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By: friedevt on: October 17, 2017 10:34 am | friedevt @ohiyote








University Libraries recognize Open Access Week, Oct. 23-27

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its 10th year, is an opportunity for Miami University’s academic and research community to continue to learn about the benefits of Open Access (OA) and to celebrate OA initiatives taking place within our campus community.

The University Libraries are hosting a variety of activities to help celebrate Open Access Week, including:


OER Explore Workshop (registration required)
Monday, Oct. 23, 3 – 5 p.m.
Center for Digital Scholarship (King 303)

Open Educational Resources (OER) can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their courses. Faculty are eligible for a $200 stipend for their efforts in exploring open textbook options for one of their courses. Capacity is limited, and preference is based on OER textbook subject area availability. Apply here.


Center for Digital Scholarship "Open" House
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2 – 5 p.m.
Center for Digital Scholarship (King 303)

Visit the Center for Digital Scholarship to learn more about open access projects and initiatives being pursued by faculty and students here at Miami University


Open Educational Resources/Affordable Learning Panel Discussion
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Center for Digital Scholarship (King 303)

Members of the campus community will discuss the ways in which open textbooks and affordable learning resources can help alleviate textbook costs for students.


For questions about the week or to learn more about Open Access resources, contact Carla Myers, assistant librarian and coordinator of scholarly communications, at 513-529-3935 or



By: friedevt on: October 11, 2017 11:23 am | friedevt @ohiyote










University Libraries and Campus Partners Commemorate Russian Revolution and Civil War

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution—a pivotal moment in history that reshaped world politics for the century that followed.

The Miami University Libraries, in partnership with the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies and the Miami chapter of Hillel, are presenting a series of exhibits, lectures and events examining the revolution itself and highlighting the stories of Russian Jews during this era.

Schedule of Events:

Blood in the Snow: Russian Revolution and Civil War, 1917-1920

Walter Havighurst Special Collections – King Library 321
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., ongoing through Dec. 20, 2017

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections fall exhibit highlights materials from the André and Catherine de Saint-Rat collection: rare 1919 pamphlets published in Rostov on the Don, rare books and images on political, military, and artistic developments during the Civil War, as well as realia from the time period.

War, Revolution and Jewish Life in Russia
Special exhibit from the Blavatnik Archive in New York City

King Library Lobby
Oct. 9 – Nov. 17, 2017

The New York-based Blavatnik Archive preserves primary resources on 20th-century Jewish life, particularly life in Russia and the USSR.  The traveling exhibit features oral histories, images, postcards, and other artifacts that tell the story of Jewish life before, during, and after the revolutions of 1917 and the wars that followed. Miami alumnus Alex Blavatnik ’86 serves as executive director of the Blavatnik Archive.

War, Revolution and Jewish Life in Russia
A Symposium

King Library 320
3-5 p.m. – Friday, Nov. 3

Presented by the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, this symposium expands upon the Havighurst Special Collections and Blavatnik Archive exhibits by bringing three leading scholars on Jewish History to campus for special lectures.

  • Jeffrey Veidlinger, University of Michigan, A Kind of Victory? The Return of Jews to Small-Town Ukraine
  • Anna Shternshis, University of Toronto, 'And Then I Killed Him': Red Army Soldiers Speak of the End of the Holocaust
  • Eugene Avrutin, University of Illinois, A Tale of Two Murders: The Velizh and Beilis Blood Libel Cases

Conspiracy Theories and Revolution in Post-Soviet Russia
Special Lecture

King Library 320
4 p.m. – Tuesday, Nov. 7

On the 100th anniversary of the day the Bolshevik Revolution overthrew the Russian provisional government, Ilya Yablokov, teaching fellow in Russian Studies at the University of Leeds, offers an intriguing glimpse into post-Soviet Russia.

By: friedevt on: October 11, 2017 11:19 am | friedevt @ohiyote











The University Libraries invite the Miami University community to a series of game nights throughout the fall semester.

Each of the game nights, which take place at different library locations across campus, features free food, prizes and the opportunity to come together with students, faculty, staff and families to play table-top games from the University Libraries’ games collection. Guests are also welcome to bring their own games.

“We are excited to welcome our community into our library facilities as a way to showcase our different locations and promote awareness of our Libraries’ games collection,” said Eric Johnson, data librarian, who is part of the team leading the game nights. “Most importantly, we look forward to bringing people together in a fun, relaxing environment.”

