News & Notes

Happy Homecoming! Happy Hobbit Day!

To all Miami alums, welcome back!

This weekend the statue of Coach Paul Brown was unveiled in the Cradle of Coaches Plaza; in honor of the occasion we have a display of Paul Brown materials from the Cradle of Coaches Collection in the case outside Special Collections, on the 3rd floor of King Library. (Because the case is outside our secure area, these are facsimiles of the originals.) We hope you can stop by and enjoy the display as you stroll about on this beautiful fall weekend - before or after the game, of course. Go Redhawks!

And, as if that weren't enough reason to celebrate, 75 years ago today (Friday) J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was published. Tolkien, a professor at Oxford University, created an incredibly rich, strange, yet familiar mythic world that we still enjoy exploring: hence the upcoming film trilogy from Peter Jackson.

Special Collections is proud to possess a first edition of The Hobbit in our collection, although sadly lacking the dustjacket. Last year it was one of the most popular selections by students assigned to analyze a modern first edition for an English 490 class.

Whether you are journeying through your own college memories or adventuring out of the Shire in search of dragons, the staff of Special Collections wish you a wonderful weekend.

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


Shake-ups in Congressional Information

Today during a live tweeted event, @librarycongress announced that long-standing source of legislative information Thomas is going to be updated as in a partnership between the Library of Congress, the House of Representatives, Senate, State Department, and the Government Printing Office. The new site is intended to offer a wide variety of legislative information all in one place, freely accessible to the public. The new design will be mobile friendly and will include live video, multi-media content, and full text search across legislative information.

In other changes to access to legislative information, after last years accquisition of LexisNexis Congressional by ProQuest (another provider of aggregated information products) The Miami University Libraries transition to the new ProQuest Congressional is complete and the new resource can be accessed anywhere on Miami’s network. ProQuest Congressional will offer all of the same historic collections and up-to-the minute information as LexisNexis Congressional. Containing the Congressional Record, Serial Set, Hearings and other information going back to the formation of the Congress ProQuest Congressional is a valuable resource for anyone interested United States history and current events.

Study Abroad Week

Miami University is celebrating Study Abroad Week from September 17th through the 21st.  You can check out the events page here

You might also want to check out the Study Abroad page for information on how to study abroad.

If you are planning on studying abroad soon (or just daydreaming), the library has a lot of helpful resources to help you learn more about the potential country you will be visiting.

We have links to a variety of country profiles.

We have links to international newspapers.

We have a variety of travel guides in our reference collection at King.  Here is just a selection of the titles that we have:

100 Countries, 5000 Ideas: Where to Go - When to Go - What to See - What to Do



The Greek Islands

The Rough Guide to First-Time Latin America: Everything You Need to Know Before You Go

Eyewitness Travel: Belgium and Luxembourg

Beijing & Shanghai

You can also find a lot of great maps in our collection.

We will of course have a variety of books about the history, culture, politics, geography, media, etc. about many different countries.  Try doing a search in our book catalog for a country you are interested in and narrowing down to a particular aspect of the country.

Happy traveling (or dreaming)!

NBC Learn

The Miami U. Libraries now offer access to NBC Learn, a news archive of 12,000+ stories from the NBC News archives from 1920-present. It’s important to note that this database is available for On-campus use only at this time.

NBC Learn makes available to Miami users thousands of videos, historic newsreels, primary source documents, photographs, and more. Browse collections by subject, including the Current Events collection, offering content from 2009-present, and the Decision 2012 collection, providing content on the candidates, issues, and more.

All video, documents, and images are viewed in what NBC Learn calls a “Cue Card” which serves as a video player, image and document viewer, and flash card. Depending on the Cue Card type, you’ll see links on the rights side of the card. Click on the Transcripts link to view a transcript of the video or, in the case of the below Cue Card, click on Activity to view a student activity for teachers in the classroom. Flip any Cue Card over by clicking on the curved arrow in the top right of the card. This is where you’ll find information about the resource, such as source, creator, air/publish date, event date, and much more. For more info about using these features, read the Cue Cards section of the database’s Help tab.

Use NBC Learn on-campus from this link:

Banned Books Week September 30th-October 6th 2012


This year's Banned Books Week will take place between September 30th and October 6th. You can find out about some of the events planned around the country and get helpful information at the Banned Books Week website.

