News & Notes

By: laddmm on: April 18, 2014 8:38 pm | laddmm

As of Friday April 16, 2014, the portal to our digital collections is now

Digital Collections homepage

On behalf of Special Collections and the Center for Digital Scholarship, I am excited to announce the launch of our new digital collections portal. The new website is the end result of a long migration process of collections divided across instances of DSpace and CONTENTdm version 4.3 into a single, up-to-date instance of CONTENTdm 6.6. In addition to a variety of new features, the new instance is based on a significantly improved platform to allow for better searching and viewing of the items in our digital collections.

List of currently available collections

In total, our digital collections hold roughly 90,000 items, shared between over two dozen collections. These collections include:

The migration project began over a year ago and was spearheaded by John Millard, the Head of the Center for Digital Scholarship, and Elias Tzoc, the Digital Initiatives Librarian. From Special Collections, I have been collaborating with them to migrate and update the information about our collections that have been digitized. The project had several stages, each with their own unique set of challenges, including coordinating import/export tools from different platforms, updating image files to current standards, and preparing for a seamless-as-possible transition to a new platform.

This migration also comes ahead of Miami University’s domain name overhaul - migrating from the domain name (which will be defunct June 1st of this year) to the newer As a part of this, we are working to ensure that citations to our digital collections elsewhere on the web are ready for the migration and domain name change. One of the biggest current challenges in this is updating the links in our Flickr collections that lead back to the full objects and metadata records in CONTENTdm. Earlier this year, Miami University Libraries’ digital collections officially joined the Flickr Commons. Since then, I have been tracking the changes in views of both our Flickr account and their comparable collections in CONTENTdm. I have been thrilled to note the significant increase of both, but it has become clear to me that when it comes to access, there is no competition - the increase of views of the Bowden Postcard Collection Online in CONTENTdm is outnumbered fifteen times over by the views on Flickr. While the Flickr collection only shows the front of the card and a limited version of the metadata found in the CONTENTdm collection, the number of views is undeniable evidence of the importance of social media platforms for access in the modern world of information.

Page from Thomas B. Marshall's diary

Another exciting part of this migration is the relaunch of our Civil War Diaries online collection. These diaries include three kept by Miami students and three by local Ohio community members who took up arms to fight for the Union. The diarists, all of whom served as members of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry, record their impressions and experiences on a variety of topics, including their interrupted college studies, the daily life of a soldier, military engagements and news from the home front. In the near future we will be also relaunching our digitized Samuel Richey Collection of the Southern Confederacy, as well as digitizing and making available new materials related to the American Civil War.

Studio 14 host Rick Ludwin

Finally, I am pleased to announce the completion of our newest digital collection: the Studio 14 Archives. This collection features digitized copies of the variety show produced by Miami students under the oversight of Dr. Bill Utter, from 1968-1970. The two-inch wide quadruplex videotape originals were kept by the show’s producer, Miami alumnus Rick Ludwin, who had them digitized and donated them to Special Collections so that we might be able to make them publicly available online. Special Collections continues to enjoy an ongoing relationship with Mr. Ludwin, who spoke at Special Collections’ first Annual Lecture Series. In addition to being a Miami alumnus, Rick Ludwin was also VP at NBC, where he is remembered for backing a new show called Seinfeld. The Studio 14 episodes in this collection feature a wide range of sketch comedy, musical performances, and famous guests. Happy viewing!

Marcus Ladd
Special Collections Librarian

By: gibsonke on: April 18, 2014 9:52 am | gibsonke

Gabriel Garcia MarquezGabriel García Márquez, the best-known author of the Boom generation of Latin American Authors died Thursday. García M´rquez was well known for his use of magical realism and incorporating Latin American history and politics in to his novels and short stories. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982.
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By: bazelejw on: April 22, 2014 2:33 pm | bazelejw @@jwbazeley


Miami University Libraries is pleased to announce our participation in the Knowledge Unlatched project as a charter member. The current system for publishing scholarly material is in crisis. Knowledge Unlatched is pioneering a new, experimental model for the publication of scholarly monographs--instead of every academic institution purchasing a single title whose use is limited to that institutional community, a large cooperative of institutions pay into the cost of a title fee to a publisher. In return for this payment, the book is made freely available for anyone in the world to access on a Creative Commons license as a fully downloadable PDF. Because the number of participating institutions was much higher than originally predicted, the cost per book per institution dropped drastically.  

