News & Notes

By: bazelejw on: October 21, 2014 10:19 am | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

They’re teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER can be textbooks, courses, lessons plans, videos, software, lab notebooks, or any other material that supports access to knowledge.

Why are they important?

Traditional print textbook costs have risen at triple the rate of inflation over the last ten years, even though technology has created new opportunities to bring these costs down. Students often end up paying more than $1,000 a year for textbooks that are used only for one course and become outdated quickly. OER are an alternative to traditional textbooks that can help to lower student costs for higher education.

How can undergraduates support the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) at Miami University?

Ask your professors about using OER in the courses you are enrolled in!

Visit the Creative Commons Education web page at http://creativecommons.org/education. There you can watch videos, read case studies, and get up to speed on ways we can solve the problem. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) also maintains a web page with extensive information and resources about OER at http://www.sparc.arl.org/issues/oer.

Get involved with OhioPIRG Students

Ohio Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Students is an independent, statewide student organization that works on many issues of concern to students, including the high cost of textbooks. At the OhioPIRG Students’ website at http://ohiopirgstudents.org/ you can get involved in making textbooks more affordable by signing the Textbook Rebellion Petition (http://ohiopirgstudents.org/campaigns/oh/make-textbooks-affordable) or even starting a PIRG chapter on Miami’s campus.

Get involved in Open Education Week

With support from CELTUA and the Miami University Libraries, a group of 16 Miami faculty members, students, staff, and librarians have been exploring issues surrounding OER. Open Education Week takes place March 9 – 13, 2015, and the group is looking for students to help make the week a success. Kirsten Fowler serves both as ASG  Secretary for Academic Affairs and as a member of the group exploring OER. To get started, email Kirsten about your interest at fowlerkk@miamioh.edu.

Follow the conversations on Twitter

Follow @miamiuoa, @miamiulibraries, @R2RC, and @SPARC_NA to keep up with ongoing developments about open access and OER. #oaweek

 
By: revellaa on: October 20, 2014 10:03 am | revellaa

Generation Open LogoAre you Generation Open?

Are you tired of hitting paywalls when you're doing research? 
Are you frustrated with the high price of textbooks? 
Do you want to share your work openly with others across the world? 


If so, then YOU are Generation Open. Join the Miami University Libraries and institutions around the world as we celebrate Open Access Week from October 20th through October 26th. Stop by the "Generation Open" table to talk about the issues and learn how you can help create a more open system of scholarship.

Monday, October 20th, 10am – 5pm: Armstrong Student Center

Tuesday, October 21st, 10am – 4pm: Bell Tower

Wednesday, October 22, 10am – 4pm: Armstrong Student Center

Thursday, October 23, 10am – 4pm: King Café

For more information see http://bit.ly/MUOAWeek or talk to any librarian. And follow the conversation on Twitter at #oaweek. Follow @miamiuoa@miamiulibraries@R2RC, and@SPARC_NA to keep up with ongoing developments about open access. Also, watch this blog all week for additional posts relating to open access.

By: crosbylm on: October 19, 2014 12:08 pm | crosbylm

Couldn't make it to the inaugural book club meeting? No problem! Sign up to attend our second meeting of the year, November 11 from 6-7:30 pm: http://tinyurl.com/Q9DYMJW This time around, in keeping with the YA theme, we’re reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. 
 
Inspired by The Prestige by Christopher Priest and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel by Susanna Clarke, and beginning as a National Novel Writing Month Project for Morgenstern, The Night Circus chronicles Le Cirque des Rêves, an awe-inspiring circus that is only open at night, and a competition between its two dueling young magicians, Celia and Marco. Celia and Marco soon find themselves falling in love – but, unbeknownst to them both, this is a dangerous game in which only one can be left standing. Lovers of fantasy, magic and romance will enjoy this award winning bestseller and debut novel! 
 
Register to attend at http://tinyurl.com/Q9DYMJW. A limited number of free copies of the book are available, and refreshments will be provided! 
 
We hope to see you there!
 
 
Join our Goodreads.com group and continue the conversation at https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/145115-second-year-book-club
 
This event is cosponsored by the University Libraries, Second Year Programs, and the Family Fund. 
 
By: micheljp on: October 13, 2014 10:56 am | micheljp @jpmichel

Beginning in 2014, we are working to preserve not only a record of the materials displayed in our exhibits but also the narrative and story that is built from our collections in each exhibit. With the help of the University Libraries’ Emerging Technologies Cluster, we have recreated the ‘feel’ of each exhibit in a digital storytelling platform modeled on the New York Times’ Snow Fall project. These sites present a record of each exhibit in a dynamic, media-rich format.

