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By: Vincent Frieden on: December 09, 2016 11:25 am | friedevt small twitter logo@ohiyote

 

Thom Gerrish joined the Miami University Libraries team earlier this fall as Science and Engineering Librarian in B.E.S.T. Library. Learn more about Thom in our December staff spotlight.


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

I’m originally from near Kalamazoo, Mich.  I graduated from Michigan State University with undergrad degrees in biochemistry and Russian.  I also have a master’s in linguistics from MSU. My MLIS is from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. 


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

My title is Science and Engineering Librarian.  This comes with a lot of different functions.  I’m essentially responsible for connecting with the students and faculty in chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and geology departments.  This means providing research help, managing the library’s collection, and liaising with the departments.  


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

Being a librarian means working with a lot of interesting people and learning a lot of different things.  Working at Miami means being at a great school that allows me to live in the Midwest near family and friends. 


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

Almost every day is different.  Some days you meet with students, others you work on collection development or personal research.  I love the variety that the job brings.


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

Probably inter library loan.  The library can get you nearly anything you need…but you might need to start your research earlier than the night before it’s due.  This is a powerful resource that I wish more people knew about and used.


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

It’s hard to say what my favorite of all time would be. I really like The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, The Stand by Stephen King, and the Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan.  As for a character from a book, I guess I’d like to be Tyrion Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire for his combination of wit and sarcasm. 


Any hobbies?

I play trumpet and cornet.  I also enjoy cooking since it reminds me of being in a chemistry lab. 


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

I used to have all the licenses required to sell securities like stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. 

By: Vincent Frieden on: November 03, 2016 8:41 am | friedevt small twitter logo@ohiyote

An Ohio native, Lindsey Masters joined the Miami University Libraries last month as a senior library technician in the Center for Digital Scholarship.

Where are you originally from? What's your educational background?
Originally, I am from Millersburg, Ohio; more commonly known as Amish Country. I graduated from the University of Mount Union, where I studied Japanese language and Media Computing. During my time at Mount I also had the opportunity to study abroad in Japan for a semester.

What drew you to work in a library environment? Why did you choose the Miami University Libraries?
While studying at Mount, I spent time working at the campus library. During that time, I found the atmosphere and work environment of an academic library to be one that was very welcoming and enjoyable. While researching Miami, I found the libraries here have that same atmosphere, as well as a team that has a real passion for its work. The campus and its libraries seemed genuine about wanting to provide the best resources and opportunities for their students and staff, and that was something I wanted to be a part of.

What's the best part of working in a library?
The best part about working in a library is easy access to books. I like to peruse the shelves when I have extra time during lunch. It’s always fun to find something new you might not have known was there before.

What's one thing you wish college students knew about using a library?
I hope students realize the library is so much more than just a quiet place to study. It’s great for that, but there is so much more available to them—help with writing, research tools, technology, an extremely helpful and friendly staff. There are a lot of resources they can take advantage of.

What's your favorite book? What book character would you most like to be?
“Howl’s Moving Castle,” by Diana Wynne Jones, has been my favorite book since I was about nine years old. I’ve probably reread it more times than I should. I would definitely choose to be the main character, Sophie. She becomes cursed, is transformed into an 80-plus year old woman, makes a deal with a fire demon, and gets into the middle of all sorts of mischief and magical adventures, all the while crankily complaining about her aching bones.

Any hobbies?
I enjoy reading (big surprise!), but also enjoy creative writing, as well as illustration and crafting.

What's something people don't know about you that might surprise them?
I love to quilt. I’ve quilted about eight blankets in the past two years and have two works-in-progress waiting for me to get around to finishing them.

By: Vincent Frieden on: November 03, 2016 9:31 am | friedevt small twitter logo@ohiyote

Tiffany Dogan is a senior library technician at B.E.S.T. Library who began her current role in 2015 after previously working at the Southwest Ohio Regional Depository. A Miami graduate, Tiffany has worked in the Miami Libraries since beginning as a student worker in 2005. 

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

I'm a Cincinnatian born and raised—at Skyline is where I've spent most of my days. I am a Class of 2008 Miami alum. I originally started as a zoology/pre-med major, but switched to black world studies and urban and regional planning. I also earned a certificate in geographic information sciences.

When did you start at Miami Libraries?

My time at Miami Libraries started at Wertz Art and Architecture Library in 2005 as a student worker. In 2006, I began working at King Library as well. In 2010, I was hired as a full-time staff member at the Southwest Ohio Regional Book Depository (SWORD). In 2015, I accepted my current position at B.E.S.T. Library.

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

When I was a student worker, I just needed a job. Over the years, I have found that it's great work that allows you to interact on an intellectual level with people from many different backgrounds and concentrations. You're also able to learn a lot on your own when you help students research topics. I especially like that the Miami Libraries give people a chance to be themselves.

What's the best part of your job?

First is the people. Our students and staff at B.E.S.T. Library are simply that—the best! I enjoy that each day is different and there are constantly opportunities to learn new things and develop yourself personally and professionally.

What do you wish Miami students knew about the Library?

I wish the average Miami student knew that the Library is more than just a place to study or get info on how to start a research paper. Through the programming it offers, the Library is a great resource for students to discover new hobbies and learn more about where they fit in Miami history. Special Collections does a great job telling Miami's story. We also offer programs like MakerHerSpace and Zines workshops that offer opportunities to de-stress and socialize with others.

