News & Notes

By: Shawn Vanness on: February 26, 2020 2:21 pm | dubbersa

Fair Use Week - Guest Expert Carla Myers

by Shawn Vanness, communications specialist 

Miami University Libraries' Carla Myers, coordinator of scholarly communication, was recently featured by Harvard University as a guest expert for Fair Use Week, writing on Fair Use and Video Streaming. Myers helps faculty and staff navigate the complicated system of  U.S. copyright law. In September she will coordinate the annual Copyright Conference. This year the conference invites the new and experienced to join the conversation on “Becoming a Copyright Librarian”. 

Fair Use Week runs from Feb. 24-28, 2020 and celebrates best practices in fair use in academics. Myers’ piece on video streaming examines four factors that determine if content is considered fair use, and gives real-world examples of how films are used in-class instruction. Myers is available to consult on issues of video streaming to faculty, staff or students in person at King Library or by email.

Other guest experts for Fair Use Week include Brandon Butler from the University of Virginia and Kenneth D. Crews, a former professor of law at Columbia University. Tomorrow's post will be by Dave Hansen, director of copyright of scholarly communication for the Duke University Libraries.

By: Shawn Vanness on: February 25, 2020 1:22 pm | dubbersa

Miami University Digital Humanities Forum

by Mark Dahlquist, humanities and social sciences librarian

On Monday, April 6, the Miami University Libraries and the Humanities Center will welcome Miami faculty, students and staff from across academic disciplines to the Miami University Digital Humanities Forum. 

Participants will join in conversation over breakfast and lunch, and engage in a series of workshops and conversations about digital humanities at Miami. No prior experience with digital humanities is required to register, and those curious about digital methodologies are encouraged to attend.

 Visit the event homepage


8:30 Breakfast

9:00 Hands-on introductory DH workshops on text and network analysis

10:00 Research in the Digital Humanities:

  • James Bielo (anthropology), “Collaboration and Creativity in Faculty-Student Research:  Reflections from Materializing the Bible”
  • Alyssa Fisher (media, journalism and film), “Commenting on Comments: Placing Topic Modelling and Relational Dialectics in Conversation on YouTube”
  • Collin Jennings (English), "At One View: Comprehensive Perspectives in Old and New Media"
  • Yuridia Ramírez (global and intercultural studies),  “Digital Humanities as Inclusive Scholarship and Public History”

11:00 Teaching and the Digital Humanities

  • Philippe Giabbanelli (computer science and software engineering), "Collaborations in Machine Learning and Digital Humanities"
  • Tim Lockridge (English), “Process Without Products: Writing Technologies, Difficult Tools, and Knowledge Work”
  • Jessica McCarty (geography), “Digitizing the Anthropocene”
  • Adam Strantz (English), "Data Visualization as Inquiry/Invention in the Digital Humanities"

12:00 Lunch/discussion

By: Shawn Vanness on: February 24, 2020 3:03 pm | dubbersa

LAURE - Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence

By Shawn Vanness, communications specialist

Submissions are now open for the Miami University Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE). The LAURE recognizes and rewards students for their research conducted using library resources. This year, students are eligible to win a cash prize of $950 for first place or $300 for second place.

The submission deadline is March 15.  Entries require an essay detailing the student’s research strategies and use of library tools, resources, and services. Submission of a bibliography and project files are also required. A committee of faculty, librarians, and staff evaluate the submissions.

Students who have a research project they are working on as part of a credit-bearing course are eligible to apply. Faculty are encouraged to invite students to apply. Non-traditional research projects such as digital scholarship or maker projects are also welcome.


Ellen Strenstrom ‘19 won first prize in the LAURE last year, earning her a cash prize from the Libraries and recognition from the President and Provost at the Undergraduate Research Forum. Int he video above, Ellen talks about her process of using library resources in writing her LAURE submission. Her essay, “Reconsidering the Unreliability and Treatment of Mentally Ill Narrators” — along with all the essays from previous award winners — can be found on the Miami University Scholarly Commons part of the Undergraduate Sponsored Research and Scholarship Collection.

To learn more about the award, review the submission process, and read previous winning essays, visit the University Libraries’ LAURE webpage. The LAURE committee is happy to answer any questions about the application process, provide support in writing the essay or with submitting files. Please reach out to the committee at

By: Nick Kneer on: February 05, 2020 9:07 pm | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries


Ken originally joined the University Libraries as web services librarian in October 2019


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

I'm originally from Maryland, but I identify as being from Kalamazoo, Michigan. I started out as an English and theater major, but I got out of theater because I was enjoying the research aspect of theater more. My mother was in library school, and I got a job at the library. I was interested in it as a profession, so they put me in a few different positions. Then I went to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to pursue a master’s degree in library studies.