Stories of Freedom Summer: From the Western College Memorial Archives: When the administration of the Western College for Women, now a part of Miami University, opened its campus to civil rights activists in 1964, an estimated 700 young and idealistic college students from across the north arrived in Oxford, Ohio for voter registration training. The exhibit centered around the experiences of three volunteers. The exhibit ran August 25 – December 12, 2014. Learn more about the exhibit here.


Covington’s Cincinnati: Samuel F. Covington was an Indiana native who built a successful career in the crowded Cincinnati insurance industry during the second half of the 1800’s. His experiences and those of his family typify the growing middle class that evolved in industrial America. The exhibit ran June 4 – August 1, 2014. Learn more about the exhibit here.


Cradle of Coaches: A Legacy of Excellence: Miami University has a long and proud tradition of producing exceptional coaches. In 1959, Bob Kurz (Class of 1958) coined the term the ‘Cradle of Coaches’ in reference to the many star football coaches to have passed through Miami University. The exhibit ran August 19 – December 13, 2013. Learn more about the exhibit here.

By: hartsea on: October 12, 2014 2:20 pm | hartsea

As we are commemorating the Freedom Summer 50th anniversary, you might be interested in checking out our We were prepared for the possibility of death: Freedom Riders in the South collection.  This collection has 4285 images and documents related to the Freedom Riders of 1961.  The collection comes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Library.  Freedom Riders were civil rights activists that rode interstate buses into the segregated South to test the United States Supreme Court decision in Boynton v. Virginia. Boynton had outlawed racial segregation in the restaurants and waiting rooms in terminals serving buses that crossed state lines. 

This collection allows you to both browse and search the collection.  You can search by keywords, document titles, author, and place names.

You might also be interested in a documentary in our collection called American Experience: Freedom Riders.

By: weavered on: October 08, 2014 3:11 pm | weavered

Miami community members have access to Naxos Music Library, a streaming database which includes over 100,000 CD-length classical, jazz, and world music recordings. If you don't know where to begin, here are some suggested 2014 releases from allmusic.com's editors. (Note: 5 simultaneous users are allowed.)

Antonio Pappano - Sacred Verdi
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=5099998452750

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra / Robert Spano - Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7; Tapiola
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=ASO1004

Manfred Honeck / Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Richard Strauss: Don Juan; Death and Transfiguration; Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=FR-707SACD

Barokksolistene / Bjarte Eike - The Image of Melancholy
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=BIS-2057

Jakob Lindberg - Jacobean Lute Music
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=BIS-2055

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra / JoAnn Falletta - Glière: Symphony No. 3 "Il'ya Muromets"
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=8.573161

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Gianandrea Noseda - Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=CHAN10802-03

Jenny Lin / Stravinsky: Solo Piano Works
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=Steinway30028

Lisa Friend / Mark Kinkaid / Anna Stokes - Luminance: Solo and Duo Works for Flute & Piano
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=CHRCD073

The Brodsky Quartet - New World Quartets
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=CHAN10801

Anima Eterna Orchestra / Jos van Immerseel - Ravel: Ma mère l'oye; Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=ZZT343

L'Arpeggiata / Philippe Jaroussky / Christina Pluhar - Music for a While: Improvisations on Purcell
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=825646397242

Leif Ove Andsnes / Mahler Chamber Orchestra - The Beethoven Journey: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=886443876699

Teodor Currentzis - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=886443899575

Jonas Kaufmann - Schubert: Winterreise
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=886444231572

Anonymous 4 - David Lang: Love Fail
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=CA-21100

 

See more suggestions here:

http://www.allmusic.com/newreleases/editorschoice/

 

By: laddmm on: October 06, 2014 8:41 am | laddmm

Mark Levy, at right

Mark Levy, at right

During the summer of 1964, the Western College campus in Oxford, Ohio served as the training ground for a remarkable undertaking: the coordinated and determinedly peaceful effort to register African-Americans to vote in the hostile and heavily segregated state of Mississippi. Most of the volunteers were white college students who felt a personal calling to support the civil rights of beleaguered African-Americans. A few were themselves African-Americans. Three young men – two white, one black – left Oxford for Mississippi and were never seen alive again.

But there was more to that summer than those three tragic deaths. There were many acts of individual courage, many acts of connection and enlightenment, and many lives, both of Mississippi residents and of volunteers that were forever changed by the experience of that summer. Next weekend about 50 of those volunteers will return to Oxford to remember that summer and to share the impact on their lives during a special reunion and 50th anniversary conference.

