News & Notes

By: Jason Paul Michel on: August 20, 2009 10:36 am | micheljp @jpmichel

Well, it's move-in day! Welcome [back] to Miami.  Before classes get started, why not relax with some good movies.  We've got a bunch of great flicks you can borrow, like V for Vendetta and Transformers.

Search through our movie collection here:

Welcome back!

By: Katie Gibson on: August 18, 2009 11:18 am | gibsonke

video screenshot A Chinese language video introduction to the Libraries' is now available.
It covers services and resources available in King Library and introduces all Libraries on campus.

To access the video:

View the video here:

Find the link under Workshops and Instruction on the Libraries' website.

Download the podcast version from iTunesU:
By: Rob Withers on: August 17, 2009 10:12 am | witherre

Please plan to join us for the Miami University Libraries' New Graduate Student Orientation at 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 27 or at 2:00-3:30 p.m. on Friday, August 28 in King Library 110.

These sessions will include a question and answer session on new and existing library services and resources, a quick tour of King Library, and an opportunity to meet informally with liaison librarians who coordinate library services to individual academic programs.

Phone Number:
Your Program
Which Session? Thursday, August 27, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Friday, August 28, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

By: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy on: August 10, 2009 9:33 am | hartsea

I really wish I could be at the National Mall in D.C. on September 26th this year.  As part of the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival, Jon Scieszka is leading "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure."  He'll start out a chain of celebrated authors writing a serial adventure story with the following words:

This story starts with a train rushing through the night.  The full moon lights the silver rails winding around dark mountains, through deep woods, and over steep gorges of jagged rock and one freezing cold rushing black mountain river.  I wish there was enough time to describe all of the funny (and touching) twists and turns – especially the Elephant Clown Party – that led up to now. But there isn’t. Enough time. Because there is a ticking clock. And the two passengers we care most about don’t know anything about it.

Susan Cooper, Kate Di Camillo, Nikki Grimes, Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket, and, Gregory Maguire are among the celebrated authors who will also contribute.

If you're like me, and are pretty sure you won't be able to make it to this event, you can console yourself by checking out the this website Lifelong Literacy on September 26th to see how the story progresses.

You might also check out books written by some of the authors listed above.  Many of their books can be found in our very own Instructional Material Center on the ground floor of King Library.

Here are a few titles you might be interested in:

Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka.  King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv.  PZ8.S3134 St 1992

Hopscotch Love: A Family Treasury of Love Poems by Nikki Grimes. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv.  PS3557.R489982 H67 1999

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Di Camillo.  King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv. PZ7.D5455 Be 2000


By: cuthbewm on: August 10, 2009 9:02 am | cuthbewm

Miami University has completed its Annual Selection Process for Government materials, with three new additions to the collection. These newly selected materials are from the departments of Defense and Commerce, and from the EPA.

Patch of the 1st Cavalry DivisionTo enhance its already significant publications from the Department of Defense, King Library is adding two publications from the U.S. Army's 1st Cavalry Division. Crossed Sabers and Daily Charge are newsletters written by and for military service members and their families. While not academic in nature, these materials serve as primary sources to everyday life in active duty, and compliment Miami's already historic collection of U.S. military publications issued during times of combat.

King Library will also add the Department of Commerce's E-Stats materials to its collection. These publications measure the distribution and impact of e-commerce activities on U.S. industry and economy.

Finally, Chemistry scholars will appreciate the addition of materials from the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Chemistry project. The project recognizes and awards the application of innovative chemical processes designed to reduce or eliminate negative environmental impacts.

Item Selection is an annual process whereby Federal depository libraries add new materials to their collection profiles. Formally selecting items to be delivered as part of the Depository collection guarantees their access to the public, helps them to become more easily discovered for research needs, and encourages the preservation of these materials as primary source materials.

Miami University is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a depository of U.S. Government materials this Fall. More news on centennial celebrations will be announced soon.

By: cuthbewm on: August 10, 2009 9:03 am | cuthbewm

The U.S. Government Bookstore announced yesterday the availability of a new email alert system, New Titles by Topic"New Titles by Topic," that allows patrons to receive notification of new government publications based on specific topics of interest.

