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By: friedevt on: April 12, 2017 7:57 am | friedevt @ohiyote

Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?
I am originally from Chesapeake, Ohio. I have BAs in history and political science, and MA’s in journalism and library science.  I am currently at work on my dissertation, where I focus on the development of journalism education in the United States. 
What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries?
I am an academic resident librarian for Information Services at King Library. At Miami University, I lead instructional sessions for first-year students and serve as the subject liaison for the department of media, journalism and film, and the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies (AIMS). 
What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami Libraries?
I like to work with students and faculty, and I enjoy supporting their research. Miami University has an excellent reputation for both teaching and undergraduate research, and I wanted to be part of that tradition.
What's the best part of working in a library?
The best part of working in a library is being exposed to fresh ideas and new perspectives. We help students and faculty with their research needs, but they also help us stay current on research trends and new areas of interest. 
What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?
I wish college students knew how eager librarians are to help them with their work.  They just have to ask. 
What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is Herzog, written in 1964, by Saul Bellow. 
Any hobbies?
I enjoy live music, and outdoor activities. 
What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?
I was on PBS’s Reading Rainbow as a kid. No, I did not get to meet Levar Burton.  

By: mulfordj on: April 18, 2017 3:56 pm | mulfordj

University Libraries recognize distinguished service at Celebrating Our Own event

By Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator, University Libraries

Bryan Partner, senior library technician within King Library’s Center for Information Management (CIM), was honored Thursday as the Miami University Libraries’ 2017 Distinguished Service Award Winner.

“Our staff ranges from those who have tenures of 30 years to those who have been with us only a few months,” Dean and University Librarian Jerome Conley said during the event. “The common thread is that from the time they arrive here, our team members are ready to step up to the plate and provide great service. Celebrating Our Own is about recognizing that effort.”

One of 15 University Libraries’ staff members nominated by peers for the Distinguished Service Award, Partner joined the Libraries in August 2015. In his role, he manages the day-to-day operations for the Center for Information Management, managing a team of student employees and keeping the advanced computer laboratory running at a high level. He’s a native of Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, who holds a bachelor’s from Lycoming College and earned his master’s in creative writing from Miami in 2015.

A nomination for Partner stated, “No matter how dumb the question or how short the turn-around time requested, Bryan simply conveys a can-do spirit, a commitment to delivering at the highest level possible, and, always, a gracious and supportive attitude.”

Also recognized during the event were four individuals with significant service milestones. Belinda Barr, assistant dean; Mary Hubbard, Instructional Materials Center assistant; and Brad Nichol, materials handling assistant; were honored for 30 years of service. University Archivist Jacqueline Johnson received recognition for 25 years of service.  Additionally, Conley acknowledged three retirees from the past year, Jim Bricker, Ken Grabach and Rosalind Spencer.

The event drew attention not only to staff service but also to the considerable scholarship the Miami University Libraries team contributed via publications, grants and presentations.

The University Libraries Distinguished Service Award and Celebrating Our Own event are in their fourth year. Nominations for the Distinguished Service Award come from Libraries staff and are reviewed by previous winners and the Dean. The full list of 2017 nominees follows.

2017 University Libraries
Distinguished Service Award Nominees

  • Kris Abney, manager access & administrative services

  • Heather Barbour, senior library technician

  • Samantha Brandenburg, coordinator of library facilities & planning

  • Susan Gray, library associate

  • Patrick Hawk, computer & technology specialist

  • Susan Hurst, business librarian

  • Brad Nichol, materials handling assistant

  • Bryan Partner, senior library technician

  • Sean Poppe, library associate

  • Kwabena Sekyere, electronic information services librarian

  • Carly Sentieri, curator of special collections

  • Thomas Tully, access services supervisor (B.E.S.T. Library)

  • Erin Vonnahme, humanities librarian

  • Eric Weaver, library associate

  • Barry Zaslow, music librarian

Event photos can be found here


By: vonnahee on: April 02, 2017 6:09 pm | vonnahee



National Poetry Month 2017 Display, King Library Entry

​The next time you're here in King, take a look and see how many poets you can identify.


April is National Poetry Month. Here in the Libraries, we are celebrating by showing off selections of favorite poetry of MUL staff. We've collected some Wendell Berry and T.S. Eliot, a few from Poe and a Seamus Heaney, a Rilke, a Rumi and a Shakespeare sonnet (natch), Edna St. Vincent Millay, Gwendolyn Brooks, Shel Silverstein, Neil Gaiman, a Philip Larkin, and so many more. Want to join the fun? Tweet your favorite verse or poet to humanities librarian Erin Vonnahme (@MaxRenewals) throughout April, and we'll add your selection to our growing patchwork of poems. 



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: 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.