Library Events

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!


"What is Digital Humanities?" Symposium

The Miami University Libraries Center for Digital Scholarship will be hosting a Digital Humanities Symposium on Tuesday October 23rd from 3:00-6:30 in King 320. This half day symposium will introduce faculty, graduate students and librarians to the field of Digital Humanities and begin a dialogue around related issues among interested parties on campus. We have invited two speakers who can shed light on the theories, practices, challenges and controversies and help us begin to examine the potential for Digital Humanities scholarship at Miami University.  This symposium is being sponsored by the Miami University Humanities Center.

Our two speakers will be H. Lewis Ulman, Associate Professor of English and the Director of Digital Media Studies at Ohio State University, and Angela Courtney, Associate Librarian and Head, Arts and Humanities at Indiana University.  H. Lewis Ulman has worked on the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives and will be talking about "What difference does 'digital' make to the humanities?".  Angela Courtney has worked on the Victorian Women Writers Project and will be talking about the collaborations that can happen between libraries and departments around digital humanities projects.

In addition to our two speakers, we will have a presentation about our new Center for Digital Scholarship, demos of projects, and a roundtable of Miami University faculty discussing their projects.  We will have faculty from a variety of departments, including Classics and English.  We will also have refreshments and time for conversation!

We hope to see you there.  If you are interested in attending, please consider filling out our registration form.  It's not required, but it will help us get an idea of who is coming.  Also, feel free to e-mail Arianne Hartsell-Gundy at if you have any questions.

2012 New Graduate Student Orientation

New graduate students are invited to an orientation by the Miami University Libraries.
When: August 13, 6-8 p.m.
Where: BEST Library, Laws Hall

Join us to learn more about library services and resources and to meet with liaison librarians.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Please contact Katie Gibson ( with your questions.

2012 New Faculty Orientation

New faculty, please join us for the Miami University Libraries' New Faculty Orientation on Monday August 13, 2012. Join us in 320 King Library for lunch and to learn about the resources and services the Libraries provide. A complete schedule is available on the registration page.

All new faculty are invited to this event - even if you are not completely new to Miami we'd love to have you.

Please register at the following URL prior to August 13:

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Come Watch the Movie Glory, Eat Pizza and Popcorn and Drink Soda! Win Prizes!

The Miami University Libraries Civil War Programming Committee and Diversity Cluster are co-sponsoring a film showing and discussion of the award winning film Glory on Thursday, April 19th between 6 and 8:30 in King Library 320. There will be refreshments and door prizes, including DVDs of several popular Civil War documentaries and films! Free and open to the public. It's the last program in our Let's Talk About It: Civil War series. You can see more information about our programs this year on our website:

Glory won three Academy Awards in 1989 (best supporting actor, best cinematography, and best sound). It tells the story of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first formal unit of the US Army to be made up of African American men, during the Civil War. It stars Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Matthew Broderick (the guy from Ferris Bueller's Day Off). Please join us for this moving and educational film. Hope to see you there!

The Art of Freedom

Coming up next month is National Library Week (April 8-14) and one of the things we in the library community always observe during that week is the importance of intellectual freedom and the ongoing fight against censorship. But there is a corollary in the art world that provides the subtext for our current exhibits in the Special Collections exhibit gallery.

Just as writers face the possibility of censorship, visual artists face similar efforts to control or constrain their work. The Russian artists featured in our Avant-Garde and Innocence exhibit supported the Bolshevik revolution only to find the Soviet government establishing the parameters of “acceptable” art. Unable to work within those narrowly defined limits, they emigrated to the West in order to pursue their artistic dreams, supporting themselves as illustrators of children’s books.

Our newest exhibit features a more recent example. Peter Sís, born in Czechoslovakia, became a filmmaker who, while working for the Czech government in the U.S., took the opportunity to seek asylum here in the 1980’s. A conversation with Maurice Sendak led to his transformation into first an illustrator and then an author of children’s books, many of which also speak to adults. In fact his most recent work is a beautifully illustrated fable for adults, based on a 12th century Islamic poem, The Conference of the Birds. Along the way he has collected just about every award available in the field, and our exhibit of a selection of his works features many award winners.

As a sidelight on our Sís exhibit I pulled the few but important examples of 20th century Czechoslovakian children’s literature we have in the King Collection, our major collection of historic children’s literature. In the course of researching the authors and illustrators of these titles I saw the familiar story repeated again and again: artists and writers fighting against the repressive constraints of totalitarian governments that, whether fascist or communist, feared the free expression of artistic vision.

