Technology update

Power Inn expands

King Library’s Power Inn, located on the 1st floor, has been expanded. The open study space provides additional tables and seating for students looking for a study spot and a place to charge laptops, iPods and cell phones. The space originally opened in 2009, was expanded from 35 to 127 outlets for student use this August. There are now more than 50 study spaces available in the Power Inn.

Libraries’ mobile website featured on American Library Association website

The Libraries’ mobile website, which launched in winter 2009, was recently highlighted on the website of the American Library Association, the largest library association in the world. The mobile site, created by members of the Libraries' web team, allows users to access the libraries’ web content from a mobile phone. Users can search the library's holdings including books, DVDs, CDs and electronic databases. With the new site it’s even easier to contact a librarian for research help by phone, email or instant message or to check hours of service or get directions to our different locations.

E-reserves and poster printing leave the Libraries

In order to effectively support core library services for the campus community with the reduced level of staffing, the Libraries eliminated redundant services and reduced hours this fall. Electronic course reserves are no longer offered through the Libraries. Training for faculty to use Blackboard and support for faculty and students was offered throughout this transition. The Libraries continue to maintain non-electronic formats of reserve material in all its locations.

Poster printing was discontinued at the end of summer 2010. The cost for equipment, supplies and staff time were excessive and duplicative. IT Services’ Print Center continues to offer poster printing for Miami’s students, faculty and staff. These changes were essential and allow the Libraries to focus on core goals and services.