News & Notes

By: Nick Kneer on: April 02, 2018 2:26 pm | kneerna

Lindsay Miller, assistant head of Advise & Instruct, participates in a question and answer session.

by Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator

Lindsay Miller, a 12-year veteran of the Miami University Libraries, began a new role last month as assistant head of the Advise & Instruct Department.

The newly created position joins one of six new departments formed out of the University Libraries’ recent master planning process, which explored services, organization and facilities.

Advise & Instruct seeks to enhance Miami’s academic community through specialized guidance, instruction, and resource selection that encourages the use of the Libraries, inspires research and researchers, and fosters the growth of critical thinkers and lifelong learners.

Miller joined the Miami University Libraries as an academic resident librarian in 2006 and has served in a variety of roles and capacities – from communications coordinator to first-year experience librarian – during her time.  She was promoted to associate librarian in 2013, and the development, coordination and scheduling of instructional programming have been central to her responsibilities.

In her new role, Miller directly supervises a team of librarians who are primarily focused on instruction and engagement while also having liaison and collection management responsibilities.

Lindsay earned her B.A. from Miami and her master's in library and information science from the University of Kentucky.

She recently participated in a brief Q&A to discuss the evolving roles of University Libraries and the opportunities created by her new position.

Q: Talk about why this position was created.

A: The Advise & Instruct Department as a whole came out of the master planning process and looking forward to what type of library system we need to be in the future. That means a focus on student engagement and student success. It also takes a lifelong aim. My position, in particular, looks at how we integrate information literacy into the curriculum. These are all areas I’ve been working on as long as I’ve been here, and I’m excited to support an exceptional team of librarians in performing these important functions.

Q: Why is information literacy so important today?

A: There exists a misconception that, because of the Internet, everything is easier to access and all the information we need is now available at our fingertips. It’s actually more difficult to access good information today because there is so much to sift through. We have to equip students with the skills to evaluate information sources. It can be hard to tell the difference between what is even real or fake, let alone what is reliable and appropriate for the paper they’re writing.  That’s a key focus for libraries and very important to our students as they move through majors and careers. Information literacy is directly tied to critical thinking.

Q: What role are the University Libraries already playing in information literacy?

A:  We have had a lot of success integrating information literacy into first-year courses, like UNV 101 and ENG 111. We have also enjoyed success with our librarians working directly with faculty to promote information literacy through various classes or assignments. The hope is to structure and unify these various efforts behind an encompassing strategy that looks at the skills we’re developing in students as they progress throughout their Miami careers and lives.

Q: Talk about how the Advise & Instruct department is arranged and its early priorities.

A: Our guiding vision is a culture of sharing – using activities in the classroom as platforms to share and promote the repository of tools and resources the Libraries offer. Kevin Messner, head of Advise & Instruct, supervises the subject librarians. I support the librarians who focus on instructional initiatives and student engagement, which will soon include two new student success librarians, one focused on campus engagement and one focused on the experience of first-year and sophomore students. Campus engagement is foundational for student success, so we are excited about this new emphasis. We will also be building a team focused on creating digital learning tools and lesson plans that can be applied across subject specialists and adapted to specific classes and subjects.

By: Vincent Frieden on: March 08, 2018 1:32 pm | friedevt small twitter logo@ohiyote

Mark Dahlquist joined the University Libraries in February as humanities and social sciences librarian, bringing a rich history of experiences in higher education.

Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?

I’m originally from the Chicago area. My Ph.D. in English Renaissance literature and my MLIS are both from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries?

I’m a humanities and social sciences librarian, and I serve as liaison to the departments of English and media, journalism & film. My job is to make sure that students and faculty members in these departments have access to the information resources, including books, that they need, as well as to provide research support and instructional support for these departments. I also really enjoy providing reference services to library users outside these departments.

What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami Libraries?

I’ve worked in a variety of libraries, including English, art, science, and rare book libraries. In every case, what drew me to the libraries are spaces where people come to learn from others and to consider and begin new projects of all kinds.

What's the best part of working in a library?

Meeting and working with people with different research interests and the constant exposure to ideas and information from unfamiliar perspectives.

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?

Using library resources will result in you producing work that is better: work that will not only be more interesting to your readers, but also—and most importantly—more interesting to you. A little more research will often take you a long way further.

What are you most excited about tackling in your new role?

I’ve particularly enjoyed getting to know the research and creative focuses of individual students and faculty members here at Miami.

What's your favorite book?

I’m not sure that I have a favorite book. One I would mention, however, that I’ve had a lasting relationship with is Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “Brothers Karamazov.”

