News & Notes

By: friedevt on: February 16, 2018 10:16 am | friedevt @ohiyote

On Saturday, Feb. 24, Amos Music Library (located in the Center for Performing Arts, south side) hosts the Miami University Libraries' first game night of the season.

Come by for free food and the opportunity to join others as we play strategy / tabletop, board, and card games. The library provides a number of games from its circulating game collection, including recent additions Splendor, Dominion, Mysterium, and Dimension. We offer many of the classics as well.

You are also invited to bring your own games. These informal events are great for both beginners and experienced players. Just pull up a chair and join in the fun.

The first event will be held after normal library hours (from 6-10pm), which means the whole facility will be dedicated to the game event.

Below is the schedule for this semester's events, with Google map links to help you find your way. 

Don't miss out!
By: friedevt on: February 16, 2018 10:14 am | friedevt @ohiyote


By Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator

With the beginning of 2018, Elias Tzoc began a new role as head of the Miami University Libraries Create + Innovate Department.

A digital initiatives/scholarship librarian in the University Libraries’ Center for Digital Scholarship since 2007, Tzoc leads one of six newly formed, forward-looking departments that emerged from a 2017 Libraries master planning process that examined services, organization and facilities.

The Create + Innovate Department is charged with the mission of enhancing scholarly work at Miami University by anticipating the resources, technologies, spaces and expertise that drive groundbreaking research, creative forms of expression, innovative tools for teaching, and new mediums for sharing the Miami community’s scholarly achievements.

Tzoc, a native of Guatemala who earned his bachelor’s degree from Galileo University and his M.S. in library science from the University of Texas at Austin, recently answered some questions about his role and the groundbreaking department.

Q: Talk about your interest in this position.

A: After 10 successful years at Miami, I was ready for a new chapter, a new challenge. The job description excited me. The position offers unique and excellent opportunities to lead a team that will proactively explore, prototype, innovate and implement innovative services and facilities at Miami. The spirit of creativity and innovation has been part of Miami’s DNA for a long time, and it’s exciting to play a role in advancing that under our new Libraries master plan.

Q: How do you see your role in the new position?

A: My role is to help and motivate my team to explore and implement creative spaces and services that align with President Crawford’s emphasis on transdisciplinary research involving students and faculty. We must remain in a constant state of evolution, and that’s how I’ve framed it with my team. We’re going to be developing and reinventing these spaces and services for years to come.

Q: Why are creation and innovation important concepts in today’s library?

A: Academic libraries offer a variety of spaces for students, from traditional quiet spaces, high-energy collaborative spaces, to spaces for ideation, exploration and experimentation. I recently read an article that referenced Bloom’s Taxonomy – a pyramid of six levels of learning that start with remembering and understanding, advance to applying and analyzing, and lead to evaluating and creating as ideal learning states. We want to provide spaces that give our community opportunities to apply, analyze, evaluate, and, if we do this right, create new knowledge.

Q: Sum up your vision for Create + Innovate

A: It’s a working vision. I offered one as a starting point, and my team is providing feedback. It’s simple: “Become an entrepreneurial library department supporting innovative spaces and transdisciplinary research and scholarship at Miami and for the world.”

Q: Talk about your priorities in the year ahead.

A: I’ve identified a list of seven priorities:

  1. Information gathering and listening tours. That’s internal but also through engaging our faculty and several of the 34 centers and institutes on Miami’s campus.
  2. Inventory of existing projects, services and clients. That’s looking at what we’ve done.
  3. Assessment of resources and facilities. What we have and what we could do.
  4. Determine the total cost of operation for the department. We want to do new and exciting things. How do we afford them?
  5. Funding opportunities. Who will invest and believe in our vision?
  6. Fostering a culture of innovation – empowering my team with a hunger and desire to learn and try new things.
  7. Strengthen our network on campus. Our success depends on our networks, allies, collaborators and partners on campus. That touches students, faculty, university leaders and virtually every corner of campus.

Q: Discuss a significant issue where Create + Innovate can play a leadership role on campus.

A: With the momentum around data in higher education, I believe teams like ours can and should help advocate for more data-driven initiatives.  From open access, data visualization and innovation labs, to open science.  We should support the foundational Miami plan “to educate our students in transdisciplinary approaches to problem solving.”  Part of our role with students will be to help/work/challenge them to think big – and to think about many entrepreneurial ideas and possibilities.

