News & Notes

By: Shawn Vanness on: March 13, 2020 3:53 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

Super charge your semester red banner

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.
By: Shawn Vanness on: February 03, 2020 1:37 pm | dubbersa

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. 


Please RSVP for the reception.

By: Nick Kneer on: January 28, 2020 9:48 am | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries

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.

By: Shawn Vanness on: November 08, 2019 3:04 pm | dubbersa

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

  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

By: Nick Kneer on: January 24, 2020 10:56 am | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries

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.

By: Shawn Vanness on: November 11, 2019 9:55 am | dubbersa

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.

By: Nick Kneer on: September 16, 2019 3:34 pm | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries

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