Author: Chad Arney

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

ARTstor : digital images for the arts and sciences

The Library is sponsoring a trial of ARTstor through Oct 3, 2014. ARTstor contains over 1.8 million images from museums, libraries, artists and scholars around the world. The images are cross-disciplinary and include visual arts as well as other forms of visual culture.

ARTstor can be found on the Library website in the Database A-Z list. Going through the library site will make use from off-campus possible through your campus login.

Explore this resource and let us know whether it is useful to your studies, teaching and / or research.

Send responses to

Nexus: The Scholar and the Library

Anthropologist Carol MacLennan from Michigan Tech’s Department of Social Sciences will offer remarks and a slide presentation on her recently published work, Sovereign Sugar: Industry and Environment in Hawai’i. The book unravels the tangled relationship between the sugar industry and Hawai’i’s cultural
and natural landscapes. It is the first work to fully examine the complex tapestry of socioeconomic, political, and environmental forces that shaped sugar’s role in Hawai’i.

New Date: Tuesday, September 30th
4:00 pm
East Reading Room
Van Pelt and Opie Library

This event is part of the library’s Nexus: The Scholar and the Library series. Join us at 4 pm for refreshments. The talk begins at 4:15 pm.
Parking on campus is free after 4 pm.

Welcome Alumni!

Michigan Technological University’s Van Pelt and Opie Library welcomes alumni, family and friends to visit the library for special services and exhibits during Alumni Reunion. Our Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections staff encourages visits and will have expanded hours.


The archives reading room will be open Th. (Aug. 7) – Fri. (Aug. 8), 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Thursday, August 7

Take a guided tour of the library’s resources and services. Tours begin at the Library and IT Service Center. No need to sign up in advance. Tours begin at 10AM, 1PM and 7PM.


Michigan Tech Remembers When…

Location: Library Main Entrance Hallway

The main hall past the Library and IT Service Center will feature an exhibit, Michigan Tech Remembers When…. This exhibit showcases early photographs from campus and student life as well as a display case showing a progression of Michigan Tech’s visual identity through the years.

Yearbooks and University Publications
Location: Archives Reading Room

Yearbooks and other university books are available for browsing in one of the archives’ book case displays.  This is a nearly complete range of Keweenawan yearbooks from 1924-2002 and a copy of the Engineer from 1915. The display case also includes popular university publications such as the book Michigan Tech Centennial 1885-1985, alumni bulletins from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology (MCMT), the MCMT Freshman Bible, and various years of the University’s Winter Carnival Pictorial. Also available for viewing: Lode on microfilm: 1921-2005 (digital copies of the Lode from 2009-2014 available on their website:, Michigan Tech vertical files: newspaper clippings and printed ephemera related to campus activities, sports, organizations, and academics, and Michigan Tech photo vertical files: photos related to campus activities, sports, organizations, and academics. Photocopies are available.

North to Adventure: A New Old Perspective of the Upper Peninsula

Location: Archives Reading Room

In the 1960s two tourists, Harold and Beatrice Putnam, visited the Copper Country and documented their journey with a Rolleiflex twin lens reflex camera. Ultimately, the images from this trip made their way into the Putnam’s self-published travel guide, North to Adventure in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The Putnam’s photographs capture the landscape of the Copper Country, an important part of the Michigan Tech experience.

Keweenaw Exhibit

Location: Hallway just outside the main entrance to the Archives Reading Room

This exhibit is an installation of photos related to University and community history. The exhibit is divided into four series; Early Keweenaw, Changing Campus, Town & Gone, and Copper Mines and Miners. This exhibit is in memory of our former Student Assistant, Jonathan DeCleene (1987-2007). Financial support for this exhibit was provided by Jonathan’s family, Gloria Kennedy and Valerie DeCleene, and the Friends of the Van Pelt Library.