News & Notes

By: hartsea on: September 12, 2012 10:31 am | hartsea

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This year's Banned Books Week will take place between September 30th and October 6th. You can find out about some of the events planned around the country and get helpful information at the Banned Books Week website.

King Library is marking this week with a display on the first floor of King in the foyer of the library.  Since this month is also Hispanic Heritage Month, this year's display focuses on the 2010 Arizona House Bill 2281, which states that a school in Arizona cannot include in its classes any material that promotes the overthrow of the United States Government, promotes resentment towards a race or class of people, are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group, or advocates ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.  The Tucson Unified School District was found to be in violation of this law for offering courses in Mexican-American Studies.  As a result, books and other materials were removed from the K-12 curriculum in Arizona.  You can read about the list of materials that have been removed in this article.

We are featuring some of these titles in our display on the first floor of King and on our Pinterest board.

Here are a couple of the titles that we are featuring:

The Tempest by William Shakespeare.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR2833.A2 B35 2008

Woman Hollering Creek, and Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros. King Library (2nd floor)

The Latino/a Condition: A Critical Reader edited by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic.  King Library (2nd floor) | E184.S75 L355 2011

Twelve Impossible Things before Breakfast: Stories by Jane Yolen.  King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv | PZ7.Y78 Tw 1997 

United States Government: Democracy in Action by Richard C. Remy.  King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Textbooks | JK274 .R44 2003 SE

Healing Earthquakes: A Love Story in Poems by Jimmy Santiago Baca.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3552.A254 H43 2001

Civil Disobedience: A Solitude and Life without Principle by Henry David Thoreau.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3042 1998

Check the list out for yourself and decide if you think these books should have been removed.

By: micheljp on: September 11, 2012 10:32 am | micheljp @jpmichel

Today is the 11th anniversary of the 9/11. This tragic event in American history has had wide ranging effects in all facets of our world: politics, economics, psychology, media and more. It is an ideal of libraries to house and curate our collective memories, reactions and analysis of historical events.

To remember this event in our history, come to one of our libraries and check out a few of our nearly 500 books about 9/11.

Our complete collection about 9/11.

Follow our Pinterest board on 9/11 to see book covers of the collection.

By: hartsea on: September 05, 2012 3:21 pm | hartsea

The Norton Anthology of English Literature turns fifty this year. In its honor The New York Times published an interview with the founding editor M.H. Abrams and the current editor Stephen Greenblatt. It's interesting to read their thoughts on the importance of the anthology.

As you might expect, the library has several editions of this anthology. For instance, we have the 8th edition in our circulating collection.

Hamilton Library actually has the original 1962 edition in their library.

In addition to the English Literature Anthology, we of course have several other Norton Anthologies, including:

Norton Anthology of Latino Literature

Norton Anthology of American Literature

Norton Anthology of Literature by Women

Norton Anthology of Short Fiction

In the interview they mention wanting students to be able to carry the book around and read it anywhere, including under a tree. I honestly can't say I ever remember willingly carrying the book around with me because the edition I had was rather heavy. Still that edition has stayed with me over the years, and I do sometimes still refer back to it! Here's hoping that future generations of students continue to find this anthology useful.

By: crosbylm on: September 05, 2012 3:20 pm | crosbylm

The library now has access to New World Cinema: Independent Features & Shorts, 1990-Present. Currently, the database offers a collection of 182 full-length independent feature and short films, totaling 207 hours of video. Films from 1990-present are included. Many of these films have been presented at major film festivals and have been nominated for or won awards.

Faculty and students will find useful the classroom performance rights that come with the database, as well as the ability to create playlists of videos, clips, or images, and annotate sections of film. These features allow for use of database content in classroom lectures and presentations.

Search by title, actor, award, language, and more, or browse the database by director, actor, genre, country of origin, award, clip, or genre.

Access this database through the A-Z Databases list on the libraries website, or through the following link: http://www.lib.muohio.edu/indexes/redirect/1022

By: hurstsj on: August 29, 2012 3:09 pm | hurstsj

Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) is now available as a FREE app for iOS and Android Devices. http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2012/08/fred-app/ Access 42,000 economic data series from 38 regional, national and international sources on your phone or iPad. Users can also email data series or graphs or post them directly to Twitter or Facebook. A great resource for economists and anyone needing data just got easier and more convenient to use.

