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2012 Pulitzer Prizes

The 2012 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded yesterday. Here's a look at some of the winning work:Pulitzer Prize for HistoryMalcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning MarableThis biography of Malcolm X draws on new research to trace his life from his troubled youth through his involvement in the Nation of Islam, his activism in the world of Black Nationalism, and his assassination. Years in the making, it is a definitive biography of the legendary black activist.Pulitzer Prize for BiographyGeorge F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis GaddisA remarkably revealing view of how this greatest of Cold War strategists came to doubt his strategy and always doubted himself.Pulitzer Prize for PoetryLife on Mars by Tracy: Poems by Tracy K. SmithPulitzer Prize for General NonfictionThe Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen GreenblattIn this book the author transports readers to the dawn of the Renaissance and chronicles the life of an intrepid book lover who rescued the Roman philosophical text On the Nature of Things from certain oblivion. In this work he has crafted both a work of history and a story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it. 

Help with Usability Testing and Get a King Café Gift Certificate

The Miami University Libraries are currently administering usability tests for certain aspects of the library web site. We are seeking undergraduate students to help us with these tests. Students will be asked to interact with library interfaces and their actions will help us create better user environments. The test will take approximately 30 minutes. We are offering $10 King Café gift certificates for participants.

If interested please contact User Experience Librarian, Jason Michel at micheljp@muohio.edu.

Happy 183rd Birthday, Jules Verne!

Today marks the 183rd birthday of French author Jules Verne. Verne is known for his early science fiction works, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, A Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in Eighty Days. King Library has a boatload of Verne books. Come check 'em out!

English language Verne titles
French language Verne titles

QR Codes in Books

Have you ever found a book in the library and thought, "Hmm...this book is great, what else has this author written" or "This book is just what i'm looking for....it really helps me write this paper, what are some other similar books out there that would also be helpful?" Well, the Miami University Libraries are embarking on a project to help answer those questions. In the near future, we will be embedding QR codes on the inside covers of select books throughout the library system. These QR codes, when scanned with your mobile phone, will direct you to a page on our mobile site which lists other books by the same author, books on the same topic and even reviews of the work!! In addition, the codes will provide you with suitable journal articles on the subject!! Be on the lookout for these codes! Go here for a detailed explanation of QR Codes and the MU LIbraries. If you have any questions please contact Kobby or Jason

UPDATE ON PROJECT [9-12-12] This pilot project was designed to open up the libraries’ collection in an innovative way by affixing QR codes to some of the most frequently used books, based on circulation data. It was also a way to market the Libraries’ resources. The codes linked to dynamically generated mobile-friendly pages that featured book reviews for the particular title as well as links to related books and articles. The reviews, related books and articles were all search results from the Libraries catalog and research databases displayed automatically on the pages . These search results could be achieved by anyone by using a computer. So the QR code was just for marketing and accessibility purposes and convenience. The project was not implemented fully as expectations were not met. The expenditure of human resources was deemed too costly for the incremental benefit for our students.

30th Anniversary of John Lennon's Death



Read the whole New York Times article here.

30 years ago around 11pm eastern time, John Lennon, was killed outside of his home in Manhattan. News of this event shocked the world.

To learn more about this tragic event, take a look at some of our historical newspaper databases such as the New York Times Historical and Chicago Tribune Historical databases.

The library also has many books that you can check out about John Lennon. In addition to books, the Music Library has a bunch of Beatles and John Lennon CDs to listen to.