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Graduate Thesis Digitization Update #1

For the past year, the Frances Willson Thompson Library has partnered with the UM-Flint Office of Graduate Programs, UM Library’s Deep Blue, and database provider ProQuest  to digitize the graduate theses of the University of Michigan – Flint.

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The library’s collection of UM-Flint graduate theses.

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A quick recap: in December 2015, we sent 375 theses to be digitized by ProQuest and in May 2016 we uploaded them into Deep Blue.

While the theses were being digitized we have been contacting the authors for decisions on how their work should be distributed through both ProQuest’s databases and Deep Blue.

Since the original news story was published on 25 April 2015, we have gotten a wonderful response from our authors.   Of the almost 400 authors that have been contacted, 190 have responded with their decisions on how their work will be shared with the larger scholarly community.

Most authors have decided to allow the full text of their work to be available in ProQuest’s Dissertations & Theses Global database, a major repository of graduate work from around the world (to which we provide access to current UM-Flint affiliates) and to be openly accessible through Deep Blue, the University of Michigan’s institutional repository.

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Mr. Bradley’s donation to the library.

One interesting outcome of the project, has been an addition to the library’s collection by one of our alumni. Edwin Bradley, M.L.S. 2001 and M.A. 2012, is the curator of film at the Flint Institute of Arts.  After being contacted about his 2001 M.L.S. Master’s thesis American Film Short Subjects and the Industry’s Transition to Sound, Mr. Bradley informed us that he turned his research for the thesis into a book: The First Hollywood Sound Shorts, 1926 – 1931

A book reviewer from CHOICE magazine, a leading source for book reviews that librarians and other academics rely on, said this about the book:

“Bradley’s well-researched compendium describes and puts into context this important and somewhat forgotten era of film history. In the late 1920s, as movies began to talk (or squeak, screech, and otherwise express themselves orally), the film industry was faced with producing products that could quench the film-going public’s thirst for the new medium… One may draw a comparison between the early sound era and today’s world of the Internet/reality TV and find that in media and pop culture, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Then as now, there was a diverse audience with a huge appetite for entertainment and a nascent industry looking to make a quick buck by fulfilling the fickle public’s need for entertainment… Summing Up: Highly recommended.” (Dutka, 2005).

Mr. Bradley has donated a copy of his book to the Frances Willson Thompson Library and it is available for check out.

Currently, the library is working with Graduate Programs to digitally capture the theses of our most recent graduates and to contact the remaining authors.

Later this year, the Library plans to digitize the other half of the theses, most dating from the 1980s to the mid-1990s.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Liz Svoboda at esvoboda@umflint.edu.


Dutka, A. J. (2005). The first Hollywood sound shorts, 1926-1931. Choice, 43(3), 446.


New Books Arrive at Thompson Library


NEW  BOOKS  ARRIVE  AT  LIBRARY

Bound for the Browsing Shelf — Books with a Michigan Twist!


 

With interest high on the new books arriving on our shelves this summer, we offer a new column / category for our readers:  New Books Arrive!

Most of our New Books are going to head to the Main Collection, but a select group will be bound (sorry about that pun!) for the BROWSING COLLECTION, including books that make the best seller lists, both fiction and non-fiction, and books that are about (or authored by people from) Michigan.

Here is the latest collection to hit our shelves.  All books on the Browsing Collection shelves can be checked out for one week.   (Hey, they’re all easy reads and riveting, so you’ll take them to bed with you and lose sleep when you find you can’t put them down!)   Renew for an additional week (if you find you really MUST sleep).

The Browsing Collection is located on the 3rd floor of Thompson Library, on the shelves directly to the north (right) of the Reference Librarian Desk and the wall of windows across the building.  They are VERY easy to find.

If you’re interested in the other new books (the ones associated with research that will be placed in the main collection after their stint on the New Book Shelf), they can be found on the 3rd floor of our library as well, but behind the Reference Librarian’s desk (between the Reference Desk and the back wall).

