News & Notes

By: mulfordj on: August 16, 2017 10:38 am | mulfordj

From: Jerome Conley, Dean & University Librarian

Subject: Move the Miami Libraries on Aug. 24

Did you know that many of the first donor gifts to Miami University were books for the start of a library?

During #MoveInMiami, Thursday, Aug. 24, you can help carry on that long and important tradition! Support of the University Libraries reaches across academic divisions to ensure ALL students have access to the spaces, guidance and resources they need to thrive academically.

You can help in two specific ways:

  1. Make a gift. Help the Miami Libraries surpass their goal of 50 donors in honor of King Library’s 50 years by supporting one of two priority funds with a gift of any size—your participation counts the most!

  2. Spread the word—on social media, via email, or give them a call! Tell your former study buddies and fellow bibliophiles to join you in supporting Miami students and faculty through a strong library. Use #MoveInMiami to be part of a trending national conversation!

Please consider making a gift to what matters most to you at Miami University. Every gift matters! Learn more and see all the giving opportunities at I’ll see you on Thursday, Aug. 24.


Jerome U. Conley

Dean & University Librarian


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.”

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

Kim Agyekum

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

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

Katie Leveline
Integrative Studies

Shelby Mass
Music Performance

Adit Mehta

Cori Mobley
English Literature

Ellen Molinaro

Nora Molinaro
Interactive Media Studies/Graphic Design

Mitch Ocran

Cody Philips
Mathematics & Statistics/Analytics

Mitchell Poetter
Sports Leadership & Management (master’s)

Anthony Rapp

Zuryhel Rivera

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

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.