News & Notes

By: friedevt on: November 20, 2017 7:18 am | friedevt @ohiyote

All University Libraries locations close for the Thanksgiving holiday at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 22. 

All locations reopen Sunday, Nov. 26, at the following times:

King Library • 1 p.m.
Amos Music Library (Center for Performing Arts) • 1 p.m.
Art/Arch Library (Alumni Hall) • 1 p.m.
B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall) • 11 a.m.

Click here for more detailed information about Miami University Libraries hours.




By: friedevt on: November 20, 2017 7:17 am | friedevt @ohiyote

The Dean of the Miami University Libraries Student Advisory Council (DSLAC) is created with the intent of facilitating potent dialogue between members of the student body and those in positions of administration. The Dean of the Libraries Student Advisory Council was established to provide an effective mechanism for continuous improvement within the Libraries. The Councils ultimately seeks to foster growth in the realms of library program development, offer feedback for library administration, and allow for student input in administrative decisions.

Dean Jerome Conley and the current Council are seeking new board members, who will learn Roberts Rules of Order, foster close relationships with current members, and gain insight into how a large institution functions.

Interested in joining us? Apply here!

By: friedevt on: November 09, 2017 2:19 pm | friedevt @ohiyote











Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?
I grew up near Pensacola, Florida, but I moved to Birmingham, Alabama, for college and ended up sticking around there for a while. I earned a bachelor's in biology from Birmingham-Southern College and then a master's in library and information studies from the University of Alabama. ​

What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries? (roles/responsibilities as you know them so far)
I'm the science librarian, and my subject areas are biology, microbiology and environmental science. I'll be working closely with faculty in those areas (primarily) to instruct their students on library resources & research and to help make sure they have all the tools they need to succeed in their classes. I also have some other general library responsibilities, like reference work and collection development.

What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami Libraries?
I was a library student assistant during my undergraduate years, and, after I got my bachelor's, I realized that I wouldn't get the same sense of job satisfaction in any other environment. I went back to school for my MLIS, and it was the best decision I've ever made. I continued to work at BSC's library as a student supervisor while I earned my master's. While I was there, I realized what it was that I found so wonderful, and it’s what I learned Miami does just as well (if not better)—it cares about its students.

What's the best part of working in a library?
The people. Librarians and library staff are some of the best and coolest people you'll ever meet.​

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?
Don't be afraid to ask us for help! We know that first step into an academic library can be daunting, but we have so many great things behind our doors (both physical and virtual), and we are here to help you utilize them. We live for questions. Ask us!​

What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be?
Oh geez. Asking me to narrow down the books I like to one favorite is like asking most little kids what they want to be when they grow up: the answer is going to change from day to day.​ Currently, my favorite author is Terry Pratchett, and his Discworld universe is one I'd be happy to inhabit. Tomorrow, who knows?

Any hobbies?
It's very cliché for a librarian, but I really like to crochet. I also built my own PC a year or so ago and have been slowly working through my Steam library in my spare time (VERY slowly). I also enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking. One of my favorite things to do back in Birmingham was to sit out by a pond or lake and just listen to the frogs. Peaceful and chaotic all at once.

What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?
I was on the drumline in high school and college. I primarily played marimba, and I'm itching to pick up some mallets again.​

By: friedevt on: November 09, 2017 2:12 pm | friedevt @ohiyote










University Libraries and Campus Partners Commemorate Russian Revolution and Civil War

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution—a pivotal moment in history that reshaped world politics for the century that followed.

The Miami University Libraries, in partnership with the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies and the Miami chapter of Hillel, are presenting a series of exhibits lhighlighting the stories of Russian Jews during this era.

Schedule of Events:

Blood in the Snow: Russian Revolution and Civil War, 1917-1920

Walter Havighurst Special Collections – King Library 321
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., ongoing through Dec. 20, 2017

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections fall exhibit highlights materials from the André and Catherine de Saint-Rat collection: rare 1919 pamphlets published in Rostov on the Don, rare books and images on political, military, and artistic developments during the Civil War, as well as realia from the time period.

War, Revolution and Jewish Life in Russia
Special exhibit from the Blavatnik Archive in New York City

King Library Lobby
Oct. 9 – Nov. 17, 2017

The New York-based Blavatnik Archive preserves primary resources on 20th-century Jewish life, particularly life in Russia and the USSR.  The traveling exhibit features oral histories, images, postcards, and other artifacts that tell the story of Jewish life before, during, and after the revolutions of 1917 and the wars that followed. Miami alumnus Alex Blavatnik ’86 serves as executive director of the Blavatnik Archive.


By: friedevt on: November 09, 2017 2:13 pm | friedevt @ohiyote











The University Libraries invite the Miami University community to a series of game nights throughout the fall semester.

Each of the game nights, which take place at different library locations across campus, features free food, prizes and the opportunity to come together with students, faculty, staff and families to play table-top games from the University Libraries’ games collection. Guests are also welcome to bring their own games.

“We are excited to welcome our community into our library facilities as a way to showcase our different locations and promote awareness of our Libraries’ games collection,” said Eric Johnson, data librarian, who is part of the team leading the game nights. “Most importantly, we look forward to bringing people together in a fun, relaxing environment.”

