News & Notes

By: wallerjl on: May 18, 2016 4:35 pm | wallerjl @@jenniferwaller

Image of open three-ring binder with headline "Tools for Measuring Research Impact"Are you working on your dossier and need to demonstrate the impact your work has made? Don’t know the difference between an impact factor and an Eigenfactor? Not sure how to find out which journals in your field are the best? This workshop is for you! Workshop presenters will provide an overview of established and alternative methods for assessing the influence of published scholarship.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 3:00PM – 5:00PM (join at any time)
WHERE: Laws Hall 116 (B.E.S.T. Library)

This workshop will be helpful for faculty members and graduate students in all disciplines.

Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of how to locate and calculate metrics for journal, institutional, and personal research impact, including Journal Impact Factors, h-index, Eigenfactor, social media-based metrics, and more. Participants will also gain an appreciation for the limitations of publication metrics and the varied suitability of different metrics for different academic fields and different types of publications.

We look forward to you joining us!

 

By: wallerjl on: February 16, 2016 5:43 pm | wallerjl @@jenniferwaller

Typewriter image with information about the Libraries' Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE).  Flyer verbiage is: Get Rewarded for Using the Libraries! First Prize 00. Second Prize: $500. Honorable Mention: 00. Are you a sophomore, junior, or senior who has used or is using Library resources (books, research databases, software, librarians, space, and more) to help complete a project? Then YOU are eligible to apply for Miami’s newest competitive award. Spring cycle submissions are due:

The Miami University Libraries are proud to announce the inaugural Libraries’ Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE). This award – open to individual and group projects in all disciplines – focuses on research as a process and the utilization of library-related resources and services.

If you’re a sophomore, junior, or senior who has used (or is using) Library resources to help complete a project, then YOU are eligible to apply for this competitive award. Spring cycle submissions are due March 18, 2016. Award winners will be announced by April 20, 2016, in time for the Undergraduate Research Forum.

Have we mentioned the fantastic prizes?

First Prize: $1000!

Second Prize: $500!

Honorable Mention: $100!

You can find all the information you need, including evaluation criteria and example essays, at the LAURE website at http://libguides.lib.miamioh.edu/LAURE/home, but if you still have questions you can email LAURE@miamioh.edu.

 
By: weavered on: February 09, 2016 2:59 pm | weavered

This week, Amos Music Library and Humanities Librarian Erin Vonnahme present a Spotify playlist that celebrates the rules and regulations of the language we all love (or love to hate). Some of these songs ponder whether or not a list really requires that last comma (we're Team Oxford), while others empathize with those who know the agony of a night spent with a blank Word document. Some tracks just celebrate the pure joy of language. Listen to it the next time you power through the last few pages of your paper.

Find the playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/4Bxo8ypzZS2ZaIK1e0H3I8

Also, don't forget to vote in our 2015 Album poll. The voting form is here: http://goo.gl/forms/iAL7IZdSDI. Voting ends February 12th.

By: vonnahee on: May 02, 2016 4:34 pm | vonnahee

Zines! 
We're beginning a collection. We're hosting workshops to make them here in the Libraries. We're hoping you will join the fun. 
 
Spring 2016 Zine Tuesdays at 2
*First Tuesday of the month |  2 pm | Alumni Hall, Art/Arch Library
Search #ZineTuesdaysAt2  on social media for regular updates & event info.
 
Tuesday, Feb. 2
Tuesday, Mar. 1
Tuesday, Apr. 5
Tuesday, May 3
 
Supplies provided. Creativity welcome.  
 
What's a zine? Let Barnard Library's Zine FAQ tell you a bit. Then, stop by the Libraries to find materials on zines and DIY culture, and always, ask a librarian
 
 
 
Image: workshop participants collating a zine Image: four zines advertising Zine Tuesdays at 2
 
 
By: sullive4 on: February 04, 2016 10:02 am | sullive4 @muElibrarian

We offer statistics help in the B.E.S.T. Library during the following times this semester: 

Mondays : 2:30p - 6p

Tuesdays : 2:30p - 4p

Wednesdays : 2:30p - 6p

Thursdays : 2:30p - 4p

No appointment necessary! Just drop-in!

By: weavered on: January 28, 2016 12:39 pm | weavered

For the third year, Amos Music Library is sponsoring an Album of the Year Poll. Lorde's Pure Heroine won for 2013, and the 2014 recipient was Taylor Swift's 1989. As with those two albums, the winning album for 2015 will be added to the library's Spotlight collection of circulating popular music CDs.
 
