News & Notes

By: Eric Weaver on: January 13, 2015 9:49 am | weavered

Vote here:

Amos Music Library would like your vote to help decide which 2014 popular music album is to be added to the collection. 2013's winner was Lorde's "Pure Heroine," now a part of Amos Music Library's Spotlight Collection. This year's nominees were selected based on year-end best-of lists by various popular publications, as well as overall sales and Grammy nominations. Voting ends 2/15/15.

Many of the nominated artists can be heard on our 2014 Spotify playlist: 

Vote here:

By: Marcus Ladd on: January 08, 2015 9:09 am | laddmm

from East of the Sun and West of the Moon by Kay Nielsen, 1922, in the King Collection of Juvenile Literature.
from East of the Sun and West of the Moon by Kay Nielsen, 1922, in the King Collection of Juvenile Literature.

Happy New Year everyone, from all of us in Special Collections. We are looking forward to an exciting new year, full of changes.

First of all, we are welcoming a new Head of Special Collections & Archives, William M. Modrow. Bill comes to us from Florida State University and brings rich experience in instruction and outreach as well as rare books. You’ll be getting to know Bill virtually on these pages in the coming months, but I hope you’ll have the opportunity to meet him face to face as well. I know he’ll bring some great direction to the department.

Of course, change can be bittersweet. We had to say goodbye to Kim Tully last month when she left to accept a position at Temple University. We thank Kim for all she did while she was here and wish her well in her new job. We know she’ll do great things for Temple.

We are in the process of searching for Kim’s replacement, so we’ll be welcoming another librarian in the spring.

Speaking of spring, our spring semester exhibit will be curated by Katie Wills, a Miami history graduate student, who is producing a fascinating exhibit as part of her thesis. The Ready Ones: American Children, World War II, and Propaganda will be available in the Special Collections exhibit gallery from Monday, January 26 through May 15, 2015.

We're also delighted to have a new graduate assistant for spring semester. Dana Bogart, also a history grad student, will be completing her master's in May. Dana started working with us in December and is already proving herself an asset to the department.

Check back with us here for more on the exhibit, the spring exhibit reception, and some other changes coming later this year.

Meanwhile, stay warm, everyone, and best wishes for a happy, healthy 2015!

Elizabeth Brice
Assistant Dean for Technical Services & Special Collections

By: hartsea on: December 16, 2014 2:40 pm | hartsea

Today is Jane Austen's birthday!  This year it has also been declared Jane Austen day.  You can find out about events taking place to celebrate the day on this Facebook page.

Want another suggestion for how to celebrate?  Since it's a rainy day today, may I suggest cuddling up with a good movie, either an adaptation or a film with some other kind of connection to Jane.  Here are a few titles we have in our collection:

Bridget Jones's Diary

Pride and Prejudice 

Bride and Prejudice

Mansfield Park


Also, we don't have episodes of the show yet, but you might enjoy reading Death Comes to Pemberley.


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