By: friedevt on: February 15, 2018 7:14 am | friedevt @ohiyote

Carl Westmoreland to present Freedom Stations lecture at King Library

Western College for Women to be officially designated a Freedom Station

Sponsored by the Western College Alumnae Association, Miami University Libraries, Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives.

Carl Westmoreland, senior historian at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, visits King Library Wednesday, Feb. 28, to present “Freedom Stations, the Educational, and Historical Foundations of American Liberty.”

As part of Westmoreland’s presentation, which begins at noon in King Library 320, Western College for Women will officially receive its designation as a Freedom Station.

The event also includes a dramatic presentation, depicting Freedom Summer events, by Miami University faculty and students. Durell Callier, Ph.D., assistant professor of critical youth studies and cultural studies for Miami’s College of Education, Health, and Society, will lead his EDL 333A class, “Youth, Media & Pop Culture,” in a dramatic presentation actualizing the events of Freedom Summer.

The Freedom Stations Program is a legacy national outreach program linking historic Underground Railroad sites, research centers, university library collections, and museums engaged in Underground Railroad and slavery era research and historic preservation through the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Western College has been selected a Freedom Station due to the critical role it played in the Civil Rights movement through the efforts of the 1964 Freedom Summer. The Miami University archival collections, hosted in King Library, are home to the Freedom Summer Digital Archive, which includes a text and photo archive and audio/visual collections.

Beginning with the neighborhood in which he lives, Mt. Auburn, in Cincinnati, Westmoreland has provided technical assistance to more than 90 communities across America that have restored historic properties for people of all incomes and races. In his work at the Freedom Center, he has been involved in researching the history of the internal slave trade and the historic role that class, gender, race and slavery have played on contemporary political, social and economic issues.

Westmoreland has lectured to a wide audience, including neighborhood groups, churches, leaders of U.S. and Mexican governments, and executives of major U.S. corporations. He has served as an editorial writer for a major newspaper, reviewed books for major publishers, and lectured at major American universities.

By: friedevt on: February 07, 2018 1:11 pm | friedevt @ohiyote

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

Growing up in Buffalo, New York, I’ll forever be a Sabres and Bills fan, but I’ve also lived here in Butler County, southern Indiana and suburban Philadelphia. I finished my B.A. in English/journalism here at Miami University. After a decade in newspaper journalism, I discovered librarianship and earned a Master of Library Science from Indiana University.

How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries?

Our team develops the University Libraries’ online services including developing a new library website. Stay tuned! Your input can help make it great!

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

For me, it’s all about service. As a journalist, I was serving my community, but oft-times you never find out if your work helps make change. While I found librarianship sheerly by chance, I quickly fell in love with how libraries can directly serve the specific needs of every person who walks in the door and truly help them improve their lives. Having experienced Miami firsthand, the opportunity to help more students thrive here was one I had to snag.

What's the best part of working in a library?

Learning something new every day. I’ve learned so much from the people I have helped. Everyone is researching something unique.

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?

This doesn’t apply just to libraries, I use it in every facet of life – ask questions. Ask lots of questions because the answers give you power to up your game and truly enjoy life. Sometimes asking can feel like a risk, but you’ll learn so much more about research, your coursework, and even fun stuff like places to eat amazing food.

What are you most excited about tackling in your new role?

Much of research today is conducted online, which makes the library website one of the most important experiences the University Libraries have to get right. One of the fascinating challenges of this will be making this experience accessible using any technology, from phones to screen reading software.

What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be?

With too many to count, I’ll go with my favorite series as a kid – “Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators.” The middle school detectives solved the craziest mysteries through brains, research, and bravery. As a kid, I would have done anything to be the fourth detective on the team. I rediscovered the books as a librarian and was surprised with how well they hold up.

Any hobbies?

I’ve been drawing comics and studying comic history since I was a kid. I can’t say I was ever great at cartooning, but I still enjoy doodling when I get the chance. I also enjoy road tripping, design, architecture, history and leveraging technology to tell stories.

What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?

