News & Notes

By: crosbylm on: May 02, 2012 1:22 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

It’s that time of year again – Finals Week. If you’re anything like me, you are rushing to put finishing touches on your final papers and fretting about the formatting of your bibliographies. After all, who wants to miss out on that A because you forgot your hanging indentation, or the comma in your in-text citation? We can help. The library now has access to The Chicago Manual of Style Online. This is the 16th Edition of the publication and is part of the first simultaneous publication of the print and online editions of the manual. Just in time, right?

The manual is as easy to use online as it is in print. Browse the Table of Contents or Index to find answers to your questions. The content of this edition is fully searchable and includes a number of new features, such as expanded coverage of electronic publications and tips for citing blogs, podcasts, and more. Significant changes to previous rules are listed here. Other features include proofreaders’ marks, sample correspondence, and the popular Chicago Style Q&A (also fully searchable). If you have a question not included in the Q&A, you can submit a question here. Don’t have time to wait for an answer? IM the Miami University Libraries!

You can access the Chicago Manual of Style from the libraries A-Z Databases list or from this link:

Good luck with your finals this week!

By: micheljp on: April 26, 2012 6:59 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

The new B.E.S.T. library in Laws hall is searching for a name for their technology and data visualization center, and you can help! This new service point aims to provide assistance to patrons with software applications available on library public computers, particularly multi media and statistical/analytical packages. Though business, engineering, science and technology programs will be the focus, basic computer questions and general technology help will be available to all Miami students and personnel. Got a great idea for a name? Click here!

Legal Stuff

Your technology center name must be suitable for presentation in a public forum, in the sole determination of Sponsor. The proposed name must be original and the entry may not contain material that violates or infringes any third party’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity, or intellectual property. The entry must not contain or be confusingly similar to any third party’s product names, brand names, or trademarks. The entry must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, or libelous. The entry must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred, or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age. The entry must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of the laws or regulations in any state where the entry is created.

By: crosbylm on: April 25, 2012 9:47 am | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

We now have access to Cities in American Political History, an easy to use database offering a number of unique resources. This database highlights ten eras of political development in America and spans the Revolution and Founding era (1776-1790) to the post-Cold War present (1989-2011). The ten most populous cities in the United States during each of these eras are detailed. Information includes city government and politics; industry, commerce, and labor; and race, ethnicity and immigration.

To use the database, you can browse by era or city, read Overviews of cities in each time period, access population statistics, or scan Quick Facts (including info such as city mayors, industries and employers, newspapers, and events). One of my favorite features was included photos and images of cities throughout history. Check out the image below of the shoreline of Cincinnati in the early nineteenth century, and explore more images here.

"Cincinnati Shoreline." In Cities in American Political History, edited by Richard Dilworth, 179. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2011.

Connect to this database from either of these links:

By: hartsea on: April 19, 2012 2:10 pm | hartsea

We now have access to the Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels database. This primary source database focuses on North American and European adult comic books and graphic novels. The collection includes original material from the 1960s to today along with interviews, commentary, theory, and criticism from journals, books, and magazines.

You can browse characters, genres, people, publishers, series, and subjects. You can also search categories like art credits, story credits, story nationality, coloring, material type, etc. The search options will allow you to narrow your searches down to specific artists and kinds of artwork.

Since there are so many full color images, some of the material can be slow to load, so be a little patient when looking at materials.

Your patience will be well rewarded though. There are so many cool comics included in this resource, like Cerebus the Aardvark, Wimmen's Comix, Dynamite Damsels, Alien Fire, Addicted to War, American Splendor, etc.

Check this resource out today!

By: micheljp on: April 18, 2012 3:49 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

The Miami University Libraries Civil War Programming Committee and Diversity Cluster are co-sponsoring a film showing and discussion of the award winning film Glory on Thursday, April 19th between 6 and 8:30 in King Library 320. There will be refreshments and door prizes, including DVDs of several popular Civil War documentaries and films! Free and open to the public. It's the last program in our Let's Talk About It: Civil War series. You can see more information about our programs this year on our website:

Glory won three Academy Awards in 1989 (best supporting actor, best cinematography, and best sound). It tells the story of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first formal unit of the US Army to be made up of African American men, during the Civil War. It stars Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Matthew Broderick (the guy from Ferris Bueller's Day Off). Please join us for this moving and educational film. Hope to see you there!

By: micheljp on: April 17, 2012 5:54 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

The 2012 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded yesterday. Here's a look at some of the winning work:Pulitzer Prize for HistoryMalcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning MarableThis biography of Malcolm X draws on new research to trace his life from his troubled youth through his involvement in the Nation of Islam, his activism in the world of Black Nationalism, and his assassination. Years in the making, it is a definitive biography of the legendary black activist.Pulitzer Prize for BiographyGeorge F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis GaddisA remarkably revealing view of how this greatest of Cold War strategists came to doubt his strategy and always doubted himself.Pulitzer Prize for PoetryLife on Mars by Tracy: Poems by Tracy K. SmithPulitzer Prize for General NonfictionThe Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen GreenblattIn this book the author transports readers to the dawn of the Renaissance and chronicles the life of an intrepid book lover who rescued the Roman philosophical text On the Nature of Things from certain oblivion. In this work he has crafted both a work of history and a story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it. 

By: crosbylm on: April 16, 2012 9:41 am | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

Are you a poet aspiring to get published, but not sure where to start? The library can help! Check out this recently added database, The Directory of Poetry Publishers.

The directory contains a Publisher Index, Regional Index, Subject Index, and eBooks Menu. You can navigate to these features from any page in the directory, as they are included at the bottom of each page.

