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Hiram College Library

Hiram College Library fosters intellectual excellence and encourages lifelong learning in the Hiram community.

Events at the library

Library Forum: Select Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m. in the Pritchard Room on the Library's second floor unless otherwise noted. All Library Forum events are open to the public.

Attend library forum to learn about a variety of topics including faculty research, Open Educational Resources, and more. Please contact Janet Vogel if you need to attend via Zoom. 

January 17: Courtney Mauck, Ph.D., Scarier than it Seems: Developing and Evaluating Multimodal Projects
Interested in incorporating multimodal or nontraditional assignments, but not sure where to start? Grounded in data collected in 2020 for a forthcoming article, Courtney A. Mauck will share common challenges instructors often face when introducing and evaluating multimodal projects (and the best practices to overcome those challenges).

This event was recorded and is on YouTube.

February 28: Jen McCreight, Ph.D., The Space Between: How an Exploration of Linguistic Identity Increased Pre-Service Teachers’ Intentional Inclusion of Diverse Languages and Dialects (This event will be in the McDowell Instruction Room on the Library's 3rd floor.)

March 27: Doug Brattebo, Ph.D.
Topic coming soon!
(This event will be in the McDowell Instruction Room on the Library's 3rd floor.)

April 17: Jim Kercher, Ph.D.
Topic coming soon!

May 8: Jo Line, Ph.D., Community Based Learning and the Northeast Ohio Women's Sports Alliance
This event will be in person and online via Zoom.

Information and Digital Literacy Workshops Open to the Public

Monday, February 5 at 4 p.m. in the Library's Lower Level or on Zoom
Get Organized with Notability!

Need to get organized? Notability can help! Lorna Metzger ’25 will show you her color coded tips and tricks for using Notability to its fullest to help you stay on top of deadlines. Bring your iPad and Apple Pencil and follow along with Lorna as she helps you organize calendars, weekly planners, notes, and homework assignments. Attend in person in the library's lower level, or register to receive the Zoom link. 

Thursday, February 15 at 2 p.m. in the Library's Lower Level
Book Discussion

Read a graphic novel adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice by Nancy Butler and join our book discussion. Learn more about the book and how to obtain it by visiting our book discussion page

Tuesday, April 9 at 3 p.m. Location TBD
Garfield Transcription

Learn about the Library of Congress' transcription project and how you can help transcribe documents related to James A. Garfield

Brown Bag Lunch & Learns:

Bring your Lunch and Learn about interesting topics!

  • Thursday, February 22, 12-12:30 p.m.: Troubleshooting Technology in the Classroom
    An overview of common technology woes and a time for you to have your questions answered. Presented by Marc Freeman, Media Services Manager. Join in person in the library's lower level or via Zoom
  • Thursday, February 29, 12-1 p.m.: What Do I Read Next? Using AI to Help You Find Your Next Book
    What should I read next? It's the eternal question. How can Artificial Intelligence (AI) help you select your next book to read? What are the challenges and pitfalls of giving over your reading data to AI? Bring your lunch and learn more. You might even leave with a few great books to try! (Don't worry, a librarian will be on hand to make recommendations if the computer fails!) Join in person in the library's lower level or via Zoom
  • Thursday, March 14: 12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.: How to Mendeley
    Learn how to use Mendeley Cite to create and organize your citations. Presented by librarian David Roberts.
  • Tuesday, March 19, 12-12:30 p.m.: How to Save your Research in EBSCO
    Frustrated by permalinks and folders in EBSCO? Confused about the best way to organize and save your research? This session is for you! Presented by librarian David Roberts.

Information and Digital Literacy Workshops and Events for Students

Librarian Office Hours: Librarians are typically available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. However, there will be specially promoted drop-in hours when a librarian will always be available to help with anything library related! Just ask at the Ask Here Desk to see a librarian!. Scheduled hours:

  • Weds. 1/17 7-8 p.m.
  • Thurs. 2/8 2-4 p.m.

Information and Digital Literacy Workshops and Events for Faculty & Staff: Dates TBD


Unless otherwise mentioned, these events are supported by the State Library of Ohio with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Friends of the Library Events

The Friends of the Library host events in conjunction with the Hiram College Library. All Friends events are open to the public. 

