News & Notes

By: Jason Paul Michel on: November 02, 2009 9:58 am | micheljp @jpmichel

From the Anthropology Department: The Department of Anthropology has teamed with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Film + Video Center to offer a four-day showcase of contemporary Native American cinema, November 4-6, on the Oxford campus. The Festival features award-winning documentaries and numerous short films that highlight the diverse stories, histories, and experiences of North American indigenous filmmakers, bringing to Oxford a rich offering of the best in Native cinema. Screenings are free and open to the public. Wednesday, Nov. 4, McGuffey 322, 4-6pm, Thursday Nov. 5, 4-6pm, Friday Nov. 6, MacMillan Hall.
By: cuthbewm on: November 11, 2009 3:26 pm | cuthbewm

The 100th Anniversary of Miami Libraries' Federal Depository is approaching, and to help decorate the Government Information and Law (GIL) area in advance of the Federal Depository Centennial Celebration on Friday, November 13th, we're having a coloring contest!

Materials to color are selected from, of course, coloring books that the libraries have received as part of the Federal Depository Library Program:

"Biosecurity for Birds," "Winter Survival," "Crack Down on Drugs," "Getting to Know Your Mailman," or even "Mining and Reclamation" -- it's strange but true: If you can think of a topic, the Government may have created a coloring book for it.

Crayons are available at the IMC/GIL main desk, and everyone is encouraged to participate. Entries for the contest must include your contact information to be eligible. More details -- along with lots of different coloring sheets to choose from -- are available at IMC/GIL.

For a better look at the kinds of Government-published coloring books available in GIL, you can search for "coloring book" in the Libraries' catalog. Many are available as PDFs or interactive Web sites online.

Give it a try!

By: Elizabeth Brice on: October 26, 2009 5:12 pm | bricee

The Internet Archive has created BookServer, an open platform for searching, distributing, buying and lending e-books. Read an article about it:, and check out the site:
By: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy on: October 26, 2009 5:14 pm | hartsea

If you teach literature classes (or other Humanities-related classes), you might be interested in a new book called Teaching Literary Research: Challenges in a Changing Environment, edited by Kathleen Johnson and Steven Harris. It's available at King Library PN73 .T43 2009. This book has essays written by various professors and librarians examining different aspects of teaching literary research. Topics covered include: information literacy, teaching English majors, teaching non-English majors, research as inquiry, curriculum changes, literary methodology, genre study, use of technology in literature, collaborations between faculty and librarians, etc. There's a particular emphasis on new technologies and the effect it's having on literary research. For instance there's a chapter called "The Changing Nature of the Book: Literary Research, Cultural Studies, and the Digital Age." Teaching research skills will continue to be an important topic as students continue to need to learn how to navigate the ever-increasing amount of information available to them. As explained in the introduction of the book, "The students engaged in the literary research process have, likewise, changed with each generation, becoming greater consumers of technology, if, perhaps, remaining somewhat ignorant of effective research methods. Our contributors discuss the challenges instruction librarians and literature faculty face in this ever-changing environment" (2). This book would be helpful for both college-level instructors and high school teachers. If you're interested in this topic, you might also want to check out the Research Competency Guidelines for Literatures in English.

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