News & Notes

By: Laura Birkenhauer on: August 18, 2012 2:05 pm | crosbylm small twitter logo@LMBirkenhauer

It’s the time of year for back to school shopping. New pens and pencils, brand new bookbags and binders, and… new textbooks. You take a look at your syllabus – or five – and discover that your classes list a bunch of expensive textbooks as required reading. Adding up the cost in your head, you realize the price tag for all of your books this semester is almost $1,000. That’s over 120 hours of pay from your on-campus job!

"There has to be a way to save some of that hard earned money", you think. "What are my options? I have no idea where to start…"

The Textbooks Guide is the perfect place to begin your search.

Designed as a solution to the common problem of pricey textbooks, this guide serves as a roadmap finding books and eBooks through the MU Libraries Catalog or the OhioLINK Library Catalog, checking out Reserve Textbooks, or requesting an inter-library loan. Beyond libraries, this guide lists useful links to resources for open access eBooks, buying, selling, and renting textbooks or eTextbooks online and locally, and price comparison websites.

So, before you make a trip to your local bookstore, take some time to explore your options. You, and your wallet, may be happy you did!

Access the Textbooks LibGuide here: http://libguides.lib.muohio.edu/textbooks

By: Katie Gibson on: August 03, 2012 10:03 am | gibsonke

New graduate students are invited to an orientation by the Miami University Libraries.
When: August 13, 6-8 p.m.
Where: BEST Library, Laws Hall

Join us to learn more about library services and resources and to meet with liaison librarians.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Please contact Katie Gibson (gibsonke@muohio.edu) with your questions.

By: Katie Gibson on: August 09, 2012 9:54 am | gibsonke

New faculty, please join us for the Miami University Libraries' New Faculty Orientation on Monday August 13, 2012. Join us in 320 King Library for lunch and to learn about the resources and services the Libraries provide. A complete schedule is available on the registration page.

All new faculty are invited to this event - even if you are not completely new to Miami we'd love to have you.

Please register at the following URL prior to August 13:
http://www.lib.muohio.edu/registration/faculty

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

By: Andrew Revelle on: July 26, 2012 3:53 pm | revellaa

With the beginning of the Olympic Games just around the corner, many of our minds have turned to those sporting events that we observe only once every 4 years. Miami University Libraries has a large number of items related to the Olympic Games. You will find books related to the Olympic Games throughout our collections, but a large concentration of them are located in the GV721 call number range on the second floor of King Library. Below are some interesting items from our collections related to the Olympic Games.

History:

O'Mahony, Mike (2012). Olympic Visions: Images of the Games Through History. 

ArtArch | N8250 .O43 2012

This new collection of images contains photographs from each of the modern Olympic games, from the first in Athens in 1896 to the most recent in Beijing in 2008. This book can be found in the Art and Architecture Library in Alumni Hall.

Polley, Martin (2011). The British Olympics: Britain's Olympic Heritage 1612-2012.

King Library (Second Floor) | GV721.4.G7 P65 2011


In 2012, London will host the Olympic Games for a unprecedented 4th time. For this reason, the Games and the British Isles are inextricably linked. What many don't know, however, is the role the British authors and athletes played in the formation of the modern Olympic movement. For instance, the first time an athletic competition which was comprised of a number of events was given the term "olympik" since the ancient games was in Britain in 1612? Also, it was a Englishman who discovered the Olympia, the site of the ancient games, in 1766. This volume presents the role Britain played in the formation of the modern Games, as well as the role it has played in their maintenance and rise to prominence.  

Mallon, Bill & Heijmans, Jeroen (2011). Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement. 

King Reference | GV721.5 .B83 2011


This reference book contains entries on the people, places and concepts that helped shape the Olympic movement. Its scope covers both the modern and ancient games. This title also includes a timeline of important events in the history of the Olympic Games. This book is a great place to begin research on any topic related to the Olympic Games.

Davis, David (2012). Showdown and Shepherd's Bush: The 1908 Olympic Marathon and the Three Runners Who Launched a Sporting Craze

King Library (Second Floor) | GV1065 .D38 2012


The marathon at the 1908 London Olympic Games went a long way in popularizing the sport of distance running. This account of that event places the race in its historical and socio-political context and examines the fallout of the controversial finish to the first prominent distance race. As a side note, it was at the 1908 Olympics that the distance of the modern marathon was standardized to 26 miles, 385 yards. The race was to have been 26 miles plus a lap of the Olympic track which would have resulted in a distance of 26 miles, 586 yards and 2 feet. However, Queen Alexandra was not pleased with her view of the final yards of the race from the royal box, so the final yards of the race were run clockwise around the track resulting in now-standard distance.

