News & Notes

By: mulfordj on: September 01, 2016 9:54 am | mulfordj

Zines Workshop 

2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6
2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4
2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1
2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6
@Wertz Art & Architecture Library (Alumni Hall, Ground Floor)

What’s a Zine? Whatever you want it to be. These self-published works of original thought have existed for centuries, covering topics ranging from liberty and revolution to science fiction, punk rock and the utterly mundane. Whether profound or a little wacky, Zines have endured the test of time and many remain treasured records about society through the years. Blow off some steam and express yourself at one of these fun, hands-on workshops. We provide the tools and know-how. You provide the creativity and something (or nothing at all) to say. 


By: mulfordj on: August 30, 2016 3:25 pm | mulfordj

Visit the libraries during welcome week and be rewarded! Not only will you learn how to use the endless resources we provide, you will also be in the running for some awesome prizes (yes, even the new comfortable t-shirts everyone is talking about)! 

Here are the rules:

  • Simply attend one of the Library Welcome Week Events 
  • Share a photo or selfie while attending the event on social media* and tag us: 
    • Instagram - @miamiulibraries
    • Twitter - @miamiulibraries 
    • Facebook - Miami University Libraries 
    • Snapchat (we will screenshot photos from events just for the prize drawing) - @miamiulibraries
  • Use the hashtag #MULibWelcome! You can also hashtag your dorm name (ex: #Scott) to be entered into our dorm contest for additional prizes! 

Submissions can be made up until the end of the day on Friday, September 2 and the prize drawing will be during the week of September 5. You can increase your chances of winning a prize by submitting multiple photos! 

Good luck and have fun! 


  • Amazon Gift Card 
  • Library t-shirt
  • Drawstring bag 
  • Mug 
  • Much more! 

*If you don't use social media, email submissions to 


By: crosbylm on: July 28, 2016 9:53 am | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

Surprise! This month we received a double order of leisure reading titles! This week’s shipment included:


Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley 

But What If We’re Wrong, by Chuck Klosterman 

Tribe, by Sebastian Junger

Zero K, by Don DeLillo 

You’ll Grow Out of It, by Jessi Klein

End of Watch, by Stephen King 


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


By: crosbylm on: July 21, 2016 11:05 am | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

This month's new titles:

Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld 

The Long Cosmos, by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett 

Grunt, by Mary Roach 

Self Made, by Nely Galán 

Sleep Revolution, by Arianna Huffington 

LaRose, by Louise Erdrich 


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


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


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


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:

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 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 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: June 24, 2016 9:54 am | sullive4 @muElibrarian

Photograph of LAURE Winners

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

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:

​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.