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Campus and Community Invited to Library/Archives Farewell Party

The campus and community are invited to a party on Wednesday, June 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the Rovano Plaza (rain location Opie Reading Room).

We are celebrating the next prestigious phases of the career of Elizabeth Russell, archivist, who will be joining the archives at the University of Maine after making outstanding contributions to the University Archives and the Copper Country.

Also we will celebrate Rachael Bussert, senior processing archivist for the successfully concluded two-year grant from the National Historical Publications Records Commission (for which Beth was recently its principal investigator), who will be joining the archives at the University of Hawaii. Both Beth and Rachael also made substantial contributions to the recovery following the fire and water damage within the archives.

We will also wish a fond farewell to Ben Bussert, also headed to Hawaii. A specialist in customer relations, Bussert was instrumental in enabling the library to open its 24-hour operation last October.

The library’s associate director for education and research, Margaret Phillips, will be leaving the area for family reasons. She will continue, virtually and with visits to campus, to lead the library in the integrating information literacy in the disciplines in this first, baseline year as an undergraduate learning goal, continue to work with the University-level assessment program and contribute to updating the library’s strategic plan. We hope to see you on the Rovano Plaza.


CTL Module: Incorporating Information Literacy into Instruction

The Van Pelt and Opie Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) invite faculty and graduate students to attend a module, consisting of two sequential workshops, Incorporating Information Literacy into Instruction.

Instruction and Learning Librarian Sarah Lucchesi is delivering the module through the CTL’s University Teaching and Learning (UTL) Seminars program. In this module, using the framework of Michigan Tech information literacy rubric for undergraduate students (learning goal #6),  we will explore the library’s information resources, options for assistance with additional instruction, and assignment elements that allow students to practice each of the information literacy skills.

Faculty and graduate students are welcome to register only for this two-workshop series, or as a part of the complete UTL Course Design program.

The workshop sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, June 11th from 2-4pm and Thursday June 19th from 1-2pm, in Library 243. Please register by 5p.m., Tuesday June 10th. If you have any questions, please contact instrlib@mtu.edu


Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation – Second Workshop Offered

The Van Pelt and Opie Library will offering a repeat of our workshop, “Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation” on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 2:00pm.

This workshop will examine the role U.S. Copyright law plays in the thesis or dissertation writing and publishing process. The use of copyrighted material, publishing agreements and the role of the Digital Commons at Michigan Tech repository will be explored.

The workshop will be held in room 242 of the Van Pelt and Opie Library and is limited to 25 attendees. Register at Copyright by Friday, May 22nd. For questions, please contact Nora Allred, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian at nsallred@mtu.edu.


Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation Workshop

The Van Pelt and Opie Library is offering a workshop entitled, “Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation.” on Tuesday, May 20th at 2:00pm.

This workshop will examine the role U.S. Copyright law plays in the thesis or dissertation writing and publishing process.   The use of copyrighted material, publishing agreements and the role of the Digital Commons at Michigan Tech repository will be explored.

The workshop will be held in room 242 of the Van Pelt and Opie Library and is limited to 25 attendees.  Register at  Copyright by Friday, May 16th.  For questions, please contact Nora Allred, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian at nsallred@mtu.edu.

Library Offering Patent and Trademark Searching Workshops in April

The Van Pelt and Opie Library is offering three patent and trademark searching workshops in April. Each will be offered twice; click the date and time or your preferred session to register. All workshops will take place in Library 242.

Basic Patent Searching
This workshop will cover basic patent searching in the USPTO website database using the recommended “Seven Step Strategy.” We will discuss why keyword searching of patents must be supplemented with a classification search, how to identify relevant patent classes and search within them and how to cross-reference related classes.
Tuesday, April 1, 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 3, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Advanced Patent Searching
This workshop will cover other database options aside from the USPTO website to search for patents, including patents issued in countries other than the US. We will explore Espacenet, PatentScope and Google Patents and discuss some advanced searching strategies.
Thursday, April 10, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15, 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Trademark Searching
This workshop will cover the basics of trademarking a product or service, as well as searching both word and image trademarks to ensure your trademark is unique.
Tuesday, April 22, 12 to 1:30 p.m.


Van Pelt & Opie Library Offering Google Power Users Workshop

Google is a powerful search engine, but finding the most relevant information can be a challenge. Focusing on Google, Google Scholar, and Google Books, this librarian-led workshop will explore more complex searching techniques and special features to turn you into a Google Power User!

Date: Thursday, March 20th
Time: 1pm-2pm
Location: Library 243 – Experimental Education Environment (E3)

Pre-registration is required; please click here to register.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Lucchesi at slucches@mtu.edu or 487-3379.


CTL Module: Incorporating Information Literacy into Instruction

The Van Pelt and Opie Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) invite faculty and graduate students to attend a module, consisting of three one-hour sequential workshops, Incorporating Information Literacy into Instruction.

Instruction and Learning Librarian, Sarah Lucchesi, is delivering the module through the CTL’s University Teaching and Learning (UTL) Seminars program. In this module, using the framework of Michigan Tech information literacy rubric for undergraduate students (learning goal #6),  we will explore the library’s information resources, options for assistance with additional instruction, and assignment elements that allow students to practice each of the information literacy skills.

Faculty and graduate students are welcome to register only for this three-workshop series, or as a part of the complete UTL Course Design program.

The workshop sessions are scheduled for Monday March 4, 18, and 25 from 11 a.m., to 12 p.m., in Library 244. Please register by 12 p.m., Friday March 1. If you have any questions, please contact instrlib@mtu.edu