Any hobbies?

I enjoy hiking and camping, and am looking forward to exploring Southwest Ohio.

What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?

In high school, I interviewed the great science fiction author Frederik Pohl. I accidentally poked a hole in his armchair with my pencil.

By: Nick Kneer on: April 05, 2018 7:50 am | kneerna

Portrait of Valerie Edwards ElliotOn Wednesday, March 14, the Miami University Libraries welcome Valerie Edwards Elliott ’75, manager of the Smith Library of Regional History, for a Women’s History Month lecture on the history of the Oxford College for Women.

Elliott will present a visual overview of this local women’s college from its antecedents in the 1830s through its merger with Miami University in 1928.

Wednesday, March 14 ○ Noon ○ King 320
Free and open to the public

The lecture is free and open to the public, and is produced in partnership with the Walter Havighurst Special Collections, university archival collections and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies program.

 

The Oxford College for Women graduating class of 1907 pose for a formal portrait.
By: Melissa Cherry on: March 05, 2018 10:34 am | cherrymk

The Miami University Libraries are pleased to recognize Jacqueline Johnson, university archivist, and Elias Tzoc, head of the Create + Innovate Department, who received promotion to principal librarian during the Feb. 16 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

“Our dedicated librarians and staff are at the heart of what we do as a University Libraries system, and Jacqueline Johnson and Elias Tzoc exemplify that commitment to service and dedication to advancing their professions,” Jerome Conley, dean and university librarian, said. “We are grateful to the Board of Trustees for recognizing their extensive contributions and their value to Miami’s academic community and the field of librarianship.”

Johnson arrived at Miami in 1991 as a minority resident librarian. She has dedicated most of her career to the university’s archival collections. From 2005-2015, she was archivist for the Western College Memorial Archives. In 2016, she became university archivist. Her responsibilities, which she describes as “an honor,” focus on developing, maintaining, supporting and promoting the use of the University Libraries’ archival collections, which includes collections from Miami University, Western College and Oxford College.

She has been invaluable in promoting the role of Western College for Women during Freedom Summer (1964). In addition to supporting faculty and student projects on the subject, she was integral in the development of the Mississippi Freedom Summer Digital Collection Metadata Project and website as well as in organizing a Freedom Summer oral history program. More recently, she helped secure a collection of items related to the late Jerry Williams ’39, one of Miami’s first African-American student-athletes.

Johnson is a member of the National Civil Rights Conference Planning Committee and the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society’s Commission on the 400th Commemoration of the First Documented Africans in British North America. She has served on committees for the Society of Ohio Archivists and is a member of Miami’s Celebrating Global Sisterhood Committees.

Her scholarly contributions include 19 successful grant applications and more than 40 presentations. Most recently, she presented with Miami colleagues on “Lessons from 1964” at the National Diversity Symposium in Muncie, Indiana, and published in published in the Society of American Archivists’ Archival Outlook.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Limestone College and her master’s in library and information science from the University of South Carolina.

Tzoc arrived at Miami in 2007 as a digital initiatives librarian before, in 2015, being named digital scholarship librarian for the Center for Digital Scholarship.  In 10 years, he has worked and collaborated with a diverse group of colleagues, including faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students, officers from funding agencies, university administrators, and librarians from Ohio, the U.S., and several nations.

Earlier this year, he was named head of the newly formed Create + Innovate Department, which is charged with the mission of enhancing scholarly work at Miami University by anticipating the resources, technologies, spaces and expertise that drive groundbreaking research, creative forms of expression, innovative tools for teaching, and new mediums for sharing the Miami community’s scholarly achievements.

A partner with Miami faculty and students on a variety of digital projects, Tzoc played an integral role collaborating with Ann Elizabeth Armstrong, associate professor of theatre, in creating the Freedom Summer App, funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant and the winner of a national ALL-IN Challenge Award. In all, he has contributed to 11 significant digital projects in collaboration with Miami faculty and students, ranging from websites and apps to ebooks and digital collections.

Active in the profession, Tzoc has contributed to nine successful grant applications totaling more than $130,000.  He also has contributed to 17 publications; developed a host of digital library tools since made available to the public; and given nearly 40 professional presentations, most focused on the field of digital scholarship.  He is currently a reviewer for two Latin American journals.  He is also an adjunct instructor for the AIMS program.

Principal librarians are promoted based on a record of continued excellence in job performance and leadership, demonstrated excellence in service to the profession and/or community, and a strong record of scholarship and creative activity.

