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Recent faculty book publications to be celebrated with New Books at Miami

by Shawn Vanness, communications specialist

The University Libraries are celebrating recent publications by Miami University faculty with New Books at Miami on Thursday, Nov. 14 in King 320. The event, hosted by the Libraries in partnership with the Miami University Humanities Center and the Howe Center for Writing Excellence celebrates Miami’s recently-published faculty and will feature short talks by eight faculty authors and a display of books recently published by Miami faculty.

Libraries Dean Jerome Conley will open the 4 p.m. celebration on the third floor of King Library in room 320 and Tim Melley, Director of the Humanities Center, will present remarks and introduce faculty speakers, who will each speak briefly about their recent publication. These short talks will be followed by a reception on the first floor in the Howe Center for Writing Excellence at 5 p.m. for faculty and graduate students to mix, mingle and share inspirations from across disciplines.

The eight faculty introducing their new books include Mark Curnutte from the department of sociology & gerontology who will introduce his book, “Across the Color Line: Reporting 25 Years in Black Cincinnati,” and Mack Hagood from the department of media, journalism & film, who will discuss “Hush: Media and Sonic Self-Control.” Daisy Hernandez from the department of English will introduce “Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism,” and Michele Navakas from the department of English will introduce “Liquid Landscape: Geography and Settlement at the Edge of Early America.” Gaile Pohlhaus from the department of philosophy will present her book, “The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Injustice.” Susan V. Spellman from the department of history will introduce, “Cornering the Market: Independent Grocers and Innovation in American Small Business.” Nicole Thesz, from the department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern languages and culture will present, “The Communicative Event in the Works of Günter Grass: Stages of Speech,” 1959-2015.  Zara Torlone from the department of classics will discuss her work, “Virgil and His Translators.”

The books discussed and on display at New Books at Miami represent a small selection of the impressive scholarly, research, and creative publication activity of Miami faculty, which the Libraries are proud to support and make available in its collections.

Exhibit on Karski's mission to alert world about Holocaust opens in King

The World Knew: Jan Karski's Mission for Humanity

by Nick Kneer, strategic communications coordinator

A new exhibit on one man's mission to alert the world about the ongoing horrors of the Holocaust was recently installed on the first floor of King Library.

Jan KarskiThrough a series of 22 panels, "The World Knew: Jan Karski's Mission for Humanity" focuses on the courageous efforts of Jan Karski, a Polish resistance fighter who became an emissary for the Polish Underground state. After twice being smuggled into the Warsaw Ghetto and infiltrating a Nazi transit camp, Karski traveled under an assumed identity to give his eyewitness accounts to Allied government officials, including a meeting with President Roosevelt in the White House.

Karski's heroic struggle to raise the alarm about the mass extermination of Jews in Nazi Germany-occupied Poland and the resulting tragic inaction of the Allied forces present a striking and important historic account of the Holocaust and what the world knew even before the liberation of Nazi extermination camps.

The exhibition was created by the Polish History Museum in Warsaw in cooperation with the Jan Karski Educational Foundation and sponsorship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The endeavor to bring the exhibit to Miami was sponsored by Hillel at Miami University, Judith A. Heiny, Piotr Chomczynski, and Anna and Marek Dollár.

New Makerspace opens in King with open drop-in hours

Explore the new Makerspace in King Library

by Nick Kneer, strategic communications coordinator

A purple 3D printed octopus with articulating tentacles sits atop a finger in the new Makerspace in King Library
A 3D-printed octopus with articulating tentacles

For anyone with an idea for a product or design, a new space in King Library offers the chance to make it a reality.

The University Libraries debuted its Makerspace on the third floor of King Library this semester. Equipped with 3D printers, CNC routing machines, paper and vinyl cutters, a dye-sublimation printer, heat press, and sewing and embroidery machines, the Makerspace (King 303) is a collaborative and hands-on learning space open to Miamians of all majors and disciplines.

The Makerspace is the latest example of the Libraries’ commitment to providing the cutting-edge tools and guidance that make a Miami University education exceptional in preparing students for an ever-changing workforce.

"One of the great benefits of makerspaces — especially in the neutral space of the campus library — is the opportunity for transdisciplinary collaboration,” said Sarah Nagle, creation and innovation services librarian. “Students of all majors and backgrounds can learn through making in ways they might not experience in their courses.”

In the course of bringing a concept to reality in the Makerspace, students gain direct experience in all stages of the ideation, creation, and revision process, developing skills in areas like 3D modeling, CNC design, and introductory computer programming.


Silhouette Cameo paper and vinyl cutter
Silhouette Cameo paper and vinyl cutter


With open hours every weekday, Miamians can drop in at any point in the semester to begin exploring the equipment and possibilities of the Makerspace. Trained staff will demonstrate safe use of the equipment and be on-hand for guidance and troubleshooting. In addition, the Libraries are holding several workshops aimed at introducing students to the equipment and possibilities of the Makerspace.

But beyond independent projects, Nagle sees advantages for instructors.

“By incorporating maker-type assignments or projects into their curriculum, faculty not only increase student engagement, but also open the door for students to develop new skills — and not just with technology. Students also learn transferable skills like critical thinking, teamwork, design thinking and problem solving, all of which benefit students regardless of their chosen major or career.” Nagle explained.


Creation and innovation services librarian Sarah Nagle gestures at a Carvey CNC routing machine in the new Makerspace in King Library
Creation and innovation services librarian Sarah Nagle gestures at a Carvey CNC routing machine in the new Makerspace in King Library


The potential applications are as numerous as they are diverse. Nagle envisions a medieval scientific thought course using primary sources and Makerspace equipment to construct working models of siege instruments like trebuchets and catapults, or an entrepreneurship course rapidly prototyping a new product. She also sees personal projects: customized Greek letter tote bags made with the CNC vinyl cutter and heat press, for instance.

An embroidery machine in the King Library Makerspace is pictured applying a design to fabric
Embroidery machine applying a design

Whatever the project, the process itself can be just as valuable as the end product. The methods used in creation and revision — creativity, problem-solving, and trial and error — have applications in all fields.

“Most importantly, students gain a ‘maker mindset’ that extends beyond the physical things they are making and develops into a worldview that embraces curiosity, empathy, and learning through failure,” said Nagle.

Those interested in getting started with the Makerspace are welcome to stop in during open hours:

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
1-5 p.m.
1-5 p.m.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

To schedule a consultation about a maker project or with questions about the space, contact

Nagle is happy to assist faculty in developing maker projects for their courses, and can be reached at or 513-529-7205.


A row of Lulzbot Mini2 3D printers is pictured in the new Makerspace in King Library
Lulzbot Mini2 3D printers


Librarians now available at Armstrong for walk-in consultations

Get help with research questions or library resources with in-person help at several locations around campusLibrarians on Location

"We're not scary, and we don't bite. We're good at what we do, and we can help you be better at what you do."

If you:

  • are having trouble finding a source for your paper;
  • aren't sure how to frame your research question;
  • have questions about locating books or journal articles;
  • or just need someone to explain how to properly cite a source,

then we've got great news. A new program beginning this semester makes it easier for you to get assistance from Miami University librarians.

Librarians are available for walk-in consultations or questions
Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Noon - 3 p.m. 
in the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion (CSDI) in Armstrong Student Center.

All students are welcome, and librarians can assist with questions on any academic subject as well as help with citation, finding sources, using library resources, and more.

Students can also get answers through a number of other ways, including

or in person — either through an appointment or through open office hours around campus.



Library Game Nights back by popular demand

Library Game Nights are back by popular demand for the fall semester with a set of four free events open to all this September through November.


For Library Game Nights, the University Libraries open up an extensive collection of board, tabletop, and strategy games and provide food and refreshments — essential ingredients to any good game night. All experience and skill levels are invited, and participants are welcome to bring their own favorite games to play.


Game Nights travel to each of the four Oxford campus libraries and typically draw about 100 participants, making them great opportunities for meeting new people.


The full schedule of fall semester game nights follows:


Support the Libraries for #MoveInMiami on Thursday, Aug. 22

#MoveInMiami: They unpack. We give back.

Today is the day!

#MoveInMiami is a fast-paced and fun online day of giving in which everyone can participate. The University Libraries are uniquely positioned to impact students, faculty and staff from all disciplines and majors by providing access to essential resources, spaces and equipment. This year, we're pleased to offer two exciting funding opportunities for #MoveInMiami: our textbooks initiative, which purchases textbooks used in the most enrolled Miami classes and makes them available for in-library checkout, and our technology fund, which invests in cutting-edge technology and resources to give Miamians the skills and experience they need to succeed in an increasingly interdisciplinary environment.

Join us as we welcome the class of 2023 to campus on move-in day TODAY by giving to the University Libraries.

Two great funding priorities

Textbooks Initiative

Your support gives students access to expensive textbooks. The University Libraries' Textbooks Initiative purchases textbooks used in Miami's top enrolled classes and makes them available for two hours of in-library checkout — enough time to complete class assignments and readings. These textbooks are checked out over 2,000 times per year. With the average textbook exceeding $100 in cost, this translates to savings in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for Miami students.