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

My title is Web Services Librarian. I have always been a front-of-the-house librarian but in my last position, I also did web development. Informed by my experience as a researcher, teacher, and collection development librarian, the problems that I want to solve are fundamentally library problems. My hope is that I get to bring my experience as a teaching and public service librarian to the website project. Currently, we are working in the design phase of the new website, but once we get beyond that we can get into more interesting problems. I am thinking of how we can personalize web services for the individual user.


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

I spent a lot of time in libraries. I have been working in Ohio for 21 years — most recently at Wittenberg University. Miami University is a place where a lot of great things are happening. Between OhioLINK and Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO), I have had a lot of exposure to what is happening at Miami University. I think there is a lot of good work here, and it’s the type of place I’d like to be at.


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

Librarians are pretty great. I like working in an environment where people are friendly, inquisitive and excited about learning new things.


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

Not only can you ask questions, but it’s also a really good idea to find out who the librarian is for the area you are excited about and ask them how to go deeper. Even if you are doing alright, find your librarian and ask, “What can I do to make this better?”


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

I am looking forward to working on a dashboard project to personalize the user experience.


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

If I had to pick just one, I’m going to say, “Prodigal Summer” by Barbara Kingsolver. It is a fictional story of three rural characters who are in their own way connected to the biology around them.


Any hobbies?

Mushroom hunting. I love any excuse to get out and take a walk. I also like contra dancing — which is like square dancing —and board games.


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

I still have a baby tooth.

By: Nick Kneer on: February 20, 2020 10:33 am | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries

A red banner stretches across the page, with a portrait of Samantha Diebel standing outside on Miami's campus in a square to the left. Text to the right displays the Miami University Libraries logo, and "Staff Spotlight - Samantha Diebel"

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

I'm originally from the wild west, also known as Nevada. I grew up in Reno, Nevada and headed down to Las Vegas for my college education. My educational background is in hospitality, specifically in meetings and events management with a minor in entertainment management. Hospitality led me to Advancement and building engaging online alumni resources. The common thread throughout my education and work experience is people. Broad, I know, but this has translated into developing programs and people, building community, creating engaging environments, and delivering the highest level of customer service just like the Libraries. 


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

I am a project management specialist here at the Libraries. I'm working with the leadership team on five specific projects over the next few months: leading the strategic planning process, assisting with the ARL assessment, working with diversity and sustainability initiatives, developing a student leadership academy, and more.


What drew you to work in a library environment?

Not only do I find the projects I’m working on exciting and impactful but was drawn to the focus on inclusion of all and access to information a library environment offers. Additionally, I believe in the value of innovation and collaborative partnerships and was excited this is also a priority of the Miami Libraries. 


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

Being surrounded by colleagues that have a genuine passion for the work they do. In addition, seeing how this translates to benefit the student experience and positive campus partnerships.


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

It’s so much more than a great space to study and do research for a project or paper! Through the various workshops, programs, and initiatives the possibilities to achieve your goals, with the support of the Libraries, are endless.


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

Can my answer be everything? I believe all of the projects I will be working on will result in a positive impact and meaningful forward momentum. I am currently most excited about the strategic planning process our entire community is a part of. We are building an actionable road map that will shape our services, define our priorities, and ensure the continued strength and relevancy of our university library system.


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

Oh man, my favorite book is a hard one to pick. My favorite most recent read was Educated by Tara Westover. I had the opportunity to see her speak at a conference in April 2018 and was captivated by her life experiences and the impact education has had on her life.  


Any hobbies?

Any outdoor adventure with our dog, Watson, yoga, and exploring new places are at the top of the hobbies list. (We’re new to this part of the country! I’m gladly accepting suggestions on things we must do in Ohio and the surrounding areas.)


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

I’m not sure how surprising this will be, but a life goal is to touch all 7 continents in my lifetime. Summer 2018 I hit my 4th continent with a trip to Africa. The trip also checked off another bucket list item: summitting Mt. Kilimanjaro. Let me tell you, the oxygen is, in fact, much better down here. 


By: Shawn Vanness on: January 28, 2020 2:51 pm | dubbersa

By Shawn Vanness, communications specialist 

Games! Snacks! Prizes! The very popular Library Games Nights are back for spring semester and open to all. 

