Beginning in 2015, the Frances Willson Thompson Library has taken steps to preserve and make more accessible UM-Flint’s graduate theses and dissertations.
Since our last update we have continued to work on the project by adding theses to Deep Blue as students graduate and by reaching out to the remaining authors. We have now contacted all the authors for whom we were able to find contact information. In the end, we sent out over 700 letters asking for authors’ permission to allow the full text of their work to be made available to a larger audience than the three UM campuses.
We have also continued to track how many times the theses have been downloaded from Deep Blue, the University of Michigan’s institutional repository.
Deep Blue by the Numbers
411 theses have been added to Deep Blue between July 2015 and June 2017; the bulk of the theses (375) were added in May 2016.
239 theses (58% of the 411) have been downloaded at least once.
10,901 downloads have occurred since July 2015 when the first few theses were added.
184 of the 411 theses (45%) are designated as open access, meaning they are freely available to anyone on the internet through Deep Blue and search engines, like Google Scholar.
179 of the 184 openly accessible theses (97%) have been downloaded at least once.
60 of the 227 theses (26%) that are only accessible on UM campuses have been downloaded at least once; only 4 of these theses have been downloaded more than five times.
10,772 of the 10,901 total downloads (99%) were for the openly accessible theses.
129 of the 10,901 total downloads (1%) were for the theses only accessible on UM campuses.
Thompson Library open Monday am; closes Thursday pm
The Frances Willson Thompson Library will open at 8 am on Monday, April 17th and will remain open (24 hours per day for 4 days!) until midnight on Thursday, April 20th this spring (2017).
—-> See below for complete schedule of library hours. <—-
Students needing to study for exams or work on that final paper are welcome to come and take advantage of these special extended hours for this week.
Where to Go?
Study Rooms and group areas will be available in the library for those that need to study together, while quiet areas will be strictly enforced for those that need peace and quiet to get that studying in and work on final papers before exams begin.
Will it be safe in the Library?
Department of Public Safety officers will be on hand to ensure the library will be a safe environment for those wishing to stay into the wee hours of the morning — or overnight!
ITS lab inside the library offers over 100 computers (including a few Macs) divided among all 3 floors. Additionally, ITS has 3 printer/copier machines (one on each floor) inside the library, all connected to the campus print queue.
There are many electrical outlets (including under each of the carrels along the edge of the room) for powering devices.
Need a laptop?
Thompson Library even has laptops available to checkout for use within the library. (Remember; student id cards — the UMID — also acts as your library card using the barcode on the back of your card.)
Need to play videos or CDs?
VHS and DVD players are available in each of the Study Rooms.
Check out headphones using your UMID at the Circulation Desk (3rd floor near entrance to library).
Need study space?
Study Rooms can be reserved online (check the UM-Flint Thompson Library website) for study groups.
Need help using Library?
And as always, our librarians and staff will be here during the entire 88 hours and will be available to assist patrons with their research needs.
Student Government at The University of Michigan-Flint will be providing snacks from 9pm – 1am Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights in the 3rd floor library lobby.
Will it be safe walking on campus?
University of Michigan-Flint Department of Public Safety will provide escorts on request all around campus, all night, and will be keeping the UPAV lot and Skywalk open all night to further ensure student safety.
Thompson Library will have:
Adult COLORING BOOKS available.
AND … the THERAPY DOGS will again be visiting!
Therapy dogs will be in the library on Thursday, April 20th between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm. Come by and get a little canine cuddling to help steady those exam nerves.
In 2016 the Frances Willson Thompson Library took steps to preserve and make more accessible UM-Flint’s graduate student theses and dissertations.
Since our last update we have continued to work on the project and track how many times the theses have been downloaded from Deep Blue, the University of Michigan’s institutional repository. We also helped Graduate Programs set up a work flow to capture newly submitted theses digitally and make them available to a wider scholarly audience more quickly. The process was implemented in the Fall 2016 semester and so far ten theses have been successfully submitted this way.
Deep Blue By the Numbers
391 theses were added to Deep Blue between July 2015 and December 2016.
159 theses (41% of the 391) have been downloaded at least once.
3,223 total downloads, half of which were downloaded between October to December of 2016.
123 of the 159 theses (77%) are designated as open access, meaning they are freely available to anyone on the internet through search engines like Google Scholar.
119 of the 123 openly accessible theses (96%) have been downloaded at least once; and all of the top ten downloaded theses are open access.