King Library is marking this week with a display on the first floor of King in the foyer of the library.  Since this month is also Hispanic Heritage Month, this year's display focuses on the 2010 Arizona House Bill 2281, which states that a school in Arizona cannot include in its classes any material that promotes the overthrow of the United States Government, promotes resentment towards a race or class of people, are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group, or advocates ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.  The Tucson Unified School District was found to be in violation of this law for offering courses in Mexican-American Studies.  As a result, books and other materials were removed from the K-12 curriculum in Arizona.  You can read about the list of materials that have been removed in this article.

We are featuring some of these titles in our display on the first floor of King and on our Pinterest board.

Here are a couple of the titles that we are featuring:

The Tempest by William Shakespeare.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR2833.A2 B35 2008

Woman Hollering Creek, and Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros. King Library (2nd floor)

The Latino/a Condition: A Critical Reader edited by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic.  King Library (2nd floor) | E184.S75 L355 2011

Twelve Impossible Things before Breakfast: Stories by Jane Yolen.  King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv | PZ7.Y78 Tw 1997 

United States Government: Democracy in Action by Richard C. Remy.  King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Textbooks | JK274 .R44 2003 SE

Healing Earthquakes: A Love Story in Poems by Jimmy Santiago Baca.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3552.A254 H43 2001

Civil Disobedience: A Solitude and Life without Principle by Henry David Thoreau.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3042 1998

Check the list out for yourself and decide if you think these books should have been removed.

In Remembrance of 9/11

Today is the 11th anniversary of the 9/11. This tragic event in American history has had wide ranging effects in all facets of our world: politics, economics, psychology, media and more. It is an ideal of libraries to house and curate our collective memories, reactions and analysis of historical events.

To remember this event in our history, come to one of our libraries and check out a few of our nearly 500 books about 9/11.

Our complete collection about 9/11.

Follow our Pinterest board on 9/11 to see book covers of the collection.

Norton Anthology of English Literature Celebrates 50 Years!


The Norton Anthology of English Literature turns fifty this year. In its honor The New York Times published an interview with the founding editor M.H. Abrams and the current editor Stephen Greenblatt. It's interesting to read their thoughts on the importance of the anthology.

As you might expect, the library has several editions of this anthology. For instance, we have the 8th edition in our circulating collection.

Hamilton Library actually has the original 1962 edition in their library.

In addition to the English Literature Anthology, we of course have several other Norton Anthologies, including:

Norton Anthology of Latino Literature

Norton Anthology of American Literature

Norton Anthology of Literature by Women

Norton Anthology of Short Fiction

In the interview they mention wanting students to be able to carry the book around and read it anywhere, including under a tree. I honestly can't say I ever remember willingly carrying the book around with me because the edition I had was rather heavy. Still that edition has stayed with me over the years, and I do sometimes still refer back to it! Here's hoping that future generations of students continue to find this anthology useful.

New World Cinema

The library now has access to New World Cinema: Independent Features & Shorts, 1990-Present. Currently, the database offers a collection of 182 full-length independent feature and short films, totaling 207 hours of video. Films from 1990-present are included. Many of these films have been presented at major film festivals and have been nominated for or won awards.

Faculty and students will find useful the classroom performance rights that come with the database, as well as the ability to create playlists of videos, clips, or images, and annotate sections of film. These features allow for use of database content in classroom lectures and presentations.

Search by title, actor, award, language, and more, or browse the database by director, actor, genre, country of origin, award, clip, or genre.

Access this database through the A-Z Databases list on the libraries website, or through the following link:

FRED App – Economic data goes mobile

Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) is now available as a FREE app for iOS and Android Devices. Access 42,000 economic data series from 38 regional, national and international sources on your phone or iPad. Users can also email data series or graphs or post them directly to Twitter or Facebook. A great resource for economists and anyone needing data just got easier and more convenient to use.

Neil Armstrong, 1930 - 2012

Neil Armstrong, American astronaut famous for being the first person to walk on the moon, died Saturday, August 25th, in Cincinnati.  He was 82 years old.  After you've read the news articles and the Wikipedia entry, discover more about his life and work with a few books! 

  First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen

  One Giant Leap: Neil Armstrong's Stellar American Journey      by Leon Wagener

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