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Signed Sealed Delivered: A letter from Private George Seeley

“I sometimes wonder if the American people as a whole will ever awaken to the desperate seriousness of the task we are just beginning. Everywhere I go I am impressed by the remoteness with which people view the war. I think it will take a direct attack on our shores to rouse us out of our lethargy. The fact that newspapers are playing up the words “we can lose this war” should help a lot. We must face the facts.” - Private George Seeley, February 22, 1942

In connection with Miami University's Summer Reading Program and its selection of Jess Goodell's war memoir Shade It Black: Death and After in Iraq, I've been asked to curate a small exhibit on the theme of "War and Remembrance" using selections from our collections.  In her memoir, published in 2011 after her return from service in the Mortuary Affairs unit of the Marine Corps in Iraq, Goodell writes of her experiences recovering and processing the remains of fallen soldiers.  I thought it would be interesting to contrast her experiences with American soldiers fighting in earlier conflicts.  Reading through our various printed and manuscript accounts of American soldiers at war, I was particularly drawn to the story of World War II soldier George Seeley.  Many passages from his letters home and his diary resonated with me, especially as I could imagine American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq today would have similar reactions to their experiences and talk about them in similar ways.

In February 1941, George Allen Seeley left Miami University, where he was finishing his senior year. After being drafted for service in the United States Army in April 1941, he spent time at various training bases across the US and was then sent to Australia, where he was an Assistant Detachment Commander and Training Officer with the 105th General Hospital of the Army. He stayed in Australia for two and a half years, then ended his assignment at Biak, a Dutch Indonesian island north of New Guinea. Seeley was at Biak during the return of American troops to the Philippines, caring for those troops who were liberated from the Bilibid prison.

During his time in the service, George writes to his parents and to his future wife Peg Fisher and, like in the letter quoted above, shares his thoughts on the state of the war, his responsibilities on the base, and the morale of the troops.  All of George's letters, as well as his diary and other records of his war service, can be found in the George Seeley Collection in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections.

Information on Miami's Summer Reading Program can be found here.  A small exhibit with selections from the Seeley Collection will be on display in a special case outside the front doors of the Special Collections department from July 27th through the end of August.

Kimberly Tully
Special Collections Librarian

Books that Shaped America

The Library of Congress released a list of the top "Books that Shaped America" as part of its multi-year "Celebration of the Book."

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington states “It is not a register of the ‘best’ American books – although many of them fit that description. Rather, the list is intended to spark a national conversation on books written by Americans that have influenced our lives, whether they appear on this initial list or not.” Below is a list of ten of the books on the list. So, what do you think? What are some of the books that helped shape america or what are some books that helped shape you? Let us know on Twitter.  Or Tweet books that shaped you with the following hashtag: #booksthatshapedme.

The Guide to Interest Groups and Lobbying in the United States

The Guide to Interest Groups and Lobbying in the United States is now online. Coverage spans the formation of interest groups in the 19th Century Gilded Age through the present day growth in lobbying, Political Action Committees, and new forms of interest group cyberpolitics. This e-book provides a detailed look at how interest groups have grown, organized, and become an integral part of U.S. politics.

Looking for more electronic books about interest groups and lobbying in the United States? Search by Subject for "Pressure groups--United States" or "Lobbying--United States" under the Books & More tab on the library website. Narrow your search to include e-books only by selecting “E-Book” as Format.

Want even more? Check out these newly added print titles:

Interest Group Politics
King Library (2nd floor) | JK1118 .I565 2012

Interest Groups in American Campaigns: The New Face of Electioneering
Hamilton Library | JK1118 .R69 2012

The Not-So-Special Interests: Interest Groups, Public Representation, and American Governance
Copy Cataloging | JK1118 .G76 2012

The Scale of Interest Organization in Democratic Politics: Data and Research Methods
Copy Cataloging | JF529 .S33 2012

Competitive Interest: Competition and Compromise in American Interest Group Politics
King Library (2nd floor) | JK1118 .H56 2011

You can also find a print copy of The Guide to Interest Groups and Lobbying in the United States in King Library:
King Library (2nd floor) | JK1118 .G85 2012

Access the e-book from this link:

Natasha Trethewey was recently named the 19th US Poet Laureate


Natasha Trethewey was recently named the 19th US Poet Laureate. Some people at Miami University may remember that she came to do a reading here in 2008. You can actually see videos of her reading at Miami at this website.