By: Vincent Frieden on: March 26, 2018 9:38 am | friedevt small twitter logo@ohiyote

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 16, 2018.


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

By: Melissa Cherry on: April 19, 2018 10:49 am | cherrymk

On Saturday, May 5, King Library hosts the Miami University Libraries' final game night of the spring.

Come by between 6 p.m. - midnight  for free food and the opportunity to join others from the Miami University community as we play strategy / tabletop, board, and card games. The library provides a number of games from its circulating game collection, including recent additions Splendor, Dominion, Mysterium, and Dimension. We offer many of the classics as well.

You are also invited to bring your own games. These informal events are great for both beginners and experienced players. Just pull up a chair and join in the fun. 

Students, faculty, staff and families welcome!

 

 
students, faculty and staff playing games on games night
By: Melissa Cherry on: March 27, 2018 9:12 am | cherrymk

The Miami University Libraries are back in spring 2018 with a full series of 11 workshops focused on helping you achieve peak scholarly success.

The series, hosted in partnership with the Rinella Learning Center runs into April. Pre-registration is available through the Rinella Center (for select sessions as they come available) but please feel free to drop by!

The remaining schedule follows:

Citing in MLA Style
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center
Tuesday, March 13 – 5-6 p.m.
King AIS (134)

New to using the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style? This primer workshop will get you well on your way to citing like a pro.

Citing in APA Style
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center
Wednesday, March 14 – 5-6 p.m.
King AIS (134)

New to using the American Psychological Association (APA) citation style? This primer workshop will get you well on your way to citing like a pro.

Zotero Basics
Wednesday, Mar 28 – 4-5 p.m.
Laws 116

Learn the basics of this easy-to-use research tool for gathering, organizing and analyzing sources.

So, You Want to be a Librarian?
Tuesday, Apr 3 – 5-6 p.m.
King AIS (134)

Thinking about a career in libraries or information science? Learn about degree options and career paths in this informative panel presentation and Q&A session with Miami University librarians.

Poster Preparation
Co-sponsored by the Rinella Learning Center
Tuesday, Apr 10 – 4-5 p.m.
King AIS (134)

Presenting a poster at the Miami University Undergraduate Research Forum? This course covers the basics of research poster design and presentation.

Digital Archiving: Saving Your Pictures for the Future
Tuesday, April 17 - 4-5 p.m.
King 110 (Kamm Electronic Instruction Room)

How can you ensure that your digital “memories” remain accessible in in the future? This workshop teaches best practices, including file types and naming conventions, to preserve your digital memories.

 
 
By: Melissa Cherry on: March 05, 2018 10:58 am | cherrymk

New for 2018: Libraries announce changes, additions, upgrades

Reconfigured B.E.S.T. ground level and new graduate reading room location among changes

By Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator, Miami University Libraries
 

A new year has brought some exciting new changes, additions and upgrades to the Miami University Libraries.

 
  1. King Library has adopted a new one-stop service strategy at its main circulation desk. Patrons can now direct in-person inquiries to the same circulation desk where they make checkouts. Librarians remain on call to support the new service format, and, as always, are accessible via online chat, text, phone or email. The former information desk is now a self-service station for study room reservations and self-checkout
     
  2. The Polk Patterson Graduate Reading Room has moved from its previous location on King Library’s third floor to the former Hill Faculty Reading Room (King 230). The move and decision to transition to one faculty reading room, approved by the faculty senate, places the graduate reading room in a more private space amid the book stacks and quiet study area. The space is receiving a general modernization, including new furniture.
     
  3. The ground-level of B.E.S.T. Library, damaged by flooding in the fall, has undergone a minor renovation, including fresh paint, new carpeting and a reconfigured and relocated seating/study area.
     
  4. The Libraries digital collections have welcomed seven new online databases, creating 24/7 access for students and faculty to thousands of articles, videos,  periodicals and other documents and teaching tools. Learn more.

  5. Miami University’s One-Button, formerly the One-Button Studio, is new and improved, featuring a more user-friendly interface and better quality picture. The improvements were made using student and faculty feedback gained since the concept was initially piloted in 2016. It will be tweaked and tested throughout Spring Semester 2018, so keep the feedback coming!
     
  6. Wertz Art & Architecture Library has upped its drawing tablet game, adding six Wacom Intuos Pros and four iPad Pros with the powerful digital illustration app procreate. The Intuos Pros are available for three-hour or overnight checkout. The iPad Pros can be checked out for up to 24 hours at a time.
     
