Save the Date: Upcoming Events at UM Libraries


The University of Miami Libraries are hosting and co-presenting several events this fall and in the coming year. Please mark your calendars and join us for what promises to be a series of stimulating talks and presentations.

September 24, 2015 | Book Traces

9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Otto G. Richter Library
Join in the search for unique library books! The UM Libraries are hosting an event for readers and book enthusiasts in the community to help locate some of the many old books with original reader markings—from pencilled notes to hand drawn maps to sketches in the margins—that are housed at Richter Library. The customizations, known as marginalia, are the focus of a national library initiative started at the University of Virginia to preserve information about unique copies of library books in the wake of wide-scale digitization. In addition to hosting an exciting search for marginalia in UM Libraries collections with assistance provided by librarians, the event will feature the following presentations:

Book Traces and the Technology of Memory
Andrew Stauffer, Founder of Book Traces, University of Virginia
11:30 a.m., 3rd Floor Conference Room

A Delicate Balance: How Functionality, Artifactual Evidence, and Resource Allocation Affect Preservation Decision-making
Kara McClurken, Principal Investigator on the Book Traces grant, University of Virginia
4 p.m., 3rd Floor Conference Room


October 28, 2015 | MEET the Ghostly Treasures of Special Collections

7 p.m. | Special Collections, Otto G. Richter Library
Special Collections will highlight a series of spooky, mysterious, and otherworldly texts from its rare and distinctive collections for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami’s October ICA MEETS event. As Halloween draws nigh, guests will learn about and explore rare books, manuscripts, photos, and ephemera culled from the thousands of historical books and documents related to spiritualism, the occult, and UFOs from the collections of Jackie Gleason and others. Special Collections is located on the 8th floor of the Otto G. Richter Library.

November 19, 2015 | Quince Sellos Cubanos Reception

6:30 p.m. | Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion, Otto G. Richter Library
Join us for a reception and conversation with artist María Martínez-Cañas highlighting her exhibition, a portfolio of 15 gelatin silver prints now on view at the library along with the original Cuban stamps that inspired her work. Exploring themes of history, memory, and identity, the limited-edition series was donated to the Cuban Heritage Collection by Alan Gordich in 2014. The exhibition will remain on view through December 2015.

January 14, 2016 | Arva Moore Parks Presents George Merrick, Son of the South Wind

6:30 p.m. | Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion, Otto G. Richter Library
As UM kicks off the 90th anniversary celebrations in 2016, Miami historian and University trustee Arva Moore Parks will present her latest book on Coral Gables’ founder and UM visionary George Merrick. Parks’ presentation at the library, co-sponsored by Books & Books, is in conjunction with the official opening of The Pan American University: The Original Spirit of the U Lives On, an exhibition of historical materials from the Libraries’ unique and distinctive collections reflecting the University’s enduring connection to Latin America and the Caribbean.


Featured events are free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, please contact or call 305-284-4026.

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Help Us Create the Next Great Place on Campus!

Take our survey!In Fall 2016, a new Learning Commons will open in Richter Library. Among other things, it will bring together Library and academic service groups to provide more convenient, enhanced, and integrated services. We aspire to create a place that supports the entire University of Miami community in their research, work, and learning activities.

As part of the planning process we would like to hear from our community. Please take a moment to fill out the survey at It will take approximately 5-8 minutes of your time. Not all questions are required.

All respondents are eligible to win one of five $15 Starbucks gift cards. If you are interested, you will be prompted at the end of the survey to enter your contact information.

Take the survey now.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact brightspot strategy, who is consulting with us on a multi-stage design process:

Thank you in advance for your input in this very important endeavor!

Now Available at UM: Mendeley Institutional Edition

mendeleyTraining_600x600Attend the Training Session on 9/22

A highly acclaimed reference management application that allows researchers to organize documents, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research trends and statistics is now available to all UM students, faculty, and staff. The University of Miami recently subscribed to Mendeley Institutional Edition, an institutional version of Mendeley with premium user features and additional institutional support.

