Docuseek2 Now Available

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Docuseek2 offers streaming access to over 750 documentaries covering a wide variety of subjects including sustainability, the environment, social issues and many more. Films from Bullfrog Films, Collective Eye Films, Icarus Films (including The Fanlight Collection and dGenerate Films), Kartemquin Films, National Film Board of Canada, Scorpion TV, Terra Nova Films and Villon Films are included in the collection. Documentaries can be watched anywhere, anytime on computers or mobile devices. Instructors may wish to look at using clips and other included tools for classroom use; use of the full documentary in the classroom is also permitted.

Email with any questions.

Van Pelt and Opie Library Presents Citation Searching Workshop

Discover where and how many times a work has been cited. This librarian-led workshop will cover how to search for citing publications using Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar. We will also touch on how to estimate impact factor.

Please join us on Tuesday, September 29th at 1:00pm in room 242 of the library. No registration is required. For questions contact Nora Allred at or 7-3208.

Google Power Users Workshop

Image courtesy of MoneyBlogNewz, 2010
Image courtesy of MoneyBlogNewz, 2010


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 that will turn you into a Google Power User.
Date: Thursday, September 24
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: Library 244
Registration is not required. Visit the library’s Workshops page for more information about this and other upcoming workshops.
For questions, contact Erin Matas at or 7-2419.

EndNote Workshops at the Van Pelt & Opie Library


Learn how EndNote can help you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. EndNote also offers a relatively easy way for faculty to upload citations into Digital Measures.

Sessions will be held on Tuesday, September 22 in Library 242:

1:00-2:15 p.m. EndNote Basic

This workshop will introduce users to creating and managing references using EndNote. No prior knowledge of EndNote is necessary. In this workshop, participants will learn how to create an EndNote Library, add and annotate full-text documents and create custom and smart groups.

2:15-3:00 p.m. EndNote Cite While You Write

Learn to incorporate your EndNote Library citations into a written MS Word document in the particular style your manuscript requires. Attendees will also learn how to locate and import specialized output styles. Attending EndNote Basic, or prior knowledge of building and managing an EndNote library, is recommended.

Additional sessions will be offered on September 30th and October 22nd, with EndNote Basic from 5:00-6:15 p.m. and EndNote Cite While You Write from 6:15-7:00 p.m. All EndNote sessions will take place in Library 242.

Michigan Tech licenses EndNote at no charge to all active students, faculty and staff. Additionally, a free version of EndNote is available for use post-graduation. Visit the library’s EndNote LibGuide to download the software and get a sneak peek at what EndNote can do for you!

Our instruction room has EN X7.4 on Windows workstations. Attendees may bring their own laptops with EN X7.4 downloaded prior to the session.

Visit the library’s Workshops page for more information about these and other upcoming workshops. Registration is not required to attend! For questions, contact Erin Matas at or 7-2419.


Library Expo Winners Announced

A huge round of applause to our enthusiastic first year students, and to everyone who made the Library Expo such a great success!

Out of the 967 students who rushed through the library’s front doors last night, three students claimed larger prizes for completing the library’s various games and challenges. Winning the grand prize, Emily Lilla, took home two La-Z-Boy Lookout tickets. Elizabeth Rose took home the second place Michigan Tech hockey jersey, and Richard Yang will be enjoying a Mont Ripley Package this winter for winning third place.



People’s Parks: Tracing Radical Environmental Activism from Berkeley to Michigan

This image shows two students planting flowers at Michigan Tech's People's Park. Built by MTU students, the park was the result of a four-day strike which occured in connection with the Cambodian Invasion and subsequent slayings of students at Kent State and Jackson State. The park was built as a peaceful expression of Tech students' outrage over the above mentioned incidents.
This image shows two students planting flowers at Michigan Tech’s People’s Park. Built by MTU students, the park was the result of a four-day strike which occured in connection with the Cambodian Invasion and subsequent slayings of students at Kent State and Jackson State. The park was built as a peaceful expression of Tech students’ outrage over the above mentioned incidents.


Please join us for visiting scholar Kera Lovell at 4:00 pm on Thursday, August 13 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, Lovell will present a portion of her dissertation which examines the devices and material construction of activism after World War II. In particular, Ms. Lovell will trace the history of the “People’s Park” movement. These coalitions of activists and students spread across the United States from Berkeley, California to Houghton, Michigan, and in places abroad, including South Africa. These spaces protested environmental and socioeconomic injustices. Ultimately, the protests took form through the creation of public parks in vacant lots, signifying a permanent occupancy that was visible to the public.

This talk will examine the visual and rhetorical strategies these activists used to equate their peaceful occupancies with territorial reclamation, and frame their creations as public memorials to colonized peoples. By examining some essential case studies of People’s Parks and situating Michigan Tech’s own People’s Park within this global movement, the talk will shed light on how activists saw space not as property, but as a symbolic representation of power.