The fact I’d do about anything to help in the library might not surprise, but here is what might. My first library where I worked was hosting a huge kids program. The librarian’s husband usually helped with these programs, but he fell ill. As a result, the next thing I knew, I was dressed up in a head-to-toe Cat in the Hat costume entertaining the kids. Other than a trio of boys who insisted on pulling my tail I actually had a blast. Over the next few years, they had me appearing as Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and a few other characters whose names I’ve since forgotten. Yes, those costumes are freaking hot.


By: friedevt on: February 07, 2018 1:07 pm | friedevt @ohiyote

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

I am from Columbus, Ohio. I lived most recently in the German Village neighborhood (strategically close to the Jeni's Ice Cream). I graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio (conveniently nearby to Whit's Frozen Custard) where I majored in Philosophy and Spanish. I completed my MLIS from Kent State with a concentration in Academic Libraries in 2014.

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

I am a Web Services Librarian so I develop the website for the University Libraries. My main responsibility is to make the website usable and accessible for students, faculty members, and librarians but I hope to make it beautiful too.

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

The most simple answer is that I just love books. The real reason, though, is my colleagues. Working with bright, collaborative, and creative people makes me happy to come to work every day and strive to be my best. I chose to come to Miami because the libraries have an aura of creativity and resoundingly support innovation in our field.

What's the best part of working in a library?

The best part of working in the library is the free books, of course. I love being constantly surrounded by the opportunity to learn new things.

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?

I wish students knew of all of the awesome citation managers that can facilitate research by keeping things organized. They are such a time saver.

What are you most excited about tackling in your new role?

I am very excited to create a new library website for everyone, but I think that I'm looking forward most to contributing to Project Blacklight, an open source discovery service.

What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be?

That's probably the most difficult question anyone has ever asked me. Right now it is “The Dispossessed” by Ursula K. LeGuin, but my answer changes constantly. I'm a huge fan of anything written by J. K. Rowling or Jane Austen.

Any hobbies?

I spend most of my free time reading, exercising and sleeping, but I try to do a little bit of baking and rock climbing here and there as well. I also love eating good food, particularly ice cream and sushi.

What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?

I have always been a baseball fan. I learned to keep score and sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" before I could read.

By: weavered on: February 15, 2018 6:30 pm | weavered

Congratulations to Ed Sheeran, winner of the 2018 album poll, and thank you to all who voted!


Amos Music Library invites the Miami community to vote for their favorite popular released in 2017. For the fifth year, the winning album will be 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 2017.

Our past winners:

This year's nominees (with links to those titles already owned by the library):

Vote here. The poll closes Wednesday, February 14th.

Not familiar with the nominees? Check out our Spotify playlist (including additional tracks from other recent artists of note). 

By: friedevt on: February 05, 2018 7:27 am | friedevt @ohiyote


By Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator

The Miami University Libraries are excited to welcome Mark Dahlquist as a Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian. In his new role, Dahlquist serves as liaison to the departments of English and media, journalism and film.

“Mark brings an extensive background in higher education with a strong understanding of how to incorporate library resources into the classroom and student research projects,” said Kevin Messner, Head of the Advise & Instruct department. “We are excited to offer his experience and skills as a resource to our students and faculty.”

Dahlquist holds his bachelor’s and two master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He also earned a Ph.D. in English from Illinois.

From 2011-2016, Dahlquist worked as a visiting and assistant professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he specialized in Shakespeare and early modern literature. He returned to Illinois in 2016 to earn his master’s in library and information science.

“During my teaching career, one of the things I most enjoyed was giving students freedom to seek their own questions and answers,” Dahlquist said. “I particularly enjoyed leading class exercises in the library.”

As part of his graduate school experience at the University of Illinois, Dahlquist worked in the Funk Family Library and also worked with the University of Illinois Library Scholarly Communication and Publishing Unit. He has published articles on early modern literature, and, in 2016, he presented a paper entitled “Supporting Student Creativity through Serendipitous Discovery in Library Instruction.”

“I want students to learn how fun it can be to search for the best resources using the library, and how much more interesting they can make their writing by using these resources,” Dahlquist said.

Dahlquist works from King Library 205 and can be reached at 513-529-8494 or


By: friedevt on: February 02, 2018 9:59 am | friedevt @ohiyote

New for 2018: Libraries announce changes, additions, upgrades

Reconfigured B.E.S.T. ground level and new graduate reading room location among changes

By Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator, Miami University Libraries

A new year has brought some exciting new changes, additions and upgrades to the Miami University Libraries.

