Category Archives: Resources

Cram Jam @ the Library

Cram Jam graphic

Rentschler Library and the Office of Learning Assistance are proud to offer Cram Jam again this semester. There’ll be peer tutors in a variety of subjects, librarians, snacks and coffee.  Open to all Miami students and hosted at Rentschler Library, Schwarm Hall, Miami Univ. Hamilton campus. The dates & hours of Cram Jam are:

Thursday, May 4, 6-9pm
Saturday, May 6, 12-5pm
Sunday, May 7, 3-10pm

Abolitionist icon Frederick Douglass

book cover imageIt is difficult to overstate the impact Frederick Douglass had on the abolition movement in the 19th Century. He escaped slavery, fled to New York City and became a major figure in the movement. Rentschler Library has both of his famous books. His first, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself, is a “testament to the evils of slavery, detailing its dehumanizing nature and its attempt to crush one’s spirit.” (Notable Black Americans, 1998). His second autobiography, My Bondage and my Freedom, “revises key portions of his original 1845 Narrative and extends the story of his life to include his experiences as a traveling lecturer in the United States as well as England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.” (Documenting the American South)

The book jacket above is a biography of Douglass, edited by L. Diane Barnes,  using selected speeches and writings. One reviewer said it is a “well-collocated set of materials from across Douglass’s life” and provides “an approachable and meaningful introduction to the man and his ideas.”

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?

Welcome new and returning students!

welcomeHello to all new and returning students!  Rentschler Library is here to help you succeed, whether it’s access to research databases, digital equipment you can borrow, OhioLINK items, research help, or even a quiet place to spend time between classes. Check out our new FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page for more information. Best of luck this semester!



Slowing down for summer

With less than a month before the start of fall semester there is still time to slow down and relax with a good book, maybe put down your Internet device. Our mobile phones and tablets are wonderful time-saving devices, but critics say that the interconnected, 24/7 life they enable leaves little time for reflection and slow digestion of the news. With that in mind, here are just a few of the titles from Rentschler Library’s collection that you can substitute for your device!

futureMindsRichard Watson, in “Future Minds: How the Digital Age is Changing Our Minds” says that “we have developed a culture of instant digital gratification in which there is always something to do – although we never seem to be entirely satisfied with what we end up choosing.”  Watson says we should even try and work less, take 1-2 days off per week, and take device-free vacations.

shallowsNicholas Carr’s  book”The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, an an expansion on his 2008 article “Is Google Making us Stupid,” published in Atlantic Monthly magazine. Carr decries how using the Internet made it more difficult for him to read and absorb longer, more challenging texts.


InternetAnxietyDoes the Internet Increase Anxiety? is a collection of essays in Greenwood Press’s “At Issues” series of books. There are chapters on multitasking, online gaming addiction, how social media can increase social anxiety disorders, and even something called “mobile device separation anxiety.”  It isn’t all doom-and-gloom, there is a chapter on how using technology mindfully can reduce anxiety from digital overload.

Black Soldiers at War display

Civil war black soldiersFebruary is Black History Month and in addition to all of the events going on campus, stop by Rentschler Library ‘s display titled “Black Soldiers: Segregated then Integrated.”  Learn about the participation of black soldiers in the Civil War, WW I and every major armed conflict since then. See the text of Pres. Harry S. Truman’s Executive Order 9981 which required integration of all the armed forces and created the President’s Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services (Fahy Committee).

The display also has selected books about African American service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Photo: Company E, 4th United States Colored Troops at Fort Lincoln, April 17, 1865. (Source: Library of Congress)

Need help with research? Just ask!

Citation_neededWe’re beginning to smell research in the air, along with the smell of decaying leaves. Research projects are starting, annotated bibliographies are due soon. Need primary sources for a history class?  Evidence-based nursing research?  We’re here to help. Please consider scheduling a Research Appointment with us.  We will do some legwork ahead of time to identify the best ways to find your sources.