News & Notes

By: revellaa on: October 23, 2011 7:35 pm | revellaa

What is Open Access
"Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder."
Peter Suber
A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access
Why Open Access

  • Academic Journals have a 10-year inflation rate of 180%
  • This fact when coupled with shrinking library budgets is limiting access to scholarly research


  • Authors are not paid by scholarly journals. Their compensation is the dissemination of their work and the resulting citations
  • If access is reduced by growing costs, interested parties cannot read and cite their work
  • Open Access makes scholarly work available to any interested party, including policy makers, industry and the public at large

What Can You Do?


By: hartsea on: October 12, 2011 10:56 am | hartsea

The libraries will be co-sponsoring (along with the Miami University Humanities Center) a symposium called The American Civil War: Why Does It Still Matter? on October 22nd from 9:00-12:30 in King 320. This program is part of a series of civil war related programming this year funded by an American Library Association/National Endowment for the Arts grant.

We’ve got a great list of speakers from different Miami University departments lined up. Andrew Cayton will be giving our keynote address. We have two breakout sessions. One session is called “From Civil War to Civil Rights: The Politics of New Freedom” and will feature W. Sherman Jackson, Martin Johnson, and Nishani Frazier. The second session is called “Culture, Social Life, and Customs of Civil War America” and will feature Sara Butler, Jack White, and Kimberly Hamlin. We’ll also have presentations on local history and local resources related to the civil war. We will have a librarian from the Smith Library, a Miami University Art Museum staff member, and several Miami University librarians.

We will also have a walking tour of civil war sites on campus starting at 2:00.

You can find out more details on our website.

To coincide with this symposium our Special Collections has a fall exhibit called "The Deadliest that Ever Darkened Earth: Voices from the Civil War". We will also have a display of civil war materials on the first floor of King in the foyer starting on October 17th.

If you have any questions, you can contact Arianne Hartsell-Gundy at

By: resnisew on: October 12, 2011 10:56 am | resnisew

Interested in learning about presentations methods other than Powerpoint? Then this workshop might be for you!

Taking Your Presentation beyond PowerPoint
Presentations are often a necessary part of schoolwork and academia, but many people struggle with how to create interesting presentations. We all know that visuals can help to effectively illustrate one’s arguments, but we’ve also all had the experience of sitting through a dull PowerPoint presentation. This workshop will help you learn to use visuals and multimedia to enhance your presentations. You’ll learn the basics of three helpful tools: Prezi (useful for creating presentations); PollEverywhere (helps you increase interactivity); and SlideShare (allows you to share your presentations with a larger audience). You’ll also learn some techniques for making your presentations more interesting and informative. Come test-drive new tools and exchange ideas and advice for creating more exciting presentations!

2011-10-20 - 12pm–1pm – 116 Laws (BEST Library) Register here:

By: hartsea on: October 12, 2011 10:23 am | hartsea

The Glass Menagerie is part of the Theatre Department's "Masterpiece Theatre" series. It will be performed October 5th-9th. You can learn more about the performance here and buy tickets here.

It's fitting that the Theatre Department is performing Glass Menagerie now because this year is the centennial of Tennessee Williams birth. If you'd like to read more about Tennessee Williams and the celebrations this year, you may want to check out this New York Times travel article or this feature from the British newspaper The Independent.

The Southern Quarterly journal celebrated the centennial with a special summer issue. We have access to this journal through our Humanities International Complete database. You can click on this link, click on Humanities International Complete, and then click on Vol. 48 Issue 4 - Summer2011 to find the issue.

We also have several books (and one film) about The Glass Menagerie and about Tennessee Williams:

The Glass Menagerie, a film version on vhs available in the Instructional Material Center

The Glass menagerie: An American Memory by Delma E. Presley. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3545.I5365 G5365 1990

Magical Muse: Millennial Essays on Tennessee Williams edited by Ralph F. Voss. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3545.I5365 Z756 2002

The Influence of Tennessee Williams: Essays on Fifteen American Playwrights edited by Philip C. Kolin. King Library (2nd floor) | PS352 .I54 2008

New Selected Essays: Where I Live by Tennessee Williams. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3545.I5365 A6 2009

Tennessee Williams edited by Brenda Murphy. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3545.I5365 Z8445 2011

By: hartsea on: September 23, 2011 3:42 pm | hartsea

This year's Banned Books Week will take place between September 24th and October 1st. You can find out about some of the events planned around the country and get helpful information at the Banned Books Week website. Something that might be of special interest is the Virtual Read-Out taking place on YouTube.

