All posts by Chad Arney

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

Library Module: Incorporating Information Literacy into Instruction

The Van Pelt and Opie Library invites faculty and graduate students to attend a module consisting of three, one-hour sequential workshops exploring strategies for incorporating information literacy skills into instruction. Using the framework of the Michigan Tech information literacy rubric for undergraduate students (learning goal #6), we will explore the library’s information resources, digital tools for keeping current in a field of study, and assignment elements that allow students to practice information literacy skills. Participants will also have the option to workshop an assignment from their own teaching to incorporate information literacy.

The workshop sessions are scheduled for Thursday Nov. 6, 13 and 20 from 1 p.m., to 2 p.m., in Library 243. Please register here, and if you have any questions contact

Faculty and graduate students are welcome to register only for this workshop module or or to participate as part of the Center for Teaching and Learning’s UTL Course Design program.

Environmentalism at the Point of Extraction: Viewpoints, Politics, and Memory in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula during the Environmental Movement

A glimpse of activity at Gregoryville Sawmill on Torch Lake, near Lake Linden.  (Photo available on the Keweenaw Digital Archives)
A glimpse of activity at the Gregoryville Sawmill on Torch Lake, near Lake Linden, Michigan. (Photo available on the Keweenaw Digital Archives)


Please join us for a presentation by visiting scholar Camden Burd at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, October 14 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, Burd will address an environmental approach to the history of natural resource extraction in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Where once the Upper Peninsula was a booming industrial region, it is now a draw for vacationers to experience its sprawling forests and apparent wilderness. Between this era of environmental degradation and natural appreciation, there were disputes over the future of the U.P.’s environments. In the midst of the environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s many voices attempted to understand, define, and direct how the Upper Peninsula would be perceived by future generations. This talk examines the different voices of the environmental movement and show the complexities behind today’s UP environmental identity.

Camden Burd is a PhD student at the University of Rochester where he studies American Environmental History. He earned his MA in History from Central Michigan University and BA of History from the University of Utah. He has received numerous travel funds from Central Michigan University and was the recipient of the Grace H. Magnaghi Visiting Research Grant at Northern Michigan University to study the environmental perceptions of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan he is especially interested in the environments of the Great Lakes Region and the connection between people and place.

Burd’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, or visit on the web at