First Digital Humanities Brown Bag on 02/14


The Miami University Libraries Center for Digital Scholarship will be hosting a Digital Humanities Brown Bag series this Spring.  In this series we will view three National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) webinars on topics related to Digital Humanities issues.  Each webinar will be followed by a brief discussion.  Faculty and graduate students are invited to this series.  All sessions will be in King Library, Room 114. Please feel free to bring your lunch!

We will be having our first Digital Humanities Brown Bag series on February 14th from 12:30-2:00.  This first brown bag will be the "Digital Scholarship Seminar: Implications of Data for the 21st-century Humanist" webinar.   It will be a talk by Fred Gibbs, Assistant Professor of History at George Mason University and Director of Digital Scholarship at the Center for History and New Media, on the new challenges in adapting traditional research, dissemination, and teaching practices in digital humanities.

Please check out our Digital Humanities guide for more details. We hope you'll be able to join us!


Classic Catalog Searching Issues

The Miami University Libraries migrated to a new catalog software in December. Due to this migration, search results in the classic catalog have become unreliable. Call number and keyword searches are particularly bad, and links to our e-resources are not displaying at all in classic catalog record results. These problems have to be resolved on the vendor side, and the vendor is aware of them.

We highly recommend using the “Books and More” and “Journals” tabs on the web page when searching for books, journals, and e-resources. There is a call number option available in the drop-down menu in the “Books and More” tab, which should provide accurate search results.

If you need assistance finding information or materials please contact the Information Desk via chat, txt, phone or in-person.

Please send questions to

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Tax Time!

It's time to start thinking about filing taxes for 2012.

Paying Taxes

The Miami University Libraries will not be stocking pre-printed tax forms this year due to low utilization and waste due to bulk ordering requirements. However staff in the Government Information & Law Department will print copies of any forms or instructions for you at your request.

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

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

International Students working in the US will likely need to file a 1040 NR form. The 1040 NR can be printed from the IRS website.

Where does all the money go?

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 adminstration would like to see Federal income put twoards. The Treasury Department also has tax policy information and data about the US economy available on their website. The Miami University Libraries have exstensive current and historical Treasury Department publications available. The IRS has statistics on practically every aspect of Federal taxes available on their website.

The White House Federal Taxpayer Receipt should be updated for 2012 later this year.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Movies, Maps, & More

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 21st. It is a day to honor the life and work of a man who strived to improve the civil rights of our nation. Listed below are a number of films about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy:

Martin Luther King, Jr "I have a dream."

Citizen King

Martin, the Emancipator: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King

Memphis Dreams: Searching for the Promised Land

A Day to remember, August 28, 1963

Great Speeches Volume V

These and many others are located in the Instructional Materials Center.

While nearby, be sure to check out some other materials not only on King, Jr. and his day of honor, but also on the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site! (Attention Education Majors: Be sure to take a look at the lesson plans and teacher guides this website offers), located at 450 Auburn Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30312.

A print map of the site, along with these additional materials, can be found in the Government Information and Law collection, King Library, Ground Floor:

Now is the Time: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: Make it a Day On, not a Day Off

Living the dream, let freedom ring!: The National Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration, Monday, January 15, 1990

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of service--January 18, 1999 "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve."

MLK Jr. Picture

Richard Blanco chosen as 2013 Inaugural Poet

Richard Blanco will be the first Latino Inaugural Poet. At President Obama's Inaugural celebration he will read a poem that he will write for the occasion. If you are interested in reading more about his selection, check out this New York Times article and this NPR interview.  You might also be interested in his personal website.

You might want to check out several of his poetry collections to become familiar with his style before he reads his new poem:

Looking for the Gulf Motel.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3552.L36533 L66 2012

Directions to the Beach of the Dead.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3552.L36533 D57 2005

City of a Hundred Fires.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3552.L36533 C58 1998

The 2013 Statistical Abstract of the United States

The United States federal government collects and publishes a vast variety of statistics. The Census Bureau, the Department of Homeland Secrutity, NOAA, the USGS, the NCES, the BEA, BLS, BJS, EIA, CDC, and other three, four, and more letter agencies collect, compile, and publish statistics.