3,134 of the 3,223 total downloads (97%) are for the openly accessible theses.
The year was 1817. The United States itself had not existed for very long, and Michigan was not yet a state but still a frontier territory. Detroit was a long way from being the world class city it would become.
Flint, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor would not be established until somewhat later. Yet, even then, people in Michigan Territory had big ideas about public education.
On August 26 of 1817, territorial governor Lewis Cass and local judges drew up the initial charter for what was originally called The Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania. “Catholepistemiad” being a word coined by Judge Augustus Woodward, after whom the main north-south road in Metro Detroit is named.
He intended the word to mean “a school of universal science.” The original proposed name was soon simplified to The University of Michigan.
In the early years in Detroit, the U of M was not really what we would now think of as a college or university. It was something more like an advanced high school or preparatory school.
Fast forward 20 years to 1837. By then, Michigan had become a state and the population was growing. Therefore, there was more of a need for public education at all levels.
Among the many towns and cities being established in the state at that time was Ann Arbor, in the county just west of Wayne County where Detroit is.
A forty acre, square shaped plot of land in Ann Arbor was acquired and the first few buildings of what would eventually become a world class university were built. The Reverend Henry Colclazer was appointed in 1837 as the first University of Michigan Librarian.
In 1841, the first college level students began their studies at the Ann Arbor campus. Four years later, twelve men formed the first graduating class of the University of Michigan.
The School of Literature, Sciences and Arts (LSA) was the first specific U of M college or school to be established. As the rest of the 1800s progressed, other schools and colleges were added, such as Engineering, Medicine, Law, and of course Library Science.
As has unfortunately been the case in American society generally, the University was slow to integrate on the basis of race and gender. Samuel Codes Watson was the first known African-American student at the University in 1853.
In 1870, Madelon Stockwell became the first woman student at Michigan.
By the 1860s, many of the extracurricular activities that are now such a big part of University life had been or were being established. Greek letter societies had existed almost from the beginning of the Ann Arbor campus.
The first of today’s intercollegiate sports teams, the Wolverines baseball team, began play in 1866.
The following year, the familiar University colors of maize and blue were first used.
In 1879, the Michigan football team played and won its first game.
At that point, the American version of the game had not yet fully evolved and what was played then was more like today’s game of rugby.
As history moved forward from the 1800s into the 1900s, the Ann Arbor campus continued to grow and expand far beyond the original 40 acre “Diag” area, taking over larger and larger parts of Ann Arbor.
Eventually there would be four distinct “campuses” in Ann Arbor, first being the original campus, another being the Medical Center.
The North Campus first began to be built in the 1950s and has grown over the years.
Finally, there is the South, or Athletic campus, where the University sports venues including Michigan Stadium (The Big House) are located.
Another favorite sports venue on the Ann Arbor campus is Alumni Field, where Coach Carol Hutchins leads the top ranked Wolverine women’s softball team.
Wondering about our campus here in Flint?
As Michigan’s population grew along with the demand for higher education, it was proposed that the University open additional campuses outside of Ann Arbor.
Flint businessman, Charles Stewart Mott, offered a large sum of his fortune to the University for the purpose of starting a campus here.
Others joined him in the effort, and in the fall of 1956 the first students arrived to attend classes at what was originally called The University of Michigan-Flint College.
Later, the word “College” was dropped from the name; we were officially the University of Michigan-Flint
The Dearborn campus opened in 1959.
The University still maintains a presence in the city where it originated 200 years ago, in the form of the Detroit Center, located on the street named after one of the University’s founders, Woodward Avenue.
From a dream in the minds of ambitious frontier residents, the University of Michigan has grown over two centuries into one of the leading institutions of higher education in the United States and the world.
The bicentennial motto is a very fitting description of this great University, and it echoes the refrain of the school’s famous fight song: The University of Michigan…Always Leading, Forever Valiant.
For those of whose lives have formed part of the history of the Thompson Library, an era of monumental changes has ended.
Beth Annie Szuch, the last of our librarians who have been here since the 70s, has retired.
In a brief ceremony held in the Library on Friday (January 6, 2017), Laura Friesen and Becky Waller recited some of Annie’s accomplishments during her years working in the library.
The talking was followed by the eating, with a fantastic buffet enjoyed by librarians, library staff and several invited guests with close ties to Annie and her work within the Library and the Biology Department. During the entire event, there was a lot of reminiscing, with plenty of old stories told (some familiar, some new to several), memories shared, happy moments relived, a few tears, and lots of laughter.
