Library Events

In the Country of Men Book Discussion

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.

International Games Day Event!

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

Bridging Cultures: Connected Histories

Today I'm highlighting some more of the books we received from our Muslim Journeys Bridging Cultures grant.  The theme this time is "Connected Histories."  Here are the books that we have:

When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East” by Stewart Gordon. King Library (2nd floor) | DS5.95 .G67 2009

The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili. BEST Library, Basement | Q127.A5 A4 2011

The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal. King Library (2nd floor) | DP99 .M465 2002b

Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf, translated by Peter Sluglett. King Library (2nd floor) | PQ3979.2.M28 L413 1992

In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh. King Library (2nd floor) | DT56.2 .G48 1994

You can check out previous books we highlighted in this post.  Also, our film series is still ongoing, so come join us for an interesting film.

Spotlight on Jason Priem: Open Access Week 2013

In honor of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21-25), we will be profiling an influential figure in the scholarly communication landscape each day.


Friday, October 25

Jason Priem

Education

  • M.Ed. in Social Studies Education, University of Florida, 2002
  • Ph.D. in Information and Library Science, UNC-Chapel Hill (2009- )

Current Positions

  • Co-founder, ImpactStory (2011- )
  • Doctoral student in information science, UNC-Chapel Hill (2009- )

Notable Affiliations

  • Ubiquity Press Advisory Board member (2011- )
  • Program committee, ScienceOnline 2012 conference (2011)
  • Lead organizer, altmetrics 12 workshop at ACM Web Science Conference (2012)
  • Peer reviewer for Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, PLoS ONE, and Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience.

Notable Publications

  • “Scientometrics 2.0: new metrics of scholarly impact on the social Web”. First Monday, 2010. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.5210%2Ffm.v15i7.2874.
  • “Altmetrics in the wild: using social media to explore scholarly impact”. arXiv preprint, 2012. Available at http://arxiv.org/abs/1203.4745.
  • “The power of altmetrics on a CV”. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2013. Available at http://mail.asis.org/Bulletin/Apr-13/AprMay13_Piwowar_Priem.pdf.

Interesting Facts

  • Priem has worked as a middle school teacher, freelance web designer, and instructional designer for online courses.  
  • Priem is the co-founder of ImpactStory, a free, open-source web-based tool that allows researchers to aggregate alternative metrics for their scholarship.   
  • One of a group of scholars who coined the term “altmetrics”, short for alternative metrics, or measuring scholarly impact over the social web instead of through traditional citation. 

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Spotlight on Heather Joseph: Open Access Week 2013

In honor of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21-25), we will be profiling an influential figure in the scholarly communication landscape each day.


Thursday, October 24

Heather Joseph

Education

  • B.S. in Journalism, University of Maryland College Park, 1989
  • M.A. in Business Administration, University of Maryland, 1998

Current Positions

Notable Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Public Library of Science (PLoS)
  • Organizer/advocate for Access2Research
  • One of four witnesses who testified at the Congressional Hearing on the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act

Notable Publications

Interesting Facts

More Information

  • Heather Joseph's blog (via SPARC)
  • Heather Joseph on Twitter (@hjoseph)

Spotlight on Kathleen Fitzpatrick: Open Access Week 2013

In honor of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21-25), we will be profiling an influential figure in the scholarly communication landscape each day.


Wednesday, October 23

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Education

  • M.F.A. in English, Louisiana State University, 1991
  • Ph.D. in English, New York University, 1998

Current Positions

  • Director of Scholarly Communication, Modern Language Association
  • Visiting Research Professor of English, New York University
  • Professor of Media Studies, Pomona College

Notable Affiliations

  • Co-founder/co-editor of the digital scholarly network, MediaCommons
  • Board of Directors, Council on Library and Information Resources
  • Advisory Board, Open Library of the Humanities
  • Chair, Publications Committee, Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
  • Executive Committee, Association for Computers and the Humanities

Notable Publications

  • Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy. NYU Press, 2011. Pre-pub version available at http://mcpress.media-commons.org/plannedobsolescence/.
  • The Anxiety of Obsolescence: the American Novel in the Age of Television, Vanderbilt University Press, 2006.
  • "Giving It Away: Sharing and the Future of Scholarly Communication”. Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 2012. Available at http://scholarship.claremont.edu/pomona_fac_pub/62/.
  • “Peer-to-Peer Review and the Future of Scholarly Authority”. Social Epistemology, 2010. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02691728.2010.498929.
  • “The Humanities, Done Digitally”. The Chronicle of Higher Education, special section on technology, 2011. Available at http://chronicle.com/article/The-Humanities-Done-Digitally/127382/.

Interesting Facts

  • Fitzpatrick is a self-described Mac “zealot”.
  • She was named one of “12 Tech Innovators Who Are Transforming Campuses” by The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2012.
  • Fitzpatrick’s book Planned Obsolescence went through an open peer review process prior to publication.

