Monthly Archives: October 2016

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

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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.