News & Notes

By: grabacka on: April 07, 2011 9:26 am | grabacka

The earthquake and tsunami on Japan’s northeast coast had a profound effect upon the country’s infrastructure. The damage at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant was particularly disturbing. The damage to the reactors at this plant have continued to be the focus of attention, for obvious humanitarian and environmental concerns. While another plant in the area, the Dai-ni plant, did not suffer damage to its reactors, the vicinity of the plant was also affected by the earthquake and surge of water. The entire area was scoured of plant cover, even of trees.

The Libraries own a unique collection, with material that would be of interest to anyone wanting to study the landscape of this region of Japan. The Küchler Vegetation Maps Collection is a large specialized collection of maps of vegetation of many regions. It happens that one of several sets on vegetation of Japan covers the affected portion of Fukushima Prefecture. Fukushima-ken Hama-dōri (Futaba-chiku) no Shokusei = Vegetation des Hama-dôri (Bezirk-Futaba) in der Präfektur Fukushima is a set of maps with text of the vicinity of these power plants. Japanese ecologist, Akira Miyawaki, mapped the area in 1975, and published the results in 1976. At that time Plant number I (Dai-ichi) had been built, and Plant number II (Dai-ni) was under construction. Map I shows the entire study area, maps II-IV, and V-VII show the natural vegetation and actual vegetation surrounding each of the plants.

"The Vegetation Map of Fukushima Prefecture" is map 7 of Shokuseizu, Shuyōdō Shokubutsu Chizu. It shows the vegetation of Fukushima Prefecture as a whole. Published by the Ministry of Education, Agency for Cultural Affairs, the series shows natural areas of various prefectures, and the Tokyo metropolitan area.

Two maps also in this collection show the vegetation of the entire country. Nihon no Genzon Shokuseizu = Actual Vegetation Map of Japan, 1975, and Nihon no Senzai Shizen Shokuseizu = Potential Natural Vegetation Map of Japan, 197?, are small scale maps useful for comparison with the larger scale maps above. All of these will have high value for studying loss of vegetation and restoration of the landscape.

By: sullive4 on: March 14, 2011 11:24 am | sullive4 @@muElibrarian

Charlie Sheen has made the news in the past few months for a variety of controversial comments prompting an interview with ABC that sparked further concerns about the actor's health.

So what do you think? Is Charlie Sheen a drug addict? Is he bipolar? Or is his behavior the result of pure, unadulterated Tiger Blood? You decide!

You can find the American Psychological Association's official Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) in King's Reference section. Want to learn more about the effects of cocaine use and bipolar disorder? Check out the titles below:

More titles about cocaine

More titles about bipolar disorder

Watch Charlie Sheen in his younger days in films such as Hot Shots! Part Deux, Wall Street & more. You can find most of these movies by asking at the desk in the IMC on the ground floor of King, but be sure to check the location field to be sure.

By: micheljp on: March 01, 2011 12:46 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

Clooney Watch is sweeping campus this week as we all know. If you don't spot Clooney on campus come to King library and check out some of his films. We've got a bunch including the early seasons of ER.

By: brickeje on: February 15, 2011 1:48 pm | brickeje

Traverse landscape and its many meanings with Geodæsia: Land and Memory, a special exhibition in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections at 321 King Library, January 24 to July 31, 2011. Artifacts such as eighteenth- and nineteenth-century maps, portraits, surveying transit, and Indian peace medal illustrate meanings and memories of land in Butler County, Ohio, during the period 1787 - ca. 1826, and inform an interdisciplinary study that incorporates history, material culture, Native American studies, geography, science, and economic issues in early America.

Kalie Wetovick, a graduate assistant in Special Collections, curated the exhibit as part of her master’s degree requirements in History.

The exhibit is in conjunction with an upcoming series of lectures hosted by the Humanities Center, Culture and Memory, which will occur from March 2 to March 24, 2011. The culminating speaker is Dr. Simon Schama, renowned scholar of history and art history. The exhibit Geodæsia was inspired by Dr. Schama’s book Landscape and Memory.

