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By: mulfordj on: April 26, 2017 10:42 am | mulfordj

University Libraries honor 37 senior student employees

By Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator, University Libraries

Senior Gideon Gyebi, one of 37 graduating Miami University Libraries student employees recognized at Sunday’s Libraries Student Recognition Dinner, has been named the 2017 University Libraries Outstanding Student Employee of the Year.

Gyebi, a health promotion major from Cincinnati, received the honor from Jerome Conley, dean and university librarian, and Kristina Abney, Libraries manager of access and circulation. He spent the past two years working at King Library’s circulation desk, and, in the nomination, Abney cited Gyebi for his high level of customer service.

“He is so helpful and friendly to library patrons that his fellow student workers have commended him,” Abney said. “He is a super friendly, model student worker whose approach to every single patron is to go above and beyond. Gideon’s the embodiment of what I think about when I think “library service.”

The Outstanding Student Worker of the Year award and Libraries Student Recognition Dinner launched last year as a way of thanking and recognizing the University Libraries’ senior student employees. Across four campus locations, the University Libraries currently employ 115 student workers.

“From the unseen operations that allow our resources to arrive in the right places at the right times to those students who directly support patrons, our student employees are an extension of the high level of service we strive to provide within the University Libraries,” Conley said. “They are very much a part of our Libraries family, and we could not do what we do without their hard work and the pride they take in their roles.”

Also honored during the night were four honorees for the Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence and the five founding and graduating members of the Libraries Student Advisory Council—Nicole Anselmo, Jeffrey Guggenheim, Mary Kate Kuchers, Bryan Roberson and Ryan Rugani.

The full listing of all University Libraries’ student employees who will graduate in spring, summer or fall 2017 is as follows.

Esther Adu

Kinesiology/Nutrition

 

Kim Agyekum

Psychology

 

Audrey Borgert

Music Education

 

Mackenzie Clune

Journalism/Comparative Media Studies

 

Elisabeth Cordray

Special Education

 

Dustin Cruse

Mechanical Engineering

 

Nora Duckett

Software Engineering

 

Andres Durandeau

Economics/International Studies

 

Coartney Freeland

Music Performance

 

Joshua Futch

Information Systems/Business Analytics

 

Jayla Gentry

Biology

 

Katie Gliebe

Media and Culture

 

Gideon Gyebi

Health Promotion

 

Lauren Hutchison

Software Engineering

 

Jelani Johnson

Speech Pathology and Audiology

 

Mary Kate Kuchers

Strategic Communications/Interactive Media Studies

 

Henry Leaman

History

 

Katie Leveline

Integrative Studies

 

Shelby Mass

Music Performance

 

Adit Mehta

Marketing

 

Cori Mobley

English Literature

 

Ellen Molinaro

Nutrition

 

Nora Molinaro

Interactive Media Studies/Graphic Design

 

Mitch Ocran

Marketing

 

Cody Philips

Mathematics & Statistics/Analytics

 

Mitchell Poetter

Sports Leadership & Management (master’s)

 

Anthony Rapp

Physics/Music

 

Zuryhel Rivera

Accountancy/Analytics

 

Ryan Rugani

Political Science

 

Kaitlyn (Katiebeth) Smith

Early Childhood Education

 

Callie Smith

History/Political Science

 

David Ternik

Mechanical Engineering/Physics

 

Kaylee Via

English Literature (master’s)

 

Bradley Wells

Zoology/Geographic Information Science

 

Kristen Wolters

Music Education

 

Huibing (Amy) Yang

Accountancy

 

Kadeem Yorke

International Studies/Media and Culture

 

By: mulfordj on: April 21, 2017 2:37 pm | mulfordj

Libraries research award honors four undergraduates

By Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator, University Libraries

Recognizing that great student research goes hand in hand with knowledgeable use of library resources, the Miami University Libraries have announced four honorees for the 2017 Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE).

“We are very pleased with the quality of the more than a dozen entries submitted for the award,” said Jody Perkins, digital scholarship librarian and chair of the LAURE selection committee. “While the winning entries represent a true cross-section of the types of research taking place across campus, the common thread is how each of these students deepened their research experience through the extra time and effort they invested in using the University Libraries.”

The four honorees are as follows:

  • Hannah Woods, a senior psychology major, captured first place with her project, entitled “Lifetime sexual violence and alexithymia: The mediating role of dissociation, thought suppression, and shame.” The research project was conducted as part of Woods’ PSY 477 course, with Terri Messman-Moore, Ph.D., the sponsoring faculty member.

 

  • Daniel McClurkin, a senior double majoring in English literature and anthropology, earned second place with his ENG 477 project, entitled “Imagining the plague: Defoe and the political life of pestilence.” Cynthia Klestinec, Ph.D., served as faculty sponsor.

