News & Notes

By: hartsea on: June 22, 2012 1:49 pm | hartsea

Natasha Trethewey was recently named the 19th US Poet Laureate. Some people at Miami University may remember that she came to do a reading here in 2008. You can actually see videos of her reading at Miami at this website.

Here are several articles about her recent appointment:

New Laureate Looks Deep Into Memory

Poet Laureate: 'Poetry's Always A Kind Of Faith'

Who Is the New Poet Laureate?

If you'd like to read some of her poetry, we have several of her collections:

Bellocq's Ophelia: Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3570.R433 B45 2002

Native Guard. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3570.R433 N38 2006

Domestic Work: Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3570.R433 D66 2000

You might also be interested in her recent collection of essays, poems, and letters about the effects of Hurricane Katrina:

Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3570.R433 B49 2010

By: crosbylm on: May 31, 2012 3:39 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

The libraries now offer online access to the Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations. Students in summer courses such as LAS 208 Introduction to Latin American Studies, ITS 201 Introduction to International Studies, or HST 111 Survey of American History, this resource is for you!

The encyclopedia contains over 800 entries authored by scholars in history, political science, and Latin American studies. Easily locate these entries through the A-Z list of entries, browse by topic, or view entries by country.

Helpful tools in this online resource include How to Cite guide specific to this encyclopedia and a CiteNow! link in each entry. Take full advantage of this resource by setting up Your Profile, which allows users to save Favorite Documents and Saved Searches, as well as maintain a Documents History.

Other unique features of the encyclopedia include maps, images and photographs (such as the one below), and biographies of significant Latin American leaders and U.S. presidents.

"U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Honduran President Manuel Zelaya." In Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations, edited by Thomas M. Leonard, vol. 3, 688. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2012. http://library.cqpress.com/uslar/euslarv3-1304-74453-2420075.

Check out the Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations today!

By: crosbylm on: May 22, 2012 10:25 am | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

Calling all Education majors: you may be done with student teaching for the semester, but you can continue to develop your teaching skills with new library database Education in Video, a comprehensive online collection of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in classrooms for the training of teachers.

This is a giant resource, currently including more 3,777 video titles (that’s about 987 hours of video, total)! Even with the extent of the collection, searching all of these titles is a breeze with Alexander Street's Semantic Indexing™, which allows for precise search and retrieval. You can also browse by grade level (preschool, primary, middle, secondary, post secondary), by educator/expert, by educational topic, or by clips. Another nifty feature – all transcripts are searchable!

Many of the videos additionally include supplementary materials, downloadable as PDF files, making them easy to incorporate into your classroom discussions and assignments.

Want to contribute something of your own to this diverse resource? Clips are uniquely created for users, by users – anyone using the Education in Video database can create, edit, and share clips of their own.

Access Education in Video from the library’s A-Z Databases list or directly from this link: http://www.lib.muohio.edu/indexes/redirect/976

By: micheljp on: May 17, 2012 4:58 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

Miami University Librarians pass Open Access Policy On Monday, the librarians at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio affirmed their commitment to the principles of Open Access by voting in favor of an Open Access policy. The policy, based on Harvard University's Model Policy, will increase access to librarians' scholarly articles. Librarians will begin depositing their scholarly output in the Scholarly Commons, Miami's institutional repository. Miami University Libraries is the first department on Miami's campus to successfully pass an open access policy. "I am so proud to work at Miami today," said Jen Waller, Interdisciplinary Research Librarian and Chair of the Libraries’ Scholarly Communication Working Group. "My colleagues’ vote in favor of an open access policy allows the Miami University Libraries to be a leader in Open Access on the Miami campus. Additionally, the adoption of this policy will allow librarians here to gain first hand knowledge of howfacets of open access work, which will greatly improve our outreach efforts to faculty on campus."

Miami’s Dean and University Librarian, Judith Sessions, was pleased with the vote, noting that it represented an historic step forward in the services librarians at Miami can provide. “Librarians at Miami have always done an outstanding job of pushing boundaries. In this case, they understand how the culture on Miami’s campus differs from cultures on other campuses. Their ability to move forward in ways that best serve the mission of the university speaks volumes.”

The policy will take effect immediately.

For more information contact:

Judith Sessions

Dean and University Librarian

sessioja@muohio.edu

513-529-2800

By: crosbylm on: May 14, 2012 10:48 am | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

Children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak died today, May 8, at age 83. A New York Times obituary detailing his life and characterizing his books as “essential ingredients of childhood” can be found here: Maurice Sendak, Author of Splendid Nightmares, Dies at 83

Sendak is most famous for “Where the Wild Things Are.” For those wishing to revisit Sendak’s works, the library owns this and two other titles that complete a trilogy, “In the Night Kitchen” and “Outside Over There.”

Where The Wild Things Are King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S47 Wh 1988

In The Night Kitchen King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S47 In

Outside Over There King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S47 Ou

Listed below are a few other titles in the library written and illustrated by Sendak:

Bumble-ardy King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ8.3.S4684 Bu 2011

Chicken Soup With Rice King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ8.3.S4684 Ch 1990

Higglety Pigglety Pop!
King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ10.3.S356 Hi

Nutshell Library
King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PS3569.E6 N88 1962 v.1-4

Pierre; A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and A Prologue King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Readers | PZ7.S47 Pi 1962

We Are All In The Dumps With Jack And Guy: Two Nursery Rhymes With Pictures King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ8.3.S4684 We 1993

Here are some books written by other authors, containing Sendak’s iconic illustrations:

A Very Special House King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.K875 Ve

The Happy Rain King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S467 Hap 1984

The Miami University Libraries have an extensive collection of books of Sendack’s writings and/or illustrations available for Library Use Only in the Havighurst Special Collections Library. Here are a few of those titles:

Some Swell Pup: Or, Are You Sure You Want A Dog? Spec King Collection | PS3569.E6 S65 1976

Dear Mili: An Old Tale Spec King Collection | PT2281.G29 D43 1988

In February 2013, readers of all ages can look forward to savoring a new work of Sendak’s illustrations and writing once more, with the posthumous publication of “My Brother’s Book,” a picture book containing a poem inspired by Sendak’s late brother.

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: http://www.lib.muohio.edu/indexes/redirect/962

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! http://goo.gl/HWufF

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. http://library.cqpress.com/cities/capf-1285-71982-2387679.

Connect to this database from either of these links:
http://library.cqpress.com/cities/
http://www.lib.muohio.edu/indexes/redirect/981

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: http://libguides.lib.muohio.edu/civilwar

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!