News & Notes

By: bazelejw on: April 04, 2011 2:33 pm | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

As you may know, the New York Times recently began charging for access to articles on their website. Boo!

You can however, get your New York Times content with us, the Libraries!

Miami University faculty, staff, and students can access NYT articles here.

There are other workarounds and access options available to view this content.

For those who subscribe to the print version of the NYT via home delivery: using your subscription account number you can set up single user access via user name and password. You can get started here.

Additionally, online visitors can still enjoy 20 free articles (including blog posts, slide shows, video and other multimedia features) each calendar month on, as well as unrestricted access to browse the home page, section fronts, blog fronts and classifieds. The free, limited access resets every month: at the beginning of each calendar month, you'll once again be able to view 20 free articles for that month.

Readers who come to Times articles through links from search engines (for some search engines, users will have a daily limit of free links to Times articles), blogs and social media like Facebook and Twitter will be able to read those articles, even if they have reached their monthly reading limit.

By: grabacka on: April 07, 2011 9:26 am | grabacka

The earthquake and tsunami on Japan’s northeast coast had a profound effect upon the country’s infrastructure. The damage at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant was particularly disturbing. The damage to the reactors at this plant have continued to be the focus of attention, for obvious humanitarian and environmental concerns. While another plant in the area, the Dai-ni plant, did not suffer damage to its reactors, the vicinity of the plant was also affected by the earthquake and surge of water. The entire area was scoured of plant cover, even of trees.

The Libraries own a unique collection, with material that would be of interest to anyone wanting to study the landscape of this region of Japan. The Küchler Vegetation Maps Collection is a large specialized collection of maps of vegetation of many regions. It happens that one of several sets on vegetation of Japan covers the affected portion of Fukushima Prefecture. Fukushima-ken Hama-dōri (Futaba-chiku) no Shokusei = Vegetation des Hama-dôri (Bezirk-Futaba) in der Präfektur Fukushima is a set of maps with text of the vicinity of these power plants. Japanese ecologist, Akira Miyawaki, mapped the area in 1975, and published the results in 1976. At that time Plant number I (Dai-ichi) had been built, and Plant number II (Dai-ni) was under construction. Map I shows the entire study area, maps II-IV, and V-VII show the natural vegetation and actual vegetation surrounding each of the plants.

"The Vegetation Map of Fukushima Prefecture" is map 7 of Shokuseizu, Shuyōdō Shokubutsu Chizu. It shows the vegetation of Fukushima Prefecture as a whole. Published by the Ministry of Education, Agency for Cultural Affairs, the series shows natural areas of various prefectures, and the Tokyo metropolitan area.

Two maps also in this collection show the vegetation of the entire country. Nihon no Genzon Shokuseizu = Actual Vegetation Map of Japan, 1975, and Nihon no Senzai Shizen Shokuseizu = Potential Natural Vegetation Map of Japan, 197?, are small scale maps useful for comparison with the larger scale maps above. All of these will have high value for studying loss of vegetation and restoration of the landscape.

By: gundyj on: March 30, 2011 10:17 am | gundyj

While US Government agencies like the Bureau of Economic Analysis issue a near constant stream of useful information, the gold standard of demographic information for the United States has always been the Census.

While continued funding for the Statistical Abstract of the United States is still up in the air, the Census Bureau has begun releasing information from the 2010 United States Census. Data is available on the Census Bureau website, and in the American Fact Finder.

Interesting analysis of the data has already begun.

As mandated by Article 1, Section 2 of The Constitution of the United States of America, the Census has been collected since 1790.

If you are looking to do some hands on data crunching, The Miami University Libraries Government Information & Law department has the United States Census in print all the way back to the very first.

By: gundyj on: March 25, 2011 1:57 pm | gundyj

As mentioned yesterday funding for the Statistical Compendia Branch of the US Census Bureau is not currently in the budget for 2012. This will mean that the Statistical Abstract of the United States and it's companion titles will no longer be published in print or online, and that the information these source contain will no longer even be collated by the Census Bureau.

If you found yesterday's post on the Statistical Abstract of the United States interesting and are looking for ways you can help continue the publication of this valuable resource, here are a few things you can do:

Join the Save the US Statistical Abstract! group on Facebook.

Consider contacting the Census Bureau directly.

If you haven't already contacted your Senator and Representatives, consider using the form and letter available from Free Government Information.

For some reactions to the possible loss of the Statistical Abstract of the United States see: here, here, and here.