 

  • Emily Moroz, a junior majoring in integrated English language arts education, earned honorable mention for “The history of the body: Concepts and care,” which also was sponsored by Klestinec.
     

  • Tasmeen (Shiny) Weerakoon, a senior majoring in biology and cellular, molecular and structural biology, received honorable mention status for her biology departmental honors project, “Investigation of a mitochondrial twin arginine transport in Arabidopsis Thaliana.” Carole Dabney Smith, Ph.D., and David Pennock, Ph.D., served as Weerakoon’s faculty sponsors.

“As research becomes an increasingly prominent part of Miami’s undergraduate experience, the University Libraries want to be very intentional in supporting student researchers,” Dean and University Librarian Jerome Conley said. “Not only do we want to offer the expertise, scholarly resources and technology for all students to pursue their academic interests, but we also want to highlight select students as examples of how tapping into library resources can help produce exceptional research outcomes.”

The annual award, co-sponsored by the Libraries Student Advisory Council, offers both scholarly recognition and cash prizes. First place earns $1,000, second place receives $500 and honorable mentions receive $100 each. The award, which started last year, builds on a renewed University Libraries’ research focus that began with the Office of Research for Undergraduates (ORU) moving to King Library in 2014.

Provost and Executive Vice President for Student Affairs Phyllis Callahan will present the awards and briefly address the importance of libraries in research at Sunday’s Libraries Student Recognition Dinner.

The award-winning entries will also be included as examples of exceptional student research within the University Libraries’ Scholarly Commons.

 

By: friedevt on: April 14, 2017 10:46 am | friedevt @ohiyote

By Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator, University Libraries

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As the cost of textbooks attracts increasing state and national attention within the broader issue of college affordability, Miami University’s Office of the Provost and University Libraries seek to engage faculty in exploring open textbooks as an alternative to traditional textbooks.

Open textbooks are full, real textbooks already in use by many faculty across the country. They are licensed to be freely used, edited and distributed, and they provide faculty with content that can be customized to their courses. They are an emerging option for helping alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students.

To engage Miami’s faculty in learning more about open textbooks and exploring existing open textbook options in their course areas, the Provost’s Office and University Libraries are offering a $200 stipend through Miami’s Open Educational Resource Grant Program to faculty who will participate in a two-hour workshop and submit a review of an open textbook in their field.

The Open Textbook Workshop takes place from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28, in King Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship (King 303). Afterward, faculty will submit a written review of an open textbook from within the Open Textbook Library (OTL). 

Both steps must be completed to receive the stipend. Interested faculty can apply for the workshop online by Friday, April 21. Capacity for the program is limited, and preference will be given based on OTL textbook subject area availability. Faculty who have participated in previous Tier 1 OER Grant Workshops are not eligible to participate in this cycle.

Questions about the workshop or open textbooks in general can be directed to Carla Myers, scholarly communications coordinator within the University Libraries, at 513-529-3935 or myersc2@MiamiOH.edu. Faculty can learn more about the emerging field of Open Educational Resources (OER) online via the University Libraries’ website.
 

 

 

 

By: friedevt on: April 12, 2017 7:57 am | friedevt @ohiyote

Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?
I am originally from Chesapeake, Ohio. I have BAs in history and political science, and MA’s in journalism and library science.  I am currently at work on my dissertation, where I focus on the development of journalism education in the United States. 
 
What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries?
I am an academic resident librarian for Information Services at King Library. At Miami University, I lead instructional sessions for first-year students and serve as the subject liaison for the department of media, journalism and film, and the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies (AIMS). 
 
What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami Libraries?
I like to work with students and faculty, and I enjoy supporting their research. Miami University has an excellent reputation for both teaching and undergraduate research, and I wanted to be part of that tradition.
 
What's the best part of working in a library?
The best part of working in a library is being exposed to fresh ideas and new perspectives. We help students and faculty with their research needs, but they also help us stay current on research trends and new areas of interest. 
 
What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?
I wish college students knew how eager librarians are to help them with their work.  They just have to ask. 
 
What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is Herzog, written in 1964, by Saul Bellow. 
 
Any hobbies?
I enjoy live music, and outdoor activities. 
 
What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?
I was on PBS’s Reading Rainbow as a kid. No, I did not get to meet Levar Burton.  

By: mulfordj on: April 18, 2017 3:56 pm | mulfordj

University Libraries recognize distinguished service at Celebrating Our Own event

By Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator, University Libraries

Bryan Partner, senior library technician within King Library’s Center for Information Management (CIM), was honored Thursday as the Miami University Libraries’ 2017 Distinguished Service Award Winner.

