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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: Second Wednesday of the Month at 4:15 p.m. (Open to the public)

Attend library forum to learn about a variety of topics including faculty research, Open Educational Resources, and more. 

                            October 13: Open Educational Resources
David Harris, editor-in-chief for OpenStax at Rice University introduces Open Educational Resources (OERs), the current landscape, and uses OpenStax as an example of a resources for finding quality OERs.
Contact Janet Vogel to receive a link to the recording.


November 10: Emily Waples, Ph.D.: Epidemics of Ordinary Time (This event will be on Zoom.)
Register to receive the Zoom link.
Epidemics are ordinary. While sometimes unpredictable, they are not unexpected; they recur and recede, leaving resonances and residues. If we are lucky, they confer immunity, even if they cannot convey meaning.  Our contemporary moment invites investigation of these persistent histories and the epistemological, political, and personal crises that attend them. In this presentation, Dr. Waples will read from a forthcoming longform creative nonfiction essay that blends historical and personal narrative to investigate these arresting, if ordinary, epidemic trajectories. 

December 8: Louis Oliphant, Ph.D. Creating and Using an On-Line Platform for Computer Science Students to Learn, Create, and Showcase Their Work (This event will be in the Pritchard Room on the 2nd floor of the library or on Zoom.)
Register to receive the Zoom link.
Many on-line tools are available for computer science students to learn programing, write code, or showcase their creations. These tools often have restrictions, are not well integrated, and do not work with all devices. This presentation will explore an in-house deployment that the computer science department has been using to help students program as well as some of the creations they have made for this system. Please bring your iPads to participate.


January 12: Vanessa Heeman, Ph.D. and Valori Vaught, MAIS student, Hiram College




Open Explore: Fridays 3-5 p.m. during the fall 12-week (For Hiram College Students Only)

Need a help finding a peer-reviewed article? Want to find a book, but finding the library's catalog a bit cumbersome? Drop in for library-related help from library staff any time on Fridays from 3-5 p.m. during the 12-week.

Board Game Night: Dates TBD (For Hiram College Students, Staff, and Faculty Only)

Did you know that the library has a board 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 Fall Program: Ben Wolford, The Portager

Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 7 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register to receive the Zoom link.

Ben Wolford, publisher of The Portager, a news startup in Portage County, Ohio, will discuss the origins of The Portager in the context of the consolidation and destruction of local newsrooms across the country. After a hedge fund acquired the Record-Courier in 2017, its new owners have followed the same script intended to maximize profits at the expense of the community: firing journalists, reducing coverage and raising subscription costs. Wolford argues that when communities lose their local newspaper, it hurts civic participation and increases political polarization. The Portager and other news startups like it offer a solution.

Wolford is a graduate of Waterloo High School and Kent State University. He has a degree in Journalism and currently lives in Brazil with his wife and children. Wolford founded the Portager in March 2020. He also works in the family business, Wolford Communications, a marketing firm founded by his father, and is the English language editor at il manifesto, an Italian newspaper. Wolford volunteers with Empowerment Avenue, an organization helping incarcerated journalists get published.