  7. King Library installed upgraded HD digital display technology in 11 study rooms.
     
  8. The Kamm Electronic Instruction Room (King 110) is piloting a new configuration during spring 2018 to improve viewing angles for instructional purposes.
By: Vincent Frieden on: February 07, 2018 1:11 pm | friedevt small twitter logo@ohiyote

Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?

Growing up in Buffalo, New York, I’ll forever be a Sabres and Bills fan, but I’ve also lived here in Butler County, southern Indiana and suburban Philadelphia. I finished my B.A. in English/journalism here at Miami University. After a decade in newspaper journalism, I discovered librarianship and earned a Master of Library Science from Indiana University.

How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries?

Our team develops the University Libraries’ online services including developing a new library website. Stay tuned! Your input can help make it great!

What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami Libraries?

For me, it’s all about service. As a journalist, I was serving my community, but oft-times you never find out if your work helps make change. While I found librarianship sheerly by chance, I quickly fell in love with how libraries can directly serve the specific needs of every person who walks in the door and truly help them improve their lives. Having experienced Miami firsthand, the opportunity to help more students thrive here was one I had to snag.

What's the best part of working in a library?

Learning something new every day. I’ve learned so much from the people I have helped. Everyone is researching something unique.

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?

This doesn’t apply just to libraries, I use it in every facet of life – ask questions. Ask lots of questions because the answers give you power to up your game and truly enjoy life. Sometimes asking can feel like a risk, but you’ll learn so much more about research, your coursework, and even fun stuff like places to eat amazing food.

What are you most excited about tackling in your new role?

Much of research today is conducted online, which makes the library website one of the most important experiences the University Libraries have to get right. One of the fascinating challenges of this will be making this experience accessible using any technology, from phones to screen reading software.

What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be?

With too many to count, I’ll go with my favorite series as a kid – “Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators.” The middle school detectives solved the craziest mysteries through brains, research, and bravery. As a kid, I would have done anything to be the fourth detective on the team. I rediscovered the books as a librarian and was surprised with how well they hold up.

Any hobbies?

I’ve been drawing comics and studying comic history since I was a kid. I can’t say I was ever great at cartooning, but I still enjoy doodling when I get the chance. I also enjoy road tripping, design, architecture, history and leveraging technology to tell stories.

What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?

The fact I’d do about anything to help in the library might not surprise, but here is what might. My first library where I worked was hosting a huge kids program. The librarian’s husband usually helped with these programs, but he fell ill. As a result, the next thing I knew, I was dressed up in a head-to-toe Cat in the Hat costume entertaining the kids. Other than a trio of boys who insisted on pulling my tail I actually had a blast. Over the next few years, they had me appearing as Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and a few other characters whose names I’ve since forgotten. Yes, those costumes are freaking hot.

 

By: Vincent Frieden on: February 07, 2018 1:07 pm | friedevt small twitter logo@ohiyote

Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?

I am from Columbus, Ohio. I lived most recently in the German Village neighborhood (strategically close to the Jeni's Ice Cream). I graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio (conveniently nearby to Whit's Frozen Custard) where I majored in Philosophy and Spanish. I completed my MLIS from Kent State with a concentration in Academic Libraries in 2014.

What's your title? How would you describe your position at the Miami Libraries?

I am a Web Services Librarian so I develop the website for the University Libraries. My main responsibility is to make the website usable and accessible for students, faculty members, and librarians but I hope to make it beautiful too.

What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami Libraries?

The most simple answer is that I just love books. The real reason, though, is my colleagues. Working with bright, collaborative, and creative people makes me happy to come to work every day and strive to be my best. I chose to come to Miami because the libraries have an aura of creativity and resoundingly support innovation in our field.

What's the best part of working in a library?

The best part of working in the library is the free books, of course. I love being constantly surrounded by the opportunity to learn new things.

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?

I wish students knew of all of the awesome citation managers that can facilitate research by keeping things organized. They are such a time saver.

What are you most excited about tackling in your new role?

I am very excited to create a new library website for everyone, but I think that I'm looking forward most to contributing to Project Blacklight, an open source discovery service.

What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be?

That's probably the most difficult question anyone has ever asked me. Right now it is “The Dispossessed” by Ursula K. LeGuin, but my answer changes constantly. I'm a huge fan of anything written by J. K. Rowling or Jane Austen.

Any hobbies?

I spend most of my free time reading, exercising and sleeping, but I try to do a little bit of baking and rock climbing here and there as well. I also love eating good food, particularly ice cream and sushi.

What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?

I have always been a baseball fan. I learned to keep score and sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" before I could read.