News & Notes

By: Marcus Ladd on: March 13, 2015 10:25 am | laddmm

Miami University News: Class of 1958 alumnus honors mother’s legacy with bequest to Miami University Libraries

Costumed as a conductor for the Bicentennial, 1976

Costumed as a conductor for the Bicentennial, 1976

 

One of the pleasures of working in Special Collections is having the opportunity to meet individuals who share our passion for libraries, history, literature, the book and other forms of the written record, and the sheer joy that research and discovery can bring. Sometimes those people are faculty members, or researchers from out of town, or donors of beloved books or papers. Sometimes they’re students, encountering these joys for the first time. Looking in their eyes, you see the familiar gleam of excitement. Once in a great while it’s someone who fits all of those categories. Such an individual is John H. (Jack) White, Jr. Originally from Cincinnati, Jack attended Miami when the library was the Alumni Library (now Alumni Hall), and there was no Special Collections department. But his history professor, W.E. Smith, and Ned King, the Librarian, shared a special treasure with him: the Covington Collection, full of wonderful early books on the Old Northwest Territory, and off-limits to most students. Apparently they saw the future historian in Jack, and he has never forgotten the thrill of delving into those volumes, now one of the mainstay collections in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections.

Jack at DKE House 1956 enhanced

Jack at DKE House 1956

 

Jack graduated from Miami in 1958 with a degree in European history and obtained a job at the Smithsonian Institute, where he found himself curating transportation artifacts and materials. His love of history, combined with a knowledge of machinery and a fascination with the details of transportation, led to his nationally-acknowledged expertise and the authorship of a number of books and articles about railroads, steamboats, and the human drive to travel farther, faster, cheaper and more comfortably. His many awards include an honorary doctorate awarded by Miami in 1996. Later this month he travels to St. Louis, where he will receive the Captain Donald T. Wright Award for his distinguished contributions to river-related literature from the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library. When Jack retired from the Smithsonian in 1990 he chose to live in Oxford. Returning as an adjunct professor in the History Department at Miami, he also began a long relationship with Special Collections. That relationship has been marked by Jack’s continual generosity, including the establishment of an endowment to honor Janet Stuckey on her retirement in 2011 (the Stuckey Fund) , and most recently through the establishment of a very generous bequest to Special Collections. But Jack’s support of Special Collections has gone far beyond his financial gifts, as appreciated and as important as those are. Jack has been a constant and vocal supporter of Special Collections at the university and in the community. He has beat bushes for us. He has drummed up interest. He has sounded our trumpets. It seems only right that we recognize him and forever connect him with Special Collections. On Tuesday, March 17, we will celebrate our spring exhibit, The Ready Ones, with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. At the beginning of that program Dean Jerome Conley will name the Special Collections exhibit gallery in honor of Jack and (at his request) his mother, Christine S. White. It was she who insisted he attend Miami, he says. Without her he wouldn’t have had the remarkable life he has. And we wouldn’t have Jack in our lives. We hope you’ll join us in recognizing Jack’s many contributions to Special Collections, as well as his mother’s gift of her son to Miami, the Smithsonian, the history of transportation, and us. It just wouldn’t be as much fun without you, Jack.

Elizabeth Brice

Assistant Dean for Technical Services & Special Collections

 

Railroad Hall, Museum of History and Technology, 1964

Railroad Hall, Museum of History and Technology, 1964

By: Eric Weaver on: March 10, 2015 1:45 pm | weavered

Now in its 10th year, MusicNOW is a Cincinnati-based music festival that celebrates the borderland between indie rock and modern classical music. You can find more details about this year's event, which runs from from Wednesday, March 11th to Sunday, March 15th, at http://www.musicnowfestival.org/festival.

In the meantime, come by Amos Music Library to check out albums from participating popular acts like Perfume Genius, Sufjan Stevens, Cloud Nothings, and The National, as well as pieces from composers such as Nico Muhly, Steve Reich, John Adams, and Bryce Dessner. 

Also, you can hear pieces via the streaming service Naxos. Just search our catalog for "Naxos music" and click "connect to resource online," or click the links below.

Bryce Dessner - Aheym (045778729661)

David Lang - Death Speaks (ft. B Dessner et al) (CA-21092)

Christopher Rouse - Symphony No. 1 (FECD-0026)

yMusic (ft. N Muhly, S Stevens, et al) (NWAM059)

Roomful of Teeth (ft. Caroline Shaw) (NWAM041)

Steve Reich / So Percussion - Drumming (CA-21026)

By: Eric Weaver on: March 04, 2015 2:29 pm | weavered

Alexander Street Press' Jazz Music Library is a great resource that allows Miami community members access to a vast collection of streaming jazz recordings.

Not certain where to start? Here are links to some of our favorite recordings from the late 1950s.

Thelonious Monk's "Brilliant Corners" (1957)

John Coltrane's "Blue Train" (1958)

Ornette Coleman's "The Shape of Jazz to Come" (1959)

Art Blakey's "Moanin" (1959)

Jimmy Smith's "The Sermon" (1959)

By: Eli Sullivan on: February 26, 2015 4:25 pm | sullive4 @@muElibrarian

Beginning Monday, March 2, B.E.S.T. Library will be offering a Statistics Help Desk. This is a free service available to any Miami student who is seeking assistance using statistical software for your coursework, including:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Minitab
  • R
  • SAS
  • SPSS

This is a first come, first served service; we do not take appointments. Drop by B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall) and visit the Stats Help Desk located behind the stained glass wall near the printers during any of the times below to take advantage of this service.

