News & Notes

By: crosbylm on: March 30, 2017 12:48 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

We have so many great new reads in the Leisure Reading Collection this month! There really is something for everyone with this shipment... From big screen adaptations to trending nonfiction, to fascinating autobiographies and fun fiction!

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

A Really Good Day by Ayelet Waldman

Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

Bridget Jones's Baby by Helen Fielding

Cross the Line by James Patterson

Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

Muhammad Ali by Muhammad Ali

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Portraits of Courage by George W. Bush

Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Rest in Power by Sybrina Fulton

Spaceman by Mike Massimino

Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson

Thanks for the Money... by Joel McHale

Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich

 

By: friedevt on: March 08, 2017 9:44 am | friedevt @ohiyote

 

Carla Myers joined the University Libraries in January as the Scholarly Communications Coordinator.

Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?
I grew-up in Huron, Ohio, and then moved to the Akron area for college. I received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Akron and obtained my master’s degree in library and information science from Kent State University. 

What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries? 
I'm the coordinator of scholarly communications for the Miami University Libraries. My responsibilities include facilitating the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) on campus, answering questions about U.S. Copyright Law, and helping faculty and students promote their scholarship and research within their professional communities and to the public.

What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami Libraries?
Growing up, I loved to read. When I went to college, I applied for a job at the campus library, thinking it would be fun to be around so many books. I had intended to become a psychiatrist or physical therapist but quickly fell in love with library work and pursued that path instead. I chose the Miami Libraries because I was so impressed with the passion, dedication and enthusiasm of the library staff and with this beautiful campus.

What's the best part of working in a library?
I love seeing how excited patrons get when you are able to connect them with the information they need, especially when they have a challenging research question. 

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?
Librarians love to be asked questions—ask us anything! We love to connect people with information, whether it's scholarly info for a class project, a topic you're investigating for fun, or directions to a restaurant. I once had a patron ask me about a good gift to give your mother for her birthday...I recommended flowers!

What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be? 
My favorite book is Eragon, by Christopher Paolini. A book character I admire is Hermione Granger...she's smart and tough.

Any hobbies? 
Reading, of course. I also enjoy hiking, biking, and rock climbing.

 

 

By: weavered on: February 19, 2017 7:16 pm | weavered

Congratulations to Beyonce's "visual album" Lemonade, winner of Amos Music Library's 4th annual Album of the Year poll. It is available now in the library's Spotlight collection. We extend a "thank you" to all who voted.

Our past winners:

2013 : Lorde - Pure Heroine
2014 : Taylor Swift - 1989
2015 : Adele - 25

Based on your feedback, you can also expect the library to add albums by Anderson .Paak, A Tribe Called Quest, Bon Iver, and Sturgill Simpson (his prior album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, is in our collection; follow the link to request a hold).

By: weavered on: February 12, 2017 4:48 pm | weavered

Singer-songwriter and musician Prince had been one of the last holdouts and had not allowed his albums to be streamed on platforms like Spotify; as of today, though, that's changed, and his discography is now available to stream.

However, there are still some noteworthy and popular albums that are not available on Spotify. Here are a few of those titles that ARE available on CD in the Amos Music Library collection. Note that each of these albums can be requested to be delivered to your preferred Miami library circulation location.

​Of course, this is only a starting point. There are more albums not available streaming, and the library is regularly acquiring more titles.

Also, a reminder: our Album of the Year poll is currently live. It closes this Wednesday, 2/15, so vote soon.

By: vonnahee on: February 10, 2017 4:51 pm | vonnahee

This week, we celebrated one year of Zine Tuesdays at 2 by hosting our February workshop at Kofenya Coffee. 

With the help of Kofenya staff, we whipped up a pop-up crafting space full of everything you'd need to make a zine (plus coffee and scones because creativity needs fuel, right...and we're not above bribing people). Miami students and faculty as well as few curious community members stopped by to try their hand at making a zine and perused the traveling collection for inspiration. 

 

 

zine collection on the go

 

Interested in integrating zines into your classes and/or your assignments? Let us know! We can talk about how and when to consider using these low-cost, versatile teaching and learning tools for creating art and scholarship in the classroom and beyond. 

