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Library Lean Facilitators at MiALA


Library Lean Facilitators Annelise Doll and Laurie Stark presented at the Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA) annual conference in East Lansing, Michigan on May 18th.

Their presentation, “Improving and Sustaining Libraries Using the Lean Philosophy”, focused on how the Lean philosophy of quality and continuous improvement has been successfully applied in the Van Pelt and Opie Library.  They discussed several Lean initiatives that have assisted the library staff in standardizing complex processes and have ensured sustainability. These initiatives focused on the university’s institutional repository, library communications processes and library events management.

MiALA is the professional association of academic library staff and libraries and the professional home for anyone who works in or wishes to show support for academic libraries in Michigan. This year the annual conference brought nearly 250 academic library staff together to network, share, and learn more about current library trends.

“A Day of Lean” Workshop

Lauren Movlai and Laurie Stark of the Van Pelt and Opie Library and Heidi Reid of Information Technology presented the “A Day of Lean” Workshop at University of Wisconsin – Green Bay in Green Bay, WI on March 12, 2018.  Attendees of the workshop included the university’s library and IT staff.

The workshop included an “Introduction to Lean” session, three breakout sessions in which attendees had an opportunity to learn about and practice various Lean tools, and a final session covering Michigan Tech’s Lean journey and future steps for their university’s library and IT departments.

The event was sponsored by University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.

Sharpen your mind’s “Shadow Activity”


A study from Emory University demonstrates what your grade-school teachers emphasized: reading is great for your brain. Published in Brain Connectivity*, researchers found a connection between reading a novel and long-lasting, significant increases in neural connectivity – a ‘shadow activity’ of the mind, as one researcher put it.

The library has a collection of books set for this purpose and geared for your downtime: our leisure reading collection.  Need a book for the beach, vacation or for those few spare minutes during lunch? We have added a fresh look to the collection with new titles as well as a new location just inside the front door on the way to the cafe.

Take a minute to browse these shelves filled with new titles and old favorites. Use MeL for access to a more extensive collection of thousands of titles and subjects available from libraries throughout Michigan brought to you here right at our library service center. Access MeL at or browse our new leisure collection and work on enhancing your mind!

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*Berns Gregory S., Blaine Kristina, Prietula Michael J., and Pye Brandon E.. Brain Connectivity. December 2013, 3(6): 590-600.

Digital Commons – September Quick Facts

Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech, the university’s digital repository, offers worldwide access to research, scholarship, and other creative works by members of the Michigan Tech community. Digital Commons supports all file formats, which is great feature for authors who wish to deposit content other than their traditional peer-reviewed publications. For example, the repository hosts several video files created by Michigan Tech faculty using the cloud chamber facility. These videos were used in writing journal articles and you can check them out on the repository here and here!

Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech is a service of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. For more information about the repository and to learn how you can deposit your own works, contact:

Digital Commons – August Quick Facts


Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech provides authors with access to personalized dashboards that have a number of useful features, including shareability! Authors can quickly generate a URL that enables sharing a custom dashboard view with anyone. It’s never been easier to give coauthors or colleagues a glimpse at where works are being accessed and how often! Check out the Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech administrator dashboard here for a look at what a dashboard looks like and how it works.

Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech is a service of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. To learn more about the repository and sharing author dashboards contact:

Digital Commons – July Quick Facts

Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech isn’t just a showcase for journal articles published by the campus community. The repository proudly hosts a collection of patent innovations by Michigan Tech researchers and they are accessed from locations across the globe. For example, in July an individual in Johannesburg, South Africa downloaded “Induction heating of thin films,” an innovation by Paul Bergstrom of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. To see where else in the world the Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech collections were accessed in July, check out the readership map.

Explore the collection of Michigan Tech patent innovations here:

Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech is a service of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. To learn more about the repository and and how you can include your works visit: