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Friends of the Michigan Tech Library – 2018 Annual Meeting

L. Syd M Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Humanities and Affiliate Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology discusses her new book Chimpanzee Rights: The Philosophers’ Brief, and the amicus curiae brief that lead to the book. This work intersects with animal ethics and political philosophy.

Dr. Johnson’s presentation will begin after a short business meeting at 4:45 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


Innovation Day 2018 – October 23rd

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Have you ever dreamed of owning your own business? Are you enrolled in a design course? Learn about how trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and patents play a role in starting a business and designing products.

The Van Pelt and Opie Library at Michigan Tech is hosting the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, October 23rd.

The morning session, “Intellectual Property Basics & Local Resources”, is being held from 9:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. and will focus on local resources for inventors and students that can assist you in developing your product or starting a business.

The afternoon session, “Advanced Topics for Inventors”, is being held from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and will focus on advanced topics in patents. Join Damian Porcari, Regional Director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional US Patent and Trademark Office and Primary Patent Examiner Jim McPherson as they speak about advanced topics in patents and how you can protect your invention.

Register for this event before October 23rd at mtu.edu/library/innovation-day or email library@mtu.edu for more information.


Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale

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This year’s Craft Bazaar and Bake sale features the crafts and baking skills of the staff of the Van Pelt and Opie Library and the Michigan Tech IT department. All proceeds benefit the Keweenaw Community Foundation’s Copper Country Flood Relief Fund. Join us on October 12, from 2 – 4 p.m.!


“Drosophilids of the Midwest and Northeast” Open Educational Resource Launch and Reception

Cover of Drosophilids of the Midwest and NortheastThe Van Pelt and Opie Library, with Professor Thomas Werner (Biological Sciences) and John Jaenike (University of Rochester) announce the launch of Drosophilids of the Midwest and Northeast. This open educational resource is coauthored by Professors Werner and Jaenike and published on Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech.

Join the authors for a reception celebrating the launch of this fascinating, comprehensive and charming example of open educational resource publishing, and the upcoming release of version 2, on October 10th, 2018, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the library’s East Reading Room. Light refreshments will be served.


Espionage and Sedition in the Copper Country?

World War I & the Copper Country Opening Reception and Constitution Day Speaker

SNATCHED-FROM-LIBERTY-BLOGDr. Brett Gary, Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU, will deliver “World War I Speech Catastrophes and the Postwar Struggle for Free Political and Sexual Speech” as a talk for Constitution Day and the opening reception of the World War I & the Copper Country commemoration. Dr. Gary will explore the history of the wartime crackdown on political dissent and sexual impurity, and the development of the parallel civil liberties traditions that emerged in the war’s aftermath.

Dr. Gary will be speaking on Thursday, September 13th, at 4 p.m. in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Light refreshments will be provided.

The following evening, Dr. Hillary Virtanen, Assistant Professor of Finnish & Nordic Studies at Finlandia University, will deliver a related talk entitled “An Unpopular History: Uncovering Copper Country Antiwar Stories in World War I”. Virtanen’s talk will introduce and discuss the process for developing the historical exhibit, “Copper Country Voices of Dissent in the Great War,” opening in the Finnish American Heritage Center the day of her talk. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Virtanen will speak on Friday, September 14th, at 7 p.m. in the Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia University.

Both events are FREE to the public. For more information, visit online or email ww1cc@mtu.edu.

 



Library Lean Facilitators at MiALA

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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”

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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 http://elibrary.mel.org/search or browse our new leisure collection and work on enhancing your mind!

Send questions or suggestions to Library@mtu.edu

*Berns Gregory S., Blaine Kristina, Prietula Michael J., and Pye Brandon E.. Brain Connectivity. December 2013, 3(6): 590-600. https://doi.org/10.1089/brain.2013.0166