and use of library tools, resources and services, bibliography, and project files. Submissions were judged by an eight-person panel of faculty, librarians, staff and one student on the researcher’s use and evaluation of information sources, use of the library, demonstration of an effective research process, and use of both digital and analog research tools.

The award-winning projects will be uploaded to Miami University Scholarly Commons and become part of the Undergraduate Sponsored Research and Scholarship Collection.

In addition to their recognition, the LAURE’s first place winner receives $1000, its second place winner receives $500, and its two honorable mentions each receive $100.

By: Nick Kneer on: May 01, 2018 8:42 am | kneerna

Julia Shepherd poses for a photograph outside the book shelves of King Library

By Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator, University Libraries

Senior Julia Shepherd is the recipient of the 2018 Miami University Libraries Outstanding Student Employee of the Year. 

Shepherd, a linguistics and Spanish major from Mason, Ohio, was one of 47 senior or graduate student employees recognized at the Libraries’ annual Student Recognition Dinner Sunday night. During her four years in King Library, she worked at the circulation desk, Center for Information Management, Center for Digital Scholarship and Instructional Materials Center. 

She was presented the honor by Jerome Conley, dean and university librarian; Kris Abney, manager of access and circulation; and Bryan Partner, senior library technician. Her nomination emphasized her passion for library work and her always positive attitude.

“Julia arrived at the Libraries four years ago wanting to be a librarian. She has done everything she can to prepare herself for that goal, including working in four different areas within the University Libraries,” the nomination read. “She has worked overnights, weekends, holidays and numerous breaks with a smile and a great deal of enthusiasm.”

The Outstanding Student Employee of the Year award and Libraries Student Recognition Dinner began two years ago as a way of thanking and recognizing the University Libraries’ senior student employees. Across four campus locations, the University Libraries currently employ more than 100 student workers.

“They are in many ways the faces of the University Libraries, whether connecting patrons with resources from the circulation desk or carrying out behind-the-scenes tasks that keep everything running smoothly,” Conley said. “But they give us so much more than the tasks they perform. They are like family.”

Other featured speakers included Phyllis Callahan, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and Bradley Mascho ’02 M.A. ’03 a former Libraries student worker who is chief AI officer for NCI.

The full listing of all University Libraries’ student employees who will graduate in spring, summer or fall 2018 is as follows:

Meeta Bhardwaj
Biology

Carly Bieler 
Early Childhood Education/Teaching English Language Learners

Margaret Breidenbaugh
History (master’s)

Mike Carson 
Finance

João Castro
Architecture

Libby Crook
Speech Pathology & Audiology/Spanish

Benjamin Cushing
History/Integrated Social Studies Education

Sophia Del Valle
Early Childhood Education

Heng Gao 
Psychology

Chantel Gates
Psychology

Jack Hallett
Finance

Julia Harrelson 
Sport Leadership and Management

Austin Bryana Lee-Anne Hogans 
Architecture

Ryaan Ibtisam 
Finance

Brant Imhoff 
Statistics (master’s)

David Lau 
Statistics

Hannah Liming 
Early Childhood Education

Taylor Manning 
Speech Pathology & Audiology (master’s)

Chad Miller 
Political Science

Madyson Murray 
Marketing/Business Economics

Arthur Newberry 
Graphic Design/Film Studies

Colin Nguyen Dinh
Finance / Analytics

Sherif Owusu 
Public Administration

Parth Patel 
Electrical Engineering

Shervani Patel 
Marketing/ Comparative Media Studies

Kassie Paul 
Middle Childhood Education

Gaby Perez 
Kinesiology

Jalana Phillips 
Theatre

Candace Pine
Library and Information Science

Annie Prior 
Chemistry

Rachel Marie Reeves 
Political Science

 

Ardin Reinhart 
Statistics and Analytics

Stephenie Richardson 
Botany

Michael Richart 
Integrated English Language Arts Education

Delaney Roberts
Music Education

Sarah Robison 
Psychology

Kaylie Schunk 
History

Meghan Shaughnessy 
Accounting (combined bachelor’s/master’s)

Caitlin Sheehan 
Social Work

Julia Shepherd 
Spanish / Linguistics

Katherine Shirley 
Integrated English Language Arts Education / Spanish

Amanda Smith 
Public Administration and Urban Planning

Maria Taylor 
Creative Writing/English Literature

Remy Willocks
History

Madelaine Wood 
Journalism

Rebecca Wyma 
Microbiology

Coco Zhang
Accounting / Information Systems

By: Nick Kneer on: April 19, 2018 1:49 pm | kneerna

The University Libraries are fighting back against rising textbook costs using open educational resources (OERs).

Miami University faculty are invited to participate in the OER Explore Workshop help Tuesday, May 15 from 2-4 p.m. at the Voice of America Learning Center. During the two-hour session, they will learn about textbook affordability issues and open textbooks resources. Faculty are eligible to receive a $200 stipend toward their efforts in exploring open textbook options for one of their courses by participating in the workshop and writing a review of an open textbooks found in the Open Textbook Library (OTL) after attending.

Faculty can apply for the workshop using this online form. Capacity is limited, and preference will be given based on OTL textbook subject area availability. Those selected to participate will be notified by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 4. In an effort to promote widespread participation in the initiative, faculty who have participated in previous OER Explore Workshops will not be eligible for this cycle. Faculty must both participate in the workshop and complete a review of an open textbook in the OTL in order to be eligible for the $200 stipend.

Questions about the workshop or about open textbooks in general can be directed to Carla Myers, coordinator of scholarly communications at (513) 529-3935 or myersc2@MiamiOH.edu.

The Spring 2018 OER Explore Workshop is sponsored by Miami University Libraries, Miami University's Regional Campuses, and Miami University's Office of the Provost.

Spring 2018 OER Explore Workshop
Tuesday, May 15 • 2-4 p.m.
Voice of America Learning Center

Interested in attending?


Application form
 

Questions?

Contact Carla Myers
Coordinator of Scholarly Communications
(513) 529-3935 | myersc2@MiamiOH.edu