Monthly Archives: July 2015

New online library catalog debuts Aug. 10

searchboxOn August 10, the Miami University Libraries’ will rollout a new public catalog interface to replace our current homegrown catalog. If you have utilized the folder feature of our current catalog, you’ll need to export this content before August 10 as it will not transfer to our new catalog system, Check the library’s blog for how to export items and for tips and strategies for how to help ease the transition.

British Library releases images to public domain

Image from British Library collectionA lot of students and faculty don’t realize that you need permission from the rights holder to use many of the images found online unless you use Creative Commons licensed content. The problem is that you often can’t find images you like that are licensed for non-commercial reuse and modification.

But things are looking up:  The British Library (basically their version of the Library of Congress) released over 1 million images into the public domain. (**like the one at right). That means you can use them any way you like. The images come from Microsoft’s digitization of about 65,000 books published in 17th, 18th, and 19th C., which were then given to the British Library. According to the British Library announcement, the collection includes “maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.” Start browsing the collection here. The library intends to “crowdsource” for help in describing what the images portray.

**The image in this blog post is “Mr. Wrench,” a character in a book called “Songs…in an entirely new … burletta … called Tom and Jerry, or Life in London … founded on P.E.’s work, etc. ? by British journalist, sportswriter, Pierce Egan.

Latest fiction added to collection

HousekeepingMarilynne Robinson’s “Housekeeping.” Winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award and current NEA Big Read title.

“A modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, the eccentric and remote sister of their dead mother. The family house is in the small town of Fingerbone on a glacial lake in the Far West, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. It is a town “chastened by an outsized landscape and extravagant weather, and chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere.” Ruth and Lucille’s struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transcience.” – Publisher’s blurb.

Other titles added:

Dragoman Gyorgy - by Lenke Szilagyi

György Dragomán

The White King: a Novel, by Hungarian author György Dragomán. “Djata is an 11-year-old boy coming to grips with his father’s abduction and internment at a forced labor camp. His mother, preyed upon by secret police officers and venal dignitaries, is powerless to save her husband, and Djata’s paternal grandfather, an unrepentant Party man, blames the internment on Djata’s mother as he spirals into alcoholism and madness. Meanwhile, Djata’s excursions in school, among his friends, at sports and in the countryside, almost without fail, are exercises in nihilism and cruelty. Beaten and threatened by coaches, teachers, construction workers and even complete strangers, children absorb the violence and terror and re-enact it on one another. An unremitting terror drives most of Djata’s life, even when authority figures are not present.” (From Amazon).  The New York Times called it “darkly beautiful,” and a “scathing portrait of life in a totalitarian society.”


Imre Kertész

Fatelessness, and Fiasco, two books in a trilogy by Hungarian author Imre Kertész. He is the first Hungarian to win a Nobel Prize winner in Literature (2002). Fatelessness is the story of a boy growing up in the Auschwitz concentration camp. In Fiasco, a young man returns from a Nazi concentration camp to a homeland taken over by Soviets. Review of Fiasco from the New Republic  and review of Fateless from the Guardian newspaper.



Library closed Friday, July 3

9217509831_1cae6bfaec_mIn observance of the holiday, Rentschler Library will be closed Friday, July 3rd. Regular summer hours resume Monday, July 6th. Hope you have a happy 4th of July!