News & Notes

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.

By: Eric Weaver on: February 15, 2018 6:30 pm | weavered

Congratulations to Ed Sheeran, winner of the 2018 album poll, and thank you to all who voted!


Amos Music Library invites the Miami community to vote for their favorite popular released in 2017. For the fifth year, the winning album will be added to the library's circulating CD collection. The poll is available here. The nominees were selected from among the best-reviewed and best-selling popular albums of 2017.

Our past winners:

This year's nominees (with links to those titles already owned by the library):

Vote here. The poll closes Wednesday, February 14th.

Not familiar with the nominees? Check out our Spotify playlist (including additional tracks from other recent artists of note). 

By: Vincent Frieden on: December 07, 2017 5:32 am | friedevt small twitter logo@ohiyote










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

I am originally from Northeastern Ohio, specifically the Akron/Cleveland area. I have a B.A. in art history from Kent State University, an M.A. in art history from Case Western Reserve University, and an M.L.I.S. from Kent State University.

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

I’m the Arts and Humanities Librarian, and my office is in the Wertz Art and Architecture Library in Alumni Hall. I am the subject librarian for studio art, art history, art education, arts management, architecture, interior design, graphic design, and fashion. I work closely with both students and faculty in these areas to meet their information needs. This includes individual research consultations as well as classroom instruction. I am also in charge of collection management and development for my subject areas.

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

Like many librarians, I have always loved both books and libraries. After receiving my M.A., the M.L.I.S. was a logical next step. It allows me to combine my love of art with my love of books and research. What drew me to the Miami Libraries in particular was the people and the culture of innovation and creativity in the library. I wanted to be part of that.

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

Definitely the students. I love helping them find answers to their research questions.

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

When I was in college, I had no idea that librarians were available to help. So, if you need help on a research assignment, ask a librarian!

What's your favorite book? 

I could never choose one favorite book, just like I could never choose a single favorite artist or artwork. Some of my favorite books from this year include Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, American War by Omar El Akkad, and Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven.

Any hobbies?

Besides reading, I enjoy ballet and visiting museums.

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

I was captain of the cheerleading squad in high school. 

By: Laura Birkenhauer on: November 22, 2017 10:15 am | crosbylm small twitter logo@LMBirkenhauer

Just in time for the holidays, a sleigh full of goodies arrived at the Libraries: new Leisure Reading titles! We have all the books on your wishlist this year, including select titles with a Christmastime theme. Follow our Pinterest board to stay updated on all of the latest in Leisure, and check out a full list of our newest titles below: 

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Column of Fire by Ken Follett

Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg

Duchess by Danielle Steel

Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz

Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott

Home for Christmas by Holly Chamberlin

Origin by Dan Brown

Stephen Colbert's Midnight Confessions by Stephen Colbert

The TB12 Method by Tom Brady

Unqualified by Anna Faris

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton