News & Notes

By: gamsbymk on: March 17, 2010 4:16 pm | gamsbymk

The Women’s Read-in is in its 4th 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 minute 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 25 from 11am-3pm in the IMC area of King Library (ground floor).

Sign up to read here!

We will be having themed “hours” at the read in. Our themed hours for this year will be one on women in science and another on LGBT literature.

We generally have an attendance of well over a hundred people for the Read-in.

It really is a great event - a great chance to gather together and read and listen to writings by and about women.

Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

View our GoodReads bookshelf to get inspired.

By: hartsea on: January 31, 2010 2:47 pm | hartsea

Don’t know the difference between an impact factor and an Eigenfactor? Not sure how to find out which journals in your field are the best? 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 how to use Journal Citation Reports more effectively. Realizing that not every journal in the Journal Citation Reports, other tools will also be covered. These tools include Publish or Perish, Google Scholar, and WorldCat Identities. At the end of this session we hope you'll have:

• 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 will be helpful for all disciplines. In fact it's going to be led by a Humanities Librarian and a Science Librarian!

Where: King 110
When: February 10th from noon-1:00pm

Register here.

By: Eli Sullivan on: January 25, 2010 6:32 pm | sullive4 @@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: cuthbewm on: January 25, 2010 2:39 pm | cuthbewm

As official depositories for the United Nations and the European Union, the Miami University Libraries have access to a wealth of information -- in print and online -- pertaining to the people living outside the borders of the United States, and the realities of our own thirst for global resources.

Whether discussing environmental sustainability, the effects of globalization, trends in “greener” mass-transportation and transit, or the overlap between economic development, migration, and climate change, documents from these organizations provide stunning evidence to support programs across the academic curriculum. The Libraries, in just the past month, have received a number of United Nations publications worth highlighting.

The UN’s Vital Graphics Series is an excellent compilation of statistics presented in understandable, colorful charts. These graphics often speak for themselves in explaining their findings:

From Vital Forest Graphics (Call No.: Govt & Law UN | SD131 .V58 2009):
Loss of Human Lives due to Conflicts over Land 1997-2007 Brazil

From 2004’s Vital Waste Graphics (Call No. Govt & Law UN | HD4482 .B354 2004):
Ability of Countries to Support Their Citizens from Their own Environment

Among publications produced from the UN’s Environment Programme are the short (50-100 page) but thoroughly researched Rapid Response Assessments. Much like issues of CQ Researcher put to a grander scale, these topical publications provide summaries and definitions of ecological events and human processes, backed up by excellent bibliographies.

The Environmental Food Crisis: The Environment's Role in Averting Future Food Crises
The Natural Fix? The role of ecosystems in climate mitigation
In Dead Water- Merging of Climate Change with Pollution, Over-harvest, and Infestations in the World's Fishing Grounds

The United Nations Population Fund’s State of World Population is an annual publication that presents statistics on health, development, and global patterns of change specifically as these issues affect and influence women. Previous reports have centered on urban growth, gender equity, and adolescents' health and rights. The State of World Population 2009 confronts population and climate change.

Finally, Vulnerability in Developing Countries is the title of Wim Naude, Amelia SantosPaulino, and Mark McGillivray’s book from the United Nations University Press. Using economic case studies on India, Zimbabwe, and China, among other countries, the book discusses micro-lending, poverty, hunger, and growing exposure to HIV and TB. The earthquake in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, may have students reading Marin Heger’s chapter : “Vulnerability of small-island economies: the impact of ‘natural’ disasters in the Caribbean.”

The Miami University Libraries receive a few hundred publications from the United Nations every year. These materials are rich, but often overlooked, sources of data and social research. If you have any questions about what items are available in your area of interest, contact the Government Documents Librarian.

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


By: cuthbewm on: January 21, 2010 3:40 pm | cuthbewm

The Government and Law Reference collection has a number of new releases of interest to Pre-Law, Computer Science, Business, Sociology, and Kinesiology students.

New to the collection is the second edition of The American Bar Association's Guide to Credit and Bankruptcy. This indexed, readable reference item is written for non-lawyers and individuals with questions about their rights and responsibilities for issues of credit repair, personal bankruptcy, and debt management. (Call no.: Govt & Law Reference | KF1524.85 .A46 2009)

Also new to the collection is Managing Risk In Sport and Recreation by Katharine Nohr. Written specifically for sport and recreation professionals, Managing Risk discusses risk assessment and control, steps to creating a sport-related risk management plan, and summaries of relevant, recent court cases involving college and professional-level sports from all fields. (Call no.: Govt & Law Reference | KF1290.S66 N64 2009

Susan Gluck Mezey's Gay Families and the Courts follows a similar path, summarizing case law and definitions from state and federal courts, in this case for a range of family issues, including parenting, the right to marry, school settings, and the Boy Scouts. (Call no.: Govt & Law Reference | KF4754.5 .M48 2009)

Finally, the Libraries now hold Computer and Video Game Law: Cases, Statutes, Form, Problems and Materials. This well-organized volume highlights cases and definitions for many key concepts relevant to the development of games and game-related intellectual properties: Trademark and copyright protection, regulation, asset acquisition, and ownership. This is a rapidly growing area of interest for those in computer science and the legal profession. (Call no.: Govt & Law - Law | KF3987 .L57 2009)

All three of these items are currently available on the shelves in the Law and Legal Reference area of King Library.

By: gamsbymk on: January 11, 2010 3:24 pm | gamsbymk

January's Question of the Month is up and ready to be answered at the Brill Science Library. Check out the display in person at the Brill Science Library, or online at our blog.

One correct submission will be drawn to win a $10 gift certificate to one of several local Oxford venues.

By: gamsbymk on: January 13, 2010 3:00 pm | gamsbymk

Welcome back! Now that the new semester has started, lots of people are wondering if their professors made their textbook, course notes, or other material, available through the library. These materials can be available either electronically or in print form.

If you’re wondering too then watch this video to find out how to check.

Finding Course Reserves from Miami U. Libraries on Vimeo.

Some professors are still bringing stuff to the libraries to be put on reserve. If you don’t find what you’re looking for now, try asking your professor about it, or searching again later. Print materials can be checked out at the appropriate circulation desk (for example at King or the Brill Science Library). You can use the material in the library for two hours.

By: Jason Paul Michel on: September 24, 2010 1:35 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

The Miami University Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of its new mobile site. Check it out at on any mobile browsing device.

Mobile Miami University Libraries from Miami U. Libraries on Vimeo.

You can search all of the library's holdings including books, dvds, cds and more. You can also search some of our most popular databases including Academic Search Complete!

Research and Help

Can't find a book on the shelves upstairs or need help with research? Just text or IM us directly from the new mobile site! You can also send an email or call subject specialists.

Social Media

Read our blog or check out our Twitter feed or Facebook fan page!


Check hours and get GPS directions (iPhone) to all of our locations!

iPhone/Touch Users

Make the mobile site even easier to access by adding an icon for it on your home screen. Here's how:

  • Go to "" on your iPhone/Touch.
  • Click on the Add Bookmark sign at the bottom of the screen.
  • Click on Add to Home Screen.
  • Change the name of the link if you'd like.
  • Click the Add button at the top of the page and the Miami University Libraries icon will now appear on your iPhone screen and will be a direct link to the site.
By: Ken Grabach on: January 11, 2010 11:16 am | grabacka

This web site takes a new slant on city rankings.

It shows rankings for major cities based on the ease of use for pedestrians. One can also create a personal ranking based on a particular address. Results will show distances to amenities such as businesses and services. It will display a Google map based on the address with the businesses identified. The intention is to help citizens reduce dependency on automobiles to carry out daily activities.

For those to whom that is important, this an interesting, potentially a useful tool.
However, the nature of the criterion, walkability for a commuter or shopper, is possible more for urban dwellers than for any other group. Another caveat, although it may change, is that distances are calculated 'as the crow flies', that is in a straight line from starting point to destination. Of course, nobody in an urban, suburban, or rural setting, can walk in a straight line to a market, a bank, a library, or whatever. There is false information included in the database (it claims that in my suburban neighborhood, one of my neighbors is operating a Subway shop!). These factors may be minor to some users, may be crucial to others.

One can join a discussion, vote on criteria to improve the algorithm, and participate in other aspects of the site. It is an interesting site that offers urban dwellers, and potential urban dwellers, an additional method to evaluate or to choose a place to live. It also offers the student of urban life an additional tool for that area of study.