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By: Nick Kneer on: August 26, 2019 2:40 pm | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries

Dean Jerome Conley poses with business librarian Susan Hurstby Nick Kneer, strategic communications coordinator

With nominations citing her record of devoted service, exemplary librarianship and friendship, business librarian Susan Hurst was awarded the University Libraries’ Distinguished Service Award on Wednesday, April 24 during the Libraries’ Celebrating Our Own event.

Now in its sixth year, the annual award recognizes a Libraries employee for outstanding contributions and efforts that “embody the values of our organization and further the mission of the Library system.” A panel of former award recipients choose each year's winner based on nominations from their peers. Hurst was 1 of 20 Libraries staff nominated this year.

Hurst’s distinguished career with Miami spans some 35 years, beginning with student employment with dining services as an undergraduate in the early 1980s. She returned to Miami in 1992, joining the Libraries and holding positions in special collections, technical services and stacks maintenance before earning a master’s degree in library science from Indiana University. She was then hired as the business librarian in 1998, and has served students and faculty in the Farmer School of Business through library instruction, collection development and research consultation ever since.

Her peers nominated her for “[being] a fabulous librarian, a rock star, and a great example to us all,” and “a wonderful colleague and an excellent ambassador for the Libraries, with many years of devoted service to student success and unwavering customer service.”

“It is a real honor to be recognized by your colleagues. It’s probably the greatest honor you can get.” Hurst said. “I really appreciate it.”

Also recognized at the event were staff members with 15 and 30 years of service with Miami.

15 years of service

  • Michael Bomholt, Technology Development Manager
  • Michael Kumler, Development Director
  • Don Morner, Library Technician
  • Tricia Zeiser, Senior Library Technician

30 years of service

  • Sandy Burwell, Senior Library Technician
  • Denise Downing, Library Assistant
  • Jenny Presnell, Consultation Librarian and Bibliographer

Jerome Conley, Lori Chapin, Sean Poppe, Stefanie Hilles, Ginny Boehme, John Williams, Abi Morgan, Lindsey Masters, Mary Hubbard, Kay Russel, Susan Hurst, Stephanie Blankenship, Jennifer Bazeley, Sabrina Smith, Kris Abney, Bill Modrow, and Craig Boman pose for a photo.

2019 Distinguished Service Award nominees

  • Kris Abney
  • Jennifer Bazeley
  • Laura Birkenhauer
  • Stephanie Blankenship
  • Ginny Boehme
  • Craig Boman
  • Lori Chapin
  • Nate Floyd
  • Susan Gray
  • Stefanie Hilles
  • Mary Hubbard
  • Lindsey Masters
  • Bill Modrow
  • Abi Morgan
  • Sean Poppe
  • Kay Russell
  • Sabrina Smith
  • Eric Weaver
  • John Williams
By: Nick Kneer on: May 06, 2019 1:06 pm | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries

Library Game NightsWhat began as an annual celebration of International Games Day now wins over students at the Libraries throughout the semester.

Several students play games in Wertz Art & Architecture LibraryThe University Libraries have long supported games of all kinds, from board, tabletop, and video games collections to hosting Miami's eSports teams in the eSports arena. In that spirit, the Libraries began hosting an annual board game night on International Games Day in 2013.

For the fall semester in 2017, however, the Libraries expanded the reach of these events by hosting a series of events every semester at different library locations, instead of just one event per year. The concept caught on. Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to explore libraries they hadn’t yet visited. One student said, “I definitely feel more comfortable describing the location, atmosphere and general differences for all of the Miami Libraries here on the Oxford campus now that I've had a reason to visit all of them.”

The positive reception to the events prompted the Libraries to explore ways of attracting more participants. A partnership with Residence Life staff beginning in 2018 increases the events' visibility to first-year students and other on-campus residents. During Family Weekend, Wertz Art & Architecture Library delighted approximately 100 Miami students and their parents and siblings during a special family game night.

Game Nights also invite collaboration with other student organizations and campus partners. The Strategy Gaming Club, Society of Physics Students, Fighters United in Costume, and Game Design Club have all teamed up with the Libraries for International Games Day celebrations. The Libraries also facilitated an Extra Life fundraiser, during which a 24-hour board gaming marathon in King Library raised money for Children’s Miracle Hospitals. This fall, the Libraries plan to partner with Hispanic/Latinx student club UNIDOS to spotlight traditional Hispanic games like Loteria and Dominoes.

Miami Activities and Late Night Programming's generous support for food and prizes has greatly enhanced the Libraries’ Game Night events. Thanks to their assistance, the contributions of Libraries leadership and the hard work of its staff, average attendance more than tripled this year, with Game Nights welcoming more than 100 Miamians per event.

