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Blogger raves about King Library's clear signage, comfortable atmosphere

A Miami University visitor blogged about her recent experience in King Library on her blog, Library Scenester. An excerpt:

I’ve been in Ohio for the past few days visiting a friend from college who is teaching and working on her MA in English at Miami University (OH, not FL). Fall has struck hard here and the leaves are perfect. Yesterday I had a chance to visit King Library, the main library on campus. Ho-ly-cow. It’s beautiful!! Wonderful facilities, great interior design, and an excellent variety of spaces.

* Clear, clean and creative signage. I was very impressed with their stacks signage, something that I’ve been thinking about lately with our upcoming renovation at Millersville. The large sign above the Circulation desk was also really well done, with all of their major services available at that desk listed (Reserves – Laptops – Study Rooms – Check Outs). I didn’t see any 8.5″ x 11″ pieces of paper stuck up with tape. Most signs were of high quality (engraved/etched) and anything that was printed seemed to be laminated or in a clear plastic holder.

* Natural accents. I also noticed that they used a lot of natural wood, for shelf end-caps, tables, etc. It really does a lot to brighten the place up compared to darker woods. They also utilized natural lighting which makes everything more inviting, and lots of strategically placed plants.

* Functional, appealing furniture. Instead of placing book carts around the stacks for books students are done with, they have small tables. It looks really classy! And it can’t be that much more work, because the staff can just push a cart around and collect the items instead of grabbing all those carts. It looks clean and cute, and you could probably get similar ones from Ikea (and cheap!). I loved all the curvy s-shaped couches – with footstools! The footstools are key, having them makes it soo much more comfy, especially with a computer on your lap.

Because I felt so comfortable with the surroundings, I would certainly feel confident approaching a service point with questions or if I needed help. Although I could have probably experienced similar spaces on campus with the same look and feel, the library should (and in this case does) have more investment in creating positive spaces. Why? Because if students feel comfortable there, if the space is meeting all of their needs, that confidence will spill over into their interactions with librarians as well as information. Creating a more beneficial experience for everyone, no?

To read the entire post, with pictures visit the Library Scenester:
http://libraryscenester.wordpress.com/2009/10/13/king-library/

Technology Update: New online services emphasize texting, convenience

Text a librarian
Updates to virtual research help services have made it easier than ever to ask for help by texting questions to librarians. Patrons can now text a question to this number: 513-593-9114, and a librarian will answer the same way they would respond to question sent via instant message. While any type of question is acceptable, the service aims to help with quick questions about library resources and research.

Reference librarians are available via text and IM during these times:

Monday through Thursday 10am-10pm
Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 1-5pm, Sunday 1-10pm

Send library information to phone
Another new service allows users to text message information about library resources to their phone. When a patron is searching the library catalog and finds a book, video or other resource they are interested in they simply click "Send info to phone" and will quickly receive a text message with the title and call number of that particular resource. This environmentally-friendly service is up and running and has received positive feedback from students who always seem to have a phone but never a slip of paper and a pen.

New mobile website
The Libraries are also launching a mobile-phone friendly version of the library website and catalog. This mobile site allows users to access a site customized specifically for iPhones and other devices. The site is a pared down version of the full library website and offers a quick and easy way to search for library information on the go.

Giving Matters

Without the loyal support of our donors, Miami University Libraries would not be the invaluable resource it is to Miami’s students, faculty and community members. Funds will be used to support staff development, training, new technology, and Special Collections and digital initiatives projects.

If you would like to make a campaign commitment in support of Miami University Libraries contact Heather Kogge, Director of Development at 513-529-5217 or koggeha@muohio.edu.

Make a donation online at www.forloveandhonor.org.

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If you're looking for a unique way to celebrate Veterans' Day, American military service, or the civilian support of the military during times of war, you may be interested to learn that the World War II-era posters currently on display in the main stairwell of King Library are available for download -- for free!

The Government Information and Law department teamed up with the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and the libraries' Digital Initiatives department to create high-quality copies from the original World War II posters held at the Miami Libraries.

Because these posters have proven highly popular, and in some cases too popular -- you know who you are -- they've been placed online for easy and free access.

With a little help from the CIM lab staff, and for the standard printing fee, you can create your own life-sized World War II poster. With their stunning imagery, and still relevant messages, they'll be an excellent addition to your dormitory, office, or holiday stocking. Just don't take them off the library walls.

You can download the collection of World War II propaganda posters from this page, or by clicking the images in this post.

If you're curious about more cool Government Documents, stop by the GIL, or come to our Centennial celebration this Friday afternoon (See it on Facebook). We hope to see you soon!

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