News & Notes

By: gundyj on: March 22, 2011 2:24 pm | gundyj

10,388 (quantity in 1,000 pounds) (.pdf)

This exciting information, as well as statistics on agriculture, education, prices, and Federal Government finances & employment can all be found in the The Statistical Abstract of the United States

The Statistical Abstract of the United States has been a valuable research resource for more than 130 years, and represents the most comprehensive collection of statistics about the United States of America ever assembled. Valued not just as a source of raw data, but also as a starting point for locating information among the vast amount of data collected by U.S. Federal Government and private bodies.

The Statistical Abstract compiles information from more than 60 sources in and outside of the U.S. Federal Government, from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and Department of State to the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the World Health Organization, covering social, political, and economic information. The Statistical Abstract is organized into 30 categories including agriculture, education, elections, forestry fishing and mining, income, population and prices.

The Statistical Abstract has been published annually without interruption since 1878 (available online from 1878, and in the Miami Libraries from 1882) and has spun off the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book (MU Libraries) and the County and City Data Book (MU Libraries).

If you would like a copy for yourself or your organization, print versions can be purchased through the U.S. Government Bookstore.

You might want to take the opportunity to acquire a copy.

2011 may be your last chance as funding for the Census Bureau in the 2012 U.S. budget does not currently include funds for the Statistical Compendia Branch which compiles The Statistical Abstract. Some plans are in place for a rushed publication of the 2012 edition, but without continued funding, 2011 could mark the end of a 133 year tradition of statistical compilation in the United States.

If you feel the The Statistical Abstract is a resource that deserves continued funding, please consider contacting your congressional representatives. Check back for more information on other efforts to continue the publication of this valuable source of information.

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By: hartsea on: March 15, 2011 2:34 pm | hartsea

The Women’s Read-in is in its 5th year at the Libraries. It is co-sponsored by the Women's Center and is held in honor of Women's History Month. All members of the University and Oxford communities are encouraged to participate and attend. We invite everyone to celebrate the literary works of women by selecting a short passage to share -- poetry, prose, letters, or portions of a novel. Original work is also welcome!

The event this year will be held on Thursday March 24th from 11:00am-3:00pm in King Library 320.

You can register here to read work by your favorite female author or drop by to listen and enjoy refreshments.

This year we have two special topic hours:

12 – 1pm will highlight LGBTQ authors or works about LGBTQ
1-2pm will highlight Latina authors or works about Latinas

Need some help choosing what to read? See a sample of what participants read from last year or our page on the Diversity guide for some inspiration!

See below for even more ideas:

We hope to see you there!

By: tullykk on: March 15, 2011 2:33 pm | tullykk

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding is just days away on April 29th! Inspired by the upcoming royal nuptials, a mini-exhibit of materials celebrating English royal weddings from the 18th century to the present from the Walter Havinghurst Special Collections will be on display outside the main exhibit room on the 3rd floor of King Library through the rest of the semester. Among the items on display are a contemporary print account of the wedding of King George III and Princess Charlotte of Mecklenberg-Strelitz in 1761 and a pop-up book depicting the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.

By: gundyj on: March 11, 2011 12:10 pm | gundyj

NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) maintains the National Data Buoy Center The NDBC website's new functionality allows users to monitor tsunami warning buoy data in real time.

The Miami University Government Documents collection also has information available in print and on line relating to government tsunami warnings, planning, history and recovery.

By: Eli Sullivan on: March 14, 2011 11:24 am | sullive4 @@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:

More titles about cocaine

More titles about bipolar disorder

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: hartsea on: March 14, 2011 11:25 am | hartsea

We now have access to International Medieval Bibliography online. The IMB is one of the leading bibliographies of the European Middle Ages (c. 400-1500). The IMB now comprises 300,000 articles, all of which are fully classified by date, subject and location, and provide full bibliographical records. The discipline areas to which the IMB is relevant include Classics, English Language and Literature, History and Archaeology, Theology and Philosophy, Medieval European Languages and Literatures, Arabic and Islamic Studies, History of Education, Art History, Music, Theatre and Performance Arts, Rhetoric and Communication Studies.

