News & Notes

By: vonnahee on: November 12, 2015 10:57 am | vonnahee


New to our holdings for Fall 2015!

The BBC Shakespeare Collection is a series of 37 British television adaptations of the plays of William Shakespeare, created by Cedric Messina and broadcast by BBC Television between 1978 and 1985. Actors featured in these plays include:Laurence Olivier, Brenda Blethyn, Colin Blakely, Leo McKern, John Gielgud, Jonathan Pryce, Michael Hordern, Felicity Kendall, Cyril Cusack, Anthony Andrews, Diana Rigg, John Hurt, Bernard Hill, John Cleese, Trevor Peacock, William Hurt, John Fortune, Robert Lindsay, John Bird, Julia Foster, Annette Crosbie, Zo Wanamaker, Mark Wing-Davey. All plays are close-captioned for accessible viewing. 


Connect to the BBC Shakespeare Collection today!

By: weavered on: November 05, 2015 9:06 pm | weavered

This week's Spotify playlist from Amos Music Library celebrates the music of the Moog. Moog synthesizers were invented by Dr. Robert Moog in the 1960s; they quickly revolutionized the sound of 70s and 80s popular music. Their ubiquitousness was due in part to the fact that they were smaller and cheaper than prior synthesizer models. The Moog was especially popularized by the pioneering work done by composer Wendy Carlos in the late 60s (whose Switched-on Bach is sadly not on Spotify).

Listen here:

New to Spotify? Sign up here There is a free, ad-supported version (or you can pay a monthly fee to go ad-free) and you can listen either via their application or through your browser.


Here's are the lists we've shared so far this year:
Week 1: First Impressions: Great first album tracks
Week 7: ==Fall break==
Week 8: Modern Classical 1920s-2010s: A Spotify playlist
By: weavered on: October 29, 2015 4:23 pm | weavered

Today's playlist from Amos Music Library is a winking tribute to Halloween. We have a mix of classic pop-rock, novelty songs, and horror tv and movie themes both new and old. There're some classic treats as well as a few dorky tricks; we'll just say that an MC Hammer movie theme makes an appearance and leave it at that. The last third of the mix is devoted to the "spookiest" classical music one can find.

Listen here:

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend, everyone.

By: weavered on: October 22, 2015 5:40 pm | weavered

Today Amos Music Library introduces you to one of the most interesting figures of the last 30 years of rock and roll: Nick Cave. Our Spotify playlist moves chronologically from his early band The Birthday Party, through the arty and challenging early days of the post-punk band Nick Cave & the Bad Days, to his latter-day balladry and blues rock. Plus, we've mixed in some of his film soundtrack work (for movies like The Assassination of Jesse James ... and The Road) and his side act Grinderman.

Listen here:

​New to Spotify? Sign up here There is a free, ad-supported version (or you can pay a monthly fee to go ad-free) and you can listen either via their application or through your browser.

More of our playlists:

Guide to Hard Bop

Guide to New Wave & College Rock

Guide to Disco & Hi-NRG

By: wallerjl on: October 22, 2015 11:10 am | wallerjl @@jenniferwaller

Open access is all about making it easier for people to share information – especially scholarly information. By making your articles, presentations, working papers, data, and other research products openly available, your impact reach increases! The easier it is to access your work, the easier it is to cite your work.

Miami’s Scholarly Commons is free to the Miami University community, and its new enhancements make it simple to use.  By uploading your work to the Scholarly Commons, your scholarship will be gathered in one location that will be preserved.

Enhancements to the Scholarly Commons include:

  • A new faculty profile option: Create your own scholar’s profile with picture, bio, C.V., links to social media accounts, research interests, etc.  Your profile seamlessly integrates with your collection of full text articles in the Scholarly Commons.  You’ll get a permanent URL that connects directly to your scholar’s profile.

  • Metrics: As people view and download your works, they are counted.  You can now see how many times your work has been downloaded and which countries have your fans.


  It’s simple and easy to get started, and these short videos show the process step by step:

Or go directly to and log in using your Miami unique I.D. and password.

Would you like more information about the benefits of uploading to the Scholarly Commons? Would your department benefit from a short presentation about the benefits of openly sharing your work?

Contact your liaison librarian who would be happy to work with you!

Happy Open Access Week!  Happy sharing!

By: weavered on: October 15, 2015 8:01 pm | weavered

This week, our playlist explores and celebrates "modern classical" music; here we mean compositions that pushed the art of music forward during the past 100 years. Our list begins with Sibelius' Symphony No. 7 (1924), which is Romantic in style. However, its innovative form (a one-movement symphony) is indicative of the modern urge to challenge tradition and expectations. The pieces that follow are by no means easy listening, but they are certainly powerful. Several of them are in remembrance of historical tragedies. 