Annie was accompanied to the gathering by her husband, Ernie Szuch (professor of Biology, retired).
As the Guest of Honor, Annie had the opportunity to visit with old friends and colleagues, even those no longer working at UM-Flint — such as her former supervisor and friend, Dave Hart (retired), Gary Pace from Biology (retired) along with his wife, Colleen, and Karen Arthur from Human Resources, just to name a few of those that attended.
Annie’s association with the University of Michigan-Flint goes way back. A native of the area, her father graduated from UM-Flint with a teaching degree. Years later, Annie followed in her father’s footsteps and graduated from UM-Flint, but with a degree in biology.
It was during her undergrad years that Annie met fellow student and biology major, Ernie Szuch. The rest is history.
After they married, Ernie went on to get his graduate degree in biology, eventually returning to teach on our campus, becoming a respected fixture of UM-Flint until his own recent retirement.
Annie chose a different path. She continued her education by obtaining her master’s degree in Library Science from UM-Ann Arbor.
Annie began working at Thompson Library in 1977, where she was assigned to work with Ingrid in Technical Services.
Working in serials section of Tech Services, Annie processed the incoming journal issues and sent older volumes to the bindery, maintained journals on-shelf and updated the card catalog.
Over the years, Annie has progressed through the ranks, moving on to handling new book orders, donated books, and maintaining the index of materials owned by the Library through updating the (at that time) new online database, MIRLYN as our cataloger.
Plus, of course, Annie also worked front-and-center as a Reference Librarian, Biology Department Library Liaison, and teaching librarian.
Through all those decades of service, Annie has seen a lot of changes.
From starting out in the UM-Flint library that shared space with Mott College at the Mott Memorial Building, to the vast, open area where the library remained for a couple decades on the 5th floor of the Classroom Office Building (fondly know to one and all as CROB, now dubbed French Hall in honor of our former Chancellor), to the brand new facility made specifically and exclusively to house the Thompson Library, Annie has seen it all.
No other librarian in current service can make that claim.
And thus ends an era.
Though Annie is leaving us, her life will continue to remain full and active.
She will continue to share her magnificent log cabin home with her husband, Ernie, as well as several family members that happen to have 4 legs, a tail and fur — and purr!
We’ll miss hearing of the exploits of Annie’s cats, both living and living in memory, such as Two-Spot, Smudge, Petunia and Gracie.
Her cats will be by her side when she enjoys some of her favorite hobbies, such as spinning wool into yarn, then using the yarn she created to knit beautiful and warm items of clothing.
Annie has developed a great deal of expertise in this particular hobby, and has taught both spinning and knitting to others.
Knowing Annie’s fondness for her knitting projects and anything related to yarn, her colleagues at the Thompson Library gave Annie a gift certificate to her favorite yarn shop, Heritage Spinning and Weaving of Lake Orion, where Annie has been known to teach a class or two as well.
Annie tells us she will be using her gift certificate to purchase a new 8-shaft loom to replace her old 4-shaft loom. The old loom will likely become available if anyone is interested in learning how to use one. (And of course, Annie can even teach you HOW to use a loom. She also teaches knitting, both beginner and advanced, as well.)
Not to be outdone, Gary Pace (retired UM-Flint associate professor of biology) and his wife, Colleen gifted Annie with a framed photograph of herself and Ernie — underwater, snorkeling in the clear, blue ocean.
It’s an incredible keepsake of just one of the many adventures that Annie and Ernie have shared over the years, including incredible memories of summers spent on expeditions from the Caribbean to the Smokey Mountains to the great forests of the north. Now they have a photo that captures an amazing moment of their many adventures together.
We all enjoyed the party, but it had a bitter-sweet overtone for everyone there, knowing that we were celebrating a life well lived, but that the course of that life would no longer include Annie’s bright and smiling face joining us daily — or boxes of donuts from the Davison bakery.
Annie, we are going to miss you.
But we join together in wishing you all happiness and all possible joy in your retirement.
May the new life you now begin be as wonderful — and as memorable — as the one you have left as your legacy.
Thompson Library will be OPEN for 90 Consecutive Hours during Study Week!
The Frances Willson Thompson Library will open at 8 am on Monday, December 12th and will remain open until 2am on Friday, December 16th.
That’s right —- the library will remain open 24 hours Monday, Tuesday and Wed, not closing again until 2am on Friday, December 16th this year.
