News & Notes

By: hartsea on: November 03, 2011 3:16 pm | hartsea

Our first book for the Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War* book discussion will be March by Geraldine Brooks. We will discuss this book on November 10th at 4:00 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. The book is relatively short, but you'll still want to make sure you get a copy ASAP.

If you are interested in some background for this book, here are a couple of articles you might be like to read:

" 'March': Pictures From a Peculiar Institution" New York Times Review by Thomas Mallon. Published March 27, 2005.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Discusses Work. Interview with Geraldine Brooks shortly after she won the Pulitzer Prize. PBS NewsHour April 18, 2006.

Orpheus at the Plough: The father of “Little Women” An essay by Geraldine Brooks published in the New Yorker Jan 10, 2005.

Please check out our website for more information. You'll find details about this book, more information about the other upcoming book discussions, 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: millarj on: October 28, 2011 10:41 am | millarj

So, you want to support open access and highlight your work at the same time? Consider creating a personalized faculty profile and contributing your scholarly work to Scholarly Commons, Miami's portal to faculty scholarship.

Don't have a lot of free time? No problem. The new Scholars Portal is easy and quick to setup. Here's a step by step guide:

Step 1: Point your web browser to and click on "Create/Edit your Profile"

Step 2: Login with your Miami uniqued and password

Step 3: Edit your information (include a candid or formal photo if you want)

Step 4: Press the "Submit Changes" button.

That's it! Four short steps and your profile is complete.

Once you're ready to contribute your work, simply choose the "Create/Edit your profile" and then click the big red "Get Started Button".

If you have questions about getting your work ready for submission, feel free to email or talk to your library liaison.

By: bazelejw on: October 27, 2011 11:21 am | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

Currently, there is a dizzying array of open access resources available to students and scholars online, and it is often difficult to determine the quality of these resources. In order to make users aware of quality open access resources, the library has identified specific resources and added entries and links for these resources to our website and catalog.

In the Databases A to Z list, there are links to a number of high quality sources of open access materials:

ArXiv is a repository hosted by Cornell University which includes open access to more than 700,000 e-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, and statistics.

The Directory of Open Access Journals is an aggregation of over 7,000 online journals across all subjects which are peer reviewed or have editorial quality control.

ProQuest’s Dissertations and Theses Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge (the authors of these theses and dissertations have opted to publish as open access).

Additional freely available full-text dissertations can be found at the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, where numerous participating institutions deposit dissertations.

At the FDSYS site, you’ll find open access to authenticated information directly from the United States Government through the Government Printing Office.

If you’re interested in electronic books, the National Academies Press has recently made PDFs of the majority of its publications (over 4,000 monographs) freely available at their website. These monographs consist of reports published by various government academies, including the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the National Research Council. Registration is free and required before your first download from the site.

In our Journals A to Z list, you will find links for many open access journals, identifiable by the presence of a small globe icon and the text “Open Access”.

If you are browsing the library’s online catalog, a keyword search on “open access” under the Journal Titles tab will bring up entries for numerous open access journals available online.

By: wallerjl on: October 26, 2011 10:32 am | wallerjl @@jenniferwaller

We know the Internet is transforming music publishing, newspaper publishing, and scholarly journal publishing. The Internet gives us an environment where it's easy to share knowledge. It gives us a platform where we can let our ideas loose, disseminate our work more quickly, and get feedback from others quickly. As a scholar, you want to share your work; you want people to access it, and you want others to acknowledge it.

So did you know that the publication agreement you sign when you submit to a journal actually prevents broad dissemination of your work? In traditional publication agreements all rights – including copyright to your own work – go to the journal. These agreements may prevent you from using sections of your article in later works, distributing it among your colleagues, uploading it to a repository, or even using your own work in course packs.

Managing your copyright and protecting your rights as an author is one of the most effective ways to ensure access to your work. The Author Addendum is a widely recognized tool that allows you to keep key rights to your articles while still transferring necessary rights to the journal publisher.

Value the copyright in your intellectual property! To read more about the Author Addendum and how it can work for you, download the PDF at You can also request a hardcopy of the Author Rights brochure by emailing Jen Waller at

By: messnekr on: October 25, 2011 11:00 am | messnekr

“Open Data” is a principle that some kinds of scientific and scholarly data should be freely available to anyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright or other limits. Open Data is distinct, but related in spirit, to the Open Access to scholarly publications movement.

The argument for Open Data often focuses on the source of funding for research, stating that when public/governmental funding is used to support research, that research is properly owned by the public at large and should be made publicly available. Consistent with the Open Data notion, U.S. Federal law has long upheld that raw facts are not copyrightable (though the means of expression -- styled papers, tables, charts, and other containers presenting the data -- are).

