News & Notes

By: micheljp on: January 12, 2011 4:11 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

Welcome back everyone!! We hope you had a fantastic break and hope you have a great spring semester!! Why not enrich this semester with one of our great technology workshops? We're offering great workshops on the latest technologies: iMovie, Photoshop, Podcasting and more.
Take a look at our list of workshops this semester and register!

By: johnsoj on: January 12, 2011 11:15 am | johnsoj

The Miami Years 1809-1959 by Walter Havighurst.

The Miami Years gives particular attention to the personalities and incidents that comprise Miami University's past. There is the story of William Holmes McGuffey who came to Miami in 1825 and compiled his famous McGuffey Reader which would sell 120 million copies and made McGuffey's name as familiar as the alphabet. There are also scenes from such dramatic episodes as the establishment of the Miami Triad of Greek letter fraternities and the infamous Snowball Rebellion.

There is the poignant picture of a college divided by the Civil War when student volunteers for both armies left Miami on the same train. We learn how Miami made the transition to co-education, grew from an enrollment of under 200 students to a major mid-sized university, carried on a war training program for 10,000 Navy personnel during the Second World War, and met the rush of veterans studying under the G. I. Bill after the war.

A nation's growth is reflected in this story of growth of an institution of higher learning. But along with outlining the bold strokes of change in American education, Havighurst depicts the men who, by courageously and ingeniously coping with the problems at hand, enabled a college to survive and progress for over 200 years.

By: micheljp on: December 08, 2010 10:17 am | micheljp @jpmichel

Read the whole New York Times article here.

30 years ago around 11pm eastern time, John Lennon, was killed outside of his home in Manhattan. News of this event shocked the world.

To learn more about this tragic event, take a look at some of our historical newspaper databases such as the New York Times Historical and Chicago Tribune Historical databases.

The library also has many books that you can check out about John Lennon. In addition to books, the Music Library has a bunch of Beatles and John Lennon CDs to listen to.

By: micheljp on: December 06, 2010 5:06 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

What do the experts read? answers that question.

From Soccer to Economic Theory, asks experts in their field to describe the top five books. It's a fascinating web site! Check it out!

By: mille234 on: December 02, 2010 11:11 am | mille234

An exhibit highlighting items in the Libraries’ collections relating to Buddhism, the Dalai Lama and Tibetan and Thai tradition is now on display at the Walter Havighurst Special Collections.

Siamese Dream Book, Early to mid-19th century.

The exhibit has several related themes. The teachings of the Buddha are illustrated with images and books from the Instructional Materials Center. The section on the Dalai Lama features selected books by His Holiness from King Library’s circulating collection. Buddhism in North American and Southwestern Ohio include newsletters, photographs, and popular magazines with a Western perspective on Buddhism. Also on display are folding books from Thailand, which are found in Buddhist monasteries.

Thai Astrological Manuscript, Mid- to late-19th century.

Books on dreams, astrology and fortune telling are also on display. The exhibit runs through the end of December.

More information can be found on the Special Collections website.

By: mille234 on: December 07, 2010 1:28 pm | mille234

Power Inn expands

King Library’s Power Inn, located on the 1st floor, has been expanded. The open study space provides additional tables and seating for students looking for a study spot and a place to charge laptops, iPods and cell phones. The space originally opened in 2009, was expanded from 35 to 127 outlets for student use this August. There are now more than 50 study spaces available in the Power Inn.

Libraries’ mobile website featured on American Library Association website

The Libraries’ mobile website, which launched in winter 2009, was recently highlighted on the website of the American Library Association, the largest library association in the world. The mobile site, created by members of the Libraries' web team, allows users to access the libraries’ web content from a mobile phone. Users can search the library's holdings including books, DVDs, CDs and electronic databases. With the new site it’s even easier to contact a librarian for research help by phone, email or instant message or to check hours of service or get directions to our different locations.

