News & Notes

By: hartsea on: March 18, 2013 10:39 am | hartsea


As you may know, there's currently a writing contest going on here at Miami University.  It's called the Armstrong Student Center Great Seal Writing Contest.  The deadline is April 2nd.  Part of the essay requirement is to talk about the following ideas: "In your Miami experience, what wisdom have you gained from the University’s heritage that you would like to pass on? In other words, what values, beliefs, and experiences connect 'Old Miami' and 'New Miami'?" 

To help you think about how to answer these questions, the Howe Writing Center and the Miami University Libraries are sponsoring a "Writing Your Way Into Miami History Workshop".

 The workshop will be held in King Library 320 on the following dates and times:

Tues, March 19,  6-7 pm

Wed, March 27, 6-7 pm 

Please consider coming to one of these nights.  You can bring a draft of your essay, or just come to get ideas and tips for how to write it.  Some of the topics to be addressed during the workshop will be:

  • Knowing your audience for the contest
  • Glimpses of Miami history, “Old Miami, New Miami”
  • Idea generation for your contest entry
  • Draft feedback

We also have a guide to Miami History that you might find helpful.  Some of the links on this guide include the digital Miami Student, the Frank Snyder photo collection, and the Miami University Archives.

By: tullykk on: February 19, 2013 10:20 am | tullykk

Miami University Libraries will be celebrating Black History Month with its 24th Annual African American Read-In on Wednesday, February 20th between 11 and 2 in the Howe Writing Center, located on the first floor of King Library.  Participants in the Read-In often read poetry and fictional prose, but many choose to read from non-fiction sources, such as memoirs, historical documents, and speeches.  It's a great opportunity to highlight the struggles and triumphs that define the African American experience.  Miami's Special Collections department houses many items, both print and manuscript, that help to illuminate African American history for us today.  Among the materials related to African American history in our collections are print and manuscript sources on slavery and the abolition movement, the Civil War, and the civil rights movement.

In addition to print slave narratives and anti-slavery pamphlets and periodicals, one of the highlights of our Miscellanea Collection is a letter, dated December 19, 1831, from Catharine Sedgwick to Lydia Maria Child in reply to Child's query of why Sedwick was not an abolitionist.  Both women were established novelists and Child would later publish An Appeal in Favor of Those Americans Called Africans (1833) and edit Harriet Ann Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861), two landmark abolitionist works.  Catharine Sedgwick had been raised by Elizabeth Freeman, a former slave who in a famous legal case was able to gain her freedom through the Massachusetts courts in 1781.

Though our history collections are generally stronger for the nineteenth century and earlier, some of our most interesting twentieth century materials are related to African Americans' struggle for civil rights.  Among these resources are several pamphlets published by the Communist Party promoting racial equality, promotional literature for the Urban League of New York, and publications of other important civil rights organizations like the Southern Regional Council and the NAACP.  One of my favorites is the NAACP's 1963 publication of the speeches of the leaders of that year's March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, including Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

This semester students in Dr. Nishani Frazier's History 206, the research and methods class, are studying African American history and the class visited Special Collections to view many of the materials described above.  It's always a pleasure to talk to students about the resources available to them in Special Collections and even more rewarding when the students return to use the collection for their research.

Kimberly Tully
Special Collections Librarian

By: hartsea on: February 18, 2013 9:48 am | hartsea

Do you know the difference between an impact factor and an Eigenfactor? Do you know how to find out which journals in your field are considered the most influential? If not, then you might want to come to an upcoming workshop called "Journal Citation Reports and Other Tools for Preparing Your Dossier". This workshop is designed for faculty and graduate students who want to learn more about the citation tools available to help them. We'll cover the basics of Journal Citation Reports, discuss the useful tools in Web of Science, and realizing that not all journals are covered in JCR and WoS, we’ll also cover tools such as SciMago, Publish or Perish, Google Scholar, and WorldCat Identities. We will also explore new altmetric tools like ImpactStory and Mendeley.

By the end of the session we hope you’ll have gained:

• Awareness of the different tools available

• Understanding of the value of these different citation analysis tools

• Ability to select the best tool for any given task

• Understanding of vocabulary like impact factors

• Skills to gather citation information and include them in your promotion documents

This workshop is designed to be informative for all disciplines at Miami, including those in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Sciences.

Lunch will be provided!

Where: King 110

When: February 27th from noon-1:30pm

The agenda for this workshop is as follows. If you can only attend a certain portion of the workshop, that is fine, but please register!

12p-12:30p -- Journal Citation Reports, Eigenfactor, SciMago

12:30-12:35p -- Break/Practice

12:35-12:55p -- Google Scholar, Publish/Perish, WorldCat, Ulrich

12:55-1p -- Break

1p-1:20p -- Altmetrics overview, Altmetrics tools (ImpactStory, Mendeley)

1:20 + time for practice, consultation, questions

Register here:

By: alfordem on: February 11, 2013 3:11 pm | alfordem

As Presidents’ Day approaches, celebrate and honor some former leaders of the United States. Check out the various maps, guides, and histories of some nearby presidential sites and memorials. The five places listed below are each within five hours from Miami University and would make perfect day or weekend trips. Under each site listed is a link to the official website, along with a link to a print publication located in Government Information, King Library, Ground Floor.

So pack the car, fill up the gas tank, and stop by to check out some literature on your next road trip destination!


