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October First Friday Social at the Van Pelt and Opie Library

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to join the staff of the Van Pelt and Opie Library for the October First Friday University Social on Oct. 4, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Opie Reading Room.  Complimentary soda, beer and wine will be served along with some delicious food.

Visit with library staff and meet the newest members.  Learn about some of the library’s latest programs and services including the undergraduate information literacy program, Browzine, Digital Commons @Michigan Tech, the planned opening of the US Patents and Trademarks Resource Center and more.  Appreciate “People, Place and Time: Michigan’s Copper Country through the Lens of J. W. Nara.”  Talk or tour with the provost and library and IT leadership to celebrate the progress with the new workstations and student-centered furniture as they unfold throughout the library.


Reminder: Pick up your HuskyCard by Monday Sept 30

Pick up your HuskyCard by Monday, Sept. 30, to ensure uninterrupted service!

Michigan Tech is issuing the new HuskyCard to all faculty, staff and students.  Your HuskyCard will be your official Michigan Tech ID card, replacing the existing Tech Express ID.  It will have the same functionality as your Tech Express card, with the additional optional benefit of a prepaid Debit MasterCard, if you choose to register your account.  Additionally, you will be able to receive your student financial aid refunds faster, by having them applied to the HuskyCard.

Everyone using their ID for card readers should obtain their new HuskyCard by Sep. 30, to ensure you will have uninterrupted access to all your buildings and parking.  We are in the process of transitioning existing card readers on campus to new contactless smart chip readers, and the new technology will not support the old Tech Express cards.

To obtain your HuskyCard, stop by the HuskyCard Service Center (Library and IT Service Center) in the J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library.  Bring your existing Tech Express card or photo identification.

Our goal is to ensure uninterrupted access to the areas in which you currently have and need access.  If you have additional questions, please email it-help@mtu.edu. For more information about the Michigan Tech HuskyCard, visit HuskyCard.

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Additional EndNote Workshop scheduled for Sept 30

Due to the strong interest in the event, the Van Pelt and Opie Library has scheduled a second ‘EndNote Basics 1’ workshop to be held on Monday, Sept. 30, from 5-6pm.

We would also like to remind those interested that seating is still available for the ‘Advanced Topics’ session scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 3.

Seating is limited and registration is required.  To register please visit: EndNote LibGuide.

EndNote Basic I – Monday, September 30 from 5-6pm, Library room 242

The Van Pelt and Opie Library is offering a one hour introductory workshop on creating and managing references using the citation software, EndNote.  EndNote allows you to easily collect, organize and use your research references.  No prior knowledge of EndNote is necessary.

In this workshop participants will learn how to:

  • Construct an EndNote Library in order to effectively organize references
  • Create custom and smart groups to efficiently manage references

Note:  Our sessions use EndNote X7 on PCs.  Laptop users are encouraged to update their versions of EndNote prior to the session.  See the Library’s EndNote Download page.


EndNote Workshops Sponsored by Library

The Van Pelt and Opie Library is offering EndNote workshops on September 26 and October 3 2013.  EndNote is a citation management software that helps you to easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. In other words, EndNote streamlines the research and reporting process.

To register please visit: EndNote LibGuide. Seating for these workshops is limited, and registration is required.

EndNote Basic I – Thursday, September 26 @ 5pm, Library 242

One hour introductory workshop on creating and managing references using the citation software, EndNote.  EndNote allows you to easily collect, organize and use your research references.  No prior knowledge of EndNote is necessary.

In this workshop participants will learn how to:

  • Construct an EndNote Library in order to effectively organize references
  • Create custom and smart groups to efficiently manage references

EndNote Basic II – Thursday, September 26 @ 6:15pm, Library 242

One hour EndNote Workshop on how to incorporate your EndNote Library citations into a written document (MS Word).  Attendance of the EndNote Basic I workshop, or prior knowledge of building and managing an EndNote library, is recommended.

In this workshop participants will learn how to:

  • Successfully incorporate EndNote Library references into their writing process (MS Word)
  • Locate, identify and import specialized output styles

Using EndNote – Advanced Topics – Thursday, October 3 @ 5pm, Library 242

Kristen Faeth, Customer Education Product Training Specialist at Thomson Reuters, will conduct this advanced Endnote workshop.  Light food and beverages will be provided.

This workshop will cover the new features in EndNote X7 as well as ways to use your synced EndNote Basic library online.  EndNote X7 allows you to easily search hundreds of online resources to collect references and PDFs or automatically import PDFs from your computer.  Prior knowledge of, or attendance of, the EndNote Basic I & II workshops is recommended.

In this workshop participants will learn how to:

  • Create bibliographies with subheadings and utilize new output styles.
  • Attach charts, tables and equations as figures to be cited in your work.
  • Sync your EndNote library with your online library to share groups of references with other EndNote users and access file attachments from anywhere.
  • Easily cite references in your own work using the Cite-While-You-Write plug-in for Microsoft Word.