“Our staff ranges from those who have tenures of 30 years to those who have been with us only a few months,” Dean and University Librarian Jerome Conley said during the event. “The common thread is that from the time they arrive here, our team members are ready to step up to the plate and provide great service. Celebrating Our Own is about recognizing that effort.”

One of 15 University Libraries’ staff members nominated by peers for the Distinguished Service Award, Partner joined the Libraries in August 2015. In his role, he manages the day-to-day operations for the Center for Information Management, managing a team of student employees and keeping the advanced computer laboratory running at a high level. He’s a native of Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, who holds a bachelor’s from Lycoming College and earned his master’s in creative writing from Miami in 2015.

A nomination for Partner stated, “No matter how dumb the question or how short the turn-around time requested, Bryan simply conveys a can-do spirit, a commitment to delivering at the highest level possible, and, always, a gracious and supportive attitude.”

Also recognized during the event were four individuals with significant service milestones. Belinda Barr, assistant dean; Mary Hubbard, Instructional Materials Center assistant; and Brad Nichol, materials handling assistant; were honored for 30 years of service. University Archivist Jacqueline Johnson received recognition for 25 years of service.  Additionally, Conley acknowledged three retirees from the past year, Jim Bricker, Ken Grabach and Rosalind Spencer.

The event drew attention not only to staff service but also to the considerable scholarship the Miami University Libraries team contributed via publications, grants and presentations.

The University Libraries Distinguished Service Award and Celebrating Our Own event are in their fourth year. Nominations for the Distinguished Service Award come from Libraries staff and are reviewed by previous winners and the Dean. The full list of 2017 nominees follows.

2017 University Libraries
Distinguished Service Award Nominees

  • Kris Abney, manager access & administrative services

  • Heather Barbour, senior library technician

  • Samantha Brandenburg, coordinator of library facilities & planning

  • Susan Gray, library associate

  • Patrick Hawk, computer & technology specialist

  • Susan Hurst, business librarian

  • Brad Nichol, materials handling assistant

  • Bryan Partner, senior library technician

  • Sean Poppe, library associate

  • Kwabena Sekyere, electronic information services librarian

  • Carly Sentieri, curator of special collections

  • Thomas Tully, access services supervisor (B.E.S.T. Library)

  • Erin Vonnahme, humanities librarian

  • Eric Weaver, library associate

  • Barry Zaslow, music librarian


Event photos can be found here

 

By: vonnahee on: April 02, 2017 6:09 pm | vonnahee

 

 

National Poetry Month 2017 Display, King Library Entry

​The next time you're here in King, take a look and see how many poets you can identify.

 

April is National Poetry Month. Here in the Libraries, we are celebrating by showing off selections of favorite poetry of MUL staff. We've collected some Wendell Berry and T.S. Eliot, a few from Poe and a Seamus Heaney, a Rilke, a Rumi and a Shakespeare sonnet (natch), Edna St. Vincent Millay, Gwendolyn Brooks, Shel Silverstein, Neil Gaiman, a Philip Larkin, and so many more. Want to join the fun? Tweet your favorite verse or poet to humanities librarian Erin Vonnahme (@MaxRenewals) throughout April, and we'll add your selection to our growing patchwork of poems. 

 

 

By: crosbylm on: March 30, 2017 12:48 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

We have so many great new reads in the Leisure Reading Collection this month! There really is something for everyone with this shipment... From big screen adaptations to trending nonfiction, to fascinating autobiographies and fun fiction!

Follow our Pinterest board to stay updated on all of the latest in Leisure Reading, and check out the titles below:

A Really Good Day by Ayelet Waldman

Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

Bridget Jones's Baby by Helen Fielding

Cross the Line by James Patterson

Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

Muhammad Ali by Muhammad Ali

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Portraits of Courage by George W. Bush

Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Rest in Power by Sybrina Fulton

Spaceman by Mike Massimino

Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson

Thanks for the Money... by Joel McHale

Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich

 

By: friedevt on: March 08, 2017 9:44 am | friedevt @ohiyote

 

Carla Myers joined the University Libraries in January as the Scholarly Communications Coordinator.

Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?
I grew-up in Huron, Ohio, and then moved to the Akron area for college. I received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Akron and obtained my master’s degree in library and information science from Kent State University. 

What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries? 
I'm the coordinator of scholarly communications for the Miami University Libraries. My responsibilities include facilitating the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) on campus, answering questions about U.S. Copyright Law, and helping faculty and students promote their scholarship and research within their professional communities and to the public.

What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami Libraries?
Growing up, I loved to read. When I went to college, I applied for a job at the campus library, thinking it would be fun to be around so many books. I had intended to become a psychiatrist or physical therapist but quickly fell in love with library work and pursued that path instead. I chose the Miami Libraries because I was so impressed with the passion, dedication and enthusiasm of the library staff and with this beautiful campus.

