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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.



Join the Tours of the Library

Everyone is invited to tour the library along with Perspectives students, for which the tour is often required. Tours are
available at these times until October 1st:

Sundays: 5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

From October 1 through December 14 tours are available:

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1:00 p.m.


New service enabling students to book study rooms online

As you may know, the library reserves 22 group study rooms for undergraduate and graduate student use—twelve group study rooms (up to 6 occupants), and ten large group study rooms (up to 12 occupants). Students may now book these study rooms themselves through any web browser, smart phone, or web-ready mobile device.

Students may book one or more rooms per day for a total of four hours, and rooms may be reserved up to two weeks in advance. Rooms are equipped with tables and chairs, electrical outlets, wireless internet access, and dry-erase boards. Laptops and dry-erase markers may be checked out at the Library and IT Service Center on the first floor. Rooms 238, 302 and 303 are equipped with large screen, wall-mounted monitors and room 238 is also configured for web-conferencing.

To book your group study room, simply visit the library’s homepage (http://www.mtu.edu/library/) through your computer or mobile device. Click on the big blue button which reads “Need to book a study room?” and follow the simple instructions.


EndNote Workshops in September

The J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library presents a series of EndNote workshops.

EndNote is citation management software which allows anyone to easily collect, organize, and use their research references. Learn how EndNote can save you hours of time in your library research and document preparation process.

Seating for these workshops is limited and registration is required. Send an email to libraryworkshop@mtu.edu letting us know which session(s) you would like to attend. Please include your status (e.g. faculty or graduate student) and your department.

Note: Our sessions use EndNote X5 on PCs. Laptop users are encouraged to update their versions of EndNote prior to the session. See the library’s EndNote Download page.

Upcoming Sessions:

EndNote Basic I: Creating and Organizing an EndNote Library
In this 1 hour workshop participants will learn how to build a collection of citations (i.e. EndNote library) and manage an EndNote library.

September 26th @ 12:00 PM In room 242
September 28th @ 1:00 PM In room 242

EndNote Basic II: Cite While You Write (CWYW)*
In this 30 minute workshop participants will learn how to import specialized output styles.

* Attendance of EndNote Basic I or prior knowledge of building and managing an EndNote library is required.

September 26th @ 1:00 PM In room 242
September 27th @ 2:00 PM In room 242

EndNote Special Topics: Adding Graphics and Setting Preferences **
In this 30 minute workshop participants will learn how to add tables, charts and graphs to your library and include them in your writing process. You will also learn how to set your EndNote preferences to improve performance and learn short cuts.

** Attendance of our EndNote Basics I & II workshops or prior knowledge of creating an EndNote library and using CWYW are required.

September 27th @ 2:30 PM In room 242
September 28th @ 2:00 PM In room 242

We look forward to seeing you at the Van Pelt and Opie Library!