News & Notes

By: Jeff Hartsell-Gundy on: October 01, 2013 1:27 pm | gundyj

Though the United States Federal Government has shutdown several times the current crisis marks the first during which the internet has become the primary means Federal agencies use to distribute information. The last time a government shutdown was looming there was a great deal of confusion as to how it might affect government websites. It looks like we are now finding out.

A government shutdown prevents the Federal Government from spending money on all but the most essential services, and it appears that for the time being maintaining many of its websites is not being deemed an essential service. The Burea of Economic Analysis, ERIC, and (including all connected sites and services) are currently down. The FDA, CDC, and others are currently available, but many are displaying prominentt notices that sites are not currently being updated due to the shutdown and any information accessed may not be up to date., which is currently up in a limited, non-updating capacity has a rundown of Federal agencies and services and the extent they will be operating for the duration of the shutdown.

By: Jason Paul Michel on: September 24, 2013 2:49 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

Miami University student competitors who submit the correct answers will be included in a drawing at the end of the month. 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!
Question of the Month
What Indian-American audio engineer, who is best known for his eponymous company that sells speakers, headphones, and earbuds, died on July 12 of this year?
This same engineer and his company engaged actively in the scientific study of sound perception. What is the name for this field of study?
Where would you find the nearest retail location for this man's company?
Submit your answers to:

By: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy on: September 25, 2013 9:36 am | hartsea

comicscode This year's Banned Books Week will take place between September 22nd and September 28th. You can find out about some of the events planned around the country and get helpful information at the Banned Books Week website.

King Library is marking this week with a display on the first floor of King in the foyer of the library. This year's display focuses on comic books.  

We have several books and resources about the censorship of comics that took place in the 1950's:

The ten-cent plague: the great comic-book scare and how it changed America by David Hajdu. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6725 .H33 2008

Seal of approval: the history of the comics code by Amy Kiste Nyberg. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6725 .N953 1998

Pulp demons: international dimensions of the postwar anti-comics campaign edited by John A. Lent.  King Library (2nd floor) | PN6710 .P85 1999

Of comics and men : a cultural history of American comic books by Jean-Paul Gabilliet. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6725 .G3313 2010

The horror! the horror! : comic books the government didn't want you to read!  edited by Jim Trombetta, with an introduction by R. L. Stine.  Available by request through OhioLINK.

Seduction of the innocent by Frederic Wertham.  Access through Alexander Street Press.

Interim Report of the Committee on the Judiciary pursuant to S. Res. 89 (83d Cong. 1st sess.) and S. Res. 190 (83d Cong. 2d sess.) a part of the investigation of juvenile delinquency in the United States. Alternate title: Comic books and juvenile delinquency.  Original report from 1955 available as a pdf.

We also have access to a database called Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels, which features the comics that went "underground" after the Comics Code Authority was put in place.

Though the Comics Code Authority and the censorship that happened as a result is a thing of the past, many comics are still being challenged, including a challenge in Chicago just this year to Persepolis.  Cases have included: 

Blankets by Craig Thompson. Middletown Campus | PN6727.T48 B58 2005

Bone by Jeff Smith. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.S546 B66 2004

Fun home: a family tragicomic by Alison Bechdel. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.B3757 Z46 2006

Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.C565 I33 2005

In the night kitchen by Maurice Sendak. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S47 In

Maus: a survivor's tale by Art Spiegelman. King Library (2nd floor) | D804.3 .S66 1986

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6747.S245 P4713 2003.  You can see what the fuss was about by joining us for our book discussion on January 30th, 2014.

Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.V38 P75 2006

Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.C74 S86 1995

The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6790.K63 K5513 2009

Watchmen by Alan Moore. King Folio | PN6737.M6 W38 2005

You can learn about the background of these cases and what ultimately happened at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

You can also find more comics and graphic novels to read on our subject guide on the topic.

By: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy on: September 13, 2013 10:05 am | hartsea


The American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the Miami University Libraries two grants – “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys” and “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys.”  These grants provide support for library programming "seeking to provide opportunities for informed discussion in their communities about the histories, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the United States."

To kick off our programming, the Libraries will be hosting a symposium on Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 1:00-4:00 pm in King 320.

The symposium, “Muslim Journeys: American Stories,” will begin with a keynote lecture by Shakila Ahmad from the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati entitled "What Do We Mean by 'American Muslim?’”

