News & Notes

By: revellaa on: October 23, 2013 10:49 am | revellaa

  1. A Better Tomorrow

    This John Woo Classic from 1986 was the film that launched the career of Chow Yun Fat and caused young men throughout Asia to don trench coats. Amongst the pathos and male bonding that are synonymous with Woo's Hong Kong films, this film has so much action and over the top gun play that you will be begging for more. Well, you're in luck because our DVD copy also includes the sequel A Better Tomorrow II, directed by fellow Hong Kong legend Tsui Hark. And BTW, A Better Tomorrow is also the film in which Chow Yun Fat lights a cigarette with a $100 bill. If you like your violence fast and stylized with a healthy dose of "platonic" male bonding, you have to watch these films. Check out the DVD at the IMC in King Library!

  2. Donnie Brasco

    This 1997 film staring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino is the true story of undercover cop Joe Pistone's (Depp) struggles to maintain his sense of justice as he is sucked further and further into the world of gangster Lefty Ruggiero (Pacino). But above all, this film has some very funny dialog amongst the constant suspense. A really good, criminally underrated film with fantastic performances from two excellent actors.

By: bazelejw on: September 18, 2015 4:45 pm | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

In honor of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21-25), we will be profiling an influential figure in the scholarly communication landscape each day.

Wednesday, October 23

photo of Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Kathleen Fitzpatrick


  • M.F.A. in English, Louisiana State University, 1991
  • Ph.D. in English, New York University, 1998

Current Positions

  • Director of Scholarly Communication, Modern Language Association
  • Visiting Research Professor of English, New York University
  • Professor of Media Studies, Pomona College

Notable Affiliations

  • Co-founder/co-editor of the digital scholarly network, MediaCommons
  • Board of Directors, Council on Library and Information Resources
  • Advisory Board, Open Library of the Humanities
  • Chair, Publications Committee, Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
  • Executive Committee, Association for Computers and the Humanities

Notable Publications

Interesting Facts

  • Fitzpatrick is a self-described Mac “zealot”.
  • She was named one of “12 Tech Innovators Who Are Transforming Campuses” by The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2012.
  • Fitzpatrick’s book Planned Obsolescence went through an open peer review process prior to publication.

More Information

By: bazelejw on: September 18, 2015 4:45 pm | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

In honor of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21-25), we will be profiling an influential figure in the scholarly communication landscape each day.

Tuesday, October 22

Jeffrey Beall


  • M.A. (English), Oklahoma State University, 1987
  • M.S.L.S. (Library Science), University of North Carolina, 1990

Current Position

  • Scholarly Initiatives Librarian / Associate Professor, Auraria Library, University of Colorado, Denver

Notable Affiliations

  • Member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing
  • Vice Chancellor's Advisory Committee for Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion (University of Colorado, Denver)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly (2005-2012)
  • Member, Program for Cooperative Cataloging liaison to the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, Subject Analysis Committee (2010-2012)

Notable Publications

Interesting Facts

  • In 2013, Beall's well-known list of predatory publishers prompted a few of the publishers on the list to threaten him with lawsuits.
  • Beall combines his interest in digital photography and Wikipedia by photographing properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Colorado, and uploading them to the corresponding pages in Wikipedia.
  • Beall is a former Peace Corps volunteer and has lived in five states and four foreign countries.

More Information

By: bazelejw on: September 18, 2015 4:46 pm | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

In honor of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21-25), we will be profiling an influential figure in the scholarly communication landscape each day.

Monday, October 21

photo of Peter Suber

Peter Suber


  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1978
  • J.D., Northwestern University, 1982

Current Positions

  • Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication
  • Director of the Harvard Open Access Project
  • Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
  • Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
  • Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge
  • Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College

Notable Affiliations

  • Member of the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH)
  • Member of the Board of Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Scholarly and Research Communication
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Open Access Directory (OAD)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Open Knowledge Foundation, and the Advisory Council for its Open Definition
  • Member of the OA Advisory Board of Open Humanities Press

Notable Publications

Interesting Facts

  • Considered by many to be the leader of the open access movement.
  • According to Wikipedia, Suber worked as a stand-up comic from 1976-1981, including an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1976.
  • Lingua Franca magazine named Suber one of Academia’s 20 Most Wired Faculty in 1999.
  • With one exception, all of Suber’s publications are open access.

More Information

By: bazelejw on: September 18, 2015 4:46 pm | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

In celebration of Open Access Week (October 21-25), CELTUA and the Miami University Libraries will be presenting a panel discussion "Publish, Don't Perish: The Future of Scholarly Publishing and Open Access".

