News & Notes

By: Nick Kneer on: January 30, 2020 11:51 am | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries

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 Tuesday & 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.



By: Nick Kneer on: November 11, 2019 9:54 am | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries

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:

By: Nick Kneer on: September 04, 2019 9:20 am | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries

#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


By: Nick Kneer on: November 11, 2019 9:54 am | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries

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

By: Nick Kneer on: November 11, 2019 9:55 am | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries

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.

By: Nick Kneer on: August 26, 2019 2:32 pm | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries

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
By: Nick Kneer on: August 26, 2019 2:32 pm | kneerna small twitter logo@miamiulibraries

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.
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