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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 Thursdays at 4:15 p.m. in the Pritchard Room on the Library's second floor (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. 

Wednesday, January 18: 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: 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

Wednesday, February 1: 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: 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

March 30: Hiram Librarians: Getting the Most Out of the Library
The library has a lot to offer, and you might be surprised by what's new and what you've forgotten about! Did you know that the Library subscribes to the New York Times and that you can read articles in the Times app? Did you know that you can read "fun" magazines like Rolling Stone in the Flipster app? What about all of the great content you can use with a public library card? We've got test prep resources, fiction books, and more. We will highlight hidden gems, answer your questions, and take suggestions in this interactive Library Forum. Join us in person in the Pritchard Room or online via Zoom.

April 27: Elena Iglesias Villamel, Ph.D.

Board Game Night: Tuesday, November 29 7:30-9 p.m. (For Hiram College Students, Staff, and Faculty Only)

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. 

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. 

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 23: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, March 24: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday March 25: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 26: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Fill a bag for $1)
Monday, March 27: 9 a.m. to Noon (Fill a bag for $1)

Hardcover books, DVDs, LPs, and CDs: $1
Paperback books: $0.50
Sets and specialty items: Prices as marked

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!

2023 Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 7 p.m.
Location: Hiram College Library Pritchard Room (2nd floor) or Zoom

This event is free and open to the public.

Ragan Snead, a woman with dark brown hair and glassesFeatured Presentation: Planning for an Uncertain Future: Library Strategic Plans Pre- and Post-COVID by Ragan Snead, Executive Director, Northeast Ohio Regional Library System

Libraries of all types often rely on strategic plans to guide them into the future. These plans act as a framework for new initiatives, both big and small, and are frequently developed with input from all library stakeholders, from community members to the library leadership and staff. As with most things, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the development of library strategic plans. While many libraries have carried mainstay goals and objectives like community outreach and staff development into their post-pandemic plans, there has been a shift in priorities and a rise in new services for many libraries. Snead will discuss trends in post-COVID library planning and share what the future may look like for libraries in Northeast Ohio.

Ragan Snead, Executive Director, Northeast Ohio Regional Library System, has 12 years of experience in public and academic libraries. She has a passion for staff development and helping library staff reach their full potential. In addition to her work in various areas of librarianship, Ragan has experience in management, community outreach, and strategic planning. She received her MLIS from Kent State University and her MBA from Lake Erie College.

The Friends of the Hiram College Library Annual Meeting also includes updates from the Friends President and information about Friends activities this year. 


Elect Friends of the Library Board Members - ballot will be added shortly!

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 a Zoom link.

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.