News & Notes

By: crosbylm on: July 29, 2015 10:32 am | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

August 10, the Miami University Libraries’ will rollout a new public catalog interface to replace our current homegrown catalog. Over the next few weeks, we will be posting tips and strategies here on our blog to help ease the transition. If you have utilized the folder feature of our current catalog, you’ll need to export this content before August 10 as it will not transfer to our new catalog system. Here’s how:

 

Export Saved Records

Access to records saved in the current catalog will be lost as of August 10. To view your saved records, please visit http://www.lib.miamioh.edu/multifacet/marked. Here you will find a list of all items that you have added to your folder. You may choose to export your records to your screen. Please be aware that unfortunately the export records to email or EndNoteWeb features on this page are not functioning at this time.

However, utilizing the classic catalog, it is possible to email and export saved records to EndNoteWeb. Please view the following videos for instructions detailing this process:

 

Export to Email: http://www.screencast.com/t/6Ftq3prCO

Export to EndNoteWeb: http://www.screencast.com/t/toZO9h1r3

 

Questions?

Submit any questions about this transition via the feedback link at the bottom of the our homepage.

By: messnekr on: June 25, 2015 1:53 pm | messnekr

A building power outage has been scheduled in Laws Hall for Saturday, June 27.  B.E.S.T. Library will be open with limited service that day from 1-5pm.  Computing and other electrical-dependent services will be unavailable.

As a safety precaution, access to materials in the basement book stacks will be available by staff retrieval only.

The power outage has been scheduled by Physical Facilities to replace equipment and upgrade electrical service in the building.

 

By: weavered on: May 11, 2015 2:49 pm | weavered

Our relaxation mix on Spotify has some of the finest stress-reducing tracks from acoustic pop, chillwave, ambient, and jazz: Take a Breath 

If you're looking for something a bit more energetic and current, we've got that, too: 2015

Good luck to all this week, or, as they say in Italy: in bocca al lupo!

By: sullive4 on: May 07, 2015 8:55 pm | sullive4 @@muElibrarian

 

 

Need some last minute statistics help as you prepare for a final?  Stop by our Stats Help Desk located in B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall)! The desk will be staffed during the following times:

  • Tuesday, May 12th:  12p - 3p
  • Wednesday, May 13th:  6p - 9p

Good luck with all of your finals, and have a terrific summer!

[Photo credit: Lendingmemo]

 

By: hurstsj on: April 27, 2015 2:20 pm | hurstsj

Miami University Libraries has secured trial access to the e-Marketer database.  This is a great resource for data on all types of marketing and advertising, particularly for mobile and digital media.  The trial will continue through July 15th, 2015.  Please direct any questions or comments to Susan Hurst (hurstsj@miamioh.edu).

By: laddmm on: April 24, 2015 9:58 am | laddmm

The Droeshout portrait of William Shakespeare used on the title page of the First Folio

It's April 23rd, and that means a very Happy Shakespeare Day to everyone!

As part of the celebrations commemorating the 399th anniversary of his death (we thought about putting this off another year but just couldn't wait), we are very pleased to announce a complete reboot of our digital folios collection. This new collection includes every page from all four Folios of the Bard's work as well as miscellanea found with the collection, and can be found at http://digital.lib.MiamiOH.edu/folios.

As some of you might recall, our set of folios was first digitized in 2008 and we were among the earliest to make the Shakespeare Folios available in full online. However, given a combination of technical issues and evolving standards & technology, it was decided that all four folios be re-digitized and a new collection launched.

The digitization itself took place this January, when our Graduate Assistant Dana Bogart and I reshot each folio using an Atiz Bookdrive stand with a pair of Nikon EOS 6D cameras we had just acquired late last year. Each folio was completed in a single session of approximately 3-4 hours.

Some were easier than others, with the First Folio being particularly difficult to capture due to the tightness of the binding. Our copy of the First Folio also has had some missing pages supplied in facsimile, most notably the entirety of Twelfth Night. These replacements run much closer to the inner margin making it very difficult to get a good shot. Another interesting and unique aspect of our particular set of folios is the handwritten notes found in some of them, particularly the Second Folio which features in some plays a meticulous comparison to the First Folio.

In addition to the folios themselves, some clippings about these particular copies of the folios (as well as others for comparison) are included as part of the collection. These were a much simpler scanning prospect using a regular desktop flatbed scanner. Once the photos were taken, I cropped and organized the images into individual plays to be added to the digital collection.

Note how close the printing is to the inner margin, as well as the expanded page that was created when these pages were inserted.