By: gundyj on: March 22, 2011 2:24 pm | gundyj

10,388 (quantity in 1,000 pounds) (.pdf)

This exciting information, as well as statistics on agriculture, education, prices, and Federal Government finances & employment can all be found in the The Statistical Abstract of the United States

The Statistical Abstract of the United States has been a valuable research resource for more than 130 years, and represents the most comprehensive collection of statistics about the United States of America ever assembled. Valued not just as a source of raw data, but also as a starting point for locating information among the vast amount of data collected by U.S. Federal Government and private bodies.

The Statistical Abstract compiles information from more than 60 sources in and outside of the U.S. Federal Government, from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and Department of State to the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the World Health Organization, covering social, political, and economic information. The Statistical Abstract is organized into 30 categories including agriculture, education, elections, forestry fishing and mining, income, population and prices.

The Statistical Abstract has been published annually without interruption since 1878 (available online from 1878, and in the Miami Libraries from 1882) and has spun off the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book (MU Libraries) and the County and City Data Book (MU Libraries).

If you would like a copy for yourself or your organization, print versions can be purchased through the U.S. Government Bookstore.

You might want to take the opportunity to acquire a copy.

2011 may be your last chance as funding for the Census Bureau in the 2012 U.S. budget does not currently include funds for the Statistical Compendia Branch which compiles The Statistical Abstract. Some plans are in place for a rushed publication of the 2012 edition, but without continued funding, 2011 could mark the end of a 133 year tradition of statistical compilation in the United States.

If you feel the The Statistical Abstract is a resource that deserves continued funding, please consider contacting your congressional representatives. Check back for more information on other efforts to continue the publication of this valuable source of information.

Contact your Senator

Contact your Representative

By: hartsea on: March 15, 2011 2:34 pm | hartsea

The Women’s Read-in is in its 5th 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. We invite everyone to celebrate the literary works of women by selecting a short passage to share -- poetry, prose, letters, or portions of a novel. Original work is also welcome!

The event this year will be held on Thursday March 24th from 11:00am-3:00pm in King Library 320.

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

This year we have two special topic hours:

12 – 1pm will highlight LGBTQ authors or works about LGBTQ
1-2pm will highlight Latina authors or works about Latinas

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: tullykk on: March 15, 2011 2:33 pm | tullykk

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding is just days away on April 29th! Inspired by the upcoming royal nuptials, a mini-exhibit of materials celebrating English royal weddings from the 18th century to the present from the Walter Havinghurst Special Collections will be on display outside the main exhibit room on the 3rd floor of King Library through the rest of the semester. Among the items on display are a contemporary print account of the wedding of King George III and Princess Charlotte of Mecklenberg-Strelitz in 1761 and a pop-up book depicting the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.

By: gundyj on: March 11, 2011 12:10 pm | gundyj

NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) maintains the National Data Buoy Center The NDBC website's new functionality allows users to monitor tsunami warning buoy data in real time.

The Miami University Government Documents collection also has information available in print and on line relating to government tsunami warnings, planning, history and recovery.

By: sullive4 on: March 14, 2011 11:24 am | sullive4 @@muElibrarian

Charlie Sheen has made the news in the past few months for a variety of controversial comments prompting an interview with ABC that sparked further concerns about the actor's health.

So what do you think? Is Charlie Sheen a drug addict? Is he bipolar? Or is his behavior the result of pure, unadulterated Tiger Blood? You decide!

You can find the American Psychological Association's official Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) in King's Reference section. Want to learn more about the effects of cocaine use and bipolar disorder? Check out the titles below:

More titles about cocaine

More titles about bipolar disorder

Watch Charlie Sheen in his younger days in films such as Hot Shots! Part Deux, Wall Street & more. You can find most of these movies by asking at the desk in the IMC on the ground floor of King, but be sure to check the location field to be sure.

By: hartsea on: March 14, 2011 11:25 am | hartsea

We now have access to International Medieval Bibliography online. The IMB is one of the leading bibliographies of the European Middle Ages (c. 400-1500). The IMB now comprises 300,000 articles, all of which are fully classified by date, subject and location, and provide full bibliographical records. The discipline areas to which the IMB is relevant include Classics, English Language and Literature, History and Archaeology, Theology and Philosophy, Medieval European Languages and Literatures, Arabic and Islamic Studies, History of Education, Art History, Music, Theatre and Performance Arts, Rhetoric and Communication Studies.

When you click on the link above, it will take you to the Brepolis publisher's screen. Click where it says "enter databases":

Once you click on Enter Database, select International Medieval Bibliography under Medieval Bibliographies:

You can search by author, title, language, and year of publication. One really nice search feature is the thematic search option. You can search by discipline (there are options like canon law, hagiography, printing history, etc.) and by area (places like British Isles, Low Countries, South-Eastern Europe, etc.).

There's a limit of three simultaneous users at once, so be careful to not use it the night before your research is due (in case three other people have the same idea at the same time)!