Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Ch..Ch..Ch..Changes Happening at Gardner-Harvey Library this Fall!

Find our what's happening at the Gardner-Harvey Library this semester by reading our online newsletter!

The Fall 2015 edition is now available.  Earlier semesters can also be found in our newsletter archive.

Highlights include:

  • Experience the new library catalog!
  • Watch new library videos!
  • Use new subject guides for Commerce, Information Technology, Liberal Studies, and more!
  • Attend or teach a workshop at the TEC Lab Makerspace!
  • Pay for 3D printing or library fines with your ID!
  • Embed a librarian in your Canvas course!
  • Ask us to buy a book or DVD!
  • Learn how to make bulleted lists with exclamation points at the end! (in the Spring Newsletter)




Friday, August 21, 2015

Book Page Crafts at the TEC Lab


The library will be hosting a drop-in workshop September 2nd in our TEC Lab Makerspace. Stop by between 12pm and 2pm to make one of several book page crafts with materials provided by GHL. Use pages from some of our discarded books so you don’t have to ruin your own!

Projects available:
  • Book page drink coasters- coasters with words! Mod Podge book pages onto coasters and be the envy of the office! 
  • Book page art- Stamp, draw, or paint on a book page! The Etsy craze is easy to DIY, and we provide the materials. Frames not provided. 
  • Votives- Decorate a candle holder with book pages and watch them glow.
  • Stamped buttons and magnets- design your own button or magnet with book pages so you can show off your love for literacy.


Questions?  Let us know.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Help Students Succeed: Support the Gardner-Harvey Library!



#MoveInMiami -- a one-day fundraiser for Miami University -- is on Thursday, August 20. It supports activities throughout the University, and the library has been added to the list of possible funds to receive donations. 

As an added bonus to regional campus donors and friends, Regional Campus Dean Mike Pratt and his wife Patty will personally contribute $10 to the fund of your choice for each new gift raised by 8/20 (a gift must be $5 or more and must be given to a regional campus fund).

This is an exciting opportunity for the library to raise gift funds to support our programming, add new books and technology, and provide services to students, faculty and staff members, and members of the Middletown community.  We hope to increase the number of textbooks and the number of laptops we are able to check out to students, and, as a stretch goal, to add a laser cutter to our TEC Lab makerspace.

If you are interested in making even a small gift to the Gardner-Harvey Library (or our sister library in Hamilton), please use the form at http://www.forloveandhonor.org/RegionalLibraries. All gifts are tax deductible, and you will be emailed a receipt upon making a gift online. Gifts must be made between now and August 20 to qualify for this initiative.

Thank you very much for your time!

John

John J. Burke, MSLS
Library Director & Principal Librarian
Gardner-Harvey Library
Miami University Middletown

burkejj@miamioh.edu
513-727-3293
http://miamioh.edu/burkejj

Monday, August 10, 2015

The new library catalog is here!

The new library catalog is now in place for Miami University.  You will find it under the Books & More tab on our website.  A new searching guide for it has been made available that shows what search results look like and identifies new features.

And, even more guidance:  if you are looking for the Journal Titles tab, we had to remove it as part of the new catalog introduction.  However, you may still find journals in the new catalog using the tips in this handy guide.

If you have any difficulty accessing or using the new catalog, please use our Classic Catalog as a substitute.  And, please let us know what is happening so that we can address the issue.  Thank you, and enjoy the new catalog!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Library materials added in July

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 May. We added 100 books, e-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 are starting off buying materials for 2015/16, and we are eager to hear from you about individual items you would like us to buy, or types of items we should be on the lookout for, or general subject areas we should build up in the collection.  

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.  And pass your general suggestions or comments on the collection to us in those same ways.

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

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

New library catalog arrives on August 10

Miami University Libraries is switching from our current library catalog to a new one starting on August 10.  The catalog will look and function much like our Articles & More database, but will just include books, e-books, DVDs, and other physical and electronic items owned by the libraries.

The catalog will look the same on our website (we'll still call it Books and More):

screenshot image of Gardner-Harvey Library search options from website
You may experience some interruption in service while we get the new catalog linked from the GHL website.  The catalog will be operational on the University Libraries website starting on the 10th.

If you use the Folder function in the current catalog, you will want to export any saved records for materials that you have in your Folder.  Please see the University Libraries blog for more instructions on exporting those records.

If you have any questions about the catalog change, be sure to contact the GHL Staff.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Library materials added in June (and a 2014/15 wrap up)

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 May. We added 70 books, e-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 994 items for the collection since July 2014.  We are currently reviewing our ordering activities for the year, and looking for new ways to approach buying materials for 2015/16.  We will be seeking input from students, faculty, and staff on the state of the collection and how to better amass the information you need as we start the Fall Semester.

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!