  • Saturday, Feb. 8 • 6-11 p.m. • King Library

  • Saturday, Mar. 7 • 6-10 p.m. • B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall)

  • Saturday, Apr. 4 • 6-10 p.m. • Wertz Art & Architecture Library (Alumni Hall)

  • Saturday, May 2 • 6-11 p.m. • King Library

Library Games Nights are a series of four evenings that rotate between the different library locations on campus. This event welcomes the Oxford community as well as Miami students, faculty, staff and their families. 

No other place on campus

"Library Games Nights are incredibly receptive to everyone,” said Oliver Miller ‘21,  mechanical engineering student and president of the Strategy Gaming Club student organization. Miller continued to describe the games night as welcoming “regardless of your board game experience. There is no other place on campus where students, faculty, and families from the Oxford area all come together to share a mutual love for something like board games.”

Find a Favorite 

With over a hundred games available, there is sure to be something for every participant. There will always be family games like Clue, Guess Who and Battleship. Student favorites include games like Splendor, Exploding Kittens and Ticket to Ride. Librarians have come to love Wingspan and Blood Rage. The games are provided through the Libraries’ games collection, which is available for checkout in the Instructional Materials Center (IMC) in King Library. 

Old Friends and New Friends

Starting in February, the Libraries will host one Games Night each month of the spring semester. Miller suggests, “if you get the opportunity, ask a few friends and check it out. You may end up finding a new passion and making lots of new friends, like I have!"

By: Shawn Vanness on: January 28, 2020 12:42 pm | dubbersa

By Shawn Vanness, communications specialist 

The University Libraries will welcome assistant professor Stephanie Danker for a talk commemorating Black History Month on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at noon in King 320. Danker’s lecture, entitled Art and Activism: Looking Closer at Historical Documentary Photographs and Contemporary Images, uses the University Libraries’ Freedom Summer Text & Photo Archive to examine artists’ responses to the civil rights movement.

Freedom Summer Archive

The Freedom Summer Text & Photo Archive is a collection of newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, and other materials available online to the public. Created in 2009 with a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council, the archive documents this significant part of history during which the Freedom Summer Project organized voter registration of African Americans in the southern states. Also known as the Mississippi Summer Project of 1964, the movement was a collaboration of the Congress of Federated Organizations (COFO], Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the National Council of Churches. The students held orientation sessions on the campus of the former Western College for Women, which merged with Miami University in 1974.

Art and Activism

Danker’s lecture uses the Herbert Randall Collection to examine the artists’ responses to events during the civil rights movement and the inspiration for activism through art. 
Danker earned her Ph.D. in Art Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an assistant professor of art education in the department of art at Miami University. Danker served as a fellow at the 2017 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute hosted at Harvard University, "What Happened to the Civil Rights Movement?" and her research interests include Miami University’s Freedom Summer Project of 1964.

Join us

Please join us on Wednesday, Feb. 12 in King 320. There will be a pop-up exhibition of Freedom Summer items and a reception to follow the lecture. 
By: Shawn Vanness on: February 25, 2020 10:15 am | dubbersa

Craft Your Heart OUt

By Shawn Vanness, communications specialist 

Need some inspiration on a Valentine’s gift? Have a gift in mind but need some resources, tools or expert advice? 

Come Craft Your Heart Out on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 in the University Libraries Makerspace. Located on the third floor of King Library, the Makerspace is open to all Miami students, faculty and staff. This event is planned a week before Valentine’s Day to give you plenty of time to explore, create and even come back if you need more time to innovate before the big day. 

From 1- 5 p.m., the Makerspace will host crafts including card making, blackout poetry, button making, heat transfer to tote bags, and light-up felt brooches. 

By: Shawn Vanness on: February 13, 2020 11:11 am | dubbersa

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Spring workshops offer digital resources for success

By Shawn Vanness, communications specialist

The Libraries are back from winter break with two free workshops designed to support student success. Apps for Academic Success and Digital Wellness offer tools for students to navigate and leverage emerging technologies.

Both workshops are open to all Miami students, faculty and staff. Students are welcome to drop in to any session. Charge up your mobile device and get ready for a great semester!

By: Shawn Vanness on: January 28, 2020 9:47 am | dubbersa

To support students preparing for final exams,

the Libraries will extend their operating hours

Saturday, December 7 through Friday, December 13.

Library Saturday, December 7 Sunday, December 8 Monday, December 9 - Thursday, December 12 Friday, December 13
King 24 hours 24 hours 24 hours Closes at midnight
B.E.S.T. 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. 9 a.m. - 2 a.m. 7:30 a.m. - 2 a.m. 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wertz Noon - 6 p.m. Noon - 11 p.m. 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Amos 1 - 5 p.m. 1 - 11 p.m. 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.