In 1878 the United States Census Bureau began publishing the Statistical Abstract of the United States as a compilation of statistical information about the USA. This resource has been if not the final answer then the starting point for finding statistical information for more than 133 years. The Miami University Libraries have a complete run from the first to the last.

The last issue published by the US government that is. In 2012 the Statistical Compendia Program which had been responsible for compiling the Abstract was defunded. However the Statistical Abstract will live on, now compiled and published by ProQuest and Bernan (compiled in fact by some of the same staff formerly employed by the Census bureau).

The new Abstract still covers all of the same information as previous editions: population, education, trade, prices, foreign commerce, international statistics, and more.

OhioLINK has subscribed to the ProQuest Statistical Abstract in electronic format which will include monthly updates, search, downloadable tables, index terms, citation information, and direct links to the original sources for statistics. The Miami University Libraries have acquired the ever popular print copies (which will be printed in a new, larger format) for campus libraries.

Happy Belated Birthday, Jane!


Jane Austen's birthday was on December 16th!  To celebrate her recent birthday, I want to share some of our new books about her:

Jane Austen and her readers, 1786-1945 by Katie Halsey.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR4038.B6 H35 2012

Jane Austen's cults and cultures by Claudia L. Johnson.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR4036 .J57 2012

Uses of Austen: Jane's afterlives edited by Gillian Dow and Clare Hanson.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR4038.I52 U84 2012

Matters of fact in Jane Austen: history, location, and celebrity by Janine Barchas.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR4038.H5 B37 2012

Jane Austen's civilized women: morality, gender and the civilizing process by Enit Karafili Steiner.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR4037 .S74 2012

Graphing Jane Austen : the evolutionary basis of literary meaning by Joseph Carroll.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR878.C47 G73 2012

If you've never done so, you might want to check out the journal devoted to studying Jane Austen and her works.  It's called Persuasions.  We have it available in print on the second floor of King.  The call number for it is PR4036 .A15.  We also have some online access to the journal here, though the content differs slightly.

Be Safe This Month!

December is a treasured month for many college students. It’s a time for relief when exams are over, a time for getting together with close friends back home, and a time for celebrating a variety of holidays.

It is also, however, a time to use caution. December is Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month. With all the holiday shopping, credit card swiping, and entertainment and social events of the season, it is important to be vigilant. To keep you well-informed and making wise choices, Government Documents has compiled a small collection of literature concerning identity safety. We have copies of hearings on topics such as:

Additionally, there are multiple pamphlets and further literature on the subject that are deserving of your attention. You can even take ONE more exam this semester (you were hoping for one, right?) with

Are you at risk for identity theft : test your "identity quotient."

So come on down to the IMC, Ground Floor King and brush up on your holiday safety measures before heading home to ring in 2013.

(Take Some Books) Home for the Holidays!

Winter is Coming. Winter Break that is. A great time to unwind from the stress of Fall semester, hang out with family and friends and spend some time reading a good book. We encourage you to take some books home with you for the holiday season. To that end some of our librarians have recommended some great books. Take a look and check them out! Remember that you can renew the books on the web.

The Disappearing Spoon : and other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean

The periodic table of the elements is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, obsession, and betrayal. These tales follow carbon, neon, silicon, gold, and all the elements in the table as they play out their parts in human history. The usual suspects are here, like Marie Curie (and her radioactive journey to the discovery of polonium and radium) and William Shockley (who is credited, not exactly justly, with the discovery of the silicon transistor)--but the more obscure characters provide some of the best stories, like Paul Emile François Lecoq de Boisbaudran, whose discovery of gallium, a metal with a low melting point, gives this book its title: a spoon made of gallium will melt in a cup of tea.--From publisher description

The Worst Hard Time: the Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan

The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since.

Timothy Egan’s critically acclaimed account rescues this iconic chapter of American history from the shadows in a tour de force of historical reportage. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. --from Publisher description.

