Friday, June 16, 2017

Learn about Mammoth Cave National Park in Middletown!


Dr. Tammie Gerke will discuss the geology and other interesting information about Mammoth Cave National Park on the Middletown campus next week.  She will show a video on the geology of the park as part of her presentation.

This session is on Tuesday, June 20th from 2:00pm to 3:30pm with time for questions and discussion.  The event will be held in the Open Seating Area at the entrance of the Gardner-Harvey Library.

All are welcome to attend.  Light refreshments will be provided.


The above image was provided through a Creative Commons CC-BY-2.0 license by Garden State Hiker.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Middletown Library has a student job opening!

There is a student assistant job opening at the Gardner-Harvey Library on the Middletown campus.

See https://goo.gl/bnQlRS for details and to apply.  Questions? Contact Jennifer Hicks at 513-727-3221 or hicksjl2@miamioh.edu

Middletown Book Discussion Title for July!

The MUM Book Discussion group will next meet on Wednesday, July 12 to discuss Jean Kwok's Girl in Translation.  We will meet at 12 pm in Room 124 in the Library. 

Here is a brief summary of the title, along with links to request the book from  OhioLINK and SearchOhio libraries (Just click "Request" and choose "Miami University" from the dropdown list.  Then enter your UniqueID and password, and the library from which you would like to retrieve the item):  

"Caught between the pressure to succeed in America, her duty to their family, and her own personal desires, Kimberly Chang, an immigrant girl from Hong Kong, learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles."


Read the book (or read something else interesting), then come along to our discussion to share what else you've been reading/watching/listening to/experiencing, and help us plan our future readings.  

Have an idea for a book to discuss?  Let us know and check out our page of past and future reads at http://www.mid.miamioh.edu/library/bookdiscussion.htm

Monday, June 05, 2017

New books added to the Gardner-Harvey Library in May!

See our new materials list of items we added to the collection in May! We added 135 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 eight titles from the list, to give you an idea of what we've been buying:
  • Yin‐yang : American perspectives on living in China / edited by Alice Renouf and Mary Beth Ryan-Maher
  • Community‐based corrections / Leanne Fiftal Alarid
  • Climate change and the health of nations : famines, fevers, and the fate of populations / Anthony J. McMichael
  • How autism is reshaping special education : the unbundling of IDEA / Mark K. Claypool and John M. McLaughlin
  • Making places for people : 12 questions every designer should ask / Christie Johnson Coffin
  • Into the water / Paula Hawkins
  • Pachinko / Min Jin Lee
  • Generation wealth / Lauren Greenfield
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.

There is still time to add books from this year's budget!  Your input will help us keep the collection working well as we add items during the remainder of the 2016/17 fiscal year  We're looking forward to what you'll recommend next!

If you have a suggestion of something to order, please use our "Tell GHL to Buy It" form, email Amy Carmichael (carmicae@miamioh.edu), 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!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

How can the Library help you this summer?

Summer term will soon be here and the Gardner-Harvey Library would like to send some reminders about our summer services. The library is open year round to help with library instruction and embedded librarianship, offer a variety of technical equipment, including laptops and iPads, and provide study rooms for quiet study or group work. 

For more information about our services, please check out our Faculty Guide or our Library Services page.

Curious what an embedded librarian can do for your summer course? Having an embedded librarian in your Canvas course sites is a great way to strengthen students’ academic research skills and information literacy.

Looking back over past semesters, did your students struggle with … ?
  • Incorporating scholarly sources in their research projects
  • Evaluating online sources for currency, relevance, accuracy, authority, & purpose
  • Requesting items from other Miami libraries and OhioLINK
  • Citing sources correctly in APA or MLA style
  • Using information ethically (i.e. academic integrity)
Regional campus librarians can help students master these skills through custom research guides embedded in your Canvas course site. Contact us to discuss your goals and we will tailor the guide to match them.

If you already collaborate with an embedded librarian, please let us know that you want to continue the service this summer. We will review your guide to ensure that links are functional and content is up-to-date before classes start.

If you are ready to try a new approach this summer, please contact 

Beth Tumbleson, Middletown, 513-727-3232,  tumbleb@miamioh.edu

Mark Shores, Hamilton, 513-785-3203,   shoresml@miamioh.edu 

Monday, May 01, 2017

Free coffee, tea, hot chocolate, lemonade, and mints at the Library for Finals Week!



The Library will offer free coffee, tea, hot cocoa, lemonade, and mints all during finals week, starting on Saturday, May 6th. It will be set up in our entrance area from roughly 12:00pm to 4:00pm on Saturday, 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!


The image above was provided through a Creative Commons CC-BY-2.0 license by Fronx.

Library open on Saturday! Come study and have a beverage on us.



To help you prepare for final exams, the Gardner-Harvey Library will offer extra study hours to students on Saturday, May 6, 2017. 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 computers and our study rooms. Staff will be on hand to provide assistance.

If you want to reserve a room for the day, be sure to use our online reservation system (choose "Reserve Middletown Library Study Room").

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, lemonade, and mints will be available to help you stay aware and awake.

Friday, April 28, 2017

New books added to the Gardner-Harvey Library in April!

See our new materials list of items we added to the collection in April! We added 195 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 eight titles from the list, to give you an idea of what we've been buying:
  • Stand firm : resisting the self‐improvement craze / Svend Brinkman
  • No one cares about crazy people : the chaos and heartbreak of mental health in America / Ron Powers
  • Killers of the Flower Moon : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI / David Grann
  • Madame President : the extraordinary journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf / Helene Cooper
  • Another economy is possible : culture and economy in a time of crisis / Manuel Castells
  • Prison food in America / Erika Camplin
  • A colony in a nation / Chris Hayes
  • The stars are fire : a novel / Anita Shreve
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.

There is still time to add books from this year's budget!  Your input will help us keep the collection working well as we add items during the remainder of the 2016/17 academic year  We're looking forward to what you'll recommend next!

If you have a suggestion of something to order, please use our "Tell GHL to Buy It" form, email Amy Carmichael (carmicae@miamioh.edu), 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!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Middletown Book Discussion Title for June

The MUM Book Discussion group will next meet on Wednesday, June 7 to discuss Frederik Backman's A Man Called Ove.  We will meet at 12 pm in Room 124 in the Library. 

Here is a brief summary of the title, along with links to request the book from Miami, OhioLINK, and SearchOhio libraries (Just click "Request" and choose "Miami University" from the dropdown list.  Then enter your UniqueID and password, and the library from which you would like to retrieve the item):  

"Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon; the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him 'the bitter neighbor from hell'. But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations."


Read the book (or read something else interesting), then come along to our discussion to share what else you've been reading/watching/listening to/experiencing, and help us plan our future readings.  

Have an idea for a book to discuss?  Let us know and check out our page of past and future reads at http://www.mid.miamioh.edu/library/bookdiscussion.htm