News & Notes

By: hartsea on: March 13, 2012 8:59 am | hartsea

The Women’s Read-in is in its 6th year at the Libraries. It is co-sponsored by the Women's Center and is held in honor of Women's History Month. All members of the University and Oxford communities are encouraged to participate and attend.

Inspired by the fact that it is the Year of the Arts here at Miami University, our theme this year is "Recognizing Women and their Art and Stories". In keeping with this theme, we invite you to share women's art (music, drama, poetry, novels, sculpture, etc.). This can include your own work.

The event this year will be held on Thursday March 22nd from 11:00am-2:00pm in King Library 320.

You can register here to read/perform work by your favorite female artist or drop by to listen and enjoy refreshments.

Need some help choosing what to read? See a sample of what participants read from last year or our page on the Diversity guide for some inspiration!

See below for even more ideas:

We hope to see you there!

By: zaslowbj on: March 13, 2012 8:58 am | zaslowbj

Mar. 1, 2012 and ongoing: A display in the cases on the left (south) side of the main entrance to King Library showcases Miami University Libraries' participation in the university-wide celebration of the Year of the Arts ( Contributions reflect various aspects of arts including architecture, costume, dance, drama, music, painting, poetry, and sculpture. Participating library units: Wertz Art/Architecture Library, Amos Music Library, Walter Havighurst Special Collections, and King Library; staff coordinators: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Information Services Librarian (Literature and Theatre); Kimberly Tully, Special Collections Librarian; Jessica Wray, Library Associate (Art); Barry Zaslow, Music Librarian

By: hartsea on: March 01, 2012 3:27 pm | hartsea

Our fifth book discussion for the Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War* book discussion series will be selections from the America's War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries edited by Edward L. Ayers. We will be reading Part Five: War and Freedom from this anthology. We will discuss this section on Thursday March 15th at 4:00pm in King Library 320. If you would like to join the discussion, please contact Arianne Hartsell-Gundy ( or 513-529-8494) or Kim Tully ( or 513-529-2024). They will register you for the discussion and arrange for you to get a free copy of the book.

If you are interested in thinking more about some of the issues that we'll be discussing, you may want to check out some relevant resources:

Emancipation Proclamation from the National Archives

Library of Congress: From Slavery to Civil Rights: A Timeline of African American History

Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

After you read the excerpts in Part Five, you may be interested in reading other speeches and writings by these authors. Here are some of the titles that we have at King Library:

The Oxford Frederick Douglass Reader. King Library (2nd floor) | E449 .D749 1996

Lincoln on Race & Slavery. King Library (2nd floor) | E457.2 .L744 2009

Jubilee by Margaret Walker. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3545.A517 J82 1966

Been in the Storm So Long by Leon F. Litwack. King Library (2nd floor) | E185.2 .L57 1979

Please check out our website for more information. You'll find details about the readings for Part Five: War and Freedom, more information about other upcoming events, and links to a variety of resources.

*The Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War is a national series supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Check out the twitter hashtag #letstalkcw to find out about other programs at other libraries!

By: hartsea on: February 20, 2012 3:53 pm | hartsea

After watching last night's Christmas episode, I suddenly became sad when I realized I would probably be waiting a long time for series three. If you too were sad, here are some resources we have that you might enjoy while you wait for its return.

Some nonfiction titles of interest:

Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy by David Cannadine. King Library (2nd floor) | HT653.G7 C358 1999

Aspects of Aristocracy: Grandeur and Decline in Modern Britain by David Cannadine. King Library (2nd floor) | HT653.G7 C357 1994

After the Victorians: Private Conscience and Public Duty in Modern Britain: Essays in Memory of John Clive edited by Susan Pedersen and Peter Mandler. King Library (2nd floor) | HN385 .A38 1994

American Jennie: The Remarkable life of Lady Randolph Churchill by Anne Sebba. King Library (2nd floor) | DA565.C6 S43 2007

Life below Stairs: Domestic Servants in England from Victorian Times by Frank E. Huggett. BEST Library, Basement | HD8039.D52 G7763

The English Country House: From the Archives of Country Life by Mary Miers. ArtArch | NA7562 .M53 2009

Fiction, poetry, and memoirs of interest:

Below Stairs by Margaret Powell. SW Depository | TX649.P68 A3 (available for request)

Past Imperfect by Julian Fellowes. King Library (2nd floor) | PR6106.E4 P37 2009

Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford. SW Depository | PR6011.O53 P3 (available for request)

House at Riverton: A Novel by Kate Morton. King Leisure Reading | PR9619.4.M74 S55 2008

The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen edited by C. Day Lewis. King Library (2nd floor) | PR6029.W4 A6 1964b

Collected poems, 1908-1956 by Siegfried Sassoon. King Library (2nd floor) | PR6037.A86 A17 1961

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. King Library (2nd floor) | PR6059.S5 R46 1993

You might also enjoy this blog post from ARTstor.

Meanwhile I'll be enjoying the memory of Mary and Matthew twirling in the snow!

By: hartsea on: February 20, 2012 3:54 pm | hartsea

Have you seen this recent Miami University News Release about Rita Dove? If you're interested in reading some of her poetry collections, check these out:

American Smooth: Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3554.O884 A77 2004

Grace Notes: Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3554.O884 G7 1989 | AVAILABLE

Mother Love: Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3554.O884 M68 1995 | AVAILABLE

On the Bus with Rosa Parks: Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3554.O884 O52 1999 | AVAILABLE

By: tullykk on: February 15, 2012 12:14 pm | tullykk

The Miami University Libraries Diversity Cluster will sponsor the 23rd Annual African American Read-In on Monday, February 20, 2012 between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. in King Library 320. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The African American Read-In has been an important component of the communities of Oxford and Miami University's Black History Month activities. It is through the participation and support of the university and the community that this event has been an ongoing success throughout the years.