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Spotlight on Jeffrey Beall: Open Access Week 2013

In honor of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21-25), we will be profiling an influential figure in the scholarly communication landscape each day.


Tuesday, October 22

Jeffrey Beall

Education

  • M.A. (English), Oklahoma State University, 1987
  • M.S.L.S. (Library Science), University of North Carolina, 1990

Current Position

  • Scholarly Initiatives Librarian / Associate Professor, Auraria Library, University of Colorado, Denver

Notable Affiliations

  • Member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing
  • Vice Chancellor's Advisory Committee for Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion (University of Colorado, Denver)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly (2005-2012)
  • Member, Program for Cooperative Cataloging liaison to the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, Subject Analysis Committee (2010-2012)

Notable Publications

Interesting Facts

  • In 2013, Beall's well-known list of predatory publishers prompted a few of the publishers on the list to threaten him with lawsuits.
  • Beall combines his interest in digital photography and Wikipedia by photographing properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Colorado, and uploading them to the corresponding pages in Wikipedia.
  • Beall is a former Peace Corps volunteer and has lived in five states and four foreign countries.

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Spotlight on Peter Suber: Open Access Week 2013

In honor of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21-25), we will be profiling an influential figure in the scholarly communication landscape each day.


Monday, October 21

Peter Suber

Education

  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1978
  • J.D., Northwestern University, 1982

Current Positions

  • Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication
  • Director of the Harvard Open Access Project
  • Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
  • Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
  • Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge
  • Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College

Notable Affiliations

  • Member of the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH)
  • Member of the Board of Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Scholarly and Research Communication
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Open Access Directory (OAD)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Open Knowledge Foundation, and the Advisory Council for its Open Definition
  • Member of the OA Advisory Board of Open Humanities Press

Notable Publications

Interesting Facts

  • Considered by many to be the leader of the open access movement.
  • According to Wikipedia, Suber worked as a stand-up comic from 1976-1981, including an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1976.
  • Lingua Franca magazine named Suber one of Academia’s 20 Most Wired Faculty in 1999.
  • With one exception, all of Suber’s publications are open access.

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Publish Don't Perish: the Future of Scholarly Publishing and Open Access

In celebration of Open Access Week (October 21-25), CELTUA and the Miami University Libraries will be presenting a panel discussion "Publish, Don't Perish: The Future of Scholarly Publishing and Open Access".

When: Wednesday, 10/23/13, from 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Where: the Center for Digital Scholarship on the 3rd Floor of King Library.

We will continue the discussion informally at a hosted reception from 4:30-5pm.

What do the phrases "scholarly communication" and "open access" really mean? The term "scholarly communication is frequently used as shorthand for peer-reviewed publishing, traditionally the primary way a discipline advances. However, the phrase actually encompasses many more applications, including how scholars find information, create knowledge, and communicate among themselves, with students, and beyond the academy with other audiences. New digital capabilities including electronic publishing, social media, institutional repositories, and copyright legislation are profoundly impacting traditional scholarly communication. This shifting landscape affects researchers, instructors, students, publishers, scholars, and librarians dramatically. In 2012-2013, the Scholarly Communication FLC discussed these and other issues and will be sharing their thoughts in this moderated panel discussion. All four members of the panel as well as the moderator participated in the FLC.

Join Us for an Exciting October in Special Collections!

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With the many and varied resources in Special Collections, it's always a challenge choosing which ones to focus on for exhibits and special events. This October we will be celebrating two fascinating collections and we hope you will join us.

On Homecoming Saturday, October 19, we'll host a reception for our main exhibit this semester, Cradle of Coaches: A Legacy of Excellence. From 4 to 6 p.m. in the Special Collections Exhibit Gallery and Reading Room, and the adjacent room 320, all on the 3rd floor of King Library, we'll celebrate the legacy of our coaching heritage with an extended exhibit, additional media, and refreshments. At 5 p.m., after a welcome from Interim Dean Jerome Conley, Nick Selvaggio, one of the original donors of the Cradle of Coaches Archive, will talk about the origin of the collection. Then Johnathan Cooper, the exhibit curator, will lead guests on a guided tour of the exhibit.

On the following Wednesday, October 23, at 4 p.m., Miami alumnus and former NBC vice president Rick Ludwin will give the inaugural Annual Special Collections Lecture. Each year this new lecture series will highlight one of our many special collections.

“STUDIO 14,” Miami University Television and Radio, 1966-1970, will highlight the Rick Ludwin Collection, which includes recordings of Miami radio and television productions made during Ludwin’s student days. The lecture is being presented in honor of Professor Emeritus William Utter, former faculty sponsor. It will be held in King 320 and will be followed by a reception at 5 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public. Please join us to learn more about the amazing resources available here in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections.

Elizabeth Brice
Assistant Dean for Technical Services and Head, Special Collections & Archives

L-R Rick Ludwin, Richard Hackney, Eric Goodyear.  November 14, 1966.
L-R Rick Ludwin, Richard Hackney, Eric Goodyear. November 14, 1966.

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