News & Notes

By: micheljp on: September 04, 2013 1:17 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

<p>Welcome back everyone! Have we got some cool new stuff for all of you. Let's just do a quick rundown:</p>
<li><h2>Nexus 10s for Checkout</h2>
<p>Go to the circulation desks to use these amazing new tablets.</p></li>
<li><h2>Google Cloud Print</h2>
<p>Seamlessly print from your own devices with Google Cloud Print. The Miami University Libraries Google Cloud Printing service is now available. Simply click one of the links below to use our public printers with your Google account on any device that runs Google Chrome(PC/MAC/ANDROID/iOS)<p>
<li>King Printers</li>
<li><a href="">King-B&amp;W</a></li>
<li><a href="">King-Color</a></li>

<li>Best Printers</li>
<li><a href="">Best-Color</a></li>
<li><a href="">Best-B&amp;W</a></li>

<li>Music Printers</li>
<li><a href="">AMOS-B&amp;W</a></li>
<li><a href="">AMOS-Color</a></li>

<li>Art and Architecture Printers</li>
<li><a href="">ALU-LIB-COLOR</a></li>
<li><a href="">ALU-LIB-B&amp;W</a></li>
<li><h2>Google Indoor Maps</h2>
<p>Having trouble finding your way around the libraries? Simply open up Google Maps on your iOS or Android device, zoom in to your location and you will see a full, detailed map of the library you are in. First on campus to offer this service.</p></li>
<li><h2>Universal Charging Stations</h2>
<p>Don't you hate it when your phone dies when you're pulling an all-nighter in King or staying late in at BEST? We've got you covered with universal charging stations for your devices strategically placed throughout King and BEST. Check 'em out!</p></li>
<li><h2>Dell Touch Screen PCs</h2>
<p>10 new Windows 8 touchscreen PCs have been set up between King and BEST libraries. Check out these sweet new machines!</p></li>

By: luceyka on: August 21, 2013 3:58 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: laddmm on: July 26, 2013 12:15 pm | laddmm

I am excited to announce the release of our first wholly digital exhibit: A Gift of History!

This exhibit features the original 19th century Miami annuity rolls which were donated by Margaret Sue Strass to the Myaamia Heritage Museum and Archive. Part of the agreement to the donation was that the rolls would be kept at Miami University, here in Special Collections, to be viewed by interested scholars, students, and Myaamia for genealogical research.

There are 35 sheets, each 2.5 x 1.5 feet in size

The rolls donated include:

  • Myaamia annuity, 1880
  • Myaamia annuity, 1881
  • Eel River annuity, 1880
  • Eel River annuity, 1881
  • Myaamia census, 1882
  • Myaamia census, 1882, duplicates
  • Eel River census, 1882

To make them more accessible, we digitized the rolls and they became the foundation of our new Myaamia Collection Online - a resource that is already receiving new donations. While we are excited at the prospect of further expanding the collection, we wanted to commemorate the original gift of the annuity rolls that was its beginning.

Each page incorporates the CONTENTdm compound object viewer, allowing you to navigate the roll

For some time, Elias Tzoc in the Center for Digital Scholarship and I had discussed developing an exhibit in Omeka, but we were limited by Omeka's difficulty in managing compound objects like the annuity rolls, each comprising several sheets of paper. However, in a stroke of genius, Elias was able to import the compound object viewer from the Myaamia Collection Online in CONTENTdm to the Omeka platform, allowing us to move forward with the exhibit you now see. This exhibit demonstrates the power of open source platforms like Omeka, allowing designers to import and adapt tools to their specific needs.

In addition to the rolls themselves, the exhibit also details the importance of the time for the Miamis in Indiana when these rolls were compiled: in 1881, 63 registered Miami were granted citizenship to the state of Indiana and the United States, making them the last large group of Miamis in the state to receive citizenship to the United States. The exhibit also provides information on the process by which we digitized the rolls and created a digital collection around them.

Each roll's page links to the item in the Myaamia Collection Online, including a full metadata record

This was my first major project here in Special Collections and it has been a fascinating (and, yes, sometimes frustrating) process to bring the collection and this exhibit together, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have worked with these rolls. I would like to thank Elias, Jody, John, and Lori for their help with the project, and invite you all to explore this fascinating gift of history.