Open Data is a de facto standard for data in some scientific fields, notably molecular biology. Molecular biologists wishing to publish articles on newly sequenced DNA or other biomolecules have long been required to deposit those sequences in archival databases at the National Center for Biotechnology Information. This allows other researchers, once the publication and data is released, to view the new sequences and make use of them in their own work; the broad availability of this data has been widely recognized as being critical in advances in modern biology.

Recently the National Science Foundation implemented a policy requiring grant applicants to incorporate a data management plan into their grant proposals. While the NSF policy does not endorse or require Open Data per se, it is hoped the requirement will encourage researchers to carefully consider the long-term accessibility of their research products, which is the fundamental concern of the Open Data movement. The University Libraries Scholarly Commons is available as an open archive for research materials produced by Miami researchers.

By: revellaa on: October 23, 2011 7:35 pm | revellaa

What is Open Access
"Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder."
Peter Suber
A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access
Why Open Access

  • Academic Journals have a 10-year inflation rate of 180%
  • This fact when coupled with shrinking library budgets is limiting access to scholarly research


  • Authors are not paid by scholarly journals. Their compensation is the dissemination of their work and the resulting citations
  • If access is reduced by growing costs, interested parties cannot read and cite their work
  • Open Access makes scholarly work available to any interested party, including policy makers, industry and the public at large

What Can You Do?


By: hartsea on: October 12, 2011 10:56 am | hartsea

The libraries will be co-sponsoring (along with the Miami University Humanities Center) a symposium called The American Civil War: Why Does It Still Matter? on October 22nd from 9:00-12:30 in King 320. This program is part of a series of civil war related programming this year funded by an American Library Association/National Endowment for the Arts grant.

We’ve got a great list of speakers from different Miami University departments lined up. Andrew Cayton will be giving our keynote address. We have two breakout sessions. One session is called “From Civil War to Civil Rights: The Politics of New Freedom” and will feature W. Sherman Jackson, Martin Johnson, and Nishani Frazier. The second session is called “Culture, Social Life, and Customs of Civil War America” and will feature Sara Butler, Jack White, and Kimberly Hamlin. We’ll also have presentations on local history and local resources related to the civil war. We will have a librarian from the Smith Library, a Miami University Art Museum staff member, and several Miami University librarians.

We will also have a walking tour of civil war sites on campus starting at 2:00.

You can find out more details on our website.

To coincide with this symposium our Special Collections has a fall exhibit called "The Deadliest that Ever Darkened Earth: Voices from the Civil War". We will also have a display of civil war materials on the first floor of King in the foyer starting on October 17th.

If you have any questions, you can contact Arianne Hartsell-Gundy at

By: resnisew on: October 12, 2011 10:56 am | resnisew

Interested in learning about presentations methods other than Powerpoint? Then this workshop might be for you!

Taking Your Presentation beyond PowerPoint
Presentations are often a necessary part of schoolwork and academia, but many people struggle with how to create interesting presentations. We all know that visuals can help to effectively illustrate one’s arguments, but we’ve also all had the experience of sitting through a dull PowerPoint presentation. This workshop will help you learn to use visuals and multimedia to enhance your presentations. You’ll learn the basics of three helpful tools: Prezi (useful for creating presentations); PollEverywhere (helps you increase interactivity); and SlideShare (allows you to share your presentations with a larger audience). You’ll also learn some techniques for making your presentations more interesting and informative. Come test-drive new tools and exchange ideas and advice for creating more exciting presentations!

2011-10-20 - 12pm–1pm – 116 Laws (BEST Library) Register here:

By: hartsea on: October 12, 2011 10:23 am | hartsea

The Glass Menagerie is part of the Theatre Department's "Masterpiece Theatre" series. It will be performed October 5th-9th. You can learn more about the performance here and buy tickets here.

It's fitting that the Theatre Department is performing Glass Menagerie now because this year is the centennial of Tennessee Williams birth. If you'd like to read more about Tennessee Williams and the celebrations this year, you may want to check out this New York Times travel article or this feature from the British newspaper The Independent.

The Southern Quarterly journal celebrated the centennial with a special summer issue. We have access to this journal through our Humanities International Complete database. You can click on this link, click on Humanities International Complete, and then click on Vol. 48 Issue 4 - Summer2011 to find the issue.

We also have several books (and one film) about The Glass Menagerie and about Tennessee Williams:

The Glass Menagerie, a film version on vhs available in the Instructional Material Center

The Glass menagerie: An American Memory by Delma E. Presley. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3545.I5365 G5365 1990

Magical Muse: Millennial Essays on Tennessee Williams edited by Ralph F. Voss. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3545.I5365 Z756 2002

The Influence of Tennessee Williams: Essays on Fifteen American Playwrights edited by Philip C. Kolin. King Library (2nd floor) | PS352 .I54 2008

New Selected Essays: Where I Live by Tennessee Williams. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3545.I5365 A6 2009

Tennessee Williams edited by Brenda Murphy. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3545.I5365 Z8445 2011

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.