News & Notes

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 (

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

Miami University Libraries has been awarded a "Let’s Talk About It: The Civil War” reading and discussion program grant. This grant is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

This discussion program will take place between October and May of next year. We will be reading several books about the Civil War, including March by Geraldine Brooks (King Library (2nd floor) | PR9619.3.B7153 M37 2005) and Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson (King Library (2nd floor) | E474.65 .M48 2002). There will also be a kick-off symposium (sponsored by the Humanities Center) where we will highlight relevant library collections, hear from local scholars, and learn about local history. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the start of the program.

By: hartsea on: August 03, 2011 11:25 am | hartsea

Tea Obreht won the Orange Prize for her novel The Tiger's Wife. We have a copy of this book at King Library, though unsurprisingly it is currently checked out. The call number for this book is PS3615.B73 T54 2011, and you can request it. You might also want to try to request it from OhioLINK, since many libraries across the state have copies.

We also have most of the other titles that were shortlisted this year for the Orange Prize:

Room by Emma Donoghue. King Library (2nd floor) | PR6054.O547 R66 2010

The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna. King Library (2nd floor) | PR6106.O766 M46 2010

Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson. We don't own this title yet, but we soon will.

Great House by Nicole Krauss. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3611.R38 G74 2010

Annabel by Kathleen Winter. We don't own this title yet, but it is available through OhioLINK.

By: hartsea on: May 24, 2011 9:52 am | hartsea

We have a new reference book called The Routledge Concise Compendium of the World's Languages. The call number for this book is P371 .C37 2011, and it can be found in the Reference section on the first floor of King. Features of this book include morphology descriptions for all languages, statistical data on topics such as the number of speakers of a language, illustrative text samples, a glossary of technical terms, comparative tables of the numerals 1-10 in all languages covered, an appendix of scripts (with the alphabets of different languages), an extensive bibliography, and classification by genetic relationships of all languages covered. Entries include the following sections: introduction, phonology, script, morphology and syntax, and the sample of the written language. Though this reference book is mostly meant for students and scholars of Linguistics, it has interesting information for anyone fascinated by languages. For example, did you know that Hausa (the major language of West Africa) is spoken by over 25 million people? How about the fact that French is the second most commonly taught second language in the world (after English)? All of these facts can be found in this compendium!

By: johnsoj on: May 06, 2011 10:00 am | johnsoj

The passing of Miami President Emeritus Dr. Phillip Shriver marked the end of an era at Miami University. In memory of Dr. Shriver, the staff of the University Archives has put together a small exhibit featuring personal items donated over the years. Exhibited materials include a pair of toy drumsticks from Shriver’s childhood, notes and exams from classes taken with leading American historians Arthur Schlesinger and Allan Nevins, and a draft syllabus and exam from Dr. Shriver’s Miami History course. The exhibit is located in the reading room of the Miami University Archives

The Archives is located in the old Withrow Court locker area, directly across from McKie Baseball Field. There is a single, outside entrance on the north side of the facility. The archives is not directly accessible from the Withrow Court building.
Beginning May 7, the Archives summer hours will be 8am-4pm Monday thru Friday, and by appointment. Everybody is welcome to visit! If interested in visiting or have a research question contact Bob Schmidt, University Archivist at or 513.529.6720