Marcus Ladd
Special Collections Librarian

By: tullykk on: July 23, 2013 3:03 pm | tullykk

We're happy to announce that the processing of the John H. James Collection, one of our largest manuscript collections, has been completed and finding aids for the collection are now available online.  The finding aids were written by two of our graduate assistants, Adrienne Chudzinski and Stacy Haberstroh, both Miami history graduate students, and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude for their work processing the collection.

John Hough James (1800-1881) was a native of Urbana, Ohio and a graduate of Cincinnati College.  Referred to as the "Buckeye Titan" by his biographers, William E. and Ophia D. Smith, James was a lawyer, banker, railroad builder, scientific farmer, stockbreeder, legislator, politician, editor, lecturer and writer.  A friend of both Henry Clay and William Henry Harrison, James advised Whig leaders in the General Assembly of Ohio and in the United States Congress in his work as a lawyer and politician.  James was a pioneer in the development of western banking and transportation. He was treasurer and president of the Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad, helping to build one of the earliest railroads in the country. He also pursued farming and stockbreeding. James founded Urbana University, the first Swedenborgian college in the world, giving the land for the campus and serving as a lifelong trustee for the institution.

John H. James married Abigail Bailey, the daughter of Revolutionary War printer Frances Bailey, in 1825 and the couple had four children.  Abigail and her children feature prominently in the collection and the family's letters to each other detail everyday domestic life for a close-knit, upper middle class family in nineteenth century Ohio.

Efforts until recently were largely focused on cataloging James's personal library, a rich collection of 17th-19th century European and American imprints. His personal papers, including diaries kept over sixty years of his life, extensive family correspondence, and business documents were available for research, but, until now, lacked comprehensive finding aids for interested scholars to use remotely before visiting the collection.  The collection opens up many avenues for historical inquiry on a variety of topics in the study of nineteenth century American life and culture, including political, economic, gender, social, and religious history.

In many ways, our newly available finding aids build on James's own meticulous organization of his diaries, correspondence, and business records.  He bound and labeled family correspondence and business correspondence annually and, it is safe to say, that he kept the originals or copies of almost every letter or document that crossed his desk, both at home and in his office.  When a house fire threatened his entire collection of personal records a year before his death, James dutifully described the incident in his diary entry dated May 12, 1880: “This diary business seems to be well nigh run out. Yesterday as I sat at my bedroom desk writing, I heard the crack of fire in my closet where I have kept all my diaries and my files of letters. A glass lamp was burning there on the top of my drawers and heating a little can of water hung above it. A fire happened, the lamp burst and spread its infernal fluid and the fierce flame ascended and spread. Nobody to blame. A loud call for my granddaughter Nelly, and for water, brought help.... My letter books burned in volumes (by the only hand I would trust). From 1814-1871 several were scorched and one or two more than scorched- and all my diaries from 1821- 1878 injured in the burning ... The worst of all, the first volume of letters from my son while in the army, written out by me from the letters when he first entered, so burned that I may not be able to replace it.”

Though much of the collection still bears the scars from that fateful fire, thousands of letters and documents, along with most of the diaries James kept between 1821 and 1881, are safe now here in Special Collections and I'd like to think that James himself would be very pleased with our stewardship of his collections.

Kimberly Tully
Special Collections Librarian

By: bomholmm on: August 27, 2013 4:19 pm | bomholmm

Google has released a native Windows Print Driver giving users access to cloud printing from desktop apps like Microsoft Word on their Windows PCs.

The cloud print driver will be available on all library PCs.

By: bomholmm on: July 23, 2013 2:29 pm | bomholmm

Miami University Libraries are now available in Google Indoor Maps. King Library,  Werts Art & Architecture Library, Music Library, Best Library(coming soon).

Indoor maps are best viewed in Google maps for Android or iOS(latest update).

By: hartsea on: July 16, 2013 8:55 am | hartsea

We have a new five volume set called African American Writing.  It's edited by A. Robert Lee and can be checked out from the second floor of King.  The call number is PS153.N5 A3368 2013.

