The answers you seek…

fortunecookieWow…the end of the semester is nearly upon us. We’re seeing an uptick in the number of questions about finding sources for final projects. Stop by the Rentschler Library anytime for some help, or you can email or send us an instant message. You can also still schedule a Research Appointment where we work with you one-on-one to talk about finding and evaluating your sources.


Thanksgiving Week Hours

The library’s hours during Thanksgiving week are:
Nov. 21, 22: 8am-9pm
Nov. 23: 8am-5pm
Nov. 24, 25, 26: CLOSED
Nov. 27: 1pm-5pm

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!!


Happy Thanksgiving graphic

Message from Dean’s office re: printing problems

Note: Below is  the text of an email sent out to regional campus students Monday, Oct. 17 2016 about the problems with the pay-for-print system.

Dear students,

I am writing this to inform you that the Dean’s Office is aware of the problems that you may have been experiencing with the pay-for-print system at Miami this semester.  The university’s IT department and our 3rd party vendor that manages pay-for-print have jointly been hard at work behind the scenes to resolve it. This is a technical problem, and thus it is impossible to say exactly when it will be solved. However, we believe we are making solid progress towards a solution.

In the meantime, thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to pursue a solution.  Until the issue is resolved, if you are unable to print a document please go to the help desk in GRD 001 or MOSLER 304 for further assistance.  We will update you once the situation has been resolved.

Dr. Robert B. Davis
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science
Miami University

October is Information Literacy Month

iifl-symbolInformation Literacy is defined as the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand. (National Forum on Information Literacy).

It’s even more challenging now with the growth in social media technologies and the Internet.  We’re grateful that Governor Kasich has proclaimed October as Information Literacy Month to highlight this important skill.  See below for his proclamation.

Educational institutions at all levels are involved in teaching students how to be information literate. Rentschler Library offers research instruction classes where we cover how to find and evaluate sources. We also work one-on-one with students on as-needed basis, or via our Research Appointment service.

October as Information Literacy Month in Ohio

National Coming Out Day Oct. 11th

Tuesday October 11th marks the 28th anniversary of National Coming Out Day. Back in 1987, about half a million people participated in the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.  Here’s more about the history of National Coming Day from Human Rights Campaign. Here are also just some of the books we have in Rentschler Library.

itgetsbetterFeaturing essays by President Obama and author David Sedaris, “It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying and Creating a Life worth Living,” is the book version of an effort by activist Dan Savage to address issues of bullying of LGBT teens. The project was initially a channel of YouTube videos but it quickly grew beyond the 650 video limit allowed by YouTube. Booklist called the collection of essays “a resource every library should have on hand.” Link to the It Gets Better Project.

comingout_guittarComing Out: New Dynamics, by Nicholas Guittar is based on a series of semistructured interviews the author did with people in central Florida. A reviewer in the American Journal of Sociology said that Guittar views the coming out process as a “form of storytelling” where people become part of the LGBT community. Thought it ignores the coming out experience of  transgender individuals, the reviewer said “Coming Out” is a “compelling and worthwhile read.” Link to review.

Donate your books!

bookExchIf you have old books – even textbooks – and want to get rid of them, drop them off in the book exchange box inside the library’s front doors. One or two times a year, when we have collected enough items, we put them on a cart right outside the library’s front doors. You can take the books – no questions asked – and bring them back when you’re through. Easy? What are you waiting for?

How do you read books? Print or Online?

ebooks“Someday all of these print books will be replaced by the Internet.” I’ve often heard that opinion from perfect strangers when I tell them I’m a librarian. (aside: I’m also asked if I sit around and read books all day).  My standard response is “probably not in our lifetimes.”

According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, print books are hanging in there:

“The share of Americans who have read a book in the last year is largely unchanged since 2012; more Americans read print books than either read e-books or listen to audio books.”

Leisure reading is different from academia, where users usually don’t read an entire book. There just isn’t time. They read the introduction or preface, and use the index or table of contents to gather information for a research paper. They may read only a chapter or two. That kind usage I can see going up and up.

Miami University libraries subscribes to several e-book services that has items by large respected publishers like Oxford University Press. You can find them in the online catalog by just limiting your search to “Electronic Resources” after running a search. You can also log in from off campus to these e-books using your Miami ID and password. OhioLINK also provides a wealth of e-books on their website, also accessible from off campus with your ID and password.