Digital Measures Updates

In/Focus will be one of the places the faculty is kept current about Digital Measures. Any time you have an individual need, never hesitate to contact Helene Hiner, the Digital Measures Coordinator, at hthiner@mtu.edu. When you see errors in your data that extend beyond one or two elements, we will be pleased to help correct them systematically for you.

December 2016 and January 2017 will be a good time for you to review your account. The following are some improvements that you should expect to see now:

Automatic uploads from university systems:

  • Scheduled teaching weekly from Banner
  • Graduate advising weekly from Banner
  • Sponsored programs weekly from TechTracS
  • Intellectual property weekly from TechTracS
  • Human Resources information twice/per term from Banner and ASPIRE

Data corrections made for:

  • Graduate advising
  • Sponsored programs
  • Elimination or archiving of duplicate accounts, retirees, terminations

New screens:

  • NIH Biosketch
  • Commercialization screen
  • Non-Michigan Tech graduate student advising
  • Sponsored Programs activity not found in TechTracS

New reports available:

  • NSF Biosketch with new formatting
  • NSF collaborator addendum report
  • Missing data reports:
    • Missing dates or academic year
    • Missing peer-reviewed for publication records

Other new features:

  • Styles can now be selected for reports such as the biosketches (e.g., APA)
  • Help text improved and clarification within the editorial and review services screen supplied

Exhibits in the Library Get High Visibility

With thousands of visits per month, the library’s spaces offer opportunities for exhibits that reach students, faculty, staff, community members, and alumni. Faculty can create their own exhibits, encourage their students to do so, or collaborate with the library and archives staff. The library can accommodate exhibits of most types (without sound) in addition to these dedicated exhibit spaces:

Two walls can be used for any type of printed media and associated supporting resources (without sound): As you enter the library, the 12 ft. long wall on the right, past the Service Center or the 8 ft. wall as you turn left after entering, next to our magazine shelves.

We offer three exhibit cases – a large one with lighting: 5 ft. x 4 ft. x 1.5 ft. and two pedestal cases 14 ¾” x 14 ¾.” The cases can be moved to optimize your exhibit.

Digital exhibits are also welcomed. The library has numerous digital screens on each floor – some of which are dedicated to the campus EDS (Electronic Display System) for announcements campus-wide. Other screens can be used for educational exhibits or those that describe, explain, or promote research.

Book an exhibit space here or contact us at library@mtu.edu to share your ideas or suggestions. Click to view larger images.

exhibit 2 exhibit 1

Library Expands Ebook Collections

Ebooks abound from the library with the addition of thousands of titles. Titles in business, science, ESL, technology, and engineering are included in the library’s new collections.

All ebooks are discoverable by searching the library catalog or Search tab. Ebook collections, which consist of a large number of books on similar topics can also be found through the Library Databases A to Z (just select “Ebooks” from the Database Types menu). Most ebooks feature bookmarking, annotating, printing, and downloading content with the creation of a free personal account. Licenses and copyright laws both allow printing and downloading for personal use but not for further distribution. 

Yet, ebooks – either chapters or entire works – can be linked in Canvas course sites, providing students with seamless access to course content. And, two current collections – Springer ebooks (n=+/- 200,000) and Safari – offer discounted and/or very inexpensive softbound print versions of many of their works.

Two recently added collections include:

Access Engineering
While this resource includes a wide array of instructional resources aimed at students and instructors, it also includes essential reference books: the latest editions of Marks’ Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, Perry’s Chemical Engineers Handbook, Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers, Roark’s Formulas for Stress and Strain, as well as nearly 200 other titles in engineering disciplines. Access Engineering also includes instructional videos, spreadsheet calculators and interactive graphs, and DataVis, an interactive data visualization tool for material properties. This database is accessible anywhere, anytime through your mobile device. 

Safari Ebooks: Business and Technical Collections
More than 7,000 recently published handbooks, practical and technical guides are included in the Safari collections. Business-related coverage includes works on problem solving, leadership, customer service, and management. Technical titles cover information technology, software development, engineering, digital media, web applications, and personal and professional development, including O’Reilly manuals and Pearson Certification preparation guides. Safari also contains approximately 400 titles in mathematics, science and social sciences.

In addition to each book in these collections, there are several titles from McGraw-Hill to support English as a second language and others on entrepreneurial approaches; access to ebooks from the Institute of Physics, IEEE, and SPIE have all been added to our catalog. Titles from Project Muse on rhetoric, writing, and communications are currently in our catalog and are part of a new approach offered by some publishers. At the end of a year, the library is obligated to purchase only those books that exhibit use. 

