News & Notes

By: laddmm on: December 17, 2013 11:54 am | laddmm

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections staff is pleased to announce the latest additions to the Myaamia Collection Online, eight original land grants from 1823 and 1843 to the Miami Tribe by Presidents Monroe and Tyler and Lafontaine's 1846 addition to the town of Huntington, Indiana.

Front of 3rd land grant to John Baptiste Richardville in 1843
The land grants were also featured in an Associated Press story on Sunday, December 15th, and the story can be found in news sources across the country! As with the original annuity rolls in the Myaamia Collection Online, each land grant is accompanied by a transcription. We invite you all to explore these fascinating historical documents.

By: hartsea on: December 16, 2013 10:47 am | hartsea

Happy 238th birthday to Jane Austen! I want to celebrate her birthday this year by sharing with you some interesting games related to Jane Austen's works that have come out recently. First off, there is a little iPhone app called Stride and Prejudice.  It is 99 cents and worth every penny!  Then there is the MMORPG Ever, Jane that was recently backed on Kickstarter and is currently being developed.  The description for this game is "In the virtual world of Jane Austen, it is not about kill or be killed, but invite and be invited with gossip our weapon of choice."  How could you resist that? Finally, there is a card game currently available for pre-order called Marrying Mr. Darcy, which would be a great gift for any Jane Austen loving librarians you may know!

If these games aren't enough, you might also be interested in some new books about Jane Austen:

Jane Austen, game theorist by Michael Suk-Young Chwe. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4038.G36 C49 2013

Among the Janeites: a journey through the world of Jane Austen fandom by Deborah Yaffe. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4037 .Y34 2013

Global Jane Austen: pleasure, passion, and possessiveness in the Jane Austen community edited by Laurence Raw and Robert G. Dryden. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4037 .G57 2013

The real Jane Austen: a life in small things by Paula Byrne. King Library (2nd floor) | PR4036 .B97 2013 

Jane Austen the reader: the artist as critic by Olivia Murphy.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR4038.B6 M87 2013

I also suggest picking up a work of fiction called Longbourn by Jo Baker.  It was a very intriguing read!

By: hartsea on: December 16, 2013 10:44 am | hartsea

Since we are in the middle of our Muslim Journeys book discussions, I wanted to highlight the Literary Reflections theme from our Bridging Cultures collection, in case you want even more books to read! Here are the books we have from that collection:

The Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy. King Library (2nd floor) | PJ7715 .M87 2008

The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi. King Library (2nd floor) | PK6451.F4 M2813 2011

Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely. King Library (2nd floor) | PL248.P34 K36513 2004

Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi. King Library (2nd floor) | CT2678.M47 A3 1995

Minaret by Leila Aboulela.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR6051.B68 M56 2005

You can check out previous books we highlighted in this post and this post.

By: bomholmm on: November 25, 2013 11:21 am | bomholmm

The wireless network in King library has been upgraded. If you have a device that supports gigabit Wi-Fi(IEEE 802.11ac) you can connect to MU-WIRELESS at gigabit speeds.

Some devices that support gigabit wireless:


Macbook Air

By: hartsea on: November 22, 2013 9:08 am | hartsea

Miami University Libraries will be hosting its first Muslim Journeys* Book Discussion on December 5th from 4:00 to 5:00 in King 320.  There will be a short presentation from a scholar, a discussion of the book, and light refreshments.  Our scholar for this book will be Dr. Mark Peterson from Anthropology and International Studies.

Our first book will be In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar.  You can find out more about this book and the other books we will be reading in our discussion series here.  You might also be interested in a Q & A with the author, related resources, and this New York Times review.

We encourage you to sign up for the book discussions so that you can receive free copies of the selected books. There is still time to get the book and read it over Thanksgiving, but you'll want to make plans soon. You can read more about our Muslim Journeys programming at the website.

If you are interested in even more books to read, check out some of the books from our bookshelf: Bridging Cultures: American Stories and Bridging Cultures: Connected Histories.

*Our Muslim Journeys programming is sponsored by the American Library Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Miami University Humanities Center.  Additional support provided by the Miami University Center for American and World Cultures and the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.

By: gundyj on: November 19, 2013 10:13 am | gundyj

In 1964 the Government Printing Office produced the final findings of the The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, informally known as the Warren Commission Report. Now almost 30 years later the GPO has released a digitized version of the full report on (link to full .pdf). The 900 page, 77.5mb .pdf contains the entire Warren Commission Report as originally printed, digitized from an original copy housed at Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library

Supplementary to the Warren Commission Report the GPO has also made available on flight deck recordings from Air Force One recorded following the Kennedy Assassination.

The National Archives website maintains an index and increasing collection of digitized material of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection, including appendixes and supplementary materials to the Warren Commission Report.

By: hartsea on: November 18, 2013 2:53 pm | hartsea

Doris Lessing died on November 17th at the age of 94. She was a noted author best known for The Golden Notebook.  The New York Times and NPR both have nice write ups about her life.  You might also enjoy Margaret Atwood's tribute.

You can also find an excellent retrospective of her work on this website.

You might want to check out some of her works:

Alfred and Emily.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR6023.E833 A78 2008

The Fifth Child.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR6023.E833 F54 1988b

The Grandmothers: Four Short NovelsKing Library (2nd floor) | PR6023.E833 G69 2003

The Grass is Singing. King Library (2nd floor) | PR6023.E833 G73x

The Real Thing: Stories and SketchesKing Library (2nd floor) | PR6023.E833 R44 1992

By: gibsonke on: November 13, 2013 11:33 am | gibsonke

Miami University Libraries will be a host site for the American Library Association's 6th Annual International Games Day event on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. The event will take place in the Center for Digital Scholarship, located on the third floor of King Library.
We will have a wide array of video games and board games available to play, along with fun giveaways and a chance to win prizes*. There will also be free pizza, drinks, and snacks provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

All are welcome - Come for the chance to try out new games, play old favorites, or just to enjoy friendly competition and free food!
*While supplies last

By: clarkejb on: November 08, 2013 1:53 pm | clarkejb

Love trivia? Or just like winning things? Submit your answer to the 3 questions below (yes, you have to answer them all) for your chance to win a gift certificate to the Miami Bookstore. Good luck!

November Question of the Month:

Part 1

For whom is Laws Hall named and what invention is he/she known for?

Part 2

What is the connection between Thomas Edison and this person?

Part 3

What is the connection between the statue of George Washington in Alumni Hall and this person?

Miami University student competitors who submit the correct answer will be included in a drawing at the end of the month. Contestants may submit answers until midnight, November 30. The student competitor whose name is picked in the drawing is the winner. The winner will receive a $20 Gift Certificate for the Miami University Bookstore.

By: micheljp on: October 31, 2013 4:26 pm | micheljp @jpmichel