What's your favorite book?

Honestly, I have a number of favorite books. The Harry Potter series, “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” “The Hot Zone” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” are a few favorites of mine.

Any hobbies?

I knit... well, I knit with a knitting loom (yes, I know it's cheating). I took up the hobby about five years ago when one of my best friends was pregnant with her son. I made a baby blanket using the knitting loom. It took a while because I made it kinda big so he can grow into it.

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

I am very active with a local grad chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. I am the advisor to the undergraduate chapter at Xavier University. It sounds weird to the average person, but the work of all organizations that are governed by the National Pan-Hellenic Council continues after graduating. I have chaired and co-chaired a number of programs that my chapter has hosted over the past two years that engage the community. One of my favorite initiatives is Operation Big Book Bag. Our chapter partners with other organizations to provide book bags full of school supplies to an entire school in Cincinnati that has a 100 percent poverty population.

By: Eli Sullivan on: June 27, 2018 11:03 am | sullive4 small twitter logo@muElibrarian

Photograph of LAURE Winners

Three Miami students won the Miami University Libraries’ inaugural Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE), an award given to Miami University undergraduates who demonstrate excellence in library research conducted in support of a student project.

This year’s LAURE winners are:

 

  • First Place: Mahaley Evans, a senior History major, submitted a project examining the discourse surrounding women in East Germany and Eastern Europe and analyzing communism’s effect on their Cold War and post-war lives. Ms. Evans completed the project for History 480, taught by Dr. Matthew Gordon, and her project sponsor was Dr. Erik Jensen.
  • Honorable Mention: Marlyka (Lyka) Williams, a junior majoring in Architecture, presented a project entitled Dare to be a Wildflower: Looking to the Natural World for Answers Through an In Depth Study of Heliostat Technology, based on her research in Architecture 406 taught by Dr. Mary Ben Bonham.
  • Honorable Mention: Garrett Gust, a senior Individualized Studies major, submitted his project Tapped: An Insider Look at the Craft Beer Movement, conducted in part for WST 421 taught by Dr. Hays Cummins.

 

Ms. Evans, Ms. Williams, and Mr. Gust will be honored at the Miami University Libraries Student Recognition Dinner on April 24. In addition to this recognition, LAURE’s first place winner receives $1000.00, and honorable mention winners each receive $100.00.

Award-winning projects will be submitted to Miami’s Scholarly Commons in a special collection designed to showcase exceptional undergraduate work. A second award cycle, designed for students who are currently completing first year research, will take place in the Fall. For more information about LAURE, please visit the LAURE website at http://libguides.lib.miamioh.edu/LAURE.

By: Jennifer Bazeley on: December 03, 2018 10:26 am | bazelejw small twitter logo@@jwbazeley

Screenshot of Nature Genetics content sharing feature


This week, Nature Publishing Group (NPG) introduced new, experimental functionality on the nature.com platform that enables subscribers to many journals at nature.com to share a read-only version of full-text subscription articles, to support collaboration. This functionality is powered by ReadCube, which is an enhanced PDF viewer that can be used in-browser or through the ReadCube client, which is available for download for both Mac and Windows users.

What does this mean for Miami University Library patrons?

The Libraries subscribe to 16 journals on the nature.com platform with the shareable link functionality. If you are a Miami University faculty, student, or staff, you may create a shareable link to an article in one of these 16 journals and share it with anyone, including those outside of the MU community.

To create a shareable link to an article in one of the 16 journal titles, navigate to the full text (html) of an article at the nature.com platform. A Share icon appears just above and to the right of the article title. Click on the Share icon and copy and paste the Shareable Link that appears in the box (e.g., http://rdcu.be/bK4l). Send this link to colleagues or collaborators who don't have a subscription to the journal but would like to read the article.

For nature.com journal content that is not currently available to Miami University users, colleagues at other institutions who do subscribe to these titles may now send you a shareable link to that content.

Note that these full text articles are not open access, are read-only, and fall under nature.com's Principles and Guidelines.

 

By: Jennifer Bazeley on: December 03, 2018 10:26 am | bazelejw small twitter logo@@jwbazeley

Knowledge Unlatched logo

Miami University Libraries is pleased to announce our participation in the Knowledge Unlatched project as a charter member. The current system for publishing scholarly material is in crisis. Knowledge Unlatched is pioneering a new, experimental model for the publication of scholarly monographs--instead of every academic institution purchasing a single title whose use is limited to that institutional community, a large cooperative of institutions pay into the cost of a title fee to a publisher. In return for this payment, the book is made freely available for anyone in the world to access on a Creative Commons license as a fully downloadable PDF. Because the number of participating institutions was much higher than originally predicted, the cost per book per institution dropped drastically.  

As of April 2014, 22 of the 28 titles in the pilot phase of this project are now available for anyone to download on the OAPEN platform. The remaining 6 titles will be published and made available over the remainder of 2014.  As a charter member, Miami University Libraries will be involved in the project’s governance going forward, and will have the option to continue participating on a title by title basis.  

Titles cover a variety of subject areas, primarily in the humanities and social sciences.  A list of the available titles can be found on the OAPEN platform.