By: Nick Kneer on: May 02, 2019 4:16 pm | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries

A Symbiotic Affair

The Intricate Relationship of Art and Science

A Walter E. Havighurst Special Collections exhibit curated by Stefanie Hilles and Ginny Boehme

A book is pictured, with a green canvas cover and black taped binding. It is open, face down, in a three-quarters perspective and supported from below so that it is propped up like a tent. On each cover, two petri dishes are affixed, with line illustrations of aquatic animals on paper inside the dishes along with additional strips of paper describing them.In this featured exhibit in the Walter E. Havighurst Special Collections in King Library, explore the relationship between art and science. This collection of artist books examines different branches of science through the lens of art, tackling subjects ranging from the highly technical fields of mathematics and computer science to the natural sciences of biology and climate change.

On display now
Mon-Fri, 8-5 p.m.
Walter E. Havighurst Special Collections
King Library 3rd floor

Closing Reception

May 10 • 5 - 6:30 p.m.
in Special Collections, King Library, 3rd floor

Talk with the Curators: 5:30 p.m.
Artist talk with Diane Stemper: 5:45 p.m.

Refreshments will be served // Open to the community



By: Nick Kneer on: April 24, 2019 3:37 pm | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries

Supercharge your semester

Spring workshops offer tips, resources for success

As the spring semester enters its second week, the Libraries are back with a fresh series of free workshops designed to support student success. With sessions covering everything from citation styles to 3D printing, the series introduces a wide range of resources and tools and teaches essential academic skills. Several workshops are co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center, and pre-registration is available but not required. Students are welcome to drop in to any session..

The remaining schedule of workshops follows:

Poster Prep and Design

Monday, April 1

5-6 p.m.  •  King 320

Creating a poster for the Undergraduate Research Forum, a conference or a class but unsure how to get started? Join us for stress-relieving tips and step-by-step guidance.
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center

Zotero Basics: Citation Solutions for the Hard-Working Student

Tuesday, April 2

5-6 p.m.  •  B.E.S.T. Library (Laws 116)

Learn how you can cite your references with just one click! This free citation management software helps you quickly and accurately cite resources in the most common styles including APA, MLA, Chicago and more. Learn how to download citations, manage resources, cite in-text and in reference section, and more. Bring your laptop and be ready for hands-on practice. Please have your software fully up to date prior to class.
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center

Visible Body: Human Anatomy Atlas

Wednesday, April 3

5-6 p.m.  •  B.E.S.T. Library (Laws 116)

If you are studying anatomy, you will want to check out this resource! Visible Body—Human Anatomy Atlas is a 3-dimensional computer graphics (3DCG) resource that provides you with the opportunity to interactively study highly detailed and accurate representations of the human body. You can dissect the body, access definitions and common pathologies, and even view in augmented reality! Best of all, you can access the app anytime and anywhere for free. Come and see this useful and exciting technology for learning human anatomy. Bring your mobile device and be ready for hands-on learning.

Poster Prep and Design

Tuesday, April 9

5-6 p.m.  •  King 110 (Kamm)

Creating a poster for the Undergraduate Research Forum, a conference or a class but unsure how to get started? Join us for stress-relieving tips and step-by-step guidance.
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center

Preserving your Miami Memories: Creating Digital Scrapbooks with Free Scrapbook Software

Monday, April 22

5-6 p.m.  •  King 320

In this workshop, participants will gain hands-on experience using various freeware such as Canva and Scrapbook Flair to create engaging and impressive digital scrapbooks. The digital preservation of your photos is important! Learn fast, fun, and simple techniques to preserve your Miami memories today.

By: Nick Kneer on: April 24, 2019 3:37 pm | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries

2018 LAURE winners, pictured left to right: Dr. Wietse de Boer, Caroline Godard’s faculty adviser, who accepted on her behalf as she currently studying abroad in Paris, France; Sydney Chuen; Abigail Culpepper; Emily Mendenhall; with Miami University President Dr. Greg Crawford
2018 LAURE winners, pictured left to right: Dr. Wietse de Boer, Caroline Godard’s faculty adviser, who accepted on her behalf as she currently studying abroad in Paris, France; Sydney Chuen; Abigail Culpepper; Emily Mendenhall; with Miami University President Dr. Greg Crawford

Undergraduate students who are conducting research using the Miami University Libraries are eligible for special recognition and a cash prize through the Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE).

A partnership between the University Libraries and the Dean of the Libraries Student Advisory Council, LAURE seeks to recognize undergraduate students who demonstrate excellence in library research. First place earns a $1,000 cash prize, with additional cash prizes awarded for second place ($500) and honorable mention ($100).

Submissions for the third Libraries Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE) are being accepted through March 15, 2019.

To learn more about the award, evaluation criteria and how to submit an entry, visit the University Libraries’ LAURE webpage.

By: Nick Kneer on: August 29, 2019 1:32 pm | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries

Winter Term Hours

Jan. 3 - Jan. 26

King Library

Day Hours
Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - midnight
Saturday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - midnight


B.E.S.T. Library

Day Hours
Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.