  1. King Library has adopted a new one-stop service strategy at its main circulation desk. Patrons can now direct in-person inquiries to the same circulation desk where they make checkouts. Librarians remain on call to support the new service format, and, as always, are accessible via online chat, text, phone or email. The former information desk is now a self-service station for study room reservations and self-checkout
  2. The Polk Patterson Graduate Reading Room has moved from its previous location on King Library’s third floor to the former Hill Faculty Reading Room (King 230). The move and decision to transition to one faculty reading room, approved by the faculty senate, places the graduate reading room in a more private space amid the book stacks and quiet study area. The space is receiving a general modernization, including new furniture.
  3. The ground-level of B.E.S.T. Library, damaged by flooding in the fall, has undergone a minor renovation, including fresh paint, new carpeting and a reconfigured and relocated seating/study area.
  4. The Libraries digital collections have welcomed seven new online databases, creating 24/7 access for students and faculty to thousands of articles, videos,  periodicals and other documents and teaching tools. Learn more.

  5. Miami University’s One-Button, formerly the One-Button Studio, is new and improved, featuring a more user-friendly interface and better quality picture. The improvements were made using student and faculty feedback gained since the concept was initially piloted in 2016. It will be tweaked and tested throughout Spring Semester 2018, so keep the feedback coming!
  6. Wertz Art & Architecture Library has upped its drawing tablet game, adding six Wacom Intuos Pros and four iPad Pros with the powerful digital illustration app procreate. The Intuos Pros are available for three-hour or overnight checkout. The iPad Pros can be checked out for up to 24 hours at a time.
  7. King Library installed upgraded HD digital display technology in 11 study rooms.
  8. The Kamm Electronic Instruction Room (King 110) is piloting a new configuration during spring 2018 to improve viewing angles for instructional purposes.
By: friedevt on: January 29, 2018 8:54 am | friedevt @ohiyote











Libraries spring workshop series offers tips and tools for scholarly success

The Miami University Libraries are back in spring 2018 with a full series of 11 workshops focused on helping you achieve peak scholarly success.

The series, hosted in partnership with the Rinella Learning Center, starts Tuesday, Feb. 6 with “Apps for Academic Success” and runs into April. Pre-registration is available through the Rinella Center (for select sessions as they come available) but please feel free to drop by!

The full schedule follows:

Apps for Academic Success
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center
Tuesday, Feb. 6 – 5-6 p.m.
King AIS (134)

Learn about the best apps for success as a college student in this interactive workshop. Bring your mobile device!

How Not to Cheat
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center
Monday, Feb. 12 – 4-5 p.m.
King AIS (134)

Are you terrified of accidentally plagiarizing parts of your research paper? Do you wonder if you are citing correctly or citing enough?

3D Printing
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center
Wednesday, Feb. 21 – 5-6 p.m.
Laws 116

Interested in designing and printing your own 3D project? Learn about the 3D printing technology and services available in University Libraries.

Discovering Primary Sources in the Humanities
Wednesday, Feb. 28 – 4-5 p.m.
King AIS (134)

Primary sources for humanists are varied and sometimes hard to find. Discover how to find various types of primary sources and learn more about primary source databases and other collections available through your University Libraries.

Creative Commons
Tuesday, March 6 – 5-6 p.m.
King AIS (134)

Creative Commons (CC) licenses allow you to reuse works created by others without fear of copyright infringement as well as license your own creative works, including literature, photographs, art, and music. Learn about how CC licenses work, how to find CC licensed works to use for class projects or personal use, and how to attach CC licenses to your own works when sharing them with others.

Citing in MLA Style
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center
Tuesday, March 13 – 5-6 p.m.
King AIS (134)

New to using the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style? This primer workshop will get you well on your way to citing like a pro.

Citing in APA Style
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center
Tuesday, March 14 – 5-6 p.m.
King AIS (134)

New to using the American Psychological Association (APA) citation style? This primer workshop will get you well on your way to citing like a pro.

Zotero Basics
Wednesday, Mar 28 – 4-5 p.m.
Laws 116

Learn the basics of this easy-to-use research tool for gathering, organizing and analyzing sources.

