News & Notes

By: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy on: October 20, 2009 10:03 am | hartsea


The 17th Annual Writers Harvest Benefit reading will be held this Thursday at 7 pm in Leonard Theatre. Readers this year include Creative Writing faculty members, such as cris cheek, Eric Goodman, Steve Lansky, Margaret Luongo, and Kay Sloan, with one or two possible late additions. We have books by many of these faculty members at King Library. Here is a sampling:

Part, Short Life Housing: Poems by cris cheek. King Library PR6053.H433 P27 2009

Child of My Right Hand: A Novel by Eric Goodman. King Library PS3557.O583 C47 2004

The Patron Saint of Red Chevies: A Novel by Kay Sloan. King Library PS3569.L544 P38 2004

Suggested donation is $5 for students and $10 for faculty. Donations will be divided equally between the Family Choice Pantry in Oxford, Serve City in Middletown, and the Freestore/Foodbank in Cincinnati. This year's Writers Harvest is part of a larger effort on campus: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

By: Eli Sullivan on: October 19, 2009 11:16 am | sullive4 @@muElibrarian

A justice of the peace in Louisiana denied a marriage license to an interracial couple last week, citing concern for any children the couple may have. Read an article about it. Check out some of the library’s resources below to learn more about interracial marriage.
Interracial relationships in the 21st century King Library | HT1521 .I58 2009 White/black race mixing : an essay on the stereotypes and realities of interracial marriage King Library | E185.62 .G37 2000 Interracialism : black-white intermarriage in American history, literature, and law King Library | HQ1031 .I8 2000 See a full list of items available on Interracial marriage here
By: Jason Paul Michel on: October 13, 2009 1:52 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

The health care debate is heating up in Washington.  Learn about the critical issues involved by checking out some of our great books in the Brill Science Library:

  Total Cure : the Antidote to the Health Care Crisis by Harold S. Luft

  Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System by John F. Cogan, Glenn R. Hubbard and Daniel P. Kessler

  Power to the Patient: Selected Health Care Issues and Policy Solutions by Scott W. Atlas, Daniel P. Kessler and Mark V. Pauly

More books about health care...

By: Rob Withers on: October 09, 2009 4:23 pm | witherre

IT Services is working to bring up printing from laptops via Miami's wireless connection. These instructions are currently available from
Using uPrint

Attention Wireless Users: please read the Note to Wireless Users below before attempting to use uPrint.

Miami uPrint is a service that allows you to print to the pay-for-print printers from your own desktop or laptop. Windows and MacOS setup instructions are available. To go to the printer list, click the following link:

Miami uPrint Printer List

Important You only need to install the printer once. Once the printer is installed on your computer, you no longer need to visit this page or the printer list. Simply use your computer's printer selection functionality when you print. Your print jobs will stay in the print queue for two hours.

Caution Do not update the printer properties in any way, or unpredictable results may occur when printing. You may change the paper, orientation, number of copies, etc. but do not adjust printer properties. If changed from the default, refunds for undesirable prints will not be made.

Note to Wireless Users
To be able to use the uPrint service over the wireless network, you will need to
set your computer for MU-WIRELESS using 802.1x

802.1x encrypts (scrambles) your data so that eavesdroppers cannot read your network traffic. Miami requires that you use this service when using uPrint over wireless so that your print jobs cannot be intercepted and read by others.

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By: Jason Paul Michel on: October 07, 2009 11:04 am | micheljp @jpmichel

The TIM Workshops for Photoshop have been rescheduled. Here are the new dates:

Introduction to Photoshop: Wednesday 10/14 from 11am-12:30 pm in KAMM (King 110)

Intermediate Photoshop: Wednesday 10/21 from 1-2:30pm in KAMM

By: Jason Paul Michel on: October 07, 2009 10:33 am | micheljp @jpmichel

The MLB Playoffs kick off tonight at 6pm with the Bronx Bombers facing off against the underdog Twins.  Come to the library and check out some books about the history, lore and strategies of baseball!

