News & Notes

By: Eric Weaver on: August 27, 2015 3:30 pm | weavered

In celebration of the beginning of the great times and great achievements of the 2015-16 school year, enjoy this Spotify playlist featuring the first tracks from over 40 noteworthy rock, pop, and hip hop albums:

First Impressions -

​Ad-supported Spotify is free to all users; an ad-free version is available for a monthly fee.

Need more? Here are some of our past lists; check back next week for more!

Move-In Miami -

​Take a Breath -

​Guide to the Early Blues -

Guide to the 1960s -

By: Eli Sullivan on: April 20, 2018 10:10 am | sullive4 small twitter logo@muElibrarian

The Stats Help Desk located in B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall) returns this semester with new hours. This is a free service available to any Miami student seeking assistance understanding statistical theorems or using statistical software for your coursework, including:

  • JMP
  • Matlab
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Minitab
  • R
  • SAS
  • SPSS
  • ​STATA
  • StatCrunch

This is a first come, first served service; we do not take appointments. Drop by 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 12 - 4 pm
Tuesdays 2 - 6 pm
Wednesdays 12- 4 pm
Thursdays 2 - 6 pm
Sundays 3 - 7 pm
By: Jason Paul Michel on: August 19, 2015 11:47 am | micheljp small twitter logo@jpmichel

The Miami University Libraries is having a bunch of events during the first couple of weeks of classes for our incoming class!

Please join us for one or all of these great events. Check out the schedule here.

By: Eli Sullivan on: August 10, 2015 1:20 pm | sullive4 small twitter logo@muElibrarian

Many users (including some of us!) are lamenting the disappearance of the Journal Titles tab on the library's homepage. We know that a title search for certain journals (e.g. ScienceThe Sun) can seem virtually impossible in the general catalog after we've been spoiled with a fairly robust journal-specific search for so long. To help you find precisely what you're looking for without blowing a whole Saturday searching the catalog, we've put together 3 recommended ways to go about finding access to specific journals:


1. Search by ISSN

If you have the ISSN for a journal (or do a quick Google search to find it), you can search that number and select the ISSN option from the dropdown menu to locate the catalog record and gain access.


2. Search the journal title in quotes

If the title is fairly unique, you can search the title in quotes and select 'Title' from the dropdown options to locate the catalog record and view access options.


3. Search using Online Resources A-Z

Clicking the Search button on the Books & More tab without anything in the search field will take you to the catalog interface on the Ebsco platform. In the top red banner, there is a link titled "Online Resources A-Z". 

This link will take you to an extensive list of our online resources. Be sure to select the "Journals only" radio button prior to searching. Additionally, the dropdown menu include "Title contains", "Title begins with" and "Title exact match" options.


If you have trouble finding or access journals, please feel free to ask us for assistance. For immediate help, contact us via chat. You can also email your subject librarian or ask at any Information Desk in the libraries.

By: Laura Birkenhauer on: August 10, 2015 8:08 am | crosbylm small twitter logo@LMBirkenhauer

Our New Catalog is Live!

As of today, the new catalog interface is up and running!

With this change, the Miami University Libraries replaced the homegrown catalog with a new public catalog interface.

The catalog is the tool users search using the Books & More tab on the Libraries’ homepage to find library items such as book, videos, and ebooks. As you’ll notice, the Libraries’ website as a whole did not visually change. The interface change only impacted the format of your search results when using the Books & More tab.

To ensure that this transition runs smoothly, we will continue to post tips and strategies here on our blog as needed. We’ve put together a useful guide to the basics of the new interface, complete with screenshots and instructions. Check it out!

Click here to download the guide.


Questions or Comments?

These first few weeks prior to the start of fall semester are our chance to work out the bugs that come with any change. Please know that we are continuing to refine the functionality of the new catalog and interface in order to maximize user satisfaction. If you have any questions or comments about the new catalog, submit them via the Feedback link at the bottom of our homepage.

By: Laura Birkenhauer on: September 16, 2015 5:07 pm | crosbylm small twitter logo@LMBirkenhauer

August 10, the Miami University Libraries’ will rollout a new public catalog interface to replace our current homegrown catalog. Over the next few weeks, we will be posting tips and strategies here on our blog to help ease the transition. If you have utilized the folder feature of our current catalog, you’ll need to export this content before August 10 as it will not transfer to our new catalog system. Here’s how:


Export Saved Records

Access to records saved in the current catalog will be lost as of August 10. To view your saved records, please visit Here you will find a list of all items that you have added to your folder. You may choose to export your records to your screen. Please be aware that unfortunately the export records to email or EndNoteWeb features on this page are not functioning at this time.

However, utilizing the classic catalog, it is possible to email and export saved records to EndNoteWeb. Please view the following videos for instructions detailing this process:


Export to Email:

Export to EndNoteWeb:



Submit any questions about this transition via the feedback link at the bottom of the our homepage.

Feedback link

By: Kevin Messner on: June 25, 2015 1:53 pm | messnekr

A building power outage has been scheduled in Laws Hall for Saturday, June 27.  B.E.S.T. Library will be open with limited service that day from 1-5pm.  Computing and other electrical-dependent services will be unavailable.