 

Yours in folding and cutting and pasting,
Carly, Lori, Sean, and Erin 

By: crosbylm on: February 09, 2017 10:36 am | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this month’s shipment of leisure reading books includes a new title by the queen of the young adult, vampire romance novel (Stephanie Meyer, The Chemist), memoirs by two beloved actresses (Anna Kendrick, Scrappy Little Nobody; Lauren Graham, Talking as Fast As I Can) and never-before-published poetry about love and pain (Johnny Cash, Forever Words: The Unknown Poems). For a full list of what’s new in February, see our list below:

Boat Rocker by Ha Jim

Book of Joy by Dalai Lama XIV

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Buffering by Hannah Hart

Chemist by Stephanie Meyer

Darktown by Thomas Mullen

Forever Words by Johnny Cash

Home by Harlan Coben

Lucky Bastard by Joe Buck

Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Talking as Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

 

Stay up to date with new titles in the Leisure Reading Collection by following our Pinterest board.

 
By: friedevt on: February 08, 2017 1:00 pm | friedevt @ohiyote

Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?
I am originally from Muncie, Indiana; however, I have lived in Oxford for the past five years. I graduated from Ball State University with an undergraduate degree in general studies, but focused in elementary education and library media and computer education. I am currently studying to get my MLIS and MS in information architecture from Kent State University.

What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries? (roles/responsibilities as you know them so far)
I am a Senior Library Technician at King Library. My job entails desk duties, such as answering patron questions, locating books and articles, directing phone calls to the right extension, as well as many others. I make the schedule for the desk, as well as help clean the computers when there is downtime. 

What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami Libraries?
I have been working in libraries for the past six years. My previous experiences have been with public libraries, working in both circulation and as a shelver. I have always had a fascination with reading and a passion for learning. The Miami Libraries allow me to stay relatively close to my family and friends, but I have also enjoyed the atmosphere while coming in as a patron.

What's the best part of working in a library?
The best part of working in a library is the constant knowledge adventure. I always refer the process as "having to put my Sherlock hat on." I never know what question I might have to answer. 

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?
Academic and public libraries are different in how they classify their books. If you are looking for a particular author or title and you don’t know the LC call number, you can’t browse the shelves as easily. Please ask for help or use the catalog. 

What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be?
My favorite would have to be The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The world building is amazing. I've read this at least once a year since high school. Sabriel, from Garth Nix’s Abhorsen series, would probably be a choice for one of my favorite book characters. I like strong female leads. 

Any hobbies?
My hobbies include the librarian standby of reading (with most selections being young adult), but I also enjoy horseback riding and crafting.

What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?
I come from a large extended family, where Christmas can end up being over 70 of us there. Family reunions are even larger, with closer to 150. The great thing is that we all get along well. 

By: weavered on: February 06, 2017 9:07 pm | weavered

Amos Music Library would like to hear from the Miami community about their favorite 2016 albums. The winning album of this annual poll is 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 2016.

Our past winners:
2013 : Lorde - Pure Heroine
2014 : Taylor Swift - 1989
2015 : Adele - 25

This year's nominees:

  • Anderson .Paak - Malibu
  • Angel Olsen - My Woman
  • Beyonce - Lemonade 
  • David Bowie - Blackstar
  • Drake - Views
  • Nick Cave - Skeleton Key
  • Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
  • Rihanna - ANTI
  • Solange - A Seat the Table
  • A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It from Here ...
  • or write in your own choice

Vote here. The poll closes Wednesday, February 15th.

Not familiar with the nominees? Check out our Spotify playlist (including tracks by Frank Ocean, Kanye West, and Chance the Rapper, whose recent albums were not released on CD and are therefore not eligible for the poll). 

By: friedevt on: December 19, 2016 8:16 am | friedevt @ohiyote

By Vince Frieden, Strategic Communications Coordinator

Jim Bricker does not have big retirement plans. For the time being, he only wishes to spend some time lost in the clouds.

“I remember a day this past summer when I’d just finished mowing and was sitting in a chair watching the hummingbirds and deer and looking up at the clouds,” Bricker recalled. “It was just a perfect moment of contentment – nowhere to be, nothing to do. That and being able to spend time with my wife are what I’m looking forward to the most.”

A native of the Celina, Ohio, area, Bricker began working while still in high school and earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Wright State University. His job prospects upon graduation were not promising.

“In 1971, a bachelor’s degree in history qualified you to work in a factory,” Bricker said.

While his job at Goodyear Tire and Rubber was not all he had hoped for, he had the unexpected pleasure of meeting his wife, Connie, there. In 1978, he followed her to Lansing, Mich., where she did her postgraduate work at Michigan State University. Her career in electron microscopy later led them to the University of Vermont.

In 1986, Connie accepted a job in Miami’s botany department, relocating the couple closer to their families. Bricker, who had been a welder in Michigan and a warehouse worker in Vermont, found work as an assistant carpenter in Oxford.