E-reserves and poster printing leave the Libraries

In order to effectively support core library services for the campus community with the reduced level of staffing, the Libraries eliminated redundant services and reduced hours this fall. Electronic course reserves are no longer offered through the Libraries. Training for faculty to use Blackboard and support for faculty and students was offered throughout this transition. The Libraries continue to maintain non-electronic formats of reserve material in all its locations.

Poster printing was discontinued at the end of summer 2010. The cost for equipment, supplies and staff time were excessive and duplicative. IT Services’ Print Center continues to offer poster printing for Miami’s students, faculty and staff. These changes were essential and allow the Libraries to focus on core goals and services.

By: mille234 on: December 07, 2010 1:34 pm | mille234

This fall, the Libraries hosted a variety of orientation events and welcomed new faculty, graduate students and undergrads to the libraries. These events aim to give individuals new to the university a sampling of the facilities, services, materials, resources and staff available to them throughout the library system.

In mid-August, around 40 new faculty members joined librarians for lunch and breakout sessions focusing on technology, accessing materials, the opportunities provided by the Miami Scholarly Commons and other services. This event was successful and has resulted in many new partnerships and relationships between the libraries and academic departments.

Two orientation sessions for new graduate students were held in late August to highlight the MU Libraries. Students were introduced to services, technology, the website, and many librarians. Tours of the library of their choice were available.

Orientation events for international students and students in the sciences were also held this fall. Both events were successful and introduced hundreds of new patrons to the Libraries.

By: mille234 on: December 07, 2010 1:37 pm | mille234

Laws Hall, the former site of the Farmer School of Business, will soon be the new home of a library for Business, Engineering, Science and Technology. The library will house print materials, a combined reference/circulation desk, group study rooms, a collaborative instruction room and an information commons area complete with new and emerging technologies for student use.

The College of Arts and Science and the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies will occupy some of the second and third floors.

Energy efficiency is a priority in the project, the university is replacing windows, adding insulation and improving heating, air conditioning and lighting throughout the building.

The new library is set to open in Fall 2011.

By: mille234 on: December 07, 2010 1:39 pm | mille234

Kimberly Tully has joined the Libraries as the new Special Collections librarian. She previously held the position of Special Collections Librarian (Rare Book and Printed Materials) in Historical Collections at the Harvard Business School's Baker Library. She also held positions as the English Short-Title Catalog (ESTC) Cataloger at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC and as curatorial assistant in the Department of Printed Books and Bindings at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City.

Kim holds a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, a MLS from the University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign and a MA in European history from the University of Notre Dame.

In her new position as Special Collections Librarian, she will be processing manuscript collections, cataloging rare materials, creating exhibits and giving class presentations.

By: mille234 on: December 07, 2010 1:43 pm | mille234

In a recent survey, focusing on satisfaction of library services, the Libraries ranked high in service, physical space and accessibility of online resources.

LibQUAL is a user opinion survey offered by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) that libraries use to assess service quality. In 2003 and 2007, the Miami Libraries used the LibQUAL instrument to track and understand patron expectations and satisfaction. Last fall, a shorter version of the survey, LibQUAL +® Lite, was administered. A sample size of 4,059 people was used, which included a mix of undergraduate and graduate students and full-time faculty. Comments were also collected in addition to the data.

Echoing previous years, the Libraries ranked high in service. The survey found that patrons are very satisfied with staff and librarians who are “consistently courteous” and have a great “willingness to help users”.

Patrons view the Libraries as comfortable and inviting despite the fact that they feel there is not enough study space. The survey indicated that our users are satisfied with the quality of the space. In addition, 63.49% of the LibQUAL+® Lite survey participants physically visit the Libraries at least once a week.

MU users are very satisfied that the Libraries’ electronic resources are accessible to them even when they are out of our buildings or are off campus. Patrons commented on struggling with finding information through our online resources, but some of this was due to the launch of a new library website around the time of the survey. We are continuing to look at out catalog and website and make improvements.

Overall, the Libraries scored well on the survey and did well among comparable and benchmark institutions. Library staff is currently putting measures into place to improve and communicate changes to our services and facilities as a result of the survey.