Friday, December 12, 2014

Got an Embedded Librarian?

In Winter 2015 or Spring 2015, will your students be conducting research for papers, presentations, or projects? If so, they can benefit from working with an embedded librarian  in your Niihka or Canvas course.
  
First-year students find online searching difficult and are frustrated when navigating complex digital libraries.  Many admit their research competencies are limited. Could your students use some guidance, based on the bibliographies they are building?

Students are already familiar with Google.  Many are unfamiliar with Google Scholar, however, which links back to Miami University Libraries’ full-text holdings of scholarly articles.  Most have never used Miami University Libraries’ discovery service: Articles & More, until shown by a librarian. Articles & More searches 80 databases at once, producing a set of results which can be narrowed to scholarly journal articles or books, and contains  an overview Research Starter for many topics. It also provides  APA or MLA citations for sources. 

With the help of instructors and librarians, students will learn how to:
·         search library databases and Google Scholar
·         read abstracts of journal articles
·         evaluate sources
·         conduct independent research
·         refocus topics
·         dig deeper & persevere
·         cite sources

In 2014, our librarians were embedded in 90 courses, reaching 2,000 students to deliver information literacy instruction and link to academic resources for students enrolled in online, hybrid, and traditional courses.  The embedded librarian service is entering its seventh year in 2015.  We would like to collaborate with you in developing students’ understanding of the research process, related to your discipline!

Please contact any of the Gardner-Harvey Librarians for customized solutions to your course-related research assignments.  We are happy to help with assignment reviews, links to authoritative databases and electronic collections, as well as tutorials and citation tools.  See these sample pages to get a better idea of embedded librarianship.

John Burke, Director, burkejj@miamioh.edu
Jessie Long, Public Services Librarian, longjh@miamioh.edu
Beth Tumbleson, Assistant Director, tumbleb@miamioh.edu


Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Congratulations to our embedded librarian survey winners!

Did you take a class that had an embedded librarian? If so, you probably received an email a few weeks ago asking you to fill out our online survey. The class who had the highest percentage of completed surveys would receive either breakfast or lunch on us. 

With almost 33% completing our survey, EDT 190 MA were the winners and received breakfast from the library during their final class this week.

Congratulations once again to our survey winning class and thank you to all of you who completed our survey. Your responses help us to keep growing and improving our embedded librarian program.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Library materials added in November

To bring you up to date on what has recently been added to the collection, a new materials list is now available that reflects additions during November. We added 99 books, DVDs, and other items during that time, thanks to your selections and suggestions. The list is sorted by call number, with items grouped roughly by subject area.  

This tag will show you all of the prior lists of new materials, in reverse chronological order. 

We have purchased 456 items for the collection since July 2014.  If you have a suggestion of something to order, please use our "Tell GHL to Buy It" form, email Jennifer Hicks or one of our other staff members, or drop by the library with your request.  

Thanks again for keeping our collection vibrant and your information needs met!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Library Open on Saturday Before Finals Week

The Gardner-Harvey Library will offer extra study hours to students on Saturday, December 6, 2014.  We will be open from Noon until 4:00pm that day.  If you need a quiet place to study, please come to the library and use our open seating areas, our STAR lounges, or the Group Study Area downstairs.  Staff will be on hand to provide assistance.

Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will be available.


The Hidden Beauty of Wood

Enjoy a new display at the library of beautiful wood-worked pieces.

Most of the items in the library display were handcrafted by James Barton Wallace.  Mr. Wallace was an avid woodworker and produced most of the objects using a lathe and turning tools.  He enjoyed using all kinds of wood including some unusual woods from native and fruit trees.  The collection includes oak, cherry, black walnut, osage orange (hedge apple), hickory, peach and others.  Different stains and finishes are used to highlight the individual qualities of the wood.  The turned specimens are on loan from Mr. Wallace’s daughter, Maude Haeger, and granddaughter, Shannon Weaver, who is a Miami University student.  


3D Printing: Bring Your Ideas to Life

3D printing can turn a digital file into a practical or decorative item in a matter of minutes or hours.   Join us in the library makerspace to see how 3D printing works.  Learn how to create your own 3D files with software or a 3D scannner, and how to find 3D files that others have created and shared.  Have an item scanned (maybe your head!) for later printing. 

The workshop will be held on December 3, 2014, from 1:00pm-2:00pm in the Gardner-Harvey Library Makerspace on the main level of the library. 



Friday, October 31, 2014

Library materials added in October

To bring you up to date on what has recently been added to the collection, a new materials list is now available that reflects additions during October. We added 102 books, DVDs, and other items during that time, thanks to your selections and suggestions. The list is sorted by call number, with items grouped roughly by subject area.  

This tag will show you all of the prior lists of new materials, in reverse chronological order. 

We have purchased 355 items for the collection since July 2014.  If you have a suggestion of something to order, please use our online request form, email Jennifer Hicks or one of our other staff members, or drop by the library with your request.  

Thanks again for keeping our collection vibrant and your information needs met!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Scholarly Commons at Miami University

Miami University Libraries is celebrating Open Access Week, October 20-24, 2014.

Faculty, staff, and students may deposit their scholarly work in Miami University's digital repository called Scholarly Commons, to make datasets, working papers, pre-publication scholarship, and published papers openly accessible, facilitate preservation, and fulfill grant requirements.

If you would like to learn more about which file types, documents, and data sets can be submitted and how to upload your scholarly work, please see this FAQ for details and directions.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Create your own miniature world: Terrarium building at the library

Come to the Gardner Harvey Library on Wednesday, November 5 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm to create your own miniature world!

Live plants, fake plants, rocks, miniatures, all can be used to build your own terrarium.  Join us in the library and create your own miniature world.  

Please RSVP (http://goo.gl/forms/scjVPlwNx6) to ensure we have enough supplies.  If you have any glassware or small items you would like to use with your terrarium, please feel free to bring them along. 

The event is free but please RSVP so we have adequate supplies on hand.

Questions?  Call our InfoDesk at 513-727-3222.