Monday, January 29, 2018

Credo InfoLit Modules

Perhaps students in your class or program would benefit from the Libraries new information literacy database, called Credo InfoLit Modules.  These tutorials, videos, and quizzes are useful for working with individual students, groups, or a class.  The 6 modules cover getting started, source types, searching, evaluating information, presenting research, and academic integrity & citations.  You can assign 1 Video, 1 Module, or the entire Curriculum, which can be completed in 2-3 hours.  Use them as discussion starters, as graded assignments in a flipped classroom or traditional one, or as practice.  LTI links in the Credo guide work only in Canvas and send grades to your Canvas gradebook automatically!  Direct links work with the proxy server and can be used in online guides, sites, and syllabi.  
For more information, contact:
Mark Shores,  Hamilton
Beth Tumbleson,  Middletown 

The PZ7 Book Club is back at Middletown with new titles and a new time!

PZ7 Book Club Returns!

The PZ7 book club focuses on young adult literature. Discussions will be held at Gardner-Harvey Library from 4:30pm-5:30pm on the second Tuesday each month in the library in Room 124. Bring dinner or a snack to enjoy along with our discussion. Copies of the books can be found in the regular library collection and from OhioLink libraries (ask us for help!).

February 13th - Monstress Vols. 1-2 by Margorie M. Liu
March 13th - A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
April 10th - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
May 8th - Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Remember, if you attend two or more of our library events in Spring 2018, you will be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire tablet.

Monday, January 22, 2018 has become unavailable for online search due to the government shutdown.

Have a heart for making at the TEC Lab!

February TEC Lab:  Have a Heart

Wed. Feb. 7th 11-1 and 6-8

Join the Gardner-Harvey Library for the first TEC Lab program of the semester with our “Have a Heart” workshop.  Stop by the TEC Lab during workshop hours and create valentine hearts. We will have out the wood burning pens, 3Doodlers, and several other tools to make a variety of projects.

Not only can you take your creation with you, but we will also be collecting hearts for Kensington Place nursing home residents. Our goal is to collect 100 hearts during the workshops so that we may give a valentine to every resident.   So stop in and make a heart, take a heart, give a heart, and have a heart.

Remember, if you attend two or more of our library events in Spring 2018, you will be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire tablet.

The Library welcomes you back to the Middletown campus with free beverages all week!

We welcome you back to the Gardner-Harvey Library and the Middletown Campus for Spring Semester!

Come enjoy our study rooms, our TEC Lab, and our computer and open seating spaces and enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate during the first week of classes.  We'll have beverages available from Monday, January 29 to Friday, February 2.

We hope we can help you have a great Spring Semester, so let's start it off with a cup of refreshment!

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

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Middletown book discussion title for February

The MUM Book Discussion group will next meet on Wednesday, February 14 to discuss Stephanie Powell Watts' No One Is Coming to Save Us.  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):  

"JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina, to build his dream house and to pursue his high school sweetheart, Ava. But as he reenters his former world, where factories are in decline and the legacy of Jim Crow is still felt, he's startled to find that the people he once knew and loved have changed just as much as he has. Ava is now married and desperate for a baby, though she can't seem to carry one to term. Her husband, Henry, has grown distant, frustrated by the demise of the furniture industry, which has outsourced to China and stripped the area of jobs. Ava's mother, Sylvia, caters to and meddles with the lives of those around her, trying to fill the void left by her absent son. And Don, Sylvia's unworthy but charming husband, just won't stop hanging around. JJ's return--and his plans to build a huge mansion overlooking Pinewood and woo Ava--not only unsettles their family, but stirs up the entire town."

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

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Great Decisions 2018 - Discuss Global Issues in Middletown!

Great Decisions is a national program of the Foreign Policy Association. For 99 years the mission of FPA has been to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process. More information can be obtained on the FPA website:

The public is invited to the following ten Great Decision sessions, sponsored by the Middletown chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). In addition to the background reading from the program booklet, a DVD with additional background on the topic is shown at each meeting. Anyone with personal background information on the various topics is particularly welcome to participate.             

All sessions will be held from 7:00-8:30 pm at either the Gardner Harvey Library, Miami University Middletown campus (second Thursday each month), or MidPointe Library Middletown (fourth Thursday each month).
  • January  11 - The waning of Pax Americana (Gardner-Harvey Library)
  • January 25 - Russia’s foreign policy (MidPointe Library Middletown)
  • February 8 - China and America: the new geopolitical equation (Gardner-Harvey Library)
  • February 22 - Media and foreign policy (MidPointe Library Middletown)
  • March 8 - Turkey: a partner in crisis (Gardner-Harvey Library)
  • March 22 - U.S. global engagement and the military (MidPointe Library Middletown)
  • April 12 - South Africa’s fragile democracy  (Gardner-Harvey Library)
  • April 26 - Global health: progress and challenges (MidPointe Library Middletown)
For more information call Katie McNeil, AAUW public policy chair at 513-424-4725  (She has pre-ordered 10 booklets at a cost of $25 each).

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

See our new materials list of items we added to the collection in December! We added 100 books, e-books, DVDs, and other items during that time, thanks to your selections and suggestions. The list can be sorted by call number, area of our collection, or by title.

Here are eight titles from the list, to give you an idea of what we've been buying:
  • How to be a stoic : using ancient philosophy to live a modern life / Massimo Pigliucci
  • Arabia Felix : the Danish expedition 1761-1767 / Thorkild Hansen
  • Slavery's exiles : the story of the American Maroons / Sylviane A. Diouf
  • The social archaeology of food : thinking about eating from prehistory to the present / Christine A. Hastorf
  • Nomadland : surviving America in the twenty-first century / Jessica Bruder
  • Fighting the death penalty : a fifty-year journey of argument and persuasion / Eugene G. Wanger
  • Fade to gray : aging in American cinema / Timothy Shary and Nancy McVittie
  • Admissions : life as a brain surgeon / Henry Marsh
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.

This month we're adding some new materials along with replacements for items that have gone missing from the collection (and those that patrons have chosen to replace). 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 (, 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!