One fall semester event still awaits. Questions about the Libraries’ game nights can be directed to

Saturday, Dec. 2
6-10 p.m.
Amos Music Library (120 CPA) 

By: friedevt on: November 09, 2017 2:14 pm | friedevt @ohiyote

University Libraries Celebrate Ohio Archives Month with Lecture Series

October is Ohio Archives month, promoting the preservation of our history and celebrating those who ensure that history is safe and accessible to the public. Throughout the month, the Miami University Libraries, home of the Miami University Archives, Western College Memorial Archive and Oxford College Archive, present a series of captivating lectures from scholars, writers and accomplished archivists. One lecture still remains!



The Value of Local Government Archives

Presented by Robin Heise, president of the Society of Ohio Archivists and Records Manager/Archivist, Greene County Records Center and Archives

King Library 320
Noon, Wednesday, Nov. 29

Learn about the important role that archives play in preserving our records of enduring historical value.  Housed within the walls of local government archives, these records document the legal rights of the people, provide for government accountability, tell the story of local communities, and provide all area residents with a common sense of identity.  This lecture examines the differences between a local government archival repository and a typical special collections archival repository.  Additionally, it discusses the types of records that are often available in a local government repository and how those records can be useful in research.

Sponsored by Miami University Libraries; Department of History; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies



By: crosbylm on: October 05, 2017 2:18 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

We’re keeping our shelves stocked with the bestselling titles you want to read this fall. Follow our Pinterest board to stay updated on all of the latest in Leisure Reading, and check out a full list of our newest titles below:

A Catered Costume Party by Isis Crawford

Believe Me by Eddie Izzard

Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney

Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

I Can't Make This Up by Kevin Hart

Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani

Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Make Your Mind Up by Bethany Mota

Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon

Silent Corner by Dean R. Koontz

Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett

Surpassing Certainty by Janet Mock

This Is Just My Face by Gabourey Sidibe

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud by Anne Helen Petersen

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

By: friedevt on: October 04, 2017 9:49 am | friedevt @ohiyote






Staff Spotlight: Abi Morgan

Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?
I'm originally from Athens, Ohio, but after college I lived in the Washington, D.C. area for almost eight years. I have a BA in history and anthropology, an MEd from Ohio University, and an MLIS from the University of Maryland, College Park. I've been both a librarian in the federal government and a middle/high school social studies teacher.

What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries? I am the senior library technician at Wertz Art & Architecture Library, where I supervise the 1-10 p.m. shift and help patrons, especially with printing and scanning.

What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami Libraries?
I've always been a huge reader who loves helping and teaching people, so libraries seemed like a natural fit. Since I grew up in a college town, I've always wanted to work in an academic library environment, and, as soon as I met all the warm and welcoming people at Miami, I knew it would be a great place to work.

What's the best part of working in a library?
Assisting people with their research and all of the interesting books!

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?
Google results are fine to start, but not where your research should end.

What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be?
Pride and Prejudice has been my favorite book since I was 12, and so I'd have to choose Elizabeth Bennet as the book character I'd most like to be. She is smart and confident, but willing to learn and change.  

Any hobbies?
Reading, drawing, interior design, and playing table-top board games.

What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?
I follow college football with a passion (but not the NFL).

By: friedevt on: September 30, 2017 11:14 am | friedevt @ohiyote










Craig Boman, discovery services librarian, joined the University Libraries during the summer. He finds great satisfaction in using technology to connect library patrons to needed resources through technology.

Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?
I am originally from Vandalia, Ohio. My educational background is in music composition, and most recently higher education leadership.

What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries?
I am the Discovery Services Librarian. My role at Miami libraries is to provide the least amount of technical hurdles between library users and the information they need to be successful. This includes working closely with our library staff to collaboratively improve the ways we deliver and gather information.

What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami Libraries?
I was drawn to working in libraries after working in one as a student in college. For a moment, I explored combining my music and library interests as an orchestra librarian. I have much respect for them, but it was not for me. I chose Miami Libraries because I want to be a part of something bigger. I look forward to exploring my research and service interests here.

What's the best part of working in a library?
For me, the best part of working in a library is building a library catalog website, and then seeing in Google analytics how many people are using that website to find library resources.

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?
I wish college students knew how important being able to effectively gather the right information is to their lifelong learning and lifelong success as an informed citizen

What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be?
My favorite book is Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. I am fond of the narrator. Her take on the world (by way of the author) is fascinating.

Any hobbies?
Most of my hobbies, when not musical, include travelling. I've played and sang in lots of ensembles. Most recently this includes bagpipe lessons.


By: friedevt on: September 11, 2017 7:32 am | friedevt @ohiyote









By Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator, University Libraries

#MoveInMiami 2017 was another record-breaking fundraising day for the Miami University Libraries.

Across all funding areas—including the Textbook Initiative, Technology Support Fund, University Libraries Dean's Fund and Libraries general fund—the University Libraries receive more than 100 gifts, totaling more than $15,000. The dollars raised marked a more than 130 percent increase over 2016's record total.

The Libraries two priority funds—the Textbook Initiative and Technology Support Fund—began the day with goals of 25 donors each and an overall University Libraries' objective of 50 donors, in honor of King Library's 50th year. Both project goals were achieved early in the day, raised and met again, unlocking more than $6,500 in generous matching gifts.

“Our Libraries Textbook Initiative and Technology Support Funds enable the University Libraries to provide resources that are vital to the academic success of many of our students,” Dean and University Librarian Jerome Conley said. “Our loyal alumni and friends have clearly recognized the value of those programs, as well as the essential role the Libraries play in the larger university experience. We are humbled by that support and excited by what the generosity realized through #MoveInMiami will allow us to do for our Miami students.”

Overall, the #MoveInMiami day-of-giving campaign enjoyed another highly successful year, engaging more than 4,300 donors from across the globe.