News & Notes

By: hartsea on: November 22, 2010 9:55 am | hartsea

The 2010 National Book Awards were recently announced. You can go to the National Book Foundation's website to learn about the winners, watch videos of the ceremony, and read interviews with winners and finalists.

The Fiction winner this year is The Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon, a book that Miami University Libraries has recently ordered. We also have several of her other novels, including Bogeywoman: A Novel (King Library Second Floor PS3557.O668 B64 1999), She Drove without Stopping: A Novel (King Library Second Floor PS3557.O668 S54 1990), and Shamp of the City-Solo: A Novel (SW Depository PS3557.O668 S52 1980x).

Terrance Hayes won the Poetry Award for his fourth collection of poems, Lighthead. We have this book in our collection on the second floor of King (PS3558.A8378 L54 2010).

The winner who has been getting the most buzz this year is Patti Smith for her non-fiction work Just Kids, which is available at our Music Library (ML420.S672 A3 2010). We also have several of her poetry collections at King Library, including The Coral Sea (PS3569.M53787 C67 1996) and Auguries of Innocence (PS3569.M53787 A94 2005). The Los Angeles Times has a nice write up about her win here.

By: tzoce_2 on: November 15, 2010 6:22 pm | tzoce_2

The 3rd Social Justice Read-In will take place this Wednesday, November 17th from 2 to 4pm in King Library Room 320. Everyone is welcome to read or listen to others read. Readers can bring their favorite book or pick one from the display at the Read-In. A set of posters from the Student Action Center will be on display as well.
To learn more about this event or to register to read, visit the Read-In's website at:

The Read-In is part of the seventh annual Human Rights and Social Justice program at Miami University. A complete list of events on campus is available at:

By: micheljp on: November 09, 2010 2:34 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

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 Science Librarian!

Where: King 110
When: November 16th from noon-1:00pm

Register here

By: hartsea on: October 23, 2010 7:04 pm | hartsea

Indiana University just launched a new interface for their Victorian Women Writers Project website, which has made it much easier to navigate. This website began in 1995 and is primarily concerned with the exposure of lesser-known British women writers of the 19th century. The collection represents an array of genres - poetry, novels, children's books, political pamphlets, religious tracts, histories, and more. You will find some more well-known names like Harriet Martineau, Edith Nesbit, and Lady Jane Wilde, but also many other Victorian women. Each entry includes valuable bibliographic information, as well as the texts themselves. You can browse by either author, title, or year. There's also options to do more advanced searches.

It's very fun to browse through authors and titles to see what kinds of entries come up. For instance, who doesn't want to read a text called Anarchism and Violence, written by Louisa Sarah Bevington in 1896, or The Inheritance of Evil, Or, the Consequence of Marrying a Deceased Wife’s Sister, written by Felicia Skene in 1849!

By: gibsonke on: October 15, 2010 9:22 am | gibsonke

The Nobel prize for literature has been awarded to Mario Vargas Llosa "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat".
Vargas Llosa, a peruvian and part of what has been called the “Boom” generation of writers from Latin America, is a prolific author of novels, essays and plays. He has also been involved in Peruvian politics, unsuccessfully running for president.

To learn more:
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Find books about Mario Vargas Llosa-

Read the Nobel announcement:

By: micheljp on: October 06, 2010 4:43 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

The Tibetan Plateau is one of the highest and youngest regions on earth, encircled by mountain ranges, with the Himalayas making up its southern border. The high altitude and humid air from the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal allow for the formation of many glaciers. The melt water from these glaciers is the source for many of Asia’s most important rivers.

  1. A December 2009 science brief from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies named global warming as one of two major factors for the alarming rate of glacier retreat on the Tibetan Plateau. What was the other factor and how does it contribute to glacial melt?

  2. What is the name for the field of science that studies the movement, distribution, and quality of water throughout the Earth? Hint: Think Greek.

  3. In southwestern Tibet, there is a mountain (pictured below) that sits near the source of four major rivers in central Asia- the Indus, the Brahmaputra, the Karnali and the Sutleg. This mountain is considered sacred by four religions and is therefore one of the holiest places on Earth. Pilgrims make the journey to the mountain in order to walk the 32 miles around its base, as scaling the peak is forbidden out of respect to the religions that worship the site.

  What is the name of this mountain, and what are the four religions that consider it to be holy?
Hint: Use “AND” in your search if you are having trouble.

Send your answers to

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: hartsea on: September 27, 2010 4:48 pm | hartsea

Banned Books Week is being commemorated this week (September 25th-October 2nd). To mark the occasion King Library has a display up on the first floor in the vestibule. This display will be up most of the month of October. Much of the work done for this display was done by Laura Jewell, a student worker in the King Library's Instructional Material Center and a sophomore in the Theatre department, so you should definitely go check out!

If you're interested in learning more about the history of banned books and censorship, here's a list of a couple of non-fiction titles:

120 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature. King Library 2nd Floor Z658.U5 K35 2005
Burning Books and Leveling Libraries: Extremist Violence and Cultural Destruction. King Library 2nd Floor Z659 .K57 2006
Libricide: The Regime-sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries in the Twentieth Century. King Library 2nd Floor Z659 .K58 2003
Purity in Print: Book Censorship in America from the Gilded Age to the Computer Age. King Library 2nd Floor KF4775 .B6 2002
Book Banning. King Library Reference 1st floor Z657 .B73 2008
Censored Books II: Critical Viewpoints, 1985-2000. King Library Reference 1st floor PS65.C46 C45 2002

You can also find some fictional accounts of censorship here:

Also, if you ever get the chance, you should check out Bette Davis in a 1956 classic Storm Center!

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

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

Listen to Fur EliseMusopen ( is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on improving access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials. We provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. Put simply, our mission is to set music free.
By: hartsea on: September 23, 2010 1:29 pm | hartsea

We now have access to ComAnalytics. It’s an add-on to ComAbstracts. Both are managed by the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship. ComAnalytics provides data about the relative publication performance of individual scholars and of departments of communication. Areas include journalism, mass communication, speech, communication studies, media studies, rhetoric, etc. It is the only national system that covers the communication field comprehensively, that properly classifies the field's programs, and that uses metrics validated against relevant external benchmarks (ISI journal impact ratings and rankings from the NCA study of doctoral program reputation). It is the only system that allows individual scholars to benchmark their own performance.

Scholars will find it useful in finding out some of the major new works in their field. It will also be useful for annual reviews and dossiers because a scholar can see how he or she compares to scholars who specialize in similar areas of study.

You can connect to it on campus from this link: You should also be able to get to it from our ComAbstracts link: