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!

Reading Days & Finals Update

We’re here for you throughout the year, and especially during reading days and finals! Whether you’re on the Coral Gables or Rosenstiel campus, you can find quiet study spaces and research assistance in all of the following libraries. View our hours before stopping by, and be sure to let us know if you need anything.


Coral Gables Campus

Otto G. Richter Library

School of Architecture
Paul Buisson Architecture Library

Frost School of Music
Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library


Rosenstiel Campus
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Library

CHC Archivist Natalie Baur Receives Fulbright-Garcia Robles Award

Natalie BaurNatalie Baur has received a Fulbright-García Robles award to work on digital preservation research with Dr. Juan Voutssás at the Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas y de la Información (Library Science and Information Research Center) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico).  Natalie will be exploring the challenges that the digital age presents to libraries and archives in a global context and developing possibilities for working with colleagues in Latin America on these issues.

Natalie joined the University of Miami Libraries in 2012 and serves as Archivist for the Cuban Heritage Collection. She has a Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland and a graduate degree in history and museum studies from the University of Delaware. Natalie is active in the Society of American Archivists, particularly its Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives Roundtable.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the longtime chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who had a profound influence on America’s foreign policy. His vision for mutual understanding shaped the prestigious exchange program that bears his name. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, it operates in over 155 countries worldwide and awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. The Fulbright-García Robles grants are awarded by the U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational Exchange (COMEXUS) in support of fieldwork and research in areas of relevance to U.S.-Mexican relations.

Natalie will be on leave from September 2015 to May 2016. You can follow her on Twitter @nataliembaur.


Trial Now Available: Joanna Briggs Institute Database

Attention Nursing & Health Studies Students and Faculty:

A 30-day trial of the Joanna Briggs Institute database, open to the UM community, is now available through Tuesday, May 5.

The trial offers full access to the database, including the following resources:

  • Evidence based recommended practices
  • Evidence summaries
  • Best practice information sheets
  • Systematic reviews and systematic review protocols
  • Consumer information sheets
  • Technical reports


For questions about using this resource, or to provide feedback about its potential usefulness for your research and teaching, please contact Nursing Librarian Vera Spika at

Join Us for “The Coevolution of Texts & Technology” by Cheryl Geisler on March 19

The Coevolution of Texts & Technology
Cheryl Geisler
Simon Fraser University

Thursday, March 19, 2015 | 1:30 p.m.
Third Floor Conference Room
Otto G. Richter Library


cherylGeisler_comp2As scholars of writing, we know the two-facedness of text. First, we know text as something contingent, an artifact that emerges out of process and circumstance, a thing with meaning and function embedded in orality and materiality. Second, we also know text as a cultural object, one that aspires to be fixed and unchanging, which claims to rise above circumstance to serve as an authoritative source. My career has been preoccupied with exploring the mechanisms and consequences of this two-facedness across the disciplines, first in academic philosophy, next in engineering design, and most recently in the context of the new technologies. I have argued that the mechanism and consequences of this two-facedness lies in understanding text as a kind of technology, one built by humans to do specific work in the world, while at the same time operating as a kind of black box into which we can pry only with some difficulty.   In the twentieth century, this work has constructed what Smith called documentary reality and it still within this framework that a great deal of what we teach about writing functions today. In the twenty-first century, however, much evidence suggests that texts are undergoing a second revolution as they are embedded in a host of new media technologies beginning with instant messaging in 1997 to Twitter (2006) and its successors. These are texts with characteristics quite distinct from those we encounter in our writing centers and classes: They have a different scope to their interaction. They bend time and space in different ways. And they do work in the world that we need to better understand.


About Cheryl Geisler
Cheryl Geisler is Professor of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University where she served as the inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology. She has written extensively on the nature of texts, especially those mediated by new technologies ( Her work focusing on the promotion of women in the academic ranks was recently published in Science (17, 2012), the flagship journal of the AAAS. She was the principal investigator on the just published Designing for User Engagement on the Web: 10 Basic Principles from Routledge (2014). A recognized expert on verbal data coding, she is the author of Analyzing Steams of Language (2004) and conducts an annual international workshop on verbal data analysis at Dartmouth College. She has received awards for her work from Computers and Composition, the Rhetoric Society of America, and the National Communication Association.


2015 Annual International Edible Book Festival at Richter Library


The University of Miami Libraries (UML) is calling for submissions to the 15th annual International Edible Book Festival. A popular event here at UM and universities worldwide, the festival celebrates the intellectually nourishing power of books in a fun and creative way—by turning them into edible art. UML’s 2015 festival will take place on April 1, 12-2:30 p.m., at the Otto G. Richter Library.


Due to popular demand, the deadline to register has been extended through Monday, March 30.


The Edible Book Festival is the dreamchild of Judith Hoffberg, a librarian and champion of artists’ books, and Beatrice Coron, a visual storyteller and book artist. (Many of Coron’s works are held in UML’s Special Collections.) Celebrated since 2000 in various parts of the world, the festival involves the creation, display, and eating of edible books. It generally falls on or around April 1, partly a nod to the April Fools’ tradition of “eating your words,” as the official website explains.