When you click on the link above, it will take you to the Brepolis publisher's screen. Click where it says "enter databases":

Once you click on Enter Database, select International Medieval Bibliography under Medieval Bibliographies:

You can search by author, title, language, and year of publication. One really nice search feature is the thematic search option. You can search by discipline (there are options like canon law, hagiography, printing history, etc.) and by area (places like British Isles, Low Countries, South-Eastern Europe, etc.).

There's a limit of three simultaneous users at once, so be careful to not use it the night before your research is due (in case three other people have the same idea at the same time)!

By: Jason Paul Michel on: March 01, 2011 12:46 pm | micheljp @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.

By: hartsea on: February 15, 2011 1:45 pm | hartsea

Do you know the difference between an impact factor and an Eigenfactor? Do you know how to find out which journals in your field are considered the most influential? If not, then you might want to come to an upcoming workshop called "Journal Citation Reports and Other Tools for Preparing Your Dossier". This workshop is designed for faculty and graduate students who want to learn more about the citation tools available to help them. We'll cover the basics of Journal Citation Reports, discuss the useful tools in Web of Science, and realizing that not all journals are covered in JCR and WoS, we’ll also cover tools such as SciMago, Publish or Perish, Google Scholar, and WorldCat Identities.

By the end of the session we hope you’ll have gained:

• Awareness of the different tools available
• Understanding of the value of these different citation analysis tools
• Ability to select the best tool for any given task
• Understanding of vocabulary like impact factors
• Skills to gather citation information and include them in their promotion documents

This workshop is designed to be informative for all disciplines at Miami, and will be jointly led by a Humanities Librarian and a Science Librarian!

Where: King 110
When: February 22nd from noon-1:00pm

Register here:

By: hartsea on: March 04, 2011 9:30 am | hartsea

Do you enjoy reading graphic novels? If so, you might be interested to know about some of the new resources we have related to graphic novels.

First here are some new graphic novels we have recently acquired:

American Vampire by Scott Snyder and Stephen King. King Library 2nd floor PN6728.A485 S69 2010.

The Eighth Day by Mitsuyo Kakuta. King Library 2nd floor PL872.5.A3 Y6513 2010.

Castle Waiting Volume Two by Linda Medley. King Library 2nd floor PN6727.M42 C34 2006 v.2.

Black Blizzard by Yoshihiro Tatsumi. King Library 2nd floor PN6790.J33 T249 2010.

Artichoke Tales by Megan Kelso. King Library 2nd floor PN6727.K425 A78 2010.

Pterror over Paris ; and, The Eiffel Tower demon by Jacques Tardi. King Library 2nd floor PN6747.T374 P83 2010.

You might be also interested in some recent titles about graphic novels and comics:

Comics as a nexus of cultures: essays on the interplay of media, disciplines and international perspectives edited by Mark Berninger. King Library 2nd floor PN6714 .C6515 2010.

The best American comics criticism edited by Ben Schwartz. King Library 2nd floor PN6725 .B47 2010.

The rise and reason of comics and graphic literature: critical essays on the form edited by Joyce Goggin and Dan Hassler-Forest. King Library 2nd floor PN6714 .R57 2010.

The power of comics : history, form, and culture by Randy Duncan and Matthew J. Smith. King Library 2nd floor PN6710 .D86 2009.

We also recently acquired a video about the creator of the popular comic Bone called The cartoonist Jeff Smith, Bone and the changing face of comics.

If you're interested in finding out more about our graphic novel holdings, you might want to check out our subject page about it.

I mentioned the title Pterror over Paris ; and, The Eiffel Tower demon above. This book is an English translation of the first volume of Jacques Tardi's Adele Blanc-Sec series, which was recently turned into a movie. I hope you enjoy this trailer for the film (warning: there is a slight hint of nudity).