News & Notes

By: crosbylm on: April 28, 2016 5:44 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

This month's titles: 

A few of the girls, by Maeve Binchy

Business for punks: break all the rules, by James Watt

No dream is too high: life lessons from a man who walked on the Moon, by Buzz Aldrin; with Ken Abraham

Poisonous, by Allison Brennan

The abundance: narrative essays old and new, by Annie Dillard; foreword by Geoff Dyer

The Immortal Irishman: the Irish revolutionary who became an American hero, by Timothy Egan

Seven brief lessons on physics, by Carlo Rovelli; translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre

 

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By: weavered on: April 28, 2016 4:02 pm | weavered

As with many genres, the exact beginning of "punk music" can be hard to place. Some particularly raucous acts of the 60s (such as The Sonics, The Monks, The Velvet Underground, MC5, and The Stooges) have been retroactively dubbed "proto-punk"; early 70s acts like New York Dolls and Patti Smith undoubtedly inspired a lot of what was to follow.

However, the origin of punk is generally dated to 1976 due to the release of three major recordings: the Ramones' self-titled debut album (April 23rd) and the debut singles from England's The Damned (October 22nd) and the Sex Pistols (November 26th). 40 years later, these recordings still shine with urgency and a total disregard with established manners, tastes, and talents.

Our playlist takes listeners through punk's first 10 years, 1976-1985, in roughly chronological order. Contemporaneous tracks from closely-related genres (like New Wave and Hardcore) are also featured.

Listen here: https://play.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/02PJ7H1l24x2AR5jiSoUPb

By: micheljp on: April 27, 2016 8:35 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

The Miami University Archives will be closed from Monday, April 11 - June 1, 2016. The collection will move from its current location at 1 Withrow Court to the Walter Havighurst Special Collections located on the 3rd floor of King Library. The staff will have intermittent email access and will respond to requests via Archives@MiamiOH.edu. You may also contact the Archives via Telephone: 513-529-6720 or 513-529-2069 or contact Special Collections at 513-529-3323 or email SpecColl@MiamiOH.edu. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to serving you in our new location at King Library.

By: sullive4 on: April 22, 2016 12:38 pm | sullive4 @@muElibrarian

Three Miami students won the Miami University Libraries’ inaugural Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE), an award given to Miami University undergraduates who demonstrate excellence in library research conducted in support of a student project.

This year’s LAURE winners are:

  • First Place: Mahaley Evans, a senior History major, submitted a project examining the discourse surrounding women in East Germany and Eastern Europe and analyzing communism’s effect on their Cold War and post-war lives. Ms. Evans completed the project for History 480, taught by Dr. Matthew Gordon, and her project sponsor was Dr. Erik Jensen.
  • Honorable Mention: Marlyka (Lyka) Williams, a junior majoring in Architecture, presented a project entitled Dare to be a Wildflower: Looking to the Natural World for Answers Through an In Depth Study of Heliostat Technology, based on her research in Architecture 406 taught by Dr. Mary Ben Bonham.
  • Honorable Mention: Garrett Gust, a senior Individualized Studies major, submitted his project Tapped: An Insider Look at the Craft Beer Movement, conducted in part for WST 421 taught by Dr. Hays Cummins. Dr. Kevin Armitage served as Gust’s project sponsor.

Ms. Evans, Ms. Williams, and Mr. Gust will be honored at the Miami University Libraries Student Recognition Dinner on April 24. In addition to this recognition, LAURE’s first place winner receives $1000.00, and honorable mention winners each receive $100.00.

Award-winning projects will be submitted to Miami’s Scholarly Commons in a special collection designed to showcase exceptional undergraduate work. A second award cycle, designed for students who are currently completing first year research, will take place in the Fall. For more information about LAURE, please visit the LAURE website at http://libguides.lib.miamioh.edu/LAURE.

By: weavered on: April 21, 2016 3:57 pm | weavered

Pop artist Prince Rogers Nelson, commonly known as Prince, passed away today at the age of 57. He was a bold innovator and a masterful guitarist whose one-of-a-kind blend of funk, rock, and dance forever transformed pop music.

