News & Notes

By: stepanm on: August 12, 2010 11:18 am | stepanm

People who usually try to avoid things like anthrax can now fearlessly check them out of the Instructional Materials Center (IMC).

Before its use as a biological weapon, anthrax was a common disease, spores of which are found in soil. It is possible that anthrax was described as the fifth plague of the Bible (widespread death of livestock) and even the sixth, too (skin boils).
Although real anthrax can form durable long-lived spores, which can be deadly, the library anthrax is irresistibly soft and completely benign. It is pictured here with its furry buddy, West Nile.

Check these and other adorable viruses and parasites in the Curriculum Materials section of IMC under QR201.A1:

By: hartsea on: August 10, 2010 9:38 am | hartsea

The Howe Center for Writing Excellence and the Office of Liberal Education are sponsoring a writing contest for first-year students this year. They are offering 14 prizes of $100 apiece for the best "I Believe" essays or audio/video statements. The deadline for prize eligibility is Midnight August 19th, 2010. You can submit a 350- to 500-word essay or an equivalent audio or video creation to the Miami University “I Believe” website. Please see this site for more information.

This contest is inspired by the Summer Reading Program's book choice This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women. We have a copy of this book on the 2nd floor of King Library (BD215 .T49 2008). We also have the original book of essays compiled by Edward R. Murrow available from SWORD by request.

By: hartsea on: July 30, 2010 2:05 pm | hartsea

The original Back to the Future turns 25 this year (This news makes some of us feel old and nostalgic. The rest of you, it was the 80's okay). In honor of this occasion, I wanted to let you know about a new book that we now have. It's called The Worlds of Back to the Future: Critical Essays on the Films, edited by Sorcha Ni Fhlainn ( King Library 2nd floor PN1997.B1935 W67 2010). That's right, Back to the Future now has critical essays written about it. Some of the essays included are "Back to the Future: Oedipus as Time Traveler," " 'You Space Bastards! You killed my pines!': Back to the Future, Nostalgia, and the Suburban Dream," " Mom! You look so thin!': Constructions of Feminity Across the Space-Time Continuum," and " 'Doing it in style': The Narrative Rules of Time Travel in the Back to the Future Trilogy."

Here's a fun fact I learned from the introduction of this book. Back to the Future was added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry on December 27th, 2007, along with films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Dances with Wolves, and 12 Angry Men. All of these films were included because they were deemed to be "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant."

If you'd like to watch the film for yourself, here's information about several copies that we have:

Back to the Future: The Complete Trilogy. Middletown IMC PN1997 .B1874 2002

Back to the Future. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC PN1997 .B1874 1994

Back to the Future II. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC PN1997 .B187412 1990

Back to the Future III. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC

And now for your viewing enjoyment, the original theatrical trailer:

By: bazelejw on: August 25, 2010 9:32 am | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

The library currently has a trial of the NBC News online resource "Archive on Demand". This resource makes thousands of videos, historic newsreels, primary source documents, photographs, and more available to instructors, researchers and students.
The trial has been extended and will run through September 22, 2010.

Access this resource via the following URL:

By: hurstsj on: July 14, 2010 4:06 pm | hurstsj

The Global Forecasting Service is a new product of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). It predicts and explains the key issues and trends in important developed and emerging markets, spelling out their implications for business and the world economy over the next five years. It includes brief articles, tables, and charts concerning the world economy as well as for individual countries and regions. There are also sections focusing on commodities, trade, exchange rates, and global risk scenarios.

Connect to the Global Forecasting Service

You can also find it under G from the Databases A-Z page or connect through the Country Profiles database which is also produced by the EIU.

By: bazelejw on: July 07, 2010 9:14 am | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

The new A to Z list of online resources available through the library is active at:

There is also a link to the list on the "Journal Titles" tab in the catalog.

By: hartsea on: July 02, 2010 4:21 pm | hartsea

W.S. Merwin will be the Poet Laureate for 2010-2011. W.S. Merwin has been writing for 60 years and has won numerous awards, including winning the Pulitzer Prize twice.

If you've never read any of his poetry, now would be the perfect time to find out why he's won all those awards! Here's a short video of him reading one of his poems:

You might also be interested in reading a couple of his collections:

The Shadow of Sirius. King Library 2nd floor PS3563.E75 S48 2009.

Migration: New and Selected Poems. King Library 2nd floor PS3563.E75 M54 2005.

The River Sound: Poems. King Library 2nd floor PS3563.E75 R58 1999.

Though I enjoy his poetry, I actually really love his translation work. The two titles below are my favorites:

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A New Verse Translation. King Library 2nd floor PR2065.G3 A35 2002.

Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda. King Library 2nd floor PQ8097.N4 V413 2004

If you're looking for a good overview of criticism of his works, you might start with the Poetry Criticism Collection within The Literature Criticism Online. You should be able to find the entry by typing in his name and limiting the results by series. Watch a short clip here for an example.

I hope you enjoy!

By: micheljp on: July 01, 2010 10:58 am | micheljp @jpmichel

The Miami University Libraries will be hosting its annual Alumni Weekend Used Book Sale in the 4th floor of the Brill Science Library. The Book Sale will run Friday, June 18th from 9am to 430pm and Saturday 11am to 430pm.

Come and check out the goods!

Directions to the library:

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By: hartsea on: June 02, 2010 3:01 pm | hartsea

There are parties planned across the country to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. At this point there doesn't appear to be an official party in Ohio, but there is a celebration planned in Louisville, Kentucky on July 11th at Carmichael's Bookstore.

I know you're now inspired to plan your own party for your friends, so here are some titles of some books you might consider checking out to learn more about the book:

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird: The Relationship between Text and Film by R. Barton Palmer. King Library 2nd Floor PN1995.3 .P35 2008

To Kill a Mockingbird: Threatening Boundaries by Claudia Durst Johnson. King Library 2nd Floor PS3562.E353 T634 1994

On Harper Lee: Essays and Reflections edited by Alice Hall Petry. King Library 2nd Floor PS3562.E353 T636 2007

Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields. King Library 2nd Floor PS3562.E353 Z94 2006

At the very least you might consider re-reading the book this summer (yes, I know you read it in high school, but it really is the kind of book that deserves to be re-read). We have several copies available at Miami University Libraries.

You could also check out the movie from our library because let's face it, Gregory Peck was amazing as Atticus:

By: bazelejw on: June 03, 2010 8:52 am | bazelejw @@jwbazeley

The look of the Miami University Library's Online Journals A to Z List will be changing at the beginning of June. While the content of the list will remain the same, the change will allow us to implement added functionality and customization over the next several months.
The change will require some clean-up of our journal content, so please be patient with us as we check and update our data.
More updates will follow as we make this transition.