News & Notes

By: friedevt on: February 07, 2018 1:11 pm | friedevt @ohiyote

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

Growing up in Buffalo, New York, I’ll forever be a Sabres and Bills fan, but I’ve also lived here in Butler County, southern Indiana and suburban Philadelphia. I finished my B.A. in English/journalism here at Miami University. After a decade in newspaper journalism, I discovered librarianship and earned a Master of Library Science from Indiana University.

How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries?

Our team develops the University Libraries’ online services including developing a new library website. Stay tuned! Your input can help make it great!

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

For me, it’s all about service. As a journalist, I was serving my community, but oft-times you never find out if your work helps make change. While I found librarianship sheerly by chance, I quickly fell in love with how libraries can directly serve the specific needs of every person who walks in the door and truly help them improve their lives. Having experienced Miami firsthand, the opportunity to help more students thrive here was one I had to snag.

What's the best part of working in a library?

Learning something new every day. I’ve learned so much from the people I have helped. Everyone is researching something unique.

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?

This doesn’t apply just to libraries, I use it in every facet of life – ask questions. Ask lots of questions because the answers give you power to up your game and truly enjoy life. Sometimes asking can feel like a risk, but you’ll learn so much more about research, your coursework, and even fun stuff like places to eat amazing food.

What are you most excited about tackling in your new role?

Much of research today is conducted online, which makes the library website one of the most important experiences the University Libraries have to get right. One of the fascinating challenges of this will be making this experience accessible using any technology, from phones to screen reading software.

What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be?

With too many to count, I’ll go with my favorite series as a kid – “Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators.” The middle school detectives solved the craziest mysteries through brains, research, and bravery. As a kid, I would have done anything to be the fourth detective on the team. I rediscovered the books as a librarian and was surprised with how well they hold up.

Any hobbies?

I’ve been drawing comics and studying comic history since I was a kid. I can’t say I was ever great at cartooning, but I still enjoy doodling when I get the chance. I also enjoy road tripping, design, architecture, history and leveraging technology to tell stories.

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

The fact I’d do about anything to help in the library might not surprise, but here is what might. My first library where I worked was hosting a huge kids program. The librarian’s husband usually helped with these programs, but he fell ill. As a result, the next thing I knew, I was dressed up in a head-to-toe Cat in the Hat costume entertaining the kids. Other than a trio of boys who insisted on pulling my tail I actually had a blast. Over the next few years, they had me appearing as Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and a few other characters whose names I’ve since forgotten. Yes, those costumes are freaking hot.

 

By: friedevt on: February 07, 2018 1:07 pm | friedevt @ohiyote

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

I am from Columbus, Ohio. I lived most recently in the German Village neighborhood (strategically close to the Jeni's Ice Cream). I graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio (conveniently nearby to Whit's Frozen Custard) where I majored in Philosophy and Spanish. I completed my MLIS from Kent State with a concentration in Academic Libraries in 2014.

What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries?

I am a Web Services Librarian so I develop the website for the University Libraries. My main responsibility is to make the website usable and accessible for students, faculty members, and librarians but I hope to make it beautiful too.

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

The most simple answer is that I just love books. The real reason, though, is my colleagues. Working with bright, collaborative, and creative people makes me happy to come to work every day and strive to be my best. I chose to come to Miami because the libraries have an aura of creativity and resoundingly support innovation in our field.

What's the best part of working in a library?

The best part of working in the library is the free books, of course. I love being constantly surrounded by the opportunity to learn new things.

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?

I wish students knew of all of the awesome citation managers that can facilitate research by keeping things organized. They are such a time saver.

What are you most excited about tackling in your new role?

I am very excited to create a new library website for everyone, but I think that I'm looking forward most to contributing to Project Blacklight, an open source discovery service.

What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be?

That's probably the most difficult question anyone has ever asked me. Right now it is “The Dispossessed” by Ursula K. LeGuin, but my answer changes constantly. I'm a huge fan of anything written by J. K. Rowling or Jane Austen.

