News & Notes

By: weavered on: February 24, 2016 2:18 pm | weavered

You may have already encountered Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, a hip hop musical based on the life of Alexander Hamilton and his rival, Aaron Burr. (If you haven't heard it, we have the Grammy-winning CD available for checkout. You could also take a trip to New York to see the show live on Broadway, but resale tickets are selling for over $1,000 per seat. Yikes!) One interesting element of the work is how Miranda's wide-ranging knowledge of both rap and Broadway history shaped the sound and lyrics. For this playlist, Amos Music Library shares a mix of musicals and classic hip hop tracks that seem to have inspired Hamilton, as well as some selections from Miranda's earlier works. Some tracks are directly quoted in Hamilton; see if you can spot them!

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/2XUOMySQJpCdWLtEJJuOqN

Burr Got milk ad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Got milk? Look it up, kids.

And, in case you missed it: Adele's 25 won the 2015 Album poll. The CD will soon be added to the collection. Also, a number of you wrote in Kendrick Lamar; luckily, we already have To Pimp a Butterfly in the collection, as well as his 2013 release Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City and his contribution to Flying Lotus' You're Dead! Come to Amos to check them out.

By: wallerjl on: February 21, 2016 12:58 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: micheljp on: March 30, 2016 2:08 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

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: micheljp on: February 11, 2016 1:40 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

Shine On: Richard Trice and the Bull City Blues

Thursday, February 11th, 2016 | 4:30PM

320 King Library

Introduced by Jerome Conley, Dean of University Libraries


The story of one man’s journey through blues music to spiritual redemption. 82-year-old Richard Trice was one of the last survivors of the heyday of the blues in Durham, North Carolina in the 1930s. Through his memory and the memory of others, a world of African American family, music and community emerges. The film is both a celebration of the Piedmont blues and an intimate document of Trice’s attempt to look back and give meaning to his life. - thegrooveproductions.com

 

The Believers: The First Transgender Gospel Choir

Thursday, February 18th, 2016 | 4:30PM

320 King Library

Introduced by Shevonne Nelson, Assistant Director, Office of Diversity Affairs, Coordinator of GLBTQ Services


Recipient of the Frameline30 Audience Award for Best Documentary and of a 2005 Frameline Film & Video Completion Fund grant, The Believers is an unprecedented feature documentary that shatters assumptions about faith, gender, and religion. Built around the world's first transgender gospel choir, the film portrays the choir's dilemma - how to reconcile their gender identity with the widespread belief that changing one's gender goes against the word of God. 

Set against the story of the Transcendence Gospel Choir's founding, the documentary reveals the lives of its members, including Tom, once a radical lesbian feminist; Ashley, choir founder and professional sound engineer; and Bobby, a recovering drug addict and former sex worker. The film takes us from the Transcendence Gospel Choir's shaky beginnings - a heartwarmingly chaotic, cacophonous group unable to agree on much of anything, arguing over appropriate wardrobe and learning to sing with transitioning voices - through their transformation into the polished, award-winning choir and close-knit family they are today, garnering major performances and winning an Outmusic Award in 2004 for the album Whosoever Believes.

The intimate personal stories shed light on the complexity of balancing social change, family history, religion and identity. At the heart of their dilemma is a struggle for acceptance within two worlds historically at odds with one another. As one of the film's subjects eloquently says, "I'm living in a window. I get to see both sides."

The Believers is a unique story of determination and perseverance and an important look at the intricacy and diversity of spirituality and the LGBT community. - Frameline.org

 

Prom Night in Mississippi

Thursday, February 25th, 2016 | 4:30PM

320 King Library

Introduced by Ronald Scott, Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity


In 1997, Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School in Mississippi under one condition: the prom had to be racially integrated. His offer was ignored. In 2008, Freeman offered again. This time the school board accepted, and history was made. Charleston High School had its first-ever integrated prom - in 2008. Until then, blacks and whites had had separate proms even though their classrooms have been integrated for decades. Canadian filmmaker Paul Saltzman follows students, teachers and parents in the lead-up to the big day. This seemingly inconsequential rite of passage suddenly becomes profound as the weight of history falls on teenage shoulders. We quickly learn that change does not come easily in this sleepy Delta town. Freeman's generosity fans the flames of racism - and racism in Charleston has a distinctly generational tinge. Some white parents forbid their children to attend the integrated prom and hold a separate white-only dance. "Billy Joe," an enlightened white senior, appears on camera in shadow, fearing his racist parents will disown him if they know his true feelings. PROM NIGHT IN MISSISSIPPI captures a big moment in a small town, where hope finally blossoms in black, white and a whole lot of taffeta. -David Courier, Sundance Film Festival

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: March 30, 2016 12:56 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!