News & Notes

By: friedevt on: September 18, 2017 10:21 am | 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. All lectures are free and open to the publlic.

The Stella Walsh Story

Presented by Sheldon Anderson, Ph.D., professor of history, Miami University

King Library 320
Noon, Wednesday, Oct. 4

In 1951, the Helms Sports Foundation in Los Angeles named Stella Walsh the “greatest woman athlete” of the first half of the twentieth century. Running and jumping competitively for three decades, she won a gold medal at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, a silver medal at the 1936 Berlin Games, over 40 U.S. national championships, and set dozens of world records. No other athlete of her time came close to her achievements. After her murder in 1980, the memory of one of America’s greatest women athletes was buried with her.

Never before told in a full-length biography, Walsh’s story also addresses the complex questions of sex and gender identity. In 1980, she was murdered in a botched robbery. The autopsy revealed that she was intersex, eliciting unfair charges that she was a fraud. At birth, she was designated female, and she lived her life as a woman. When questions of the sex of elite athletes arise today, the case of Stella Walsh is often cited.

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


The Challenge of Following the Steps of a Trailblazer

Presented by Sharon Herbers, Ed.D. Professor, Dreeben School of Education, University of the Incarnate Word
Scene directed by Stormi Bledsoe, graduate student, advised by Dr. Ann Elizabeth Armstrong, Department of Theatre

King Library 320
Noon, Wednesday, Oct. 11

Dr. Lilian Johnson served as president of Western College from 1904-06. After departing Oxford, she settled in Grundy County, Tennessee, with the intent of establishing a cooperative to improve social and economic conditions. Retired after 16 years at the age of 68, she sought opportunities to continue her work. In 1932, Myles Horton and Don West, two young progressive thinkers approached her about starting a folk school to address economic inequities and preserve the culture of Appalachia. She gave them the use of her home for one year on a trial basis.

While the affluent and highly educated Johnson’s philosophies conflicted often, sometimes vehemently, with those of the two grassroots organizers, she was a public supporter of the effort that led to a foundation for community education and social change.  The experience changed her, and fueled her future efforts to drive social change.

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

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, Oct. 25

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

Experiencing STEM Naturally

Presented by Don Koller, environmental educator at the Hefner Museum of Natural History, and Julia Robinson, senior project manager and museum educator at the Hefner Museum of Natural History

Hefner Museum's Paul Daniel Classroom, Upham 106
Noon, Tuesday, Oct. 31

Natural history objects intrigue students and stimulate the desire to touch, examine, and question.  Such inquiry can be the most powerful way for students to synergize existing knowledge and learn new principles. Thoughtful direction, facilitated by the instructor, yet driven by the student, leads to productive exploration and application of all STEM and STEAM principles.  Learn how Hefner Museum resources, especially Discovery Trunks, can be used in the classroom to support existing curriculum or as stand-alone units.

Sponsored by Miami University Libraries, Hefner Museum



By: friedevt on: September 11, 2017 7:25 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 18, 2017 9:48 am | 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, lectures and events examining the revolution itself and highlighting 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, Havighurst Special Collections, Harrison Hall third floor
Oct. 9 – Nov. 20, 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.

War, Revolution and Jewish Life in Russia
A Symposium

King Library 320
3-5 p.m. – Friday, Nov. 3

Presented by the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, this symposium expands upon the Havighurst Special Collections and Blavatnik Archive exhibits by bringing three leading scholars on Jewish History to campus for special lectures.

  • Jeffrey Veidlinger, University of Michigan, A Kind of Victory? The Return of Jews to Small-Town Ukraine
  • Anna Shternshis, University of Toronto, 'And Then I Killed Him': Red Army Soldiers Speak of the End of the Holocaust
  • Eugene Avrutin, University of Illinois, A Tale of Two Murders: The Velizh and Beilis Blood Libel Cases

Conspiracy Theories and Revolution in Post-Soviet Russia
Special Lecture

King Library 320
4 p.m. – Tuesday, Nov. 7

On the 100th anniversary of the day the Bolshevik Revolution overthrew the Russian provisional government, Ilya Yablokov, teaching fellow in Russian Studies at the University of Leeds, offers an intriguing glimpse into post-Soviet Russia.

By: friedevt on: September 01, 2017 1:49 pm | friedevt @ohiyote






Libraries welcome Ginny Boehme as science librarian

The Miami University Libraries are pleased to welcome Mary (Ginny) Boehme, who has nearly a decade of experience in and around libraries, as science librarian.

Boehme, who holds a bachelor’s in biology from Birmingham-Southern College and a master’s in library & information studies from the University of Alabama, began Sept. 1 as the University Libraries’ subject liaison for biology, the environmental sciences and microbiology. She is based out of B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall) and can be reached at 513-529-1726 or

“We are excited to welcome Ginny and her breadth of library experience to our University Libraries team,” said, Kevin Messner, head of the Libraries’ Advise & Instruct Department. “She brings not only a well-rounded library background and versatile skill set but also a genuine enthusiasm for the sciences and the subject areas she will support.”

A library circulation assistant at Birmingham-Southern College since 2013, Boehme has an extensive background in libraries, including supervising and managing the circulation department and assisting in collection maintenance. She has a significant technology background, including helping develop and support the library’s website as well as researching and implementing 3D printing services at Birmingham-Southern.

Her relevant experiences also includes time as a biology and physics researcher while a student at Birmingham-Southern and a stint as a library media clerk for a middle school library. Her experience in the library environment began with a student worker position in the Birmingham-Southern library.


