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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.”

By: friedevt on: June 07, 2017 11:03 am | friedevt @ohiyote

Gabriel Neff joined the Miami University Libraries in November 2016 as a library technician and the evening circulation desk supervisor at King Library. He grew up in Cincinnati, graduated from Northern Kentucky University and began working in the library environment as a student worker during his college days.

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

I grew up in Mason, Ohio. After attending Archbishop Moeller High School, I was a student-athlete (football) at Seton Hill University for two years. I hold a B.A. in organizational leadership from Northern Kentucky University.

What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries? 

I am a library technician as well as the evening Circulation desk supervisor. I help ensure that everyone who comes to the circulation desk has a positive experience as well as connecting students to the resources they need. 

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

I first started working in libraries as a student employee at NKU. I found that I liked helping my fellow students and enjoyed the benefits of working on campus. I ended up completing my internship at NKU's Steely Library, working primarily in circulation and stack maintenance. A couple years later I moved to Morgantown, West Virginia, with a former college roommate and started working at West Virginia University. I was at WVU for two years, working in facilities management and residential education. Miami's excellent reputation as an academic institution, competitive pay and benefits, as well as the opportunity to come back home to Southwestern Ohio were all major factors in choosing the Miami University Libraries.

What's the best part of working in a library?
Being involved in the Miami community, helping students, patrons and guests. 

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?
That library staff is always there to support them in any way. Never hesitate to ask for help.

What's your favorite book? 
"The Mind's Eye" by Oliver Sacks

Any hobbies?
Spending time with my fiancée. Hanging out with family around Oxford. Playing on the Libraries' broom ball team. Watching Bengals, Reds, Blue Jackets, Miami and WVU games. 

What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?
I played the clarinet and viola as a kid.

By: mulfordj on: May 25, 2017 3:48 pm | mulfordj

Miami University Libraries Strategic Communications honored by ALADN

CLEVELAND—The Miami University Libraries’ #King50Reflections social media campaign earned national recognition, Tuesday, May 23, at the Academic Library of Advancement and Development Network (ALADN) Conference.

The campaign, built around the memories and reflections of Miami alumni in honor of King Library’s 50th anniversary, earned the ALADN Award of Excellence in the category of social media. The ALADN Communications Committee presented one award of excellence in each of 15 communications categories.

Led by Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator, and David Mulford, interim strategic communications specialist, the #King50Refelctions campaign included a Flickr gallery of more than 40 alumni reflections, ranging from humorous recollections to serious reflections about the impact the library had on academic and life successes. The Flickr gallery drew more than 250 views and a series of Tweets recorded more than 20,000 impressions.

“This was a particularly meaningful campaign that would not have been possible without the tremendous participation of Miami University’s alumni in responding to our request for library memories,” Dean and University Librarian Jerome Conley said. “What better way to tell the story of King Library’s 50 years than through those who lived and shaped that experience? The honor from a national organization is notable but seeing the fondness many of our alumni still feel toward the Miami University Libraries was outright humbling.”

The February edition of the Miami University Alumni Association Enews and spring/summer Miamian magazine both highlighted #King50Reflections. The campaign also resulted in a spinoff Valentine’s Day compilation, featuring the stories of Miami Mergers who met, enjoyed study dates and even experienced first kisses in and around the University Libraries.

In developing the campaign, the University Libraries collaborated extensively with University Advancement Communications, Marketing and Events, including Kim Tavares, senior director; Suzanne Clark, assistant director, electronic communications and social media; Nicki Russell, coordinator for marketing, communications and special events; and Auriel Buchanan, copywriter.

ALADN, founded in 1995, is a library fundraising community open to professionals involved in development and advancement throughout North America. More than 170 professionals from 100-plus colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada attended the 2017 conference in Cleveland, which also featured two presentations by Miami University Libraries staff.

 
By: crosbylm on: May 04, 2017 12:03 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

As we approach the last week of the semester and finals week, drop by to browse the Leisure Reading collection in King and grab a good book for your summer reading!  

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

Finding Gideon by Eric Jerome Dickey

Little Deaths by Emma Flint

Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Speaking of good reads, the Oxford Lane Public Library is hosting their monthly Future Fiction Book club on May 9 from 6:30-7:30! Join the Sci-Fi/Fantasy discussion fun - this month focused on The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey - at the Oxford branch (441 South Locust Street). Register here.

 
By: mulfordj on: May 03, 2017 4:18 pm | 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: May 03, 2017 4:14 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