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.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

MUM Book Discussion Group for April: The Red Tent

The MUM Book Discussion group will next meet on Tuesday, April 26 to discuss Anita Diamant's work The Red Tent.  We will meet at 12 pm in STAR Lounge 2 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):  

"Dinah, Jacob's only daughter, shares her perspectives on the origins of many modern religious practices and sexual politics, imparting the lessons she has learned from her father's wives."

Give it a read, or read something else interesting and come along to our discussion.  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



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

Text your questions to 513-273-5360

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

New Books Added in February at the Gardner-Harvey Library

See our new materials list of items we added to the collection in February! We added 83 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 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!