Note:  Our sessions use EndNote X7 on PCs.  Laptop users are encouraged to update their versions of EndNote prior to the session.  See the Library’s EndNote Download page.


Library Establishing a Patent and Trademark Resource Center

Michigan Tech’s Van Pelt and Opie Library has received official designation from the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property to establish a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) in the library. The PTRC will make available the rich resources of technical and commercial information contained in patents and trademarks for inventors, researchers, students, faculty and businesses. Key databases and up-to-date news about intellectual property have never been easily accessible in the Upper Peninsula (and neighboring geographic locations) and are rarely located in rural areas.

This fall, there will be an opening event after which workshops will be available for all. Faculty and other instructors are encouraged also to think about the opportunities within their teaching that would promote the use of these resources to students, labs and entrepreneurial groups or teams.

The impetus for seeking official PTRC status was inspired by Jim Baker’s (executive director, Innovation and Industry Engagement) dedication to instructing graduate students about patents in the library’s NSF-funded Intellectual Property: Copyright and Patents (Is it Original?) program over the past three years.

This program was originally developed by Christa Walck, associate provost, with extensive involvement by Nora Allred, copyright and scholarly communications librarian, and Baker. Graduate students at Michigan Tech and at our partner, University of Texas-Pan American, are keenly interested in patents.

A new instruction and learning librarian, Sarah Lucchesi, took the initiative to pursue this designation, has received specialized training and can be contacted for further information: 7-3379 or slucches@mtu.edu.

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New Theses and Dissertations Available in the Library

The Graduate School is pleased to announce new theses and dissertations are now available in the J.R. van Pelt and Opie Library from the following programs:

  • Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
  • Geology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Physics


New Dissertations Available in Library

The Graduate School is pleased to announce new dissertations are now available in the J.R. van Pelt and Opie Library from the following programs:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Forest Science
  • Geological Engineering
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics


New Theses Available in Library

The Graduate School is pleased to announce new theses are now available in the J.R. van Pelt and Opie Library from the following programs:

  • Applied Ecology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Forestry
  • Geological Engineering
  • Geology
  • Mechanical Engineering


Intellectual Property Program for Graduate Students

Is it original? Copyright & Patents for Graduate Students

Graduate students are encouraged to enroll in Is It Original? Copyright and Patents for Graduate Students, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Program Basics:

This program offers busy graduate students a unique opportunity to build an understanding of intellectual property that will complement their studies, research, and instructional goals. Students can:

  • Participate in a non-credit (no-cost), five-week program (July 18 – August 15)  that is guided by Michigan Tech copyright and patent experts.
  • Learn with peers in online environments, during Monday/Thursday weekly meetings with campus experts and guest speakers to develop a broad understanding of copyright and patent fundamentals in the context of academic research and publishing.
  • Engage in guided team activities to analyze IP case scenarios relevant to graduate studies and to share your informed analysis with others.

Program Benefits:

Students will gain a competitive edge for their graduate studies and with future employers. They will explore the beneficial balance of IP law that supports the continuous advancement of knowledge by protecting, rewarding, and encouraging originality in STEM research. On successful program completion, they will receive a certificate of training in intellectual property. We’ve worked on this program for several terms taking into account feedback from graduate student attendees.

To enroll, please register online.

An orientation meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 18 in the library.

For further information and any questions, please contact Jean DeClerck (jsdecler@mtu.edu).


Library announces EndNote workshops on March 20th

The J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library is offering another round of its EndNote Workshops.

EndNote is a citation management software that helps you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing.  In other words, EndNote streamlines the research and reporting process.

Seating for these workshops is limited and registration is required. To register please visit: EndNote LibGuide

March 20th 2013 sessions:

EndNote Basic I: Creating and Organizing an EndNote Library

  • 11:00 AM room 242
  • 1 hour introductory workshop on creating and managing references using the citation management software, EndNote.  EndNote allows you to easily collect, organize and use your research references.
  • No prior knowledge of EndNote is necessary

EndNote Basic II: Cite While You Write (CWYW)

  • 12:15 PM in room 242
  • 1 hour EndNote Workshop on how to incorporate your EndNote Library citations into a written document (MS Word).
  • Attendance to EndNote Basic I, or prior knowledge of building and managing an EndNote library, is recommended.

EndNote Special Topics: Sharing EndNote Collections

  • 1:30 PM in room 242
  • 1 hour EndNote Workshop on how to share EndNote collections.
  • In this workshop participants will learn how sync their EndNote library with EndNote Web.  Participants will also learn how share EndNote citation collections with anyone else who also uses EndNote.
  • Attendance to EndNote Basic I & II workshops, or prior knowledge of creating an EndNote Library and using CWYW, is recommended.

Note: Our sessions use EndNote X6 on PCs. Laptop users are encouraged to update their versions of EndNote prior to the session. See the library’s EndNote Download page.