But — as always — if you need help, just ask.   Reference Librarians are there to answer your questions, from help learning how to use any of our resources, to finding where materials can be accessed on our website, to good old fashion directions within our building.

And hey, all of our Reference Librarians are very friendly, too.   Ask one for help sometime and see them in action.

Librarians.  The Super Heroes of the Information Age!

 

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Browsing Collection, New Books for June 2015 — Michigan Interest

 



 

New Books Arrive at Thompson Library


NEW   LIBRARY   BOOKS  ARRIVE!


 

Books ordered during the 2014 – 2015 period are beginning to show up on the New Book Shelf.

Items will remain on the New Book Shelf for approximately 2 months unless checked out by someone.  (Returned items are all sent to their final location in the Main Collection.)

The New Book Shelf is located on the 3rd floor of Thompson Library, on the shelves between the Reference Librarian Desk and the back wall.  They are VERY easy to find.

But — as always — if you need help, just ask.   Reference Librarians are there to answer your questions, from help learning how to use any of our resources, to finding where materials can be accessed on our website, to good old fashion directions within our building.

And hey, all of our Reference Librarians are very friendly, too.   Ask one for help sometime and see them in action.

Librarians.  The Super Heroes of the Information Age!

 

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Best -Seller Books Available in Library Browsing Collection

Wow!   Books you can read  FOR  FUN !


When the stress of studying and upcoming finals gets to be too much, remember that the Thompson Library can help with more than your research needs.

We have ….   BOOKS !

Not just science, history or business books, but books that can take you away to another world where you can be an expert with a bow and arrow, or the greatest baseball pitcher in the world, or a magician trying to get your kingdom back, or a detective tracking down a terrorist, or a former President of the United States, or former First Lady, or a renowned television and movie comedian, or….

It’s up to YOU!   Hundreds of books to choose from.  Each will transport you to a world of the imagination.

And hey, as an added bonus, reading the works of great writers will improve your brain’s ability to learn, increase your vocabulary and hone your understanding of how to correctly and vividly express yourself in words.

All that by simply stopping by the library and perusing the Browsing Shelf  for a collection of best sellers.

Check out by campus UMID card.   One week loan period.  Renew loan once.

Located in Thompson Library, 3rd floor entrance (near Reference Desk).

Hurry!   Finals are approaching!   Your brain needs this!


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Book -- The Mighty Miss Malone

 

 

 

Book -- Mann -- 1493

 

 

 

Book -- Henry Kissinger -- World Order

Book -- James Patterson -- Hope to Die

 

 

 

 

Book -- Isaacson -- The Innovators

 

 

 

 

 

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Book -- Jimmy Carter -- A Call to Action

Book -- Collins -- Mokingjay

 

 

Book -- Michaels -- You Cant Make this Up

 

 

 

 

 

Book -- Roth -- DivergentBook -- Kathy Reichs -- Bones Never Lie

 

 

Book -- Roth -- Allegiant

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book -- John Cleese -- So Anyway

Book -- Mark Ridrych -- The Bird

 

 

 

Book -- Jim Abbott -- Imperfect

 

 

 

Book -- Elwes -- As You WishBook -- Gabaldon - Drums of Autumn

 

 

Book -- Fannie Flag -- All Girl Filling Station

 

 

 

Book --  Rowling -- Casual VacancyBook -- Cussler -- The Thief

 

 

 

 

 

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“A book is a dream you hold in your hand.”  — Neil Gaiman

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“Neverland isn’t a place.  It’s a state of mind.”

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“A book which is left on a shelf is a dead thing.  But it is also a chrysalis; an inanimate object packed with the potential to burst into new life.”  — Susan Hill

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“At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book — that string of confused alien ciphers — shivered into meaning.  Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened up.   You became, irrevocably, a reader.” — Alberto Manguel

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“Books are the perfect entertainment.  No commercials.  No batteries.  Hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent.  What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”  — Stephen King

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 “The more you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you will go.”  — Dr Suess

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 “Books are proof that humans can work magic.” — Dr. Carl Sagan

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