News & Notes

By: micheljp on: February 09, 2011 11:22 am | micheljp @jpmichel

The Miami University Libraries are currently administering usability tests for certain aspects of the library web site. We are seeking undergraduate students to help us with these tests. Students will be asked to interact with library interfaces and their actions will help us create better user environments. The test will take approximately 30 minutes. We are offering $10 King Café gift certificates for participants.

If interested please contact User Experience Librarian, Jason Michel at

By: micheljp on: February 09, 2011 11:02 am | micheljp @jpmichel

Come to the IMC in the basement of King to check out the Oscar nominated film about Facebook, The Social Network, directed by David Fincher and starring Jesse Eisenberg. While you here see what other films we go in store for you!

By: micheljp on: February 08, 2011 9:15 am | micheljp @jpmichel

Today marks the 183rd birthday of French author Jules Verne. Verne is known for his early science fiction works, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, A Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in Eighty Days. King Library has a boatload of Verne books. Come check 'em out!

English language Verne titles
French language Verne titles

By: tzoce_2 on: January 26, 2011 10:35 am | tzoce_2

The Miami University Libraries Diversity Cluster would like to invite you to the 22nd Annual African American Read-In on Monday, February 7, 2011 between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. in King Library 320.

The African American Read-In has been an important component of the communities of Oxford and Miami University's Black History Month activities. It is through the participation and support of the university and the community that this event has been an ongoing success throughout the years.

Readers and listeners are what make the day. You can bring a selection by an African-American author or just come and listen! Selected books will also be available at the event.

For updates and details, please visit the Read-In’s website:

A registration form is also available at:

We look forward to seeing you at the Read-In on February the 7th!

By: micheljp on: September 12, 2012 2:40 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

Have you ever found a book in the library and thought, "Hmm...this book is great, what else has this author written" or "This book is just what i'm looking really helps me write this paper, what are some other similar books out there that would also be helpful?" Well, the Miami University Libraries are embarking on a project to help answer those questions. In the near future, we will be embedding QR codes on the inside covers of select books throughout the library system. These QR codes, when scanned with your mobile phone, will direct you to a page on our mobile site which lists other books by the same author, books on the same topic and even reviews of the work!! In addition, the codes will provide you with suitable journal articles on the subject!! Be on the lookout for these codes! Go here for a detailed explanation of QR Codes and the MU LIbraries. If you have any questions please contact Kobby or Jason

UPDATE ON PROJECT [9-12-12] This pilot project was designed to open up the libraries’ collection in an innovative way by affixing QR codes to some of the most frequently used books, based on circulation data. It was also a way to market the Libraries’ resources. The codes linked to dynamically generated mobile-friendly pages that featured book reviews for the particular title as well as links to related books and articles. The reviews, related books and articles were all search results from the Libraries catalog and research databases displayed automatically on the pages . These search results could be achieved by anyone by using a computer. So the QR code was just for marketing and accessibility purposes and convenience. The project was not implemented fully as expectations were not met. The expenditure of human resources was deemed too costly for the incremental benefit for our students.

By: johnsoj on: January 19, 2011 9:32 am | johnsoj

The Western College Memorial Archives houses materials from Western College Female Seminary and Western College for Women 1853-1974.

Western Female Seminary was founded in 1853 as the 'western representation' of Mt. Holyoke in Massachusetts, with its dual vision of missionary zeal and low-cost yet high quality education for women. Strongly supported by the leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Oxford, classes began in 1855 with Helen Peabody, a Mt. Holyoke graduate, as principal. In 1894, Western became "The Western: a College and Seminary for Women; in 1904, the word "seminary" was dropped and Western became "The Western College for Women." The school merged with Miami University in 1974.

The Western College Memorial Archives are located in 16 Peabody Hall. Materials from the Archive do not circulate. You may visit Monday - Friday, 1 pm - 5 pm or contact Jacky Johnson at or call 513.529.9695

The book the Western College for Women 1853-1953 by Narka Nelson is an excellent resource about the college's history Western History It provides a broad outline of events at Western such as the fires that burned Peabody Hall and the institutions survival during the Civil War.

The Western College for Women 1853-1953 by Narka Nelson gives particular attention to the personalities and incidents that comprise Western's past.

By: johnsoj on: January 19, 2011 9:30 am | johnsoj

Interested in conducting research about Miami University History?

Visit the Miami University Archives

The Archives contains manuscripts, publications, photographs, and artifacts dealing with Miami University history. It also houses many of the surviving records and publications of Oxford College for Women one of the first U.S. Protestant schools to confer the Bachelor of Arts degree upon women.

The Archives is located in the old Withrow Court locker area, directly across from McKie Baseball Field. There is a single, outside, public entrance on the north side of the facility. The Archives is not directly accessible from the Withrow Court building. The hours of operation are 8 am-12 noon and 1 pm-5 pm. If interested in visiting or have for a research question contact Bob Schmidt, University Archivist at or call 513.529.6720

By: micheljp on: January 12, 2011 4:11 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

Welcome back everyone!! We hope you had a fantastic break and hope you have a great spring semester!! Why not enrich this semester with one of our great technology workshops? We're offering great workshops on the latest technologies: iMovie, Photoshop, Podcasting and more.
Take a look at our list of workshops this semester and register!

By: johnsoj on: January 12, 2011 11:15 am | johnsoj

The Miami Years 1809-1959 by Walter Havighurst.

The Miami Years gives particular attention to the personalities and incidents that comprise Miami University's past. There is the story of William Holmes McGuffey who came to Miami in 1825 and compiled his famous McGuffey Reader which would sell 120 million copies and made McGuffey's name as familiar as the alphabet. There are also scenes from such dramatic episodes as the establishment of the Miami Triad of Greek letter fraternities and the infamous Snowball Rebellion.

There is the poignant picture of a college divided by the Civil War when student volunteers for both armies left Miami on the same train. We learn how Miami made the transition to co-education, grew from an enrollment of under 200 students to a major mid-sized university, carried on a war training program for 10,000 Navy personnel during the Second World War, and met the rush of veterans studying under the G. I. Bill after the war.

A nation's growth is reflected in this story of growth of an institution of higher learning. But along with outlining the bold strokes of change in American education, Havighurst depicts the men who, by courageously and ingeniously coping with the problems at hand, enabled a college to survive and progress for over 200 years.

By: micheljp on: December 08, 2010 10:17 am | micheljp @jpmichel

Read the whole New York Times article here.

30 years ago around 11pm eastern time, John Lennon, was killed outside of his home in Manhattan. News of this event shocked the world.

To learn more about this tragic event, take a look at some of our historical newspaper databases such as the New York Times Historical and Chicago Tribune Historical databases.

The library also has many books that you can check out about John Lennon. In addition to books, the Music Library has a bunch of Beatles and John Lennon CDs to listen to.