Library Events

March by Geraldine Brooks

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Our first book for the Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War* book discussion will be March by Geraldine Brooks. We will discuss this book on November 10th at 4:00 in King Library 320. If you would like to join the discussion, please contact Arianne Hartsell-Gundy (hartsea@muohio.edu) or Kim Tully (tullykk@muohio.edu). They will register you for the discussion and arrange for you to get a free copy of the book. The book is relatively short, but you'll still want to make sure you get a copy ASAP.

If you are interested in some background for this book, here are a couple of articles you might be like to read:

" 'March': Pictures From a Peculiar Institution" New York Times Review by Thomas Mallon. Published March 27, 2005.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Discusses Work. Interview with Geraldine Brooks shortly after she won the Pulitzer Prize. PBS NewsHour April 18, 2006.

Orpheus at the Plough: The father of “Little Women” An essay by Geraldine Brooks published in the New Yorker Jan 10, 2005.

Please check out our website for more information. You'll find details about this book, more information about the other upcoming book discussions, 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!

Special Collections fall exhibit: "The Deadliest that Ever Darkened Earth: Voices from the Civil War"

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections is pleased to announce its new fall exhibit in honor of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. “The Deadliest that Ever Darkened Earth: Voices from the Civil War in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections” draws from the wealth of Civil War-related materials in Miami’s Special Collections, including diaries, letters, official documents, photographs, printed books and ephemera. The exhibit explores the following topics: fighting for the Union, Miami University and the war, the rise and fall of the Confederacy, the state of medicine during the war, the African American experience, and the practice of journalism during the war. As you browse this exhibit, you will “hear” the voices of Union soldiers, Miami students, Confederate generals and spies, former slaves, African American soldiers, hospital workers, U.S. Sanitary Commission agents and newspaper correspondents as they tell their own stories and experiences during the war.

Walter Havighurst Special Collections is located on the third floor of King Library and is open Monday through Thursday 8:30-5:30, Friday 8:30-5 and is closed on weekends. The exhibit will run through December 23, 2011.

New Faculty Library Orientation

New faculty are invited to a Libraries' orientation session August 15 from 11:30 to 3:00 beginning in 320 King Library.
Join us for lunch, library tours, breakout sessions o technology, information literacy and e-journals and meet the librarian liaison to your academic department. Lunch will be provided.

Please register online: http://www.lib.muohio.edu/registration/faculty
or
RSVP to Emily Liechty (liechtep@muohio.edu)

Miami University Libraries awarded a "Let’s Talk About It: The Civil War” reading and discussion program grant

Miami University Libraries has been awarded a "Let’s Talk About It: The Civil War” reading and discussion program grant. This grant is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

This discussion program will take place between October and May of next year. We will be reading several books about the Civil War, including March by Geraldine Brooks (King Library (2nd floor) | PR9619.3.B7153 M37 2005) and Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson (King Library (2nd floor) | E474.65 .M48 2002). There will also be a kick-off symposium (sponsored by the Humanities Center) where we will highlight relevant library collections, hear from local scholars, and learn about local history. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the start of the program.

5th Annual Women's Read-In

The Women’s Read-in is in its 5th 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 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 24th from 11:00am-3:00pm in King Library 320.

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

This year we have two special topic hours:

12 – 1pm will highlight LGBTQ authors or works about LGBTQ
1-2pm will highlight Latina authors or works about Latinas

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!

Journal Citation Reports and Other Tools for Preparing Your Dossier - Workshop on 2/22

Do you know the difference between an impact factor and an Eigenfactor? Do you know how to find out which journals in your field are considered the most influential? If not, then you might want to come to an upcoming workshop called "Journal Citation Reports and Other Tools for Preparing Your Dossier". This workshop is designed for faculty and graduate students who want to learn more about the citation tools available to help them. We'll cover the basics of Journal Citation Reports, discuss the useful tools in Web of Science, and realizing that not all journals are covered in JCR and WoS, we’ll also cover tools such as SciMago, Publish or Perish, Google Scholar, and WorldCat Identities.

By the end of the session we hope you’ll have gained:

• Awareness of the different tools available
• Understanding of the value of these different citation analysis tools
• Ability to select the best tool for any given task
• Understanding of vocabulary like impact factors
• Skills to gather citation information and include them in their promotion documents

This workshop is designed to be informative for all disciplines at Miami, and will be jointly led by a Humanities Librarian and a Science Librarian!

Where: King 110
When: February 22nd from noon-1:00pm

Register here: http://www.lib.muohio.edu/workshops/register/666

Help with Usability Testing and Get a King Café Gift Certificate

The Miami University Libraries are currently administering usability tests for certain aspects of the library web site. We are seeking undergraduate students to help us with these tests. Students will be asked to interact with library interfaces and their actions will help us create better user environments. The test will take approximately 30 minutes. We are offering $10 King Café gift certificates for participants.

If interested please contact User Experience Librarian, Jason Michel at micheljp@muohio.edu.

22nd Annual African American Read-In

The Miami University Libraries Diversity Cluster would like to invite you to the 22nd Annual African American Read-In on Monday, February 7, 2011 between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. in King Library 320.

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. You can bring a selection by an African-American author or just come and listen! Selected books will also be available at the event.

For updates and details, please visit the Read-In’s website:
http://staff.lib.muohio.edu/diversity/read/

A registration form is also available at:
http://staff.lib.muohio.edu/diversity/registration/

We look forward to seeing you at the Read-In on February the 7th!

Journal Citation Reports and Other Tools for Preparing Your Dossier - Workshop

Do you know the difference between an impact factor and an Eigenfactor? Do you know how to find out which journals in your field are considered the most influential? If not, then you might want to come to an upcoming workshop called "Journal Citation Reports and Other Tools for Preparing Your Dossier". This workshop is designed for faculty and graduate students who want to learn more about the citation tools available to help them. We'll cover the basics of Journal Citation Reports, discuss the useful tools in Web of Science, and realizing that not all journals are covered in JCR and WoS, we’ll also cover tools such as SciMago, Publish or Perish, Google Scholar, and WorldCat Identities.

By the end of the session we hope you’ll have gained:

• Awareness of the different tools available
• Understanding of the value of these different citation analysis tools
• Ability to select the best tool for any given task
• Understanding of vocabulary like impact factors
• Skills to gather citation information and include them in their promotion documents

This workshop is designed to be informative for all disciplines at Miami, and will be jointly led by a Humanities Librarian and a Science Librarian!

Where: King 110
When: November 16th from noon-1:00pm

Register here http://www.lib.muohio.edu/workshops/register/654.

Photo Contest: Finding Balance

What does balance look like to you?

Share your vision at the Brill Fall Open-House, Exploring the Roof of the World: Culture, Science, and Information.

The Brill Science Library is looking for pictures that illustrate balance- visual, environmental, spiritual or otherwise!

The photos will be on display at the Brill Science Library, September 28-October 12.

Contest Rules:

  • Submit up to 5 photos either by emailing them to liechtep@muohio.edu or by dropping off your 8.5 x 11" prints at the Brill Circulation desk by September 23rd.
  • All submissions will be displayed in the library and on the Open-House blog.
  • Winners will be announced at the Brill Fall Open-House on September 30th.
  • Judging is anonymous and the judges decisions are final.
  • Submissions will not be returned.

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