|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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
100 years ago, our nation was rocked by incidents that shook our community to its core. Labor challenged management, neighbor fought neighbor, and children died. Finnish immigrants played a major role in the strike at the heart of this turmoil, and have continued to be a major influence in the community today. Thus, it is only natural that the two events investigating these themes be brought together to form a unified experience.
Retrospection and Respect: 1913-1914 Mining/Labor Strike Symposium of 2014
Retrospection & Respect: Michigan’s 1913-1914 Mining/Labor Strike Symposium is to be held in Houghton, Michigan, April 11-12, 2014, on the occasion of the centennial of the cessation of the 1913-1914 Western Federation of Miners labor strike against copper mining companies in the Copper Country of Upper Michigan. Presenters will explore the role of labor organizations in the historical and contemporary American and European mining industries, the effect of historical European immigration on labor organization, the impacts of early twentieth century labor organizational practices and strikes on American managerial practices in mining and other industries, and women’s activism in early twentieth century labor organization in mining and other industries, as well as other topics connecting issues of ethnicity, identity, class, gender, and other cultural divisions to civic discourse and the historic struggle for civil liberties within industry. The symposium is co-sponsored by Michigan Technological University’s Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections, the Department of Social Sciences, and the Department of Humanities, the Keweenaw National Historical Park, and Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center and Historical Archives..
FinnForum X: Work, Workers, and the Finn Factor in 20th Century Labor Relations: Strikes, Political Economy, and Transnationalism
The symposium is being held in conjunction with the 2014 meeting of FinnForum, a professional association of researchers who investigate northern European migration to the United States. Presenters will address a range of disciplinary perspectives on topics such as fraternal organizations in labor movements, the development of corporate power in mining districts, ethnic identity, and image-making through labor-themed music. FinnForum X is sponsored by the Institute of Migration in Turku, Finland and the University of Turku’s History Department, along with Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center and Historical Archives, with support from Michigan Technological University’s Department of Humanities.
Special Exhibits and Events
To commemorate the event, several special exhibits will be on display in the area. The “Tumult and Tragedy: Michigan’s 1913-1914 Copper Strike” exhibit, produced by the Michigan Tech Archives, will be on display in the first floor lobby of the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library on Michigan Tech’s campus. This exhibit chronicles one of the confrontations between organized labor and mining companies. There will be even more to see at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Historical Archives’ reading room. Displayed for the first time, courtesy of the Keweenaw National Historical Park, there will be an exhibit of the two lithographs that were hanging on either side of the Italian Hall lodge room stage the night of the Christmas Eve disaster in 1913. One features the Italian royal family, circa 1908, and the other depicts a montage of the five founders of the modern Italian state, circa 1905. In addition to the exhibits currently on display, the Finnish American Historical Archives’ will be featuring artifacts from the Italian Hall, as well as “People Place and Time: Michigan’s Copper Country Through the Lens of J. W. Nara (1874-1934),” produced by the Michigan Tech Archives.
On Thursday, there will two showings of a special feature for the Nordic Film Series at Finlandia University, the film “To My Son in Spain: Finnish Canadians in the Spanish Civil War.” Filmmaker Dr. Saku Pinta will be present to field questions. Friday morning, the Finnish American Heritage Center will be sponsoring a morning open house with refreshments. Later in the day, FinnForum X will be offering a 3 hour tour of the area on the Red Jacket Trolley company, departing from Finlandia University. See the full schedule of events.
Attendees have the option of registering for any combination of three separate portions of the joint event. Registration for the presentation series is $30.00 and includes a Friday reception featuring special guest speaker David Salmela, concurrent sessions on Saturday from the 1913-1914 Mining/ Labor Strike series and FinnForum X series, as well as a light networking breakfast and lunch. Registration for the keynote dinner, to be held Saturday evening, is $25.00. FinnForum X is also offering a 3 hour tour of the area on the Red Jacket Trolley from 1:00-4:00 on Thursday for $15.00. Seats for the trolley tour are limited, so attendees are advised to reserve a spot as soon as they are able. The registration deadline is April 9, 2014. Walk-in registrants are welcome, but meal tickets will not be available. Register now using our online store.
|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
Advanced Patent Searching
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
Location: Library 243 – Experimental Education Environment (E3)
If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Lucchesi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 487-3379.
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 email@example.com
The University Archives will be increasing its fees for our duplication services due to increasing costs. These increases will go into effect February 1. Details may be found on our duplication services information page.
Recalls: For Van Pelt and Opie Library books, a patron may recall a loaned item. The current borrower has 21 days to return the item although we welcome feedback about this timeframe. When the returned item is not returned by 22 days, our fine will increase to $5.00/day from $1.00/day. The high demand on recalled items has made it necessary for us to study practices and fine levels at other research universities who are successful in obtaining prompt returns. The library staff is also studying the potential need for increasing the overdue fines on our convenience items (cameras, calculators, laptops) due to the high demand and high level of overdue items. The increase in the recall fine for books will go into effect on February 15th.
Recalls: Beginning February 15, all interlibrary loan borrowers will be charged $5.00/day for any items they fail to return after receiving a Recall Notice from the library. The fine will go into effect three days after the borrower is sent the recall notice. Recall dates may vary by lending library. In most cases, a borrowed item can be renewed before the due date. This policy and the amount charged is customary at other research universities in Michigan. Delays in returning borrowed materials jeopardizes a lending library’s willingness to continue to lend to us.
Lost or damaged item processing fee: A $25.00 processing fee has historically been added to any charges associated with lost or damaged items from the Van Pelt and Opie Library collections or those borrowed and lost via ILL. This fee has been reduced to $10.00 effective now.
For questions, concerns or additional suggestions, please contact Ellen Marks, University Librarian firstname.lastname@example.org
Computers are available in the library instruction rooms (library 242, 244) when they aren’t in use for instruction.
These computers are installed with the common campus core software and the library login.
Just use your HuskyCard to swipe in.