Amos Music Library and Wertz Art & Architecture Library

Day Hours
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday Closed
By: Jerry Yarnetsky on: December 17, 2018 1:00 pm | yarnete

Celebrate your hard work and enjoy a free breakfast at King LibraryThe Office of Student Activities and the University Libraries invite you to stop by our semesterly Late Night Study Breakfast to take a quick study break and refuel with some food!

Food includes Bagel & Deli, Oxford Doughnut Shoppe, Skippers, Insomnia Cookies, and more!

Monday 12/10 10:00 pm to Midnight
King Library, 151 S. Campus Ave.
Registration helpful, but not required. RSVP at The Hub
By: Nick Kneer on: December 05, 2018 4:01 pm | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries

Library Game Nights

4 reasons you should check out a Libraries Game Night

The University Libraries are opening up the games collection and supplying free food for five Library Game Nights this fall. Join in the fun with your fellow Miamians and choose from a large variety of board, tabletop, and card games from classic to contemporary. No experience is required, and all students, faculty, staff and families are welcome.

The schedule of remaining Game Nights follows:

Saturday, Dec. 1 – 6-10 p.m.
Wertz Art & Architecture Library (Alumni Hall)

In case you need convincing, here are four reasons to check out a Library Game Night:

  1. Game Nights travel to each Miami University library
    Miami University is home to four library locations, all with their unique features and specialties. As you visit for a Game Night, you might end up finding your new favorite study spot.
  2. There’s great – and free – food
    Every proper game night features great food, and the Libraries’ Game Nights are no exception. To fuel your gaming session, we’re providing a variety of free food and snacks.
  3. Everyone’s welcome
    These laid-back events are great for both beginners and experienced players – just pull up a chair and join the fun. Libraries staff will be happy to help set up and explain games.
  4. You can continue the fun after the night is over
    If you find your new favorite game at a Game Night, chances are you can check it out from the Library. The Instructional Materials Center (IMC) in King Library maintains a collection of games available for checkout.
By: Nick Kneer on: August 26, 2019 2:20 pm | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries

GIS is everywhere

by Eric Johnson, numeric and spatial data librarian

You cell phone tells you how to get to where you want to go. Google Maps can give you a picture of any place on earth. Your web searches sometimes seem to know where you are and give local results. All these are examples of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at work.

For your classes, you may want to give your research paper more punch by adding a map or graphic that illustrates a point. How can you do that?

Two resources for mapping provided by the Miami University Libraries are SimplyAnalytics maps and ArcMap software.

With SimplyAnalytics (available from the library website’s A-Z resources list), in a browser you simply click on the data you want to map and zoom to your desired location. The map is automatically created and can be downloaded for use in papers and reports. Data available includes all current census data as well as a large variety of marketing and lifestyle data.

A more sophisticated program that the library supports is ArcMap and its cloud-based cousin, ArcMap Online. With these programs, you can drag and drop spreadsheets of your data into the program and create dynamic geographic visualizations. If you want to plot a heat map by color-coding every house by distance from a fire station or shopping mall, it can be done in ArcMap. The process is somewhat more complicated than SimplyAnalytics, but Library staff are happy to help you with your project. 

ArcMap is available on 67 library computers in B.E.S.T. and King Libraries. Additional computers with ArcMap are available at Shideler hall. You may install the student version for free on your own laptop. 

Miami University also offers courses in creating geographic visualizations – GEO 242, 340, 441, 442, 443, 444, 445, 448, 451. The four hundred level courses are also cross-listed as graduate level courses. At least nine faculty in geography actively use GIS in their research. Faculty in biology and other disciples also use the GIS resources available at Miami University.

Library resources are available to all students, no matter your department or major. Contact Eric Johnson or the Center for Digital Scholarship (513-529-2871) for more information.

Creating maps in Simply Analytics


Creating a Story Map

By: Nick Kneer on: October 26, 2018 10:20 am | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries

DailyChatter: The World in 2 Minutes. Brought to you courtesy of Miami University.

In partnership with Miami University Global Initiatives, the University Libraries have recently added DailyChatter, an international daily email newsletter, to its array of resources offered free of charge to students, faculty and staff.

Miamians can now enjoy a complimentary subscription to the newsletter, which curates some of the most interesting and important global developments and prepares a conversational, easy-to-read report designed to be read on a smartphone or any other digital device. Students, faculty and staff can sign up at by entering their name and email address, and the newsletter will start arriving the next weekday morning.

Should you decide you don't wish to receive DailyChatter any longer, simply unsubscribe with the link provided at the bottom of every edition.

DailyChatter further enhances the Libraries' free offerings to the Miami community. Students, faculty and staff can also receive free subscriptions to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal through the Libraries.