News & Notes

By: Jennifer Bazeley on: August 25, 2010 9:32 am | bazelejw small twitter logo@@jwbazeley

The library currently has a trial of the NBC News online resource "Archive on Demand". This resource makes thousands of videos, historic newsreels, primary source documents, photographs, and more available to instructors, researchers and students.
The trial has been extended and will run through September 22, 2010.

Access this resource via the following URL:
http://www.highered.nbclearn.com/portal/site/HigherEd

By: Susan Hurst on: July 14, 2010 4:06 pm | hurstsj

The Global Forecasting Service is a new product of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). It predicts and explains the key issues and trends in important developed and emerging markets, spelling out their implications for business and the world economy over the next five years. It includes brief articles, tables, and charts concerning the world economy as well as for individual countries and regions. There are also sections focusing on commodities, trade, exchange rates, and global risk scenarios.

Connect to the Global Forecasting Service

You can also find it under G from the Databases A-Z page or connect through the Country Profiles database which is also produced by the EIU.

By: Jennifer Bazeley on: July 07, 2010 9:14 am | bazelejw small twitter logo@@jwbazeley

The new A to Z list of online resources available through the library is active at: http://atoz.ebsco.com/home.asp?Id=K12098

There is also a link to the list on the "Journal Titles" tab in the catalog.

By: Jason Paul Michel on: July 01, 2010 10:58 am | micheljp small twitter logo@jpmichel

The Miami University Libraries will be hosting its annual Alumni Weekend Used Book Sale in the 4th floor of the Brill Science Library. The Book Sale will run Friday, June 18th from 9am to 430pm and Saturday 11am to 430pm.

Come and check out the goods!

Directions to the library:

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By: Jennifer Bazeley on: June 03, 2010 8:52 am | bazelejw small twitter logo@@jwbazeley

The look of the Miami University Library's Online Journals A to Z List will be changing at the beginning of June. While the content of the list will remain the same, the change will allow us to implement added functionality and customization over the next several months.
The change will require some clean-up of our journal content, so please be patient with us as we check and update our data.
More updates will follow as we make this transition.

By: Lindsay Miller on: April 26, 2010 12:08 am | mille234

Without the loyal support of our donors, Miami University Libraries would not be the invaluable resource it is to Miami’s students, faculty and community members. Funds will be used to fund staff development, training, new technology, and Special Collections and digital initiatives projects.

If you would like to make a campaign commitment in support of Miami University Libraries contact Heather Kogge, Director of Development at 513-529-5217 or koggeha@muohio.edu. Make a donation online at www.forloveandhonor.org. Thank you!

By: Lindsay Miller on: April 26, 2010 12:06 am | mille234

The Libraries hosted the 21st African American Read-In on Monday, February 22nd. The Read-In is an annual event that honors the literary works of African Americans. Campus and community members as well as students and staff participate by reading parts of novels, poetry, plays and nonfiction. The event is held in honor of African American History Month.

The 4th Annual Women’s Read-in was held on March 25 in the King Library Instructional Materials Center. It is co-sponsored by the Women's Center and is held in honor of Women's History Month. Two themed hours at the read-in: The student group Spectrum hosted an hour devoted to LGBT literature and WiSDEM hosted an hour on women in science. The event drew over 100 participants and listeners.

By: Lindsay Miller on: April 25, 2010 11:43 pm | mille234

The Libraries hosted the Digital Literacy Contest on March 24. This fast paced contest (30 minutes, 20 questions) tested students cognitive ability and prowess in finding information on the internet.

A total of $400 in total cash prizes and free food was offered for attendees. Correct answers earned points, and incorrect answers were penalized and the highest score was declared the winner. Questions included finding information on internet websites and library databases. Funding assistance for this event was provided by the Miami University Special Events Fund.

More information about the contest is available at http://www.digitalliteracycontest.org/.

By: Lindsay Miller on: April 25, 2010 11:40 pm | mille234

In January 2010, the Libraries opened the door to our new Gaming Lab, housed on the ground floor of King Library. The gaming lab is open to students who are currently enrolled in the new gaming curriculum offered at Miami. The Digital Game Studies Minor offers a series of courses on digital game design, analysis and application presenting a collaboration between the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Fine Arts, the School of Education, Health, and Society and the University Libraries.

This minor introduces students to the foundations of game design and implementation, the design of art assets for digital games, developing critical and cultural understandings of digital games, and the relationship of digital games to important trends in learning and literacy. The equipment in the room was obtained via a successful proposal to the technology fee competitive funding program. Students and faculty vote on proposals and the Libraries Gaming Lab was awarded monies to equip the room.

There is a Wii, Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation, a gaming computer and many popular games of all types. Students and faculty can check out the entire room including all the games and gaming consoles.

By: Lindsay Miller on: April 25, 2010 11:27 pm | mille234

3D scanning

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The Center for Information Management (CIM) now provides three-dimensional (3D) scanning for patrons. 3D scanning is the process of digitizing objects into computer file formats to allow users to incorporate physical characteristics of real world objects into a virtual setting.

The process of digitizing objects is a delicate operation and since every object is completely different in size, shape, and color, the settings must be adjusted for each object. Trained CIM staff can assist with step of the process. Each item can take up to an hour to complete. The scanned files can be edited with 3D design software in over 20 different file formats for using with various other applications.

Quick Response Codes

The libraries have begun to use QR (Quick response) codes to serve many of our patrons who always have their cell phones handy. The codes allow mobile users to quickly access information (URLs, text, or numbers) by scanning the matrix code with their camera phones.

Codes are in all the study rooms and other places that allow students to get to the library's mobile help page directly. There are others in the public computer areas that give information on the kind of software on the computers in the particular area and some which send patrons to the library's mobile website. More codes will be added in the future.