News & Notes

By: tzoce_2 on: September 26, 2013 10:05 pm | tzoce_2

The process of making a three-dimensional solid object is definitely getting more and more attention and popularity everywhere. If you check Miami's homepage, then the image below may look familiar to you; the whole story is available at http://miamioh.edu/news/top-stories and kudos to John Williams.


Photo: Scott Kissell

If you're asking yourself "can I see/try this MakerBot Replicator 3D printer?"
The answer is "absolutely YES" ... to get started:

  • Visit this page http://bit.ly/1h78WJy
  • Or contact either John Williams <williajc@MiamiOH.edu> at the Business, Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Library (513) 529-6886; or Jon Cameron <cameroj3@MiamiOH.edu> at the Center for Information Management (CIM) in King Library (513) 529-1776.
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: 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: 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).

By: bomholmm on: August 27, 2013 4:26 pm | bomholmm

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).

King Printers
King-B&W
King-Color

Best Printers
Best-Color
Best-B&W

Music Printers
AMOS-B&W
AMOS-Color

Art and Architecture Printers
ALU-LIB-COLOR
ALU-LIB-B&W

More info on Google Cloud Printing
http://www.google.com/cloudprint/learn/

By: micheljp on: June 20, 2013 11:11 am | micheljp @jpmichel

We are happy to announce that we are currently in the midst of a trial of a new innovative iPad app titled Browzine. Go to the App Store and download it now for free and log in via your Miami University credentials. It allows Miami University students and faculty to:

  1. Easily read complete scholarly journals in a format that is optimized for tablet devices
  2. Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals
  3. Be alerted when new editions of journals are published
  4. Easily save to Zotero, Mendeley, Dropbox and other services

This is a very slick new product. Take a look and let us know what you think! Email Jason Michel @ micheljp@miamioh.edu with questions and comments.