Thursday, April 28, 2016

Library Renovation Plans

The Gardner-Harvey Library has been undergoing a slow metamorphosis during this academic year, and the pace of our change is about to speed up.  Here is how your library experience may be affected as we complete Spring Semester and enter the summer.

Beginning on May 16th, a temporary wall will be constructed to separate the book stacks, the InfoDesk, and our public computer area from the renovation zone.  By the start of Fall Semester, eight study rooms, a new TEC Lab makerspace, and four staff offices will be added in the zone.  By November, a new elevator will be in place.  

For the summer, however, the library will be much smaller in size, and we will not have an elevator in service.  You will have full access to our collection, our computers, deliveries of library materials from Miami University and OhioLINK libraries, and assistance from the library staff.  We will be able to schedule the GRD 111 computer lab for your use, but STAR Lounges 1 and 2 will not be available as they are being used for temporary staff offices and storage. 

Most of the library will be fully open and furnished between now and the Thursday of Finals Week.  Starting on May 6th, the STAR Lounges will begin to be occupied by library staff.  On May 12th, we will begin the final move of furniture out of the renovation zone.

During Finals Week, the library staff will provide free coffee, tea, hot chocolate, lemonade, and mints for your enjoyment as you study.  Check our library hours page and note our special Saturday study hours on May 7th and our upcoming summer hours.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.  Thank you for putting up with our growing pains!


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

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Stressed out? Contact the Library!

Everyone has a lot to do at the end of the semester. The library staff can help you with your final tasks before Finals Week.

  • Need one more source for your paper or project?
  • Want to have someone check your citations?
  • Looking for a quiet spot to write, create, or study?

These last-minute adjustments can improve a paper or project, and increase your grade.  Contact us today and we can help! Chat, text, e-mail, call, set up a meeting, or just drop by. Trust us, you'll feel better.

Image provided through a Creative Commons Attribution License by Thomas Haynie.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

May the 4th Be With You: Join us for an Open House and Star Wars Day at the TEC Lab!

Do you like making things?  Do you like Star Wars?  Would you like to see everything the TEC Lab has to offer?

Join us Wednesday, May 4th for an open house and a celebration of Star Wars Day (between 12pm and 2pm OR between 6pm and 8pm)!.  That's right . . . it's our first workshop with evening hours.

For Star Wars Day, we'll make Star Wars origami figures, and show off some other themed creations.

We'll also demonstrate all of the things you can make in the TEC Lab and all of the technology and gear we have to make them, including:

  • 3Doodler handheld creations
  • Google Cardboard smartphone virtual reality headsets
  • 3D printing
  • Book page crafts
  • LED light and battery projects
  • 3D scanning
  • Cameo Silhouette paper/fabric design cutter
  • Wood burning pens
  • Green screen
  • And our brand new laser engraver and cutter!

This is our last event for the semester, and it will count toward the 2 event minimum to qualify to win a Kindle Fire from the library this semester.  We will draw for a winner on May 5th.

Jedi Master Yoda image provided through a Creative Commons Attribution License by Pablo Garcia.

Friday, April 01, 2016

New books and DVDs added in March at the Gardner-Harvey Library!

See our new materials list of items we added to the collection in March! We added 130 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.

Here are five titles from the list, to give you an idea of what we've been buying:

  • The Internet of us : knowing more and understanding less in the age of Big Data 
  • From #BlackLivesMatter to Black liberation / Keeanga‐Yamahtta Taylor
  • Guns and contemporary society : the past, present, and future of firearms and firearm policy
  • Imbeciles : the Supreme Court, American eugenics, and the sterilization of Carrie Buck
  • Lit up : one reporter, three schools, twenty‐four books that can change lives / David Denby

This tag will show you all of the prior lists of new materials, in reverse chronological order. 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. Your input will help us keep the collection working well for 2015/16 and beyond!

If you have a suggestion of something to order, please use our "Tell GHL to Buy It" form, email Jennifer Hicks (, or drop by the library with your request. And pass your general suggestions or comments about the collection to us in those same ways.