As of April 2014, 22 of the 28 titles in the pilot phase of this project are now available for anyone to download on the OAPEN platform. The remaining 6 titles will be published and made available over the remainder of 2014.  As a charter member, Miami University Libraries will be involved in the project’s governance going forward, and will have the option to continue participating on a title by title basis.  

Titles cover a variety of subject areas, primarily in the humanities and social sciences.  A list of the available titles can be found on the OAPEN platform.

By: hartsea on: April 08, 2014 10:24 am | hartsea

In honor of our recent Summer Reading book Reality is Broken, I wanted to highlight our top 5 fiction books about games.

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Ready Player One takes place in the not-so-distant future--the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. People can plug into OASIS to play, go to school, earn money, and even meet other people (or at least they can meet their avatars), and for protagonist Wade Watts it certainly beats passing the time in his grim, poverty-stricken real life. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday's fortune. 

2. Jumanji, written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.

3. Reamde by Neal Stephenson. When his own high-tech start up turns into a Fortune 500 computer gaming group, Richard Forthrast, the black sheep of an Iowa family who has amassed an illegal fortune, finds the line between fantasy and reality becoming blurred when a virtual war for dominance is triggered.

4. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses -- and then training them in the arts of war... The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of 'games'... Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games... He is smart enough to know that time is running out. But is he smart enough to save the planet?

5. The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks. The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game...a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.

If that's not enough for you, you might also want to check out our For the Amusement of Youth exhibit in Special Collections, which runs until May 16th on the third floor of King!

By: hartsea on: April 01, 2014 9:32 am | hartsea

King Library will have a display up this month in the foyer of the first floor in honor of National Poetry Month. This year we are highlighting Walt Whitman.  Many consider Walt Whitman to be one of our greatest American poets.  Apple has even used one of his poems in a recent commercial. We'll be sharing books we have in the library by and about him, interesting online resources, and links to some of his poetry.

Resources and books in the Library

Leaves of grass. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3201 1959a

Leaves of grass : the complete 1855 and 1891-92 editions. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3201 2011

Complete prose works : Specimen days and Collect, November boughs and Good bye my fancy.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3202 1898b

Selected poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3203 .B624 2003

When I heard the learn'd astronomer. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv | PS3222 .W335 2004 | AVAILABLE

Song of myself : a sourcebook and critical edition. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3222 .S6 2005

Walt Whitman and the American reader. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3237.4.U6 G74 1990

The Continuing presence of Walt Whitman : the life after the life. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3238 .C59 1992

A companion to Walt Whitman. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3238 .C57 2006

We are also lucky to have a lot of great materials by and about Walt Whitman in our Special Collections, including some older editions of Leaves of Grass.  Check out the list here and consider a trip to the third floor of King!

Interesting Online Resources

Walt Whitman Archive. This digital project has a wealth of primary sources, including digitized manuscripts and photos.  It even has what is thought to be a recording of his voice.

@TweetsOfGrass.  People on Twitter may enjoy following this account.  It is the 1855 Leaves of Grass, little by little, over and over.

Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site

Links to some of his poetry.

O Me! O Life!

O Captain! My Captain!

I Hear America Singing

I Sing the Body Electric

By: hartsea on: March 21, 2014 10:34 am | hartsea

Since it's still Women's History Month, I want to take a moment to highlight the Year of Reading Women campaign.  You can follow the hashtag #readwomen2014 on Twitter for some great recommendations.

Here at the library we have been putting on variou programs for our Muslim Journeys grant, so I want to focus specifically on reading Arab women.  Here's a great blog post that was written about Arab women writers from the Arabic Literature (in English) blog.

They recommend a different novel for every month, and luckily we either own many of those books, or they are available through OhioLINK:

January: Hanan al-Shaykh, Story of Zahra, trans Peter Ford. 