Listen here:

Here is some basic info on the tracks you'll find:

1920s Sibelius - Symphony No. 7 (1924)
1930s Orff - Carmina Burana: O Fortuna (1935)
1940s Schoenberg - A Survivor from Warsaw (1948)
1950s Messiaen - Catalogue d'oiseaux: Le Chocard des Alpes (1956-8)
1960s Penderecki - Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima (1960)
1970s Part - Tabula Rasa (1977)
1980s Glass - String Quartet No. 2 ("Company") (1983)
1990s Carter - Symphonia (1993-96)
2000s Adams - On the Transmigration of Souls (2002)
2010s Luther Adams - Become Oceans (2013)
By: weavered on: September 30, 2015 3:03 pm | weavered

For this week's playlist we asked our staff and student employees to recommend music they love, with an emphasis on the odd and interesting. We compiled the available tracks into a Spotify playlist, and we'll say with all due modesty that it's spectacular. 

It is, however, exclusively for the musically adventurous. We have live funk, folktronica, art rock, post-grunge, funeral doom metal, turbo-folk, and bluegrass ... and that's just the first 7 tracks. There's more, including modern opera, Irish folk, jazz, indie folk, whatever one would call what The Shaggs are doing, and the best 1 1/3 second song you'll ever hear.

Here's are the lists we've shared so far this year:
Week 1: First Impressions: Great first album tracks
By: weavered on: September 23, 2015 2:51 pm | weavered

Midpoint Musical Festival is an annual event in Cincinnati, dedicated to celebrating the best of contemporary music. This year's festival is happening this weekend (September 25, 26, and 27). 120 bands will play on 10 different stages; most shows are in the Over-the-Rhine region, with headliners performing in Washington Park. 2015 performers include Purity Ring, Ride, Iron & Wine, Sylvan Esso, and Tune-Yards. JR JR (formerly Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr) play a free album release show at 5 PM on Friday. You can learn more (and buy tickets) here:

This week's playlist from Amos Music Library highlights some of notable bands playing this year's festival. Perhaps you'll discover something new! Hear here:

​And you can explore some of our past lists, as well:

In My Time of Dying: 10 versions of one classic song

Guide to Postrock

Guide to 90s Alternative Rock

By: weavered on: September 17, 2015 3:33 pm | weavered

Here's a playlist highlighting some of the best past and present Ohio musicians (or least acts with significant Ohio roots). The list ranges from classics like Cincinnati's Isley Brothers and Akron's Devo to more recent stars like The Black Keys (also from Akron) and Cincinnati's Walk the Moon. Two of the featured bands hailed from Oxford (The Lemon Pipers [60s] and 12 Rods [90s]).

Listen here:

​Or check out some of Amos Music Library's other lists:

Guide to Protopunk & Punk

Guide to Postpunk & Hardcore

Originals & Covers

By: laddmm on: September 16, 2015 5:05 pm | laddmm

Crucial Perimeter 1 by Islam Aly

Crucial Perimeter 1 by Islam Aly

With the new school year beginning, we are excited to roll out our Fall 2015 exhibit: The Creative Codex: Books as Art in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections! Curated by Preservation Librarian Ashley Jones and Curator of Special Collections Carly Sentieri, it is a visually enthralling exhibit focusing on the physical book itself as a work of art. However, displaying these materials which focus not on printed content but on the objects themselves raises a unique challenge in how to display artist's books behind glass. To address this challenge, Ashley and I decided to create a three-dimensional image of one of books which could be used as part of the exhibit. The item we chose was Islam Aly's Crucial Perimeter 1, Ashley's favorite book in the exhibit. After a bit of research, we went with Autodesk's 123D Catch as a free option for rendering a 3D object out of a series of photographs.

Ashley Jones preparing the book to be suspended with fishing wire for the photo shoot.

Ashley Jones preparing the book to be suspended with fishing wire for the photo shoot

The first question was how to capture the book at every angle. Given that its spine is designed to bend like a Slinky, we had to make sure it was at the same curve for every shot at every angle. We settled on suspending it from the ceiling to be able to photograph it at every angle without having to adjust it. After creating secure bindings to ensure no excessive strain was being placed on the book, we used fishing line to hang the book.

The book hanging from the ceiling in Preservation, ready to be photographed

The book hanging from the ceiling in Preservation, ready to be photographed

Once suspended, I was able to photograph the book at every angle. In the end, it took 70 photos to create the 3D rendering. Overall, 123D Catch does a pretty impressive job of automatically stitching the individual photos together into a 3D model, but sometimes it needed help. Given the symmetry of the book, sometimes it struggled to understand which side was which. Also, while I thought to scatter some materials on the floor below the book to help identify the angles of the photos, I didn't plan for how to manage the repetitive ceiling patterns, which resulted in the photos from below the book being the most problematic in stitching together.

Manual stitching in 123D Catch

Manual stiching in 123D Catch

But when all was said and done, we were able to create a nice little 3D digital version of the artist's book. 123D Catch was able to then turn this into a YouTube video which we now have running on a screen as part of the exhibit and which you watch in King 321 or on YouTube The edges are a little rough, which I would have liked to be able to clean up more but Autodesk's 3D object editor Meshmixer was unable to process the object and in the end we had to accept the version 123D Catch rendered. But we're still pretty happy with the job it does showing the viewer how Aly created such a fascinating object. The Creative Codex is on display in King 321 until December 11, 2015. A reception will be held Thursday, October 22, from 4-6 PM in King 320. A tour of the exhibit will be included, as well as a guest lecture by Diane Stemper, a local artist whose works are featured in the exhibit.

Marcus Ladd

Special Collections Digital Librarian