News & Notes

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.


Image: David Bowie 1980 Cross Leg Clown
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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.

By: weavered on: December 07, 2015 4:35 pm | weavered

Over the past few weeks, we've attempted to present an "objective" take on the best new popular music of 2015 by averaging scores from the criticism aggregation site and the user-run database For our third and final list, your editor (hello!) has compiled a Spotify playlist from some of his personal favorite albums that didn't appear on the first two lists. This list makes for a total of 70 featured albums, and we're still only scratching the surface of great new music.

Listen here:

​As a special "bonus" list, here's our sneak peek at some of the albums coming out in 2016:

​For finals week, we say (as they do in Italy): "in bocca al lupo!" Have an excellent break and January term.

Here are all of our lists from this semester:

Week 1: First Impressions: Great first album tracks
Week 7: ==Fall break==
Week 8: Modern Classical 1920s-2010s: A Spotify playlist
Week 11: Electric Moogaloo: Songs featuring Moog synthesizers
Week 13: Best New Music of 2015 Pt. 1: Consensus
Week 14: ==Thanksgiving==
Week 15: Best New Music of 2015 Pt. 2: Esoteric
By: sullive4 on: December 02, 2015 10:01 am | sullive4 @muElibrarian

Need some help with statistics before a final?  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! The desk will be staffed during the following hours during Fall 2015 Finals Week:

Sunday, December 6th : 2p - 5p
Monday, December 7th : 1p - 7p
Tuesday, December 8th :  4p - 7p
Wednesday, December 9th :  4p - 7p

No appointment necessary - just drop-in!

By: weavered on: December 01, 2015 3:30 pm | weavered

See Part 1 of our series here:

A few weeks ago, Amos Music Library debuted Part 1 of our playlist series featuring the best popular music of 2015. The first list presented the top 20 albums from artists with at least 100,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Today we share our "Esoteric" list. Once again, these top 20 albums have the highest average scores from and; in this case, however, these artists have fewer than 100,000 monthly listeners. Here you'll find some unusual genres and sub-genres with a small number of enthusiastic fans. Looking for Indie Pop sung in Welsh? A radical environmentalism-themed fusion of death metal and grindcore? Folk music from Mali? They're all here!


Also, please note that some well-received albums are not available on Spotify and are not eligible for our lists. Two such albums (by Joanna Newsom and Steven Wilson) are owned by the library on CD, so be sure to stop by and check those out, as well.

Here are the Top 20 Esoteric albums, in order, with their respective genres:

  • Napalm Death - Apex Predator -- Easy Meat [Grindcore]
  • Cattle Decapitation - Anthropocene Extinction [Deathgrind]
  • Kamasi Washington - The Epic [Spiritual Jazz]
  • Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa [Tradi-Modern]
  • Dave Rawlings Machine - Nashville Obsolete [Americana]
  • James McMurtry - Complicated Game [Singer/Songwriter]
  • Deafheaven - New Bermuda [Blackgaze]
  • Protomartyr - Agent Intellect [Post-Punk]
  • Israel Nash - Silver Season [Folk Rock]
  • Hop Along - Painted Shut [Indie Rock]
  • Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - Ba Power [Mande Music]
  • Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete [Progressive Electronic]
  • Royal Headache - High [Power Pop]
  • The Bad Plus - The Bad Plus Joshua Redman [Jazz]
  • Gretchen Peters - Blackbirds [Singer/Songwriter]
  • Anna von Hausswolff - The Miraculous [Experimental Rock]
  • Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld - Never Were the Way She Was [Post-Minimalism]
  • Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss [Darkwave]
  • Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf [Indie Pop]
  • Lightning Bolt - Fantasy Empire [Noise Rock]

Check back next week for our third and final list.


By: weavered on: November 19, 2015 4:56 pm | weavered

Over the next few weeks, Amos Music library will be presenting Spotify playlists featuring some of the best new popular music for 2015. First up: our Consensus list. To make this list, artists need at least 100,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Our album ranking was determined by averaging the critical scores found on the websites and The playlist consists of selections from the top 20 qualifying albums.

Listen here:

Here are the Top 20, in order, with their respective genres:

  • Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly [Conscious Hip Hop]
  • Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell [Indie Folk]
  • Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness [Art Pop]
  • The Wonder Years - No Closer to Heaven [Pop Punk]
  • Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love [Indie Rock]
  • Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit [Indie Rock]
  • Susanne Sundfor - Ten Love Songs [Art Pop]
  • Vince Staples - Summertime '06 [West Coast Hip Hop]
  • Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free [Americana]
  • Bjork - Vulnicura [Art Pop]
  • Jamie xx - In Colour [UK Bass]
  • Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear [Indie Folk]
  • Floating Points - Elaenia [Progressive Electronic]
  • Destroyer - Poison Season [Chamber Pop]
  • Grimes - Art Angels [Electropop]
  • Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon [Neo-Soul]
  • Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm goin down ... [Folk Rock]
  • Dwight Yoakam - Second Hand Heart [Bakersfield Sound]
  • Miguel - Wild Heart [Alternative R&B]
  • Tame Impala - Currents [Psychedelic Pop]

Join us in two weeks for Part 2 of our series.

By: witherre on: November 18, 2015 9:53 am | witherre

Notary Public services are available from the King Library Circulation Desk weekdays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (excluding lunch breaks).State of Ohio

Appointments accepted (513-529-2433), but walk-ins are also welcome.

By: weavered on: November 12, 2015 4:49 pm | weavered

Sufjan Stevens can be a difficult musician to summarize. At times, his music is spare acoustic folk, intimate, nostalgic, and heartbreaking. At others, it's grandiose and exuberant, full of baroque-style horn flourishes or electronic white noise. He has built albums around his youth in the midwest, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the passing of his mother, and the work of schizophrenic artist Royal Robertson. His live shows have featured cheerleader costumes, wings, and giant game show spinning wheels. Themes range from religious allegory to odes to pop culture flotsam. The best way to understand, though, is to listen, and at almost 3 hours, this week's Spotify playlist will give you quite the sampling. We end the list with some selections from his multi-volume Christmas album series.

Listen here:

Sufjan is playing Cincinnati tomorrow (Friday) at the Aronoff Center. Tickets are available here:

You'll see Sufjan's name again next week when we begin our 3-part "Best of 2015" playlist series.