This year's 11 nominees were chosen based on the consensus of music critics and year-end sales rankings. Our latest Spotify playlist highlights tracks from each of these releases: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/482pfTr3B30NGnkbPgRYsM
 
 
The poll closes February 12th.
By: sullive4 on: January 27, 2016 9:20 am | sullive4 @muElibrarian

In a class that has you using some statistical software? Completely confused? Whether you can't get software to do what you want, you don't quite understand what the software's actually doing, or you want to talk through a problem with someone, stop by our Stats Help Desk located in B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall) for help from a qualified associate! Beginning Monday, February 1, the desk will be staffed during the following hours this semester:

Mondays : 2:30p - 6p

Tuesdays : 2p - 3:30p

Wednesdays : 2:30p - 6p

Thursdays : 2p - 3:30p

No appointment necessary! Just drop-in!

By: vonnahee on: January 11, 2016 9:20 am | vonnahee

Don't forget, David Bowie was an actor, too. Check out some of his select work and look beyond the Labyrinth codpiece.  He was Tesla. He played a space-time-traumatized FBI agent for David Lynch. He lent his voice to Spongebob Squarepants (season 5, ep. "Atlantis Squarepantis"). Because of course. He's David Bowie. He can do whatever he wants.  

Start here, but don't stop here. Watch the weird and wonderful career of an artist who wasn't bound by medium (only fabulous costume design and makeup).

RIP David.

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Image: David Bowie 1980 Cross Leg Clown
image via davidbowie.com

 

By: vonnahee on: December 10, 2015 1:43 pm | vonnahee

This week, the Dept. of Film Studies held its First Annual Research Seminar Conference in Williams Hall. Five students presented their work, all of which required diverse research strategies and demonstrated deep critical and analytical thinking (and made me, their subject librarian, really, really proud). PLUS. Did I mention? MOVIES. All the movies. Chilean movies! Polish cinema! Silent films! Die Hard! Ben Affleck's punchable face! 

Below is a list of the films these researchers studied & shared, including access links via Miami U Libraries, OhioLINK, and, in a few cases, WorldCat and the open web.

First Annual Film Studies Research Seminar Conference Viewing List

 

Silent Film, But Not (Always) Silent Women

  • The Wind, Dir. Victor Sjöström (available WorldCat, closest location? U of Cincinnati  Main Campus)

  • The Mysterious Lady, Dir. Fred Niblo (available WorldCat, closest location? Indianapolis Public Library)

Leone’s Contemporary Hollywood

Love is Horrific? Love is Horrific.

  • Let The Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in) Dir. Tomas Alfredson (available OhioLINK)

  • It Follows, Dir. David Robert Mitchell (available OhioLink)

  • Gone Girl, Dir. David Fincher (available Miami U Libraries, King)

A Magical, Mystical Chilean Adventure

all above films dir. by Alejandro Jodorowsky

The Shadow Knows

  • Ugetsu, Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi (available Kanopy streaming video)

  • Rashomon, Dir. Akira Kurosawa (available Kanopy streaming video)

  • Cruel Story of Youth, Dir. Nagisa Oshima (available OhioLINK)

  • Ran, Dir. Akira Kurosawa (available Miami U Libraries, King)

 

Stay tuned for more Recommended Viewing titles.  For now, form an orderly queue, and get watching!

By: laddmm on: December 08, 2015 9:53 am | laddmm

Pages 4 and 5 of the prayer book, with an illumination of Jesus Christ on the left and the first page of text on the right

About a month ago, I put scans of our Ethiopian prayer book online as a new digital collection(you can read all about it below). But now I am excited to announce that we have also added every page of the book to our Flickr account, so if Flickr's your thing be sure to have a look!

Also, I'm still searching for a scholar of the Ge'ez language who can tell me what is actually written in the book, so if you know someone...

The following was originally part of a blog post on the Walter Havighurst Special Collections website:

In 1987, the assistant to the head of Special Collections & Archives, Frances McClure, came back from Kenya with a prayer book she had purchased. She was told it was originally owned by Woldge Georgis, son of Tewoderas who briefly ruled over Ethiopia 1413-1414. It is handwritten and illustrated on animal skin, bound in a wood cover, and was originally kept in a leather satchel. The language it is written in, Ge'ez, is a Semitic language that is no longer spoken but is still used in the liturgy of some Ethiopian churches.

Beyond this, there is little we can say about it, other than that it is a beautifully constructed book, with some amazing artwork. And now we are happy to announce that it is viewable online in its entirety! The entire prayer book may be viewed here, and I encourage you all to take some time to explore the book - I doubt you've seen anything like it before!

The prayer book closed, and the leather satchel it was stored in.