News & Notes

By: bazelejw on: October 22, 2013 10:22 am | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

In honor of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21-25), we will be profiling an influential figure in the scholarly communication landscape each day.

Tuesday, October 22

Jeffrey Beall


  • M.A. (English), Oklahoma State University, 1987
  • M.S.L.S. (Library Science), University of North Carolina, 1990

Current Position

  • Scholarly Initiatives Librarian / Associate Professor, Auraria Library, University of Colorado, Denver

Notable Affiliations

  • Member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing
  • Vice Chancellor's Advisory Committee for Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion (University of Colorado, Denver)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly (2005-2012)
  • Member, Program for Cooperative Cataloging liaison to the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, Subject Analysis Committee (2010-2012)

Notable Publications

Interesting Facts

  • In 2013, Beall's well-known list of predatory publishers prompted a few of the publishers on the list to threaten him with lawsuits.
  • Beall combines his interest in digital photography and Wikipedia by photographing properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Colorado, and uploading them to the corresponding pages in Wikipedia.
  • Beall is a former Peace Corps volunteer and has lived in five states and four foreign countries.

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By: bazelejw on: October 21, 2013 11:17 am | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

In honor of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21-25), we will be profiling an influential figure in the scholarly communication landscape each day.

Monday, October 21

Peter Suber


  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1978
  • J.D., Northwestern University, 1982

Current Positions

  • Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication
  • Director of the Harvard Open Access Project
  • Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
  • Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
  • Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge
  • Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College

Notable Affiliations

  • Member of the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH)
  • Member of the Board of Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Scholarly and Research Communication
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Open Access Directory (OAD)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Open Knowledge Foundation, and the Advisory Council for its Open Definition
  • Member of the OA Advisory Board of Open Humanities Press

Notable Publications

Interesting Facts

  • Considered by many to be the leader of the open access movement.
  • According to Wikipedia, Suber worked as a stand-up comic from 1976-1981, including an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1976.
  • Lingua Franca magazine named Suber one of Academia’s 20 Most Wired Faculty in 1999.
  • With one exception, all of Suber’s publications are open access.

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By: bazelejw on: October 15, 2013 4:24 pm | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

In celebration of Open Access Week (October 21-25), CELTUA and the Miami University Libraries will be presenting a panel discussion "Publish, Don't Perish: The Future of Scholarly Publishing and Open Access".

When: Wednesday, 10/23/13, from 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Where: the Center for Digital Scholarship on the 3rd Floor of King Library.

We will continue the discussion informally at a hosted reception from 4:30-5pm.

What do the phrases "scholarly communication" and "open access" really mean? The term "scholarly communication is frequently used as shorthand for peer-reviewed publishing, traditionally the primary way a discipline advances. However, the phrase actually encompasses many more applications, including how scholars find information, create knowledge, and communicate among themselves, with students, and beyond the academy with other audiences. New digital capabilities including electronic publishing, social media, institutional repositories, and copyright legislation are profoundly impacting traditional scholarly communication. This shifting landscape affects researchers, instructors, students, publishers, scholars, and librarians dramatically. In 2012-2013, the Scholarly Communication FLC discussed these and other issues and will be sharing their thoughts in this moderated panel discussion. All four members of the panel as well as the moderator participated in the FLC.

By: gibsonke on: October 15, 2013 4:14 pm | gibsonke

Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Prize award winning author, died Saturday, October 12. Hijuelos was the first Latino author to be awarded the prize in 1990 for his novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love .
He wrote seven other novels and a memoir, Thoughts Without Cigarettes.

Interested in reading more?
Oscar Hijuelos' Books in the Miami Libraries

By: laddmm on: October 15, 2013 11:59 am | laddmm

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With the many and varied resources in Special Collections, it's always a challenge choosing which ones to focus on for exhibits and special events. This October we will be celebrating two fascinating collections and we hope you will join us.

On Homecoming Saturday, October 19, we'll host a reception for our main exhibit this semester, Cradle of Coaches: A Legacy of Excellence. From 4 to 6 p.m. in the Special Collections Exhibit Gallery and Reading Room, and the adjacent room 320, all on the 3rd floor of King Library, we'll celebrate the legacy of our coaching heritage with an extended exhibit, additional media, and refreshments. At 5 p.m., after a welcome from Interim Dean Jerome Conley, Nick Selvaggio, one of the original donors of the Cradle of Coaches Archive, will talk about the origin of the collection. Then Johnathan Cooper, the exhibit curator, will lead guests on a guided tour of the exhibit.

On the following Wednesday, October 23, at 4 p.m., Miami alumnus and former NBC vice president Rick Ludwin will give the inaugural Annual Special Collections Lecture. Each year this new lecture series will highlight one of our many special collections.

“STUDIO 14,” Miami University Television and Radio, 1966-1970, will highlight the Rick Ludwin Collection, which includes recordings of Miami radio and television productions made during Ludwin’s student days. The lecture is being presented in honor of Professor Emeritus William Utter, former faculty sponsor. It will be held in King 320 and will be followed by a reception at 5 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public. Please join us to learn more about the amazing resources available here in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections.