On Friday, Oct. 10, three of them will share their stories with us in a panel presentation, “Telling Our Stories: Building the Freedom Summer Legacy,” beginning at 4:15 p.m. This panel serves as the Second Annual Special Collections Lecture, highlighting the Freedom Summer Archive in the Western College Memorial Archives.

Carole Gross Colca, in front with children

Carole Gross Colca, in front with children

Our three guests – Carole Gross Colca, Mark Levy and Roland Duerksen – have all donated personal materials to the Freedom Summer Archive. During the panel presentation they’ll talk about the impact of Freedom Summer on their lives, as well as why they felt it was important to preserve and share the documents of that experience.

The fall exhibit in the Special Collections gallery showcases materials they have donated. “Stories of Freedom Summer from the Western College Memorial Archives” will be on view before and after the panel presentation and through the remainder of the semester, until December 12.

Please join us on October 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. for a fascinating presentation, followed by a reception and an opportunity to view the exhibit and interact with our speakers. The event is free and open to the public.

Elizabeth Brice
Assistant Dean for Technical Services & Special Collections

Prof. Roland Duerksen, at right behind children

Prof. Roland Duerksen, at right behind children

By: micheljp on: October 02, 2014 2:54 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

This year is the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer and the Miami community has come together to learn about and reflect on the events in 1964 that began here in Oxford, Ohio. The Libraries is proud to sponsor the Freedom Summer Conference as well as share our collections in an effort to gain an appreciation for our local connection to an important time in the civil rights movement.

Members of the Miami and Oxford communities have a unique opportunity to participate in the Freedom Summer Conference taking place October 11-14.  The opening session will be moderated by Jerome Conley, Miami University Dean of Libraries. The discussion includes many tremendous speakers who will share their experience and insight into the civil rights movement. Join us as we honor the bravery and sacrifice of the Freedom Summer volunteers and learn how we can continue to advocate for the rights and freedoms of all people.

For the complete conference schedule and to register, go to:

http://westernarchives.lib.miamioh.edu/freedomsummer/conference/

For information about our Freedom Summer collections, go to:

http://libguides.lib.miamioh.edu/FreedomSummer

 

Opening Session: Monday, October 13, 9-10:30 a.m.

Marcum Center 180-186

“Understanding the Past, Building the Future”, with Raymond F. Gorman, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, introducing a conversation between contemporary civil rights activists about the role of the civil rights movement in past and present.

Moderator: Jerome Conley, Miami University Dean of Libraries.

Panelists: Charles Cobb, Brown University; Sylvia Golbin Goodman, The Andrew

Goodman Foundation; David Goodman, The Andrew Goodman Foundation; Tom

Dutton, Miami University; Gloria Wade Gayles, Spelman College; Rev. Clifton

Kilpatrick, community organizer and pastor, Zanesville, Ohio; Hanan Sabea, The

American University in Cairo.

 
By: natalejj on: October 02, 2014 11:42 am | natalejj

This year is the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer and the Miami community has come together to learn about and reflect on the events in 1964 that began here in Oxford, Ohio. The Libraries is proud to sponsor the Freedom Summer Conference as well as share our collections in an effort to gain an appreciation for our local connection to an important time in the civil rights movement.

Members of the Miami and Oxford communities have a unique opportunity to participate in the Freedom Summer Conference taking place October 11-14.  The opening session will be moderated by Jerome Conley, Miami University Dean of Libraries. The discussion includes many tremendous speakers who will share their experience and insight into the civil rights movement. Join us as we honor the bravery and sacrifice of the Freedom Summer volunteers and learn how we can continue to advocate for the rights and freedoms of all people.

For the complete conference schedule and to register, go to:

http://westernarchives.lib.miamioh.edu/freedomsummer/conference/

For information about our Freedom Summer collections, go to:

http://libguides.lib.miamioh.edu/FreedomSummer

 

Opening Session: Monday, October 13, 9-10:30 a.m.

Marcum Center 180-186

“Understanding the Past, Building the Future”, with Raymond F. Gorman, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, introducing a conversation between contemporary civil rights activists about the role of the civil rights movement in past and present.

Moderator: Jerome Conley, Miami University Dean of Libraries.

Panelists: Charles Cobb, Brown University; Sylvia Golbin Goodman, The Andrew

Goodman Foundation; David Goodman, The Andrew Goodman Foundation; Tom

Dutton, Miami University; Gloria Wade Gayles, Spelman College; Rev. Clifton

Kilpatrick, community organizer and pastor, Zanesville, Ohio; Hanan Sabea, The

American University in Cairo.