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

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

When You Need to Know: Authoritative, Current Reference eBooks

World of Forensic Science, 2016Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering, 2015

When you need background information for research projects or proposals, the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is an excellent digital collection to search.  Now 5 new digital reference sets are being added in the fields of ethics, health, criminal justice, forensics, and science and technology. 

Users in biology, health information technology, nursing, psychology, and social work will find the Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, 9 volumes, 2015 to be fact-filled. Each disorder described, includes causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, and procedures.  In fall 2016, Human Diseases and Conditions will be added.  Users in computer science, engineering, and information technology, who wish to explore professional ethics in science and technology as well as the ethical and political issues, will want to search Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering, 4 volumes, 2015.  Profiling and Criminal Justice in America, 2015 will appeal to researchers in Criminal Justice Studies.  Those engaged in the interdisciplinary work of crime scenes and legal evidence may turn to the World of Forensic Science, 2 volumes, 2016.

New Google integration tools make it possible to share and download these articles in Google Drive and Docs.  A Chrome app makes access to GVRL fast on whatever mobile device or PC you use.  Other efficient GVRL tools include translate, read aloud, highlight, annotate, cite, and print.  See for yourself how online research continues to change @ the Gardner-Harvey Library.   

Profiling and Criminal Justice in America, 2015The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, 2015

Monday, March 21, 2016

Author Mary Erdmans (On Becoming a Teen Mom) Meets Readers

Please join us on Wednesday, March 30, at 11:00am in the Blue Chairs Area of the Gardner-Harvey Library to meet author Mary Erdmans.  Light refreshments will be served.

She is the co-author of On Becoming a Teen Mom: Life Before Pregnancy and is currently a Professor of Sociology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She will talk about the book and answer questions from the audience. Here is a synopsis of the work:

"In this myth-shattering book, the authors tell the life stories of 108 brown, white, and black teen mothers, exposing the problems in their lives often overlooked in pregnancy prevention campaigns. Some stories are tragic and painful, marked by sexual abuse, partner violence, and school failure. Others depict "girl next door" characters whose unintended pregnancies lay bare insidious gender disparities. Offering a fresh perspective on the links between teen births and social inequalities, this book demonstrates how the intersecting hierarchies of gender, race, and class shape the biographies of young mothers."

This event will count toward the 2 event minimum to qualify to win a Kindle Fire from the library this semester.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Learn About Becoming Published from Cedar Sanderson

Join us on Monday, April 11th from 2:30-3:30 in the Gardner-Harvey Library's Blue Chairs Area for a presentation by author Cedar Sanderson. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend.

Publishing is a complex path to take once you have successfully completed writing your magnum opus. Cedar will talk about the various paths to publication and which one she chose. If you are interested in becoming published and taking control of your own writing output, come prepared to take home much food for thought.

Cedar Sanderson is a senior at Miami University, but she is also a successful author with six novels out and numerous shorter works. She was nominated for the Hugo Awards in 2015 for her writing, and her articles on writing and publishing can be found at Mad Genius Club, a blog for writers, by writers.

This event will count toward the 2 event minimum to qualify to win a Kindle Fire from the library this semester.

Light Up Spring - Make a flower light in the TEC Lab!

Stop by the TEC Lab located in the Gardner Harvey Library any time between 12 and 2pm on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 to make a flower light. 

The event is free and open to the public.
This event will count toward the 2 event minimum to qualify to win a Kindle Fire from the library this semester.

Doing This and That When We Write: Editing and Writing, Writing and Editing, About American Literatures

Join us on Tuesday, April 19th from 2:00-3:00 in the Gardner-Harvey Library's Blue Chairs Area for a presentation by Dr. Helane Androne.  Light refreshments will be served.  All are welcome to attend.
She will discuss the process of editing her collection of essays, Multiethnic American Literatures: Essays for Teaching Context and Culture, from inspiration to completion. She will also talk about her experience picking back up on her own book about Ritual in Chicana fiction and getting that into publication (July 2016).

Dr. Androne is a Professor of English on the Middletown campus and is the Director of the Ohio Writing Project.

This event will count toward the 2 event minimum to qualify to win a Kindle Fire from the library this semester.