Fort Benjamin Harrison (Indianapolis, IN)

A history of Fort Benjamin Harrison, 1903-1982


Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site (Larue, KY)

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site, Kentucky: official map and guide


Lincoln Boyhood: National Memorial (Lincoln City, IN)

Lincoln Boyhood: National Memorial, Indiana


James A. Garfield National Historic Site (Mentor, OH)

James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Ohio


William Howard Taft National Historic Site (Cincinnati, OH)

Brick walks: William Howard Taft National Historic Site: Cincinnati, Ohio


William Howard Taft National Historic Site (less than one hour away!)

By: tullykk on: February 07, 2013 3:47 pm | tullykk

Miami University Libraries and the Howe Center for Writing Excellence celebrate National Black History Month with the 24th Annual African American Read-In on Wednesday, February 20th. The Read-In encourages the celebration of all aspects of the African American experience, including the reading of selections from all literary genres, the display of artistic works, music and dance performances, and more! Come join us & share some of your own work or anything that recognizes the talent, contribution, or experience of African Americans. Refreshments will be provided so please pass the word & join us Wednesday, February 20th between 11am & 2pm, first floor King Library, Howe Writing Center for a multi-faceted Read-In!

For more information, registration, and if you’d like some ideas on things to read, please visit:

Registration is not necessary, but highly encouraged. If you are choosing to share something other than a reading, please let us know your A/V needs when you register. And as always, we welcome those who choose to come, listen, and enjoy.

Please register here:

By: hartsea on: February 07, 2013 3:46 pm | hartsea


The Miami University Libraries Center for Digital Scholarship will be hosting a Digital Humanities Brown Bag series this Spring.  In this series we will view three National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) webinars on topics related to Digital Humanities issues.  Each webinar will be followed by a brief discussion.  Faculty and graduate students are invited to this series.  All sessions will be in King Library, Room 114. Please feel free to bring your lunch!

We will be having our first Digital Humanities Brown Bag series on February 14th from 12:30-2:00.  This first brown bag will be the "Digital Scholarship Seminar: Implications of Data for the 21st-century Humanist" webinar.   It will be a talk by Fred Gibbs, Assistant Professor of History at George Mason University and Director of Digital Scholarship at the Center for History and New Media, on the new challenges in adapting traditional research, dissemination, and teaching practices in digital humanities.

Please check out our Digital Humanities guide for more details. We hope you'll be able to join us!


By: micheljp on: January 24, 2013 2:22 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

The Miami University Libraries migrated to a new catalog software in December. Due to this migration, search results in the classic catalog have become unreliable. Call number and keyword searches are particularly bad, and links to our e-resources are not displaying at all in classic catalog record results. These problems have to be resolved on the vendor side, and the vendor is aware of them.

We highly recommend using the “Books and More” and “Journals” tabs on the web page when searching for books, journals, and e-resources. There is a call number option available in the drop-down menu in the “Books and More” tab, which should provide accurate search results.

If you need assistance finding information or materials please contact the Information Desk via chat, txt, phone or in-person.

Please send questions to

Thank you for your patience during this time.

By: gundyj on: January 25, 2013 2:03 pm | gundyj

It's time to start thinking about filing taxes for 2012.

Paying Taxes

The Miami University Libraries will not be stocking pre-printed tax forms this year due to low utilization and waste due to bulk ordering requirements. However staff in the Government Information & Law Department will print copies of any forms or instructions for you at your request.

If you would prefer pre-printed forms, select forms can be obtained at the Oxford branch of the Lane Libraries.

All tax forms and electronic payment instructions are available online for Federal, Ohio, and local Oxford/Butler County taxes.

International Students working in the US will likely need to file a 1040 NR form. The 1040 NR can be printed from the IRS website.

Where does all the money go?

If you are interested in where your tax dollars will be spent, the Treasury Department publishes annually the General Explanations of the Administration’s Revenue Proposals otherwise known as the Green Book. The Green Book is a general outline of what the current adminstration would like to see Federal income put twoards. The Treasury Department also has tax policy information and data about the US economy available on their website. The Miami University Libraries have exstensive current and historical Treasury Department publications available. The IRS has statistics on practically every aspect of Federal taxes available on their website.

The White House Federal Taxpayer Receipt should be updated for 2012 later this year.

By: alfordem on: March 15, 2013 10:49 am | alfordem

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 21st. It is a day to honor the life and work of a man who strived to improve the civil rights of our nation. Listed below are a number of films about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy:

Martin Luther King, Jr "I have a dream."

Citizen King

Martin, the Emancipator: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King

Memphis Dreams: Searching for the Promised Land

A Day to remember, August 28, 1963

Great Speeches Volume V

These and many others are located in the Instructional Materials Center.

While nearby, be sure to check out some other materials not only on King, Jr. and his day of honor, but also on the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site! (Attention Education Majors: Be sure to take a look at the lesson plans and teacher guides this website offers), located at 450 Auburn Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30312.

A print map of the site, along with these additional materials, can be found in the Government Information and Law collection, King Library, Ground Floor:

Now is the Time: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: Make it a Day On, not a Day Off

Living the dream, let freedom ring!: The National Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration, Monday, January 15, 1990

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of service--January 18, 1999 "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve."

By: hartsea on: January 09, 2013 11:00 am | hartsea

Richard Blanco will be the first Latino Inaugural Poet. At President Obama's Inaugural celebration he will read a poem that he will write for the occasion. If you are interested in reading more about his selection, check out this New York Times article and this NPR interview.  You might also be interested in his personal website.

You might want to check out several of his poetry collections to become familiar with his style before he reads his new poem:

Looking for the Gulf Motel.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3552.L36533 L66 2012

Directions to the Beach of the Dead.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3552.L36533 D57 2005

City of a Hundred Fires.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3552.L36533 C58 1998