Mondays 6-8pm

Tuesdays 2-5p

Thursdays 3-6pm

By: Emily Alford on: February 26, 2015 2:10 pm | alfordem

March is National Nutrition Month, and here in Government Documents we can guide you toward healthy eating!

 

Come check out our selection of informative and fun titles, including

Fabulous Fruits, Versatile Vegetables: Dietary Guidelines for Americans

How much are you eating?: Putting the guidelines into practice

Menu Magic for Children

HealthierUS School Challenge: Recognizing Excellence in Nutrition and Physical Activity Application Kit

Team Up at Home: Team Nutrition Activity Book

and more!

 

For more information on National Nutrition Month and ways to eat right, be sure to visit http://www.choosemyplate.gov/NNM.html.

photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/62567633@N03/5766504376">blueberries | raspberries</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">(license)</a>

By: Eric Weaver on: February 16, 2015 2:45 pm | weavered

"1989" will soon be added to our Spotlight CD collection. If TS didn't have your vote, never fear, as 2014 titles from Perfume Genius (performing as part of this year's MusicNOW festival in Cincinnati) and Grammy award-winners like Beck, St. Vincent, and Aphex Twin will also be added to the collection. Thank you for your participation!

By: Jennifer Natale on: February 24, 2015 10:54 am | natalejj @@JennNatale

MOVIES, MUSIC & MIGRATION

Miami University Libraries and the Howe Writing Center are celebrating African American Heritage Month with the 26th Annual African American Read-in. This year’s read-in has been rescheduled to Mar 5th between 11:30 am & 2 pm in the Howe Writing Center in King Library. Our themes this year are Movies, Music, and Migration, honoring African Americans contributions in these areas as well as commemorating the Great Black Migration beginning in 1915. You are welcome to read (or perform or show images, etc.) on these themes or on any other African American themes/authors. Stop by anytime during the program!

We encourage you to learn more by visiting our page (URL:http://libguides.lib.miamioh.edu/diversity, click on the African American Read-in tab) or browsing the items on display in King Library Lobby.

For more information, contact Jenny Presnell, presnejl@miamioh.edu.

By: Eric Weaver on: February 12, 2015 2:26 pm | weavered

This year's nominees include Grammy-award winners Sam Smith, St. Vincent, and Beck. The winning album is added to our Spotlight CD collection (alongside last year's winner, Lorde).

All Miami community members are invited to vote here: http://goo.gl/forms/aHK0IGKJaa

By: Eric Weaver on: February 12, 2015 2:15 pm | weavered

 

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Anne Sofie von Otter – Douce France

V5343

http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=V5343

 

 

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

JL Adams: Become Ocean

CA-21101

http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=CA-21101

 

 

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Jason Vieaux: Play

Azica71287

http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=Azica71287

 

 

Best Choral Performance

The Sacred Spirit of Russia

HMU807526

http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=HMU807526

 

 

Best Opera Recording

Charpentier: La Descente D'Orphée Aux Enfers

777876-2

http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=777876-2

 

 

By: Laura Birkenhauer on: February 03, 2015 4:30 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

Next Tuesday, February 10, The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth, A Live-Action Graphic Novel hits the stage in Hall Auditorium. In its third touring season, this performance has been a hit in the US, UK and Canada, and has been featured on NPR and Conan O'Brien. 

To gear up for this one-of-a-kind show, why not check out some of the Libraries' graphic novels? 

The Art and Architecture Library now houses a new and growing collection of graphic novels. Browse the collection here

Browse the rest of the graphic novels collection in King Library, King IMC and other locations here.

Not sure where to start? Try some of these titles that - like The Intergalactic Nemesis - feature monsters and aliens!

 

The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple 

ArtArch Graphic Novels | PN6727.D35 W74 2014

 

Daybreak by Brian Ralph

ArtArch Graphic Novels | PN6727.R35 D38 2013

 

Godland by Joe Casey and Tom Scioli

ArtArch Graphic Novels | PN6728.G63 C37 2006 v.1

 

Battling Boy by Paul Pope

ArtArch Graphic Novels | PZ7.7.P665 Bat 2013

 

The new Deadwardians by Dan Abnett

​Middletown Campus | PN6727.A257 N49 2013

 

The walking dead: a continuing story of survival horror by Robert Kirkman

​Middletown Campus | PN6728.W35 K57 2011

 

The zombie survival guide: recorded attacks by Max Brooks

Middletown Campus | PN6727.B7564 Z66 2009

 

New School by Dash Shaw

King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.S4925 N49 2013

 

Eathling by Aisha Franz

Copy Cataloging | PN6757.F73 A5513 2014

 

Juvenile and Young Adult: 

 

Eek & Ack vs the Wolfman by B. A. Hoena

King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy| PZ7.7.H64 Eek 2009

 

Deep-space disco by Erik Craddock

King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy| PZ7.7.C73 De 2009

 

Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv |PN6727.T295 B33 2011

 

The Twilight Zone: the Monsters are Due on Maple Street by Mark Kneece

​King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv |PN1992.77.T87 K5422 2009

 

We Kill Monsters Vol. 1 by Christopher Leone

King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv |PN6727.L463 W45 2010