Tragedy and Controversy:

Smith, Tommie (2007). Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie Smith

King Library (Second Floor) | GV697 .S65 A3 2007


Tommie Smith's and John Carlos' black power salute during the medal ceremony for the 200m race at the 1968 Mexico City Games set off a firestorm of controversy. Tommie Smith discusses this pivotal event in both the American Civil Rights and Olympic movements in this, his autobiography. 

Pound, Richard W. (2004). Inside the Olympics: A Behind-the-scenes Look at the Politics, the Scandle and the Glory of the Games.

King Library (Second Floor) | GV721.5 .P69 2004


This book by Dick Pound, former vice-president of the International Olympic Committee and president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, explores the dark sides of the Olympic Games. Topics include the politics and corruption of the host city selection process, doping and other cheating engaged in by athletes and controversies related to judging.

ABC News (2005). The Tragedy of the Munich Games

King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, DVD | GV722 1972 .T73 2005

This DVD is an ABC News special report of the kidnapping of members of the Israeli Olympic team at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. It includes archival footage from ABC's coverage of the event as well as contemporary interviews with eyewitnesses and others affected by this tragedy. 

By: Jason Paul Michel on: June 25, 2012 11:25 am | micheljp small twitter logo@jpmichel

The Library of Congress released a list of the top "Books that Shaped America" as part of its multi-year "Celebration of the Book."

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington states “It is not a register of the ‘best’ American books – although many of them fit that description. Rather, the list is intended to spark a national conversation on books written by Americans that have influenced our lives, whether they appear on this initial list or not.” Below is a list of ten of the books on the list. So, what do you think? What are some of the books that helped shape america or what are some books that helped shape you? Let us know on Twitter.  Or Tweet books that shaped you with the following hashtag: #booksthatshapedme.

By: Laura Birkenhauer on: June 22, 2012 1:51 pm | crosbylm small twitter logo@LMBirkenhauer

The Guide to Interest Groups and Lobbying in the United States is now online. Coverage spans the formation of interest groups in the 19th Century Gilded Age through the present day growth in lobbying, Political Action Committees, and new forms of interest group cyberpolitics. This e-book provides a detailed look at how interest groups have grown, organized, and become an integral part of U.S. politics.

Looking for more electronic books about interest groups and lobbying in the United States? Search by Subject for "Pressure groups--United States" or "Lobbying--United States" under the Books & More tab on the library website. Narrow your search to include e-books only by selecting “E-Book” as Format.

Want even more? Check out these newly added print titles:

Interest Group Politics
King Library (2nd floor) | JK1118 .I565 2012

Interest Groups in American Campaigns: The New Face of Electioneering
Hamilton Library | JK1118 .R69 2012

The Not-So-Special Interests: Interest Groups, Public Representation, and American Governance
Copy Cataloging | JK1118 .G76 2012

The Scale of Interest Organization in Democratic Politics: Data and Research Methods
Copy Cataloging | JF529 .S33 2012

Competitive Interest: Competition and Compromise in American Interest Group Politics
King Library (2nd floor) | JK1118 .H56 2011

You can also find a print copy of The Guide to Interest Groups and Lobbying in the United States in King Library:
King Library (2nd floor) | JK1118 .G85 2012

Access the e-book from this link:
http://www.lib.muohio.edu/indexes/redirect/982

By: Laura Birkenhauer on: May 31, 2012 3:39 pm | crosbylm small twitter logo@LMBirkenhauer

The libraries now offer online access to the Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations. Students in summer courses such as LAS 208 Introduction to Latin American Studies, ITS 201 Introduction to International Studies, or HST 111 Survey of American History, this resource is for you!

The encyclopedia contains over 800 entries authored by scholars in history, political science, and Latin American studies. Easily locate these entries through the A-Z list of entries, browse by topic, or view entries by country.

Helpful tools in this online resource include How to Cite guide specific to this encyclopedia and a CiteNow! link in each entry. Take full advantage of this resource by setting up Your Profile, which allows users to save Favorite Documents and Saved Searches, as well as maintain a Documents History.

Other unique features of the encyclopedia include maps, images and photographs (such as the one below), and biographies of significant Latin American leaders and U.S. presidents.

"U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Honduran President Manuel Zelaya." In Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations, edited by Thomas M. Leonard, vol. 3, 688. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2012. http://library.cqpress.com/uslar/euslarv3-1304-74453-2420075.

Check out the Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations today!

