News & Notes

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: mulfordj on: March 02, 2017 4:10 pm | mulfordj

Compiled by Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator; and David Mulford, strategic communications specialist
Infographics by Heather Bennett, administrative assistant

The definition of a library has certainly changed in the 50 years since King Library first opened its doors, and that story is best told through the ways patrons use the Miami University Libraries and the items they most check out.

While libraries were once considered a repository for books, today’s University Libraries are used almost as much for their technology and spaces.

  • 168,863 items were checked out from Miami Libraries’ Oxford locations in 2016;
  • 30.4% of checkouts were physical books/monographs;
  • 25.3% of checkouts were computers and digital equipment;
  • 24.5% of checkouts were keys to library study and group project rooms;
  • 480 online databases are available through the University Libraries to Miami students studying 24/7, anywhere in the world, covering subjects ranging from the hard sciences to poetry and including the archives of a number of major newspapers.


What were the most checked out titles for 2016?

  • Book: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  • DVD: Beauty and the Beast
  • CD: Pierre Boulez conducting Petrushka
  • Graphic Novel: Batman: The Killing Joke




Textbooks now rank among the most checked out physical books.

  • 5% of all Oxford campus checkouts, including spaces and technology, are textbooks on reserve;
  • $120 – The average cost of the more than 500 textbooks made available to students on two-hour reserve in King and B.E.S.T. Libraries;
  • International Accounting (ACC 321), the Libraries’ most reserved textbook, was checked out 1,032 times in 2016.


The Libraries study and group project rooms remain in high demand.

  • 47,465 study room reservations were recorded in 2016, 33,621 in King Library alone;
  • King 104, which includes a flat screen monitor and a whiteboard, was the most checked out study room in 2016, with 1,383 reservations.




      The use of libraries technology continues to surge, with the libraries offering everything from 3D printing and podcast recording studios to phone charger cords.

      • 24% of all technology checkouts were Mac charging cables;
      • Macs were also the most checked out laptops, accounting for 14% of tech checkouts;
      • Phone giving you the low battery warning? No problem. 10% of all technology checkouts in 2016 were phone chargers;
      • 12,936 Miami unique users logged into a Libraries computer in 2016, with 70% using a libraries computer on multiple occasions;
      • 229 3D print jobs were completed via the Miami Libraries’ three 3D printers in 2016, equating to more than 23 kilograms of printed material. B.E.S.T. Library brings two additional 3D printers online in 2017.



      Today’s librarians are known not only for guiding students to resources and answers but also as creators of online content and instructors in the classroom.

      • 446 course sessions and workshops were instructed by librarians in 2016, reaching 10,608 students and faculty;
      • 13 credit hours were taught to 262 students with librarians serving as the lead instructors;
      • 26,750 questions were answered by librarians in person, via chat or through email;
      • 40,362 visits were recorded to the 77 online subject and course guides created by Miami librarians, which provide suggestions and quick links to subject-specific resources.

      The Miami Libraries rely on an extensive network of Ohio libraries and libraries internationally to ensure students and faculty have access to the resources they need.

      • 96% – The percentage of student and faculty requests for materials not owned by the University Libraries that were able to be met through OhioLINK, Interlibrary Loan or other partners;
      • 9,372 miles – The furthest distance traveled by a resource borrowed by a Miami patron through interlibrary loan—all the way from the University of Sydney in Australia.
      • 9,426 – Books checked out through OhioLINK by the University Libraries;
      • 2.39 days – The average time it took to fill a request for materials housed outside the University Libraries, including weekends.

      Until 2006, food and beverages were prohibited from the Miami Libraries, except in designated areas. With the arrival of King Café a decade ago, all of that changed. And our patrons are certainly well caffeinated.

      • 47,191 cups of brewed coffee sold in 2016;
      • 28,878 espresso drinks sold in 2016;
      • 9% increase in brewed coffee sold over 2015.
      By: mulfordj on: February 22, 2017 10:39 am | mulfordj

      Four digital and technology resources available to you through the University Libraries

      By Vince Frieden, Strategic Communications Coordinator

      In its role of supporting and enhancing the academic success of the broader Miami University community, the Miami University Libraries offer a variety of digital and technology resources that assist with everything from staying informed on current events to conducting research and applying for grant funding.

      With the spring semester underway, the University Libraries are highlighting four particularly helpful resources that are available faculty, students and staff at no cost.

      • BrowZine – Faculty, students and staff can access Miami’s online scholarly journals through BrowZine, a service that allows for browsing, reading and following digital journals in an attractive, easy-to-view format. Users can not only browse and read journals through BrowZine, they also can create personal bookshelves, follow their favorite titles and receive new article notifications. A short introduction video offers more details.

      • Data Management Planning Tool (DMPTool)DMP Tool is a platform to help faculty create, review and share data management plans that meet institutional and funder requirements for submission with their grant applications. It offers a variety of templates and step-by-step guidance. Personalized assistance is available through the Center for Digital Scholarship’s data librarian, Eric Johnson, at 513-529-4152 or

      • Film digitization – The Center for Digital Scholarship recently added a new film digitizer that can be used to convert Super 8, 8 mm and 16 mm film (including 16 mm film with sound)—common formats for home movies and sports reels. The equipment is available at no charge, and training and support are available. Contact Lindsey Masters at 513-529-2871 or for more information.

      • New York Times access – Faculty, staff and students receive complimentary access to the New York Times online edition and apps through the University Libraries. Users must be on the campus network while registering but then have access from anywhere.   

      The University Libraries offer faculty, staff and students access to nearly 500 online journals and databases, dozens of helpful subject and course guides and a variety of technology resources, ranging from equipment for checkout to in-house computers and specialty software.

      Learn more by visiting or by connecting with a Miami librarian.

      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.”