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Innovation at Miami Libraries

A collection of creative, inspiring, and innovative activities at Miami University Libraries.

Welcome!

Welcome to Innovation at Miami Libraries! In honor of World Creativity and Innovation Week, we're highlighting some of the fun and innovative things available from the Libraries. Even though our physical location is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still here for you! We've got plenty of online and at-home activities and resources available to keep you busy and entertained. 

COVID-19 Can't Stop Miami University Libraries!

Innovation from Library Staff

Carla Myers

Carla Myers, the Libraries' Coordinator of Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian, works closely with fellow staff members, including Lori Chapin, Lindsey Masters, Mary Hubbard, Sam Brandenberg, Kimberly Hoffman, Kimberly Hoffman, Heather Barbour to ensure that faculty, students, and staff can access the resources and materials they need, especially when digital copies aren't readily available.

A screenshot from Rec Room, a VR software, showing three avatars

 

Miami Libraries Staff have been meeting in VR during work from home, using the Libraries' Oculus Quest VR Headsets! This is a great way for us to stay connected virtually, but also will help us to learn the technology so that we can help students in the future.

Susan Hurst and her cat, Dusty

Susan Hurst, Miami University Libraries' Business Librarian, has been holding virtual reference meetings with students over Zoom, along with her cat, Dusty.

A code map, showing how the different parts of a coding project relate to each other

From Web Services Librarian Ken Irwin:

"As part of trying to wrap my head around how the different parts of a coding project relate to each other, I generated a visualization (attached) of the project this afternoon. It outlines the relationships of different pieces of code to one another, what files make calls to what other files.

Credit where due: the graph itself was generated using Sander Verweij's dependency-cruiser software, and then edited for clarity."

A screenshot of one of the TLC emails

The Libraries' Project Management Specialist, Samantha Diebel, and the Share and Showcase team have been keeping spirits high and making staff feel connected through daily TLC emails. The emails provide a welcome distraction from our work from home duties, including recipes, tips, happenings among library staff, and even funny videos! 

Stories From the Makerspace

Two students show off their

@samantharobinx made these amazing shirts for @trideltamiami using the #SilhouetteCameo3 and #Vinyl cutter. She knew exactly what she wanted and the #Makerspace had the tools she needed! 💪 💡
This semester we are highlighting stories and the machines used in a series called #MakerspaceStoriesMU, check back next week to see another project!

While the #Makerspace is closed, staff are still available to answer your questions relating to makerspace technology, software, and tools. Email the team at create@miamioh.edu

#MiamiOH

A CNC-carved lamp depicting a bear and trees, backlit.

@Clayton.gk Library Makerspace student employee created a lampshade using the #CarveyCNC and the #Lulzbot 3D printer. Clayton is a Mechanical Engineering student.

This semester we are highlighting stories and the machines used in a series called #MakerspaceStoriesMU, check back next week to see another project!

While the #Makerspace is closed, staff are still available to answer your questions relating to makerspace technology, software, and tools. Email the team at create@miamioh.edu

A t-shirt with red lettering,

@RachelCacchillo created soccer shirts in the Libraries' #Makerspace using the #Silhouette to cut vinyl and the #HeatPress to adhere it to her shirt.

This semester we are highlighting stories & the machines used in a series called #MakerspaceStoriesMU, check back next week to see another project completed within this innovative space!

The #Makerspace is open to all #MiamiOH students, staff, and faculty. Located on the 3rd floor of King Library. While we are currently closed due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we can't wait to see you once we're all back on campus!

Three people talk and sew around a table covered in fabric and sewing supplies.

#InternationalWomensDay is when were work to eliminate discrimination against women.
This year the #Makerspace
Held a suffrage banner making workshop with @sarahmarsom
to learn about how women fought for the right to vote without discrimination of sex.
More work is needed and this year the #IWD2020  theme is #EachforEqual

#MiamiOH

A wooden staff adorned with realistic mushrooms

Conor ‘21 made his own druid staff for a cosplay of dungeon and dragons character. @connorweston7 is majoring in Computer Science and made the mushrooms using the #Makerspace 3D Printer #Lulzbot Mini
The #Makerspace is open to all #MiamiOH students, staff, and faculty. Located on the 3rd floor of King Library. While we are currently closed due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we can't wait to see you once we're all back on campus!
#dnd #GamesNight #MiamiOH
#TableTop 
#MakerStoriesMU

A student wearing blue 3D-printed glasses

Aaron’s glasses broke, so he created new ones using #3Dmodeling and the Lulzbot Mini 2 #3Dprinter !
This semester we are highlighting stories and the machines used in a series called #MakerspaceStoriesMU, check back next week to see another project completed within this innovative space!
The #Makerspace is open to all #MiamiOH students, staff, and faculty. Located on the 3rd floor of King Library. While we are currently closed due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we can't wait to see you once we're all back on campus!

A wooden cutout of a grocery store layout, in the shape of a face.

Graduate student Karen Mauk created prototype of an innovative grocery store layout for a user experience design class. Karen designed the layout from scratch using #AdobeIllustrator, and cut it out on the #Carvey CNC Machine.

This semester we are highlighting stories and the machines used in a series called #MakerspaceStoriesMU, check back next week to see another project created in this innovative space!

The #Makerspace is open to all #MiamiOH students, staff, and faculty. While we are currently closed due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we can't wait to see you once we're all back on campus!

A student smiles and leans on a brick wall.

Trailblazers like @julianhuff have used the Makerspace to produce stickers for the new hair pick he launched and a demo version of the hair pick. “This space has helped me continue my path towards being an entrepreneur.” This semester we are highlighting stories and the machines used in a series called #MakerspaceStoriesMU, check back next week to see another project completed within this innovative space!

The #Makerspace is open to all #MiamiOH students, staff, and faculty. Located on the 3rd floor of King Library. While we are currently closed due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we can't wait to see you once we're all back on campus!

Two students wearing heart brooches

Happy Valentine's Day!💡 ❤️ These two made light up brooches at the #Makerspace event in February.
The Libraries welcomes all to explore their curiosity, creativity and love for books!

#MiamiOH #Valentines #valentinesday2020

A sticker depicting a basket of vegetables and the words

Nancy, Associate Clinical Lecturer in KNH, used the #SilhouetteCameo in the #Makerspace to create custom stickers for a nutrition conference. Nancy and a colleague were able to design the stickers exactly to their specifications and use them to promote good nutritional practices.

This semester we are highlighting stories and the machines used in a series called #MakerspaceStoriesMU, check back next week to see another project completed within this innovative space!

The #Makerspace is open to all #MiamiOH students, staff, and faculty. Located on the 3rd floor of King Library. While we are currently closed due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we can't wait to see you once we're all back on campus!

A student wearing a tie and dark sweater.

@me.shirvani visited the Libraries #Makerspace to create plans for a Mars habitat. #Makerspace staff helped him prepare a 3D file of Mars topography that he used in #Rhino to cut on the #CarveyCNC machine.
This semester we are highlighting stories and the machines used in a series called #MakerspaceStoriesMU, check back next week to see another project completed within this innovative space!
The #Makerspace is open to all #MiamiOH students, staff, and faculty. Located on the 3rd floor of King Library. While we are currently closed due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we can't wait to see you once we're all back on campus!