News & Notes

By: hartsea on: September 13, 2013 10:05 am | hartsea

muslimjourneyssymposium  

The American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the Miami University Libraries two grants – “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys” and “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys.”  These grants provide support for library programming "seeking to provide opportunities for informed discussion in their communities about the histories, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the United States."

To kick off our programming, the Libraries will be hosting a symposium on Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 1:00-4:00 pm in King 320.

The symposium, “Muslim Journeys: American Stories,” will begin with a keynote lecture by Shakila Ahmad from the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati entitled "What Do We Mean by 'American Muslim?’”

Here is a schedule of events:

1:00-2:00 Keynote: "What do we mean by 'American Muslim?'" by Shakila Ahmad 

2:00-3:00 American Stories: Faculty panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Matthew Gordon, Professor of History

3:00-4:00 American Stories: Student panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Nathan French, Assistant Professor of Comparative Religion

Light refreshments will be served.

You might want to check out this American stories essay prepared by Kambiz GhaneaBassiri from Reed College before the symposium.

For more information about the symposium and other future events, please take a look at this website.

By: tzoce_2 on: September 26, 2013 10:05 pm | tzoce_2

The process of making a three-dimensional solid object is definitely getting more and more attention and popularity everywhere. If you check Miami's homepage, then the image below may look familiar to you; the whole story is available at http://miamioh.edu/news/top-stories and kudos to John Williams.


Photo: Scott Kissell

If you're asking yourself "can I see/try this MakerBot Replicator 3D printer?"
The answer is "absolutely YES" ... to get started:

  • Visit this page http://bit.ly/1h78WJy
  • Or contact either John Williams <williajc@MiamiOH.edu> at the Business, Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Library (513) 529-6886; or Jon Cameron <cameroj3@MiamiOH.edu> at the Center for Information Management (CIM) in King Library (513) 529-1776.
By: hartsea on: September 09, 2013 5:38 pm | hartsea

American Stories

In preparation for our upcoming "What Do We Mean by 'American Muslim?’" symposium on September 21st, today I'm highlighting the books we received from our Bridging Cultures grant that are connected to the theme of "American Stories." 

Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford. King Library (2nd floor) | E444.I25 A78 2007

The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, edited by Edward E. Curtis IV. King Library (2nd floor) | E184.M88 C65 2008 

Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel. King Library (2nd floor) | E184.M88 P38 2010

A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed. King Library (2nd floor) | BP190.5.H44 A46 2011

The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson. King Library (2nd floor) | BP170.5.W55 W55 2010

You might also be interested in this American stories essay prepared by Kambiz GhaneaBassiri from Reed College.

By: hartsea on: September 10, 2013 11:14 am | hartsea

The Information-Literate Historian: A Guide to Research for History Students was written by one of our very own librarians!  Jenny Presnell, our Humanities/Social Sciences Librarian, is the author.  This book was popular enough to warrant a second edition, which was published this year by Oxford University Press.  This new edition has been expanded and updated.  It was written to help history students find and use a variety of sources, including primary and secondary sources.  It includes information on finding both print and electronic resources.  One of the strengths of this book is that it doesn't just give you a list of resources for you to use but actually walks you through the research process.  In fact the first chapter is about just that topic. Individual chapters often include case studies and further readings.  There are helpful search tip boxes included in many of the chapters.  You will also find many useful graphs and figures that will help make the research process more clear.  New updates in this edition include a new chapter on how to critically evaluate and work with statistics and data, an updated discussion on electronic resources, more coverage of photography, newsreels, and documentaries, and more emphasis on writing research papers.  You can find this book on the second floor of King with the call number D16.2 .P715 2013, though you may need to request a copy because right now all of our copies are checked out!

By: hartsea on: September 26, 2013 10:03 pm | hartsea

Seamus Heaney, the great Irish poet, died today on August 30th, 2013.  You can read more about his work and his life here and here.  If you want to appreciate his poetry, you might enjoy these videos.  You can also read some of his poetry here.

We of course have several of his books in our collection:

Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996 

Human Chain

Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (a wonderful translation)

Crediting Poetry: The Nobel Lecture

District and Circle 

Death of a Naturalist

By: luceyka on: August 28, 2013 3:52 pm | luceyka

Miami University Libraries is currently offering a trial of Education Week, a top online site for preK-12 education news. The trial includes access to the following resources:

  • The latest issue of Education Week, posted several days in advance of the cover date
  • Complete and searchable Education Week archives all the way back to volume 1, 1981
  • Online-only news and analysis from Education Week journalists and newswire sources
  • “Commentary” articles by top educators, policymakers, and thought leaders
  • Special reports and topical coverage
  • 20+ blogs on a variety of education topics
  • State and district level data
  • Digital Directions and the Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook
  • Webinars and expert chat events

Readers can also sign up to receive e-newsletters on a range of topics covering teacher insights, educational technology, curriculum, and professional tips. The trial runs through October.

Please email questions and feedback to Kate Lucey, Education Librarian.

By: micheljp on: August 28, 2013 9:57 am | micheljp @jpmichel

Come check out Miami’s newest library, BEST. Take a quick tour, learn about our services and technology (check out our 3D printer!), and find out how BEST library can make your time at Miami easier. Everyone is welcome, but if you are a majoring in Business, Engineering, the Sciences or Psychology be sure to check us out!

By: hartsea on: August 26, 2013 4:57 pm | hartsea

convocation

The Howe Center for Writing Excellence and the Office of Liberal Education are sponsoring a writing contest for first-year students this year.  They are offering three prizes of $200 each for the best “Changing Games” compositions by incoming first-year students. Students at all Miami campuses are eligible for prizes. The contest opens June 2, 2013. Deadline: October 11, 2013 (11:59 pm).  To enter the contest, submit a composition (in written, digital, or other forms) about a game you have played, do play, or would like to play and its impact.  Written pieces should be between 350 and 500 words.  Aural and video compositions should be no longer than three (3) minutes.  You can find out more information here.

If you haven't read the Summer Reading book that has inspired this contest, we have several copies at the library (King Library (2nd floor) | GV1201.38 .M34 2011).

You might also be interested in some of these other books about gaming:

The Video Games Guide: 1,000+ Arcade, Console and Computer Games, 1962-2012 by Matt Fox.  King Library (2nd floor) | GV1469.3 .F68 2013

My Life as a Night Elf Priest: An Anthropological Account of World of Warcraft by Bonnie A. Nardi.  King Library (2nd floor) | GV1469.25.W64 N37 2010

Videogames by James Newman.  King Library (2nd floor) | GV1469.3 .N48 2013

Immersive Gameplay: Essays on Participatory Media and Role-Playing edited by Evan Torner and William J. White.  King Library (2nd floor) | GV1202.F35 I66 2012 

Moves in Mind: The Psychology of Board Games by Fernand Gobet, Alex de Voogt, and Jean Retschitzki.  King Library (2nd floor) | GV1312 .G63 2004


By: micheljp on: September 04, 2013 1:17 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

<p>Welcome back everyone! Have we got some cool new stuff for all of you. Let's just do a quick rundown:</p>
<ol>
<li><h2>Nexus 10s for Checkout</h2>
<p>Go to the circulation desks to use these amazing new tablets.</p></li>
<li><h2>Google Cloud Print</h2>
<p>Seamlessly print from your own devices with Google Cloud Print. The Miami University Libraries Google Cloud Printing service is now available. Simply click one of the links below to use our public printers with your Google account on any device that runs Google Chrome(PC/MAC/ANDROID/iOS)<p>
<ul>
<li>King Printers</li>
<li><a href="http://goo.gl/eronJ">King-B&amp;W</a></li>
<li><a href="http://goo.gl/8yt5x">King-Color</a></li>
</ul>

<ul>
<li>Best Printers</li>
<li><a href="http://goo.gl/4ZQ0L">Best-Color</a></li>
<li><a href="http://goo.gl/DH3xT">Best-B&amp;W</a></li>
</ul>

<ul>
<li>Music Printers</li>
<li><a href="http://goo.gl/0mE5h">AMOS-B&amp;W</a></li>
<li><a href="http://goo.gl/ZTSJYh">AMOS-Color</a></li>
</ul>

<ul>
<li>Art and Architecture Printers</li>
<li><a href="http://goo.gl/zxgjn">ALU-LIB-COLOR</a></li>
<li><a href="http://goo.gl/3ZOe3">ALU-LIB-B&amp;W</a></li>
</ul>
</li>
<li><h2>Google Indoor Maps</h2>
<p>Having trouble finding your way around the libraries? Simply open up Google Maps on your iOS or Android device, zoom in to your location and you will see a full, detailed map of the library you are in. First on campus to offer this service.</p></li>
<li><h2>Universal Charging Stations</h2>
<p>Don't you hate it when your phone dies when you're pulling an all-nighter in King or staying late in at BEST? We've got you covered with universal charging stations for your devices strategically placed throughout King and BEST. Check 'em out!</p></li>
<li><h2>Dell Touch Screen PCs</h2>
<p>10 new Windows 8 touchscreen PCs have been set up between King and BEST libraries. Check out these sweet new machines!</p></li>
</ol>

By: luceyka on: August 21, 2013 3:58 pm | luceyka

Miami University Libraries is currently offering a trial of Education Week, a top online site for preK-12 education news. The trial includes access to the following resources:

• The latest issue of Education Week, posted several days in advance of the cover date

• Complete and searchable Education Week archives all the way back to volume 1, 1981

• Online-only news and analysis from Education Week journalists and newswire sources

• “Commentary” articles by top educators, policymakers, and thought leaders

• Special reports and topical coverage • 20+ blogs on a variety of education topics

• State and district level data

• Digital Directions and the Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook

• Webinars and expert chat events

Readers can also sign up to receive e-newsletters on a range of topics covering teacher insights, educational technology, curriculum, and professional tips. The trial runs through October.

Please email questions and feedback to Kate Lucey, Education Librarian.