The alert topics available span all areas of public and academic interest and research, including Cancer research, Africa, criminal justice, health care, maps and atlases, World War II, federal statistics, grants and awards, patents and trademarks, and more.

See the complete list of Topics, and Subscribe to them, at the GPO Bookstore. GPO's press release about the service is available in PDF format here.

By: cuthbewm on: August 10, 2009 9:03 am | cuthbewm

As reported in today's Miami e-Report, Dr. Christopher S. Kelley, Department of Political Science, has been quoted in CQ Politics for the company's recent article on the Congressional oversight of government appropriations.

Kelley, a scholar of presidential signing statements, is cited in the article comparing Congress' threats against appropriations during the Reagan era to the 11th Congress' recent, and near unanimous, negation of President Obama's signing statement attached to House Resolution 2346 (now Public Law 111-032).

Signing statements have gained greater public and journalistic notice due to their extensive use by the presidential administrations of William Jefferson Clinton and George Walker Bush. In 2006, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary held hearings on "The Use of Presidential Signing Statements," which can be viewed from the GPO in both PDF and plain text formats.

For more insight in to Dr. Kelley's research on signing statements, readers can follow his writing at the Zone of Twilight and Media Watch blogs, or view his articles at the Social Science Research Network.

By: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy on: August 10, 2009 9:39 am | hartsea

 Miami University's Ann Elizabeth Armstrong, Kelli Lyon Johnson, and William A. Wortman have recently edited and published a collection of plays written by Native American women called Performing Worlds into Being: Native American Women's Theater (King Library PS628.I53 P47 2009). In addition to the plays this collection includes production histories, essays, and interviews. These works were first presented at a conference called "Honoring Spiderwoman Theater/Celebrating Native American Theater" in 2007 held here at Miami and have been edited and expanded for this book collection. A cd with video clips and photos is also included. Contributors include Murielle Borst, Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, Gloria Miguel, Monique Mojica, Julie Pearson-Little Thunder, Vincent P. Scott, Spiderwoman Theatre, etc.

If this fascinating collection piques your interest, you might also want to check out Miami University's Native American Women Playwrights Archive. The archives serves as the repository for Spiderwoman Theatre and can be found in our Special Collections on the third floor of King Library.    

By: cuthbewm on: August 10, 2009 9:04 am | cuthbewm

Two books of note have arrived in the Government Documents collection this month that will be of particular interest to students of environmental science and anthropology. Smithsonian at the Poles: Contributions to International Polar Year Science (GIL Call No. SI 1.2:P 75) compiles the proceedings of the eponymous Smithsonian Institution symposium of 2007. Included are more than thirty articles on such topics as Polar Astronomy, Environmental Change, Under-Ice Research, and Polar Biology. Well-illustrated and thoroughly cited, Smithsonian at the Poles is a fascinating research about a complex and not well understood region. Preview a PDF version of this book at the Smithsonian Institution Web site. Chasing the Dark: Perspectives on Place, History and Alaska Native Land Claims (GIL Call No. I 20.2:H 62/3/PT.1) is a beautiful anthology compiled in part as an effort to make the research conducted under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, "accessible to everyday readers (as opposed to just research professionals or academicians)," writes editor Kenneth L. Pratt. The result is an exceptionally readable anthology filled with photographs, maps, illustrations, and native language glossaries. Chasing the Dark is a remarkable work.

By: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy on: September 02, 2009 7:40 pm | hartsea

Can't get enough of the Food Network? Mesmorized by Top Chef? Eagerly looking forward to the release of Julie and Julia in August? 
Then you might be interested in a new media studies book called Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows by Kathleen Collins (King Library PN1992.8 C67 C65 2009). This book provides a history of cooking shows and their impact on our culture. As the introduction explains, "The following pages contain three essential ingredients: food/cooking, television, and consumer culture. The book is about how these ingredients interact, how they affect us, and how we affect them" (9). There is a chapter devoted to Julia Child (chapter 3) and to the Food Network (chapter 6), as well as a chapter on Rachel Ray and Martha Stewart (chapter 8). There are very helpful references and a selected bibliography at the end of the book if you want to learn even more.