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By: grabacka on: October 04, 2010 2:00 pm | grabacka

The visit this month of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, raises interest in his homeland and current place of residence. I would like to feature some maps in our collections about Tibet and the Himalaya region.
* Himalaya is a folded map of the area, by a Munich publisher.
* Two large format maps by GiziMap, based in Budapest, Tibet and Xizang = Tibet focus on the entire Autonomous Region of Tibet.
* Xizang Zizhiqu lü you di tu is a tourist map produced in China.
* Tibet : Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Himalaya, the roof of the world, and Himalaya, Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim are excellent tourist maps published in English.
* Amnye Machen Institute, Dharamsala, India, is a center for Tibetan studies in the home in exile for the Dalai Lama. The Institute’s Tibet and adjacent areas under Communist China's occupation showsTibet and adjacent areas of China where Tibetan language and cultural practices are found.

The ancient Tibetan capital is featured on two maps. Lhasa City = Lha-Sa Groń Khyer, by the Amnye Machen Institute, is accompanied by a booklet with text in English and Tibetan describing the city and a detailed index to buildings and sites on the map. The Lhasa map : Traditional Tibetan architecture and townscape has a larger scale map focusing on the city center area. Additional maps on the reverse provide plans of significant sites, including the Potala Palace complex, as well as elevation drawings.

Other maps feature special places.

* Dharamsala, McLeod Ganj uses satellite imagery to portray the city in Himachal Pradesh, India, that has served as the home of the Dalai Lama. McLeod Ganj is the name of the portion of the city where the temples, monasteries, and study centers are located.
* The high route around Manaslu focuses on a mountain and surrounding region in northern Nepal. This is a conservation area, with villages of indigenous populations. It is the focus of a graduate study project by a Miami student.
* Kailās, Mānasarovar, and Kailash : trekking map focus on a sacred mountain in western Tibet and northwestern Himachal Pradesh. At the base of the mountain are monasteries. Nearby is a lake regarded as the source of the Indus River, one of several major rivers that have their source in the Tibetan Plateau and the northern Himalaya.

These maps convey some of the wonders of this region that fascinates the western world, providing useful information for study. They also reflect a diversity of cartographers, based as they are in Germany, Hungary, Canada, Nepal, and India at the home of the Dalai Lama.

By: micheljp on: September 24, 2010 9:57 am | micheljp @jpmichel


Music faculty, students and classical music lovers: Musopen.com is a fantastic new free resource for classical musical recordings and sheet music. From their about page:

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By: brickeje on: September 15, 2010 4:17 pm | brickeje

Please visit the Walter Havighurst Special Collections Exhibit Room (321 King Library) to see our exhibit in honor of the Dalai Lama’s visit to Miami University. The exhibit has several related themes. The teachings of the Buddha are illustrated with images and books from the Library’s Instructional Materials Center. The section on the Dalai Lama features selected books by His Holiness from King Library’s circulating collection. Buddhism in North American and Southwestern Ohio include newsletters, photographs, and popular magazines with a Western perspective on Buddhism. Thai Fortune Telling is the theme for three manuscript books from Special Collections. On display are folding books from Thailand. These are the sort of books that would be found in Buddhist monasteries. One book is a dream book; another is a manuscript on astrology. The third book is devoted to fortune telling. Also on display is an ancient Thai palm leaf manuscript book. This exhibit runs through the end of December.

This link will take you to a copy of the exhibit brochure:
http://spec.lib.muohio.edu/Buddhism_for_web_A.pdf

By: presnejl on: September 09, 2010 1:38 pm | presnejl

Miami University Libraries and students from Kelly Quinn's American Studies 301: Practice of American Studies: Public Stories will host public conversations to commemorate 9/11 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, on the plaza at King Library. The community is encouraged to share reflections, remembrances and observations about life in post-9/11 United States. September Project events explore issues that matter (See: http://theseptemberproject.org/)

By: bazelejw on: September 18, 2015 4:48 pm | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

The library has a trial (8/23/10-9/22/10) of the Berg Fashion Library online, which can be accessed here: http://www.bergfashionlibrary.com/ The Berg Fashion Library is a unique online portal which offers fully cross-searchable access to an expanding range of Berg content collections – including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images, and much more. A full list of the contents of the resource is available here: http://www.bergfashionlibrary.com/page/whatsinbergfashionlibrary/whats-i...

By: stepanm on: August 12, 2010 11:18 am | stepanm

People who usually try to avoid things like anthrax can now fearlessly check them out of the Instructional Materials Center (IMC).

Before its use as a biological weapon, anthrax was a common disease, spores of which are found in soil. It is possible that anthrax was described as the fifth plague of the Bible (widespread death of livestock) and even the sixth, too (skin boils).
Although real anthrax can form durable long-lived spores, which can be deadly, the library anthrax is irresistibly soft and completely benign. It is pictured here with its furry buddy, West Nile.

Check these and other adorable viruses and parasites in the Curriculum Materials section of IMC under QR201.A1: http://www.lib.muohio.edu/multifacet/books/giantmicrobes?sort=relevance&...

By: bazelejw on: August 25, 2010 9:32 am | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

The library currently has a trial of the NBC News online resource "Archive on Demand". This resource makes thousands of videos, historic newsreels, primary source documents, photographs, and more available to instructors, researchers and students.
The trial has been extended and will run through September 22, 2010.

Access this resource via the following URL:
http://www.highered.nbclearn.com/portal/site/HigherEd

By: hurstsj on: July 14, 2010 4:06 pm | hurstsj

The Global Forecasting Service is a new product of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). It predicts and explains the key issues and trends in important developed and emerging markets, spelling out their implications for business and the world economy over the next five years. It includes brief articles, tables, and charts concerning the world economy as well as for individual countries and regions. There are also sections focusing on commodities, trade, exchange rates, and global risk scenarios.

Connect to the Global Forecasting Service

You can also find it under G from the Databases A-Z page or connect through the Country Profiles database which is also produced by the EIU.

By: bazelejw on: July 07, 2010 9:14 am | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

The new A to Z list of online resources available through the library is active at: http://atoz.ebsco.com/home.asp?Id=K12098

There is also a link to the list on the "Journal Titles" tab in the catalog.

By: micheljp on: July 01, 2010 10:58 am | micheljp @jpmichel

The Miami University Libraries will be hosting its annual Alumni Weekend Used Book Sale in the 4th floor of the Brill Science Library. The Book Sale will run Friday, June 18th from 9am to 430pm and Saturday 11am to 430pm.

Come and check out the goods!

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