News & Notes

By: Vince Frieden on: November 03, 2016 8:41 am | friedevt small twitter logo@ohiyote

An Ohio native, Lindsey Masters joined the Miami University Libraries last month as a senior library technician in the Center for Digital Scholarship.

Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?
Originally, I am from Millersburg, Ohio; more commonly known as Amish Country. I graduated from the University of Mount Union, where I studied Japanese language and Media Computing. During my time at Mount I also had the opportunity to study abroad in Japan for a semester.

What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami University Libraries?
While studying at Mount, I spent time working at the campus library. During that time, I found the atmosphere and work environment of an academic library to be one that was very welcoming and enjoyable. While researching Miami, I found the libraries here have that same atmosphere, as well as a team that has a real passion for its work. The campus and its libraries seemed genuine about wanting to provide the best resources and opportunities for their students and staff, and that was something I wanted to be a part of.

What's the best part of working in a library?
The best part about working in a library is easy access to books. I like to peruse the shelves when I have extra time during lunch. It’s always fun to find something new you might not have known was there before.

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?
I hope students realize the library is so much more than just a quiet place to study. It’s great for that, but there is so much more available to them—help with writing, research tools, technology, an extremely helpful and friendly staff. There are a lot of resources they can take advantage of.

What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be?
“Howl’s Moving Castle,” by Diana Wynne Jones, has been my favorite book since I was about nine years old. I’ve probably reread it more times than I should. I would definitely choose to be the main character, Sophie. She becomes cursed, is transformed into an 80-plus year old woman, makes a deal with a fire demon, and gets into the middle of all sorts of mischief and magical adventures, all the while crankily complaining about her aching bones.

Any hobbies?
I enjoy reading (big surprise!), but also enjoy creative writing, as well as illustration and crafting.

What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?
I love to quilt. I’ve quilted about eight blankets in the past two years and have two works-in-progress waiting for me to get around to finishing them.

By: Eric Weaver on: October 13, 2016 7:26 pm | weavered

On Thursday folk and rock musician Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, to the surprise of many and disdain of some. The Miami University libraries have many resources to help you better understand Dylan's cultural contributions and the controversy. 

  

By: Vince Frieden on: October 07, 2016 11:23 am | friedevt small twitter logo@ohiyote

Miami Libraries announce new One-Button Studio and other tech upgrades
By Vince Frieden, Miami University Libraries 

Creating studio-quality video is now as easy as inserting a thumb drive and hitting a button at King Library’s new One-Button Studio.

Earlier this semester, the Miami University Libraries launched the One-Button Studio, an emerging concept in higher education that originated at Penn State University. The effort, a partnership between the Miami Libraries and eLearning Miami, offers benefits to students, faculty and staff in a digital age where video resources are increasingly in demand.

“This is great for students who want to record themselves practicing for a presentation or interview without having to find equipment or a place to film,” said Beth Rubin, assistant provost for eLearning. “It also supports faculty who want to record brief lectures for online use. It’s so simple and provides much better quality than a laptop or phone.”

In addition to a high-definition camera, studio lighting and a boom microphone, One-Button Studio includes a presentation computer, a projector and a dry-erase board to support lectures and presentations. A One-Button go-bag is available at the King Library circulation desk, which includes remotes for the presentation computer and camera, dry-erase markers and a flash drive.

Upon completion, an MP4 video file automatically loads onto the user’s thumb drive. Video editing software and technical expertise are available in the adjacent Center for Information Management (CIM) in 112 King.

“The Miami Libraries have a tradition of being first on campus when it comes to technology, and we recognized the One-Button Studio as another opportunity to collaborate with a campus partner and offer an important resource to our campus community,” said Jerome Conley, dean and university librarian. “We are excited to see it in use and welcome feedback on how we can continue to enhance its features to better meet the needs of our students, faculty and staff.”

One-Button Studio can be reserved online through the Miami Libraries room reservation system. Faculty interested in incorporating video lectures into their courses are encouraged to first connect with eLearning Miami for best practices.

Libraries announce additional tech upgrades

  • With the 2016-2017 academic year, the Miami Libraries are also excited to announce three other technology initiatives that are keeping the libraries on the cutting edge. Through a state-sponsored RAPIDS grant, awarded to Miami and other regional universities, B.E.S.T. Library welcomes two state-of-the-art 3-D printers. The Solidscape Pro Wax Printer is primarily used for wax casting of fine-detail machine parts and jewelry making. The Mcor IRIS Full Color Printer prints parts with properties similar to fiberboard, using biodegradable glue, ink jet ink, and office paper. Both printers will be accessible to students, faculty and staff on a cost-recovery basis through Miami Libraries 3D Printing Services.
     
  • As part of a new four-year replacement cycle, the Libraries recently purchased 160 new laptop and desktop computers and 42 new iPads. In addition to in-house computers and computer labs, the Miami Libraries offer a variety of technology devices for checkout. The Libraries purchased five new Surface Pro 4 tablets through a technology fee award. Available at Wertz Art & Architecture Library (Alumni Hall), the Surface Pros feature digitization and pressure sensitivity capabilities that make them ideal as a drawing tablet.
     
  • The Miami Libraries are the first on campus to participate in Apple’s new Device Enrollment Program (DEP), which streamlines setup by delivering devices that arrive already configured and provides enhanced security features.

The Miami Libraries’ technology initiatives benefit from the Student Technology Fee as well as from private support. To learn more about these and other resources available through the Miami University Libraries, visit MiamiOH.edu/Libraries.

By: Vince Frieden on: November 03, 2016 9:31 am | friedevt small twitter logo@ohiyote

Tiffany Dogan is a senior library technician at B.E.S.T. Library who began her current role in 2015 after previously working at the Southwest Ohio Regional Depository. A Miami graduate, Tiffany has worked in the Miami Libraries since beginning as a student worker in 2005. 

Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?

I'm a Cincinnatian born and raised—at Skyline is where I've spent most of my days. I am a Class of 2008 Miami alum. I originally started as a zoology/pre-med major, but switched to black world studies and urban and regional planning. I also earned a certificate in geographic information sciences.

When did you start at Miami Libraries?

My time at Miami Libraries started at Wertz Art and Architecture Library in 2005 as a student worker. In 2006, I began working at King Library as well. In 2010, I was hired as a full-time staff member at the Southwest Ohio Regional Book Depository (SWORD). In 2015, I accepted my current position at B.E.S.T. Library.

What drew you to work in a library environment? Why Miami Libraries?

When I was a student worker, I just needed a job. Over the years, I have found that it's great work that allows you to interact on an intellectual level with people from many different backgrounds and concentrations. You're also able to learn a lot on your own when you help students research topics. I especially like that the Miami Libraries give people a chance to be themselves.

What's the best part of your job?

First is the people. Our students and staff at B.E.S.T. Library are simply that—the best! I enjoy that each day is different and there are constantly opportunities to learn new things and develop yourself personally and professionally.

What do you wish Miami students knew about the Library?

I wish the average Miami student knew that the Library is more than just a place to study or get info on how to start a research paper. Through the programming it offers, the Library is a great resource for students to discover new hobbies and learn more about where they fit in Miami history. Special Collections does a great job telling Miami's story. We also offer programs like MakerHerSpace and Zines workshops that offer opportunities to de-stress and socialize with others.

What's your favorite book?

Honestly, I have a number of favorite books. The Harry Potter series, “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” “The Hot Zone” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” are a few favorites of mine.

Any hobbies?

I knit... well, I knit with a knitting loom (yes, I know it's cheating). I took up the hobby about five years ago when one of my best friends was pregnant with her son. I made a baby blanket using the knitting loom. It took a while because I made it kinda big so he can grow into it.

What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?

I am very active with a local grad chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. I am the advisor to the undergraduate chapter at Xavier University. It sounds weird to the average person, but the work of all organizations that are governed by the National Pan-Hellenic Council continues after graduating. I have chaired and co-chaired a number of programs that my chapter has hosted over the past two years that engage the community. One of my favorite initiatives is Operation Big Book Bag. Our chapter partners with other organizations to provide book bags full of school supplies to an entire school in Cincinnati that has a 100 percent poverty population.

By: Laura Birkenhauer on: October 05, 2016 2:24 pm | crosbylm small twitter logo@LMBirkenhauer

Happy October! In the spirit of Halloween, our new leisure reading books include the most recent release from horror, science fiction and fantasy writer Neil Gaiman, The View from the Cheap Seats, and the NYT bestselling psychological thriller The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware.

Check out these and other titles in this month’s double dose of leisure reads!

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers

Hike by Drew Magary

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett

Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

 
By: Matthew Benzing on: September 26, 2016 9:36 am | benzinmm

Make Best Better!  Take our brief survey and be entered in a drawing for a 3D Printing gift card.

Don't know much about 3D Printing or know what you want to print? If you win we can help you! Take the survey now at http://bit.ly/helpbest

 

By: Erin Vonnahme on: October 20, 2016 2:34 pm | vonnahee

Join us today to celebrate Constitution Day 2016

Drop in to read your favorite article or amendment (or both! or many!) and DIY your own copy of the Constitution as a souvenir. 

Constitution Day Read Out 2016 participant crafting

Afternoon reading will begin at 1:00 pm.
Refreshments provided.  

By: David Mulford on: August 30, 2016 3:25 pm | mulfordj

Visit the libraries during welcome week and be rewarded! Not only will you learn how to use the endless resources we provide, you will also be in the running for some awesome prizes (yes, even the new comfortable t-shirts everyone is talking about)! 

Here are the rules:

  • Simply attend one of the Library Welcome Week Events 
  • Share a photo or selfie while attending the event on social media* and tag us: 
    • Instagram - @miamiulibraries
    • Twitter - @miamiulibraries 
    • Facebook - Miami University Libraries 
    • Snapchat (we will screenshot photos from events just for the prize drawing) - @miamiulibraries
  • Use the hashtag #MULibWelcome! You can also hashtag your dorm name (ex: #Scott) to be entered into our dorm contest for additional prizes! 

Submissions can be made up until the end of the day on Friday, September 2 and the prize drawing will be during the week of September 5. You can increase your chances of winning a prize by submitting multiple photos! 

Good luck and have fun! 

Prizes: 

  • Amazon Gift Card 
  • Library t-shirt
  • Drawstring bag 
  • Mug 
  • Much more! 

*If you don't use social media, email submissions to mulfordj@miamioh.edu 

 

By: Laura Birkenhauer on: July 28, 2016 9:53 am | crosbylm small twitter logo@LMBirkenhauer

Surprise! This month we received a double order of leisure reading titles! This week’s shipment included:

 

Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley 

But What If We’re Wrong, by Chuck Klosterman 

Tribe, by Sebastian Junger

Zero K, by Don DeLillo 

You’ll Grow Out of It, by Jessi Klein

End of Watch, by Stephen King 

 

For the most up to date new Leisure Reading titles, please visit our Pinterest board for the collection. 

 

By: Laura Birkenhauer on: July 21, 2016 11:05 am | crosbylm small twitter logo@LMBirkenhauer

This month's new titles:

Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld 

The Long Cosmos, by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett 

Grunt, by Mary Roach 

Self Made, by Nely Galán 

Sleep Revolution, by Arianna Huffington 

LaRose, by Louise Erdrich 

 

For the most up to date new Leisure Reading titles, please visit our Pinterest board for the collection.