February: Adania Shibli, Touch, trans. Paula Haydar. Or, if you prefer, We Are All Equally Far from Love, trans. Paul Starkey. 

March: Samar Yazbek, Woman in the Crossfire, trans Max Weiss. 

April: Hoda Barakat, Tiller of Waters, trans. Marilyn Booth. 

May: Sahar Khalifeh, Of Noble Origins, trans. Aida Bamia. 

June: Alexandra Chrietieh, Always Coca-Cola, trans. Michelle Hartman. 

July: Iman Humaydan Younes, Wild Mulberries, trans. Michelle Hartman. 

August: Radwa Ashour, Woman of Tantoura. 

September: Najwa Barakat, Salaam!, trans. Luke Leafgren. 

October: Iman Mersal, These Are Not Oranges, My Love,  Khaled Mattawa. 

November: Miral al-Tahawy, Brooklyn Heights, trans. Samah Selim. 

December: Betool Khedairi, Absent, trans.  Muhayman Jamil. 

See the above mentioned blog post for detailed descriptions of each work.

You might also want to consider coming to our next book discussion about Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi, which will take place on April 17th at 4:00 pm in King 320.

By: weavered on: March 18, 2014 5:59 pm | weavered

Amos Music Library wants the university community's input to help decide which recent popular music recordings to add to our collection. Please visit to vote for your favorite album from 2013. (A Miami University email address is required. Only one vote per person will be considered.) Nominees were selected based on the best-of-the-year lists of several major publications (

You can listen to selections from the nominees on our Spotify playlist: (see instructions below).

Remember, a number of our general interest recordings are on display in our Spotlight Collection at Amos Library in CPA.

New to Spotify? It is one of the most popular resources for streaming music. It can be accessed via a desktop application or via a web browser. Anyone can sign up for a free, ad-supported account with either a facebook account or an email address. You do not need to supply credit card information. There are also ad-free paid subscriptions available ($4.99/month for Unlimited or $9.99/month for Premium, which allows for streaming via mobile devices). You can try Premium via a one-month free trial subscription.

How to sign up for Spotify (web browser access):

1. Go to
2. Click "Go to web player"
3. Two options: A) Sign up with facebook B) Sign up with email
4. Create your username and password
5. Visit to listen via the web
6. Log out by clicking the gear in the lower left corner

By: hartsea on: March 12, 2014 1:55 pm | hartsea

The Women’s Read-in is in its 8th year at the Miami University 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. The theme this year is Celebrating Freedom of Expression.  We will be focusing especially on Freedom Summer and Female Civil Rights activists, but any readings/performances by women are welcomed.

The event this year will be held on Tuesday March 18th from 11:30am-3:00pm in King Library 320.

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

Need some help choosing what to read? Check out our page for some inspiration!

By: gundyj on: March 12, 2014 1:56 pm | gundyj

All forms and instructions are available online for Federal, Ohio, and Oxford/Butler County taxes.

If you would prefer pre-printed forms, select forms can be obtained at branches of the Lane Libraries.

If you are interested in where your tax dollars will be spent, the Treasury Department publishes annually the General Explanations of the Administration’s Revenue Proposals otherwise known as the Green Book. The Green Book is a general outline of what the current administration would like to see Federal income put towards. The Treasury Department also has tax policy information and data about the US economy available on their website. The IRS has statistics on practically every aspect of Federal taxes available on their website.

The Miami University Libraries have extensive current and historical Treasury Department publications available.

The Federal Taxpayer Receipt will be updated for 2013 later this year.

By: alfordem on: March 10, 2014 3:35 pm | alfordem

Sunday, March 16 is Freedom of Information Day.  This yearly celebration is always on or around the birthday of James Madison, who strongly believed in the freedom of information. The Freedom of Information Act, which was enacted in 1966, protects the rights that all American citizens have to federal knowledge.  For more information on this act, come check out Government Information’s Guide to the Freedom of Information Act or access it online. Access to this and many other materials are available to members of the Miami community through the Federal Depository Library Program. “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” –James Madison Happy Freedom of Information Day!