Campus & Community Events

Alumni Weekend Used Book Sale This Weekend!!

The Miami University Libraries will be hosting its annual Alumni Weekend Used Book Sale in the 4th floor of the Brill Science Library. The Book Sale will run Friday, June 18th from 9am to 430pm and Saturday 11am to 430pm.

Come and check out the goods!

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The Arabian Nights coming to Miami University

Arabian Nights

The Theatre Department is putting on a production of The Arabian Nights (By Mary Zimmerman and directed by Lewis Magruder) this April. The dates will be April 15th-17th and April 22nd-25th. You can buy tickets here, as well as watch a short video about the production.

If you decide to go, you may want to read up a bit on The Arabian Nights. Here are a couple of titles you might want to check out:

The Arabian Nights Reader by Ulrich Marzolph. King Library PJ7737 .A735 2006.

The Arabian Nights: A Companion by Robert Irwin. King Library PJ7737 .I79 1994.

The Arabian Nights: A Play by Mary Zimmerman. King Library PS3576.I66 A73 2005.

The Art of Story-telling: A Literary Study of the Thousand and One Nights by Mia Irene Gerhardt. King Library PJ7737 .G4.

The Arabian Nights translated by Husain Haddawy. King Library PJ7715 .H33 1990.

The Arabian nights: Tales from the Thousand and One Nights by E.J. Detmold. Special Collections PJ7716.A1 D486 1925

The Arabian Nights Encyclopedia

Still time to register to read at the Women's Read-In

The Women’s Read-in is in its 4th year at the 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. We invite everyone to celebrate the literary works of women by selecting a short minute passage to share -- poetry, prose, letters, or portions of a novel. Original work is also welcome! The event this year will be held on Thursday March 25 from 11am-3pm in the IMC area of King Library (ground floor).

Sign up to read here!

We will be having themed “hours” at the read in. Our themed hours for this year will be one on women in science and another on LGBT literature.

If you're still looking for something to read, check out this guide that we've created.

You might also want to check out the Orange Prize for Fiction's 2010 Longlist for inspiration. The Orange prize for fiction is the UK's annual book award for fiction written exclusively by woman, which this year celebrates its 15th anniversary.

See below to see what other people will be reading at the Women's Read-In.


We hope to see you there!

21st Annual African American Read-In

The Miami University Libraries are proud to host the 21st African American Read-In on Monday, February 22nd from 1pm to 3pm in room 320 of King Library. More information -- and a host of books to read and share -- are available online at the Libraries Diversity page.

Register and get more reading ideas here!

4th Annual Women's Read In!

The Women’s Read-in is in its 4th year at the 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. We invite everyone to celebrate the literary works of women by selecting a short minute passage to share -- poetry, prose, letters, or portions of a novel. Original work is also welcome! The event this year will be held on Thursday March 25 from 11am-3pm in the IMC area of King Library (ground floor).

Sign up to read here!

We will be having themed “hours” at the read in. Our themed hours for this year will be one on women in science and another on LGBT literature.

We generally have an attendance of well over a hundred people for the Read-in.

It really is a great event - a great chance to gather together and read and listen to writings by and about women.

Penn[sylvania] on the picket line

Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

View our GoodReads bookshelf to get inspired.


Miami University Libraries's women-authors book recommendations, reviews, favorite quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists

Writing Contest for First-Year Students

The essays for My Learning Leaves: A Composition Contest for the Class of 2013 (sponsored by the Howe Center for Writing Excellence and the Office of Liberal Education ) are almost due. The deadline is December 1st. They are looking for projects from first-year students on ways their school experiences and learning goals align with, differ from, augment, and/or challenge those represented in the 2009 Summer Reading, Taylor Mali's What Learning Leaves. There are categories for Personal Compositions, Analytical Compositions, and You Name It. The prize for each category is $100. You could buy some nice Christmas presents with that money!

If you want to get inspired, we own several of Taylor Mali's poetry collections at King Library:

What Learning Leaves. King Library PS615 .M35 2002.

The Last Time As We Are. King Library PS3613.A4455 L37 2009.

Good Luck!

Decorate Your Dorm with World War II Posters

If you're looking for a unique way to celebrate Veterans' Day, American military service, or the civilian support of the military during times of war, you may be interested to learn that the World War II-era posters currently on display in the main stairwell of King Library are available for download -- for free!

The Government Information and Law department teamed up with the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and the libraries' Digital Initiatives department to create high-quality copies from the original World War II posters held at the Miami Libraries.

