News & Notes

By: Eric Resnis on: October 12, 2011 10:56 am | resnisew

Interested in learning about presentations methods other than Powerpoint? Then this workshop might be for you!

Taking Your Presentation beyond PowerPoint
Presentations are often a necessary part of schoolwork and academia, but many people struggle with how to create interesting presentations. We all know that visuals can help to effectively illustrate one’s arguments, but we’ve also all had the experience of sitting through a dull PowerPoint presentation. This workshop will help you learn to use visuals and multimedia to enhance your presentations. You’ll learn the basics of three helpful tools: Prezi (useful for creating presentations); PollEverywhere (helps you increase interactivity); and SlideShare (allows you to share your presentations with a larger audience). You’ll also learn some techniques for making your presentations more interesting and informative. Come test-drive new tools and exchange ideas and advice for creating more exciting presentations!

2011-10-20 - 12pm–1pm – 116 Laws (BEST Library) Register here: http://www.lib.muohio.edu/workshops/register/681

By: Jennifer Bazeley on: September 28, 2011 9:10 am | bazelejw small twitter logo@@jwbazeley

Interested in the latest news and developments in the world of open access literature and scholarly communication? Follow our MU Libraries open access Twitter feed @miamiuOA to stay informed!

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

By: Katie Gibson on: August 03, 2011 11:21 am | gibsonke

New faculty are invited to a Libraries' orientation session August 15 from 11:30 to 3:00 beginning in 320 King Library.
Join us for lunch, library tours, breakout sessions o technology, information literacy and e-journals and meet the librarian liaison to your academic department. Lunch will be provided.

Please register online: http://www.lib.muohio.edu/registration/faculty
or
RSVP to Emily Liechty (liechtep@muohio.edu)

By: Jacky Johnson on: May 06, 2011 10:00 am | johnsoj

The passing of Miami President Emeritus Dr. Phillip Shriver marked the end of an era at Miami University. In memory of Dr. Shriver, the staff of the University Archives has put together a small exhibit featuring personal items donated over the years. Exhibited materials include a pair of toy drumsticks from Shriver’s childhood, notes and exams from classes taken with leading American historians Arthur Schlesinger and Allan Nevins, and a draft syllabus and exam from Dr. Shriver’s Miami History course. The exhibit is located in the reading room of the Miami University Archives

The Archives is located in the old Withrow Court locker area, directly across from McKie Baseball Field. There is a single, outside entrance on the north side of the facility. The archives is not directly accessible from the Withrow Court building.
Beginning May 7, the Archives summer hours will be 8am-4pm Monday thru Friday, and by appointment. Everybody is welcome to visit! If interested in visiting or have a research question contact Bob Schmidt, University Archivist at schmidrf@muohio.edu or 513.529.6720

By: Jenny Presnell on: April 26, 2011 11:07 am | presnejl

Many Miamians have memories of Dr. Shriver during his long tenure here at Miami. Aside from his presidential duties from 1965-81, he also taught the history of Miami course for many years. He always loved to tell Miami history stories, not just in class, but for many other types of gatherings as well. The university libraries have 3 interviews of Dr. Shriver in our online collections. They were conducted by Dr. Curtis Ellison as part of the Miami Stories Oral History Project for the University’s bicentennial in 2009. The interviews include Dr. Shriver and his cabinet, an interview solely with Dr. Shriver, and an interview with both Dr. Shriver and Mrs. Shriver . Also available is an audio recording of "Mysterious Happenings at Miami,”one of Dr. Shriver’s many lectures. You may also want to read Dr. Shriver's personal history of Miami. See: Shriver, Phillip R., and William Pratt. Miami University: A Personal History. Oxford, Oh: Miami University Press, 1998. (King Reference, King Library, Hamilton, Middletown, University Archives and Special Collections)

By: Jennifer Bazeley on: April 04, 2011 2:33 pm | bazelejw small twitter logo@@jwbazeley

As you may know, the New York Times recently began charging for access to articles on their website. Boo!

You can however, get your New York Times content with us, the Libraries!

Miami University faculty, staff, and students can access NYT articles here.

There are other workarounds and access options available to view this content.

For those who subscribe to the print version of the NYT via home delivery: using your subscription account number you can set up single user access via user name and password. You can get started here.

Additionally, online visitors can still enjoy 20 free articles (including blog posts, slide shows, video and other multimedia features) each calendar month on NYTimes.com, as well as unrestricted access to browse the home page, section fronts, blog fronts and classifieds. The free, limited access resets every month: at the beginning of each calendar month, you'll once again be able to view 20 free articles for that month.