King Library is celebrating with a display on the first floor of King in the foyer of the library. This year's theme is about censorship and book banning from an international perspective. You can read a couple of articles about international book banning here and here.

If you are interested in seeing books that are featured in this year's display (and from past displays as well), please check out our GoodReads page below.

By: bazelejw on: September 28, 2011 9:10 am | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

Interested in the latest news and developments in the world of open access literature and scholarly communication? Follow our MU Libraries open access Twitter feed @miamiuOA to stay informed!

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

By: hartsea on: September 13, 2011 3:15 pm | hartsea

As the United States prepares to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, you might be interested in finding some novels that examine how different people have reacted to the events of 9/11:

A Dangerous Age: A Novel by Ellen Gilchrist. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3557.I34258 D36 2008

The Future of Love: A Novel by Shirley Abbott. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3601.B393 F88 2008

Falling Man: A Novel by Don DeLillo. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3554.E4425 F36 2007

A Disorder Peculiar to the Country: A Novel by Ken Kalfus. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3561.A416524 D57 2006

The Days of Awe by Hugh Nissenson. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3564.I8 D39 2005

The Writing on the Wall: A Novel by Lynne Sharon Schwartz. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3569.C567 W75 2005

In the Shadow of No Towers by Art Spiegelman. King Folio | PN6727.S6 I5 2004

Windows on the World: A Novel by Frʹedʹeric Beigbeder. King Library (2nd floor) | PQ2662.E43 W56 2004

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Hamilton Library | PS3606.O38 E97 2005

If you are interested in learning more about how fiction has been changed by 9/11, you might be interested in a recent work of literary criticism called Literature after 9/11 edited by Ann Keniston and Jeanne Follansbee Quinn (King Library (2nd floor) | PS231.S47 L57 2008).

By: tullykk on: August 22, 2011 11:53 pm | tullykk

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections is pleased to announce its new fall exhibit in honor of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. “The Deadliest that Ever Darkened Earth: Voices from the Civil War in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections” draws from the wealth of Civil War-related materials in Miami’s Special Collections, including diaries, letters, official documents, photographs, printed books and ephemera. The exhibit explores the following topics: fighting for the Union, Miami University and the war, the rise and fall of the Confederacy, the state of medicine during the war, the African American experience, and the practice of journalism during the war. As you browse this exhibit, you will “hear” the voices of Union soldiers, Miami students, Confederate generals and spies, former slaves, African American soldiers, hospital workers, U.S. Sanitary Commission agents and newspaper correspondents as they tell their own stories and experiences during the war.

Walter Havighurst Special Collections is located on the third floor of King Library and is open Monday through Thursday 8:30-5:30, Friday 8:30-5 and is closed on weekends. The exhibit will run through December 23, 2011.

By: hartsea on: August 23, 2011 12:00 am | hartsea

Philip Levine has been appointed the U.S.'s 18th Poet Laureate. You can read the announcement and a brief bio of him here. In this announcement Librarian of Congress James H. Billington explains Levine's gift: "Philip Levine is one of America’s great narrative poets. His plainspoken lyricism has, for half a century, championed the art of telling ‘The Simple Truth’—about working in a Detroit auto factory, as he has, and about the hard work we do to make sense of our lives." You can read a recent article about him in the NYT times, as well as see a selection of his poems.

If these selections pique your interest, we have several of his collections available at the library. Here's a short list of some of the titles we have:

Selected Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E9 A6 1984

So Ask: Essays, Conversations, and Interviews. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E9 Z475 2002

A History of my Befuddlement. King Library (2nd floor) | PN1101 .L485 2009

News of the World: Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E9 N48 2009

Stranger to Nothing: Selected Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E9 S77 2006

On the Edge & Over: Poems, Old, Lost & New. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E9 A6 1976

A Walk with Tom Jefferson: Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E9 W35 1988

By: gibsonke on: August 03, 2011 11:21 am | gibsonke

New faculty are invited to a Libraries' orientation session August 15 from 11:30 to 3:00 beginning in 320 King Library.
Join us for lunch, library tours, breakout sessions o technology, information literacy and e-journals and meet the librarian liaison to your academic department. Lunch will be provided.

Please register online:
RSVP to Emily Liechty (