News & Notes

By: Lindsay Miller on: April 25, 2010 11:06 pm | mille234

A new manuscript has been acquired by the University Libraries and is now part of the Walter Havighurst Special Collections. The manuscript documents the purchase of land that encouraged settlement in southwest Ohio, by John Cleves Symmes of New Jersey, who served in the Continental Congress. Within the purchase was designated a one square mile tract of land to establish an academic institution. The handwritten 8-page document details the Symmes Purchase, also known as the Miami Purchase, and subsequent events.

The Symmes Purchase includes an area of land in Ohio in what is now Hamilton, Butler and Warren Counties. In the original act, an academic institution would have been established near Lebanon, OH; unfortunately that plot of land was sold. A year later, in an amendment of the law enabling Miami University, chartered by the State of Ohio in 1809, the location of the school was “moved” to Oxford, Ohio.

Symmes was the father-in-law of the ninth U.S. President, William Henry Harrison. Symmes Hall on East Quad was named in Symmes’ honor in 1949. The manuscript has been encapsulated, which will protect it as it is examined to minimize wear and tear on the document. It is being transcribed and digitized and will be added to the Libraries’ online Digital Archive which will enable it to be accessed world-wide by students and researchers.

This manuscript complements the copy of the Act enabling Miami University and the subsequent amendment in 1810 and a copy of the Survey of the Symmes Purchase already held in Special Collections. The Symmes Purchase manuscript will be on display in the Special Collections during Alumni Weekend, June 17-19, 2010.

By: Lindsay Miller on: April 25, 2010 11:00 pm | mille234

One hundred years ago the Alumni Library, now Alumni Hall, was dedicated on Miami University’s campus. In honor of its Centennial, the Libraries have launched the Alumni Library Centennial Digital Collection.

Alumni Library was dedicated on commencement day, June 16, 1910 and remained Miami's main library until King Library was completed in 1972. The building was renovated in the early 1990s; today, it is the home of Miami's Department of Architecture and the Wertz Art & Architecture Library.

The Alumni Library Centennial Digital Collection contains the original blueprints of the building, historical documents, photographs, postcards, letters of alumni and other supporters, and a timeline of the history of libraries at Miami.

We invite alums and anyone with memories of the building to add your own stories and recollections about Alumni Library, the first building on campus solely dedicated as a library.

Also planned are two exhibits that will open Alumni Weekend, June 17-20, 2010. One in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections in King Library and another in Alumni Hall Cage Gallery outside the Wertz Art and Architecture Library on the first floor of Alumni Hall.

By: Jason Paul Michel on: April 12, 2010 4:06 pm | micheljp small twitter logo@jpmichel

The 2010 Pulitzer Prizes were announced recently. Come to the library and check out some of the winners:

Winner in Biography: The First Tycoon : The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles.

Winner in History: Lords of Finance : the Bankers who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed.

Winner in Fiction: Tinkers by Paul Harding.

Winner in Poetry: Versed by Rae Armantrout.

Winner in General Non-fiction: The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman.

See the complete list!

By: Jennifer Bazeley on: April 08, 2010 2:55 pm | bazelejw small twitter logo@@jwbazeley

From April 12-18, 2010, ProQuest is offering free, open access to some of their most popular online resources at www.proquest.com/go/celebrate.

A few of the offerings include:
CultureGrams: explore the world's cultures with local experts that document the history, customs, government, and daily life in multimedia reports on over 200 countries.

eLibrary: this easy to use resource brings together content about in-demand subjects from millions of multimedia-rich, global resources.

ProQuest African American Heritage: brings together records critical to African American family history research and connects users to a community of research experts.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers - Black Newspapers: experience history firsthand via continuous runs of the following full-image titles: The Baltimore Afro-American, Chicago Defender, Los Angeles Sentinel, and New York Amsterdam News.

Visit www.proquest.com/go/celebrate to access these resources and more, during National Library Week.
No user name or password needed!

By: Eric Resnis on: March 01, 2010 8:39 am | resnisew

The Miami University Libraries are hosting the Digital Literacy Contest. $400 in cash prizes available. The contest is free and open to all students. Afterwards the library will provide pizza and drinks for contest participants.

Contestants will have 30 minutes, 20 questions and Internet access. Correct answers earn points, and incorrect answers are penalized. The highest score wins.