The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History by John R. Gillis

Since before recorded history, people have congregated near water. But as growing populations around the globe continue to flow toward the coasts on an unprecedented scale and climate change raises water levels, our relationship to the sea has begun to take on new and potentially catastrophic dimensions. The latest generation of coastal dwellers lives largely in ignorance of the history of those who came before them, the natural environment, and the need to live sustainably on the world’s shores. Humanity has forgotten how to live with the oceans. -- from Publisher description.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.

In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations that Changed the World by Ian Stewart

In Pursuit of the Unknown, celebrated mathematician Ian Stewart uses a handful of mathematical equations to explore the vitally important connections between math and human progress. We often overlook the historical link between mathematics and technological advances, says Stewart--but this connection is integral to any complete understanding of human history. Equations are modeled on the patterns we find in the world around us, says Stewart, and it is through equations that we are able to make sense of, and in turn influence, our world. Stewart locates the origins of each equation he presents--from Pythagoras's Theorem to Newton's Law of Gravity to Einstein's Theory of Relativity--within a particular historical moment, elucidating the development of mathematical and philosophical thought necessary for each equation's discovery.

Counterplay: an Anthropologist at the Chessboard by Robert Desjarlais

Drawing on his lifelong fascination with the game, Desjarlais guides readers into the world of twenty-first-century chess to help us understand its unique pleasures and challenges, and to advance a new "anthropology of passion." Immersing us directly in chess's intricate culture, he interweaves small dramas, closely observed details, illuminating insights, colorful anecdotes, and unforgettable biographical sketches to elucidate the game and to reveal what goes on in the minds of experienced players when they face off over the board. Counterplay offers a compelling take on the intrigues of chess and shows how themes of play, beauty, competition, addiction, fanciful cognition, and intersubjective engagement shape the lives of those who take up this most captivating of games. -- from Publisher description.

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media

The cohost of NPR's "On the Media" narrates, in cartoon form, two millennia of history of the influence of the media on the populace, from newspapers in Caesar's Rome to the penny press of the American Revolution to today.

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again. -- From Publisher Description.

In Defense of Food: an Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of food journalist Pollan's thesis. Humans used to know how to eat well, he argues, but the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not "real." Indeed, plain old eating is being replaced by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. Pollan's advice is: "Don't eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food." Looking at what science does and does not know about diet and health, he proposes a new way to think about what to eat, informed by ecology and tradition rather than by the nutrient-by-nutrient approach.--From publisher description

Reading Social

I always feel one of the joys of reading is that it is a quiet solitary activity.  It can be a chance to reflect and to escape into another world.  Still it can be a lot of fun to share your reading experiences with other people.  The following list are online tools and social media outlets for sharing what you are reading and to learn what others are learning.

First there's the really fun #fridayreads hashtag on Twitter.  You simply post whatever you are reading on Friday with the hashtag #fridayreads.  You can then search the hashtag and see what other people are reading too.  You can find out more on their website.  You can also join their Facebook page.

You can get involved with the community at GoodReads.  There you can post what you've already read, what you are reading at any given time and how far along you are in the book, and what you would like to read.  You can also follow friends and authors.  There are online book clubs, book recommendations, and book lists.  There is also Shelfari and LibraryThing.  They each have a slightly different focus, but they do encourage communities of book lovers.

There are also online groups and projects that you can participate in.  One example is Book Drum, an interactive crowd-sourced literary world map.  Another fun project is BookCrossing. Basically you register and label a book you own through their website.  Then you share the book by giving it to someone or leaving it somewhere.  After that you can follow the book as it gets passed along.  You could also participate in World Book Night in April.  In this program 30 books are chosen every year.  Then people can sign up to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community.  The goal is to hand out books to people who are either light or non-readers. 

There are a lot of great book blogs that you can follow and comment on.  Here are some recommendations: The Book Lady's Blog, Omnivoracious, Three Guys One Book, and Book Riot (my personal favorite).  You can also look to see if your favorite author maintains a blog.  For example, John Green actively engages with his readers on his website.

Here's an interesting article about Facebook Apps that you might want to check out.

These book tools are less about sharing what you read and more about receiving suggestions on other things to read: Book Lamp 5 Websites That Alert Book Lovers About New Book Releases, and Reading suggestion engines: Your next read.

I hope this post has given you some inspiration on how to read socially!  Happy reading!


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