News & Notes

By: Eric Weaver on: April 28, 2016 4:02 pm | weavered

As with many genres, the exact beginning of "punk music" can be hard to place. Some particularly raucous acts of the 60s (such as The Sonics, The Monks, The Velvet Underground, MC5, and The Stooges) have been retroactively dubbed "proto-punk"; early 70s acts like New York Dolls and Patti Smith undoubtedly inspired a lot of what was to follow.

However, the origin of punk is generally dated to 1976 due to the release of three major recordings: the Ramones' self-titled debut album (April 23rd) and the debut singles from England's The Damned (October 22nd) and the Sex Pistols (November 26th). 40 years later, these recordings still shine with urgency and a total disregard with established manners, tastes, and talents.

Our playlist takes listeners through punk's first 10 years, 1976-1985, in roughly chronological order. Contemporaneous tracks from closely-related genres (like New Wave and Hardcore) are also featured.

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By: Jason Paul Michel on: April 27, 2016 8:35 pm | micheljp small twitter logo@jpmichel

The Miami University Archives will be closed from Monday, April 11 - June 1, 2016. The collection will move from its current location at 1 Withrow Court to the Walter Havighurst Special Collections located on the 3rd floor of King Library. The staff will have intermittent email access and will respond to requests via You may also contact the Archives via Telephone: 513-529-6720 or 513-529-2069 or contact Special Collections at 513-529-3323 or email We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to serving you in our new location at King Library.

By: Eli Sullivan on: June 24, 2016 9:54 am | sullive4 small twitter logo@muElibrarian

Photograph of LAURE Winners

Three Miami students won the Miami University Libraries’ inaugural Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE), an award given to Miami University undergraduates who demonstrate excellence in library research conducted in support of a student project.

This year’s LAURE winners are:


  • First Place: Mahaley Evans, a senior History major, submitted a project examining the discourse surrounding women in East Germany and Eastern Europe and analyzing communism’s effect on their Cold War and post-war lives. Ms. Evans completed the project for History 480, taught by Dr. Matthew Gordon, and her project sponsor was Dr. Erik Jensen.
  • Honorable Mention: Marlyka (Lyka) Williams, a junior majoring in Architecture, presented a project entitled Dare to be a Wildflower: Looking to the Natural World for Answers Through an In Depth Study of Heliostat Technology, based on her research in Architecture 406 taught by Dr. Mary Ben Bonham.
  • Honorable Mention: Garrett Gust, a senior Individualized Studies major, submitted his project Tapped: An Insider Look at the Craft Beer Movement, conducted in part for WST 421 taught by Dr. Hays Cummins. Dr. Kevin Armitage served as Gust’s project sponsor.


Ms. Evans, Ms. Williams, and Mr. Gust will be honored at the Miami University Libraries Student Recognition Dinner on April 24. In addition to this recognition, LAURE’s first place winner receives $1000.00, and honorable mention winners each receive $100.00.

Award-winning projects will be submitted to Miami’s Scholarly Commons in a special collection designed to showcase exceptional undergraduate work. A second award cycle, designed for students who are currently completing first year research, will take place in the Fall. For more information about LAURE, please visit the LAURE website at

By: Eric Weaver on: April 21, 2016 3:57 pm | weavered

Pop artist Prince Rogers Nelson, commonly known as Prince, passed away today at the age of 57. He was a bold innovator and a masterful guitarist whose one-of-a-kind blend of funk, rock, and dance forever transformed pop music.

Normally we would craft a tribute playlist of the artists' own work, but as Prince was an outspoken critic of streaming music, his music is not available on Spotify. Instead, the Amos Music Library staff have created a list featuring the artists that inspired Prince, and those who he in turn influenced. The first half of the list features selections from a diverse group of funk, jazz, rock, and pop artists, including Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, and George Clinton. We conclude the list with artists who have followed the path Prince blazed, such as Beyonce, D'Angelo, OutKast, and Janelle Monae.

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​And, if you're interested in hearing the work of The Artist directly, or would like to learn more about him, we have some texts and CDs set aside at Amos:

Image of books and compact discs held by Amos Music Library

By: Matthew Benzing on: April 18, 2016 10:28 am | benzinmm

On Tuesday, April 26th, a representative from IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) will be presenting on search techniques using IEEE Xplore. IEEE Xplore is an important resource for doing research and finding answers in the Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and related disciplines. The workshop will take place at Noon in Laws 116 (The BEST Library Instruction Lab).

