News & Notes

By: johnsoeo on: March 29, 2013 11:28 am | johnsoeo

The libraries have started trial access to a web based software called SimplyMap. It comes with both a large variety of census and business data and all the shape files to create an impressive array of maps.

The program is very simple to use and can in a few minutes create maps that will give student's research papers an extra edge. Humanities, Business and Marketing students will probably find the program especially useful as well as anyone interested in mapping.

Files can also be downloaded for use in image processing tools like Photoshop as well as GIS software such as ArcMap.

The trial will last until April 30.

http://sm2.simplymap.com

or if off campus:
https://proxy.lib.muohio.edu/login?source=opac&url=http://sm2.simplymap.com

A short video on how to use SimplyMap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0QbMnFQFJs

By: micheljp on: March 27, 2013 2:05 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

We’re redesigning the 1st floor of King Library! The plan is to revamp the Information Desk and a few other areas. What would you like to see added or changed on the 1st floor? Give us your input at http://bit.ly/WOHdHe

By: messnekr on: March 20, 2013 8:53 am | messnekr

The Howe Writing Center and University Libraries are pleased to announce we now offer Howe’s writing consultant services in the Business, Engineering, Science and Technology Library in Laws Hall. Located on the main floor, the writing desk will be open a limited number of hours to start, but we hope that providing this service on the east side of campus will encourage students in the technical disciplines to make use of Howe’s services with their class assignments. (As always, students working in any discipline can make use of any of Howe’s locations.) The writing desk at B.E.S.T. will be open Mondays 3-5pm, Tuesdays 4-7pm, and Wednesdays 4-6pm. You can make an appointment on the Howe Writing Center web site, or drop-ins are welcome when the consultant is available.

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

As Presidents’ Day approaches, celebrate and honor some former leaders of the United States. Check out the various maps, guides, and histories of some nearby presidential sites and memorials. The five places listed below are each within five hours from Miami University and would make perfect day or weekend trips. Under each site listed is a link to the official website, along with a link to a print publication located in Government Information, King Library, Ground Floor.

So pack the car, fill up the gas tank, and stop by to check out some literature on your next road trip destination!

 

Fort Benjamin Harrison (Indianapolis, IN)

http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2982.htm

A history of Fort Benjamin Harrison, 1903-1982

 

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site (Larue, KY)

http://www.nps.gov/abli/index.htm

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site, Kentucky: official map and guide

 

Lincoln Boyhood: National Memorial (Lincoln City, IN)

http://www.nps.gov/libo/index.htm

Lincoln Boyhood: National Memorial, Indiana

 

James A. Garfield National Historic Site (Mentor, OH)

http://www.nps.gov/jaga/index.htm

James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Ohio

 

William Howard Taft National Historic Site (Cincinnati, OH)

http://www.nps.gov/wiho/index.htm

Brick walks: William Howard Taft National Historic Site: Cincinnati, Ohio

 

William Howard Taft National Historic Site (less than one hour away!)

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en

By: micheljp on: January 24, 2013 2:22 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

The Miami University Libraries migrated to a new catalog software in December. Due to this migration, search results in the classic catalog have become unreliable. Call number and keyword searches are particularly bad, and links to our e-resources are not displaying at all in classic catalog record results. These problems have to be resolved on the vendor side, and the vendor is aware of them.

We highly recommend using the “Books and More” and “Journals” tabs on the web page when searching for books, journals, and e-resources. There is a call number option available in the drop-down menu in the “Books and More” tab, which should provide accurate search results.

If you need assistance finding information or materials please contact the Information Desk via chat, txt, phone or in-person.

Please send questions to mlink@lib.muohio.edu.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

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

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 21st. It is a day to honor the life and work of a man who strived to improve the civil rights of our nation. Listed below are a number of films about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy:

Martin Luther King, Jr "I have a dream."

Citizen King

Martin, the Emancipator: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King

Memphis Dreams: Searching for the Promised Land

A Day to remember, August 28, 1963

Great Speeches Volume V

These and many others are located in the Instructional Materials Center.

While nearby, be sure to check out some other materials not only on King, Jr. and his day of honor, but also on the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site! (Attention Education Majors: Be sure to take a look at the lesson plans and teacher guides this website offers), located at 450 Auburn Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30312.

A print map of the site, along with these additional materials, can be found in the Government Information and Law collection, King Library, Ground Floor:

Now is the Time: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: Make it a Day On, not a Day Off

Living the dream, let freedom ring!: The National Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration, Monday, January 15, 1990

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of service--January 18, 1999 "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve."


http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/

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

December is a treasured month for many college students. It’s a time for relief when exams are over, a time for getting together with close friends back home, and a time for celebrating a variety of holidays.

It is also, however, a time to use caution. December is Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month. With all the holiday shopping, credit card swiping, and entertainment and social events of the season, it is important to be vigilant. To keep you well-informed and making wise choices, Government Documents has compiled a small collection of literature concerning identity safety. We have copies of hearings on topics such as:

Additionally, there are multiple pamphlets and further literature on the subject that are deserving of your attention. You can even take ONE more exam this semester (you were hoping for one, right?) with

Are you at risk for identity theft : test your "identity quotient."

