News & Notes

By: mulfordj on: September 21, 2016 12:49 pm | mulfordj

Miami Libraries set new #MoveInMiami Standards

The Miami University Libraries set new standards for #MoveInMiami success in 2016, engaging 87 donors and raising $6,708 for libraries priorities. The totals marked a 99 percent increase in donors and a 112 percent increase in dollars raised from #MoveInMiami 2015.

“This is an exciting step forward as we strive to involve more of our alumni and friends as investors in the Miami Libraries’ mission,” Dean and University Librarian Jerome Conley said. “The Miami Libraries reach beyond academic divisions and majors to provide access to the resources and technologies that support the academic success of all Miami students. We are grateful that our #MoveInMiami donors recognize the opportunities they can create through their financial support.”

The Miami Libraries began with goals of 25 donors each for the Textbook Initiative and Technology Support Fund, aiming for a total of 50 donors in honor of King Library’s upcoming 50th anniversary.

  • The Textbook Initiative raised more than $3,400 from 33 donors—the equivalent of more than 28 new textbooks, at an average cost of $120, that will be made available on two-hour reserve to students. A generous matching gift challenge from John ’69, MBA ’70 and Anne Stephens Molyneaux ’70 made a dollar-for-dollar match up to 25 new textbooks.
  • The Technology Support Fund received more than $1,500 from 28 donors, providing additional support for updating and acquiring new technology. When the fund surpassed its goal of 25 donors, the success unlocked a significant donor match from Janet Tallberg ’73.
  • Additional support went to the University Libraries general fund and to the Miami regional campus libraries, Rentschler Library at Miami Hamilton and Gardner-Harvey Library at Miami Middletown.

A social-media driven effort, #MoveInMiami also saw a significant Miami Libraries presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, accounting for 23,510 Twitter impressions, 12,309 Facebook impressions and 3,568 Instagram impressions. Dean Conley’s celebration dance montage video received more than 1,700 views on YouTube and Facebook, and his Facebook Live interview with the Miami University Alumni Association received more than 600 views.

This year marked the third year of the university-wide #MoveInMiami effort, which set new standards across the board in 2016. The annual day-of-giving effort seeks to welcome each year’s first-year class on their move-in day by making a statement about the larger Miami Family of which they have become a part.


By: benzinmm on: September 26, 2016 9:36 am | benzinmm

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By: mulfordj on: September 19, 2016 9:14 am | mulfordj

Miami Libraries spaces evolve to meet campus needs

By Vince Frieden, Strategic Communications Coordinator, University Libraries

As the digital age and evolving student needs redefine the role of a library on a college campus, the Miami University Libraries continue to adapt by maximizing the impact of their spaces and resources.

“The needs of our students and our role in supporting the university’s mission require flexibility and responsiveness,” Dean and University Librarian Jerome Conley said. “We are committed to making changes to our facilities and collections that ensure students have access to the knowledge, technology and spaces that are critical to their academic and future success.”

Since last spring, three significant facility projects have presented the Miami Libraries with new opportunities to strengthen campus partnerships, expand digital access to collections, and bring its most valued collections under a single roof.


Loss of Hughes Hall space leads to expanded online access

With renovations underway at Hughes Hall to support the first phase of Pearson Hall renovations, the Miami Libraries have vacated the former Brill Science Library.

Brill Science Library was replaced by Laws Hall’s B.E.S.T. (Business, Engineering, Science and Technology) Library in 2011, but it had continued serving as a storage space for microfilm and microfiche and other limited-use periodicals and records.

While the significant loss of space diminishes the Miami Libraries’ capacity to house physical resources, it has created new opportunities to replace and enhance access to these resources through digital services.

Some of these new digital resources, accessible by logging in with a Miami unique ID, include:

These and other recently purchased databases, including the expanded Web of Science database and Nature Publishing Group database,  have the added benefit of being accessible through the Miami Libraries online databases to students on campus, on break or studying abroad—all in a familiar online environment.