The Major League Pennant Races of 1916: "The Most Maddening Baseball Melee in History" by Paul G. and John G. Zinn

The Evolution of Pitching in Major League Baseball by William F. McNeil

May the Best Team Win: Baseball Economics and Public Policy by Andrew Zimbalist

Indian Summer: the Forgotten Story of Louis Sockalexis, the First Native American in Major League Baseball by Brian McDonald

By: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy on: October 05, 2009 9:39 am | hartsea


Miami University's production of Down in Mississippi: A Gospel Play with Music by Carlyle Brown starts October 1st and continues through October 10th.  This perfomance will be the world premiere.  The production is part of the events surrounding the "Freedom Summer, Unity, and Change: Then and Now" conference scheduled for October 9th-11th.

You'll find a lot of great information about Freedom Summer in the Western College Memorial Archives.  You'll find photos and documents there.

In addition you might want to check out our Digital Collections.  You'll find a useful African-Americans at Miami University Collection.  You can also browse some of the Freedom Summer Collection.

If you're interested in learning more about African-American theatre, you might want to check out Alexander Street Press's Black Drama 1850 to the Present.  You might also check out a couple of these book titles:

The Fire This Time: African-American Plays for the 21st Century by Harry Elam and Robert Alexander.  King Library PS628.N4 F57 2004

Best Black Plays: The Theodore Ward Prize for African-American Playwriting edited by Chuck Smith.  King Library PS627.N4 B47 2007

Black Heroes in Monologues by Gus Edwards.  King Library PS3555.D925 B55 2006

Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance: The Invention of Cultural Identities in African, African-American, and Caribbean Drama by Tejumola Olaniyan. King Library PS338.N4 O43 1995

Reading Contemporary African-American Drama: Fragments of History, Fragments of Self edited by Trudier Harris.  King Library PS338.N4 R43 2007

By: Rob Withers on: September 21, 2009 2:37 pm | witherre

Slow EJC Downloads

The MU Libraries have been experiencing problems downloading PDF Full-text articles from OhioLINK's Electronic Journals Center (EJC) since last week. Although Miami (networking service and Libraries), OhioLINK and OARNET have been working on resolving this issue, it is likely the problem will continue this week. Numerous faculty and students have reported this problem and expressed serious concern. The library is aware of the problem and is working with key players in order to solve this problem as soon as possible. In the meantime, there is a way to bypass this problem if faculty/students are OFF-CAMPUS. Off-campus can access EJC by bypassing Miami's authentication system and using OhioLINK's authentication system to download articles at normal speed (Please note that OhioLINK's authentication will not provide access to Miami-only resources).

Here are the steps for using OhioLINK's authentication system to connect to the EJC:

  1. You must be off-campus.
  2. Go to library's homepage ( to Databases A-Z > Electronic Journal Center
  3. On the page that asks the user to log in with MU username and password...Ignore it. Click the link . You will be directed to the OhioLINK's Institution Selection Form. Select institution (Miami University) and branch location and click "Submit".
  4. Then you will be in the EJC and can proceed to search for journals and articles and download quickly.
By: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy on: September 25, 2009 1:05 pm | hartsea

Banned Books Week will be celebrated from September 26th to October 3rd.  Here at King Library we are getting a head start with two displays that will be shown starting September 21st and lasting through most of October.  There's a display called "Banned in America" on the first floor of King in the vestibule.  Among other things it features this interactive map.  The map shows where all the book challenges from the last year took place.  On the ground floor of King in the Instructional Materials Center (IMC) there's a display of children's books that have been challenged and/or banned over the years.

If you can't resist reading a "forbidden" book, you can see a list of  some challenged books that we own at King Library by going to our GoodReads site and finding our Banned Books Display 2009 shelf. 

Miami University Libraries's banned-books-display-2009 book recommendations, reviews, favorite quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists
By: Rob Withers on: September 18, 2009 2:50 pm | witherre

IT Services has eliminated Audio Visual (AV) Check Out Services that was once held in Gaskill Hall. The equipment has been dispersed, with a few items coming to the Libraries System. We have not assumed the services that went along with the previous service such as delivery, set up, and reservations etc. The items received by the libraries are merely additions to the libraries' collection of digital equipment.

Available for loan to students, staff, and faculty are: projectors, portable PA systems, tripods, projection screens, digital cameras, video cameras, and audio recorders. They are available only as a first-come, first-served basis with a loan period of 24-hours. These items cannot be reserved and are available on a walk-in basis only. Watch the Items for checkout/purchase web site for an updated list of items available.

For questions please contact Lisa Santucci (513-529-1747).