News & Notes

By: Eric Weaver on: December 08, 2014 9:23 pm | weavered

Looking for new music to help keep you warm these winter months? Check out Amos Music Library's Spotify playlists. Our 2014 playlist has tracks from 180 different acclaimed popular artists and lasts over 11 hours. 

2014 Complete

Or, listen to our 2014 jazz mix, featuring artists such as Ginger Baker, Hiromi, and Amborse Akinmusire.

2014 Jazz

Happy listening!

By: Jason Paul Michel on: December 08, 2014 10:54 am | micheljp @jpmichel

Finals week is madness and we know you're looking for a place to study. Starting today we've opened up the Center for Digital Scholarship and room 320 on the 3rd floor of King. King Library is not the only place we offer.

There's also the BEST Library, which is open until 2am all week. The Music Library is a pretty quiet place and is open until 11pm all week as is the Art & Architecture Library (which has reservable study rooms).

Make the Miami University Libraries' your home for finals and GOOD LUCK!!

By: Jennifer Bazeley on: December 03, 2014 12:49 pm | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

This week, Nature Publishing Group (NPG) introduced new, experimental functionality on the platform that enables subscribers to many journals at to share a read-only version of full-text subscription articles, to support collaboration. This functionality is powered by ReadCube, which is an enhanced PDF viewer that can be used in-browser or through the ReadCube client, which is available for download for both Mac and Windows users.

What does this mean for Miami University Library patrons?

The Libraries subscribe to 16 journals on the platform with the shareable link functionality. If you are a Miami University faculty, student, or staff, you may create a shareable link to an article in one of these 16 journals and share it with anyone, including those outside of the MU community.

To create a shareable link to an article in one of the 16 journal titles, navigate to the full text (html) of an article at the platform. A Share icon appears just above and to the right of the article title. Click on the Share icon and copy and paste the Shareable Link that appears in the box (e.g., Send this link to colleagues or collaborators who don't have a subscription to the journal but would like to read the article.

For journal content that is not currently available to Miami University users, colleagues at other institutions who do subscribe to these titles may now send you a shareable link to that content.

Note that these full text articles are not open access, are read-only, and fall under's Principles and Guidelines.


By: hartsea on: December 01, 2014 4:46 pm | hartsea

"I am not thinking of Death, but Death is thinking of me.
He leans back in his chair, rubs his hands, strokes
His beard and says, 'I’m thinking of Strand, I’m thinking
That one of these days I’ll be out back, swinging my scythe
Or holding my hourglass up to the moon, and Strand will appear
In a jacket and tie, and together under the boulevards’
Leafless trees we’ll stroll into the city of souls. And when
We get to the Great Piazza with its marble mansions, the crowd
That had been waiting there will welcome us with delirious cries,
And their tears, turned hard and cold as glass from having been
Held back so long, will fall, and clatter on the stones below.
O let it be soon. Let it be soon.”

----"2002" by Mark Strand

Mark Strand, a Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate, recently died.  You can read about him in this New Yorker article and in this Paris Review article.

We also have many of his books in our collection:

Blizzard of one: poems

Almost invisible

The continuous life : poems

The late hour

The weather of words : poetic invention


By: Eric Weaver on: November 20, 2014 4:46 pm | weavered

On the evening of November 19th, Amos Music Library hosted a reception for Miami University Theatre's first performance of "Communicating Doors." Guests enjoyed a star-lit English tea party among the stacks.


By: Eric Weaver on: November 20, 2014 4:30 pm | weavered

Owen Pallett, a composer, violinist, and singer/songwriter also known as Final Fantasy, released one of the most acclaimed art pop albums of the year with "In Conflict." He has been praised for his work with bands such as Arcade Fire and for his contributions to the score for the 2013 film "Her."

If you're unfamiliar with his work, Amos Music Library created an introductory playlist via Spotify: Guide to Owen Pallett.

By: hartsea on: November 13, 2014 3:45 pm | hartsea


This year is the 40th anniversary of For colored girls who have considered suicide, when the rainbow is enuf: a choreopoem.  The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City has an exhibit called i found god in myself: The 40th Anniversary of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls.  Here's an article about the exhibit.  You might also enjoy this video (warning: will play immediately).

We have several versions of the play in our collection, including a streaming video and multiple copies of the text.

We also have several other of Ntozake Shange's works:

A Daughter's Geography

From okra to greens : poems

The love space demands: a continuing saga

Nappy edges


By: Jennifer Natale on: November 03, 2014 2:18 pm | natalejj @@JennNatale

November is designated by the United States Government as Native American Heritage Month.  There is a rich history of Native American culture here at Miami University. Gain an understanding of the history of the Myaamia community and learn more about the Miami Tribe whom Miami University is named after by exploring our digital collections. Challenge yourself this month to learn about Native American culture by reading materials by or about Native Americans.  The Libraries has put together a list of resources to get you started so check it out today!

By: Jason Paul Michel on: October 31, 2014 1:48 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

There's nothing like a good scare. Put yourself in a creeped-out mood with one of these hair-raising short stories.

  Ray Bradbury's "Veldt" from The Illustrated Man






  Rajesh Parameswaran's "The Infamous Bengal Ming" from I am an Executioner.






 Joyce Carol Oates's "Where are you Going, Where Have You Been?"






 Vladimir Nabokov's "Terra Incognita"






 Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"






We have hundreds more horrific and scary stories and novels in our collection.  Get spooked this weekend!

By: hartsea on: October 27, 2014 9:25 am | hartsea

Since the General Election is next week on November 4th, I thought you might enjoy reading up on politics.  We've got some great memoirs, biographies, political essays, and other non-fiction works for you to check out:

One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America's Future by Ben Carson

HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton

The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents by Ronald Kessler

Enough: Our Fight to Keep American Safe from Gun Violence by Gabrielle Giffords

​Forgetting To Be Afraid: A Memoir by Wendy Davis