First-floor renovations enhance King Library partnerships and technologies

Ongoing updates continue to reshape King Library’s first floor, with a focus on supporting key campus partnerships and offering new technologies.

Last spring, a major renovation reconfigured and consolidated spaces for the Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence, bringing together student and faculty resources in one location. The eye-catching, elliptical design creates a destination feel that is important to drawing students to the Center’s services

This upgrade built off the 2014 renovation that added the Office of Research for Undergraduates (ORU) and Advanced Inquiry Space (AIS)—a versatile space for collaboration, innovation and instruction. The Howe Writing Center and ORU partnerships, both natural alignments with the Miami Libraries mission, establish King Library as a one-stop venue supporting student research and writing.

Technology upgrades are next in line for King Library’s first floor. The recently completed One-Button Studio will be unveiled more fully in the coming weeks. An eSports Arena is in the plans for spring 2017, as one of the first of its types at a university library.


Archives and special collections now under one roof

For the first time, Miami’s Walter Havighurst Special Collections and archival collections, including the University Archives, Western College Memorial Archives and Oxford College Archives, are under one roof in a single Miami Heritage Collections.

The recent deconstruction of Withrow Court, the previous home of University Archives, set in motion a significant renovation and move to King Library’s third floor. The result is a single, centralized venue preserving the university’s history and its rare special collections treasures.

The move, completed during the summer, repurposed the north end of King Library’s third floor, formerly office and storage space. In addition to an overall increase in archival space, the renovation included the addition of a cold storage facility for preserving film and other materials, an overall climate control upgrade and enhanced security systems.

“It is a wonderful achievement to bring our Miami Heritage Collections together in an updated space that is ideal for preserving and sharing some of our most treasured items,” Conley said. “We appreciate the patience of our patrons during the move, the tremendous effort of the physical facilities staff during the renovation and relocation, and the support and investment of the university’s administration in making this a reality.”

The Heritage Collections, located in 321 King Library, are open from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Many of the collections are also accessible online via the university’s digital collections.

The Miami University Libraries encompass four campus locations (Amos Music Library, B.E.S.T. Library, King Library and Wertz Art & Architecture Library), regional locations at Miami Hamilton and Miami Middletown, and the Southwest Ohio Regional Depository. The Libraries are active catalysts in the university’s mission of “supporting a vibrant learning and discovery environment that produces extraordinary student and scholarly outcomes.” 

By: vonnahee on: September 16, 2016 12:11 pm | vonnahee

Join us today to celebrate Constitution Day 2016

Drop in to read your favorite article or amendment (or both! or many!) and DIY your own copy of the Constitution as a souvenir. 

Constitution Day 2016 participant crafting

Afternoon reading will begin at 1:00 pm.
Refreshments provided.  

By: mulfordj on: September 22, 2016 4:21 pm | mulfordj

Miami Libraries celebrate American Archives Month with brown-bag speaker series

The Miami University Libraries invite students, faculty, staff and community members to a series of four brown-bag lunches in recognition of American Archives Month.

The events, which put a historical spin on timely topics including politics, science and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, take place between Oct. 14–Nov. 2, each running from noon-1 p.m. in King Library, room 320. The guest presenters include faculty from both Miami and Ohio State University.


Tuesday, Oct. 11, noon (King 320)

From T.R. (Teddy Roosevelt) to Trump: Republican Politics and Populist Reform

Presented by Andrew Offenburger, Ph.D., Asst. Professor of History, Miami University


Wednesday, Oct. 19, noon (King 320)

Documenting Discovery: Preserving the History of STEM Fields

Presented by Judith A. Wiener, MA, MLIS, Assoc. Professor and Asst. Director for Collections & Outreach, Ohio State University


Monday, Oct. 24, noon (King 320)

Nature’s Nation: A Look at the Creation of the National Park Service

Presented by Peggy Shaffer, Ph.D., Professor of American Studies and History, Miami University, Miami University


Wednesday, Nov. 2, noon (King 320)

1920: The Last of the Ohio Presidents

Presented by Steve Conn, Ph.D., W.E. Professor of History, Miami University &

Allan M. Winkler, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus, Miami University


Sponsored by the Society of American Archivists, American Archives Month is opportunity to remind people of the importance of preserving, cataloging and keeping accessible items that are important to our history. 