Because these posters have proven highly popular, and in some cases too popular -- you know who you are -- they've been placed online for easy and free access.

With a little help from the CIM lab staff, and for the standard printing fee, you can create your own life-sized World War II poster. With their stunning imagery, and still relevant messages, they'll be an excellent addition to your dormitory, office, or holiday stocking. Just don't take them off the library walls.

You can download the collection of World War II propaganda posters from this page, or by clicking the images in this post.

If you're curious about more cool Government Documents, stop by the GIL, or come to our Centennial celebration this Friday afternoon (See it on Facebook). We hope to see you soon!

Connected Histories

On Monday November 9th I went to a sponsored Miami University Humanities Center talk called "Connected Histories" at Bachelor Hall. Professor Robert Shoemaker, 18th-century historian from Sheffield University, and Professor Tim Hitchcock of the University of Hertfordshire, spoke about digital repositories of 18th-century history funded by the British government that they have created especially for the sake of preserving "other" histories.

I thought the projects they spoke about were so fascinating that I wanted to share it.

Their finished project is called The Old Bailey Online. It's the proceedings of London's Central Criminal Court from 1674-1913. It's a fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court. In addition to the texts themselves, the site provides historical background and information about related sources. There's even a trial of the day!

Some of their upcoming projects build on the ideas of connecting texts to related sources. One is called Plebian Lives and the Making of Modern Lives. It will use recent technical advances in the creation and analysis of multiple digital resources to create a comprehensive electronic edition of primary sources on criminal justice and the provision of poor relief and medical care in eighteenth-century London. It's going to allow users to register and add biographical information to a wiki, among other things.

The other is called Connected Histories, which is going to be a new community and website for aggregating digital resources in British History. It will point to sources like British History Online, the Burney Newspaper Collection, Parliamentary Papers, Charles Booth Online Archive, Collage, etc.

Perhaps the most exciting project will be a Firefox extension called Scrutiny. It will be used for entity recognition within research data. It will be able to scan web pages selected by individual users and highlight entities that it thinks will interest them. Users will be able to train Scrutiny to identify entities which are relevant to their field of research both by using pre-defined, subject-specific 'entity recognition files', and by refining Scrutiny´s understanding of their personal interests through an iterative process of accepting or discarding the suggestions which Scrutiny presents. Scrutiny will be developed using natural language processing, including `named entity recognition´ based on a Bayesian learning methodology.

I'll be honest I don't understand all the details (I got the above wording from their website), but Scrutiny will be designed to help researchers shift through the large number of documents now available digitally to find what is relevant to their research. The example they gave during their lecture was domestic violence. In the 18th century the term domestic violence didn't exist, but there were still cases of it (namely one spouse killing another). Scrutiny could be trained to find matches between one case that was definitely domestic violence and then other cases located in another collection.

The Old Bailey Online can be used now. The other projects should be finished in February or March of 2010. I'll keep you posted, especially as I hear more about Scrutiny!

Salute 100 Years of Service at Friday's Federal Depository Celebration

This Friday the Miami University Libraries are celebrating 100 years as Federal Depository Libraries.

Government Publications have been received by Miami since the 1850's, and have always been a cornerstone collection of the Miami University Libraries. This Friday, you can join us for an event celebrating our Centennial as an official Federal Depository Library.

The Celebration is slated for 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 13, in Room 320 of King Library, and will include the presentation to Dean Judith Sessions of a plaque from the Government Printing Office commemorating this rare milestone. The event is open to all members of the Miami University community as well as to the general public. Refreshments will be served.

We encourage you to visit the range of special Government materials already on display in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections, and to enjoy the Government-published World War II propaganda posters lining King Library's main staircase.

Remember that to help decorate the GIL area for Friday, students, faculty, staff and their families can enter the GIL coloring contest. Read more about this activity in our previous post.

If you can't make the centennial event, you find find a few surprises awaiting you in the IMC/GIL throughout the day on Friday. We hope to see you there!

20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

20 years ago today, the Berlin Wall, separating West and East Germany came down. This event was pivotal to the eventual fall of communism in Europe. Miami has been holding a series events over the past few weeks to remember this historic event, including a speech today at 12:30 by Josef Joffe, publisher of the German newspaper, Die Zeit (online). The speech will be held in the MacMillan Great Room.

King Library has some wonderful books on the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the legacy of that event. Come check them out!.

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