News & Notes

By: sullive4 on: June 24, 2016 9:54 am | sullive4 @muElibrarian

Photograph of LAURE Winners

Three Miami students won the Miami University Libraries’ inaugural Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE), an award given to Miami University undergraduates who demonstrate excellence in library research conducted in support of a student project.

This year’s LAURE winners are:

 

  • First Place: Mahaley Evans, a senior History major, submitted a project examining the discourse surrounding women in East Germany and Eastern Europe and analyzing communism’s effect on their Cold War and post-war lives. Ms. Evans completed the project for History 480, taught by Dr. Matthew Gordon, and her project sponsor was Dr. Erik Jensen.
  • Honorable Mention: Marlyka (Lyka) Williams, a junior majoring in Architecture, presented a project entitled Dare to be a Wildflower: Looking to the Natural World for Answers Through an In Depth Study of Heliostat Technology, based on her research in Architecture 406 taught by Dr. Mary Ben Bonham.
  • Honorable Mention: Garrett Gust, a senior Individualized Studies major, submitted his project Tapped: An Insider Look at the Craft Beer Movement, conducted in part for WST 421 taught by Dr. Hays Cummins. Dr. Kevin Armitage served as Gust’s project sponsor.

 

Ms. Evans, Ms. Williams, and Mr. Gust will be honored at the Miami University Libraries Student Recognition Dinner on April 24. In addition to this recognition, LAURE’s first place winner receives $1000.00, and honorable mention winners each receive $100.00.

Award-winning projects will be submitted to Miami’s Scholarly Commons in a special collection designed to showcase exceptional undergraduate work. A second award cycle, designed for students who are currently completing first year research, will take place in the Fall. For more information about LAURE, please visit the LAURE website at http://libguides.lib.miamioh.edu/LAURE.

By: weavered on: April 21, 2016 3:57 pm | weavered

Pop artist Prince Rogers Nelson, commonly known as Prince, passed away today at the age of 57. He was a bold innovator and a masterful guitarist whose one-of-a-kind blend of funk, rock, and dance forever transformed pop music.

Normally we would craft a tribute playlist of the artists' own work, but as Prince was an outspoken critic of streaming music, his music is not available on Spotify. Instead, the Amos Music Library staff have created a list featuring the artists that inspired Prince, and those who he in turn influenced. The first half of the list features selections from a diverse group of funk, jazz, rock, and pop artists, including Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, and George Clinton. We conclude the list with artists who have followed the path Prince blazed, such as Beyonce, D'Angelo, OutKast, and Janelle Monae.

Listen here: https://play.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/1rJIJyE9QQHGzrodCdFr1a

​And, if you're interested in hearing the work of The Artist directly, or would like to learn more about him, we have some texts and CDs set aside at Amos:

Image of books and compact discs held by Amos Music Library

By: benzinmm on: April 18, 2016 10:28 am | benzinmm

On Tuesday, April 26th, a representative from IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) will be presenting on search techniques using IEEE Xplore. IEEE Xplore is an important resource for doing research and finding answers in the Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and related disciplines. The workshop will take place at Noon in Laws 116 (The BEST Library Instruction Lab).

Tips & Tricks for Searching IEEE Xplore® training session This one hour overview of best practices for searching IEEE Xplore® includes advanced and command searching techniques, setting up alerts, using the author affiliation field to search for employment opportunities for students, and much more.
By: crosbylm on: March 31, 2016 2:08 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

March Leisure Reading Book Covers

This month's titles: 

​Above the Line: My Wild Oats Adventure, by Shirley MacLaine

​All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation, by Rebecca Traister

​And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East, by Richard Engel

Find Her, by Lisa Gardner

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Adam Grant

The Bee Book, contributions by Fergus Chadwick, Steve Alton, Emma Sarah Tennant, Bill Fitzmaurice and Judy Earl

What is Not Yours is Not Yours: Stories, by Helen Oyeyemi

Wild by Nature: From Siberia to Australia: Three Years Alone in the Wilderness on Foot, by Sarah Marquis

 

For the most up to date new Leisure Reading titles, please visit our Pinterest board for the collection. 