The Miami University Archives, which include the Western College Memorial Archives and Oxford College Archives, recently relocated to King Library 321. It contains manuscripts, publications, photographs and artifacts capturing the history of all three institutions.

Archives and the Walter Havighurst Special Collections, under one roof for the first time in Miami’s history, are open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

By: mulfordj on: September 01, 2016 9:54 am | mulfordj

Zines Workshop 

2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6
2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4
2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1
2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6
@Wertz Art & Architecture Library (Alumni Hall, Ground Floor)

What’s a Zine? Whatever you want it to be. These self-published works of original thought have existed for centuries, covering topics ranging from liberty and revolution to science fiction, punk rock and the utterly mundane. Whether profound or a little wacky, Zines have endured the test of time and many remain treasured records about society through the years. Blow off some steam and express yourself at one of these fun, hands-on workshops. We provide the tools and know-how. You provide the creativity and something (or nothing at all) to say. 


By: mulfordj on: August 30, 2016 3:25 pm | mulfordj

Visit the libraries during welcome week and be rewarded! Not only will you learn how to use the endless resources we provide, you will also be in the running for some awesome prizes (yes, even the new comfortable t-shirts everyone is talking about)! 

Here are the rules:

  • Simply attend one of the Library Welcome Week Events 
  • Share a photo or selfie while attending the event on social media* and tag us: 
    • Instagram - @miamiulibraries
    • Twitter - @miamiulibraries 
    • Facebook - Miami University Libraries 
    • Snapchat (we will screenshot photos from events just for the prize drawing) - @miamiulibraries
  • Use the hashtag #MULibWelcome! You can also hashtag your dorm name (ex: #Scott) to be entered into our dorm contest for additional prizes! 

Submissions can be made up until the end of the day on Friday, September 2 and the prize drawing will be during the week of September 5. You can increase your chances of winning a prize by submitting multiple photos! 

Good luck and have fun! 


  • Amazon Gift Card 
  • Library t-shirt
  • Drawstring bag 
  • Mug 
  • Much more! 

*If you don't use social media, email submissions to 


By: crosbylm on: July 28, 2016 9:53 am | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

Surprise! This month we received a double order of leisure reading titles! This week’s shipment included:


Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley 

But What If We’re Wrong, by Chuck Klosterman 

Tribe, by Sebastian Junger

Zero K, by Don DeLillo 

You’ll Grow Out of It, by Jessi Klein

End of Watch, by Stephen King 


For the most up to date new Leisure Reading titles, please visit our Pinterest board for the collection. 


By: crosbylm on: July 21, 2016 11:05 am | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

This month's new titles:

Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld 

The Long Cosmos, by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett 

Grunt, by Mary Roach 

Self Made, by Nely Galán 

Sleep Revolution, by Arianna Huffington 

LaRose, by Louise Erdrich 


For the most up to date new Leisure Reading titles, please visit our Pinterest board for the collection. 


By: crosbylm on: April 28, 2016 5:44 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

This month's titles: 

A few of the girls, by Maeve Binchy

Business for punks: break all the rules, by James Watt

No dream is too high: life lessons from a man who walked on the Moon, by Buzz Aldrin; with Ken Abraham

Poisonous, by Allison Brennan

The abundance: narrative essays old and new, by Annie Dillard; foreword by Geoff Dyer

The Immortal Irishman: the Irish revolutionary who became an American hero, by Timothy Egan

Seven brief lessons on physics, by Carlo Rovelli; translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre


For the most up to date new Leisure Reading titles, please visit our Pinterest board for the collection.