Readers who come to Times articles through links from search engines (for some search engines, users will have a daily limit of free links to Times articles), blogs and social media like Facebook and Twitter will be able to read those articles, even if they have reached their monthly reading limit.

By: Ken Grabach on: April 07, 2011 9:26 am | grabacka

The earthquake and tsunami on Japan’s northeast coast had a profound effect upon the country’s infrastructure. The damage at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant was particularly disturbing. The damage to the reactors at this plant have continued to be the focus of attention, for obvious humanitarian and environmental concerns. While another plant in the area, the Dai-ni plant, did not suffer damage to its reactors, the vicinity of the plant was also affected by the earthquake and surge of water. The entire area was scoured of plant cover, even of trees.

The Libraries own a unique collection, with material that would be of interest to anyone wanting to study the landscape of this region of Japan. The Küchler Vegetation Maps Collection is a large specialized collection of maps of vegetation of many regions. It happens that one of several sets on vegetation of Japan covers the affected portion of Fukushima Prefecture. Fukushima-ken Hama-dōri (Futaba-chiku) no Shokusei = Vegetation des Hama-dôri (Bezirk-Futaba) in der Präfektur Fukushima is a set of maps with text of the vicinity of these power plants. Japanese ecologist, Akira Miyawaki, mapped the area in 1975, and published the results in 1976. At that time Plant number I (Dai-ichi) had been built, and Plant number II (Dai-ni) was under construction. Map I shows the entire study area, maps II-IV, and V-VII show the natural vegetation and actual vegetation surrounding each of the plants.

"The Vegetation Map of Fukushima Prefecture" is map 7 of Shokuseizu, Shuyōdō Shokubutsu Chizu. It shows the vegetation of Fukushima Prefecture as a whole. Published by the Ministry of Education, Agency for Cultural Affairs, the series shows natural areas of various prefectures, and the Tokyo metropolitan area.

Two maps also in this collection show the vegetation of the entire country. Nihon no Genzon Shokuseizu = Actual Vegetation Map of Japan, 1975, and Nihon no Senzai Shizen Shokuseizu = Potential Natural Vegetation Map of Japan, 197?, are small scale maps useful for comparison with the larger scale maps above. All of these will have high value for studying loss of vegetation and restoration of the landscape.

By: Eli Sullivan on: March 14, 2011 11:24 am | sullive4 small twitter logo@muElibrarian

Charlie Sheen has made the news in the past few months for a variety of controversial comments prompting an interview with ABC that sparked further concerns about the actor's health.

So what do you think? Is Charlie Sheen a drug addict? Is he bipolar? Or is his behavior the result of pure, unadulterated Tiger Blood? You decide!

You can find the American Psychological Association's official Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) in King's Reference section. Want to learn more about the effects of cocaine use and bipolar disorder? Check out the titles below:

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Watch Charlie Sheen in his younger days in films such as Hot Shots! Part Deux, Wall Street & more. You can find most of these movies by asking at the desk in the IMC on the ground floor of King, but be sure to check the location field to be sure.

By: Jason Paul Michel on: March 01, 2011 12:46 pm | micheljp small twitter logo@jpmichel

Clooney Watch is sweeping campus this week as we all know. If you don't spot Clooney on campus come to King library and check out some of his films. We've got a bunch including the early seasons of ER.

By: Jim Bricker on: February 15, 2011 1:48 pm | brickeje

Traverse landscape and its many meanings with Geodæsia: Land and Memory, a special exhibition in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections at 321 King Library, January 24 to July 31, 2011. Artifacts such as eighteenth- and nineteenth-century maps, portraits, surveying transit, and Indian peace medal illustrate meanings and memories of land in Butler County, Ohio, during the period 1787 - ca. 1826, and inform an interdisciplinary study that incorporates history, material culture, Native American studies, geography, science, and economic issues in early America.

Kalie Wetovick, a graduate assistant in Special Collections, curated the exhibit as part of her master’s degree requirements in History.

The exhibit is in conjunction with an upcoming series of lectures hosted by the Humanities Center, Culture and Memory, which will occur from March 2 to March 24, 2011. The culminating speaker is Dr. Simon Schama, renowned scholar of history and art history. The exhibit Geodæsia was inspired by Dr. Schama’s book Landscape and Memory.