 

By: weavered on: March 30, 2016 3:01 pm | weavered

This week Amos Music Library presents a 20-track sampler of some of the best new pop music of 2016. Tracks cover a variety of genres: hip hop, neo-soul, dreampop, art pop, chamber folk, shoegaze, "apocalyptic space funk" (that's how The Comet is Coming describe their work), and more. Of particular note: a track from the late, great David Bowie, who passed away this January. There's also a song from Bowie's contemporary and collaborator Iggy Pop. For his 2016 album, Pop worked with Josh Homme, co-founder of Eagles of Death Metal, the band whose concert was attacked last November in Paris. If you are looking for something universally praised by critics, you might start with Anderson .Paak, while the lead single from Mutual Benefit's forthcoming album may put a tear in your eye. Finally, both Kendrick Lamar and Koi Child explore the space where rap, funk, and jazz meet.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/0QyW4lmxb3Szb8guXl4fMN

By: weavered on: March 16, 2016 3:56 pm | weavered

Last month scientists announced that, a century after Albert Einstein's prediction of their existence, gravitational waves had been detected. If you're curious for details, we recommend watching these explanatory videos featuring theoretical physicist Brian Greene:

"Gravitational Waves Hit The Late Show" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajZojAwfEbs

"Brian Greene Explains The Discovery Of Gravitational Waves" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s06_jRK939I

At Amos Music Library, we celebrate this momentous discovery in same manner we do other special events: with songs! Some of the tracks featured on our science-themed playlist directly reference aspects of astronomy, physics, or scientists, while others make cheeky references. 

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/10hd4bCh5Xc59WnHHcMsIv

By: weavered on: March 09, 2016 3:19 pm | weavered

Record producer George Martin passed away Tuesday at the age of 90. He was at times referred to as "the fifth Beatle" for his important production and arrangement contributions to that bands' best work. Linked below is a Spotify playlist, compiled and arranged by the staff at Amos Music Library, which highlights some of Martin's greatest accomplishments in production, both with and without the Fab Four. The list begins and end with early and late Beatles tracks, and you may notice Martin-produced Beatles covers throughout the list.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/5CPK0EatE93Wp3uafXFdab

By: weavered on: February 24, 2016 2:18 pm | weavered

You may have already encountered Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, a hip hop musical based on the life of Alexander Hamilton and his rival, Aaron Burr. (If you haven't heard it, we have the Grammy-winning CD available for checkout. You could also take a trip to New York to see the show live on Broadway, but resale tickets are selling for over $1,000 per seat. Yikes!) One interesting element of the work is how Miranda's wide-ranging knowledge of both rap and Broadway history shaped the sound and lyrics. For this playlist, Amos Music Library shares a mix of musicals and classic hip hop tracks that seem to have inspired Hamilton, as well as some selections from Miranda's earlier works. Some tracks are directly quoted in Hamilton; see if you can spot them!

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/2XUOMySQJpCdWLtEJJuOqN

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And, in case you missed it: Adele's 25 won the 2015 Album poll. The CD will soon be added to the collection. Also, a number of you wrote in Kendrick Lamar; luckily, we already have To Pimp a Butterfly in the collection, as well as his 2013 release Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City and his contribution to Flying Lotus' You're Dead! Come to Amos to check them out.

By: wallerjl on: May 18, 2016 4:35 pm | wallerjl @@jenniferwaller

Image of open three-ring binder with headline "Tools for Measuring Research Impact"Are you working on your dossier and need to demonstrate the impact your work has made? Don’t know the difference between an impact factor and an Eigenfactor? Not sure how to find out which journals in your field are the best? This workshop is for you! Workshop presenters will provide an overview of established and alternative methods for assessing the influence of published scholarship.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 3:00PM – 5:00PM (join at any time)
WHERE: Laws Hall 116 (B.E.S.T. Library)

This workshop will be helpful for faculty members and graduate students in all disciplines.

Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of how to locate and calculate metrics for journal, institutional, and personal research impact, including Journal Impact Factors, h-index, Eigenfactor, social media-based metrics, and more. Participants will also gain an appreciation for the limitations of publication metrics and the varied suitability of different metrics for different academic fields and different types of publications.

We look forward to you joining us!

 

By: wallerjl on: February 16, 2016 5:43 pm | wallerjl @@jenniferwaller

Typewriter image with information about the Libraries' Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE).  Flyer verbiage is: Get Rewarded for Using the Libraries! First Prize 00. Second Prize: $500. Honorable Mention: 00. Are you a sophomore, junior, or senior who has used or is using Library resources (books, research databases, software, librarians, space, and more) to help complete a project? Then YOU are eligible to apply for Miami’s newest competitive award. Spring cycle submissions are due:

The Miami University Libraries are proud to announce the inaugural Libraries’ Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE). This award – open to individual and group projects in all disciplines – focuses on research as a process and the utilization of library-related resources and services.

If you’re a sophomore, junior, or senior who has used (or is using) Library resources to help complete a project, then YOU are eligible to apply for this competitive award. Spring cycle submissions are due March 18, 2016. Award winners will be announced by April 20, 2016, in time for the Undergraduate Research Forum.

Have we mentioned the fantastic prizes?

First Prize: $1000!

Second Prize: $500!

Honorable Mention: $100!

You can find all the information you need, including evaluation criteria and example essays, at the LAURE website at http://libguides.lib.miamioh.edu/LAURE/home, but if you still have questions you can email LAURE@miamioh.edu.