New Services in the Digital Media Lab

New Printing & Reformatting Service at the Richter Library’s Digital Media Lab

Starting this semester, the Digital Media Lab will begin offering a broad range digitization service along with new large format printing capabilities. Library patrons may bring in almost any type of analog media (VHS, slides, LPs, photos, cassettes, etc.) and have the Media Lab staff convert it to a digital format (files, CDs, or DVDs). This service will be free for any academic purposes but personal projects will be charged at $9.00 per hour of work. Turnaround time will vary, but is expected to average about a week. Important media that is only available in older formats should be preserved as soon as possible to prevent deterioration of the original material. As always, anyone who wishes to learn how to digitize on their own can ask any staff member in the Media Lab for free instructions.

The new, in-house, large-format printer will now make real world production of visuals, created with the Lab’s powerful design software, simple and convenient. Previously, anyone wishing to print something beyond the standard 8.5”x11” or 11”x17” paper sizes would need to go to a specialty print store unless they had access to a production lab in their department. Now students, faculty, and staff can produce professional looking prints and posters without leaving the library. Call or email the Digital Media Lab for more details and to inquire about your specific needs.


Daniel Shearouse,
Pia Cruzalegui,

Beta Extended Through Fall

We’ve heard you!  In March, the Libraries launched Beta 1.0, a major web site redesign. We then asked for your feedback and conducted additional user testing to gather more information.   In response to your feedback, we are making substantial improvements to the Beta 1.0 site over the course of the Fall 2011 semester.

During the fall semester the current Beta 1.0 site will remain available but will be replaced in mid-November with an upgraded Beta 2.0 site.   We plan to permanently switch to the new design during the Winter Break.

General Fall Timeline:


  • Revise information architecture options;  review &  test


  • Refine look and feel:  layout, colors, typography
  • Develop graphics, obtain images
  • Content creators update content in Beta 2.0
  • Conduct usability testing.  Gather general feedback


  • Make Beta 2.0 available to public (at
  • Continue usability testing.  Gather general feedback

Winter Break

  • Launch Beta 2.0 as current site at

Browsable DVDs!

Browsable dvds Richter Library first floor

Have some free time at the start of the semester?   Need a break once classes kick into gear?

Now you can easily browse the Libraries extensive DVD collection and escape into another world for a few hours.

In response to student requests, the Libraries spent the summer reorganizing the DVDs into broad genre categories and moving the entire collection  onto browsable shelves on  Richter Library’s First Floor.

Located just off the Reading Room, the DVD collection is shelved by broad genre, à la Netflix or your favorite video store:  Animation, Comedy, Drama, Foreign Films, Horror, Science Fiction/Fantasy, TV Programs, and Non-Fiction.

Find a title that interests you, take it to the Richter Circ Desk to have a staff member remove the locked case, and check it out.

Meet Your Librarian!

Your Subject Librarian can help you find articles, books, and more for your research assignments.  Ask them about UM’s virtual library including the catalog, e-resources, and digital collections. Learn about Summon, RefWorks,, and a wide range of helpful resources.

Your Subject Librarian is your personal contact to the University of Miami Libraries.

Sharp Focus: Michael L. Carlebach Photography Collection Exhibit

Michael L. Carlebach Photography Collection Exhibit

The Michael L. Carlebach Photography Collection at the University of Miami Libraries’ Special Collections contains over 5,000 images by the UM Professor Emeritus and professional photojournalist, author, and scholar.  This exhibition showcases examples of Dr. Carlebach’s witty, ironic, and perceptive takes on life in South Florida and beyond.

Exhibition displayed on 1st, 2nd, and 8th Floor through the Fall semester.

The Lynda and Michael Gordon Exhibition Program

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Lucille Ball’s 100th Birthday

To celebrate the 100th birthday of one of America’s greatest funny ladies, The Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library is pleased to present a collection of materials featuring Lucille Ball, including recordings, playbills, and sheet music. Most of these materials are from the Larry Taylor – Billy Matthews Musical Theater Archive, a comprehensive collection of recordings and music focusing primarily on American musical theater and popular music. The Archive features 8,000 long-playing records, 20,000 pieces of sheet music, and over 3,000 playbills and programs.