What's the best part of working in a library?
I love seeing how excited patrons get when you are able to connect them with the information they need, especially when they have a challenging research question. 

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?
Librarians love to be asked questions—ask us anything! We love to connect people with information, whether it's scholarly info for a class project, a topic you're investigating for fun, or directions to a restaurant. I once had a patron ask me about a good gift to give your mother for her birthday...I recommended flowers!

What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be? 
My favorite book is Eragon, by Christopher Paolini. A book character I admire is Hermione Granger...she's smart and tough.

Any hobbies? 
Reading, of course. I also enjoy hiking, biking, and rock climbing.

 

 

By: mulfordj on: March 02, 2017 4:10 pm | mulfordj

Compiled by Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator; and David Mulford, strategic communications specialist
Infographics by Heather Bennett, administrative assistant

The definition of a library has certainly changed in the 50 years since King Library first opened its doors, and that story is best told through the ways patrons use the Miami University Libraries and the items they most check out.

While libraries were once considered a repository for books, today’s University Libraries are used almost as much for their technology and spaces.

  • 168,863 items were checked out from Miami Libraries’ Oxford locations in 2016;
  • 30.4% of checkouts were physical books/monographs;
  • 25.3% of checkouts were computers and digital equipment;
  • 24.5% of checkouts were keys to library study and group project rooms;
  • 480 online databases are available through the University Libraries to Miami students studying 24/7, anywhere in the world, covering subjects ranging from the hard sciences to poetry and including the archives of a number of major newspapers.

 

What were the most checked out titles for 2016?

  • Book: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  • DVD: Beauty and the Beast
  • CD: Pierre Boulez conducting Petrushka
  • Graphic Novel: Batman: The Killing Joke

 

 

 


Textbooks now rank among the most checked out physical books.

  • 5% of all Oxford campus checkouts, including spaces and technology, are textbooks on reserve;
  • $120 – The average cost of the more than 500 textbooks made available to students on two-hour reserve in King and B.E.S.T. Libraries;
  • International Accounting (ACC 321), the Libraries’ most reserved textbook, was checked out 1,032 times in 2016.
     


 

The Libraries study and group project rooms remain in high demand.

  • 47,465 study room reservations were recorded in 2016, 33,621 in King Library alone;
  • King 104, which includes a flat screen monitor and a whiteboard, was the most checked out study room in 2016, with 1,383 reservations.
     

 

 

 

      The use of libraries technology continues to surge, with the libraries offering everything from 3D printing and podcast recording studios to phone charger cords.

      • 24% of all technology checkouts were Mac charging cables;
      • Macs were also the most checked out laptops, accounting for 14% of tech checkouts;
      • Phone giving you the low battery warning? No problem. 10% of all technology checkouts in 2016 were phone chargers;
      • 12,936 Miami unique users logged into a Libraries computer in 2016, with 70% using a libraries computer on multiple occasions;
      • 229 3D print jobs were completed via the Miami Libraries’ three 3D printers in 2016, equating to more than 23 kilograms of printed material. B.E.S.T. Library brings two additional 3D printers online in 2017.

         

       

      Today’s librarians are known not only for guiding students to resources and answers but also as creators of online content and instructors in the classroom.

      • 446 course sessions and workshops were instructed by librarians in 2016, reaching 10,608 students and faculty;
      • 13 credit hours were taught to 262 students with librarians serving as the lead instructors;
      • 26,750 questions were answered by librarians in person, via chat or through email;
      • 40,362 visits were recorded to the 77 online subject and course guides created by Miami librarians, which provide suggestions and quick links to subject-specific resources.
         


      The Miami Libraries rely on an extensive network of Ohio libraries and libraries internationally to ensure students and faculty have access to the resources they need.

      • 96% – The percentage of student and faculty requests for materials not owned by the University Libraries that were able to be met through OhioLINK, Interlibrary Loan or other partners;
      • 9,372 miles – The furthest distance traveled by a resource borrowed by a Miami patron through interlibrary loan—all the way from the University of Sydney in Australia.
      • 9,426 – Books checked out through OhioLINK by the University Libraries;
      • 2.39 days – The average time it took to fill a request for materials housed outside the University Libraries, including weekends.
         


      Until 2006, food and beverages were prohibited from the Miami Libraries, except in designated areas. With the arrival of King Café a decade ago, all of that changed. And our patrons are certainly well caffeinated.

      • 47,191 cups of brewed coffee sold in 2016;
      • 28,878 espresso drinks sold in 2016;
      • 9% increase in brewed coffee sold over 2015.