News & Notes

By: laddmm on: May 01, 2013 9:21 am | laddmm

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Late last year a new book by Dr. John H. “Jack” White, Jr. (MU ’58) was published by the Indiana University Press.  Wet Britches and Muddy Boots: A History of Travel in Victorian America is noteworthy for many reasons, as the laudatory reviews now appearing make clear.

The book spans the millennia of human travel but focuses primarily on travel in the nineteenth century, when transportation was revolutionized by industrialization. It especially focuses on the experience of travel. What was it like to ride a stagecoach from one town to the next? Or travel by steamboat? What were roads like? Accommodations?  Food?  And how long did it take to travel distances we scarcely give a thought to today?

Jack has written the work as popular history; it is indeed highly readable and illustrated with a wide range of helpful and fascinating images. But it is also based on meticulous research. Jack, after all, retired as Senior Historian after a long curatorial career at the Smithsonian Institution in the Division of Transportation, Museum of History and Technology. His authority is well-established by a number of distinguished publications.

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We in Special Collections are especially delighted with the book because Jack is a loyal friend and supporter and because he did much of his research right here. Our collections are rich in primary resources for the nineteenth century, and transportation is a particularly strong area. We know how much time and effort Jack invested in research and writing. So we take special pride in his achievement.

Jack’s achievement is also an achievement for the former Head of Special Collections, Janet Stuckey, who supported, assisted, and (according to Jack) occasionally pushed him to the finish line. Jack is generously donating the profits from the book to the Miami University Libraries Janet Stuckey Fund, which supports acquisitions for Special Collections.

So it’s a win-win. And win. That last “win” is yours when you read the book.

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

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By: micheljp on: April 25, 2013 3:16 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

The Center for Digital Scholarship had its Open House on Tuesday to much fanfare. The CDS is both a physical facility and a service of the Libraries. Our vision is to serve as a collaborative partner with faculty, students, and staff by providing digital library , data repository, multi-media, digitization, scholarly communication, geospatial and data management services so that members of the Miami community can accomplish their research, scholarly, and teaching goals.

Check out the CDS for more info and get started!

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

Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd. Government Documents has all the resources you need to be informed and active in protecting our planet.

We have print materials with titles, such as

Plants for People: The Psychological and Physiological Effects of Plants,

Herbs and Herb Gardening: an annotated bibliography and resource guide

and Landscaping for Energy Efficiency.

To hear some “green tips,” be sure to check out some of these podcasts from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

That’s not all! There are plenty of relevant events and opportunities all around the country worthy of your attention. On a closer level, visit the EPA’s “Cleanups in My Community” page. Finally, find out even more you can personally do to protect and preserve our atmosphere by reading some of these simple steps.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov/earthday or stop by Government Documents in Ground Floor, King Library.

 

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By: micheljp on: April 09, 2013 10:52 am | micheljp @jpmichel

By all accounts Astrophysicist, Popular Scientist and all-around badass, Neil Degrasse Tyson gave a riveting speech last night in Millett Hall. The inspiration doesn't need to end there. Continue to be inspired by Dr. Tyson through his scholarship and popular writings. We've got it all:

Books by Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson
 Death by Black Hole: and other Cosmic Quandaries

 The Pluto Files: the Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

 Universe Down to Earth

 One Universe: at Home in the Cosmos

Popular and Scholarly Articles
Go here to read nearly 200 popular magazine articles. To view much of Dr. Tyson's scholarly writings, go to Web of Science and search - tyson nd - in the author field.

Happy Researching!!

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!)

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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."


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