2024 Friends of the Library Winter Program

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 7 p.m.
Location: Hiram College Library Pritchard Room (2nd floor) or Zoom

This event is free and open to the public.

 Beyond the Shadow of Doubt: What's Going on During a Solar Eclipse?
Presented by Alumnus Daniel Gavazzi

Why do eclipses occur? How can we predict eclipses? What do astronomers study during eclipses? Did you know that we can see stars behind the sun during an eclipse? Prepare for the April 8, 2024, total solar eclipse in Ohio by learning answers to these questions from Hiram College alumnus and physics instructor Daniel Gavazzi. Following the event, receive instructions to make your own solar viewer and learn more about Hiram College’s plans to celebrate the eclipse on campus on April 8. This event is free and open to the public. 

Event Details and Registration:

The event will be held in person in the Pritchard Room on the Library's Second Floor or via Zoom. It is free and open to the public. Register to receive the Zoom link.

Past Events:

Fall 2021 Program with Ben Wolford, The Portager: View the recording

Fall 2022 Program with Dr. Tim Rasinski: The Art and Science of Reading. View the recording.

Winter 2023 Program with Lucy Chamberlain '77 and Dr. Denny Taylor '73: The Hiram Public Gardens. View the recording.

Fall 2023 Program with Thomas Bacher '78: The Essential Liberal Arts: Historical Sketches of Hiram College. View the recording.

Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale

The biggest event of the year with thousands of books, LPs, DVDs, CDs, and more in the Pritchard Room on the Library's second floor. 

Thursday, March 21: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, March 22: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday March 23: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 24: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
Monday, March 25: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We are always looking for volunteers to staff the sale table or to assist with set up or tear down. No experience necessary. Sign up here!

Past Presentations

Past recorded Library Forum Events:

December 7, 2022: Search for Humanity After Atrocity Conference Report and Photo Essay
The search for humanity after atrocity is as imperative as it is elusive, but recent strides in endeavors such as genocide studies, restorative justice, and peacebuilding, are generating renewed interest and debate. The conference that three Hiram College students, Albertha Marin, Madelyn Sagle, and Hallie Talbot attended with Professor Merose Hwang in October 2022 engaged students, scholars and practitioners to pursue projects that energize the acknowledgment and negotiation of genocides and other atrocities’ multi-layered consequences. Students shared a photo essay of what they learned from this conference. Professor Hwang also shared information about Hiram College’s Peace Corps Preparatory Program. This event was recorded and is available on YouTube

January 18, 2023: Louis Oliphant, Ph.D.: ChatGPT and AI Assistants: How they work and why they're important
The news is lighting up with talk about ChatGPT changing the face of student writing. Louis Oliphant, Ph.D. unpacks ChatGPT and other AI Assistants. How do they work? Why is it important that we talk about them with students? Why is banning them from our classrooms shortsighted? This event was recorded and is available on the library's faculty resources page

January 26, 2023: Megan A. Connell, Psy.D. ABPP: Tabletop Roleplaying for Facilitating Learning and Therapeutic Experiences
Connell, a licensed Psychologist and Therapeutic Dungeon Master will speak via Zoom and attendees may join the event in person in the Pritchard Room on the library's second floor, or via Zoom. This event was recorded and is available on YouTube

February 1, 2023: Courtney Mauck, Ph.D. and Garett Munro: ChatGPT in the Classroom
How do you talk about ChatGPT and other AI assistants with students? What should you include in your syllabus? How can you modify assignments in the ChatGPT era? Courtney and Garrett will share their experiences thus far. This event was recorded and is available on the library's faculty resources page

February 23, 2023: Kirsten Parkinson, Ph.D.: 23 Rejections and Counting: Tales from a Sabbatical
We often show only our successes to the world, but getting to success often requires first navigating multiple failures. Kirsten Parkinson will talk about and read from the essays that she wrote and revised during her spring 2022 sabbatical and the (still ongoing) challenge of getting most of them accepted for publication. This event was recorded and is available on YouTube

Board Game Events

Board Game Night: Dates TBD

Did you know that the library has a board and card games available for checkout on the first floor? Learn to play the games and then take them home. Games check out for 7 days.