News & Notes

By: crosbylm on: October 19, 2012 1:47 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

The Libraries now provide access to original source material from the Foreign Office, Colonial Office, War Office and Cabinet Papers through the databases Middle East Online Series 1: Arab-Israeli Relations, 1917-1970 and Middle East Online Series 2: Iraq, 1914-1974. Series 1 includes content from 1917-1971, containing topics such as Black September, the Border wars of the 1950s, Jewish terror groups, and more. Series 2 includes content from 1920-1974, and is comprised of topics such as the Arab uprising of 1920, Oil concessions and oil exploration, Iran-Iraq relations, and more.

These resources will prove useful for Middle East and Islamic Studies minors and History, Political Science, and International Studies majors alike. Take some time to check them out. Who knows, you may find just what you need to finish up your midterm paper!

Use these links to get connected:

Middle East Online Series 1: Arab-Israeli Relations, 1917-1970:

Middle East Online Series 2: Iraq, 1914-1974:

By: tullykk on: October 15, 2012 1:47 pm | tullykk

Miami's Walter Havighurst Special Collections is happy to announce the recent acquisition of one of the most famous private press books ever printed.  Issued in 1896 by William Morris's Kelmscott Press, The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer is considered the crowning achievement of Morris's press and is arguably one of the most beautifully designed books in the history of printing.  William Morris was a leading figure in the Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 19th century when he founded the Kelmscott Press in 1891.  Seeking to return to traditional forms of craftsmanship and inspired by folklore and medieval literature, Morris's book design choices, including his typeface design, placement of the text, and choice of ink color, were heavily influenced by the aesthetics of medieval manuscripts and early printed books.

Though Morris's trademark heavily decorated borders and elegant illuminations are found throughout the text, the gorgeous eighty-seven illustrations were contributed by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones.  The text of the collected works of the 14th century "father of English literature" was drawn from the 1894 Clarendon Press edition edited by Walter Skeat.  Morris did not seek to compete with this new edition, but instead used the text as the basis for his own work of art.  His original plan only called for 325 paper copies, but, due to demand, the printing run was extended to 425 copies.  There were also an additional 13 copies printed on vellum.

Miami's copy is, as a bookseller describes it, "a remarkably well-preserved copy" with the leaves in pristine condition.  Though many copies of the Kelmscott Chaucer have elaborate bindings, our copy has the more modest original holland-backed blue paper boards, with paper spine label.


We're very excited to add this landmark volume to our collection and look forward to showcasing it in future class visits and exhibits.  Special Collections already has some Kelmscott Press titles in our collection, but this acquisition certainly enhances our collection of private press titles.  It's a true treasure!

Kimberly Tully
Special Collections Librarian

By: crosbylm on: October 10, 2012 7:55 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

Access to Oxford Bibliographies Online: Cinema and Media Studies is now available. If you’re working on a research paper for your film studies, theater, or digital game studies class, this is the perfect place to start. This resource offers 70+ peer-reviewed guides focusing on a wide variety of topics. Some examples of topics include: Acting, YouTube, Censorship, Reality Television and much, much more. Each guide is authored by cinema and media studies scholars, and includes a general overview of the topic and detailed list of important related books, articles, and websites.

Access this resource from the A-Z Databases list or the following link:

Other available Oxford Bibliographies Online resources include:

NEW! Oxford Bibliographies Online: Childhood Studies

NEW! Oxford Bibliographies Online: International Relations

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Communication

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Islamic Studies

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Latin American Studies

By: hartsea on: October 30, 2012 7:48 pm | hartsea

The Miami University Libraries Center for Digital Scholarship will be hosting a Digital Humanities Symposium on Tuesday October 23rd from 3:00-6:30 in King 320. This half day symposium will introduce faculty, graduate students and librarians to the field of Digital Humanities and begin a dialogue around related issues among interested parties on campus. We have invited two speakers who can shed light on the theories, practices, challenges and controversies and help us begin to examine the potential for Digital Humanities scholarship at Miami University.  This symposium is being sponsored by the Miami University Humanities Center.

Our two speakers will be H. Lewis Ulman, Associate Professor of English and the Director of Digital Media Studies at Ohio State University, and Angela Courtney, Associate Librarian and Head, Arts and Humanities at Indiana University.  H. Lewis Ulman has worked on the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives and will be talking about "What difference does 'digital' make to the humanities?".  Angela Courtney has worked on the Victorian Women Writers Project and will be talking about the collaborations that can happen between libraries and departments around digital humanities projects.

In addition to our two speakers, we will have a presentation about our new Center for Digital Scholarship, demos of projects, and a roundtable of Miami University faculty discussing their projects.  We will have faculty from a variety of departments, including Classics and English.  We will also have refreshments and time for conversation!