In addition to images with better technology, relaunching the collection has allowed us to move it fully into our current CONTENTdm 6 instance, which includes a more easily navigable interface, allowing the user to zoom in and navigate around each page within the viewport on the page. A "Page-Flip View" is also included as part of CONTENTdm, which simulates the effect of holding the book open and turning the pages.

A comparison of the old (left) and new (right) collection interfaces.

With the help of the clippings found with the folios, our own department records, and the 2003 census of First Folios by Anthony James West, I was able to gather some information about the provenance of these particular copies. According to West's The Shakespeare First Folio: A New Worldwide Census of First Folios, our First Folio was first sold by the bookseller Henry George Bohn to Chandos Leigh (1791-185), who passed it down to his son William Henry Leigh (1824-1850). The so-called 'Lord Leigh set' of Folios was sold to Frederick S. Peck by Gabriel Wells in 1927. It was then purchased by Dr. O. O. Fisher in 1947. Fisher was a Miami University alumnus (Class of '09) and avid book collector, who donated all four folios to Miami University. All but our Third Folio come from the Lord Leigh set and include the bookplates of Leigh and Peck. Our Third Folio holds the bookplate of John Gribbel. It is interesting to note that, according to West's census, a First Folio with the Gribbel bookplate was also sold in 1947.

The works of William Shakespeare are among the most (if they are not the most) famous, influential, and beautiful works of the English language, and even the folios themselves represent a unique point in history. The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare writes:

The folio as a format was reserved for only the most expensive and prestigious volumes by the leading theologians, philosophers and historians of the day. A folio devoted to plays was unprecedented. The printing of the 907-page First Folio began early in 1622 and took nearly two years to complete...The first folio was so successful and demand apparently so great that a second edition was required within less than a decade. The Second Folio was a carefully corrected page-for-page reprint of the first that made hundreds of minor changes in the text, the majority of which have been accepted by modern editors.

 

The First Folio of Shakespeare's works is one of only five books to have ever been recorded in a worldwide census (interestingly, we have another one of the five in our collection: Audubon's Birds of America). But though the First Folio is the most famous and prized of the four, the Third Folio is arguably the rarest - it is said that most unsold copies were destroyed during the Great Fire of London in 1666. Regardless, all four are incredible works of art and we are truly privileged here at Miami to have them. It has been a pleasure and honor to work with them.

Happy browsing.

Marcus Ladd
Special Collections Digital Librarian

By: alfordem on: April 13, 2015 7:02 pm | alfordem

The Department of Commerce has a new website, which was designed by the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO).  This easily accessible site includes a listing of key economic indicators, relevant news announcements, and the most recent reports on trade outcomes.  You can navigate the site easily and even share pages on social media.  With information and tools such as updates from the Office of Public Affairs, tornado safety tips, and historical accounts, there is something here for faculty, staff, and students of all departments.

More information can be found about the redesign itself, and feedback is encouraged as well.  Check it out today!

By: weavered on: April 06, 2015 1:32 pm | weavered

This Saturday, April 11th, Amos Music Library will host a live music event. There will be free pizza and soda; student bands The Illustrious Music Machine and The Brian Wood Trio will provide the jazz-blues-rock soundtrack. The event begins at 6:00; before the event ends at 9:30, we'll invite the audience to join in the jam (so feel free to bring an acoustic instrument!). The bands will perform in the courtyard, should weather allow, but the event will go on regardless.

Amos Music Library is located in the Center for the Performing Arts (CPA), behind Maple Street Station and south of the Shriver fountain.

Learn more at our facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/997896156887528/

All are welcome!

By: sullive4 on: March 30, 2015 10:18 am | sullive4 @@muElibrarian

Starting today, March 30th, we're extending our Statistics Help Desk hours, located in B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall). See below for updated times to take advantage of this free service:

Mondays 3-8p
Tuesdays 2-5p
Wednesdays 3-6p
Thursdays 3-6p 

This is a first come, first served service available to any Miami student who is seeking assistance with statistics or statistical software, including:

Microsoft Excel
Minitab
R
SAS
SPSS

By: micheljp on: March 13, 2015 2:23 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

The Miami University Libraries are pleased to announce a significant upgrade to the Miami Student Newspaper archive.

Center for Digital Scholarship staff have been working over the past several months to modernize the collection and the content to make it both more comprehensive and easier to use and access. The collection now has the mostly complete run of the materials from 1867 until March 3, 2015. All issues have also been converted into a much easier to use PDF format. We'll be continuously adding to the archive as issues are published. We hope you enjoy the new iteration of the collection which can be found at http://digital.lib.miamioh.edu/student!