Kera Lovell is a PhD candidate and Instructor in American Studies at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She received her Master’s degree in American Studies from Purdue in 2011, and her Bachelor’s in History and Spanish from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She has received several awards from institutions to conduct and present her research, including Purdue University, Boston University, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Michigan Tech. Her dissertation, titled “Radical Manifest Destiny: Urban Renewal, Colonialism, and Transnational American Identity in the Urban Spatial Politics of the Postwar Left” traces the global popularity of a particular post-World War II protest tactic in which activists permanently occupied vacant lots by converting them into politicized urban green spaces they called “People’s Parks.”

Lovell’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

Over 13,000 Images Now Hosted on the Keweenaw Digital Archives

Michigan Technological University Marketing and Communications Photograph Collection ACC 10-010-143

The Keweenaw Digital Archives surpassed an impressive milestone in April 2015 – the online repository for the Michigan Tech Archives’ digital images now hosts just over 13,000 images.

J. W. Nara Photograph Collection ACC-05-097A-022

The Digital Archives got its start as a grant project funded by the Michigan Humanities Council in 2004-2005. The project was geared at providing online access to a database of key-word-searchable digitized historic images from the archives’ collections, while allowing users to add comments to the images online.

The Digital Archives also facilitates an interface for duplication service requests, and provides secure, off-site storage for digital surrogate files.

Today, it acts as a portal to  the Copper Country’s visual past that is visited by thousands worldwide every month.

This milestone has been met thanks to hard work by many different members of Archives staff over the past decade.

To visit the Keweenaw Digital Archives and search for historic Copper Country images, click the following link:

If you have any questions about the Keweenaw Digital Archives, please call us at (906) 487-2505 or
email us at to learn more.


Daily Mining Gazette Photograph Collection MS051-012-001-002

Second Floor Improvements Underway


The renovation is underway!



The library’s second floor enhancement is in full swing! For those of you who are away from campus for the summer, here are some sneak previews of what the second floor of the library will look like upon your return.

As more students turn to the library as space for their diverse academic endeavors, this new innovative furniture will allow the students to make the most of this flexible space while working on collaborative projects and group study sessions. Scroll through the pictures below to see some of the different furniture types that now occupy the second floor.

These exciting improvements have been made possible by a generous gift from John and Ruanne Opie.



Computers with common CORE software will be mounted to these multi-user desks in the loft, which has 24 hour availability.
White boards, chairs and tables are all mounted on casters, and all able to move freely within the space.
More tables, more chairs and more electrical outlets are being added!
More loft furniture, geared at student collaboration.
Varieties of flexible seating options will appeal to an array of learning types.
Students showed a strong preference for rectangular tables, so that’s what we are giving them!


Talking Rocks, Talking Sky: Authors of Books that Bridge Oral and Earth/Planetary History to Visit Houghton April 14-15



Two distinguished authors from Duluth, Ron Morton and Carl Gawboy, will visit Houghton and Michigan Tech as part of the Carnegie Seminar Series in Keweenaw Natural History. Morton is a geologist and emeritus professor from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Gawboy is an Ojibwa elder and well-known artist. They have taught unique classes together that bridge legend and geological science.

There will be two special public events in Houghton. On Tuesday, April 14, there will be a reception at the Carnegie Museum Community Room at 6 p.m. where discussion, introductions and light refreshments will be featured. This will be followed by a joint presentation titled “Talking Rocks: Common Ground Geology in the Lake Superior Region and Native Americans.”

On Wednesday, April 15 a book signing—for two books: Talking Rocks andTalking Sky—will be held in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library at 4 p.m., followed by a joint presentation at 4:30 p.m. titled “Talking Sky: Ojibwe Constellations and Sky Stories—How They Used Them to Live On and With the Land.”

This special visit is sponsored by the Carnegie Museum of Houghton with additional support from the Departments of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, and Social Sciences, the Van Pelt and Opie Library, the Indigeous Issues Discussion Group and the Isle Royale and Keweenaw National Parks Association. If you wish to meet with these visitors contact Elise Nelson 482-7140 or

More information about these special events is online.

Dr. Chelsea Schelly to Present her Research on American Rainbow Gatherings




Sociologist Chelsea Schelly, Ph. D. will present a talk entitled, “The Rainbow Way: Participation and Experience in the Rainbow Gathering Culture,” based on her recent book, Crafting Collectivity: American Rainbow Gatherings and Alternative Forms of Community.

The will take place Wednesday, March 25, in the Van Pelt and Opie Library East Reading Room, Michigan Technological University. The 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.