All posts by Chad Arney

Michigan Notable Book Author Tour Presentation

Steve Lehto’s Michigan Notable Book, Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow tells the story of the man who tried to start his own car company after World War II. He promised an advanced car at an affordable price but his enterprise was shut down before he could build more than 51 cars. Was he merely trying the impossible or were there darker forces operating against him?

Please join us for a presentation by Mr. Lehto on Monday, April 10th, at 4PM in the East Reading Room of Michigan Tech’s Van Pelt and Opie Library. Opportunity to purchase this book will be available before and after the talk. Refreshments will be served.

Steve Lehto has written a dozen books and has a weekly column at This is his fourth Michigan Notable book.

Van Pelt and Opie Library and the Graduate Student Government to Host SciFinder Workshop

Need info on chemical substances, reactions, and more? Please join the Van Pelt and Opie Library and the Graduate Student Government for an extended Lunch and Learn on the resource SciFinder.
Participants will learn how to efficiently and effectively scour the literature landscape and keep updated on the most relevant research findings in their respective fields. The workshop is applicable to both advanced and entry-level SciFinder users. During the workshop, you’ll be asked to interactively engage with SciFinder, so please bring a laptop if available.

Wednesday March, 29, 12:00PM – 2:00PM
Library East Reading Room

12:00PM – 12:30PM Library Skills Refresher
12:30PM – 2:00PM SciFinder Workshop

Lunch will be available to attendees

Contact for more information

Friends of the Michigan Tech Library to Hold Annual Meeting, Thursday, October 20

On Thursday, October 20, the Friends of the Michigan Tech Library will hold their annual meeting from 4:30PM – 6:00PM in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

Following a brief business meeting at 4:45PM, Jonathon Robins, assistant professor of global history in the Social Sciences department at Michigan Tech, will present a talk on his first book, Cotton and Race Across the Atlantic: Britain, Africa, and America 1900-1920.

In 1902, British business launched an ambitious program to transform Britain’s African colonies into major cotton producers, in the hopes of ending Britain’s century-long reliance on the American South for raw materials. In Cotton and Race Across the Atlantic, Jonathan E. Robins explores the complex history of this British project, which brought European industrialists, African-American scientists, and African kings together to reshape the ways in which millions of African farmers worked. Robins will present an overview of the book, and discuss how his work in a number of very different archives and libraries shaped his writing process.

Robins is a historian of commodities, examining the connections between agriculture, industry, and consumers around the globe. He has published articles and book chapters on food history, agriculture, colonialism, industrial organization, and consumerism.

This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.CottonAndRace_Cover

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

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.

1st place jpg

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 if you have any questions or would like to comment.

ARTstor is here!

Check it out through the library’s database A-Z list.

ARTstor is a collection of digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities and social sciences covering many time periods and cultures.  The images are contributed by museums and libraries around the world.

ARTstor provides tools and software to search, present, and share the images both online and offline for research and educational purposes. Registering as a user enables extra features for working with the images. Get started with the quick start pamphlet  or learn more about it through the ARTstor FAQs.

Instructors may request privileges which provide them with special features to organize images for an assignment or for a course. Copyright information, when it applies, is readily available. For further information and instructor privileges please contact