Peter Sís, who just this week received the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, will present the annual May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, “Reading in the Dark,” here at Miami on Wednesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in Hall Auditorium. This lecture is held in a different venue every year, and Miami’s selection for 2012 is the result of a creative coalition of partners, including the University Libraries, put together by Dr. Brenda Dales in the Department of Teacher Education.

Tickets for the lecture are free but must be reserved by contacting the Miami University Box Office. Following the lecture in Hall there will be a reception in King 320, and a book signing in Special Collections. The exhibit gallery will be open for viewing, and while you wait to have Mr. Sís sign your book you can enjoy seeing what an artist can achieve when imagination, vision and technique are allowed to run free.

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

6th Annual Women's Read-In

The Women’s Read-in is in its 6th 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.

Inspired by the fact that it is the Year of the Arts here at Miami University, our theme this year is "Recognizing Women and their Art and Stories". In keeping with this theme, we invite you to share women's art (music, drama, poetry, novels, sculpture, etc.). This can include your own work.

The event this year will be held on Thursday March 22nd from 11:00am-2:00pm in King Library 320.

You can register here to read/perform work by your favorite female artist or drop by to listen and enjoy refreshments.

Need some help choosing what to read? See a sample of what participants read from last year or our page on the Diversity guide for some inspiration!

See below for even more ideas:

We hope to see you there!

Miami University Libraries' display celebrates Year of the Arts

Mar. 1, 2012 and ongoing: A display in the cases on the left (south) side of the main entrance to King Library showcases Miami University Libraries' participation in the university-wide celebration of the Year of the Arts ( Contributions reflect various aspects of arts including architecture, costume, dance, drama, music, painting, poetry, and sculpture. Participating library units: Wertz Art/Architecture Library, Amos Music Library, Walter Havighurst Special Collections, and King Library; staff coordinators: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Information Services Librarian (Literature and Theatre); Kimberly Tully, Special Collections Librarian; Jessica Wray, Library Associate (Art); Barry Zaslow, Music Librarian

War and Freedom (part of the Let's Talk about It: Making Sense of the Civil War series)


Our fifth book discussion for the Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War* book discussion series will be selections from the America's War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries edited by Edward L. Ayers. We will be reading Part Five: War and Freedom from this anthology. We will discuss this section on Thursday March 15th at 4:00pm in King Library 320. If you would like to join the discussion, please contact Arianne Hartsell-Gundy ( or 513-529-8494) or Kim Tully ( or 513-529-2024). They will register you for the discussion and arrange for you to get a free copy of the book.

If you are interested in thinking more about some of the issues that we'll be discussing, you may want to check out some relevant resources:

Emancipation Proclamation from the National Archives

Library of Congress: From Slavery to Civil Rights: A Timeline of African American History

Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

After you read the excerpts in Part Five, you may be interested in reading other speeches and writings by these authors. Here are some of the titles that we have at King Library:

The Oxford Frederick Douglass Reader. King Library (2nd floor) | E449 .D749 1996

Lincoln on Race & Slavery. King Library (2nd floor) | E457.2 .L744 2009

Jubilee by Margaret Walker. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3545.A517 J82 1966

Been in the Storm So Long by Leon F. Litwack. King Library (2nd floor) | E185.2 .L57 1979

Please check out our website for more information. You'll find details about the readings for Part Five: War and Freedom, more information about other upcoming events, and links to a variety of resources.

*The Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War is a national series supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Check out the twitter hashtag #letstalkcw to find out about other programs at other libraries!

You're Invited: The 23rd Annual African American Read-In is next Monday, February 20th!

The Miami University Libraries Diversity Cluster will sponsor the 23rd Annual African American Read-In on Monday, February 20, 2012 between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. in King Library 320. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The African American Read-In has been an important component of the communities of Oxford and Miami University's Black History Month activities. It is through the participation and support of the university and the community that this event has been an ongoing success throughout the years.

Readers and listeners are what make the day. We would like to invite you personally to read a work by an African American author, come listen to works being read, or both. Please bring a selection by an African American author or just come and listen! Books to select readings from will also be available at the event.

For more information and ideas for readings, please see the Diversity Cluster's Read-In website:

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