News & Notes

By: tullykk on: November 12, 2012 9:58 am | tullykk

The annual Human Rights and Social Justice program at Miami University, “A Call to Action,” is a series of events Nov. 13-15 that help raise awareness about economic, social and cultural human rights violations locally and around the world. A special presentation on human trafficking and victim identification is organized by the Oxford League of Women Voters. For more information, please visit the facebook page for the program.

Consider reading or listening to readings on the following topics at the Human Rights and Social Justice Read-In:

2-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 212 MacMillan Hall
2 p.m.: “ A Call to Action”: Individual and collective readings;
3 p.m.: “Going to War and Coming Home:” Summer reading program, “Continuing the Dialogue” led by Jennifer Kinney and Nancy Arthur (members of the 2012 Summer Reading Program committee).

The second hour will include a reading from letters by Miami students, who were soldiers during our nation's historical conflicts, housed in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections in King Library.

By: hartsea on: November 05, 2012 11:39 am | hartsea

Folklore and fairy-tales scholar Jack Zipes will visit Miami University to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Brothers Grimm's Household Tales in a guest lecture series, Nov. 7 and 8. His public lecture “A Second Glance at Red Riding Hood’s Trials and Tribulations” begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in 322 McGuffey and focuses on film adaptation of fairy tales. Zipes’s lectures will be accompanied by short films from recent movie adaptations. You can read more here.

If you want to prepare for this lecture, we have several resources you might be interested in checking out.

We have a fairy tale research guide that might be helpful.

We have books written by Jack Zipes:

The irresistible fairy tale: the cultural and social history of a genre.  King Library (2nd floor) | GR550 .Z59 2012

The enchanted screen: the unknown history of fairy-tale films. King Library (2nd floor) | PN1995.9.F34 Z57 2011

When dreams came true: classical fairy tales and their traditionKing Library (2nd floor) | PN3437 .Z57 2007

Breaking the magic spell: radical theories of folk and fairy tales.  King Library (2nd floor) | GR74 .Z56 2002

We also have collections of Brothers Grimm's tales and books about these tales:

The complete fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm translated and with an introduction by Jack Zipes. King Library (2nd floor) | PT921 .G628 2003

The annotated Brothers Grimm edited with a preface and notes by Maria Tatar.  King Library (2nd floor) | PT921 .K5613 2004

Tales and translation: the Grimm Tales from pan-Germanic narratives to shared international fairytales by Cay Dollerup.  King Library (2nd floor) | GR166 .D65 1999

The Reception of Grimms' fairy tales: responses, reactions, revisions edited by Donald Haase. King Library (2nd floor) | PT921 .R4 1993 

The brothers Grimm & their critics: folktales and the quest for meaning by Christa Kamenetsky. King Library (2nd floor) | PD63 .K36 1992 

You might also want to look for fairy tales in our Instructional Materials Center and in our Special Collections!

By: liechtep on: November 02, 2012 2:50 pm | liechtep

This fall marks the opening of B.E.S.T. Library’s newest service point, The Digital Den. This area, located directly behind the glass artwork in the lobby of B.E.S.T. Library, has 7 iMacs and 6 PCs, a 3D printer, and a 3D scanner. We also have a large format scanner, black and white printer, and an all-in-one copier/scanner/color printer. To better serve you with your technical questions, we’ve staffed this area with specialists capable of helping with ArcGIS projects, Adobe Creative Suite, iMovie, 3D Modeling, Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, and many of the general computer problems you may encounter. The Digital Den Help Desk is staffed Monday through Thursday, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-11pm.

Perhaps the most exciting feature of the Digital Den is its commitment to 3D printing and scanning. The centerpiece of this new service is the MakerBot Replicator with dual head extruders capable of printing out 3D models rendered in ABS plastic (multiple colors available). This machine is able to print 3D objects from .STL files, Google Sketchup drawings and objects rendered in Maya. We are currently accepting print jobs in any of these formats, at a cost of $0.20 per gram of the finished project. We would be happy to answer any of your questions about 3D printing at either the Digital Den Help Desk or the B.E.S.T. Information Desk.

In addition to these services we also offer statistics help at our Statistics Help Desk. Geared for those needing assistance with statistics problems in their coursework, students are welcome to stop by, no appointment required, for help with course assignments but also assistance with stats software including Excel, JMP, SPSS, Minitab, R, and MATLAB. Hours for the Statistics Help Desk are:

Monday: 7pm-9pm
Tuesday: 10:30am-12:30pm and 6pm-8pm
Wednesday: 3:30pm-5:30pm
Thursday: 1pm-3pm

For more information on any of our new or existing services you can stop by the B.E.S.T. Library Information Desk during our normal business hours: Sunday 11am-Midnight, Monday –Thursday 7:30am-Midnight, Friday 7:30am-5pm, and Saturday 11am-6pm.