This year marks UML’s fifth celebration of the Edible Book Festival. View past entries »


Examples of past entries

Examples of past entries (from left): Bite Club, The Da Vinci Cod, The Picture of Dorito Gray, The Catcher in the Rye


9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Edible books entries accepted
Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Public viewing and judging
1:30 to 2 p.m.: Votes counted and prizes awarded
2 to 2:30 p.m.: Entries eaten by participants and viewers

How to Participate

ebf-judgingCategoriesAll UM students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend or participate in the festival by submitting an edible book, either as an individual or with a team. Your submission can be based on any kind of book, including a novel, diary, biography, pop-up book, comic, picture book, or artist’s book. How it’s reinvented into an edible form is completely up to you. All contest participants should register now.

The first fifty contestants will receive a commemorative UML Edible Book Festival apron when they submit their entry on April 1.



  • Entries must be edible and inspired by a book.
  • Entries should hold their shape while on display (about 2.5 hours without refrigeration).
  • Entries must be delivered to Richter Library on April 1 by 11:30 a.m. You are welcome to display your book inspiration (or cover image) alongside your entry.
  • If you believe that your entry qualifies for the “Healthiest” prize, please submit a list of ingredients on or before the festival day.


For additional questions, please email

Share Your Story: A Call for South Florida Veterans and Military Families

storycorps-blog_logoThe search for South Florida soldiers and their family members is actively underway by StoryCorps, Warmamas, and the University of Miami Libraries (UML). The three organizations are collaborating on StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative, a project that honors veterans and the military community by recording and preserving their stories. Approximately eighteen interviews will begin at 9 a.m. on March 11, 12, and 13 at the Otto G. Richter Library on UM’s Coral Gables campus.

StoryCorps interviews are conducted as a conversation between two people, while a trained StoryCorps facilitator guides the 40-minute recording session. With the participants’ permission, the recordings of these interviews will be archived at the Library of Congress and segments of select interviews may also air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition. “We are a people defined by small acts of courage, kindness and heroism,” says StoryCorps founder David Isay. The Military Voices Initiative builds on this notion and contributes to StoryCorps’ diverse collection by recording and preserving the stories of veterans and military families. It is an opportunity for them to share their experiences in their own words.

The archive of recorded oral histories will be preserved at UML’s Special Collections, located at the Otto G. Richter Library. Open to the public, Special Collections houses a vast repository for researchers on a wide range of topics, with a particular emphasis on South Florida and the Caribbean. “As a community archive, Special Collections actively documents history by collecting materials, from photographs to personal letters to video recordings, that will remain here permanently and ultimately serve to inform, enlighten, and even inspire future generations,” says Chuck Eckman, Dean of University of Miami Libraries.

StoryCorps previously partnered with UML on Historias, an initiative to record the diverse stories and life experiences of Latinos in the United States. UML’s Cuban Heritage Collection served as a community partner for Historias interviews conducted locally in 2009. Additional UML oral history projects include the Haitian Diaspora Oral History Collections at Special Collections and multiple oral history projects focusing on Cuban diaspora and Cuban American communities at the Cuban Heritage Collection. Access to oral history collections is available from UML’s website.

Veterans and military families interested in this opportunity to tell their story should call Patricia Sowers at 786-493-0892, 305-461-5193, or email

Members of the press may interview selected participants as well as StoryCorps, UML, and Warmamas staff at 9 a.m. on March 13. Press must contact Barbara Gutierrez at to RSVP.

Meet the Staff: Sarah Shreeves, Associate Dean for Digital Strategies

sarahShreeves_300x420The University of Miami Libraries (UML) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Shreeves as the Associate Dean for Digital Strategies. In this role, Sarah will provide strategic leadership and direction for UML’s digital scholarship, collections, and publishing initiatives.

Sarah joins UML from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she managed an innovative digital platform, the renowned IDEALS program, that supported the creation and distribution of research and scholarly work. Sarah also managed the Scholarly Commons, a service to support researchers in technology and data intensive scholarship. A national leader in digital library initiatives, Sarah has served and advised for several organizations guiding digital library development, advances in scholarly communications, and research data access and management practices for research libraries worldwide.

In addition to her technological expertise, Sarah’s background in both creative and scholarly endeavors uniquely positions her for this role. She holds a bachelor’s degree in medieval studies from Bryn Mawr, a master’s in children’s literature from Simmons College, and a master’s in library and information studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Sarah looks forward to engaging with the UM community to identify what digital services and support they need to further their own research and to engage with UML’s rich and vibrant digital collections. With Sarah’s recent appointment, UML looks forward to great advancements in resources and support for our scholarly community.


Meet the Staff: Kelly Miller, Associate Dean for Learning & Research Services

kellyMiller_300x420The University of Miami Libraries (UML) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Miller as the Associate Dean for Learning and Research Services. In this role, Kelly will supervise and provide strategic leadership and direction for UML’s education and outreach initiatives, such as the transformation of the Otto G. Richter Library’s Information Commons into an academically engaged Learning Commons. In addition to the Richter Library, she will oversee learning and research services at UM’s architecture, business, music, and marine and atmospheric science libraries.

Kelly joins UML from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she served as head of the College Library and director of teaching and learning services. She is widely recognized for her transformation of library services in support of education and is a frequently invited speaker on the topic of developing innovative spaces that expand opportunities for learning and research in the digital age.

Kelly’s passion for research, teaching, and learning stems from her background as a humanist and scholar. She holds both a master’s and doctoral degree in Slavic languages and literature from the University of Michigan. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Academic Libraries at the University of Virginia and a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) in St. Petersburg, Russia. She has taught at Michigan, Dickinson College, the University of Virginia, and UCLA. Kelly received a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Russian and English from Stetson University.

With Kelly’s recent appointment, UML looks forward to announcing many new and exciting developments for our libraries.