By: micheljp on: February 09, 2011 11:22 am | micheljp @jpmichel

The Miami University Libraries are currently administering usability tests for certain aspects of the library web site. We are seeking undergraduate students to help us with these tests. Students will be asked to interact with library interfaces and their actions will help us create better user environments. The test will take approximately 30 minutes. We are offering $10 King Café gift certificates for participants.

If interested please contact User Experience Librarian, Jason Michel at

By: micheljp on: February 09, 2011 11:02 am | micheljp @jpmichel

Come to the IMC in the basement of King to check out the Oscar nominated film about Facebook, The Social Network, directed by David Fincher and starring Jesse Eisenberg. While you here see what other films we go in store for you!

By: micheljp on: February 08, 2011 9:15 am | micheljp @jpmichel

Today marks the 183rd birthday of French author Jules Verne. Verne is known for his early science fiction works, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, A Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in Eighty Days. King Library has a boatload of Verne books. Come check 'em out!

English language Verne titles
French language Verne titles

By: tzoce_2 on: January 26, 2011 10:35 am | tzoce_2

The Miami University Libraries Diversity Cluster would like to invite you to the 22nd Annual African American Read-In on Monday, February 7, 2011 between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. in King Library 320.

The African American Read-In has been an important component of the communities of Oxford and Miami University's Black History Month activities. It is through the participation and support of the university and the community that this event has been an ongoing success throughout the years.

Readers and listeners are what make the day. You can bring a selection by an African-American author or just come and listen! Selected books will also be available at the event.

For updates and details, please visit the Read-In’s website:

A registration form is also available at:

We look forward to seeing you at the Read-In on February the 7th!

By: micheljp on: September 12, 2012 2:40 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

Have you ever found a book in the library and thought, "Hmm...this book is great, what else has this author written" or "This book is just what i'm looking really helps me write this paper, what are some other similar books out there that would also be helpful?" Well, the Miami University Libraries are embarking on a project to help answer those questions. In the near future, we will be embedding QR codes on the inside covers of select books throughout the library system. These QR codes, when scanned with your mobile phone, will direct you to a page on our mobile site which lists other books by the same author, books on the same topic and even reviews of the work!! In addition, the codes will provide you with suitable journal articles on the subject!! Be on the lookout for these codes! Go here for a detailed explanation of QR Codes and the MU LIbraries. If you have any questions please contact Kobby or Jason

UPDATE ON PROJECT [9-12-12] This pilot project was designed to open up the libraries’ collection in an innovative way by affixing QR codes to some of the most frequently used books, based on circulation data. It was also a way to market the Libraries’ resources. The codes linked to dynamically generated mobile-friendly pages that featured book reviews for the particular title as well as links to related books and articles. The reviews, related books and articles were all search results from the Libraries catalog and research databases displayed automatically on the pages . These search results could be achieved by anyone by using a computer. So the QR code was just for marketing and accessibility purposes and convenience. The project was not implemented fully as expectations were not met. The expenditure of human resources was deemed too costly for the incremental benefit for our students.

By: johnsoj on: January 19, 2011 9:32 am | johnsoj

The Western College Memorial Archives houses materials from Western College Female Seminary and Western College for Women 1853-1974.

Western Female Seminary was founded in 1853 as the 'western representation' of Mt. Holyoke in Massachusetts, with its dual vision of missionary zeal and low-cost yet high quality education for women. Strongly supported by the leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Oxford, classes began in 1855 with Helen Peabody, a Mt. Holyoke graduate, as principal. In 1894, Western became "The Western: a College and Seminary for Women; in 1904, the word "seminary" was dropped and Western became "The Western College for Women." The school merged with Miami University in 1974.

The Western College Memorial Archives are located in 16 Peabody Hall. Materials from the Archive do not circulate. You may visit Monday - Friday, 1 pm - 5 pm or contact Jacky Johnson at or call 513.529.9695

The book the Western College for Women 1853-1953 by Narka Nelson is an excellent resource about the college's history Western History It provides a broad outline of events at Western such as the fires that burned Peabody Hall and the institutions survival during the Civil War.

The Western College for Women 1853-1953 by Narka Nelson gives particular attention to the personalities and incidents that comprise Western's past.