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Libraries to host opening reception for Holocaust exhibits

The World Knew & Bearing Witness

By Shawn Vanness, communications specialist


The Miami University Libraries will host an opening reception for two new exhibitions in King Library that examine issues and experiences of the Holocaust on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in King 320.


The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity consists of 22 panels now displayed on the first floor of King Library. On loan from the Polish History Museum in Warsaw, the exhibition details Jan Karski’s life and resistance to Nazi power as well as his experiences as a witness to the Holocaust. As a Polish resistance fighter, Karski risked his life to uncover atrocities committed by Nazi Germany and raise the alarm about the Holocaust by reporting to Allied governments.


Bearing Witness: The Holocaust and Jewish Experience at Miami University examines the global events of the Holocaust through the personal stories of Miami University alumni. Located in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives on the third floor of King Library, the exhibition includes original documents and testimonies from Miami alumni who were Holocaust survivors, soldiers, Nazi interrogators, and liberators. The exhibition also explores the experiences of the Miami University Jewish community through the contemporary and wartime diaries of Jewish students and faculty.


The two exhibitions spotlight those who fought to raise the alarm about rising anti-Semitism and the persecution of Jews, and follow the rise of and response to Nazism.  Both exhibitions also acknowledge the reverberations of the Holocaust still felt today, as well as current forms of remembrance and Holocaust education on campus and worldwide. The exhibitions are scheduled to run until June 15, 2020.


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


Bearing Witness was curated by Alia Levar Wegner and Cody Sprunger, with special assistance by Emily Garforth. 


Your feedback wanted: Libraries launch beta version of new website

A screenshot of the upper portion of the homepage of the new University Libraries website

by Shawn Vanness, communications specialist

For the past few months, a team of librarians has worked hard to create a new website for Miami University’s Libraries. Their goal is to “proactively connect our community with the resources and personalized guidance to empower discovery, creation and success.” The content and design evolve on a daily basis as the web services librarians adjust and refine the site, but now the team requests feedback from the Miami community: meaning you!


Preview the new website


Visiting the beta site

  1. Visit the beta website through the link at the top of current Libraries website, or head straight to the beta site at beta.lib.miamioh.edu

  2. Explore the new website: Can you find what you need? Do you like the look and feel?

  3. Send us feedback via the form on the welcome page

Be honest! The more issues we identify today, the better the website becomes for full-time use in the spring of 2020.

A quick tour

Please note: the website is a work in progress. Numerous links lead back to our current site.

The new website aims to give you fast and easy access to all our services and resources.

Navigation — Our new navigation menu above is split into three sections:

  • Research & Support covers everything you can find and do at the Libraries.

  • Using the libraries contains information on how to use our services and resources.

  • About gives information about our locations and organization.

OneSearch box — On our new homepage, you'll see OneSearch, which searches our in-library materials and online resources all at once. The tabs on the left also allow you to jump straight to article or book searches. Links below the search boxes feature additional resources and advanced options. You can still search articles, books, or our website on their own in tabs below OneSearch.

It's all happening at the Libraries — Our new front page showcases our resources, services, news, exhibits, collections and events.

Chat with us — Click the "Ask Us" button on the right side of any page to chat with a real librarian.

New content throughout — Our new A-Z list of databases lets you focus on your subject of study. Our new Makerspace and labs give you new ways to create and innovate.

Additional functionality — Studying for finals? Not sure if a computer will be free when you get to a library? No problem: check the website or use the mobile LabFind app for a live count of free computers and specialty software available on them at libraries all over campus. 

The story doesn’t end here

In the coming months, the Libraries will recruit students for testing and in-person interviews to make sure the website meets the needs of the Miami students. The team is working to create customizable options that proactively connect users to the Libraries’ resources. Visit, explore and send feedback throughout the whole process, start now through the link below. 

Start from the beta homepage at beta.lib.miamioh.edu


University Libraries to celebrate Ohio Archives Month

The Miami University Libraries are celebrating the 2019 Ohio Archives Month this October with a series of speakers at King Library. Each of the lectures takes place from noon-1 p.m. in King 320. All lectures are free and open to the public and a reception/refreshments will be held at each event.

The lecture series opens with “Christ’s Naturalists: Exploring Milton, Paley, and Darwin Through Miami’s Archives and Special Collections” on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The lecture, presented by Nicholas P. Money, director of Miami University’s Western Program and professor of biology, discusses the intersection of science and theology in pre-Civil War conversations. Money uses materials from the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives to highlight similarities in current conversations around climate change.

The following lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 22 welcomes S. Chandler Lighty, the executive director of the Indiana Archives and Records Administration will present his lecture entitled, “History Relevance and Archives Advocacy”. Lighty earned his master of arts in origins and history of the United States from Miami University and will bring his expertise on state

Art and humanities librarian Stefanie Hilles will give a lecture titled “When Books Become Art” on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Hilles will discuss the popularized artist book, an artwork in book form through examples within the Libraries’ special collections including works by Edward Ruscha, William Morris, Karen Hanmer and Julie Chen.

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives,
located in King 321, are open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The Libraries’ special collections include more than 95,000 volumes, including rare books, manuscripts and special subject collections.
University archives include manuscripts, photographs and publications from Miami University, Western College for Women and Oxford College.