We invite you to explore our ebooks with the links provided or contact library@mtu.edu for assistance.

Michigan Tech Archives Reading Room

The Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections reading room is a great research space for faculty and student projects and class instruction. The reading room is safe, quiet, and secure for guided workshops, collaborative projects, and individual research requiring historic manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, and other primary sources. Ample seating and large tables provide productive space for spreading out research materials and reviewing oversize resources like maps and blueprints.

Specialized equipment includes two digital microformat readers to gain access to over 80 regional historic newspapers as well as some state and federal census data. The microformat readers employ an easy-to-use software program for simple navigation and capture of digital scans. Additionally, an analog microfilm reader is also available for traditional functionality. The department also maintains two light tables to enhance access to its historic negatives and glass plate collections. Researchers may bring their laptops or tablets using Michigan Tech or Guest wireless access, and two wired workstations with anonymous/generic login are available for access to all library resources including the Keweenaw Digital Archives and databases such as HeritageQuest. A copy stand and a flatbed scanner are available for archives staff to make photocopies or high-resolution scans of materials that might benefit your research.  

The reading room can comfortably accommodate up to 25 researchers at one time and is often used for undergraduate and graduate instruction sessions. Research orientations and tours for small groups and class visits are designed to give participants an overview of the archives, especially focusing on available resources and services, research techniques, and use policies. 

The reading room is currently open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., the second Saturday of each month during fall semester. If you would like to learn more about the space or research support services for faculty and instructors, please contact the Michigan Tech Archives at (906) 487-2505 or at copper@mtu.edu. The Michigan Tech Archives is also on Facebook and Twitter: @mtuarchives.

Photo: Students from SS 3540, History of Michigan, conducting research during a hands-on research workshop in the reading room on June 2, 2016. Click to view larger image.

Archives Students

East Reading Room

The East Reading Room can be reserved for presentations, events, and workshops for academic purposes and audiences. A projector, screen, and credenza with computing and media equipment are available for use, as is a lectern.

Due to the high number of students needing this space for study and computing, reservations are not available during specific times of the day during the fall and spring semesters, and from weeks 10 through 15. Faculty members are welcome to use this space at all other times.

To reserve this space, please complete our Event Request Form.

Library Instruction Rooms

The library has three instructional spaces on the second floor, all optimized for different uses.

Library Instruction Rooms (Rooms 242 and 244)

Library 242 and 244 are reserved solely for information literacy instruction in various formats. When not used for instruction, these spaces are used by students for study, computing, and collaboration. Library workshops are held in these rooms, as well as individual sessions for undergraduate and graduate classes upon instructor request. Any instructor is encouraged to schedule librarian-led class instruction on information literacy skills such as finding, using, and evaluating library resources, or request customized library instruction workshops for your department, lab, or course. Classes of up to 32 students can be accommodated in the library’s instruction rooms; a librarian will visit your classroom for larger classes. A minimum of 14 days notice is required for librarian-led sessions to enable the preparation required for a meaningful session.

As Library 242 and 244 are not openly reservable computer classrooms, reservable computer classrooms can be found though IT’s list of openly reservable computer labs.

Experimental Education Environment/E3 (Room 243)

The Experimental Education Environment (E3) is a 15-seat classroom that can be booked for any length of time, from a single session up to an entire semester. The E3 supports all Michigan Tech instructors’ experimentation with instructional designs, use of instructional technology or educational media, and room or furniture arrangement. With five screens on three of the room’s walls, wireless presentation technology, and easily moveable furniture, there is no “front of the room” which facilitates use of nontraditional instruction formats.

The E3 classroom is scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. To schedule classes or groups (under 20 students), contact the Office of the University Librarian at (906) 487-2500 or library@mtu.edu. Schedule an instructional design consultation, when desirable, with the Center for Teaching and Learning: (906) 487-3000.

Proxy Service Now Available

Preserving the confidentiality of all library transactions and patron records is an important library commitment. Faculty and persons with disabilities (including temporary) are invited to take advantage of the library’s new proxy services. On your behalf, a library proxy may borrow, renew, and recall library items; pick up items being held at the Library Service Center; and place requests in ILLiad. Two types of accounts are available, allowing you to tailor the service to your specific needs. 

To request a proxy account(s), please review our proxy service policy and complete a request form.