By: micheljp on: August 26, 2012 9:40 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

Neil Armstrong, American astronaut famous for being the first person to walk on the moon, died Saturday, August 25th, in Cincinnati.  He was 82 years old.  After you've read the news articles and the Wikipedia entry, discover more about his life and work with a few books! 

  First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen

















  One Giant Leap: Neil Armstrong's Stellar American Journey      by Leon Wagener

By: crosbylm on: August 20, 2012 9:15 am | crosbylm

The MU Libraries now offer access to the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports (1941-1996). This database contains the FBIS Daily Reports, 1941-1974, and the FBIS Daily Report Annexes, 1974-1996. Full-text, transcribed, and translated radio broadcasts make up the content of this database. These broadcasts have been intercepted from foreign governments and official news services. This database also contains covert broadcasts from occupied territories.

Search database content using phrases in quotation marks and/or use connectors AND, OR, or NOT. Limit by Countries and Political Entities, Article Types (Text, Excerpts, Summary, Highlights/Reviews, Speeches, Interviews), Publication Series Title, or by Events (listed by year). For more about basic and advanced searching, use the Help Index to find answers to your questions. This index also includes helpful Hints for using this database.

This database can be accessed on-campus from this link: http://infoweb.newsbank.com/?db=FBISX

You can also get to the database from this link: http://www.lib.muohio.edu/indexes/redirect/973

By: bazelejw on: August 20, 2012 9:13 am | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

Beginning August 15, 2012, Miami University Libraries is offering users a new search box on the library's front page. Called OneSearch, the box searches more than 150 library resources across many disciplines and formats from a single search box. Users can search for books, articles, multimedia and more using this search tool.

OneSearch is hosted by EBSCOhost, which offers the familiarity of the EBSCOhost interface and search technology while exposing many more of our online resources to users. After entering search terms, the OneSearch interface will return search results with options to limit and refine your results using facets. The personalized account functionality in OneSearch is the same as that found in all EBSCOhost databases. If you already have an EBSCOhost account set up, you can log in to OneSearch using the same user name and password.

The "Books and More" and "Journal Titles" tabs are still available on the library website for searching the library catalog.

By: crosbylm on: August 18, 2012 2:05 pm | crosbylm

It’s the time of year for back to school shopping. New pens and pencils, brand new bookbags and binders, and… new textbooks. You take a look at your syllabus – or five – and discover that your classes list a bunch of expensive textbooks as required reading. Adding up the cost in your head, you realize the price tag for all of your books this semester is almost $1,000. That’s over 120 hours of pay from your on-campus job!

"There has to be a way to save some of that hard earned money", you think. "What are my options? I have no idea where to start…"

The Textbooks Guide is the perfect place to begin your search.

Designed as a solution to the common problem of pricey textbooks, this guide serves as a roadmap finding books and eBooks through the MU Libraries Catalog or the OhioLINK Library Catalog, checking out Reserve Textbooks, or requesting an inter-library loan. Beyond libraries, this guide lists useful links to resources for open access eBooks, buying, selling, and renting textbooks or eTextbooks online and locally, and price comparison websites.

So, before you make a trip to your local bookstore, take some time to explore your options. You, and your wallet, may be happy you did!

Access the Textbooks LibGuide here: http://libguides.lib.muohio.edu/textbooks

By: hartsea on: August 26, 2013 3:54 pm | hartsea

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 16 prizes of $100 a piece for the best compositions by incoming first-year students that are based on the book selected for this year’s Summer Reading Program, Jess Goodell’s Shade It Black. Your entry may be in written, digital, or other form. Written submission are to be 350 to 500 words. Audio and videos up to three minutes long. The deadline is midnight, October 2, 2012. You can find out more details here.

If you're interested in reading the book, we have multiple copies here at Miami University Libraries (DS79.766.G63 A3 2011). You can also request a copy through OhioLINK.

We have displays about this summer reading program selection on the first floor of King and in our Special Collections. You can find out more details about the Special Collections materials here.