Normally we would craft a tribute playlist of the artists' own work, but as Prince was an outspoken critic of streaming music, his music is not available on Spotify. Instead, the Amos Music Library staff have created a list featuring the artists that inspired Prince, and those who he in turn influenced. The first half of the list features selections from a diverse group of funk, jazz, rock, and pop artists, including Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, and George Clinton. We conclude the list with artists who have followed the path Prince blazed, such as Beyonce, D'Angelo, OutKast, and Janelle Monae.

Listen here: https://play.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/1rJIJyE9QQHGzrodCdFr1a

​And, if you're interested in hearing the work of The Artist directly, or would like to learn more about him, we have some texts and CDs set aside at Amos:

Image of books and compact discs held by Amos Music Library

By: benzinmm on: April 18, 2016 10:28 am | benzinmm

On Tuesday, April 26th, a representative from IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) will be presenting on search techniques using IEEE Xplore. IEEE Xplore is an important resource for doing research and finding answers in the Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and related disciplines. The workshop will take place at Noon in Laws 116 (The BEST Library Instruction Lab).

Tips & Tricks for Searching IEEE Xplore® training session This one hour overview of best practices for searching IEEE Xplore® includes advanced and command searching techniques, setting up alerts, using the author affiliation field to search for employment opportunities for students, and much more.
By: crosbylm on: March 31, 2016 2:08 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

March Leisure Reading Book Covers

This month's titles: 

​Above the Line: My Wild Oats Adventure, by Shirley MacLaine

​All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation, by Rebecca Traister

​And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East, by Richard Engel

Find Her, by Lisa Gardner

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Adam Grant

The Bee Book, contributions by Fergus Chadwick, Steve Alton, Emma Sarah Tennant, Bill Fitzmaurice and Judy Earl

What is Not Yours is Not Yours: Stories, by Helen Oyeyemi

Wild by Nature: From Siberia to Australia: Three Years Alone in the Wilderness on Foot, by Sarah Marquis

 

For the most up to date new Leisure Reading titles, please visit our Pinterest board for the collection. 

 

By: weavered on: March 30, 2016 3:01 pm | weavered

This week Amos Music Library presents a 20-track sampler of some of the best new pop music of 2016. Tracks cover a variety of genres: hip hop, neo-soul, dreampop, art pop, chamber folk, shoegaze, "apocalyptic space funk" (that's how The Comet is Coming describe their work), and more. Of particular note: a track from the late, great David Bowie, who passed away this January. There's also a song from Bowie's contemporary and collaborator Iggy Pop. For his 2016 album, Pop worked with Josh Homme, co-founder of Eagles of Death Metal, the band whose concert was attacked last November in Paris. If you are looking for something universally praised by critics, you might start with Anderson .Paak, while the lead single from Mutual Benefit's forthcoming album may put a tear in your eye. Finally, both Kendrick Lamar and Koi Child explore the space where rap, funk, and jazz meet.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/0QyW4lmxb3Szb8guXl4fMN

By: weavered on: March 16, 2016 3:56 pm | weavered

Last month scientists announced that, a century after Albert Einstein's prediction of their existence, gravitational waves had been detected. If you're curious for details, we recommend watching these explanatory videos featuring theoretical physicist Brian Greene:

"Gravitational Waves Hit The Late Show" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajZojAwfEbs

"Brian Greene Explains The Discovery Of Gravitational Waves" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s06_jRK939I

At Amos Music Library, we celebrate this momentous discovery in same manner we do other special events: with songs! Some of the tracks featured on our science-themed playlist directly reference aspects of astronomy, physics, or scientists, while others make cheeky references. 

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/10hd4bCh5Xc59WnHHcMsIv

By: weavered on: March 09, 2016 3:19 pm | weavered

Record producer George Martin passed away Tuesday at the age of 90. He was at times referred to as "the fifth Beatle" for his important production and arrangement contributions to that bands' best work. Linked below is a Spotify playlist, compiled and arranged by the staff at Amos Music Library, which highlights some of Martin's greatest accomplishments in production, both with and without the Fab Four. The list begins and end with early and late Beatles tracks, and you may notice Martin-produced Beatles covers throughout the list.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/5CPK0EatE93Wp3uafXFdab