The contest is Wed Mar 24 from 5-6pm in King Library's Kamm Instruction Room (room 110). Students must be present to compete. Those interested in the contest should register soon as space is very limited.

Student organizations can also send groups of 2-3 people to compete for $250 that will be donated to a charity of their choice.

Register online at: http://www.DigitalLiteracyContest.org OR
edit and text the following to 41411: signmeup uniqueid@muohio.edu.

For more information contact Eric Resnis at resnisew@muohio.edu or 9-7205. Funding assistance for this event is provided by the Miami University Special Events Fund.

By: Jason Paul Michel on: February 17, 2010 8:57 am | micheljp small twitter logo@jpmichel

The Miami University Libraries are proud to host the 21st African American Read-In on Monday, February 22nd from 1pm to 3pm in room 320 of King Library. More information -- and a host of books to read and share -- are available online at the Libraries Diversity page.

Register and get more reading ideas here!

By: Ken Grabach on: February 16, 2010 2:59 pm | grabacka


This month the world will turn to Vancouver, British Columbia, when the 2010 Winter Olympic Games take place. From February 12 through 28, skaters, skiers, sledders, snowboarders, and curlers will compete in and around this West Coast city.
  • Olympic.org

    Provides useful information about Olympics activities, links to related sites.

  • Vancouver2010.com

    The official site for the events. Find out about events, about venues, schedules, results, and more. Maps and images of the region are online, and in the maps collection, show the communities and the event locations. The Venues page tells what events are to be held there, and at the Transportation tab, gives directions to the venue with a street map of the arena location.
I created a Google Map to show the venues in Vancouver and vicinity, at Cypress Mountain, and in Whistler. Natural Resources Canada provides this satellite view with a guide to using imagery. Successive views focus on specific areas, and reveal that BC Place, site of the opening and closing ceremonies, and awards ceremonies each night, is visible from space.

New maps in the our collection cover this area, as well. Four of them are by International Travel Maps, based in the Vancouver area:
Finally, a blog, Beyond Binary, by Ina Friend at Cnet, has begun a series of articles on the science and technology of the Winter Games, beginning with one on the issue of preserving snow at Cypress Mountain, site of the freestyle skiing and snowboarding events.
By: Eli Sullivan on: February 05, 2010 9:24 am | sullive4 small twitter logo@muElibrarian

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jessyrandall/ / CC BY 2.0

It may be cliche for librarians to talk about their favorite books, but I don't remember having a favorite until I read J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye as a junior in high school. Like a lot of teenagers, I related to Holden's frustration of being caught between childhood and adulthood - wishing for innocent eyes like those of his sister Phoebe but having experienced too much of the corrupt adult world to ignore. It's this state of inbetween - of adolescence - that attracts so many teens to this book.

J.D. Salinger died last week at the age of 91, nearly 60 years after The Catcher in the Rye was first published. If you haven't read it, I encourage you to pick up a copy. If you have read it, try picking up one of his other books or checking out some of the copies we have in Special Collections on the 3rd floor of King.

By: Eli Sullivan on: January 25, 2010 6:32 pm | sullive4 small twitter logo@muElibrarian

Here at Miami, we're connected to dozens of academic and public libraries throughout the state of Ohio which means if you're looking for a book that's not on the shelf and another library in the state has an available copy, you can request to borrow theirs and pick it up at any of Miami's libraries.

Watch the video to learn how:

How to Request an Item from OhioLINK from Miami U. Libraries on Vimeo.

Note that it takes 2-4 business days for your item to arrive and checkout is generally for 3 weeks.

By: Jason Paul Michel on: January 25, 2010 2:40 pm | micheljp small twitter logo@jpmichel

The following is a good collection of information and resources regarding the devastating Haitian earthquakes. If you know of any good resources, let us know.

News & Emergency Information

  • Crisis Map of Haiti
    This real-time map is updated with emergency information coming from SMS messages, the web, email, radio, telephone and other sources. It's the most comprehensive map for humanitarian and relief efforts.
  • Google Crisis Response
    A comprehensive resources with information about donations and charity, videos, Google Earth imagery. Also includes a person finder!
  • United States State Department
    Information on the earthquakes and the relief response from the State Department.

Relief Efforts/Donations

Social Media

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