We hope to see you there.  If you are interested in attending, please consider filling out our registration form.  It's not required, but it will help us get an idea of who is coming.  Also, feel free to e-mail Arianne Hartsell-Gundy at if you have any questions.

By: grabacka on: September 24, 2012 2:03 pm | grabacka


Hurricane season! Occasionally we get a taste in southwestern Ohio, such as tropical storm Isaac bringing rain a few weeks ago. Coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic and in the Caribbean know more fully the effects of these storms. One of the best-known is Katrina, which hit the Mississippi and Louisiana coasts on 27 August, 2005. The wind, the storm surge that it pushed inland, and the strains on the protection infrastructure in New Orleans devastated the region and the city. A month later, on 24 September, Rita came ashore near the Louisiana/Texas border, causing yet more damage, and impeding recovery and evacuation efforts of the earlier storm. Katrina remains the costliest storm in US history, with damages at about $108 billion. Rita’s damage was over $12 billion. Over 1200 deaths were attributed to Katrina, and more than 60 have been attributed to Rita.

Miami University Libraries have many materials in the collections. Search by subject: “Hurricane Katrina, 2005”. Here is a very small sampling, arrannged by library location.

The New Orleans Hurricane Protection System : What Went Wrong and Why : a Report, by the American Society of Civil Engineers Hurricane Katrina External Review Panel. BEST Library, Oversized, Basement | TH1096 .N49 2007

In Katrina's Wake : Portraits of Loss from an Unnatural Disaster, photographs by Chris Jordan ; essays by Bill McKibben and Susan Zakin ; poems by Victoria Sloan Jordan. BEST Library, Folio, Basement | QC945 .J63 2006

Just Seconds from the Ocean : Coastal Living in the Wake of Katrina. BEST Library, Basement | GB460.A2 S27 2007

Cooking Up a Storm : Recipes Lost and Found from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans. BEST Library, Basement | TX715.2.L68 C66 2008. From the summary:

“… After Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, tens of thousands of people lost their keepsakes and family treasures forever. As residents started to rebuild their lives, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans became a post-hurricane swapping place for old recipes that were washed away in the storm …”

Architecture in Times of Need : Make It Right Rebuilding New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward.  ArtArch | NA735.N5 A73 2009

 Katrina Personal Ojects; photographs by Jarret Schecter.  ArtArch | HV636 2005.G85 K28 2008

 Groove Interrupted : Loss, Renewal, and the Music of New Orleans.  Music Library | ML385 .S635 2011

 Devil Sent the Rain : Music and Writing in Desperate America.  Music Library | ML3477 .P49 2011

 Hurricane Katrina : the Storm that Changed America, with an introduction by Wynton Marsalis.  King Library (2nd floor) | HV636 2005 .U6 H87 2005

Clear as Mud : Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans.  King Library (2nd floor) | HT168 .N49 O47 2010

Old and New Media after Katrina. King Library (2nd floor) | HV636 2005.G85 O43 2010

 Racing the Storm : Racial Implications and Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina.  King Library (2nd floor) | HV636 2005 .N4 R33 2007

 The Children Hurricane Katrina Left Behind : Schooling Context, Professional Preparation, and Community Politics.  King Library (2nd floor) | LC2771 .C45 2007

 After the Flood, by Robert Polidori.  King Folio | F379.N543 P655 2006

 Race, Place, and Environmental Justice after Hurricane Katrina : Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.  King Library (2nd floor) | HV551.4.N48 R34 2009

 Home Team : Coaching the Saints and New Orleans Back to Life, Sean Payton and Ellis Henican.  King Library (2nd floor) | GV939.P388 A3 2010

In addition to studies such as these, literary works of fiction, poetry and drama are available.

 City Without People : the Katrina Poems, by Niyi Osundare.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR9387.9.O866 C58 2011

 Katrina on Stage : Five Plays.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS627.H87 K38 2011

 The Tin Roof Blowdown : a Dave Robicheaux Novel, by James Lee Burke.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3552.U723 T56 2007

 Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes.  King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv | PZ7.R3476235 Ni 2010

There are also resources available online, especially from government agencies.

Terrestrial LIDAR Datasets of New Orleans, Louisiana, Levee Failures from Hurricane Katrina, August 29, 2005.  This is also available as a CD-ROM from BEST Library, maps collection | I 19.121:470

 Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast Building Performance Observations, Recommendations, and Technical Guidance : Mitigation Assessment Team Report.  This is also available as a CD-ROM at King – Government & Law | HS 5.120:K 15/CD

 Lessons Learned EPA's Response to Hurricane Katrina-Evaluation Report.