By: Laura Birkenhauer on: May 22, 2012 10:25 am | crosbylm small twitter logo@LMBirkenhauer

Calling all Education majors: you may be done with student teaching for the semester, but you can continue to develop your teaching skills with new library database Education in Video, a comprehensive online collection of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in classrooms for the training of teachers.

This is a giant resource, currently including more 3,777 video titles (that’s about 987 hours of video, total)! Even with the extent of the collection, searching all of these titles is a breeze with Alexander Street's Semantic Indexing™, which allows for precise search and retrieval. You can also browse by grade level (preschool, primary, middle, secondary, post secondary), by educator/expert, by educational topic, or by clips. Another nifty feature – all transcripts are searchable!

Many of the videos additionally include supplementary materials, downloadable as PDF files, making them easy to incorporate into your classroom discussions and assignments.

Want to contribute something of your own to this diverse resource? Clips are uniquely created for users, by users – anyone using the Education in Video database can create, edit, and share clips of their own.

Access Education in Video from the library’s A-Z Databases list or directly from this link: http://www.lib.muohio.edu/indexes/redirect/976

By: Jason Paul Michel on: May 17, 2012 4:58 pm | micheljp small twitter logo@jpmichel

Miami University Librarians pass Open Access Policy On Monday, the librarians at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio affirmed their commitment to the principles of Open Access by voting in favor of an Open Access policy. The policy, based on Harvard University's Model Policy, will increase access to librarians' scholarly articles. Librarians will begin depositing their scholarly output in the Scholarly Commons, Miami's institutional repository. Miami University Libraries is the first department on Miami's campus to successfully pass an open access policy. "I am so proud to work at Miami today," said Jen Waller, Interdisciplinary Research Librarian and Chair of the Libraries’ Scholarly Communication Working Group. "My colleagues’ vote in favor of an open access policy allows the Miami University Libraries to be a leader in Open Access on the Miami campus. Additionally, the adoption of this policy will allow librarians here to gain first hand knowledge of howfacets of open access work, which will greatly improve our outreach efforts to faculty on campus."

Miami’s Dean and University Librarian, Judith Sessions, was pleased with the vote, noting that it represented an historic step forward in the services librarians at Miami can provide. “Librarians at Miami have always done an outstanding job of pushing boundaries. In this case, they understand how the culture on Miami’s campus differs from cultures on other campuses. Their ability to move forward in ways that best serve the mission of the university speaks volumes.”

The policy will take effect immediately.

For more information contact:

Judith Sessions

Dean and University Librarian

sessioja@muohio.edu

513-529-2800

By: Laura Birkenhauer on: May 14, 2012 10:48 am | crosbylm small twitter logo@LMBirkenhauer

Children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak died today, May 8, at age 83. A New York Times obituary detailing his life and characterizing his books as “essential ingredients of childhood” can be found here: Maurice Sendak, Author of Splendid Nightmares, Dies at 83

Sendak is most famous for “Where the Wild Things Are.” For those wishing to revisit Sendak’s works, the library owns this and two other titles that complete a trilogy, “In the Night Kitchen” and “Outside Over There.”

Where The Wild Things Are King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S47 Wh 1988

In The Night Kitchen King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S47 In

Outside Over There King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S47 Ou

Listed below are a few other titles in the library written and illustrated by Sendak:

Bumble-ardy King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ8.3.S4684 Bu 2011

Chicken Soup With Rice King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ8.3.S4684 Ch 1990

Higglety Pigglety Pop!
King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ10.3.S356 Hi

Nutshell Library
King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PS3569.E6 N88 1962 v.1-4

Pierre; A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and A Prologue King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Readers | PZ7.S47 Pi 1962

We Are All In The Dumps With Jack And Guy: Two Nursery Rhymes With Pictures King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ8.3.S4684 We 1993

Here are some books written by other authors, containing Sendak’s iconic illustrations:

A Very Special House King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.K875 Ve

The Happy Rain King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S467 Hap 1984

The Miami University Libraries have an extensive collection of books of Sendack’s writings and/or illustrations available for Library Use Only in the Havighurst Special Collections Library. Here are a few of those titles:

Some Swell Pup: Or, Are You Sure You Want A Dog? Spec King Collection | PS3569.E6 S65 1976

Dear Mili: An Old Tale Spec King Collection | PT2281.G29 D43 1988

In February 2013, readers of all ages can look forward to savoring a new work of Sendak’s illustrations and writing once more, with the posthumous publication of “My Brother’s Book,” a picture book containing a poem inspired by Sendak’s late brother.