Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Want to Collaborate with an Embedded Librarian in Canvas?

Librarians at the Gardner-Harvey Library invite you to collaborate with us in Canvas, as you transition to Miami’s new learning management system! 

In Spring 2015, we were embedded in 30 course sections, reaching more than 700 students.  We would be thrilled to expand this research service and partner with you this summer or fall.

Would you like to develop your students’ online scholarly research skills and deepen their understanding of metaliteracy concepts such as academic integrity or open access? 

Your LMS embedded librarians link or embed library digital collections such as:

Other services we provide include:
  • Creating customized screencasts  & course guides
  • Help citing sources
  • Demonstrating library finding tools like the EBSCO Discovery Service, Online Catalog, and Discipline-specific databases
  • In-class instruction
  • Research consultations with student groups
  • 3D printing projects
  • Virtual reference assistance
  • Research assignment review and redesign
Faculty who use the LMS Embedded Librarian service appreciate the personalized information literacy instruction their students receive.

Students have also expressed appreciation.

This is the first class that I have had an embedded librarian. I think it is great knowing that someone is there to answer any question we may have!

She presented us decent places to find credible articles. She also told us how to narrow down search results on the online library.

Please contact us this summer to begin a joint adventure in Canvas.

Regards,

John Burke, Director, burkejj@miamioh.edu

Jessie Long, Public Services Librarianlongjh@miamioh.edu

Beth Tumbleson, Assistant Director, tumbleb@miamioh.edu

Friday, May 22, 2015

Good Reads for Summer

So you have extra time to sit in the shade or on the beach and read.  What a treat!  Now which book might you pick up?  Check out this list of new fiction!


All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr, 2014

The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins, 2015

The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd, 2014

Lila, Mariynne Robinson, 2014

Mermaids in Paradise, Lydia Millet, 2014

One Day, David Nicholls, 2010

The Plover, Brian Doyle, 2014

Telegraph Avenue, Michael Chabon, 2012

Some Luck, Jane Smiley, 2014

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, Jan Karon, 2014

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, Gabrielle Feyin, 2014

Us, David Nicholls, 2014

We Were Liars, E. Lockhart, 2014

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Best Apps for Academics

So you have your To-Do List for summer.  Please think about adding 1 more item.

Explore Best Apps for Academics a companion site to a 2014 book by the same title, by independent user experience professional and former MIT Librarian Nicole Hennig and Pam Nicholas.  

Who knows when you may want to update your smartphone or tablet?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer hours may change, but great services remain

The Gardner-Harvey Library has moved to its summer hours, but our services are still available to you.  What can you do at the library all summer?  Here are a few ideas:

  • Borrow books and DVDs from our collection and from over 100 academic and public libraries in Ohio.  Get some recreational summer reading and watching going!
  • Use our phenomenal array of databases (over 400 choices!).  Keep up with articles on a wide variety of topics, but also collections of images, videos, and more!
  • Drop by the library for some peaceful study and reflection.  Our summer hours are:
    • Monday through Thursday, 8:00am to 6:00pm
    • Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Use a computer and printer/copier while you're here, or check out a laptop or iPad to use at home.  Stay connected!
  • Try out our 3D printers or the library makerspace.  We're going to have some making activities going on during the Week of Making, June 12 to 18 in conjunction with the National Maker Faire in Washington, DC.  Make this summer special!


    We hope you won't be a stranger this summer.  Stop by the library and use our stuff.  And, if you can't find what you need here, let us know and we'll buy it.

    Read. Learn. Make. Grow. Peace. Summer.

    Monday, May 11, 2015

    Study at the Library With a Free Refreshing Beverage

    The Library will offer free coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and lemonade all during finals week, starting on Monday, May 11th. It will be set up in our entrance area from roughly 8:00am to 8:00pm, Monday through Thursday, and from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Friday. Please drop on by and enjoy a cup!

    It's our way of making your last minute studying and paper/project preparation a bit more relaxing. Thanks for being a part of our library community!

    Monday, May 04, 2015

    Library materials added in March and April

    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 December. We added 98 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 811 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!

    Research Reception this Thursday in the Library

    As we approach the end of the semester, we would like to take the time to highlight all of the great work our faculty and staff have done. This coming Thursday, May 7th, the library will be holding a Research Reception to honor Miami Middletown faculty/staff for your scholarly activities.
    When: Thursday, May 7th, 2:00-3:00 PM
    Where: Gardner-Harvey Library, Miami University Middletown
    What: Light refreshments will be served.


    There is also still time to have your research added to our display. Just email Jessie Long at longjh@miamioh.edu with the titles or citations of any journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, books or other work that you have completed within the last 2 years.

    Thanks again to everyone who has already sent us their research lists. We hope to see you all on Thursday.

    Thursday, April 09, 2015

    Library Open on Saturday Before Finals for Study Space and Refreshing Beverages

    The Gardner-Harvey Library will offer extra study hours to students on Saturday, May 9, 2015. 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, hot chocolate, and lemonade will be available.


    Need a book, DVD, or other item? Tell GHL to buy it!

    The Library is eager to know what books, DVDs, and other items you would like to add to our collection.

    We have long depended on input from the campus community to guide the development of the collection. Our new goal is to expand the sources of that input beyond a small number of faculty and staff members.

    Students, faculty, staff, or members of the Middletown community: we want to know what items interest you! Help us shape an ever-growing collection of resources to meet your scholarly and recreational reading and viewing needs.

    Please have a look at our collection policy, and then use our Tell GHL to Buy It form to make your request.  We are trying to wrap up our buying for the 2014/15 fiscal year, so now is the time to get your requests in.  Thanks so much!