Web resources of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provide data and information.

Hurricane Katrina special report, includes PDF, images, and text.

Hurricane Katrina home page, includes satellite images, aftermath photos, maps, data and other resources.

NOAA’s National Weather Service includes the National Hurricane Center, providing current and historical information, forecasts, tracking maps, etc.

By: tullykk on: September 24, 2012 2:02 pm | tullykk

To all Miami alums, welcome back!

This weekend the statue of Coach Paul Brown was unveiled in the Cradle of Coaches Plaza; in honor of the occasion we have a display of Paul Brown materials from the Cradle of Coaches Collection in the case outside Special Collections, on the 3rd floor of King Library. (Because the case is outside our secure area, these are facsimiles of the originals.) We hope you can stop by and enjoy the display as you stroll about on this beautiful fall weekend - before or after the game, of course. Go Redhawks!

And, as if that weren't enough reason to celebrate, 75 years ago today (Friday) J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was published. Tolkien, a professor at Oxford University, created an incredibly rich, strange, yet familiar mythic world that we still enjoy exploring: hence the upcoming film trilogy from Peter Jackson.

Special Collections is proud to possess a first edition of The Hobbit in our collection, although sadly lacking the dustjacket. Last year it was one of the most popular selections by students assigned to analyze a modern first edition for an English 490 class.

Whether you are journeying through your own college memories or adventuring out of the Shire in search of dragons, the staff of Special Collections wish you a wonderful weekend.
Elizabeth Brice
Assistant Dean for Technical Services and
Head, Special Collections & Archives

By: gundyj on: September 19, 2012 2:29 pm | gundyj

Today during a live tweeted event, @librarycongress announced that long-standing source of legislative information Thomas is going to be updated as in a partnership between the Library of Congress, the House of Representatives, Senate, State Department, and the Government Printing Office. The new site is intended to offer a wide variety of legislative information all in one place, freely accessible to the public. The new design will be mobile friendly and will include live video, multi-media content, and full text search across legislative information.

In other changes to access to legislative information, after last years accquisition of LexisNexis Congressional by ProQuest (another provider of aggregated information products) The Miami University Libraries transition to the new ProQuest Congressional is complete and the new resource can be accessed anywhere on Miami’s network. ProQuest Congressional will offer all of the same historic collections and up-to-the minute information as LexisNexis Congressional. Containing the Congressional Record, Serial Set, Hearings and other information going back to the formation of the Congress ProQuest Congressional is a valuable resource for anyone interested United States history and current events.

By: hartsea on: September 17, 2012 9:57 am | hartsea

Miami University is celebrating Study Abroad Week from September 17th through the 21st.  You can check out the events page here

You might also want to check out the Study Abroad page for information on how to study abroad.

If you are planning on studying abroad soon (or just daydreaming), the library has a lot of helpful resources to help you learn more about the potential country you will be visiting.

We have links to a variety of country profiles.

We have links to international newspapers.

We have a variety of travel guides in our reference collection at King.  Here is just a selection of the titles that we have:

100 Countries, 5000 Ideas: Where to Go - When to Go - What to See - What to Do



The Greek Islands

The Rough Guide to First-Time Latin America: Everything You Need to Know Before You Go

Eyewitness Travel: Belgium and Luxembourg

Beijing & Shanghai

You can also find a lot of great maps in our collection.

We will of course have a variety of books about the history, culture, politics, geography, media, etc. about many different countries.  Try doing a search in our book catalog for a country you are interested in and narrowing down to a particular aspect of the country.

Happy traveling (or dreaming)!

By: crosbylm on: September 15, 2012 2:00 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

The Miami U. Libraries now offer access to NBC Learn, a news archive of 12,000+ stories from the NBC News archives from 1920-present. It’s important to note that this database is available for On-campus use only at this time.

NBC Learn makes available to Miami users thousands of videos, historic newsreels, primary source documents, photographs, and more. Browse collections by subject, including the Current Events collection, offering content from 2009-present, and the Decision 2012 collection, providing content on the candidates, issues, and more.

All video, documents, and images are viewed in what NBC Learn calls a “Cue Card” which serves as a video player, image and document viewer, and flash card. Depending on the Cue Card type, you’ll see links on the rights side of the card. Click on the Transcripts link to view a transcript of the video or, in the case of the below Cue Card, click on Activity to view a student activity for teachers in the classroom. Flip any Cue Card over by clicking on the curved arrow in the top right of the card. This is where you’ll find information about the resource, such as source, creator, air/publish date, event date, and much more. For more info about using these features, read the Cue Cards section of the database’s Help tab.

Use NBC Learn on-campus from this link:

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


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.