The Publisher Index contains listings of both magazines and book publishers. Magazines are listed in the directory in italics and all caps. Presses are listed in normal type. Publisher names preceded by a bullet were recently added to the directory. Clicking on the name of the magazine or press takes you to an entry of information about the press. Have questions about the contents of entries? Every entry has a link to the Key to Directory Listings. The Key provides detailed information about the contents and navigational features of listings.

The Regional Index lists publishers by state and country. The main page of the Regional Index offers a quick glance at publishers in each region, listing number of publishers beside specific states and countries in brackets.

Similarly, the Subject Index compiles periodicals and presses publishing specific subjects. Subjects are listed in alphabetical order. Number of publishers listing subjects is displayed next to subject description, in brackets, on the main page.

Clicking on the eBooks Menu button directs you to the main page for Dustbooks eDirectories. Once on the main page, you can click on The Directory of Poetry Publishers to return to the directory... or, you can explore some of our other, newly acquired Dustbooks products! These other products (The International Directory of Little Magazines & Small Presses, The Directory of Small Press/Magazine Editors & Publishers, and The Small Press Record of Books in Print) will be discussed in later blog posts.

By: hartsea on: April 03, 2012 9:59 am | hartsea

King Library will have a display up this month in the foyer of the first floor in honor of National Poetry Month. This year's display honors Philip Levine, the 18th Poet Laureate of the United States, and Adrienne Rich, who passed away recently.

Special Collections also has a blog post about our Louise Bogan Collection called The Working Library of Louise Bogan (1897-1970), Poet and Critic

There are several organizations and companies celebrating National Poetry Month with various programs and activities. Here are some links you might want to check out to learn more:

30 Ways to Celebrate


Voices on the Verge: 14 New Poets for National Poetry Month

MPL and National Poetry Month - April 2012

Poetry Foundation Celebrates National Poetry Month

You might also be interested in a new resource we have at the library called Dustbooks eDirectories. It includes Directory of poetry publishers, Directory of small press/magazine editors and publishers, International directory of little magazines and small presses, and Small press records of books in print.

Finally check out our GoodReads shelf for some poetry recommendations:

By: bricee on: April 03, 2012 9:58 am | bricee

Coming up next month is National Library Week (April 8-14) and one of the things we in the library community always observe during that week is the importance of intellectual freedom and the ongoing fight against censorship. But there is a corollary in the art world that provides the subtext for our current exhibits in the Special Collections exhibit gallery.

Just as writers face the possibility of censorship, visual artists face similar efforts to control or constrain their work. The Russian artists featured in our Avant-Garde and Innocence exhibit supported the Bolshevik revolution only to find the Soviet government establishing the parameters of “acceptable” art. Unable to work within those narrowly defined limits, they emigrated to the West in order to pursue their artistic dreams, supporting themselves as illustrators of children’s books.

Our newest exhibit features a more recent example. Peter Sís, born in Czechoslovakia, became a filmmaker who, while working for the Czech government in the U.S., took the opportunity to seek asylum here in the 1980’s. A conversation with Maurice Sendak led to his transformation into first an illustrator and then an author of children’s books, many of which also speak to adults. In fact his most recent work is a beautifully illustrated fable for adults, based on a 12th century Islamic poem, The Conference of the Birds. Along the way he has collected just about every award available in the field, and our exhibit of a selection of his works features many award winners.

As a sidelight on our Sís exhibit I pulled the few but important examples of 20th century Czechoslovakian children’s literature we have in the King Collection, our major collection of historic children’s literature. In the course of researching the authors and illustrators of these titles I saw the familiar story repeated again and again: artists and writers fighting against the repressive constraints of totalitarian governments that, whether fascist or communist, feared the free expression of artistic vision.

Peter Sís, who just this week received the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, will present the annual May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, “Reading in the Dark,” here at Miami on Wednesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in Hall Auditorium. This lecture is held in a different venue every year, and Miami’s selection for 2012 is the result of a creative coalition of partners, including the University Libraries, put together by Dr. Brenda Dales in the Department of Teacher Education.

Tickets for the lecture are free but must be reserved by contacting the Miami University Box Office. Following the lecture in Hall there will be a reception in King 320, and a book signing in Special Collections. The exhibit gallery will be open for viewing, and while you wait to have Mr. Sís sign your book you can enjoy seeing what an artist can achieve when imagination, vision and technique are allowed to run free.

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

By: hartsea on: March 29, 2012 9:46 am | hartsea

Adrienne Rich died on Tuesday March 27th. The New York Times has done a very nice obituary for her: A Poet of Unswerving Vision at the Forefront of Feminism

If you, like me, now want to go re-read some of her work (or want to discover her for the first time), we have many of her poetry collections at the library:

Tonight no poetry will serve : poems, 2007-2010. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3535.I233 T66 2011

An atlas of the difficult world : poems, 1988-1991. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3535.I233 A84 1991

Diving into the wreck; poems, 1971-1972. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3535.I233 D58

Collected early poems, 1950-1970. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3535.I233 A6 1993

You will also find many of her poems online. I like some of the poems found on The Academy of Poets website because they include recordings of her poems (some read by her):

The Art of Translation

Diving into the Wreck

The Burning of Paper Instead of Children

I would recommend reading some of her essays:

Arts of the possible: essays and conversations. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3535.I233 A83 2001

On lies, secrets, and silence : selected prose, 1966-1978. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3535.I233 O6 1979

Of woman born: motherhood as experience and institution. King Library (2nd floor) | HQ759 .R53 1986

There are so many lines of her poems I could include to give you a taste of her words, but I think I'll leave you with these lines:

"My heart is moved by all I can not save:
So much has been destroyed
I have to cast my lot with those
who age after age, perversely
with no extraordinary power,
reconstitute the world."
-"Natural Resources" from The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974–1977