Tips & Tricks for Searching IEEE Xplore® training session This one hour overview of best practices for searching IEEE Xplore® includes advanced and command searching techniques, setting up alerts, using the author affiliation field to search for employment opportunities for students, and much more.
By: Laura Birkenhauer on: March 31, 2016 2:08 pm | crosbylm small twitter logo@LMBirkenhauer

March Leisure Reading Book Covers

This month's titles: 

​Above the Line: My Wild Oats Adventure, by Shirley MacLaine

​All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation, by Rebecca Traister

​And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East, by Richard Engel

Find Her, by Lisa Gardner

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Adam Grant

The Bee Book, contributions by Fergus Chadwick, Steve Alton, Emma Sarah Tennant, Bill Fitzmaurice and Judy Earl

What is Not Yours is Not Yours: Stories, by Helen Oyeyemi

Wild by Nature: From Siberia to Australia: Three Years Alone in the Wilderness on Foot, by Sarah Marquis


For the most up to date new Leisure Reading titles, please visit our Pinterest board for the collection. 


By: Eric Weaver on: March 30, 2016 3:01 pm | weavered

This week Amos Music Library presents a 20-track sampler of some of the best new pop music of 2016. Tracks cover a variety of genres: hip hop, neo-soul, dreampop, art pop, chamber folk, shoegaze, "apocalyptic space funk" (that's how The Comet is Coming describe their work), and more. Of particular note: a track from the late, great David Bowie, who passed away this January. There's also a song from Bowie's contemporary and collaborator Iggy Pop. For his 2016 album, Pop worked with Josh Homme, co-founder of Eagles of Death Metal, the band whose concert was attacked last November in Paris. If you are looking for something universally praised by critics, you might start with Anderson .Paak, while the lead single from Mutual Benefit's forthcoming album may put a tear in your eye. Finally, both Kendrick Lamar and Koi Child explore the space where rap, funk, and jazz meet.

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By: Eric Weaver on: March 16, 2016 3:56 pm | weavered

Last month scientists announced that, a century after Albert Einstein's prediction of their existence, gravitational waves had been detected. If you're curious for details, we recommend watching these explanatory videos featuring theoretical physicist Brian Greene:

"Gravitational Waves Hit The Late Show"

"Brian Greene Explains The Discovery Of Gravitational Waves"

At Amos Music Library, we celebrate this momentous discovery in same manner we do other special events: with songs! Some of the tracks featured on our science-themed playlist directly reference aspects of astronomy, physics, or scientists, while others make cheeky references. 

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By: Eric Weaver on: March 09, 2016 3:19 pm | weavered

Record producer George Martin passed away Tuesday at the age of 90. He was at times referred to as "the fifth Beatle" for his important production and arrangement contributions to that bands' best work. Linked below is a Spotify playlist, compiled and arranged by the staff at Amos Music Library, which highlights some of Martin's greatest accomplishments in production, both with and without the Fab Four. The list begins and end with early and late Beatles tracks, and you may notice Martin-produced Beatles covers throughout the list.

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By: Eric Weaver on: February 24, 2016 2:18 pm | weavered

You may have already encountered Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, a hip hop musical based on the life of Alexander Hamilton and his rival, Aaron Burr. (If you haven't heard it, we have the Grammy-winning CD available for checkout. You could also take a trip to New York to see the show live on Broadway, but resale tickets are selling for over $1,000 per seat. Yikes!) One interesting element of the work is how Miranda's wide-ranging knowledge of both rap and Broadway history shaped the sound and lyrics. For this playlist, Amos Music Library shares a mix of musicals and classic hip hop tracks that seem to have inspired Hamilton, as well as some selections from Miranda's earlier works. Some tracks are directly quoted in Hamilton; see if you can spot them!

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And, in case you missed it: Adele's 25 won the 2015 Album poll. The CD will soon be added to the collection. Also, a number of you wrote in Kendrick Lamar; luckily, we already have To Pimp a Butterfly in the collection, as well as his 2013 release Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City and his contribution to Flying Lotus' You're Dead! Come to Amos to check them out.