Any hobbies?

I spend most of my free time reading, exercising and sleeping, but I try to do a little bit of baking and rock climbing here and there as well. I also love eating good food, particularly ice cream and sushi.

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

I have always been a baseball fan. I learned to keep score and sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" before I could read.

By: weavered on: February 15, 2018 6:30 pm | weavered

Congratulations to Ed Sheeran, winner of the 2018 album poll, and thank you to all who voted!

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Amos Music Library invites the Miami community to vote for their favorite popular released in 2017. For the fifth year, the winning album will be 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 2017.

Our past winners:

This year's nominees (with links to those titles already owned by the library):

Vote here. The poll closes Wednesday, February 14th.

Not familiar with the nominees? Check out our Spotify playlist (including additional tracks from other recent artists of note). 

By: friedevt on: April 02, 2018 7:11 am | friedevt @ohiyote

The Miami University Libraries are back in spring 2018 with a full series of 11 workshops focused on helping you achieve peak scholarly success.

The series, hosted in partnership with the Rinella Learning Center runs into April. Pre-registration is available through the Rinella Center (for select sessions as they come available) but please feel free to drop by!

The remaining schedule follows:

So, You Want to be a Librarian?
Tuesday, Apr 3 – 5-6 p.m.
King AIS (134)

Thinking about a career in libraries or information science? Learn about degree options and career paths in this informative panel presentation and Q&A session with Miami University librarians.

Poster Preparation
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center
Tuesday, Apr 10 – 4-5 p.m.
King AIS (134)

Presenting a poster at the Miami University Undergraduate Research Forum? This course covers the basics of research poster design and presentation.

Digital Archiving: Saving Your Pictures for the Future
Tuesday, April 17 - 4-5 p.m.
King 110 (Kamm Electronic Instruction Room)

How can you ensure that your digital “memories” remain accessible in in the future? This workshop teaches best practices, including file types and naming conventions, to preserve your digital memories.

By: friedevt on: February 02, 2018 9:59 am | friedevt @ohiyote

New for 2018: Libraries announce changes, additions, upgrades

Reconfigured B.E.S.T. ground level and new graduate reading room location among changes

By Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator, Miami University Libraries

A new year has brought some exciting new changes, additions and upgrades to the Miami University Libraries.

 
  1. King Library has adopted a new one-stop service strategy at its main circulation desk. Patrons can now direct in-person inquiries to the same circulation desk where they make checkouts. Librarians remain on call to support the new service format, and, as always, are accessible via online chat, text, phone or email. The former information desk is now a self-service station for study room reservations and self-checkout
     
  2. The Polk Patterson Graduate Reading Room has moved from its previous location on King Library’s third floor to the former Hill Faculty Reading Room (King 230). The move and decision to transition to one faculty reading room, approved by the faculty senate, places the graduate reading room in a more private space amid the book stacks and quiet study area. The space is receiving a general modernization, including new furniture.
     
  3. The ground-level of B.E.S.T. Library, damaged by flooding in the fall, has undergone a minor renovation, including fresh paint, new carpeting and a reconfigured and relocated seating/study area.
     
  4. The Libraries digital collections have welcomed seven new online databases, creating 24/7 access for students and faculty to thousands of articles, videos,  periodicals and other documents and teaching tools. Learn more.

  5. Miami University’s One-Button, formerly the One-Button Studio, is new and improved, featuring a more user-friendly interface and better quality picture. The improvements were made using student and faculty feedback gained since the concept was initially piloted in 2016. It will be tweaked and tested throughout Spring Semester 2018, so keep the feedback coming!
     
  6. Wertz Art & Architecture Library has upped its drawing tablet game, adding six Wacom Intuos Pros and four iPad Pros with the powerful digital illustration app procreate. The Intuos Pros are available for three-hour or overnight checkout. The iPad Pros can be checked out for up to 24 hours at a time.
     
