News & Notes

By: yuj on: January 10, 2011 9:58 am | yuj

308,745,538 is the new number of total population in the United States!

The total population of United States has increased by 9.7 percent comparing to the 2000 Census total population (281,421,906). The states that showed most population growth were Texas and Nevada.

According to Census 2010, the total population of the State of Ohio is 11,538,504, a small increase from the state's total population in 2000 (11,353,140) by 1.6 percent. However, the State of Ohio will lose 2 seats in the House of Representatives (113th Congress) due to low population growth. Ohio is one the states that will lose most seats in the 113th Congress. The other one will be the State of New York.

U.S. Census Bureau has created an interactive map to show changes in state population, population density and appointment based on the 2011 Census data -

Related information
How Congressional Appointment Is Calculated []
2011 Census Data Release Schedule []

By: hartsea on: December 16, 2010 10:33 am | hartsea

Today is Jane Austen's 235th birthday! In celebration of this day, I want to share with you some new Jane Austen titles that have been added to our collection:

Dancing with Mr. Darcy: stories inspired by Jane Austen and Chawton House Library compiled by Sarah Waters (King Library 2nd floor PR1309.L68 D36 2010b)

Women reviewing women in nineteenth-century Britain: the critical reception of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot by Joanne Wilkes (King Library 2nd floor PR75 .W56 2010.)

Jane Austen and children by David Selwyn (King Library 2nd floor PR4037 .S45 2010)

Pride and prejudice: an annotated edition by Jane Austen ; edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks (King Library 2nd floor PR4034 .P7 2010)

Jane Austen edited by Jack Lynch. (King Library 2nd floor PR4037 .J287 2010)

Also, if you haven't checked it out, you should take a look at Jane Austen's Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition. It gathers together 1100 pages of fiction written in Jane Austen’s own hand. Through digital reunification, it is now possible to access, read, and compare high quality images of original manuscripts whose material forms are scattered around the world in libraries and private collections.

Finally a group of bloggers are doing a blog tour in honor of Jane Austen today. They are giving away prizes to those who visit the various blogs listed and leave a comment. Prizes include a copy of the 2005 Pride and Prejudice dvd, a package of Bingley's Tea, a copy of Jane Austen in Manhattan dvd, three issues of Jane Austen's Regency World, and signed editions of several fiction and non-fiction books related to Jane Austen!

By: hartsea on: December 16, 2010 10:33 am | hartsea

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Online has a new interface. The design has changed, and they’ve added new content. Searching has become easier in a lot of ways. You can filter according to different categories, allowing you to start your search very broad and then narrow down. When you look at the entry for a specific word, you can hover over the source for a particular quote and see if it's possible to find where the quotation came from and potentially find more information about the author.

They also include links to other resources within an entry. For example if you click on Sources, the second result will be Shakespeare. If you click on that entry, not only will see you all the words he is quoted as a source for, but you'll see a link to his biographical entry in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. They have an an ‘Aspects of English’ section, which is a series of descriptive articles on language, past and present. They have integrated the Historical Thesaurus into it as well.

Probably my favorite change is is the addition of timelines and other new ways to visualize the history of words. When I clicked on Timelines, I compared the number of words that entered the language in 1640-1649 (5127 words) versus 1650-1659 (7529 words) (if I had the time, I'd love to explore why so many more words entered the language in 1650-1659). While looking at the Timeline, I then clicked on the 1650-1659 decade range to see all the words that were listed. I learned that the word aboriginal appeared in 1650. You can also select categories in the Timelines for Subject, Region, or Origins. It's a really fun tool to play with!

By: micheljp on: December 08, 2010 10:17 am | micheljp @jpmichel

Read the whole New York Times article here.

30 years ago around 11pm eastern time, John Lennon, was killed outside of his home in Manhattan. News of this event shocked the world.

To learn more about this tragic event, take a look at some of our historical newspaper databases such as the New York Times Historical and Chicago Tribune Historical databases.

The library also has many books that you can check out about John Lennon. In addition to books, the Music Library has a bunch of Beatles and John Lennon CDs to listen to.

By: micheljp on: December 06, 2010 5:06 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

What do the experts read? answers that question.

From Soccer to Economic Theory, asks experts in their field to describe the top five books. It's a fascinating web site! Check it out!