When: Wednesday, 10/23/13, from 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Where: the Center for Digital Scholarship on the 3rd Floor of King Library.

We will continue the discussion informally at a hosted reception from 4:30-5pm.

What do the phrases "scholarly communication" and "open access" really mean? The term "scholarly communication is frequently used as shorthand for peer-reviewed publishing, traditionally the primary way a discipline advances. However, the phrase actually encompasses many more applications, including how scholars find information, create knowledge, and communicate among themselves, with students, and beyond the academy with other audiences. New digital capabilities including electronic publishing, social media, institutional repositories, and copyright legislation are profoundly impacting traditional scholarly communication. This shifting landscape affects researchers, instructors, students, publishers, scholars, and librarians dramatically. In 2012-2013, the Scholarly Communication FLC discussed these and other issues and will be sharing their thoughts in this moderated panel discussion. All four members of the panel as well as the moderator participated in the FLC.

By: gibsonke on: October 15, 2013 4:14 pm | gibsonke

Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Prize award winning author, died Saturday, October 12. Hijuelos was the first Latino author to be awarded the prize in 1990 for his novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love .
He wrote seven other novels and a memoir, Thoughts Without Cigarettes.

Interested in reading more?
Oscar Hijuelos' Books in the Miami Libraries

By: laddmm on: October 15, 2013 11:59 am | laddmm

cradle image crop

With the many and varied resources in Special Collections, it's always a challenge choosing which ones to focus on for exhibits and special events. This October we will be celebrating two fascinating collections and we hope you will join us.

On Homecoming Saturday, October 19, we'll host a reception for our main exhibit this semester, Cradle of Coaches: A Legacy of Excellence. From 4 to 6 p.m. in the Special Collections Exhibit Gallery and Reading Room, and the adjacent room 320, all on the 3rd floor of King Library, we'll celebrate the legacy of our coaching heritage with an extended exhibit, additional media, and refreshments. At 5 p.m., after a welcome from Interim Dean Jerome Conley, Nick Selvaggio, one of the original donors of the Cradle of Coaches Archive, will talk about the origin of the collection. Then Johnathan Cooper, the exhibit curator, will lead guests on a guided tour of the exhibit.

On the following Wednesday, October 23, at 4 p.m., Miami alumnus and former NBC vice president Rick Ludwin will give the inaugural Annual Special Collections Lecture. Each year this new lecture series will highlight one of our many special collections.

“STUDIO 14,” Miami University Television and Radio, 1966-1970, will highlight the Rick Ludwin Collection, which includes recordings of Miami radio and television productions made during Ludwin’s student days. The lecture is being presented in honor of Professor Emeritus William Utter, former faculty sponsor. It will be held in King 320 and will be followed by a reception at 5 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public. Please join us to learn more about the amazing resources available here in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections.

Elizabeth Brice
Assistant Dean for Technical Services and Head, Special Collections & Archives

L-R Rick Ludwin, Richard Hackney, Eric Goodyear.  November 14, 1966.
L-R Rick Ludwin, Richard Hackney, Eric Goodyear. November 14, 1966.

By: micheljp on: October 14, 2013 11:02 am | micheljp @jpmichel

Congratulations to Instagrammer mkkuchers! Her Instagram of King Library has won the Instagram Contest!

By: micheljp on: October 08, 2013 11:18 am | micheljp @jpmichel

OK, so it's not enough that the Govt. shutdown has apparently permanently frozen up the Census site (Tip - Census data is still available in the Simply Map database

Now the Local Market Audience Analyst module (which is under the green toolbar on the left hand side of the in the SRDS database) ( is also causing difficulties. While the other parts of the SRDS Database (in the green toolbar section) will work with any browser, the Local Market Audience Analyst (LMAA) module will ONLY work with Internet Explorer as the browser. NOW, it will NOT work with the latest version of IE (10) which of course everyone's machines automatically updated to when it became available.

The workaround involves using something called Compatibility mode in Internet Explorer. The trick is you need to already be on the Local Market Audience Analyst page in the SRDS database. Once you are there, then go up to the top toolbar in IE and click on the Tools link. Open that up and there should be a choice called Compatibility Mode. Check that box and the Local market Audience Analyst should work.

By: micheljp on: October 07, 2013 12:35 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

Dr. Richard Stallman will be giving a free and open lecture on Tuesday, October 8th at 7pm in Taylor Auditorium. The lecture is sponsored by the College of Engineering and Computing, AIMS and the University Libraries.

Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system (see in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, with or without changes. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today. Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award, and the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several doctorates honoris causa, and has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.