The events build off the traditional International Games Day, now International Games Week, which the Libraries have hosted in past years. International Games Week will be recognized this year from 4 p.m. – midnight, Saturday, Nov. 4, at King Library. In addition to games—both tabletop and electronic—and food, the evening will feature guest speakers on gaming and game development.

The fall games night schedule follows. Questions about the Libraries’ game nights can be directed to

Fall Semester Games Nights

Thursday, Oct. 26
6-10 p.m.
B.E.S.T. Library first floor (Laws Hall)

Saturday, Nov. 4
International Games Week
4 p.m. – midnight
King Library first floor

Saturday, Dec. 2
6-10 p.m.
Amos Music Library (120 CPA) 

By: friedevt on: October 11, 2017 11:17 am | friedevt @ohiyote

University Libraries Celebrate Ohio Archives Month with Lecture Series

October is Ohio Archives month, promoting the preservation of our history and celebrating those who ensure that history is safe and accessible to the public. Throughout the month, the Miami University Libraries, home of the Miami University Archives, Western College Memorial Archive and Oxford College Archive, present a series of captivating lectures from scholars, writers and accomplished archivists. All lectures are free and open to the publlic.

The Stella Walsh Story

Presented by Sheldon Anderson, Ph.D., professor of history, Miami University

King Library 320
Noon, Wednesday, Oct. 4

In 1951, the Helms Sports Foundation in Los Angeles named Stella Walsh the “greatest woman athlete” of the first half of the twentieth century. Running and jumping competitively for three decades, she won a gold medal at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, a silver medal at the 1936 Berlin Games, over 40 U.S. national championships, and set dozens of world records. No other athlete of her time came close to her achievements. After her murder in 1980, the memory of one of America’s greatest women athletes was buried with her.

Never before told in a full-length biography, Walsh’s story also addresses the complex questions of sex and gender identity. In 1980, she was murdered in a botched robbery. The autopsy revealed that she was intersex, eliciting unfair charges that she was a fraud. At birth, she was designated female, and she lived her life as a woman. When questions of the sex of elite athletes arise today, the case of Stella Walsh is often cited.

Sponsored by Miami University Libraries; Department of History; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies


The Challenge of Following the Steps of a Trailblazer

Presented by Sharon Herbers, Ed.D. Professor, Dreeben School of Education, University of the Incarnate Word
Scene directed by Stormi Bledsoe, graduate student, advised by Dr. Ann Elizabeth Armstrong, Department of Theatre

King Library 320
Noon, Wednesday, Oct. 11

Dr. Lilian Johnson served as president of Western College from 1904-06. After departing Oxford, she settled in Grundy County, Tennessee, with the intent of establishing a cooperative to improve social and economic conditions. Retired after 16 years at the age of 68, she sought opportunities to continue her work. In 1932, Myles Horton and Don West, two young progressive thinkers approached her about starting a folk school to address economic inequities and preserve the culture of Appalachia. She gave them the use of her home for one year on a trial basis.

While the affluent and highly educated Johnson’s philosophies conflicted often, sometimes vehemently, with those of the two grassroots organizers, she was a public supporter of the effort that led to a foundation for community education and social change.  The experience changed her, and fueled her future efforts to drive social change.

Sponsored by Miami University Libraries; Department of History; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

The Value of Local Government Archives

Presented by Robin Heise, president of the Society of Ohio Archivists and Records Manager/Archivist, Greene County Records Center and Archives

King Library 320
Noon, Wednesday, Oct. 25

Learn about the important role that archives play in preserving our records of enduring historical value.  Housed within the walls of local government archives, these records document the legal rights of the people, provide for government accountability, tell the story of local communities, and provide all area residents with a common sense of identity.  This lecture examines the differences between a local government archival repository and a typical special collections archival repository.  Additionally, it discusses the types of records that are often available in a local government repository and how those records can be useful in research.

Sponsored by Miami University Libraries; Department of History; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Experiencing STEM Naturally

Presented by Don Koller, environmental educator at the Hefner Museum of Natural History, and Julia Robinson, senior project manager and museum educator at the Hefner Museum of Natural History

Hefner Museum's Paul Daniel Classroom, Upham 106
Noon, Tuesday, Oct. 31

Natural history objects intrigue students and stimulate the desire to touch, examine, and question.  Such inquiry can be the most powerful way for students to synergize existing knowledge and learn new principles. Thoughtful direction, facilitated by the instructor, yet driven by the student, leads to productive exploration and application of all STEM and STEAM principles.  Learn how Hefner Museum resources, especially Discovery Trunks, can be used in the classroom to support existing curriculum or as stand-alone units. Sponsored by Miami University Libraries, Hefner Museum