Here are several articles about her recent appointment:

New Laureate Looks Deep Into Memory

Poet Laureate: 'Poetry's Always A Kind Of Faith'

Who Is the New Poet Laureate?

If you'd like to read some of her poetry, we have several of her collections:

Bellocq's Ophelia: Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3570.R433 B45 2002

Native Guard. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3570.R433 N38 2006

Domestic Work: Poems. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3570.R433 D66 2000

You might also be interested in her recent collection of essays, poems, and letters about the effects of Hurricane Katrina:

Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. King Library (2nd floor) | PS3570.R433 B49 2010

Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations

The libraries now offer online access to the Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations. Students in summer courses such as LAS 208 Introduction to Latin American Studies, ITS 201 Introduction to International Studies, or HST 111 Survey of American History, this resource is for you!

The encyclopedia contains over 800 entries authored by scholars in history, political science, and Latin American studies. Easily locate these entries through the A-Z list of entries, browse by topic, or view entries by country.

Helpful tools in this online resource include How to Cite guide specific to this encyclopedia and a CiteNow! link in each entry. Take full advantage of this resource by setting up Your Profile, which allows users to save Favorite Documents and Saved Searches, as well as maintain a Documents History.

Other unique features of the encyclopedia include maps, images and photographs (such as the one below), and biographies of significant Latin American leaders and U.S. presidents.

"U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Honduran President Manuel Zelaya." In Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations, edited by Thomas M. Leonard, vol. 3, 688. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2012.

Check out the Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations today!

Education in Video

Calling all Education majors: you may be done with student teaching for the semester, but you can continue to develop your teaching skills with new library database Education in Video, a comprehensive online collection of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in classrooms for the training of teachers.

This is a giant resource, currently including more 3,777 video titles (that’s about 987 hours of video, total)! Even with the extent of the collection, searching all of these titles is a breeze with Alexander Street's Semantic Indexing™, which allows for precise search and retrieval. You can also browse by grade level (preschool, primary, middle, secondary, post secondary), by educator/expert, by educational topic, or by clips. Another nifty feature – all transcripts are searchable!

Many of the videos additionally include supplementary materials, downloadable as PDF files, making them easy to incorporate into your classroom discussions and assignments.

Want to contribute something of your own to this diverse resource? Clips are uniquely created for users, by users – anyone using the Education in Video database can create, edit, and share clips of their own.

Access Education in Video from the library’s A-Z Databases list or directly from this link:

Miami University Librarians pass Open Access Policy

Miami University Librarians pass Open Access Policy On Monday, the librarians at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio affirmed their commitment to the principles of Open Access by voting in favor of an Open Access policy. The policy, based on Harvard University's Model Policy, will increase access to librarians' scholarly articles. Librarians will begin depositing their scholarly output in the Scholarly Commons, Miami's institutional repository. Miami University Libraries is the first department on Miami's campus to successfully pass an open access policy. "I am so proud to work at Miami today," said Jen Waller, Interdisciplinary Research Librarian and Chair of the Libraries’ Scholarly Communication Working Group. "My colleagues’ vote in favor of an open access policy allows the Miami University Libraries to be a leader in Open Access on the Miami campus. Additionally, the adoption of this policy will allow librarians here to gain first hand knowledge of howfacets of open access work, which will greatly improve our outreach efforts to faculty on campus."

Miami’s Dean and University Librarian, Judith Sessions, was pleased with the vote, noting that it represented an historic step forward in the services librarians at Miami can provide. “Librarians at Miami have always done an outstanding job of pushing boundaries. In this case, they understand how the culture on Miami’s campus differs from cultures on other campuses. Their ability to move forward in ways that best serve the mission of the university speaks volumes.”