By: mille234 on: December 02, 2010 11:11 am | mille234

An exhibit highlighting items in the Libraries’ collections relating to Buddhism, the Dalai Lama and Tibetan and Thai tradition is now on display at the Walter Havighurst Special Collections.

Siamese Dream Book, Early to mid-19th century.

The exhibit has several related themes. The teachings of the Buddha are illustrated with images and books from the Instructional Materials Center. The section on the Dalai Lama features selected books by His Holiness from King Library’s circulating collection. Buddhism in North American and Southwestern Ohio include newsletters, photographs, and popular magazines with a Western perspective on Buddhism. Also on display are folding books from Thailand, which are found in Buddhist monasteries.

Thai Astrological Manuscript, Mid- to late-19th century.

Books on dreams, astrology and fortune telling are also on display. The exhibit runs through the end of December.

More information can be found on the Special Collections website.

By: mille234 on: December 07, 2010 1:28 pm | mille234

Power Inn expands

King Library’s Power Inn, located on the 1st floor, has been expanded. The open study space provides additional tables and seating for students looking for a study spot and a place to charge laptops, iPods and cell phones. The space originally opened in 2009, was expanded from 35 to 127 outlets for student use this August. There are now more than 50 study spaces available in the Power Inn.

Libraries’ mobile website featured on American Library Association website

The Libraries’ mobile website, which launched in winter 2009, was recently highlighted on the website of the American Library Association, the largest library association in the world. The mobile site, created by members of the Libraries' web team, allows users to access the libraries’ web content from a mobile phone. Users can search the library's holdings including books, DVDs, CDs and electronic databases. With the new site it’s even easier to contact a librarian for research help by phone, email or instant message or to check hours of service or get directions to our different locations.

E-reserves and poster printing leave the Libraries

In order to effectively support core library services for the campus community with the reduced level of staffing, the Libraries eliminated redundant services and reduced hours this fall. Electronic course reserves are no longer offered through the Libraries. Training for faculty to use Blackboard and support for faculty and students was offered throughout this transition. The Libraries continue to maintain non-electronic formats of reserve material in all its locations.

Poster printing was discontinued at the end of summer 2010. The cost for equipment, supplies and staff time were excessive and duplicative. IT Services’ Print Center continues to offer poster printing for Miami’s students, faculty and staff. These changes were essential and allow the Libraries to focus on core goals and services.

By: mille234 on: December 07, 2010 1:34 pm | mille234

This fall, the Libraries hosted a variety of orientation events and welcomed new faculty, graduate students and undergrads to the libraries. These events aim to give individuals new to the university a sampling of the facilities, services, materials, resources and staff available to them throughout the library system.

In mid-August, around 40 new faculty members joined librarians for lunch and breakout sessions focusing on technology, accessing materials, the opportunities provided by the Miami Scholarly Commons and other services. This event was successful and has resulted in many new partnerships and relationships between the libraries and academic departments.

Two orientation sessions for new graduate students were held in late August to highlight the MU Libraries. Students were introduced to services, technology, the website, and many librarians. Tours of the library of their choice were available.

Orientation events for international students and students in the sciences were also held this fall. Both events were successful and introduced hundreds of new patrons to the Libraries.

By: mille234 on: December 07, 2010 1:37 pm | mille234

Laws Hall, the former site of the Farmer School of Business, will soon be the new home of a library for Business, Engineering, Science and Technology. The library will house print materials, a combined reference/circulation desk, group study rooms, a collaborative instruction room and an information commons area complete with new and emerging technologies for student use.

The College of Arts and Science and the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies will occupy some of the second and third floors.

Energy efficiency is a priority in the project, the university is replacing windows, adding insulation and improving heating, air conditioning and lighting throughout the building.

The new library is set to open in Fall 2011.

By: mille234 on: December 07, 2010 1:39 pm | mille234

Kimberly Tully has joined the Libraries as the new Special Collections librarian. She previously held the position of Special Collections Librarian (Rare Book and Printed Materials) in Historical Collections at the Harvard Business School's Baker Library. She also held positions as the English Short-Title Catalog (ESTC) Cataloger at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC and as curatorial assistant in the Department of Printed Books and Bindings at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City.

Kim holds a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, a MLS from the University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign and a MA in European history from the University of Notre Dame.

In her new position as Special Collections Librarian, she will be processing manuscript collections, cataloging rare materials, creating exhibits and giving class presentations.