To celebrate the purchase of this new product, UM and Elsevier, Mendeley’s parent company, are presenting a training session for UM researchers and all students or employees that would like to learn more about using the Mendeley Institutional Edition and how it can support their research.

Tuesday, September 22
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Information Literacy Lab, Richter Library, 3rd floor

An Amazon Kindle Fire HD will be raffled off at the end of the training session.

Mendeley is cross-platform and supported by all major browsers. With more than three million users, the program is know for

  • driving researcher productivity by helping users manage, read, share, annotate and cite papers and projects.
  • enabling collaboration and knowledge sharing by hosting a network for users to connect with like-minded researchers and discover research trends and statistics.
  • providing a crowdsourced database with a unique layer of social research information and Open API, leading to additional insights, and is useful for app-building.


You can now join the official UM Mendeley group on the Mendeley website and gain the benefits of our institutional membership.

Learn more about Mendeley by attending the training session. Register now by contacting William Jacobs at

Visioning Studio for the Future Learning Commons Opens at Richter Library

The Visioning Studio for the future Learning Commons is now open on the first floor of Richter Library.  Look for the large open space with the orange stripes brightening your path. The Visioning Studio offers a place for the UM community to begin trying out different types of spaces, services, and technologies that the UM Libraries might offer in partnership with campus academic service units. Here is a sampling of what you’ll discover in the Visioning Studio this month:

  • Free tutoring provided by the Academic Resource Center begins in the Visioning Studio’s Consultation Hub on September 8 at 5 p.m. The service will be provided Monday – Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The sound in the Visioning Studio will increase accordingly to a collaborative, conversational level during these times.  When tutoring is not occurring, the Consultation Hub is available for open study.


  • Brightspot consultants will be leading user experience interviews and workshops with students and faculty in the Active-Learning Environment during the week of September 8. The goal of this research is to involve our students and faculty in the design of our future Learning Commons. We are grateful to all who are participating!


  • Check out the puzzle station in our prototype BrainSpa, where you can relax and reboot your mind. We are hoping to hear your ideas about other activities you might like to be able to do in the Learning Commons.

Share your vision with us!


DVD Picks: Best College Movies

by Terri Robar, Learning & Research Services

And so we face the start of another school year! No matter what challenges lie ahead, know that all of them have been faced by students before you. As proof, we offer you the following movies from our DVD collection. Many are dramas looking at the serious side of academia. Some are comedies to remind you that there is a light-hearted side to college life. Enjoy these titles and many others at the UM Libraries.

The following films are a part of Richter Library’s DVD collection. In addition to the thousands of DVDs spanning comedy, drama, sci-fi, horror, documentary, and other genres, UM Libraries also houses film-related materials such as screenplays, soundtracks, musical scores, and original book titles. Search the catalog to browse music and print resources related to these films.


Of all the famous players and coaches in the history of American football, one name stands out–the great Knute Rockne – all American. Pat O’Brien stars as Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne, and former United States President Ronald Reagan stars as the ill-fated George “The Gipper” Gip in this story about what it takes to become a hero.

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication.

A college professor develops an anti-gravity substance by accident and equips his Model T and his college’s basketball player’s shoes with it. He tries to convince the Pentagon of its value but has problems with a local crook who wants to profit from the idea.


During a single weekend, college professor Grady Tripp scrambles to gather together a life that has suddenly reeled out of control. An unfinished novel, a stolen car, a murdered pet and a failing marriage are just a few of the crises piling up.

Hart is a confused first year law student at Harvard. He is trying to survive the year under his strictest professor, the legendary Kingsfield. With the help of some of his classmates in his study group, Hart becomes one of the smartest students in his class.

Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley University, hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against rival Darwin University. Classic Marx Brothers comedy.

Grossly overweight Prof. Sherman Klump, desperate to lose weight takes a special chemical that turns him into the slim but obnoxious Buddy Love.

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those trouble-makers have other plans for him.

A young Ivy League couple cross social barriers to marry, then must cope with untimely illness and death.

First-term freshmen get a crash course in diversity, identity and sexuality.

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world.