The policy will take effect immediately.

For more information contact:

Judith Sessions

Dean and University Librarian


Maurice Sendak

Children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak died today, May 8, at age 83. A New York Times obituary detailing his life and characterizing his books as “essential ingredients of childhood” can be found here: Maurice Sendak, Author of Splendid Nightmares, Dies at 83

Sendak is most famous for “Where the Wild Things Are.” For those wishing to revisit Sendak’s works, the library owns this and two other titles that complete a trilogy, “In the Night Kitchen” and “Outside Over There.”

Where The Wild Things Are King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S47 Wh 1988

In The Night Kitchen King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S47 In

Outside Over There King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S47 Ou

Listed below are a few other titles in the library written and illustrated by Sendak:

Bumble-ardy King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ8.3.S4684 Bu 2011

Chicken Soup With Rice King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ8.3.S4684 Ch 1990

Higglety Pigglety Pop!
King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ10.3.S356 Hi

Nutshell Library
King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PS3569.E6 N88 1962 v.1-4

Pierre; A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and A Prologue King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Readers | PZ7.S47 Pi 1962

We Are All In The Dumps With Jack And Guy: Two Nursery Rhymes With Pictures King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ8.3.S4684 We 1993

Here are some books written by other authors, containing Sendak’s iconic illustrations:

A Very Special House King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.K875 Ve

The Happy Rain King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S467 Hap 1984

The Miami University Libraries have an extensive collection of books of Sendack’s writings and/or illustrations available for Library Use Only in the Havighurst Special Collections Library. Here are a few of those titles:

Some Swell Pup: Or, Are You Sure You Want A Dog? Spec King Collection | PS3569.E6 S65 1976

Dear Mili: An Old Tale Spec King Collection | PT2281.G29 D43 1988

In February 2013, readers of all ages can look forward to savoring a new work of Sendak’s illustrations and writing once more, with the posthumous publication of “My Brother’s Book,” a picture book containing a poem inspired by Sendak’s late brother.

The Chicago Manual of Style

It’s that time of year again – Finals Week. If you’re anything like me, you are rushing to put finishing touches on your final papers and fretting about the formatting of your bibliographies. After all, who wants to miss out on that A because you forgot your hanging indentation, or the comma in your in-text citation? We can help. The library now has access to The Chicago Manual of Style Online. This is the 16th Edition of the publication and is part of the first simultaneous publication of the print and online editions of the manual. Just in time, right?

The manual is as easy to use online as it is in print. Browse the Table of Contents or Index to find answers to your questions. The content of this edition is fully searchable and includes a number of new features, such as expanded coverage of electronic publications and tips for citing blogs, podcasts, and more. Significant changes to previous rules are listed here. Other features include proofreaders’ marks, sample correspondence, and the popular Chicago Style Q&A (also fully searchable). If you have a question not included in the Q&A, you can submit a question here. Don’t have time to wait for an answer? IM the Miami University Libraries!

You can access the Chicago Manual of Style from the libraries A-Z Databases list or from this link:

Good luck with your finals this week!

We know it’s the B.E.S.T., but what should we call it?

The new B.E.S.T. library in Laws hall is searching for a name for their technology and data visualization center, and you can help! This new service point aims to provide assistance to patrons with software applications available on library public computers, particularly multi media and statistical/analytical packages. Though business, engineering, science and technology programs will be the focus, basic computer questions and general technology help will be available to all Miami students and personnel. Got a great idea for a name? Click here!

Legal Stuff

Your technology center name must be suitable for presentation in a public forum, in the sole determination of Sponsor. The proposed name must be original and the entry may not contain material that violates or infringes any third party’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity, or intellectual property. The entry must not contain or be confusingly similar to any third party’s product names, brand names, or trademarks. The entry must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, or libelous. The entry must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred, or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age. The entry must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of the laws or regulations in any state where the entry is created.

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