  7. King Library installed upgraded HD digital display technology in 11 study rooms.
     
  8. The Kamm Electronic Instruction Room (King 110) is piloting a new configuration during spring 2018 to improve viewing angles for instructional purposes.
By: friedevt on: January 12, 2018 8:43 am | friedevt @ohiyote

Mansfield’s lifelong love of libraries inspires major gift
Class of 1968 alumna spent entire career at Library of Congress

By Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator, Miami University Libraries

In the case of Judy Goacher Mansfield ’68, mother really did know best.

With her Deerfield Beach, Florida, community setting up its first public library in the 1950s, Mansfield’s mother recognized an opportunity for her daughter to learn a valuable lesson about serving her community. She volunteered young Judy to unpack, sort and shelve books.


Little did mother know that she had inspired a future librarian.

Mansfield, a longtime advocate of the Miami University Libraries who served a decorated 41-year career in the Library of Congress, recently announced a major cash and planned estate gift in support of the Libraries. The flexible fund will provide support for staff, collections and facilities toward the ultimate goal of strengthening the overall Libraries’ system.

“The University Libraries are fortunate to have an alumna and friend as knowledgeable and passionate about our field and as dedicated in her service as Judy Mansfield,” Dean and University Librarian Jerome Conley said. “Her volunteer leadership has been invaluable to the University Libraries over the years, and the generous support given by Judy and her husband, Vincent Treacy, positions us to take important next steps at a time when our Libraries are envisioning the future.”

The daughter of two Miamians, Mansfield spent her early years in Oxford and attended kindergarten at the McGuffey School. Her family moved to Florida during her first grade year, but never lost their Oxford connection, making occasional trips back and welcoming visits from vacationing Oxford friends.

Mansfield was the only of her siblings to choose Miami for college and found herself immediately at home. She still recalls, with fondness, passing through Upham Arch on her way to class each morning during her freshman year. In Kappa Kappa Gamma she found friendships that endure to this day with annual get-togethers.

Upon earning her degree in the classical humanities, Mansfield, who had wanted to be a librarian since the age of 13, went on to earn a master’s in library science from Case Western Reserve University. She received job offers from Columbia University, the New York Public Libraries and the Library of Congress. Mansfield laughs now that her decision probably had most to do with not wanting to follow her sister, to whom she had been compared much of her life, to New York.

It was also the right choice.

Mansfield spent 41 years at the Library of Congress, rising from special recruit intern to chief, U.S./Anglo Division by the time of her 2010 retirement. Highly regarded in the library community, she wrote and spoke widely on the topics of cataloging and acquisitions on behalf of the Library of Congress and received numerous awards for her work. She also was active in the American Library Association (ALA) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), serving both in elected and appointed positions.

Most valuable from her experience was the education she received from her coworkers. Through a network of foreign offices and by other means, the Library of Congress acquires foreign publications in some 470 languages for its collections, as well as for other research libraries.  Cataloging and servicing these collections requires a highly diverse staff.

“I came from a small, segregated community in Florida and suddenly had this opportunity to work with Indonesians, Iraqis, Japanese, Eastern Europeans and so many others,” Mansfield said. “It changed my life forever, and the people there really created my joy. I just loved my career.”

Mansfield still views libraries as a presence that can draw people together. She previously served on the Libraries Campaign Steering Committee during the Miami University Campaign For Love and Honor and now serves on the Libraries Alumni Advisory Board.

Her gift demonstrates her commitment to an important goal.

“I want Miami’s libraries to have the same prominence in the library world as Miami University has in the academic world,” Mansfield said. “The quality of a university’s library system is part of a university’s accreditation process, and I want to do what I can to make sure Miami’s libraries are valued on the same level as other areas of campus.

“The Libraries have already done a lot to get there, and they are in capable hands under Dean Conley’s leadership. I’m excited to support the drive, energy and imagination that I see shaping the future of the Miami University Libraries.”
By: friedevt on: December 07, 2017 5:32 am | friedevt @ohiyote

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

I am originally from Northeastern Ohio, specifically the Akron/Cleveland area. I have a B.A. in art history from Kent State University, an M.A. in art history from Case Western Reserve University, and an M.L.I.S. from Kent State University.

