News & Notes

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: 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: weavered on: February 19, 2017 7:16 pm | weavered

Congratulations to Beyonce's "visual album" Lemonade, winner of Amos Music Library's 4th annual Album of the Year poll. It is available now in the library's Spotlight collection. We extend a "thank you" to all who voted.

Our past winners:

2013 : Lorde - Pure Heroine
2014 : Taylor Swift - 1989
2015 : Adele - 25

Based on your feedback, you can also expect the library to add albums by Anderson .Paak, A Tribe Called Quest, Bon Iver, and Sturgill Simpson (his prior album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, is in our collection; follow the link to request a hold).

By: weavered on: February 12, 2017 4:48 pm | weavered

Singer-songwriter and musician Prince had been one of the last holdouts and had not allowed his albums to be streamed on platforms like Spotify; as of today, though, that's changed, and his discography is now available to stream.

However, there are still some noteworthy and popular albums that are not available on Spotify. Here are a few of those titles that ARE available on CD in the Amos Music Library collection. Note that each of these albums can be requested to be delivered to your preferred Miami library circulation location.

​Of course, this is only a starting point. There are more albums not available streaming, and the library is regularly acquiring more titles.

Also, a reminder: our Album of the Year poll is currently live. It closes this Wednesday, 2/15, so vote soon.

By: vonnahee on: February 10, 2017 4:51 pm | vonnahee

This week, we celebrated one year of Zine Tuesdays at 2 by hosting our February workshop at Kofenya Coffee. 

With the help of Kofenya staff, we whipped up a pop-up crafting space full of everything you'd need to make a zine (plus coffee and scones because creativity needs fuel, right...and we're not above bribing people). Miami students and faculty as well as few curious community members stopped by to try their hand at making a zine and perused the traveling collection for inspiration. 

 

 

zine collection on the go

 

Interested in integrating zines into your classes and/or your assignments? Let us know! We can talk about how and when to consider using these low-cost, versatile teaching and learning tools for creating art and scholarship in the classroom and beyond. 

 

Yours in folding and cutting and pasting,
Carly, Lori, Sean, and Erin 

By: crosbylm on: February 09, 2017 10:36 am | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this month’s shipment of leisure reading books includes a new title by the queen of the young adult, vampire romance novel (Stephanie Meyer, The Chemist), memoirs by two beloved actresses (Anna Kendrick, Scrappy Little Nobody; Lauren Graham, Talking as Fast As I Can) and never-before-published poetry about love and pain (Johnny Cash, Forever Words: The Unknown Poems). For a full list of what’s new in February, see our list below:

Boat Rocker by Ha Jim

Book of Joy by Dalai Lama XIV

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Buffering by Hannah Hart

Chemist by Stephanie Meyer

Darktown by Thomas Mullen

Forever Words by Johnny Cash

Home by Harlan Coben

Lucky Bastard by Joe Buck

Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Talking as Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

 

Stay up to date with new titles in the Leisure Reading Collection by following our Pinterest board.

 
By: friedevt on: February 08, 2017 1:00 pm | friedevt @ohiyote

Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?
I am originally from Muncie, Indiana; however, I have lived in Oxford for the past five years. I graduated from Ball State University with an undergraduate degree in general studies, but focused in elementary education and library media and computer education. I am currently studying to get my MLIS and MS in information architecture from Kent State University.

What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries? (roles/responsibilities as you know them so far)
I am a Senior Library Technician at King Library. My job entails desk duties, such as answering patron questions, locating books and articles, directing phone calls to the right extension, as well as many others. I make the schedule for the desk, as well as help clean the computers when there is downtime. 

What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami Libraries?
I have been working in libraries for the past six years. My previous experiences have been with public libraries, working in both circulation and as a shelver. I have always had a fascination with reading and a passion for learning. The Miami Libraries allow me to stay relatively close to my family and friends, but I have also enjoyed the atmosphere while coming in as a patron.

What's the best part of working in a library?
The best part of working in a library is the constant knowledge adventure. I always refer the process as "having to put my Sherlock hat on." I never know what question I might have to answer. 

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?
Academic and public libraries are different in how they classify their books. If you are looking for a particular author or title and you don’t know the LC call number, you can’t browse the shelves as easily. Please ask for help or use the catalog. 

What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be?
My favorite would have to be The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The world building is amazing. I've read this at least once a year since high school. Sabriel, from Garth Nix’s Abhorsen series, would probably be a choice for one of my favorite book characters. I like strong female leads. 

Any hobbies?
My hobbies include the librarian standby of reading (with most selections being young adult), but I also enjoy horseback riding and crafting.

What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?
I come from a large extended family, where Christmas can end up being over 70 of us there. Family reunions are even larger, with closer to 150. The great thing is that we all get along well. 

By: weavered on: February 06, 2017 9:07 pm | weavered

Amos Music Library would like to hear from the Miami community about their favorite 2016 albums. The winning album of this annual poll is added to the library's circulating CD collection. The poll is available here. The nominees were selected from among the best-reviewed and best-selling popular albums of 2016.

Our past winners:
2013 : Lorde - Pure Heroine
2014 : Taylor Swift - 1989
2015 : Adele - 25

This year's nominees:

  • Anderson .Paak - Malibu
  • Angel Olsen - My Woman
  • Beyonce - Lemonade 
  • David Bowie - Blackstar
  • Drake - Views
  • Nick Cave - Skeleton Key
  • Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
  • Rihanna - ANTI
  • Solange - A Seat the Table
  • A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It from Here ...
  • or write in your own choice

Vote here. The poll closes Wednesday, February 15th.

Not familiar with the nominees? Check out our Spotify playlist (including tracks by Frank Ocean, Kanye West, and Chance the Rapper, whose recent albums were not released on CD and are therefore not eligible for the poll).