Give to the Textbooks Initiative


Technology Fund

Give to the Technology Fund to make the tools and resources of tomorrow's workforce accessible to all Miami students today. As President Crawford said: "Libraries have to be the first to see the future." As the workforce of tomorrow becomes increasingly technology-driven and interdisciplinary, the Libraries are rising to meet the challenge by creating access to cutting-edge equipment and software — along with the guidance needed to get up to speed. By making specialty software like the Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, MATLAB and SPSS and tools like 3D printers, CNC routing machines, embroidery machines and paper/vinyl cutters available to students, faculty and staff of all majors, the Libraries create accessible, welcoming and inclusive spaces for experimentation and hands-on learning.

Give to the Technology Fund


Fall workshops series to cover essential skills for success

Fall workshops @ the Libraries

Whether you're just beginning your college experience at Miami or returning after summer break, the Libraries are here to start you off right with a series of fall workshops open to all Miami students, faculty and staff. We're covering topics ranging from digital skills like the best mobile apps and software for research and academics, video editing and 3D printing to essentials like personal finance, digital wellness and deciphering cursive handwriting.

Several workshops are co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning CenterAdvance registration is welcome for all workshops, and required for Making Maps and Beginning Arduino.

Tips & Tricks: Citation Management

Wednesday, Oct. 9 • 5-6 p.m.
B.E.S.T. Library • Laws 116

This workshop is for those who've ever gone back to re-find a source found for a paper a month ago, are tired of keeping your reference lists in a confusing Google Doc, or want to streamline the writing and citing process. We'll cover the basics of citation management, and you will leave armed with a bunch of new techniques to help you keep your sources organized.
Instructor: Ginny Boehme
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center — pre-register for this workshop


Zotero 101

Wednesday, Oct. 16 • 5-6 p.m.
B.E.S.T. Library • Laws 116

Take a deep dive into Zotero, a popular and robust tool created to help simplify the citation management process. We’ll go over how to install and set up the software, and you’ll get hands-on experience.
Instructor: Ginny Boehme
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center — pre-register for this workshop


How to Read Cursive Handwriting 101: The Basics

Thursday, Oct. 17 • 5-6 p.m.
King Library 320

Have you come across handwriting that you cannot read that you need to for a class assignment or personal research, or even a birthday card from grandparents? Come to this session to learn the basics of cursive handwriting! Attendees will learn cursive letter forms and how to recognize words and begin to practice reading cursive. Prior knowledge about or experience with cursive is not necessary.
Instructor: Rachel Makarowski


Video Editing

Wednesday, Oct. 23 • 5-6 p.m.
King Library 110

Are you interested in getting started with making and editing video or audio? This workshop provides an introduction to video editing. We will use the WeVideo editing tool — available to all Miami students — and learn techniques common to most video editing platforms.
Instructor: Mark Dahlquist


How to Read Cursive Handwriting 102: Reading and Transcription

Thursday, Oct. 24 • 5-6 p.m.
King Library 320

This session will review the basics of cursive handwriting and introduce the basics of transcription. Attendees of this session will gain experience in transcribing documents written in cursive, with a focus on historical documents. Prior knowledge about or experience with cursive is not necessary.
Instructor: Rachel Makarowski


Business Resources for Engineers

Tuesday, Oct. 29 • 5-6 p.m.
B.E.S.T. Library • Laws 116

Being successful in today's engineering careers involves not only technical skills, but also a grounding in business research tools. This workshop is an introduction to those resources, including tools for evaluating potential employers, finding patents, understanding industries and more.
Instructor: Matt Benzing
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center — pre-register for this workshop


Research for Creative Writers: Primary Source Workshop

Wednesday, Oct. 30 • 3-4:20 p.m.
King Library 110

This workshop will invite participants to make use of Miami’s databases of newspapers and other primary sources to generate and develop ideas for creative projects, or to conduct research for ongoing creative fiction or non-fiction work.  This workshop will also provide an introduction to library resources for identifying and choosing publication venues.
Instructor: Mark Dahlquist

Libraries welcome class of 2023 with Explore King Aug. 23 and 25

Explore King & Map My Classes

Explore King and Map My Classes: Aug. 23 and 25

Friday, Aug. 23 • Noon - 3 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 25 • 1 - 3 p.m.

As you begin your Miami University journey, the Libraries are here to equip you with the resources, spaces and guidance you need to succeed in all your academic endeavors. 

