News & Notes

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.

By: laddmm on: July 26, 2013 12:15 pm | laddmm

I am excited to announce the release of our first wholly digital exhibit: A Gift of History!

This exhibit features the original 19th century Miami annuity rolls which were donated by Margaret Sue Strass to the Myaamia Heritage Museum and Archive. Part of the agreement to the donation was that the rolls would be kept at Miami University, here in Special Collections, to be viewed by interested scholars, students, and Myaamia for genealogical research.

There are 35 sheets, each 2.5 x 1.5 feet in size

The rolls donated include:

  • Myaamia annuity, 1880
  • Myaamia annuity, 1881
  • Eel River annuity, 1880
  • Eel River annuity, 1881
  • Myaamia census, 1882
  • Myaamia census, 1882, duplicates
  • Eel River census, 1882

To make them more accessible, we digitized the rolls and they became the foundation of our new Myaamia Collection Online - a resource that is already receiving new donations. While we are excited at the prospect of further expanding the collection, we wanted to commemorate the original gift of the annuity rolls that was its beginning.

Each page incorporates the CONTENTdm compound object viewer, allowing you to navigate the roll

For some time, Elias Tzoc in the Center for Digital Scholarship and I had discussed developing an exhibit in Omeka, but we were limited by Omeka's difficulty in managing compound objects like the annuity rolls, each comprising several sheets of paper. However, in a stroke of genius, Elias was able to import the compound object viewer from the Myaamia Collection Online in CONTENTdm to the Omeka platform, allowing us to move forward with the exhibit you now see. This exhibit demonstrates the power of open source platforms like Omeka, allowing designers to import and adapt tools to their specific needs.

In addition to the rolls themselves, the exhibit also details the importance of the time for the Miamis in Indiana when these rolls were compiled: in 1881, 63 registered Miami were granted citizenship to the state of Indiana and the United States, making them the last large group of Miamis in the state to receive citizenship to the United States. The exhibit also provides information on the process by which we digitized the rolls and created a digital collection around them.

Each roll's page links to the item in the Myaamia Collection Online, including a full metadata record

This was my first major project here in Special Collections and it has been a fascinating (and, yes, sometimes frustrating) process to bring the collection and this exhibit together, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have worked with these rolls. I would like to thank Elias, Jody, John, and Lori for their help with the project, and invite you all to explore this fascinating gift of history.

Marcus Ladd
Special Collections Librarian

By: tullykk on: July 23, 2013 3:03 pm | tullykk

We're happy to announce that the processing of the John H. James Collection, one of our largest manuscript collections, has been completed and finding aids for the collection are now available online.  The finding aids were written by two of our graduate assistants, Adrienne Chudzinski and Stacy Haberstroh, both Miami history graduate students, and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude for their work processing the collection.

John Hough James (1800-1881) was a native of Urbana, Ohio and a graduate of Cincinnati College.  Referred to as the "Buckeye Titan" by his biographers, William E. and Ophia D. Smith, James was a lawyer, banker, railroad builder, scientific farmer, stockbreeder, legislator, politician, editor, lecturer and writer.  A friend of both Henry Clay and William Henry Harrison, James advised Whig leaders in the General Assembly of Ohio and in the United States Congress in his work as a lawyer and politician.  James was a pioneer in the development of western banking and transportation. He was treasurer and president of the Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad, helping to build one of the earliest railroads in the country. He also pursued farming and stockbreeding. James founded Urbana University, the first Swedenborgian college in the world, giving the land for the campus and serving as a lifelong trustee for the institution.

John H. James married Abigail Bailey, the daughter of Revolutionary War printer Frances Bailey, in 1825 and the couple had four children.  Abigail and her children feature prominently in the collection and the family's letters to each other detail everyday domestic life for a close-knit, upper middle class family in nineteenth century Ohio.

Efforts until recently were largely focused on cataloging James's personal library, a rich collection of 17th-19th century European and American imprints. His personal papers, including diaries kept over sixty years of his life, extensive family correspondence, and business documents were available for research, but, until now, lacked comprehensive finding aids for interested scholars to use remotely before visiting the collection.  The collection opens up many avenues for historical inquiry on a variety of topics in the study of nineteenth century American life and culture, including political, economic, gender, social, and religious history.

In many ways, our newly available finding aids build on James's own meticulous organization of his diaries, correspondence, and business records.  He bound and labeled family correspondence and business correspondence annually and, it is safe to say, that he kept the originals or copies of almost every letter or document that crossed his desk, both at home and in his office.  When a house fire threatened his entire collection of personal records a year before his death, James dutifully described the incident in his diary entry dated May 12, 1880: “This diary business seems to be well nigh run out. Yesterday as I sat at my bedroom desk writing, I heard the crack of fire in my closet where I have kept all my diaries and my files of letters. A glass lamp was burning there on the top of my drawers and heating a little can of water hung above it. A fire happened, the lamp burst and spread its infernal fluid and the fierce flame ascended and spread. Nobody to blame. A loud call for my granddaughter Nelly, and for water, brought help.... My letter books burned in volumes (by the only hand I would trust). From 1814-1871 several were scorched and one or two more than scorched- and all my diaries from 1821- 1878 injured in the burning ... The worst of all, the first volume of letters from my son while in the army, written out by me from the letters when he first entered, so burned that I may not be able to replace it.”

Though much of the collection still bears the scars from that fateful fire, thousands of letters and documents, along with most of the diaries James kept between 1821 and 1881, are safe now here in Special Collections and I'd like to think that James himself would be very pleased with our stewardship of his collections.

Kimberly Tully
Special Collections Librarian

By: bomholmm on: August 27, 2013 4:19 pm | bomholmm

Google has released a native Windows Print Driver giving users access to cloud printing from desktop apps like Microsoft Word on their Windows PCs.

The cloud print driver will be available on all library PCs.

By: bomholmm on: July 23, 2013 2:29 pm | bomholmm

Miami University Libraries are now available in Google Indoor Maps. King Library,  Werts Art & Architecture Library, Music Library, Best Library(coming soon).

Indoor maps are best viewed in Google maps for Android or iOS(latest update).