By: friedevt on: September 08, 2017 7:08 am | friedevt @ohiyote







Can I Use That?

Copyright & Fair Use Basics

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 4-5 p.m.
134 King Library (AIS)
Have you ever wondered if you can use an image in your academic work? A song in a video you are creating? Are free videos on YouTube copyrighted?

Know Your News

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 5-6 p.m.
134 King Library (AIS)
Is that social media headline real or fake? Learn to find reliable reporting.

How Not to Cheat

Monday, Sept. 25, 5-6 p.m.
134 King Library (AIS)
Are you terrified of accidentally plagiarizing parts of your research paper? Learn how to cite correctly and how much to cite. 

Citing in APA Style

Monday, Oct. 2, 5-6 p.m.
134 King Library (AIS)
Learn about American Psychological Association (APA) citation style. 

Citing in MLA Style

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 5-6 p.m.
134 King Library (AIS)
Learn about Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style. 

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.

By: friedevt on: August 09, 2017 8:14 am | friedevt @ohiyote










Ariel Shirley is a Miami University alumna and former Miami University Libraries student worker who has returned to King Library as a library technician and overnight supervisor while working toward her master's degree.

Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?
I was born and raised in Oxford, Ohio. After finishing high school, I decided to continue my studies in Oxford and attend Miami University. While there, I obtained a B.A. in psychology with a minor in child studies. I am currently working on a master’s in instructional design and technology at Miami.

What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries?
I am a library technician and one of the overnight supervisors for the main circulation desk. I make sure that students feel safe and welcome while connecting them to the many resources King Library has to offer.

What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami Libraries?
While attending MU as an undergrad, I actually worked all four years at King Library. I held student positions within the IMC, Tech Services and Special Collections. This experience helped me better understand the wide range of services libraries provide, while offering me the opportunity to better understand my academic and career goals. After graduating from Miami and working full-time in a different city, I decided to return to the Miami as a library technician. The welcoming atmosphere, as well as Miami's amazing academic offerings and career benefits drew me back to Oxford.

What's the best part of working in a library?
The opportunity to discover new books, the wonderful co-workers, and the ability to help someone finish a project or learn a new skill.

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?
The library is a welcoming and supportive environment, and the library staff is here to help with projects and questions – all they need to do is ask.

What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be?
Right now, it is "The Last Days of Jack Sparks" by Jason Arnopp. If I could be any book character, it would be Sabriel from the Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix. She's a cool, smart and compassionate necromancer/charter mage – something I can totally get behind.

Any hobbies?
I enjoy creative writing, horseback riding, hiking, going to the movies, and spending time with my family.

What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?
I am a huge comic book nerd! I enjoy reading DC/Vertigo comics, as well as indie comics (sorry, Marvel fans). Some of my favorite titles include:  Hellblazer, Batman:  Under the Red Hood, and the Umbrella Academy.

By: crosbylm on: July 06, 2017 11:20 am | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

We’re keeping our shelves stocked with the bestselling titles you want to read this summer. 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:

All by Myself, Alone by Mary Higgins Clark

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich

House of Names by Colm Toibin

Hunger by Roxane Gay

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

Same Beach Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

Theft by Finding by David Sedaris

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie

By: friedevt on: June 23, 2017 8:47 am | friedevt @ohiyote

The Miami University Libraries are seeking volunteer Chinese students to participate in a study exploring how Chinese students perform research in relation to classroom assignments.

The study seeks to explore and better understand the information needs of Chinese patrons, so Libraries’ services can be enhanced to better meet those needs.

Participation is strictly voluntary, and those interested must be at least 18 years old. The study involves a 30-minute one-on-one interview, and participants have the freedom to stop the interview at any time or skip any question(s) they do not wish to answer. Anonymity is guaranteed, and only the research team will have access to participant responses.

If you would like to participate in this study or have any questions about the study, please contact one of the following librarians:

In addition, you may contact the Research Ethics and Integrity Office at Miami University, 513-529-3600 or, if you have questions about the rights of research subjects.

By: mulfordj on: June 08, 2017 4:13 pm | mulfordj

Carla Myers selected as OhioLINK Open Textbook Network System Leader

Carla Myers, Miami University Libraries assistant librarian and coordinator of scholarly communications, has been selected to serve on a statewide taskforce focused on reducing textbook costs for students.

OhioLINK announced Myers as one of eight Open Textbook Network (OTN) System Leaders, who will be responsible for coordinating OhioLINK OTN awareness and advocacy initiatives regarding open educational resources (OER) and open textbooks. All system leaders were nominated by their deans or directors.

With the cost of textbooks increasing by 73 percent since 2006, this initiative is important for combating rising costs in higher education. Myers, along with her OTN peers, will be participating in the OTN’s Summer Institute (OTNSI) at the University of Minnesota from August 7-11. OTNSI will prepare OTN staff to coordinate workshops that will focus on developing campus advocates at Ohio higher education institutions who lead  in the effort to reduce textbook costs for students.

System leaders will also assist with affordable learning awareness and advocacy initiatives.

“Textbook and related costs are a well-known barrier to college affordability for students,” said Gwen Evans, OhioLINK executive director. “By promoting the use and creation of high-quality educational materials that are freely accessible for students to use, this initiative will increase affordability in higher education, promote student success, and empower Ohio faculty to contribute to the growing field of open course materials.”