By: crosbylm on: October 05, 2017 2:18 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

We’re keeping our shelves stocked with the bestselling titles you want to read this fall. 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:

A Catered Costume Party by Isis Crawford

Believe Me by Eddie Izzard

Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney

Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

I Can't Make This Up by Kevin Hart

Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani

Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Make Your Mind Up by Bethany Mota

Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon

Silent Corner by Dean R. Koontz

Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett

Surpassing Certainty by Janet Mock

This Is Just My Face by Gabourey Sidibe

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud by Anne Helen Petersen

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

By: friedevt on: October 04, 2017 9:49 am | friedevt @ohiyote






Staff Spotlight: Abi Morgan

Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?
I'm originally from Athens, Ohio, but after college I lived in the Washington, D.C. area for almost eight years. I have a BA in history and anthropology, an MEd from Ohio University, and an MLIS from the University of Maryland, College Park. I've been both a librarian in the federal government and a middle/high school social studies teacher.

What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries? I am the senior library technician at Wertz Art & Architecture Library, where I supervise the 1-10 p.m. shift and help patrons, especially with printing and scanning.

What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami Libraries?
I've always been a huge reader who loves helping and teaching people, so libraries seemed like a natural fit. Since I grew up in a college town, I've always wanted to work in an academic library environment, and, as soon as I met all the warm and welcoming people at Miami, I knew it would be a great place to work.

What's the best part of working in a library?
Assisting people with their research and all of the interesting books!

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?
Google results are fine to start, but not where your research should end.

What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be?
Pride and Prejudice has been my favorite book since I was 12, and so I'd have to choose Elizabeth Bennet as the book character I'd most like to be. She is smart and confident, but willing to learn and change.  

Any hobbies?
Reading, drawing, interior design, and playing table-top board games.

What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?
I follow college football with a passion (but not the NFL).

By: friedevt on: September 30, 2017 11:14 am | friedevt @ohiyote










Craig Boman, discovery services librarian, joined the University Libraries during the summer. He finds great satisfaction in using technology to connect library patrons to needed resources through technology.

Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?
I am originally from Vandalia, Ohio. My educational background is in music composition, and most recently higher education leadership.

What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries?
I am the Discovery Services Librarian. My role at Miami libraries is to provide the least amount of technical hurdles between library users and the information they need to be successful. This includes working closely with our library staff to collaboratively improve the ways we deliver and gather information.

What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami Libraries?
I was drawn to working in libraries after working in one as a student in college. For a moment, I explored combining my music and library interests as an orchestra librarian. I have much respect for them, but it was not for me. I chose Miami Libraries because I want to be a part of something bigger. I look forward to exploring my research and service interests here.

What's the best part of working in a library?
For me, the best part of working in a library is building a library catalog website, and then seeing in Google analytics how many people are using that website to find library resources.

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?
I wish college students knew how important being able to effectively gather the right information is to their lifelong learning and lifelong success as an informed citizen

What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be?
My favorite book is Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. I am fond of the narrator. Her take on the world (by way of the author) is fascinating.

Any hobbies?
Most of my hobbies, when not musical, include travelling. I've played and sang in lots of ensembles. Most recently this includes bagpipe lessons.


By: friedevt on: September 11, 2017 7:32 am | friedevt @ohiyote









By Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator, University Libraries

#MoveInMiami 2017 was another record-breaking fundraising day for the Miami University Libraries.

Across all funding areas—including the Textbook Initiative, Technology Support Fund, University Libraries Dean's Fund and Libraries general fund—the University Libraries receive more than 100 gifts, totaling more than $15,000. The dollars raised marked a more than 130 percent increase over 2016's record total.

The Libraries two priority funds—the Textbook Initiative and Technology Support Fund—began the day with goals of 25 donors each and an overall University Libraries' objective of 50 donors, in honor of King Library's 50th year. Both project goals were achieved early in the day, raised and met again, unlocking more than $6,500 in generous matching gifts.

“Our Libraries Textbook Initiative and Technology Support Funds enable the University Libraries to provide resources that are vital to the academic success of many of our students,” Dean and University Librarian Jerome Conley said. “Our loyal alumni and friends have clearly recognized the value of those programs, as well as the essential role the Libraries play in the larger university experience. We are humbled by that support and excited by what the generosity realized through #MoveInMiami will allow us to do for our Miami students.”

Overall, the #MoveInMiami day-of-giving campaign enjoyed another highly successful year, engaging more than 4,300 donors from across the globe.

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