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What's new at the Libraries this semester

Whether you're a first-year student or a long-time Miami faculty member, you'll want to read about these new resources and services from the Libraries.

A stuffed animal toy owl sits next to a Meeting Owl device in front of a laptop depicting a Zoom meeting between students in different study rooms.

Meeting Owl Pro devices for checkout

Two Meeting Owl Pro kits are now available for checkout to make it easier for students, faculty, and staff to hold hybrid events. These portable 360-degree video conferencing devices automatically focus on whoever in the room is speaking and feature a built-in speaker so virtual participants can be heard without any feedback or echo. One Meeting Owl Pro can capture audio and video of participants up to 18 feet away, and two devices can be connected and used together in larger rooms and events. The kits are available for checkout from the King Library circulation desk.

A small container of pads and tampons sits on a ledge in a King Library bathroom. <h2>Free menstrual products in King Library restrooms</h2>

Anyone in need of a tampon or pad can help themselves to one from the containers recently added to the all-gender and women’s restrooms in King Library.

The Libraries’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is funding the initiative, which is a partnership with Periods Rock!, an organization co-led by students in the Dennis L. Carlson Sexuality Education Studies Center within the College of Education, Health, and Society.

Campus Care: drop-in times with mental health professionals

On Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. in King 108, students can talk confidentially with a trained mental health professional through Campus Care, an outreach program from Miami's Student Counseling Service (SCS). Conversations are typically about 15 minutes or less, and are meant to give students opportunities to discuss mental health topics with a clinician in a less formal setting than a psychotherapy appointment.