New Faces in the Clermont College Library

Over the summer, two new staff members joined us in the Clermont College Library.

Emily Wages, Operations Manager

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Emily Wages

Emily has worked at various libraries and library-related organizations over the years, including King Library at Miami University, Lane Libraries, MidPointe Libraries, and SWON Library Consortium. Emily graduated from Miami University in 2011 with a BS in English Education and a minor in British Literature. In 2014, she graduated from Kent State University with her MLIS. At Clermont College Library, Emily will be managing our public services and student employees.  

Emily loves gardening with native plants, reading, and true crime. She is also a distance runner, currently training to run the Indy Monumental half in November. In the last few years, she has run three full marathons (two Flying Pigs and Columbus) and she plans to run the full Flying Pig again this coming May. She lives in Colerain Township with her husband Quinn, dog Shay, and cat Chili.

Nicole Stamat, Library Specialist

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Nicole Stamat

For the last six years Nicole has worked for the Clermont County Public Library as a library assistant and library assistant specialist. She previously worked for the National Park Service at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park; as well as the BSA Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM. She obtained a BFA in Art Therapy at Millikin University in 2009 and worked at the Staley academic library. Nicole will also be working in public services and helping with some aspects of our technical services.

She lives in the area with her husband, young son and a hound mix. Her hobbies include fiber arts (most especially knitting), table-top gaming and of course, reading. Her favorite authors include: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor and Margaret Atwood.

Please join me in welcoming Emily and Nicole to Clermont College!

Heather Mitchell-Botts
Instruction Librarian

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Reserve a group study room at the library!

Looking for a place to study? The Clermont College Library has four group study rooms that can be reserved by students. UC students can use any of these rooms to study in groups or work collaboratively on projects. Reservations are available up to two hours per day using the library’s website. See library staff to learn how to reserve a group study room!

Things to remember:

  • The student who made the reservation must bring their Bearcat card with them in order to claim the room and check out the room key.
  • You have 15 minutes from the reserved time to claim the room or your reservation will be cancelled.
  • All members of the group must be present when you pick up the room key.

View the full Study Room Policy for additional information.

The first floor Student Collaboration Rooms were made possible by Dave and Amy Elberfeld in honor of Amy’s father W.G. “Spud” Elliott for his steadfast commitment to education and community.

Natalie Winland
Public Services Manager

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Clermont Haiku Contest

In honor of National Poetry Month, the East Fork Journal and the Clermont College Library are sponsoring the 8th Annual Haiku Contest beginning March 25. 

You must be a Clermont College student to participate. Write up to 3 haiku and submit them for a chance to win a $50 gift card.  Professors Phoebe Reeves and Cassie Fetters will serve as our judges.

You may begin submitting entries on March 25. Drop your typed entries off at the Clermont College Library.

The entry deadline is April 10th

Go forth and haiku!

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager

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Affordable Learning from the Library

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We’ve previously discussed why you should consider adopting an open textbook. We understand the challenges associated with changing textbooks and the possibility that you’ve not identified one that meets the needs of your students. If you’re interested in the concept of an open textbook and open educational resources (OER), but haven’t yet made the leap, consider other ways you can incorporate affordable learning into your courses.

Most of the library’s resources are not considered OER due to licensing, copyright, and limited ability to re-purpose, modify, and share widely. However, because UC students have access to our resources, you can add them to your course at no additional cost to students.

How can library resources add to your course?

  • Use journal, magazine, and newspaper articles to discuss current events, differing perspectives on topics, and provide the latest research
  • Embed video, audio, images, and other media directly into your course so students don’t have to click away from Blackboard
  • Provide links to library e-books or e-book chapters to expand upon course content not included in a textbook

In addition, Clermont College Library and UC Libraries are continuously developing online learning resources to support students and faculty. These include research guides and videos about information literacy and using library tools.

Interested in adding library resources to your course?

Your library liaison would be happy to help you identify resources to enhance your course. We can also assist with providing permalinks, embedding video, creating research guides, and much more. You can also reference the Open Educational Resources at Clermont research guide for additional information.

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Pi Day at Clermont

Have you ever pondered pi? Does 3.14 and beyond interest you? Whether you find this mathematical constant fascinating or not, you will want to be a part of our Pi Day celebration.

Beginning March 1, sign up to win a Pi t-shirt. The winner’s names will be drawn on March 14. Five shirts will be given away. Stop by the Clermont College Library and fill out an entry with your name, email, and preferred size.

On March 14, our math professors will be passing out pi(e) and coffee in the hallway, in front of the library. If you are up to a challenge, stop by Dr. Malla’s table and write out pi to as many digits as you can remember.

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager

 

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Book Review: How to be a Good Creature


In How to be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals, Sy Montgomery shares her life of loving and studying animals. Sy is a National Book Award Finalist and naturalist. Each chapter focuses on a different creature who transformed her life. Throughout the essays, she reflects on the effects the animals had on her and how she practiced life a bit differently, thanks to their influence. One of the most amusing stories involved a pig named Christopher Hogwood, a beloved pet.

How to be a Good Creature is available as an e-book and a hardback.

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager
Clermont College Library

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Students-Only Library Survey: Enter To Win a $25 Gift Card

Your opinions can build a better library — you just have to share them!

In order to serve you better, please fill out the brief library survey delivered to your UC student email this week. Depending on your answers and typing ability, the survey should take 5 minutes or less to complete.

As a gesture of our thanks, you may provide your contact info at the end of the survey to enter a drawing for one of two $25 gift cards. We’ll draw the winners on February 4.

Together we can make the Clermont College Library a better space for resources and research.

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Pardon Our Dust… New Student Spaces, Coming Soon!

If you’ve been on the library’s first floor lately, you may notice power tools and construction crews — that’s because student-centered improvements are in the works!

Based on feedback from prior spring student surveys we’re proud to add two premium group study spaces on the library’s first floor this semester. Set to debut in early March 2019, the rooms will feature glass dry erase surfaces, wall-mounted flat screens, and modern finishes galore. We’ll also be adding additional soft seating all over the library’s first floor for meeting with groups or relaxing between classes.

This exciting project, made possible by a generous donor, is yet another example of the power of our supportive community. Thanks to everyone who worked tirelessly in support of this project.

Katie Foran-Mulcahy
Library Director

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Popular Reading Collection

Looking for a good read? Check out our Popular Reading Collection at your Clermont College Library!

Brought to you by community partner Clermont County Public Library, the popular reading collection includes:

  • Mysteries
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Graphic Novels
  • Humor, Science Fiction, and much more!

New titles added each semester so check back often for great reads.

To recommend a title for this collection, please contact Natalie Winland, Public Services Manger.

Natalie Winland
Public Services Manager

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Popular Reading and Movie Collection: Perfect for Winter Season Days

Looking for a good book to read over the winter season days? How about a good movie to watch when it is cold outside? In addition to its many other collections, Clermont College Library is now an excellent source for popular materials, too.

The Popular Reading and Movie collection, on loan from the Clermont County Public Library, contains more than 500 items. They are changed out three times per year, so check back regularly for new titles. The items in the collection are available for UC students, faculty and staff using a valid UC I.D. upon checkout.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Stop by the library’s info desk for help with requesting items.

Natalie Winland
Public Services Manager

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