So come on down to the IMC, Ground Floor King and brush up on your holiday safety measures before heading home to ring in 2013.

By: micheljp on: December 10, 2012 11:15 am | micheljp @jpmichel

Winter is Coming. Winter Break that is. A great time to unwind from the stress of Fall semester, hang out with family and friends and spend some time reading a good book. We encourage you to take some books home with you for the holiday season. To that end some of our librarians have recommended some great books. Take a look and check them out! Remember that you can renew the books on the web.

The Disappearing Spoon : and other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean

The periodic table of the elements is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, obsession, and betrayal. These tales follow carbon, neon, silicon, gold, and all the elements in the table as they play out their parts in human history. The usual suspects are here, like Marie Curie (and her radioactive journey to the discovery of polonium and radium) and William Shockley (who is credited, not exactly justly, with the discovery of the silicon transistor)--but the more obscure characters provide some of the best stories, like Paul Emile François Lecoq de Boisbaudran, whose discovery of gallium, a metal with a low melting point, gives this book its title: a spoon made of gallium will melt in a cup of tea.--From publisher description

The Worst Hard Time: the Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan

The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since.

Timothy Egan’s critically acclaimed account rescues this iconic chapter of American history from the shadows in a tour de force of historical reportage. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. --from Publisher description.

The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History by John R. Gillis

Since before recorded history, people have congregated near water. But as growing populations around the globe continue to flow toward the coasts on an unprecedented scale and climate change raises water levels, our relationship to the sea has begun to take on new and potentially catastrophic dimensions. The latest generation of coastal dwellers lives largely in ignorance of the history of those who came before them, the natural environment, and the need to live sustainably on the world’s shores. Humanity has forgotten how to live with the oceans. -- from Publisher description.



The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.





In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations that Changed the World by Ian Stewart

In Pursuit of the Unknown, celebrated mathematician Ian Stewart uses a handful of mathematical equations to explore the vitally important connections between math and human progress. We often overlook the historical link between mathematics and technological advances, says Stewart--but this connection is integral to any complete understanding of human history. Equations are modeled on the patterns we find in the world around us, says Stewart, and it is through equations that we are able to make sense of, and in turn influence, our world. Stewart locates the origins of each equation he presents--from Pythagoras's Theorem to Newton's Law of Gravity to Einstein's Theory of Relativity--within a particular historical moment, elucidating the development of mathematical and philosophical thought necessary for each equation's discovery.

Counterplay: an Anthropologist at the Chessboard by Robert Desjarlais

Drawing on his lifelong fascination with the game, Desjarlais guides readers into the world of twenty-first-century chess to help us understand its unique pleasures and challenges, and to advance a new "anthropology of passion." Immersing us directly in chess's intricate culture, he interweaves small dramas, closely observed details, illuminating insights, colorful anecdotes, and unforgettable biographical sketches to elucidate the game and to reveal what goes on in the minds of experienced players when they face off over the board. Counterplay offers a compelling take on the intrigues of chess and shows how themes of play, beauty, competition, addiction, fanciful cognition, and intersubjective engagement shape the lives of those who take up this most captivating of games. -- from Publisher description.

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media

The cohost of NPR's "On the Media" narrates, in cartoon form, two millennia of history of the influence of the media on the populace, from newspapers in Caesar's Rome to the penny press of the American Revolution to today.






Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again. -- From Publisher Description.

In Defense of Food: an Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of food journalist Pollan's thesis. Humans used to know how to eat well, he argues, but the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not "real." Indeed, plain old eating is being replaced by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. Pollan's advice is: "Don't eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food." Looking at what science does and does not know about diet and health, he proposes a new way to think about what to eat, informed by ecology and tradition rather than by the nutrient-by-nutrient approach.--From publisher description

By: luceyka on: November 19, 2012 12:47 pm | luceyka

In his recent article “Games and  21st Century Standards—an Ideal Partnership,” library technology specialist Brian Mayer ties game-based education to the Common Core Standards. He primarily discusses how games lend themselves to the inquiry process now being emphasized in the curriculum. And depending on the type of game, “the inquiry process takes the course of the entire game, a single turn, or only moments”.

You’re in luck! The Instructional Materials Center (IMC), Ground Floor King holds dozens of games and interactive curriculum materials to extend learning: board games, puppets, a forensic kit, magic tricks.

Notes:  In the catalog, search on the Subject “Games” or the Keyword “Puppet,” then limit results to “IMC”. Also, we do not carry computer games.

Here’s a list of articles that outline many more possibilities in the game department:

To search for your own ideas, try using the Education Full Text database and searching the Subject term “Educational Games”.

Have fun!

By: micheljp on: November 19, 2012 9:51 am | micheljp @jpmichel

On this day in 1863 on the Battlefield of Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln gave one our country's most enduring and mythical speeches, the Gettysburg Address.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

The significance of this speech is varied and far-reaching.  We have several books specifically about the speech as well as over a thousand books, movies and other resources dedicated to President Abraham Lincoln.

Check out some of these resources for Thanksgiving Break!

Ooh and check out this beautiful video honoring the iconic speech: