News & Notes

By: hartsea on: September 23, 2010 1:29 pm | hartsea

We now have access to ComAnalytics. It’s an add-on to ComAbstracts. Both are managed by the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship. ComAnalytics provides data about the relative publication performance of individual scholars and of departments of communication. Areas include journalism, mass communication, speech, communication studies, media studies, rhetoric, etc. It is the only national system that covers the communication field comprehensively, that properly classifies the field's programs, and that uses metrics validated against relevant external benchmarks (ISI journal impact ratings and rankings from the NCA study of doctoral program reputation). It is the only system that allows individual scholars to benchmark their own performance.

Scholars will find it useful in finding out some of the major new works in their field. It will also be useful for annual reviews and dossiers because a scholar can see how he or she compares to scholars who specialize in similar areas of study.

You can connect to it on campus from this link: You should also be able to get to it from our ComAbstracts link:

By: Jim Bricker on: September 15, 2010 4:17 pm | brickeje

Please visit the Walter Havighurst Special Collections Exhibit Room (321 King Library) to see our exhibit in honor of the Dalai Lama’s visit to Miami University. The exhibit has several related themes. The teachings of the Buddha are illustrated with images and books from the Library’s Instructional Materials Center. The section on the Dalai Lama features selected books by His Holiness from King Library’s circulating collection. Buddhism in North American and Southwestern Ohio include newsletters, photographs, and popular magazines with a Western perspective on Buddhism. Thai Fortune Telling is the theme for three manuscript books from Special Collections. On display are folding books from Thailand. These are the sort of books that would be found in Buddhist monasteries. One book is a dream book; another is a manuscript on astrology. The third book is devoted to fortune telling. Also on display is an ancient Thai palm leaf manuscript book. This exhibit runs through the end of December.

This link will take you to a copy of the exhibit brochure:

By: gamsbymk on: September 13, 2010 4:13 pm | gamsbymk

What does balance look like to you?

Share your vision at the Brill Fall Open-House, Exploring the Roof of the World: Culture, Science, and Information.

The Brill Science Library is looking for pictures that illustrate balance- visual, environmental, spiritual or otherwise!

The photos will be on display at the Brill Science Library, September 28-October 12.

Contest Rules:

  • Submit up to 5 photos either by emailing them to or by dropping off your 8.5 x 11" prints at the Brill Circulation desk by September 23rd.
  • All submissions will be displayed in the library and on the Open-House blog.
  • Winners will be announced at the Brill Fall Open-House on September 30th.
  • Judging is anonymous and the judges decisions are final.
  • Submissions will not be returned.
By: Jenny Presnell on: September 09, 2010 1:38 pm | presnejl

Miami University Libraries and students from Kelly Quinn's American Studies 301: Practice of American Studies: Public Stories will host public conversations to commemorate 9/11 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, on the plaza at King Library. The community is encouraged to share reflections, remembrances and observations about life in post-9/11 United States. September Project events explore issues that matter (See:

By: gamsbymk on: September 03, 2010 8:58 am | gamsbymk

Exploring the Roof of the World: Culture, Information, and Science

Join us at the Brill Science Library for a journey to Tibet! It’s a great opportunity for students (and faculty!) to learn more about the resources and technology Brill offers and broaden their understanding of Tibet. Some students may even get extra credit for attending (speak with your professor first). There will be prizes, coffee, and cookies!

When: September 30th, 11:00am-3:00pm
Where: Brill Science Library
More information is available on our blog.


By: thomps62 on: August 30, 2010 5:57 pm | thomps62

That's what Publisher's Weekly is calling the first chapter of the forthcoming Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Read and see for yourself here.

Then come to the IMC for these and other strong voices in young adult literature:

Fire, by Kristen Cashore | PZ7.C26823 Fi 2009
Liar, by Justine Larbalestier | PZ7.L32073 Li 2009
The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness | PZ7.N43843 Kni 2008
Love is the Higher Law, by David Levithan | PZ7.L5798 Lov 2009
Life As We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer | PZ7.P44855 Lif 2006

By: Jennifer Bazeley on: August 25, 2010 9:38 am | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

Photograph by Henry Talbot. Powerhouse Museum.

The library has a trial (8/23/10-9/22/10) of the Berg Fashion Library online, which can be accessed here:

The Berg Fashion Library is a unique online portal which offers fully cross-searchable access to an expanding range of Berg content collections – including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images, and much more.

A full list of the contents of the resource is available here:

By: Masha Stepanova on: August 12, 2010 11:18 am | stepanm

People who usually try to avoid things like anthrax can now fearlessly check them out of the Instructional Materials Center (IMC).

Before its use as a biological weapon, anthrax was a common disease, spores of which are found in soil. It is possible that anthrax was described as the fifth plague of the Bible (widespread death of livestock) and even the sixth, too (skin boils).
Although real anthrax can form durable long-lived spores, which can be deadly, the library anthrax is irresistibly soft and completely benign. It is pictured here with its furry buddy, West Nile.

Check these and other adorable viruses and parasites in the Curriculum Materials section of IMC under QR201.A1:

By: hartsea on: August 10, 2010 9:38 am | hartsea

The Howe Center for Writing Excellence and the Office of Liberal Education are sponsoring a writing contest for first-year students this year. They are offering 14 prizes of $100 apiece for the best "I Believe" essays or audio/video statements. The deadline for prize eligibility is Midnight August 19th, 2010. You can submit a 350- to 500-word essay or an equivalent audio or video creation to the Miami University “I Believe” website. Please see this site for more information.

This contest is inspired by the Summer Reading Program's book choice This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women. We have a copy of this book on the 2nd floor of King Library (BD215 .T49 2008). We also have the original book of essays compiled by Edward R. Murrow available from SWORD by request.

By: hartsea on: July 30, 2010 2:05 pm | hartsea

The original Back to the Future turns 25 this year (This news makes some of us feel old and nostalgic. The rest of you, it was the 80's okay). In honor of this occasion, I wanted to let you know about a new book that we now have. It's called The Worlds of Back to the Future: Critical Essays on the Films, edited by Sorcha Ni Fhlainn ( King Library 2nd floor PN1997.B1935 W67 2010). That's right, Back to the Future now has critical essays written about it. Some of the essays included are "Back to the Future: Oedipus as Time Traveler," " 'You Space Bastards! You killed my pines!': Back to the Future, Nostalgia, and the Suburban Dream," " Mom! You look so thin!': Constructions of Feminity Across the Space-Time Continuum," and " 'Doing it in style': The Narrative Rules of Time Travel in the Back to the Future Trilogy."

Here's a fun fact I learned from the introduction of this book. Back to the Future was added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry on December 27th, 2007, along with films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Dances with Wolves, and 12 Angry Men. All of these films were included because they were deemed to be "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant."

If you'd like to watch the film for yourself, here's information about several copies that we have:

Back to the Future: The Complete Trilogy. Middletown IMC PN1997 .B1874 2002

Back to the Future. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC PN1997 .B1874 1994

Back to the Future II. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC PN1997 .B187412 1990

Back to the Future III. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC

And now for your viewing enjoyment, the original theatrical trailer: