We’re hiring

The Michigan Tech Van Pelt and Opie Library seeks a creative and highly motivated individual for an internship to work with a variety of teams to create a variety of communication pieces focused on internal and external audiences. S/he will assist in the creation, modification and design of visual communications including online, print and digital.

Must be collaborative and embrace new methods of work and novel ideas from a variety of colleagues. The ideal candidate will have an interest in creating comprehensive communications campaigns designed to communicate with a broad range of audiences.

The intern will have opportunities to work with a wide variety of staff, use and/or learn state-of-the-art technologies and software and will leave with products that will contribute to a portfolio.

View the complete job description.

 

Library Lean Tour – August 10th, 1PM – 4PM

Van Pelt and Opie Library staff invite faculty, staff and students to learn more about continuous improvement at the Library Lean Tour from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m on Wednesday August 10th.

Tour the staffed posters to learn more about Lean concepts and to see firsthand how we’re applying Lean tools. The event takes approximately 45 minutes and is an open hours format, with refreshments, so please come anytime between 1:00 and 4:00.

We look forward to seeing you. For more information please call 7-2500.

Lean Tour Guide

Complete SAE Technical Papers Collection Now Available Online

SAE Technical Papers from 1906 to present are now available through the library’s subscription to SAE Mobilus. SAE Mobilus replaces the SAE Digital Library, featuring an updated search interface as well as menus of most recently published and most popular publications. Journal articles and references to thousands of works in mobility engineering are included.

SAE Mobius may be accessed through the library’s Databases A-Z search on the library’s homepage.

Questions? Contact reflib@mtu.edu.

Friends of the Michigan Tech Library Items Available!

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The Friends of the Michigan Tech Library are currently selling note cards depicting scenes from the historic copper mining district. The Keweenaw note card set is available for purchase at the library service desk on the first floor. The cost is $12 per set plus applicable sales tax.

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Also available, the Friends of the Michigan Tech Library blanket displaying past and present buildings on campus. The cost is $65 plus applicable sales tax.

Check out these items and support the Friends of the Michigan Tech Library!

Presentation Capture Toolkit Available at the Library

The Van Pelt and Opie Library is piloting a Presentation Capture Toolkit that students, faculty, and staff can use to record lectures and presentations, develop brief software tutorials, and participate in other streaming or communication activities (Skype, etc.)

The Toolkit consists of a microphone headset and a Surface Pro touchscreen tablet with the following specialized software:

  • Panopto Recorder – record and upload video presentations to Huskycast
  • Camtasia Studio 8 – edit and share your content as a portable video file

This tool kit may be reserved online here or at the Library Service Desk.

Learn more about the Computers and Technology available at the Library.

6th Annual Winter Carnival Photo Contest Results

Below are the winning student photos from the 6th Annual Winter Carnival Photo Contest.  Devin Kohn, the photographer of the grand prize winning photograph, received a $200 Amazon gift card.  Bhargar Ram, the second place prize winner, was awarded a Friends of the Michigan Tech Library blanket, and Bryan Lowney, third place prize winner, won a 3′ x 4′ poster print.

As in previous years, the winning photographs were chosen by the student assistants of the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

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1st Place
Devin Kohn

2nd place image

2nd Place
Bhargar Ram

3rd place

3rd Place
Bryan Lowney

Timed Logout Pilot

In order to determine if service can be improved and the availability of computing can be increased, a pilot project involving the computers on the third floor of the library has been implemented. These computers will automatically lock if left idle for 10 minutes and logout after 45 minutes of inactivity.

This project will run from 2/25/16 through 3/31/16.

Please contact library@mtu.edu if you have any questions or would like to comment.

2016 Travel Grant Program Call for Proposals

Arthur Edmund Seaman, former head of the Department of Geology and Mineralogy at the Michigan College of Mines (now Michigan Tech), conducting some research, circa 1905. Photograph is courtesy of the Keweenaw Digital Archives.
Arthur Edmund Seaman, former head of the Department of Geology and Mineralogy at the Michigan College of Mines (now Michigan Tech), conducting some research, circa 1905. Photograph is courtesy of the Keweenaw Digital Archives.

 

The Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections is currently accepting applications for its annual Travel Grant Program, which brings in scholars and researchers external to Michigan Technological University to work with the Archives’ collections. Financial support for the Travel Grant Program is provided by the Friends of the Michigan Tech Library, a support organization for the library and archives of Michigan Tech. Grants are awarded for up to $750 to defray the costs of travel to visit and conduct research in Houghton, Michigan.

The Michigan Tech Archives houses a wide variety of historical print, graphic and manuscript resources related to the Copper Country and Michigan Technological University. Subject coverage includes university and campus life, regional towns and cities, local industries and businesses, as well as social organizations, events and personalities of the Copper Country and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Primary topical research areas include the western Upper Peninsula, industrial history, particularly copper mining and its ancillary industries, social history, community development along the Keweenaw Peninsula, transportation and the environment. Finding aids for some of the collections can be found here: http://www.mtu.edu/library/archives/collections/.

To apply for funding through the Travel Grant Program please visit the program website: http://www.mtu.edu/library/archives/programs-and-services/travel-grants/

Applications are due on February 29, 2016. Award recipients will be notified by March 31. The successful candidate must complete their travel by December 9, 2016. Electronic submission is preferred.

For further information, please contact:

Lindsay Hiltunen, Senior Archivist
Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections
J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI  49931
Phone: (906) 487-2505
E-mail: copper@mtu.edu

Campus Traditions and Collective Meaning-Making: Exploring Student Life and Memory Building from Michigan Tech and Beyond

In his upcoming talk, visiting scholar David Brown will discuss campus traditions and their meaning, such as Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival. The photograph features Winter Carnival Queen Candidates from 1959.
In his upcoming talk, visiting scholar David Brown will discuss campus traditions and their meaning, such as Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival. The photograph features Winter Carnival Queen Candidates from 1959.

 

Please join us for visiting scholar David Brown at 4:00 pm on Monday, November 16 in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library on the Michigan Technological University campus. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

In this presentation, Brown will discuss his dissertation research which focuses on historical accounts of student life and the ways in which those accounts can inform scholarship and teaching in the modern era. He is especially interested in collective experiences and instances where student life has taken on distinctive character and expression, such as in the case of Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival. In addition to meaning, methodology will also be an important component of the talk. Brown will show how archival research is a valuable tool for studying college student life and provide an example of an exercise that challenges students to consider campus history and their place in it.

David Brown is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky. Under the guidance of noted historian of higher education Dr. John Thelin, Brown’s research focuses on historical and contemporary accounts of college student life and students’ meaning-making activities during their college years. In addition to his research, he also teaches at the University of Kentucky; last year he was a recipient of one of UK’s Outstanding Teaching Awards.

Brown’s research visit and presentation are supported by a travel grant from the Friends of the Van Pelt Library. Since 1988, the Michigan Technological University Archives Travel Grant program has helped scholars advance their research by supporting travel to the manuscript collections at the Archives.

For more information, feel free to call the Michigan Tech Archives at 906-487-2505, email at copper@mtu.edu, or visit on the web athttp://www.lib.mtu.edu/mtuarchives/.