News & Notes

By: Eric Resnis on: March 14, 2014 1:26 pm | resnisew

Due to the power outages, this workshop has been rescheduled. There is plenty of time to register!

Do you know the difference between an impact factor and an Eigenfactor? Do you know how to find out which journals are considered the most influential in your field ? Do you know how much impact your research is having? To find out, come to the “Tools for Preparing Your Dossier" workshop designed for faculty and graduate students who want to learn more about the research impact tools available to them. We'll cover Web of Science (including JCR), Publish or Perish, Google Scholar Citations, and WorldCat Identities. We’ll also demonstrate emerging alternatives to the traditional metrics tools such as ImpactStory and article level metrics.
The workshops are designed for all disciplines. The first workshop will cover science and social science disciplines. The second workshop will cover the humanities. Interdisciplinary researchers will benefit from either. Attend one or both!

Where: King 110
When: NEW DATE: April 2
Workshop One (Sciences/Social Sciences): 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Workshop Two (Humanities) 4:00pm – 5:00pm

For more information:
Register here:

By: Anonymous on: August 10, 2016 9:51 am | Anonymous

When searching for items in the Miami University Libraries catalog, you might find
an item that is available at “SW Depository”. Have you ever wondered what that
was? It is the Southwest Ohio Regional Depository, affectionately known as SWORD.
There are 5 regional depositories in Ohio whose holdings are shared across
academic libraries in the state. SWORD is shared by Miami University, Central State
University, University of Cincinnati, and Wright State University and is located
on the Miami Middletown Campus. Miami University Libraries are continuously
purchasing new items to add to their collections in order to provide the best
possible resources for our students, faculty and staff. Less used items are moved to
SWORD to make room for the more frequently used items. Books requested from
SWORD typically arrive in 2-3 business days and requested journal articles are
received electronically. Miami has over 1 million items in the depository!

A view from inside SWORD shows towering shelves of books reaching 3-1/2 stories
high and 7-1/2 stories long. Books are stored by size and then are barcoded.
Barcodes are stored in the catalog system so items can be retrieved by staff who run a cherry picker down the aisles and up the 3-1/2 story high stacks. The dedicated staff who work in SWORD certainly don’t have a fear of heights!

By: Jason Paul Michel on: January 13, 2014 10:11 am | micheljp small twitter logo@jpmichel

For the months of January and February we are experimenting with the Double iPad robot in King Library.

According to Double Robotics:
"Double is a remotely controlled, mobile teleconferencing system, enabling conversations to happen anywhere and anytime."

Our Double will be stationed on the second floor of King Library and will be operated by librarians Monday through Friday from 9am - Noon and 1pm - 4pm (1/23 1pm - 4pm only). We are experimenting with the Double as a remote reference and assistance tool. Stop by and say hello to Double.

To get assistance from request Double via chat located at the top of every page on our web site or go to

By: Marcus Ladd on: September 16, 2015 4:48 pm | laddmm

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections staff is pleased to announce the latest additions to the Myaamia Collection Online, eight original land grants from 1823 and 1843 to the Miami Tribe by Presidents Monroe and Tyler and Lafontaine's 1846 addition to the town of Huntington, Indiana.

Land Grant to Jean Baptiste Richardville
Front of 3rd land grant to John Baptiste Richardville in 1843
The land grants were also featured in an Associated Press story on Sunday, December 15th, and the story can be found in news sources across the country! As with the original annuity rolls in the Myaamia Collection Online, each land grant is accompanied by a transcription. We invite you all to explore these fascinating historical documents.

By: Michael Bomholt on: November 25, 2013 11:21 am | bomholmm small twitter logo@@MichaelBomholt

The wireless network in King library has been upgraded. If you have a device that supports gigabit Wi-Fi(IEEE 802.11ac) you can connect to MU-WIRELESS at gigabit speeds.

Some devices that support gigabit wireless:


Macbook Air

By: Katie Gibson on: November 13, 2013 11:33 am | gibsonke

Miami University Libraries will be a host site for the American Library Association's 6th Annual International Games Day event on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. The event will take place in the Center for Digital Scholarship, located on the third floor of King Library.
We will have a wide array of video games and board games available to play, along with fun giveaways and a chance to win prizes*. There will also be free pizza, drinks, and snacks provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

All are welcome - Come for the chance to try out new games, play old favorites, or just to enjoy friendly competition and free food!
*While supplies last

By: Jason Paul Michel on: October 31, 2013 4:26 pm | micheljp small twitter logo@jpmichel

By: Jason Paul Michel on: October 30, 2013 9:43 am | micheljp small twitter logo@jpmichel

Noted journalist and founder and editor of The Weekly Standard, William Kristol and former Governor of New Mexico and presidential candidate Bill Richardson will debate Foreign Policy in this year's Janus Forum: The Role of the U.S. in the World.

Both guests are prolific writers, writing for such publications as The Weekly Standard, Hill, Commentary, Businessweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and more as well as several books. The Miami University Libraries' gives you free and complete access to all of these:

Read up on our guest's works so you can be better informed and ask more insightful questions!

By: Jennifer Bazeley on: September 18, 2015 4:44 pm | bazelejw small twitter logo@@jwbazeley

In honor of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21-25), we will be profiling an influential figure in the scholarly communication landscape each day.

Friday, October 25

Jason Priem


  • M.Ed. in Social Studies Education, University of Florida, 2002
  • Ph.D. in Information and Library Science, UNC-Chapel Hill (2009- )

Current Positions

  • Co-founder, ImpactStory (2011- )
  • Doctoral student in information science, UNC-Chapel Hill (2009- )

Notable Affiliations

  • Ubiquity Press Advisory Board member (2011- )
  • Program committee, ScienceOnline 2012 conference (2011)
  • Lead organizer, altmetrics 12 workshop at ACM Web Science Conference (2012)
  • Peer reviewer for Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, PLoS ONE, and Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience.

Notable Publications

  • “Scientometrics 2.0: new metrics of scholarly impact on the social Web”. First Monday, 2010. Available at
  • “Altmetrics in the wild: using social media to explore scholarly impact”. arXiv preprint, 2012. Available at
  • “The power of altmetrics on a CV”. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2013. Available at

Interesting Facts

  • Priem has worked as a middle school teacher, freelance web designer, and instructional designer for online courses.  
  • Priem is the co-founder of ImpactStory, a free, open-source web-based tool that allows researchers to aggregate alternative metrics for their scholarship.   
  • One of a group of scholars who coined the term “altmetrics”, short for alternative metrics, or measuring scholarly impact over the social web instead of through traditional citation. 

More Information

By: Jason Paul Michel on: October 25, 2013 9:57 am | micheljp small twitter logo@jpmichel

What is it that separates great marketers from the pack? Great information. The kind of information and data you can't always find on the open web. That said, we give you the top 5 digital research resources:

  1. Factiva
    Factiva includes full-text coverage of all the major US and international newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, London Times, etc.
  2. Business Source Complete
    Business Source Complete contains thousands, yes thousands, of popular and scholarly business journals.
  3. Hoover's
    Hoover's provides contact information and summary data for over 18 million US and international companies. Data for the 40,000 largest companies includes company histories, competitors, financial data, stock information, etc.
  4. Mediamark
    Mediamark is a database of US consumer survey data that provides information on who consumes what, and connects that to the consumers' demographics and media usage. It also is a source of market share data.
  5. Marketline
    Marketline is an excellent source for US and international market research reports, company reports, including SWOT analyses, and country reports.