News & Notes

By: tullykk on: August 22, 2011 11:53 pm | tullykk

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections is pleased to announce its new fall exhibit in honor of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. “The Deadliest that Ever Darkened Earth: Voices from the Civil War in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections” draws from the wealth of Civil War-related materials in Miami’s Special Collections, including diaries, letters, official documents, photographs, printed books and ephemera. The exhibit explores the following topics: fighting for the Union, Miami University and the war, the rise and fall of the Confederacy, the state of medicine during the war, the African American experience, and the practice of journalism during the war. As you browse this exhibit, you will “hear” the voices of Union soldiers, Miami students, Confederate generals and spies, former slaves, African American soldiers, hospital workers, U.S. Sanitary Commission agents and newspaper correspondents as they tell their own stories and experiences during the war.

Walter Havighurst Special Collections is located on the third floor of King Library and is open Monday through Thursday 8:30-5:30, Friday 8:30-5 and is closed on weekends. The exhibit will run through December 23, 2011.

By: hartsea on: August 23, 2011 12:00 am | hartsea

Philip Levine has been appointed the U.S.'s 18th Poet Laureate. You can read the announcement and a brief bio of him here. In this announcement Librarian of Congress James H. Billington explains Levine's gift: "Philip Levine is one of America’s great narrative poets. His plainspoken lyricism has, for half a century, championed the art of telling ‘The Simple Truth’—about working in a Detroit auto factory, as he has, and about the hard work we do to make sense of our lives." You can read a recent article about him in the NYT times, as well as see a selection of his poems.

If these selections pique your interest, we have several of his collections available at the library. Here's a short list of some of the titles we have:

Selected Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E9 A6 1984

So Ask: Essays, Conversations, and Interviews. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E9 Z475 2002

A History of my Befuddlement. King Library (2nd floor) | PN1101 .L485 2009

News of the World: Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E9 N48 2009

Stranger to Nothing: Selected Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E9 S77 2006

On the Edge & Over: Poems, Old, Lost & New. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E9 A6 1976

A Walk with Tom Jefferson: Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E9 W35 1988

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:
RSVP to Emily Liechty (

By: hartsea on: August 23, 2011 12:00 am | hartsea

Miami University Libraries has been awarded a "Let’s Talk About It: The Civil War” reading and discussion program grant. This grant is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

This discussion program will take place between October and May of next year. We will be reading several books about the Civil War, including March by Geraldine Brooks (King Library (2nd floor) | PR9619.3.B7153 M37 2005) and Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson (King Library (2nd floor) | E474.65 .M48 2002). There will also be a kick-off symposium (sponsored by the Humanities Center) where we will highlight relevant library collections, hear from local scholars, and learn about local history. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the start of the program.

By: hartsea on: August 03, 2011 11:25 am | hartsea

Tea Obreht won the Orange Prize for her novel The Tiger's Wife. We have a copy of this book at King Library, though unsurprisingly it is currently checked out. The call number for this book is PS3615.B73 T54 2011, and you can request it. You might also want to try to request it from OhioLINK, since many libraries across the state have copies.

We also have most of the other titles that were shortlisted this year for the Orange Prize:

Room by Emma Donoghue. King Library (2nd floor) | PR6054.O547 R66 2010

The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna. King Library (2nd floor) | PR6106.O766 M46 2010

Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson. We don't own this title yet, but we soon will.

Great House by Nicole Krauss. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3611.R38 G74 2010

Annabel by Kathleen Winter. We don't own this title yet, but it is available through OhioLINK.

By: hartsea on: May 24, 2011 9:52 am | hartsea

We have a new reference book called The Routledge Concise Compendium of the World's Languages. The call number for this book is P371 .C37 2011, and it can be found in the Reference section on the first floor of King. Features of this book include morphology descriptions for all languages, statistical data on topics such as the number of speakers of a language, illustrative text samples, a glossary of technical terms, comparative tables of the numerals 1-10 in all languages covered, an appendix of scripts (with the alphabets of different languages), an extensive bibliography, and classification by genetic relationships of all languages covered. Entries include the following sections: introduction, phonology, script, morphology and syntax, and the sample of the written language. Though this reference book is mostly meant for students and scholars of Linguistics, it has interesting information for anyone fascinated by languages. For example, did you know that Hausa (the major language of West Africa) is spoken by over 25 million people? How about the fact that French is the second most commonly taught second language in the world (after English)? All of these facts can be found in this compendium!

