News & Notes

By: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy on: December 16, 2013 10:44 am | hartsea

Since we are in the middle of our Muslim Journeys book discussions, I wanted to highlight the Literary Reflections theme from our Bridging Cultures collection, in case you want even more books to read! Here are the books we have from that collection:

The Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy. King Library (2nd floor) | PJ7715 .M87 2008

The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi. King Library (2nd floor) | PK6451.F4 M2813 2011

Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely. King Library (2nd floor) | PL248.P34 K36513 2004

Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi. King Library (2nd floor) | CT2678.M47 A3 1995

Minaret by Leila Aboulela.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR6051.B68 M56 2005

You can check out previous books we highlighted in this post and this post.

By: Michael Bomholt on: November 25, 2013 11:21 am | bomholmm

The wireless network in King library has been upgraded. If you have a device that supports gigabit Wi-Fi(IEEE 802.11ac) you can connect to MU-WIRELESS at gigabit speeds.

Some devices that support gigabit wireless:


Macbook Air

By: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy on: November 22, 2013 9:08 am | hartsea

Miami University Libraries will be hosting its first Muslim Journeys* Book Discussion on December 5th from 4:00 to 5:00 in King 320.  There will be a short presentation from a scholar, a discussion of the book, and light refreshments.  Our scholar for this book will be Dr. Mark Peterson from Anthropology and International Studies.

Our first book will be In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar.  You can find out more about this book and the other books we will be reading in our discussion series here.  You might also be interested in a Q & A with the author, related resources, and this New York Times review.

We encourage you to sign up for the book discussions so that you can receive free copies of the selected books. There is still time to get the book and read it over Thanksgiving, but you'll want to make plans soon. You can read more about our Muslim Journeys programming at the website.

If you are interested in even more books to read, check out some of the books from our bookshelf: Bridging Cultures: American Stories and Bridging Cultures: Connected Histories.

*Our Muslim Journeys programming is sponsored by the American Library Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Miami University Humanities Center.  Additional support provided by the Miami University Center for American and World Cultures and the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.

By: Jeff Hartsell-Gundy on: November 19, 2013 10:13 am | gundyj

In 1964 the Government Printing Office produced the final findings of the The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, informally known as the Warren Commission Report. Now almost 30 years later the GPO has released a digitized version of the full report on (link to full .pdf). The 900 page, 77.5mb .pdf contains the entire Warren Commission Report as originally printed, digitized from an original copy housed at Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library

Supplementary to the Warren Commission Report the GPO has also made available on flight deck recordings from Air Force One recorded following the Kennedy Assassination.

The National Archives website maintains an index and increasing collection of digitized material of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection, including appendixes and supplementary materials to the Warren Commission Report.

By: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy on: November 18, 2013 2:53 pm | hartsea

Doris Lessing died on November 17th at the age of 94. She was a noted author best known for The Golden Notebook.  The New York Times and NPR both have nice write ups about her life.  You might also enjoy Margaret Atwood's tribute.

You can also find an excellent retrospective of her work on this website.

You might want to check out some of her works:

Alfred and Emily.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR6023.E833 A78 2008

The Fifth Child.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR6023.E833 F54 1988b

The Grandmothers: Four Short NovelsKing Library (2nd floor) | PR6023.E833 G69 2003

The Grass is Singing. King Library (2nd floor) | PR6023.E833 G73x

The Real Thing: Stories and SketchesKing Library (2nd floor) | PR6023.E833 R44 1992

By: Katie Gibson on: November 13, 2013 11:33 am | gibsonke

Miami University Libraries will be a host site for the American Library Association's 6th Annual International Games Day event on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. The event will take place in the Center for Digital Scholarship, located on the third floor of King Library.
We will have a wide array of video games and board games available to play, along with fun giveaways and a chance to win prizes*. There will also be free pizza, drinks, and snacks provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

All are welcome - Come for the chance to try out new games, play old favorites, or just to enjoy friendly competition and free food!
*While supplies last

By: clarkejb on: November 08, 2013 1:53 pm | clarkejb

Love trivia? Or just like winning things? Submit your answer to the 3 questions below (yes, you have to answer them all) for your chance to win a gift certificate to the Miami Bookstore. Good luck!

November Question of the Month:

Part 1

For whom is Laws Hall named and what invention is he/she known for?

Part 2

What is the connection between Thomas Edison and this person?

Part 3

What is the connection between the statue of George Washington in Alumni Hall and this person?

Miami University student competitors who submit the correct answer will be included in a drawing at the end of the month. Contestants may submit answers until midnight, November 30. The student competitor whose name is picked in the drawing is the winner. The winner will receive a $20 Gift Certificate for the Miami University Bookstore.

By: Jason Paul Michel on: October 31, 2013 4:26 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

By: Jason Paul Michel on: October 30, 2013 9:43 am | micheljp @jpmichel

Noted journalist and founder and editor of The Weekly Standard, William Kristol and former Governor of New Mexico and presidential candidate Bill Richardson will debate Foreign Policy in this year's Janus Forum: The Role of the U.S. in the World.

Both guests are prolific writers, writing for such publications as The Weekly Standard, Hill, Commentary, Businessweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and more as well as several books. The Miami University Libraries' gives you free and complete access to all of these:

Read up on our guest's works so you can be better informed and ask more insightful questions!

By: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy on: October 29, 2013 10:20 am | hartsea

Today I'm highlighting some more of the books we received from our Muslim Journeys Bridging Cultures grant.  The theme this time is "Connected Histories."  Here are the books that we have:

When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East” by Stewart Gordon. King Library (2nd floor) | DS5.95 .G67 2009

The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili. BEST Library, Basement | Q127.A5 A4 2011

The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal. King Library (2nd floor) | DP99 .M465 2002b

Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf, translated by Peter Sluglett. King Library (2nd floor) | PQ3979.2.M28 L413 1992

In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh. King Library (2nd floor) | DT56.2 .G48 1994

You can check out previous books we highlighted in this post.  Also, our film series is still ongoing, so come join us for an interesting film.