By: liechtep on: November 02, 2012 2:54 pm | liechtep

Miami University Library is proud to announce 3D printing at the Center for Information Management at King Library and the Digital Den at B.E.S.T. Library! MU Libraries recently acquired two MakerBot Replicators. These printers are able to print virtually any object using ABS plastic, the same type that is used in the production of Lego’s™, and are able to print in a volume roughly the same as a loaf of bread. Some of the printer specifications:

Build envelope 225 x 145 x 150 mm | 8.9 x 5.7 x 5.9 in Build volume About 5 liters Layer thickness Choose 0.2-0.3 mm with stock nozzle

Stock nozzle diameter Stock 0.4 mm

Speed 40 mm/s

Flow Rate Approximately 24 cc/hr

Extruder Temperature Recommended Maximum 230 C Heated Build Platform 120 C Maximum Positioning precision 2.5 micron on Z axis 11.micron on XY axis

So you might ask yourself, how do I get something printed in 3D? This is a mediated service; you must first set a consultation with either Jon Cameron at the Center for Information Management or John Williams at the Digital Den. We will then discuss the project you would like printed and the limitations of the printer in regards to your project. 3D printing is not like printing on a sheet of paper, it takes time, many hours in some cases and less in others, a lot depends on how detailed your object is. The charge for printing is $0.20 per gram. This cost is for everything that the printer prints, including the supports if needed for your project. If you are looking for something to pass around class or have a prototype that you would like to build, come to the B.E.S.T. or King Libraries for your 3D printing needs!

By: hartsea on: October 31, 2012 10:28 am | hartsea

Just in time for Halloween, we have a new two volume set you might want to check out called The Century's Best Horror Fiction.  It's edited by John Pelan and published by Cemetery Dance Publication.  The call number is PN6120.95.H727 C46 2011, and it's located on the second floor of King.  The editor selected one story published during each year of the 20th Century.  There was only one selection per author and one selection per year.  Booklist describes this book as an "intoxicating reading experience."  Some of the authors included in this collection are H. G. Wells, Algernon Blackwood, M. R. James, E. F. Benson, Lord Dunsany, H. P. Lovecraft, and Shirley Jackson.  I found the selections from the beginning of the century especially intriguing!

If you're interested in reading other horror stories for Halloween, you might be interested in some of these titles:

The Year's best fantasy and horror.  King Library (2nd floor) | PN6120.95.F25 Y4

Darkness: two decades of modern horror edited by Ellen Datlow.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS648.H6 D378 2010

Zombies: the recent dead edited by Paula Guran. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6120.95.H727 Z65 2010 

American fantastic tales: terror and the uncanny from the 1940s to now edited by Peter Straub.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS648.H6 A46 2009

Enjoy All Hallow's Read!

By: crosbylm on: October 29, 2012 9:42 am | crosbylm

One of our newest resources, Alternative Press Index with Archive, is now available for Oxford campus users only. This EBSCOhost resource is a bibliographic database of journal, newspaper, and magazine articles. Coverage in API Archive spans 1969-1990, and API’s coverage begins in 1991. Content comes from 700+ international alternative, radical, and left periodicals. View the complete lists of periodicals in both API and API Archive by selecting the Publications tab in the database toolbar.

Topics covered include theories and practices of socialism, revolution, ecology, democracy, anarchism, feminism, organized labor, indigenous peoples, and gay and lesbian issues. Oxford campus users can access Alternative Press Index with Archives from the following link:

By: bazelejw on: October 25, 2012 11:26 am | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

Currently, there is a dizzying array of open access resources available to students and scholars online, and it is often difficult to determine the quality of these resources. In order to make users aware of quality open access resources, the library has identified specific resources and added entries and links for these resources to our website and catalog. In the Databases A to Z list, there are links to a number of high quality sources of open access materials.

ArXiv is a repository hosted by Cornell University which includes open access to more than 700,000 e-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, and statistics.

The Directory of Open Access Journals is an aggregation of over 7,000 online journals across all subjects which are peer reviewed or have editorial quality control.

ProQuest’s Dissertations and Theses Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge (the authors of these theses and dissertations have opted to publish as open access).

Additional freely available full-text dissertations can be found at the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, where numerous participating institutions deposit dissertations.

At the FDSYS site, you’ll find open access to authenticated information directly from the United States Government through the Government Printing Office.

If you’re interested in electronic books, the National Academies Press has made PDFs of the majority of its publications (over 4,000 monographs) freely available at their website. These monographs consist of reports published by various government academies, including the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the National Research Council. Registration is free and required before your first download from the site.

Another place to access quality open access electronic books is from the Directory of Open Access Books, which is a service of the OAPEN Foundation. The OAPEN Foundation is an international initiative dedicated to Open Access monograph publishing, based at the National Library in The Hague. DOAB contains more than 1,000 academic peer-reviewed books from more than two dozen publishers.

In our Journals A to Z list, you will find links for many open access journals, identifiable by the presence of a small globe icon and the text “Open Access”. If you are browsing the library’s online catalog, a keyword search on “open access” under the Journal Titles tab will bring up entries for numerous open access journals available online.

