News & Notes

By: friedevt on: November 03, 2016 9:31 am | friedevt @ohiyote

Tiffany Dogan is a senior library technician at B.E.S.T. Library who began her current role in 2015 after previously working at the Southwest Ohio Regional Depository. A Miami graduate, Tiffany has worked in the Miami Libraries since beginning as a student worker in 2005. 

Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?

I'm a Cincinnatian born and raised—at Skyline is where I've spent most of my days. I am a Class of 2008 Miami alum. I originally started as a zoology/pre-med major, but switched to black world studies and urban and regional planning. I also earned a certificate in geographic information sciences.

When did you start at Miami Libraries?

My time at Miami Libraries started at Wertz Art and Architecture Library in 2005 as a student worker. In 2006, I began working at King Library as well. In 2010, I was hired as a full-time staff member at the Southwest Ohio Regional Book Depository (SWORD). In 2015, I accepted my current position at B.E.S.T. Library.

What drew you to work in a library environment? Why Miami Libraries?

When I was a student worker, I just needed a job. Over the years, I have found that it's great work that allows you to interact on an intellectual level with people from many different backgrounds and concentrations. You're also able to learn a lot on your own when you help students research topics. I especially like that the Miami Libraries give people a chance to be themselves.

What's the best part of your job?

First is the people. Our students and staff at B.E.S.T. Library are simply that—the best! I enjoy that each day is different and there are constantly opportunities to learn new things and develop yourself personally and professionally.

What do you wish Miami students knew about the Library?

I wish the average Miami student knew that the Library is more than just a place to study or get info on how to start a research paper. Through the programming it offers, the Library is a great resource for students to discover new hobbies and learn more about where they fit in Miami history. Special Collections does a great job telling Miami's story. We also offer programs like MakerHerSpace and Zines workshops that offer opportunities to de-stress and socialize with others.

What's your favorite book?

Honestly, I have a number of favorite books. The Harry Potter series, “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” “The Hot Zone” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” are a few favorites of mine.

Any hobbies?

I knit... well, I knit with a knitting loom (yes, I know it's cheating). I took up the hobby about five years ago when one of my best friends was pregnant with her son. I made a baby blanket using the knitting loom. It took a while because I made it kinda big so he can grow into it.

What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?

I am very active with a local grad chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. I am the advisor to the undergraduate chapter at Xavier University. It sounds weird to the average person, but the work of all organizations that are governed by the National Pan-Hellenic Council continues after graduating. I have chaired and co-chaired a number of programs that my chapter has hosted over the past two years that engage the community. One of my favorite initiatives is Operation Big Book Bag. Our chapter partners with other organizations to provide book bags full of school supplies to an entire school in Cincinnati that has a 100 percent poverty population.

By: crosbylm on: October 05, 2016 2:24 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

Happy October! In the spirit of Halloween, our new leisure reading books include the most recent release from horror, science fiction and fantasy writer Neil Gaiman, The View from the Cheap Seats, and the NYT bestselling psychological thriller The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware.

Check out these and other titles in this month’s double dose of leisure reads!

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers

Hike by Drew Magary

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett

Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

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: vonnahee on: October 20, 2016 2:34 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 Read Out 2016 participant crafting

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

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.