The editor of this work is considered a leader in the field. He is Professor of American Literature at Nihon University, Tokyo.  Other books by A. Robert Lee include Designs of Blackness: Mappings in the Literature and Culture of Afro-AmericaBlack Fiction: New Studies in the Afro-American Novel since 1945, and Multicultural American Literature: Comparative Black, Native, Latino/a and Asian American Fictions.

This set is noteworthy because being five volumes long, it is able to trace African American writing from slave texts to recent Nobel Prize winning novels. Each volume includes different parts. Volume One includes African American literary-cultural statements, Overviews, and Theory perspectives.  Volume Two includes Oral tradition and legacy, Literary critiques and slavery studies, and Early and reconstruction African American texts.  Volume Three includes New Negro and Harlem Renaissance, Richard Writing, Chester Himes, Ann Petry, Frank Yerby, Margaret Walker, and John A. Williams, and finally Ellison and Baldwin.  Volume Four covers Modern African American fiction.  Volume five includes Modern African American poetry, African American drama, and African American autobiography.  Each part includes different essays written by scholars.

The entire set has a lot of valuable content, but several things especially stand out.  Part One of Volume One includes famous essays and speeches written by writers and intellectuals like Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, LeRoi Jones, and Alice Walker.  Part Four of Volume Two includes a section on oral tradition, an important part of African American culture.  Volume Four is completely devoted to Modern African American fiction, so you get essays about not just the major names like Toni Morrison, but also essays about various other important writers, such as Ishmael Reed, Paule Marshall, Ernest Gaines, Octavia Butler, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Edwidge Danticat, etc.

There is also a selective historical chronology and a very extensive bibliography of African American writing.  Anyone wanting to learn more about African American writing would benefit from checking out this set of criticism.  Many important writers, theories, themes, and criticism are represented in these volumes.

By: bomholmm on: August 27, 2013 4:26 pm | bomholmm

Seamlessly print from your own devices with Google Cloud Print. The Miami University Libraries Google Cloud Printing service is now available. Simply click one of the links below to use our public printers with your Google account on any device that runs Google Chrome(PC/MAC/ANDROID/iOS).

King Printers

Best Printers

Music Printers

Art and Architecture Printers

More info on Google Cloud Printing

By: micheljp on: June 20, 2013 11:11 am | micheljp @jpmichel

We are happy to announce that we are currently in the midst of a trial of a new innovative iPad app titled Browzine. Go to the App Store and download it now for free and log in via your Miami University credentials. It allows Miami University students and faculty to:

  1. Easily read complete scholarly journals in a format that is optimized for tablet devices
  2. Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals
  3. Be alerted when new editions of journals are published
  4. Easily save to Zotero, Mendeley, Dropbox and other services

This is a very slick new product. Take a look and let us know what you think! Email Jason Michel @ with questions and comments.

By: hartsea on: June 20, 2013 11:01 am | hartsea

We have a new four volume set called Asian American Literature.  It's edited by David Leiwei Li and can be checked out from the second floor of King. The call number is PS508.A8 A74 2012.

The editor of this book is a Professor of English, and Collins Professor of the Humanities, at the University of Oregon.  His other books include Globalization and the Humanities and Imagining the Nation: Asian American Literature and Cultural Consent.

This set focuses on valuable criticism.  As the editor explains in the introduction, "Students and scholars of Asian American literature should therefore consider this set of Asian American criticism a vital first-stop research and pedagogical resource from which to embark on further explorations" (23).

Each volume covers on a different aspect of literature.  Volume One covers Literary History: Criticism and Theory, Volume Two covers Prose: Fiction and Non-Fiction, Volume Three covers Poetry, and Volume Four covers Drama and Performance. 

The essays included here are written by a variety of critics, including Lisa Nakamura, Angela C. Pao, Cheryl Higashida, Gary Y. Okihiro, etc. Some of the authors that are analyzed in these essays include Maxine Hong Kingston, Gish Jen, Ha Jin, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ruth Ozeki, Laurence Yep, Amy Tan, Chay Yew, Myung Mi Kim, etc.