If you're wondering how a university library system works or how to start taking advantage of what it has to offer, you're not alone. Let us demystify the Libraries for you at Explore King and Map My Classes on Friday, Aug. 23 from noon - 3 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 25 from 1 - 3 p.m. Meet a few hundred of your fellow first-year students and learn how the Libraries give you an edge this semester and for your entire Miami career.

Make sure you know where you're going on your first day with Map My Classes: we'll print your class schedule, give you a campus map and help you map out the best route so you're on time and in the right place on Monday.

We'll also go over

  • Using the Libraries' databases, journals, books, textbooks and more - and how if we don't own it, we can get it for you from around the world
  • Where to study — whether you need a social environment, quiet nook or private study room
  • How to get research advice and guidance from an expert librarian
  • The equipment at your disposal in the brand-new Makerspace — 3D printers, CNC milling machines, paper and vinyl cutters, sewing and embroidery machines, and more — and how you can use them in your academic, personal and professional work.
  • How the rare and unique materials in Special Collections and University Archives can enhance your scholarly work
  • Where and how to print — from our computers or yours

and more.

While you’re here, be sure to take a look at our fall workshop series. The Libraries are in your corner with hands-on workshops beginning September 3 on everything from video editing to personal finance.

Libraries open with tours, kids' activities, and history during Alumni Weekend

A graphic with an image of Alumni Hall with a red overlay, with text reading Alumni Weekend, June 6-9 and the Miami University Libraries logo


As Miamians descend on Oxford and Miami University for Alumni Weekend, the University Libraries are open and offering "Then and Now" tours of King Library, hosting a Kids' Makerspace and welcoming visitors to Special Collections and University Archives.


A printed sign on an easel in modern King Library's first floor displays a black and white image of King Library in the past

Then and Now Tours

"Then and Now" tours will take visitors through the ever-changing history of the library, highlighting the ways technology, changing patron needs and the evolving role of the library system in the university community have shaped the physical spaces and services of King Library.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 6-8
1 - 5 p.m.
King Library main lobby


A smiling young girl and mother sit beside each other. The girl strings beads onto a string while the mother reaches into a bowl of beads.

Kids' Makerspace

Both children and adults can get creative with the Kids' Makerspace. We'll guide you through hands-on activities using maker equipment both cutting edge and tried and true. More than ever, the Libraries are enabling entrepreneurial thinking, creative problem solving and hands-on learning by providing tools and guidance for 3D printing and scanning and computer-controlled cutting and routing machines.

Saturday, June 7
1 - 4 p.m.
King Library AIS (room 134)


Special Collections & Archives

A Libraries staff member displays the gilding on the page edges of an old book to two smiling women in the Special Collections reading room
A shelf of historic Recensio yearbooks is shown

Explore Miami history and other treasures in the Walter E. Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives. Whether it's revisiting your class Recensio yearbook, taking a journey through Miami's Cradle of Coaches collection, or exploring rare books and manuscripts, Special Collections librarians and staff will be on hand to guide you through the centuries.

Thursday, June 6
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday, June 7
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday, June 8
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Visit the Libraries

Just looking to revisit your favorite study carrel? King, B.E.S.T., Wertz Art & Architecure, and Amos Music Libraries are open to visitors.

Library Thursday, June 6 Friday, June 7 Saturday, June 8 Sunday, June 9
King Library 7:15 a.m. - 9 p.m. 7:15 a.m. - 5 p.m. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Amos Music Library 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Closed
B.E.S.T. Library 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed Closed
Wertz Art & Architecture Library 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Closed

An image composite of photographs showing the exterior of each of King Library, Amos Music Library, Wertz Art & Architecture Library, and B.E.S.T. Library

Libraries extending hours during finals

As the semester draws to a close and students tackle final exams, the University Libraries are extending operating hours to offer greater availability of study spaces and resources.

Friday, May 10

Library hours
King Library 24 hours
B.E.S.T. Library 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Wertz Art & Architecture Library 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Amos Music Library 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 11

Library hours
King Library 24 hours
B.E.S.T. Library 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Wertz Art & Architecture Library Noon - 6 p.m.
Amos Music Library 1 - 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 12

Library hours
King Library 24 hours
B.E.S.T. Library 9 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Wertz Art & Architecture Library Noon - 11 p.m.
Amos Music Library 1 - 11 p.m.

Monday, May 13 - Thursday, May 16

Library hours
King Library 24 hours
B.E.S.T. Library 7:30 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Wertz Art & Architecture Library 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Amos Music Library 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Friday, May 17

Library hours
King Library Closes at 5 p.m.
B.E.S.T. Library 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wertz Art & Architecture Library 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Amos Music Library 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.