Archives—November 2012

Nexus: The Scholar and The Library

Drs Elizabeth Flynn, Patricia Sotirin, and Ann Brady from the Humanities Department at Michigan Technological University, will give an invited presentation at 4:30 pm on Thursday, December 6, in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library on the Michigan Tech campus.

Feminist Rhetorical Resilience: 17 Authors, 3 Editors, 1 Book

“Resilience” is a powerful term that appears with regularity in times of crisis. Too often, though, it is associated with individual heroism or an innate ability to bounce back. Feminist Rhetorical Resilience, in contrast, associates it with relationality, community, and connectedness. The talk will describe the very different contexts within which the 7 authors of the collection’s essays developed their conception of resilience–biodiversity in India; the Portuguese musical form of the Fado; hymen reconstructions in Turkey; spousal/partner hiring policies at U.S. universities; survival strategies of a poor but proud elderly Detroit woman; the collusion of nineteenth-century feminists with reactionary eugenic rhetoric; and ways of importing queer studies into the writing classroom. The talk will also describe the 7 responses to these essays by scholars in feminist rhetoric. The authors of the original essays, in turn, reflect on the responses. This unusual structure is itself relational, communal, and connected. The process that produced the book also demonstrates resilience. Contributors to Feminist Rhetorical Resilience, for instance, made it to Houghton for a conference coordinated by Flynn, Sotirin, and Brady shortly after Hurricane Katrina despite a closed airport and torrential rain.

The event is part of the library’s events series “Nexus: the Scholar and the Library,” which illuminate ways scholars and scientists productively use libraries and archives. It is open to the public and is sponsored by the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Join us for free refreshments.

For more information: (906) 487-2500, library@mtu.edu, or www.mtu.edu/library.


Springer Changes to Affect Michigan Tech Users

Springer journals and ebooks are moving to a redesigned Web platform on Monday, November 26, 2012.  The migration is scheduled to occur between 4:00 am and noon EST. While no service interruptions are expected, the change is significant in these ways:

Redirection and Linking:

You should be automatically redirected to the new platform regardless of your starting point:  Husky Fetch services, Google, indexing databases, our Voyager catalog or old Springerlink connections.

My SpringerLink:

Individual accounts from the old SpringerLink will unfortunately not be migrated. Please go to link.springer.com and set up a new profile/account. Be sure to do this while connected to an on-campus computer so that your account is associated with the library’s Springer-licensed books and journals.

Support:

The librarians are pleased to assist you in this transition and to make the most of the Springer publications.  Contact us for assistance

Training:

Springer is offering instructional webinars sessions during the coming months to aid you taking full advantage of features available. You may register for these webinars here: Springer training page.

An extensive FAQ and future training dates can be found here.   If you have any questions or wish to report problems, please contact:  Ask Us!


Nexus: The Scholar and The Library

Dr. Robert R. Johnson speaks on “Romancing the Atom,” Thursday, November 8, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

Johnson will speak on the development and writing of his recently released book, “Romancing the atom: nuclear infatuation from the radium girls to Fukushima.”  The book chronicles over one hundred years of atomic and nuclear development focusing on what he depicts as the human love affair with the atom.

“I’m also looking forward to being a part of a movement to educate people of all ages about the history and current events regarding the atomic age: what we did, what we have left behind, what we’re still doing,” said Johnson. Drawing examples from the uranium dial painters of the early 1900s right up to the recent nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, Johnson seeks to engage readers and listeners in deep thinking about the atom, nuclear energy and choice.

More on the book can be found at: www.romancingtheatom.com

Before coming to Michigan Tech, Johnson was a professor at the Miami University, Ohio, where he directed a graduate program.  At Michigan Tech, Johnson served as Chair of Humanities for nine years and has been instrumental in the Reading as Inquiry program for first-year students, now entering its tenth year of operation. He has also consulted with a number of corporations, including Microsoft, Lenscrafters, and General Foods. His published works include articles in virtually every major journal in his respective disciplines and the book User-Centered Technology: A Rhetorical Theory for Computers and Other Mundane Artifacts, won the 1999 Best Book Award in Scientific and Technical Communication from the National Council of Teachers of English.

The event is part of the library’s series “Nexus: the Scholar and the Library” which illuminates ways scholars and scientists productively use libraries and archives. It is open to the public and is sponsored by the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Join us for free refreshments. For further information: (906) 487-2500, library@mtu.edu or www.mtu.edu/library


Archives Recovering from Oct. 26 Fire

The Michigan Tech Archives are recovering from the Oct. 26 fire and ensuing water damage.

Although most of the library is open, the Garden Level of the library and the archives remain closed. Recovery crews are working to restore the area and its documents, with the aim of reopening it to the public.

Additional information is available here.