As a safety precaution, access to materials in the basement book stacks will be available by staff retrieval only.

The power outage has been scheduled by Physical Facilities to replace equipment and upgrade electrical service in the building.


By: Eric Weaver on: May 11, 2015 2:49 pm | weavered

Our relaxation mix on Spotify has some of the finest stress-reducing tracks from acoustic pop, chillwave, ambient, and jazz: Take a Breath 

If you're looking for something a bit more energetic and current, we've got that, too: 2015

Good luck to all this week, or, as they say in Italy: in bocca al lupo!

By: Susan Hurst on: April 27, 2015 2:20 pm | hurstsj

Miami University Libraries has secured trial access to the e-Marketer database.  This is a great resource for data on all types of marketing and advertising, particularly for mobile and digital media.  The trial will continue through July 15th, 2015.  Please direct any questions or comments to Susan Hurst (

By: Marcus Ladd on: April 24, 2015 9:58 am | laddmm

The Droeshout portrait of William Shakespeare used on the title page of the First Folio

It's April 23rd, and that means a very Happy Shakespeare Day to everyone!

As part of the celebrations commemorating the 399th anniversary of his death (we thought about putting this off another year but just couldn't wait), we are very pleased to announce a complete reboot of our digital folios collection. This new collection includes every page from all four Folios of the Bard's work as well as miscellanea found with the collection, and can be found at

As some of you might recall, our set of folios was first digitized in 2008 and we were among the earliest to make the Shakespeare Folios available in full online. However, given a combination of technical issues and evolving standards & technology, it was decided that all four folios be re-digitized and a new collection launched.

The digitization itself took place this January, when our Graduate Assistant Dana Bogart and I reshot each folio using an Atiz Bookdrive stand with a pair of Nikon EOS 6D cameras we had just acquired late last year. Each folio was completed in a single session of approximately 3-4 hours.

Some were easier than others, with the First Folio being particularly difficult to capture due to the tightness of the binding. Our copy of the First Folio also has had some missing pages supplied in facsimile, most notably the entirety of Twelfth Night. These replacements run much closer to the inner margin making it very difficult to get a good shot. Another interesting and unique aspect of our particular set of folios is the handwritten notes found in some of them, particularly the Second Folio which features in some plays a meticulous comparison to the First Folio.

In addition to the folios themselves, some clippings about these particular copies of the folios (as well as others for comparison) are included as part of the collection. These were a much simpler scanning prospect using a regular desktop flatbed scanner. Once the photos were taken, I cropped and organized the images into individual plays to be added to the digital collection.

Note how close the printing is to the inner margin, as well as the expanded page that was created when these pages were inserted.

In addition to images with better technology, relaunching the collection has allowed us to move it fully into our current CONTENTdm 6 instance, which includes a more easily navigable interface, allowing the user to zoom in and navigate around each page within the viewport on the page. A "Page-Flip View" is also included as part of CONTENTdm, which simulates the effect of holding the book open and turning the pages.

A comparison of the old (left) and new (right) collection interfaces.

With the help of the clippings found with the folios, our own department records, and the 2003 census of First Folios by Anthony James West, I was able to gather some information about the provenance of these particular copies. According to West's The Shakespeare First Folio: A New Worldwide Census of First Folios, our First Folio was first sold by the bookseller Henry George Bohn to Chandos Leigh (1791-185), who passed it down to his son William Henry Leigh (1824-1850). The so-called 'Lord Leigh set' of Folios was sold to Frederick S. Peck by Gabriel Wells in 1927. It was then purchased by Dr. O. O. Fisher in 1947. Fisher was a Miami University alumnus (Class of '09) and avid book collector, who donated all four folios to Miami University. All but our Third Folio come from the Lord Leigh set and include the bookplates of Leigh and Peck. Our Third Folio holds the bookplate of John Gribbel. It is interesting to note that, according to West's census, a First Folio with the Gribbel bookplate was also sold in 1947.

The works of William Shakespeare are among the most (if they are not the most) famous, influential, and beautiful works of the English language, and even the folios themselves represent a unique point in history. The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare writes:

The folio as a format was reserved for only the most expensive and prestigious volumes by the leading theologians, philosophers and historians of the day. A folio devoted to plays was unprecedented. The printing of the 907-page First Folio began early in 1622 and took nearly two years to complete...The first folio was so successful and demand apparently so great that a second edition was required within less than a decade. The Second Folio was a carefully corrected page-for-page reprint of the first that made hundreds of minor changes in the text, the majority of which have been accepted by modern editors.


The First Folio of Shakespeare's works is one of only five books to have ever been recorded in a worldwide census (interestingly, we have another one of the five in our collection: Audubon's Birds of America). But though the First Folio is the most famous and prized of the four, the Third Folio is arguably the rarest - it is said that most unsold copies were destroyed during the Great Fire of London in 1666. Regardless, all four are incredible works of art and we are truly privileged here at Miami to have them. It has been a pleasure and honor to work with them.

Happy browsing.

Marcus Ladd
Special Collections Digital Librarian