All posts by Chad Arney

Medical College of Wisconsin Learns Lean from the Library

The Van Pelt and Opie Library recently hosted guests from the Medical College of Wisconsin library in Milwaukee, WI who came to learn about lean initiatives in a university setting.  Highlights of the day included an introduction to lean, a tour of the library by Library Director Ellen Marks, an opportunity to learn about specific lean library initiatives and visual management, a tour of Dining Services hosted by Kathy Wardynski and a stop at the Continuous Improvement Office to meet with the Director, Ruth Archer.

“A Day of Lean” Presented by Library Staff

leanAnnelise Doll, Georgeann Larson, Linnea McGowan Hobmeier and Laurie Stark of the Van Pelt and Opie Library presented “A Day of Lean” Workshop at St. Norbert College’s Mulva Library in De Pere, WI on June 21st. Attendees to the workshop included the Mulva library staff, as well as representatives from local libraries, including the Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, Northeast Wisconsin Intertype Libraries (NEWIL) and Cardinal Stritch University.

The workshop included an “Introduction to Lean” session, two breakout sessions in which attendees had an opportunity to learn about and practice various lean tools, a poster session, and a “Roadmap to True North: A Case Study” session.

The event was sponsored by St. Norbert College and the Mulva Library.

Library launches significant reference and educational work by Janice Glime — openly on Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech

Bryophyte Ecology is the result of more than a decade of research, collaboration and composition by Professor Emerita Janice Glime and many contributors and photographers. The five volume work is unique not only as the most recent comprehensive reference on bryophyte ecology, but because it is “open” to the world. Bryophyte Ecology  was initially self-published on the web and is now accessible on Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech. Moving the work to Digital Commons ensures long-term preservation and easier access. Additionally, the work reaches top slots using any search engine.

Professor Glime’s goal in creating an open work “was to reach a broad audience in an affordable format with lots of illustrations and a readable style.” Bryophyte Ecology has been used as a textbook, reference source, and field guide. It contains many color photographs, information on physiological ecology, bryological interactions, methods of collection and various uses of bryophytes as well as question sections throughout to facilitate learning.

Discover the world of bryophytes at

Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech, the university’s digital repository, is a platform for storing, sharing and showcasing research and educational resources. To learn more or to consider adding your own work contact

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