Sci-Fi Zines in our Growing Zine Collection

Fantasy Advertiser. Los Angeles [Calif.]: G. Willmorth

Recently added to the Special Collections Zine Collection are a variety of science fiction fanzines. Zines are typically small and independently published booklets popular in different subcultures, such as the punk rock, riot grrrl and animal rights movements. They have a long history and association with the science fiction community, and some of the first publications that can be considered zines were in fact fanzines written by followers of the genre in the first half of the 20th century. These publications were often produced using a mimeograph machine, a predecessor to the photocopy machines that would play such a pivotal role in the “zine revolution” of the 1970s-1990s. The small publication runs of certain titles can mark them as exceedingly rare, and the fragile nature of some of the earliest science fiction zines demand special attention for preservation.


Peon. Alameda, Calif. : Charles Lee Riddle, 1948-

Newly added to our Zine Collection are titles such as Fantasy Trader, Science-Fiction Advertiser and Peon. The new items cover a ten year period, from 1944-1954, and represent the emergence of a fan driven subculture during the golden age of science fiction. They join other science fiction titles such as Boing Boing and the Hidden World as part of our growing collection of zines. If you are looking for a space for your own zines, consider donating them to the University of Miami Special Collections, an emerging home for zines and other self-published materials.





Dispatches from Special Collections Reference


Need Some Oomph? Ask a Librarian!

Gus Letchas from the University of Miami Historical Photograph Collection.

Need a little extra to put your research paper across the line? Subject librarians can help you add oomph to your arguments!

The information desk is staffed 8 am to 5:30 am (that’s right, overnight!) during our 24-7 period, and you can reach us by chat, text, email, and phone during the work day.

We can help you find sources for your paper and data to back up your arguments.

Subject Librarians A-Z

Librarians by Subject Specialty


Mango Languages

The University of Miami Libraries have started a 1-year pilot of the Mango Languages program.  Mango offers online, conversation-based instruction in over 40 foreign and over 15 ESL courses taught in native languages. Mango offers remote access and free mobile applications so that tutorial can be accessed anytime.

Click on “courses” from the main page to start learning a language.

Winter Break Construction

During the winter break the Richter Library will be installing more power outlets and creating offices for the Center for the Humanities.  Please excuse the noise and disruption this will cause.  Quiet study is available in the Richter stacks tower, the Music Library and the Law Library.  You can also get ear plugs from the Circulation Desk.

Richter Library under construction; the winter break work won’t be quite this disruptive. Image from UM Historical Photographs,


Find Your Item More Easily

We are pleased to announce a new feature of the library catalog: Map It. When you find an item in the catalog, look for the “map it” icon. Click this to see a map with the (approximate) location of your item highlighted. You’ll still need to have the call number handy to find the exact location.

New Mobile-Optimized Catalog

Please try out our new mobile-optimized library catalog.  Search anywhere and click on “map it” for help in locating your item.

When you visit with a mobile device, you will be automatically shown the mobile version.  But don’t worry, you can always click “view full site” to bring back the familiar catalog.

Happy searching:

Power to the People

Charging stations are now available by the Bestsellers collection on the main floor of the Richter Library.

Charge your laptops, phones, and other electronics.

Keys for the lockers can be checked out for three hours from the main circulation desk.

Service Outage for Elsevier’s ScienceDirect Journals and Scopus Database on August 25 -26

Elsevier’s ScienceDirect platform, through which the University of Miami accesses over 2500 journal titles, and Elsevier’s SCOPUS database will be unavailable from 7:30AM EST on Saturday, August 25 through 2:30 AM EST on Sunday, August 26th. This interruption is part of the publisher’s efforts to upgrade these two services and provide improved user experience for RSS feeds, image searching, and other features.

Patrons needing to access Elsevier journal content are encourage to download those articles that they will need prior to this outage, as this content will not be available during that time.  Users who are performing literature searches should consider using the ISI Web of Knowledge database, available here:

The Libraries regret any inconvenience this interruption may cause. If you have questions, please contact John Renaud, Director for Collection Strategies and Scholarly Communication, tel: 305-284-4049, email

Meet Your Librarian

Did you know that the UM Libraries have Subject Librarians who specialize in helping you with your research? No matter your topic, we can help you to find and access the information you need to make your projects great. And we can save you time and effort along the way. You can find us at the reference desks in the different UM Libraries and Collections, or just click on Ask a Librarian to find our phone numbers, e-mail addresses and text and IM contacts.

Announcing the New Music Library Website

The University of Miami Libraries is proud to announce the newly redesigned Music Library web site:

The new look and navigation is similar to that of the main libraries web site –  The new site features more prominent search options providing quick, convenient access to core library information. Other features include quick links, a popular resources drop-down menu to frequently used services and resources, audience level pages to easily access library information important to all library patrons, and a fresh new look.

Highlights of the new redesigned site:


  • Navigation bar – persists across site with links to popular resources and additional links in the drop down menus.
  • Display of Today’s Hours for the Music Library.  Click on the hour’s link to view hours for the rest of the week and a link to the other libraries.
  • Ask-A-Librarian service and Comments link persists across the site.

  • Accounts+ drop down menu offers quick links to log into services and audience level pages:


1. MyLibrary – to check for overdues, renew loans, manage hold requests, save searches, and more
2. Blackboard – to view and use electronic course reserves
3. ILLiad – to place and manage interlibrary loan requests
4. Aeon – to place and manage special collection material requests
5. MyUM – to access your personal UM portal page for a variety of services & information

Information for
(links to audience level guide pages providing an organized list of library resources and services of particular interest to a given audience.)

1. Undergraduate
2. Graduate Student
3. Faculty
4. Alumnus
5. Visitor

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Catalog is the default search tab. The tab offers a quick search of the Library Catalog.  Select the type of search you want from the drop down menu.

Articles+ search tab uses the Summon search engine to search a significant portion of the Libraries licensed databases and journals, as well as materials from the library catalog and digital collection.

Databases search tab searches our subjects plus databases by name.  You can connect directly to the database from the search result, or view the database record for more information about the resource.  You can also browse an A-Z listing of database resources, as well as by subject and format.

Website search tab searches across all U M Libraries websites.

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The image section behind the search tab box will display random images upon reload/refresh of the home page.  This area will highlight different images from a variety of collections available at the Music Library.  To see the whole image, without the search box, simply hover over the title on the lower right hand corner or you can click the title to see the actual image and the collection it is a part of.

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The Resources area consists of three different sections: Popular Resources, Featured @ Weeks, and Quick Links.  Each of these sections provides quick and easy access to the most popular/used resources and services available through the Music Library and beyond.

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News & Events will display the top postings from the Libraries News & Events Blog for all libraries.  Click on any of the titles, images, or the ‘News & Events’ title for additional information on any of news articles.  You can scroll through the top postings by using the arrow keys.

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The footer provides links to the University’s copyright and privacy statements, our report site issue form, support the libraries area, and icon links to stay in touch with the Music Library and the University Libraries using various social media tools, including Facebook and Twitter.

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