Readers and listeners are what make the day. We would like to invite you personally to read a work by an African American author, come listen to works being read, or both. Please bring a selection by an African American author or just come and listen! Books to select readings from will also be available at the event.

For more information and ideas for readings, please see the Diversity Cluster's Read-In website:

By: hartsea on: February 09, 2012 10:21 am | hartsea

Do you know the difference between an impact factor and an Eigenfactor? Do you know how to find out which journals in your field are considered the most influential? If not, then you might want to come to an upcoming workshop called "Journal Citation Reports and Other Tools for Preparing Your Dossier". This workshop is designed for faculty and graduate students who want to learn more about the citation tools available to help them. We'll cover the basics of Journal Citation Reports, discuss the useful tools in Web of Science, and realizing that not all journals are covered in JCR and WoS, we’ll also cover tools such as SciMago, Publish or Perish, Google Scholar, and WorldCat Identities.

By the end of the session we hope you’ll have gained:

• Awareness of the different tools available
• Understanding of the value of these different citation analysis tools
• Ability to select the best tool for any given task
• Understanding of vocabulary like impact factors
• Skills to gather citation information and include them in their promotion documents

This workshop is designed to be informative for all disciplines at Miami, and will be jointly led by a Humanities Librarian and a Social Science Librarian.

Lunch will be provided!

Where: King 110
When: February 21nd from noon-1:00pm

Register here:

By: hartsea on: February 07, 2012 10:51 am | hartsea

Today is Charles Dickens' 200th birthday! To mark this occasion there are many blog posts and newspaper articles about him today:

Dickens and Victorian London: 2012 apps and ebooks

A letter to Charles Dickens on his 200th birthday

Happy Birthday, Dickens

Prince Charles leads Charles Dickens celebrations

Also, if you get a chance, check out Google's Doodle today!

We also have a small exhibit on the third floor of King in our Special Collections celebrating Charles Dickens. It will be up all this week.

If you are interested in reading more about him, here are some recent titles we have acquired:

Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4582 .D68 2011

Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin. Copy on Order.

Charles Dickens in Context edited by Sally Ledger and Holly Furneaux. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4588 .C3597 2011

Charles Dickens's American Audience by Robert McParland. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4592.A54 M37 2010

The Cambridge Introduction to Charles Dickens by Jon Mee. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4588 .M44 2010

Finally there are many events planned throughout the world this year to celebrate his life and accomplishments:

Dickens 2012

Dickens and London Display

Dickens Anniversary Kicks Off in London

I myself plan to re-read Great Expectations!

By: brickeje on: February 07, 2012 11:10 am | brickeje

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections is home to over 65,000 volumes, manuscripts and archives. Some of the volumes are rare, some are unique; all are special in some way. All of us who work in Special Collections develop attachments to certain books in the collections, for a variety of reasons; perhaps because of an elaborate cover, or because of memories that a book triggers, or because of the provenance of a particular volume. The reasons are as varied as the individuals who work here.

One of my favorites is a small volume of poetry by an author that I discovered in late 1971. Richard Brautigan was a poet, short story writer and novelist with a unique imagination. The Dictionary of Literary Biography wrote that "Brautigan is commonly seen as the bridge between the Beat Movement of the 1950s and the youth revolution of the 1960s." I had discovered some Brautigan books on a friend’s bookshelf and soon had read most of his published work. I was excited when I found Please Plant This Book in Special Collections many years ago because this was one book of his that I had not read. It is a collection of eight poems, each written on a seed packet filled with seeds. It was published in 1968 with a note on the back cover that states: “THIS BOOK IS FREE. Permission is granted to reprint this book by anyone as long as it is not sold.” Some of the author’s thoughts about this publication are expressed in the poem on the package of Shasta Daisy seeds.


I pray that in thirty years passing
that flowers and vegetables will
water the Twenty-First Century
with their voices telling that they
were once a book turned by loving
hands into life.

The text of this book can now be found easily on the web, with interactive sites displaying the individual poems, but in the 1970’s this volume was difficult to track down. It is nice to be able to see the book in its original format. Other poems/seeds in this volume are: Squash, Sweet Alyssum Royal Carpet, Parsley, Lettuce, California Native Flowers, Carrots and Calendula. Some printings of this book have planting instructions on the reverse side of the seed package. Our copy does not.

Please peruse our new website, or check the Library’s catalog, to explore the collections of the Walter Havighurst Special Collections. Perhaps there is something here that will capture your imagination.

By: hartsea on: February 01, 2012 3:57 pm | hartsea

Our fourth book discussion for the Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War book discussion series will be Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James M. McPherson. We will discuss this section on Thursday February 9th at 4:00pm in King Library 320. If you would like to join the discussion, please contact Arianne Hartsell-Gundy ( or Kim Tully ( They will register you for the discussion and arrange for you to get a free copy of the book.

There are also supplemental readings in the America's War anthology edited by Ed Ayers. They can be found in Part Four: The Shape of the War on pages 182 to 199.

If you are interested in learning more about the battle of Antietam, you may want to check out some relevant resources:

Antietam National Battlefield (U.S. National Park Service)
Battle of Antietam (Civil War)
The Battle of Antietam Summary & Facts

You can find out more about this book discussion and other upcoming programs here.