What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries?

I’m the Arts and Humanities Librarian, and my office is in the Wertz Art and Architecture Library in Alumni Hall. I am the subject librarian for studio art, art history, art education, arts management, architecture, interior design, graphic design, and fashion. I work closely with both students and faculty in these areas to meet their information needs. This includes individual research consultations as well as classroom instruction. I am also in charge of collection management and development for my subject areas.

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

Like many librarians, I have always loved both books and libraries. After receiving my M.A., the M.L.I.S. was a logical next step. It allows me to combine my love of art with my love of books and research. What drew me to the Miami Libraries in particular was the people and the culture of innovation and creativity in the library. I wanted to be part of that.

What's the best part of working in a library?

Definitely the students. I love helping them find answers to their research questions.

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?

When I was in college, I had no idea that librarians were available to help. So, if you need help on a research assignment, ask a librarian!

What's your favorite book? 

I could never choose one favorite book, just like I could never choose a single favorite artist or artwork. Some of my favorite books from this year include Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, American War by Omar El Akkad, and Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven.

Any hobbies?

Besides reading, I enjoy ballet and visiting museums.

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

I was captain of the cheerleading squad in high school. 

By: crosbylm on: November 22, 2017 10:15 am | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

Just in time for the holidays, a sleigh full of goodies arrived at the Libraries: new Leisure Reading titles! We have all the books on your wishlist this year, including select titles with a Christmastime theme. Follow our Pinterest board to stay updated on all of the latest in Leisure, and check out a full list of our newest titles below: 

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Column of Fire by Ken Follett

Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg

Duchess by Danielle Steel

Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz

Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott

Home for Christmas by Holly Chamberlin

Origin by Dan Brown

Stephen Colbert's Midnight Confessions by Stephen Colbert

The TB12 Method by Tom Brady

Unqualified by Anna Faris

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

By: friedevt on: November 09, 2017 2:19 pm | friedevt @ohiyote

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?
I grew up near Pensacola, Florida, but I moved to Birmingham, Alabama, for college and ended up sticking around there for a while. I earned a bachelor's in biology from Birmingham-Southern College and then a master's in library and information studies from the University of Alabama. ​


What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries? (roles/responsibilities as you know them so far)
I'm the science librarian, and my subject areas are biology, microbiology and environmental science. I'll be working closely with faculty in those areas (primarily) to instruct their students on library resources & research and to help make sure they have all the tools they need to succeed in their classes. I also have some other general library responsibilities, like reference work and collection development.


What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami Libraries?
I was a library student assistant during my undergraduate years, and, after I got my bachelor's, I realized that I wouldn't get the same sense of job satisfaction in any other environment. I went back to school for my MLIS, and it was the best decision I've ever made. I continued to work at BSC's library as a student supervisor while I earned my master's. While I was there, I realized what it was that I found so wonderful, and it’s what I learned Miami does just as well (if not better)—it cares about its students.


What's the best part of working in a library?
The people. Librarians and library staff are some of the best and coolest people you'll ever meet.​


What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?
Don't be afraid to ask us for help! We know that first step into an academic library can be daunting, but we have so many great things behind our doors (both physical and virtual), and we are here to help you utilize them. We live for questions. Ask us!​


What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be?
Oh geez. Asking me to narrow down the books I like to one favorite is like asking most little kids what they want to be when they grow up: the answer is going to change from day to day.​ Currently, my favorite author is Terry Pratchett, and his Discworld universe is one I'd be happy to inhabit. Tomorrow, who knows?


Any hobbies?
It's very cliché for a librarian, but I really like to crochet. I also built my own PC a year or so ago and have been slowly working through my Steam library in my spare time (VERY slowly). I also enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking. One of my favorite things to do back in Birmingham was to sit out by a pond or lake and just listen to the frogs. Peaceful and chaotic all at once.


What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?
I was on the drumline in high school and college. I primarily played marimba, and I'm itching to pick up some mallets again.​

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