So, You Want to be a Librarian?
Tuesday, Apr 3 – 5-6 p.m.
King AIS (134)

Thinking about a career in libraries or information science? Learn about degree options and career paths in this informative panel presentation and Q&A session with Miami University librarians.

Poster Preparation
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center
Tuesday, Apr 10 – 4-5 p.m.
King AIS (134)

Presenting a poster at the Miami University Undergraduate Research Forum? This course covers the basics of research poster design and presentation.

Digital Archiving: Saving Your Pictures for the Future
Tuesday, April 17 (time to be determined)
King 110

How can you ensure that your digital “memories” remain accessible in in the future? This workshop teaches best practices, including file types and naming conventions, to preserve your digital memories.


By: friedevt on: January 12, 2018 8:43 am | friedevt @ohiyote

Mansfield’s lifelong love of libraries inspires major gift
Class of 1968 alumna spent entire career at Library of Congress

By Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator, Miami University Libraries

In the case of Judy Goacher Mansfield ’68, mother really did know best.

With her Deerfield Beach, Florida, community setting up its first public library in the 1950s, Mansfield’s mother recognized an opportunity for her daughter to learn a valuable lesson about serving her community. She volunteered young Judy to unpack, sort and shelve books.

Little did mother know that she had inspired a future librarian.

Mansfield, a longtime advocate of the Miami University Libraries who served a decorated 41-year career in the Library of Congress, recently announced a major cash and planned estate gift in support of the Libraries. The flexible fund will provide support for staff, collections and facilities toward the ultimate goal of strengthening the overall Libraries’ system.

“The University Libraries are fortunate to have an alumna and friend as knowledgeable and passionate about our field and as dedicated in her service as Judy Mansfield,” Dean and University Librarian Jerome Conley said. “Her volunteer leadership has been invaluable to the University Libraries over the years, and the generous support given by Judy and her husband, Vincent Treacy, positions us to take important next steps at a time when our Libraries are envisioning the future.”

The daughter of two Miamians, Mansfield spent her early years in Oxford and attended kindergarten at the McGuffey School. Her family moved to Florida during her first grade year, but never lost their Oxford connection, making occasional trips back and welcoming visits from vacationing Oxford friends.

Mansfield was the only of her siblings to choose Miami for college and found herself immediately at home. She still recalls, with fondness, passing through Upham Arch on her way to class each morning during her freshman year. In Kappa Kappa Gamma she found friendships that endure to this day with annual get-togethers.

Upon earning her degree in the classical humanities, Mansfield, who had wanted to be a librarian since the age of 13, went on to earn a master’s in library science from Case Western Reserve University. She received job offers from Columbia University, the New York Public Libraries and the Library of Congress. Mansfield laughs now that her decision probably had most to do with not wanting to follow her sister, to whom she had been compared much of her life, to New York.

It was also the right choice.

Mansfield spent 41 years at the Library of Congress, rising from special recruit intern to chief, U.S./Anglo Division by the time of her 2010 retirement. Highly regarded in the library community, she wrote and spoke widely on the topics of cataloging and acquisitions on behalf of the Library of Congress and received numerous awards for her work. She also was active in the American Library Association (ALA) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), serving both in elected and appointed positions.

Most valuable from her experience was the education she received from her coworkers. Through a network of foreign offices and by other means, the Library of Congress acquires foreign publications in some 470 languages for its collections, as well as for other research libraries.  Cataloging and servicing these collections requires a highly diverse staff.

“I came from a small, segregated community in Florida and suddenly had this opportunity to work with Indonesians, Iraqis, Japanese, Eastern Europeans and so many others,” Mansfield said. “It changed my life forever, and the people there really created my joy. I just loved my career.”

Mansfield still views libraries as a presence that can draw people together. She previously served on the Libraries Campaign Steering Committee during the Miami University Campaign For Love and Honor and now serves on the Libraries Alumni Advisory Board.

Her gift demonstrates her commitment to an important goal.

“I want Miami’s libraries to have the same prominence in the library world as Miami University has in the academic world,” Mansfield said. “The quality of a university’s library system is part of a university’s accreditation process, and I want to do what I can to make sure Miami’s libraries are valued on the same level as other areas of campus.

“The Libraries have already done a lot to get there, and they are in capable hands under Dean Conley’s leadership. I’m excited to support the drive, energy and imagination that I see shaping the future of the Miami University Libraries.”