Elizabeth Brice
Assistant Dean for Technical Services and Head, Special Collections & Archives

L-R Rick Ludwin, Richard Hackney, Eric Goodyear.  November 14, 1966.
L-R Rick Ludwin, Richard Hackney, Eric Goodyear. November 14, 1966.

By: micheljp on: October 14, 2013 11:02 am | micheljp @jpmichel

Congratulations to Instagrammer mkkuchers! Her Instagram of King Library has won the Instagram Contest!

By: hartsea on: October 11, 2013 2:59 pm | hartsea

Celebrate National Coming Out Day by checking out the materails available in our new LGBT Thought and Culture database.  This online resource contains books, periodicals, and archival materials documenting LGBT political, social and cultural movements throughout the twentieth century and into the present day. The collection includes documents ranging from letters, speeches, interviews, and ephemera covering the political evolution of gay rights as well as memoirs, biographies, poetry, letters and works of fiction that illuminate the lives of lesbians, gays, transgendered, and bisexual individuals and the community. You can browse by works, authors, topics, archival collections, and material type.  You can also do a search for things like text, transcripts and notes, series, publisher, and language.  

By: micheljp on: October 08, 2013 11:18 am | micheljp @jpmichel

OK, so it's not enough that the Govt. shutdown has apparently permanently frozen up the Census site (Tip - Census data is still available in the Simply Map database

Now the Local Market Audience Analyst module (which is under the green toolbar on the left hand side of the in the SRDS database) ( is also causing difficulties. While the other parts of the SRDS Database (in the green toolbar section) will work with any browser, the Local Market Audience Analyst (LMAA) module will ONLY work with Internet Explorer as the browser. NOW, it will NOT work with the latest version of IE (10) which of course everyone's machines automatically updated to when it became available.

The workaround involves using something called Compatibility mode in Internet Explorer. The trick is you need to already be on the Local Market Audience Analyst page in the SRDS database. Once you are there, then go up to the top toolbar in IE and click on the Tools link. Open that up and there should be a choice called Compatibility Mode. Check that box and the Local market Audience Analyst should work.

By: hartsea on: October 07, 2013 2:43 pm | hartsea

As part of our Muslim Journeys programming, we will be showing a series of films in October and November.

All films will be on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in King 320, except our October 23rd film.  Our October 23rd film will be on Wednesday at 6:30 pm in King 114.

Join us for the film, a brief discussion afterwards, and some light refreshments!

Koran by Heart


Koran By Heart
October 15, 2013
6:30-8:30 pm
King 320

Every year, about one hundred of Islam’s best young students from around the world come to Cairo for the International Holy Koran Competition. Many are in their late teens, some as young as seven. Koran by Heart follows the progress of three scholars, a girl and two boys, all ten years old, as they compete against students who, in some instances, are nearly twice their age.

Inside Mecca


Inside Mecca
October 23, 2013
6:30-8:30 pm 
King 114

Each year millions of travelers flock to Mecca, undertaking the Hajj, or pilgrimage, required of all devout Muslims. Few people outside of Islam, however, have seen this ancient and sacred city. This program offers an unprecedented look at the birthplace of Muhammad and the rituals that bring together the followers of the world’s fastest-growing religion.

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World


Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World
October 29, 2013
6:30-8:30 pm
King 320

This film takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and more than 1,400 years of history. It explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings, and metal work. It revels in the use of color and finds commonalities in a shared artistic heritage with the West and East. The film also examines the unique ways in which Islamic art turns calligraphy and the written word into masterpieces and develops water into an expressive, useful art form.

Prince Among Slaves


Prince Among Slaves
November 12, 2013 
6:30-8:30 pm
King 320

In 1788, the slave ship Africa set sail from West Africa, headed for the West Indies filled with a profitable but highly perishable cargo—hundreds of men, women, and children bound in chains. Six months later, one of its human cargo, a twenty-six-year-old man named Abdul Rahman, was transported and sold in Natchez, Mississippi. According to legends that developed around Abdul Rahman in antebellum America, he made the remarkable claim to the farmer who purchased him at the auction that he was an “African prince” and that his father would pay gold for his return. The offer was refused, and Abdul Rahman did not return to Africa for another forty years. During his enslavement he toiled on the Foster plantation, married, and fathered nine children. His story also made him one the most famous Africans in America for a time, attracting the attention of powerful men such as Secretary of State Henry Clay.

By: micheljp on: October 07, 2013 12:35 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

Dr. Richard Stallman will be giving a free and open lecture on Tuesday, October 8th at 7pm in Taylor Auditorium. The lecture is sponsored by the College of Engineering and Computing, AIMS and the University Libraries.

Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system (see in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, with or without changes. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today. Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award, and the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several doctorates honoris causa, and has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.