Thursday, September 17, 2015

Halloween-Themed Making in the TEC Lab!

Check out our workshop October 7th from 12-2, and learn how to make some wicked looking bottles and books that are perfect for the spooky season! Feel free to bring in your own bottles and books that you can decorate as well. 

To help us plan, please fill out this Google form and let us know if you are bringing your own item(s) to decorate, or what items you would like us to have available. We will provide one item per person.

Please drop in at any time from 12-2. This is a free event and everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

"Fighting the Fog" - Author Reads and Discusses Her Writing Process

Join MUM Professor Andrea Hulshult at the Gardner-Harvey Library on Thursday, October 29 from 2:30pm-3:30pm.

She will be speaking about her novel, "Fighting the Fog," and the nine-year writing journey this book took her on. She will also discuss the writing process, importance of research, and different writing strategies. Light refreshments will be served.

The Journal-News recently featured Andrea in the article: “Local author’s book helps others cope with loss.” You can access the article here: 

Andrea Hulshult is a visiting English professor and teaches Technical Writing. She is also a member of the agile faculty community. She is a resident of Liberty Township where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She leads the West Chester Library's Writer's Group.

"Fighting the Fog" Synopsis:
When Melanie "Mel" Alexander becomes a widow at age thirty after her Green Beret husband is killed in action, her life is immediately engulfed in a black fog. In this darkness, she quits her promising career as a special agent tracking missing people and retreats to her Washington, DC, brownstone to mourn. Her best friend, Kai Silva, moves in with her to help her cope. In order to try and reengage Mel with the world of the living, Kai convinces her that they should put their instincts to work as private investigators. After four years, Kai insists that they take a beach vacation after tracking a client to Costa Rica. Can sun, surfers, and her best friend bring Mel out of her fog and help her live and love again?

Kuznekoff Speaks On Texting and Learning, and Gender in Online Gaming

Join Jeffrey Kuznekoff (Communication) at the Gardner-Harvey Library to discuss his research and publications on October 1 from 2:30pm-3:30pm.  

Dr. Kuznekoff will discuss two main areas of research: the impact of texting on student learning and how people respond differently to men and women in online gaming. His work on the texting in the classroom has demonstrated that active use of mobile devices during class hinders student learning, note taking, and performance on tests. Dr. Kuznekoff's most recent research has demonstrated that men and women are treated differently in an online multiplayer video game, with women receiving more negative comments than men. Light refreshments will be served.

Jeffrey H. Kuznekoff is an Assistant Professor of Communication and joined Miami University Middletown in the fall of 2013.  His research interests focus on how people use new communication technologies to interact with others and the ways that communication is altered by these new technologies.  His general areas of research interest include: computer-mediated communication, interpersonal communication, and instructional communication.   His most recent work examines the influence of student texting messaging, during classroom lecture, on student learning (Communication Education) and investigating issues of gender voice in multiplayer video gaming (New Media & Society).  He has received several teaching awards, including the 2012 Pamela J. Cooper Award for Teaching by the Central States Communication Association.

Friday, September 04, 2015

Library materials added in August

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 August. We added 51 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 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!