News & Notes

By: laddmm on: April 18, 2014 8:38 pm | laddmm

As of Friday April 16, 2014, the portal to our digital collections is now

Digital Collections homepage

On behalf of Special Collections and the Center for Digital Scholarship, I am excited to announce the launch of our new digital collections portal. The new website is the end result of a long migration process of collections divided across instances of DSpace and CONTENTdm version 4.3 into a single, up-to-date instance of CONTENTdm 6.6. In addition to a variety of new features, the new instance is based on a significantly improved platform to allow for better searching and viewing of the items in our digital collections.

List of currently available collections

In total, our digital collections hold roughly 90,000 items, shared between over two dozen collections. These collections include:

The migration project began over a year ago and was spearheaded by John Millard, the Head of the Center for Digital Scholarship, and Elias Tzoc, the Digital Initiatives Librarian. From Special Collections, I have been collaborating with them to migrate and update the information about our collections that have been digitized. The project had several stages, each with their own unique set of challenges, including coordinating import/export tools from different platforms, updating image files to current standards, and preparing for a seamless-as-possible transition to a new platform.

This migration also comes ahead of Miami University’s domain name overhaul - migrating from the domain name (which will be defunct June 1st of this year) to the newer As a part of this, we are working to ensure that citations to our digital collections elsewhere on the web are ready for the migration and domain name change. One of the biggest current challenges in this is updating the links in our Flickr collections that lead back to the full objects and metadata records in CONTENTdm. Earlier this year, Miami University Libraries’ digital collections officially joined the Flickr Commons. Since then, I have been tracking the changes in views of both our Flickr account and their comparable collections in CONTENTdm. I have been thrilled to note the significant increase of both, but it has become clear to me that when it comes to access, there is no competition - the increase of views of the Bowden Postcard Collection Online in CONTENTdm is outnumbered fifteen times over by the views on Flickr. While the Flickr collection only shows the front of the card and a limited version of the metadata found in the CONTENTdm collection, the number of views is undeniable evidence of the importance of social media platforms for access in the modern world of information.

Page from Thomas B. Marshall's diary

Another exciting part of this migration is the relaunch of our Civil War Diaries online collection. These diaries include three kept by Miami students and three by local Ohio community members who took up arms to fight for the Union. The diarists, all of whom served as members of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry, record their impressions and experiences on a variety of topics, including their interrupted college studies, the daily life of a soldier, military engagements and news from the home front. In the near future we will be also relaunching our digitized Samuel Richey Collection of the Southern Confederacy, as well as digitizing and making available new materials related to the American Civil War.

Studio 14 host Rick Ludwin

Finally, I am pleased to announce the completion of our newest digital collection: the Studio 14 Archives. This collection features digitized copies of the variety show produced by Miami students under the oversight of Dr. Bill Utter, from 1968-1970. The two-inch wide quadruplex videotape originals were kept by the show’s producer, Miami alumnus Rick Ludwin, who had them digitized and donated them to Special Collections so that we might be able to make them publicly available online. Special Collections continues to enjoy an ongoing relationship with Mr. Ludwin, who spoke at Special Collections’ first Annual Lecture Series. In addition to being a Miami alumnus, Rick Ludwin was also VP at NBC, where he is remembered for backing a new show called Seinfeld. The Studio 14 episodes in this collection feature a wide range of sketch comedy, musical performances, and famous guests. Happy viewing!

Marcus Ladd
Special Collections Librarian

By: gibsonke on: April 18, 2014 9:52 am | gibsonke

Gabriel Garcia MarquezGabriel García Márquez, the best-known author of the Boom generation of Latin American Authors died Thursday. García M´rquez was well known for his use of magical realism and incorporating Latin American history and politics in to his novels and short stories. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982.
Want to find out more?

By: bazelejw on: September 18, 2015 4:43 pm | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

Knowledge Unlatched logo

Miami University Libraries is pleased to announce our participation in the Knowledge Unlatched project as a charter member. The current system for publishing scholarly material is in crisis. Knowledge Unlatched is pioneering a new, experimental model for the publication of scholarly monographs--instead of every academic institution purchasing a single title whose use is limited to that institutional community, a large cooperative of institutions pay into the cost of a title fee to a publisher. In return for this payment, the book is made freely available for anyone in the world to access on a Creative Commons license as a fully downloadable PDF. Because the number of participating institutions was much higher than originally predicted, the cost per book per institution dropped drastically.  

As of April 2014, 22 of the 28 titles in the pilot phase of this project are now available for anyone to download on the OAPEN platform. The remaining 6 titles will be published and made available over the remainder of 2014.  As a charter member, Miami University Libraries will be involved in the project’s governance going forward, and will have the option to continue participating on a title by title basis.  

Titles cover a variety of subject areas, primarily in the humanities and social sciences.  A list of the available titles can be found on the OAPEN platform.

By: weavered on: March 18, 2014 5:59 pm | weavered

Amos Music Library wants the university community's input to help decide which recent popular music recordings to add to our collection. Please visit to vote for your favorite album from 2013. (A Miami University email address is required. Only one vote per person will be considered.) Nominees were selected based on the best-of-the-year lists of several major publications (

You can listen to selections from the nominees on our Spotify playlist: (see instructions below).

Remember, a number of our general interest recordings are on display in our Spotlight Collection at Amos Library in CPA.