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 or 513.529.6720

By: hartsea on: May 06, 2011 10:48 am | hartsea

As we finish finals week, you may be starting to think about finding some fun books for the summer. May I suggest checking out the King Leisure Reading Collection on the first floor of King Library? You can browse the collection or look up a specific title in our catalog.

Here are a couple of recent titles in our Leisure Reading Collection:

Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag. King Leisure Reading | PS3558.O333 S43 2011

I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson. King Leisure Reading | PR6116.E17 I23 2011

Bossypants by Tina Fey. King Leisure Reading | PN2287.F4255 A3 2011

The President's Vampire by Christopher Farnsworth. King Leisure Reading | PS3606.A726 P74 2011

Sing You Home: A Novel by Jodi Picoult. King Leisure Reading | PS3566.I372 S56 2011

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith. King Leisure Reading | PR6063.C326 S37 2011

Toys: A Novel by James Patterson and Neil McMahon. King Leisure Reading | PS3566.A822 T69 2011

Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan. King Leisure Reading | PS3563.C3868 G48 2010

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future by Michael J. Fox. King Leisure Reading | PN2308.F69 A3 2010

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. King Leisure Reading | PS3553.H4367 R46 2010b

If you're planning on doing any traveling this summer, you might like to check out some of our travel books.

For those who are going home for the summer and live in Ohio, you might want to check OhioLINK for libraries close to your house. You might also be interested in checking out the Ohio eBook Project for titles.

For those who don't live in Ohio, try WorldCat to find a library near you.

Now let's just hope this weather finally warms up enough to sit outside with a good book!

By: gundyj on: May 06, 2011 10:48 am | gundyj

The branches and agencies of the US Government produce a wealth of information. Here are a few of the newest titles accessible through the Miami University Libraries and the internet.

Recent events in Pakistan may have you interested in international geography. If so you may want to check out the most recent Central Intelligence Agency produced maps of Pakistan. These maps cover geography, administrative divisions, and physiography and are available at the Science Library and Online. For general information on Pakistan and any other country the best place to start is another CIA title, The World Fact Book (MU Libraries / online).

Some recent Congressional Hearings focusing on international cooperation, US involvement in other nations and post conflict reconstruction:

For some reading on historical events and conflicts there is the new title Engineers at War by Adrian G. Traas from the US Army Center of Military History.

For some quieter reading try Rain Gardens: Capturing and Using the Rains of the Great Plains (.pdf), available online from the US Natural Resources Conservation Service.

If none of these titles are of interest but are something you wouldn't have thought would be produced by the United States Government, you can browse all of the Government Information & Law Department's newest acquisitions through the library catalog.

By: gundyj on: May 06, 2011 10:47 am | gundyj

NASA recently announced that Voyagers I and II are now at the edge of Earth's solar system and moving outward into interstellar space.

The Miami University Libraries Government Information and Law Department has several NASA publications from and about the Voyager Project covering it's more than 30 year history.

In addition to expanding humanities knowledge of the outer planets of our solar system, Voyager I and II both carry gold records containing images and sounds of life on Earth. Designed by a team lead by Carl Sagan, the "murmurs of Earth" include:

"...118 photographs; 90 minutes of music; greetings in 55 human languages and one whale language; an audio essay featuring everything from burbling mud pots to barking dogs to a roaring Saturn 5 liftoff; a remarkably poetic salutation from the Secretary General of the United Nations; and the brain waves of a young women in love."

The records were intended to be an introduction from the human race to any alien species that could find and decipher them. Neither of the Voyager probes will pass by another star for about 40,000 years, making it incredibly unlikely that an alien race would find them any time soon (unless of course one of them decides to come home). Carl Sagan wrote the book Murmurs of Earth : the Voyager interstellar record (available in the MU Libraries) detailing the creation of the records. The full contents of the golden records can be found on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory website.