Here is a schedule of events:

1:00-2:00 Keynote: "What do we mean by 'American Muslim?'" by Shakila Ahmad 

2:00-3:00 American Stories: Faculty panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Matthew Gordon, Professor of History

3:00-4:00 American Stories: Student panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Nathan French, Assistant Professor of Comparative Religion

Light refreshments will be served.

You might want to check out this American stories essay prepared by Kambiz GhaneaBassiri from Reed College before the symposium.

For more information about the symposium and other future events, please take a look at this website.

By: tzoce_2 on: September 26, 2013 10:05 pm | tzoce_2

The process of making a three-dimensional solid object is definitely getting more and more attention and popularity everywhere. If you check Miami's homepage, then the image below may look familiar to you; the whole story is available at and kudos to John Williams.

Photo: Scott Kissell

If you're asking yourself "can I see/try this MakerBot Replicator 3D printer?"
The answer is "absolutely YES" ... to get started:

  • Visit this page
  • Or contact either John Williams <> at the Business, Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Library (513) 529-6886; or Jon Cameron <> at the Center for Information Management (CIM) in King Library (513) 529-1776.
By: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy on: September 09, 2013 5:38 pm | hartsea

American Stories

In preparation for our upcoming "What Do We Mean by 'American Muslim?’" symposium on September 21st, today I'm highlighting the books we received from our Bridging Cultures grant that are connected to the theme of "American Stories." 

Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford. King Library (2nd floor) | E444.I25 A78 2007

The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, edited by Edward E. Curtis IV. King Library (2nd floor) | E184.M88 C65 2008 

Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel. King Library (2nd floor) | E184.M88 P38 2010

A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed. King Library (2nd floor) | BP190.5.H44 A46 2011

The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson. King Library (2nd floor) | BP170.5.W55 W55 2010

You might also be interested in this American stories essay prepared by Kambiz GhaneaBassiri from Reed College.

By: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy on: September 10, 2013 11:14 am | hartsea

The Information-Literate Historian: A Guide to Research for History Students was written by one of our very own librarians!  Jenny Presnell, our Humanities/Social Sciences Librarian, is the author.  This book was popular enough to warrant a second edition, which was published this year by Oxford University Press.  This new edition has been expanded and updated.  It was written to help history students find and use a variety of sources, including primary and secondary sources.  It includes information on finding both print and electronic resources.  One of the strengths of this book is that it doesn't just give you a list of resources for you to use but actually walks you through the research process.  In fact the first chapter is about just that topic. Individual chapters often include case studies and further readings.  There are helpful search tip boxes included in many of the chapters.  You will also find many useful graphs and figures that will help make the research process more clear.  New updates in this edition include a new chapter on how to critically evaluate and work with statistics and data, an updated discussion on electronic resources, more coverage of photography, newsreels, and documentaries, and more emphasis on writing research papers.  You can find this book on the second floor of King with the call number D16.2 .P715 2013, though you may need to request a copy because right now all of our copies are checked out!

By: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy on: September 26, 2013 10:03 pm | hartsea

Seamus Heaney, the great Irish poet, died today on August 30th, 2013.  You can read more about his work and his life here and here.  If you want to appreciate his poetry, you might enjoy these videos.  You can also read some of his poetry here.

We of course have several of his books in our collection:

Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996 

Human Chain

Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (a wonderful translation)

Crediting Poetry: The Nobel Lecture

District and Circle 

Death of a Naturalist

By: Kate Lucey on: August 28, 2013 3:52 pm | luceyka

Miami University Libraries is currently offering a trial of Education Week, a top online site for preK-12 education news. The trial includes access to the following resources:

  • The latest issue of Education Week, posted several days in advance of the cover date
  • Complete and searchable Education Week archives all the way back to volume 1, 1981
  • Online-only news and analysis from Education Week journalists and newswire sources
  • “Commentary” articles by top educators, policymakers, and thought leaders
  • Special reports and topical coverage
  • 20+ blogs on a variety of education topics
  • State and district level data
  • Digital Directions and the Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook
  • Webinars and expert chat events

Readers can also sign up to receive e-newsletters on a range of topics covering teacher insights, educational technology, curriculum, and professional tips. The trial runs through October.

Please email questions and feedback to Kate Lucey, Education Librarian.

By: Jason Paul Michel on: August 28, 2013 9:57 am | micheljp @jpmichel

Come check out Miami’s newest library, BEST. Take a quick tour, learn about our services and technology (check out our 3D printer!), and find out how BEST library can make your time at Miami easier. Everyone is welcome, but if you are a majoring in Business, Engineering, the Sciences or Psychology be sure to check us out!