By: revellaa on: October 22, 2012 6:15 pm | revellaa

Many humanists believe that the debates raging around open access in the natural sciences are not related to them. "Our research is not usually funded by tax payers," they say. "Unlike the STEM disciplines, our journals have a reasonable subscription price," they argue. And both of these arguments are factually correct. However, the serials crisis caused by rising journal prices and shrinking library budgets indirectly impacts humanities scholars and their ability to access the peer-reviewed scholarly literature in their fields.

When libraries are faced with the need to cut journal subscriptions due to rising costs or budget reductions, they don't simply cut the most expensive items. What they do is look at usage data to locate those journals which are used the least and cut enough of those subscriptions to make up the difference. In other words, we cut off the "long tail." And although some humanities titles see high usage, the bulk of this "long tail" are specialized titles in the humanities. And it is in these titles were humanists try the groundbreaking new approaches that shape their fields. But given the undergraduate-heavy usage patterns at Miami, these titles see less use than similar journals in the sciences and social sciences. So, the rapidly rising costs of journals in other disciplines does have an impact on access to humanities research.

What can scholars do about this? Humanists could publish their research in one of the many open access journals in their field, but they may not be as prestigious as more traditional titles. Subscription revenue is important to the continued survival of academic societies so many journals have been reluctant to switch to an open access model. This being said, many journals in the humanities allow their authors to self-archive a copy of the final published version of their articles in an institutional repository. Even those journals without an express statement of support for self-archiving in their copyright transfer agreement (CTA) will usually allow authors to post their work online in some form if asked via an author addendum to the CTA. Miami's Scholars Portal and the connected Scholarly Commons is Miami's institutional repository. Posting your work in Scholarly Commons not only increases access to your research by other scholars, but also allows other interested parties to read your work. In other words, the general public who lives without access to academic journals will be able to access your research. Additionally, the Scholars Portal allows Miami faculty to create profiles to provide a public face for the work contained in the Scholarly Commons. These profiles have a persistant easy to remember URL as well as basic profile and contact information. If you would like some assistance in creating your Scholars Portal profile and getting your work added to the Scholarly Commons, please contact Jen Waller at

Additional Resources

By: wallerjl on: October 22, 2012 6:16 pm | wallerjl

Today marks the start of Open Access Week! Libraries around the world will spend this week celebrating open access principles, and Miami's libraries are no exception. Just a few things on tap this week include:

  • Free "Ask me about Open Access" buttons available at service desks throughout the libraries.
  • A display in the foyer of King Library that answers, "What are all these locks for?"
  • A free webcast of the SPARC/WorldBank panel discussion, "Perspectives on Open Access: Practice, Progress, and Pitfalls" in King 114 on Monday, 10/22/12, from 4:00pm-5:30pm.
  • A free Digital Humanities Symposium on Tuesday, 10/23/12, from 3:00pm - 6:30pm in King 320 (see )
  • A free presentation, "How Open Scholarship is Changing Research," by William Gunn, Ph.D. and Head of Academic Outreach for Mendeley. 4:30pm-5:30pm on Thursday, 10/25/12, in McGuffey 322 (see )

For information about these events and links to other open access resources, please go to

Happy Open Access Week!

By: grabacka on: October 23, 2012 12:58 pm | grabacka

October 19 is National Geologic Map Day.  This is a recognition of the significance of this form of mapping, that seeks to map the earth beneath the surface.  These maps convey important information about the geology of regions.  They are also esthetically pleasing uses of color and shape.

In recognition, the United States Geological Survey releases a greatly revised resource, the National Geological Map Database, which provides access to a large database of geological maps through a Map Catalog, of over 90,000 maps from the USGS as well as more than 600 other publishers.  A new Map Viewer offers an additional discovery tool.  Another important resource at this site is Stratigraphy to identify geological names, charts and guidelines.

Miami University Libraries has geological maps in various forms, both digital and in print format.  The Geology subject guide includes the page Geological Mapping, that describes many of these publications, maps, and resources.  USGS maps, maps by the Ohio Geological Survey, and various recently published maps by other state geological surveys are descibed here.  Included are several recent maps, as well as classic maps that have retained importance through the years.  To find such resources in the catalog, a Subject search with the terms "Geology," regional name, and "Maps."  For example , the 2005 Geologic Map of North America is listed with the subject Geology - North America - Maps.  This will also retrieve the related Database of the Geologic Map of North America.  Both of these items are in the Libraries collections, as well as available as web pages at the USGS site.

Books about geologic mapping are available with the subject Geological mapping.  A book by Simon Winchester, The Map that Changed the World : William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology, describes the creation of the world's first geological map, of Great Britain, in the early decades of the 1800s.  Reproductions of two versions of this map are on view in the Geology Department in Shideler Hall.  Other siginifcant geological maps are viewable there, as well as in the Libraries collections.