Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New library materials added in February

The February new materials list is now available. We added 85 books, DVDs, and other items during the month,thanks to your selections and suggestions.  The list is sorted by call number, with items grouped roughly by subject area.

We’ve added a total of 461 items to the collection in this academic year.  We'll keep posting new item lists through the end of the fiscal year on our blog (this tag will show you all of the prior lists).

Have a suggestion of something to order? Acquisitions money is still available (we’ve spent about 40% of the total budget so far), allotted to academic departments and coordinatorships with faculty selectors and units with staff selectors.  We also have some general funds available for anyone to order materials. 

Use our online request form, email one of our staff members, or drop by the library with your request. Our deadline for ordering this year is April 1.

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

Bring the 3D world to a screen or projector

We have just added four IPEVO Point 2 View document cameras to our reserve collection.  We have a more heavy-duty camera on reserve for faculty or staff use, but these four items are very light-weight, easy to install and use, and available for students to check out as well (3 day loan).  There is a CD-ROM for installing the viewing software (which also allows for screen capture of images).  They capture any object or item you place in their lens and display it on a monitor or on a digital projector.  An interesting use of our other document camera in the library was by our mural artist Allison Singhoffer, who connected the camera to a digital projector to project a sketch of her mural drawing onto the wall to guide her artwork.

A rather messy image is below of my desk, the IPEVO camera, and my monitor displaying a live image of one of our new Kindles.

Thanks to interim Regional E-Learning Director Janet Hurn for suggesting this purchase from her library funds.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Make Your Mark on the Library

Been to the library lately? You may have noticed that we are making a few changes to how the library looks and we want your help. Gardner-Harvey Library is expanding on our previous Mural Painting competition to add some color and art to another part of the library. The competition is open to all Miami University students, faculty, staff and alumni. Participants have the option of submitting an individual or group design.
Artwork will be judged based on color scheme, design, originality, and ability to express a theme associated with libraries or Miami University Middletown.
Gardner-Harvey Library will begin accepting submissions for our Mural Painting competition on Monday, February 13, 2012, at 8:00 a.m. All submissions must be returned to the Info Desk in the Gardner-Harvey Library or e-mailed to by Friday, March 23, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. The winner will be notified by email on Friday, March 30, 2012 by 5:00 p.m.
Rules and entry forms may be downloaded or found at the Gardner-Harvey Library Info Desk.  An editable version in Publisher is found here.
*Please note that by entering the contest, you certify that your design is original and does not infringe on copyright laws.