His break came in January 1987, when a half-time position opened up in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections. He interviewed with Helen Ball, Frances McClure and Elizabeth Brice and was offered a paying job he would have gladly done for free.

Bricker’s entire Miami career was not spent in the special collections, though. He reached full-time status in 1988 by taking on an additional half-time role in interlibrary loan, which became full-time. A man of many hats throughout his life, Bricker later took on responsibilities at the information desk and in circulation, leaving him, at one point, trying to coordinate vacation between three different supervisors.

In 2005, Janet Stuckey, then head of special collections, encouraged him to apply for an opening back where his Miami career began. He finishes his career in that same position next month.

“I have this sense that I am blessed,” Bricker said. “There has not been a day since I came here when I didn’t want to get up and go to work. I get to look at Shakespeare folios and leafs from a Gutenberg Bible. And, it’s the people. Wherever I’ve worked here has been a fun environment.”

He has many favorite moments. During the Dalai Lama’s visit in 2010, he curated a special collections exhibit on Buddhism and still treasures a photo taken with him and a pair of visiting Buddhist monks. He also has thoroughly enjoyed working with and getting to know former NBC executive and Miami alumnus Rick Ludwin, who developed and advocated for Bricker’s favorite television show, Seinfeld.

Perhaps his greatest source of pride comes from the fact he has had the privilege of working for every Miami head of special collections, from Helen Ball to Bill Modrow.

When reflecting on his career in the Miami Libraries, Bricker recalls a defining moment in the early 1990s when he was taking library science classes and pondering his future.

“There was this moment where I realized what I really loved was just working in the library,” Bricker said. “I knew then that I had what I wanted, and anything else was going to complicate it. There’s a freedom to that. I’ve worked with the best people in the best place, and I’ve never regretted that.”

 

By: friedevt on: December 19, 2016 8:17 am | friedevt @ohiyote

By Vince Frieden, Strategic Communications Coordinator

Anyone looking for an engaging conversation can find a willing partner in Ken Grabach.

Grabach, who retires this month after 30 years in the Miami University Libraries, is a people person with an unquenchable curiosity, ranging from the natural world to international affairs and, of course, maps.

“I’m glad I don’t have to apply for continuing library borrowing privileges,” Grabach said. “I like to know at least a little about any topic. I love learning. I love reading. People are still going to see plenty of me around the Miami Libraries.”

The son of a protestant minister who moved frequently during his youth, Grabach considers his home Flint, Mich., where he attended high school and later the University of Michigan-Flint. After earning his master’s in library science from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, he served five years as a librarian for the U.S. Army before deciding he wanted to try the academic sector.

He arrived at the Miami Libraries 30 years ago in government documents and never left. He enjoyed his initial position, particularly when the Miami Libraries became a depository for the European Union, affording him opportunities to participate in conferences, including a week-long event in Brussels, Belgium.

But maps have long been a passion.

“I remember when I was eight years old our family got a world map,” Grabach said. “I would spread that map out on the living room floor and spend hours just looking at it or studying sections of it.”

He leapt at the chance to become the half-time maps librarian at Miami, a position that would later evolve to become full-time and to include liaison responsibilities with the departments of geography, geology and mathematics. To a man with collections of map ties and t-shirts, he was in his element.

“I’ve been getting paid to play with and buy maps,” Grabach said. “When we moved the Kuchler Vegetation Maps from Hughes to a welcoming home in special collections, I referred to them as ‘my children.’”

Supplementing that enjoyment are the many relationships he has formed with students and faculty. He recalls on Sept. 11, 2001, talking with one of his student workers, who arrived hours early for his shift just to talk to Grabach about the day’s happenings. He treasures those relationships and the opportunities he has had to touch lives.

“Moments like that are very personally rewarding,” Grabach said. “I wouldn’t have had those opportunities if I had not chosen academics. I’ve really enjoyed our students and faculty.”

The collective impact of Grabach’s work came full circle for him during his last Miami finals week.

In observing presentations from two student teams with whom he had worked closely on a client-based project, he shared pride in their hard work and saw the realized potential of his extensive efforts, along with those of Eric Johnson, to digitize much of Miami’s map collection. He also felt honored that one of his articles was cited in one of the presentations and appreciated that one of the closing slides thanked him and congratulated him on his retirement.

For Grabach, retirement with his wife, Patsy, and big, red cat, Clifford, will not mark a significant slowdown.

“I tell people that I’ll be able to sleep in until 7 a.m. now,” Grabach said. “I’m very excited about the Institute for Learning in Retirement and am already looking at a class in the spring. I also have a budding interest in photography. I still very much see myself as a student.”