News & Notes

By: Jason Paul Michel on: September 12, 2012 2:40 pm | micheljp small twitter logo@jpmichel

Have you ever found a book in the library and thought, "Hmm...this book is great, what else has this author written" or "This book is just what i'm looking really helps me write this paper, what are some other similar books out there that would also be helpful?" Well, the Miami University Libraries are embarking on a project to help answer those questions. In the near future, we will be embedding QR codes on the inside covers of select books throughout the library system. These QR codes, when scanned with your mobile phone, will direct you to a page on our mobile site which lists other books by the same author, books on the same topic and even reviews of the work!! In addition, the codes will provide you with suitable journal articles on the subject!! Be on the lookout for these codes! Go here for a detailed explanation of QR Codes and the MU LIbraries. If you have any questions please contact Kobby or Jason

UPDATE ON PROJECT [9-12-12] This pilot project was designed to open up the libraries’ collection in an innovative way by affixing QR codes to some of the most frequently used books, based on circulation data. It was also a way to market the Libraries’ resources. The codes linked to dynamically generated mobile-friendly pages that featured book reviews for the particular title as well as links to related books and articles. The reviews, related books and articles were all search results from the Libraries catalog and research databases displayed automatically on the pages . These search results could be achieved by anyone by using a computer. So the QR code was just for marketing and accessibility purposes and convenience. The project was not implemented fully as expectations were not met. The expenditure of human resources was deemed too costly for the incremental benefit for our students.

By: Jacqueline Johnson on: January 19, 2011 9:32 am | johnsoj

The Western College Memorial Archives houses materials from Western College Female Seminary and Western College for Women 1853-1974.

Western Female Seminary was founded in 1853 as the 'western representation' of Mt. Holyoke in Massachusetts, with its dual vision of missionary zeal and low-cost yet high quality education for women. Strongly supported by the leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Oxford, classes began in 1855 with Helen Peabody, a Mt. Holyoke graduate, as principal. In 1894, Western became "The Western: a College and Seminary for Women; in 1904, the word "seminary" was dropped and Western became "The Western College for Women." The school merged with Miami University in 1974.

The Western College Memorial Archives are located in 16 Peabody Hall. Materials from the Archive do not circulate. You may visit Monday - Friday, 1 pm - 5 pm or contact Jacky Johnson at or call 513.529.9695

The book the Western College for Women 1853-1953 by Narka Nelson is an excellent resource about the college's history Western History It provides a broad outline of events at Western such as the fires that burned Peabody Hall and the institutions survival during the Civil War.

The Western College for Women 1853-1953 by Narka Nelson gives particular attention to the personalities and incidents that comprise Western's past.

By: Jacqueline Johnson on: January 19, 2011 9:30 am | johnsoj

Interested in conducting research about Miami University History?

Visit the Miami University Archives

The Archives contains manuscripts, publications, photographs, and artifacts dealing with Miami University history. It also houses many of the surviving records and publications of Oxford College for Women one of the first U.S. Protestant schools to confer the Bachelor of Arts degree upon women.

The Archives is located in the old Withrow Court locker area, directly across from McKie Baseball Field. There is a single, outside, public entrance on the north side of the facility. The Archives is not directly accessible from the Withrow Court building. The hours of operation are 8 am-12 noon and 1 pm-5 pm. If interested in visiting or have for a research question contact Bob Schmidt, University Archivist at or call 513.529.6720

By: Jason Paul Michel on: January 12, 2011 4:11 pm | micheljp small twitter logo@jpmichel

Welcome back everyone!! We hope you had a fantastic break and hope you have a great spring semester!! Why not enrich this semester with one of our great technology workshops? We're offering great workshops on the latest technologies: iMovie, Photoshop, Podcasting and more.
Take a look at our list of workshops this semester and register!

By: Jacqueline Johnson on: January 12, 2011 11:15 am | johnsoj

The Miami Years 1809-1959 by Walter Havighurst.

The Miami Years gives particular attention to the personalities and incidents that comprise Miami University's past. There is the story of William Holmes McGuffey who came to Miami in 1825 and compiled his famous McGuffey Reader which would sell 120 million copies and made McGuffey's name as familiar as the alphabet. There are also scenes from such dramatic episodes as the establishment of the Miami Triad of Greek letter fraternities and the infamous Snowball Rebellion.

There is the poignant picture of a college divided by the Civil War when student volunteers for both armies left Miami on the same train. We learn how Miami made the transition to co-education, grew from an enrollment of under 200 students to a major mid-sized university, carried on a war training program for 10,000 Navy personnel during the Second World War, and met the rush of veterans studying under the G. I. Bill after the war.

A nation's growth is reflected in this story of growth of an institution of higher learning. But along with outlining the bold strokes of change in American education, Havighurst depicts the men who, by courageously and ingeniously coping with the problems at hand, enabled a college to survive and progress for over 200 years.

By: Jason Paul Michel on: December 08, 2010 10:17 am | micheljp small twitter logo@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: Jason Paul Michel on: December 06, 2010 5:06 pm | micheljp small twitter logo@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: Lindsay Miller 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: Lindsay Miller 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: Lindsay Miller 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.