New to Spotify? It is one of the most popular resources for streaming music. It can be accessed via a desktop application or via a web browser. Anyone can sign up for a free, ad-supported account with either a facebook account or an email address. You do not need to supply credit card information. There are also ad-free paid subscriptions available ($4.99/month for Unlimited or $9.99/month for Premium, which allows for streaming via mobile devices). You can try Premium via a one-month free trial subscription.

How to sign up for Spotify (web browser access):

1. Go to
2. Click "Go to web player"
3. Two options: A) Sign up with facebook B) Sign up with email
4. Create your username and password
5. Visit to listen via the web
6. Log out by clicking the gear in the lower left corner

By: Anonymous (not verified) on: September 25, 2015 10:41 am | Anonymous

Sunday, March 16 is Freedom of Information Day.  This yearly celebration is always on or around the birthday of James Madison, who strongly believed in the freedom of information. The Freedom of Information Act, which was enacted in 1966, protects the rights that all American citizens have to federal knowledge.  For more information on this act, come check out Government Information’s Guide to the Freedom of Information Act or access it online. Access to this and many other materials are available to members of the Miami community through the Federal Depository Library Program. “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” –James Madison Happy Freedom of Information Day!

By: natalejj on: February 19, 2014 5:00 pm | natalejj @@JennNatale

Miami University Libraries and the Howe Writing Center celebrate National Black History Month with the 25th Annual African American Read-In on Wednesday, February 26th. The Read-In encourages the celebration of all aspects of the African American experience, including the reading of selections from all literary genres, the display of artistic works, music and dance performances, and more! Come join us & share some of your own work or anything that recognizes the talent, contribution, or experience of African Americans. Refreshments will be provided so please pass the word & join us Wednesday, February 26th between 11:30am & 2:30pm, first floor King Library, Howe Writing Center for a multi-faceted Read-In!

For more information, registration, and if you’d like some ideas on things to read, please visit:

Registration is not necessary, but highly encouraged. And as always, we welcome those who choose to come, listen, and enjoy.

By: resnisew on: March 14, 2014 1:26 pm | resnisew

Due to the power outages, this workshop has been rescheduled. There is plenty of time to register!

Do you know the difference between an impact factor and an Eigenfactor? Do you know how to find out which journals are considered the most influential in your field ? Do you know how much impact your research is having? To find out, come to the “Tools for Preparing Your Dossier" workshop designed for faculty and graduate students who want to learn more about the research impact tools available to them. We'll cover Web of Science (including JCR), Publish or Perish, Google Scholar Citations, and WorldCat Identities. We’ll also demonstrate emerging alternatives to the traditional metrics tools such as ImpactStory and article level metrics.
The workshops are designed for all disciplines. The first workshop will cover science and social science disciplines. The second workshop will cover the humanities. Interdisciplinary researchers will benefit from either. Attend one or both!

Where: King 110
When: NEW DATE: April 2
Workshop One (Sciences/Social Sciences): 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Workshop Two (Humanities) 4:00pm – 5:00pm

For more information:
Register here:

By: natalejj on: February 03, 2014 1:43 pm | natalejj @@JennNatale

When searching for items in the Miami University Libraries catalog, you might find
an item that is available at “SW Depository”. Have you ever wondered what that
was? It is the Southwest Ohio Regional Depository, affectionately known as SWORD.
There are 5 regional depositories in Ohio whose holdings are shared across
academic libraries in the state. SWORD is shared by Miami University, Central State
University, University of Cincinnati, and Wright State University and is located
on the Miami Middletown Campus. Miami University Libraries are continuously
purchasing new items to add to their collections in order to provide the best
possible resources for our students, faculty and staff. Less used items are moved to
SWORD to make room for the more frequently used items. Books requested from
SWORD typically arrive in 2-3 business days and requested journal articles are
received electronically. Miami has over 1 million items in the depository!

A view from inside SWORD shows towering shelves of books reaching 3-1/2 stories
high and 7-1/2 stories long. Books are stored by size and then are barcoded.
Barcodes are stored in the catalog system so items can be retrieved by staff who run a cherry picker down the aisles and up the 3-1/2 story high stacks. The dedicated staff who work in SWORD certainly don’t have a fear of heights!

By: micheljp on: January 13, 2014 10:11 am | micheljp @jpmichel

For the months of January and February we are experimenting with the Double iPad robot in King Library.

According to Double Robotics:
"Double is a remotely controlled, mobile teleconferencing system, enabling conversations to happen anywhere and anytime."

Our Double will be stationed on the second floor of King Library and will be operated by librarians Monday through Friday from 9am - Noon and 1pm - 4pm (1/23 1pm - 4pm only). We are experimenting with the Double as a remote reference and assistance tool. Stop by and say hello to Double.

To get assistance from request Double via chat located at the top of every page on our web site or go to

By: laddmm on: September 16, 2015 4:48 pm | laddmm

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections staff is pleased to announce the latest additions to the Myaamia Collection Online, eight original land grants from 1823 and 1843 to the Miami Tribe by Presidents Monroe and Tyler and Lafontaine's 1846 addition to the town of Huntington, Indiana.

Land Grant to Jean Baptiste Richardville
Front of 3rd land grant to John Baptiste Richardville in 1843
The land grants were also featured in an Associated Press story on Sunday, December 15th, and the story can be found in news sources across the country! As with the original annuity rolls in the Myaamia Collection Online, each land grant is accompanied by a transcription. We invite you all to explore these fascinating historical documents.