This winter, in conjunction with and through the assistance of Student Government as well as the generosity of volunteers within the library staff, Thompson Library will adjust its hours of operation, extending the time we are open.
There will be several mini-events in the library throughout the 24 hour schedule to support students stressed by preparing for finals.
Student Government is providing light refreshments early in the evening.
Therapy Dogs will again be visiting Thompson Library this year to assist students dealing with Finals stress. Come play with the dogs! They’ll be here on Thursday (December 15th) from noon to 2 pm.
Coloring books, those charming pages with intricate designs, will be available along with coloring pencils to help take your mind off studying for a few minutes.
Students needing to study for exams, or to work on that final paper, are welcome during our extended hours at Thompson Library throughout the week.
Come and take advantage of these special extended hours to do all that last-minute cramming and put the final touches on your project this week.
Thompson Library has over 900 chairs at carrels, tables and several study rooms in a quiet atmosphere.
Study rooms can be reserved online. From the online list, select your preferred date, time and room, then pick up the key at the Circulation Desk when you arrive. Reserve online and be guaranteed a group study space!
Bring your coffee, your books and (if you want) your laptops – whatever you need to do your research and studying in a quiet, serene location conducive to scholarly contemplation.
Campus-wide Wi-Fi and the ITS computer lab machines and printers (on all 3 floors of the Library) are available.
Or check out a laptop using your library card (UMID) for use inside the library.
There are over 70 computers (including a few Macs) in the ITS lab located within the library (divided among all 3 floors).
Additionally, ITS supplies the Library with 3 printer/copier machines (one on each floor) plus one color printer (3rd floor) for your convenience. All printers are connected to the campus-wide print-queue via the Papercut system.
Send your document to the printer from any ITS computer lab machine. The document is saved in your personal print queue; no one else can see or print it. Then retrieve your document at ANY ITS computer lab printer by sliding your UMID card to pull up YOUR list of items sent to printer. Select the document you want now, hit print button. It’s that easy.
You can even send documents to the print queue from your laptop via the campus WiFi system. (See ITS website for instructions.)
Need technical assistance? ITS has a telephone on the wall next to the printers with their 5 digit inter-campus number clearly posted. Give them a call and they can walk you through any computer, software or printer difficulties.
Need to charge your electronics? There are many outlet plugs (including under each of the carrels along the edge of the room) for powering devices.
Be sure NOT to leave electronic devices unattended. Not all elves have good intentions. (Some are elves of mischief — and theft.)
Laptops are available to checkout for use within the library.
VHS and DVD players are available in each of the Study Rooms.
Study Rooms can be reserved online (check the UM-Flint Thompson Library website) for study groups.
Plus there are Reference Librarians on hand to help you find and use the research materials provided by the library, both in print and online.
Thompson Library provides access to:
Over 250,000 books shelved in our building and an additional 500,000 ebooks online (available to borrow just like the print books, but readable as full text online).
A collection of over 4,000 music CDs and videos in DVD format.
Over 1,000 databases offering indexes to scholarly journals and data sets, many full text online.
… and so much more!
And — as always — our librarians and staff will be available to assist students with their research needs.
— HOURS OF OPERATION —
Through the end of December 2016, Thompson Library will be open during the following hours:
Monday (12th) — Thursday (15th):Open 24 hours
Friday (16th) : Close at 2am.
Friday (16th) : 8 am to 10 pm
Saturday : 10 am to 10 pm
Sunday: 12 noon to 12 midnight
Monday (19th) — Tuesday (20th): 8 am to 2 am
Wednesday (21st): 8 am to 12 midnight
Thursday (22nd): 8 am to 6 pm
Friday (23rd): 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday (24th) — Begin Winter Intersession — CLOSED
Should you need something enticing, enlightening or stimulating, or just plain FUN to read during this long winter break — remember your library has a large paperback collection of “good reads,” at the bottom of the stairs on the 1st floor (just beyond the Oversized books), an extensive literature collection (see the call items in call number PS on the 1st floor near the windows) as well as plenty of best sellers and topically or timely fascinating books in our Browsing Collection.
There is a desperate need for people to registered as organ donors upon their death to help save lives of those who through injury, birth defects, or disease are in desperate need of replacement organs.
Informing the public of the facts of organ donation and getting as many people as possible to register as organ donors is vital.
Once again, as we have for the past 5 years, University of Michigan-Flint’s Thompson Library hosted an Organ Donor event in October in conjunction with the UM-Flint Student Nurses Association.
Libraries all across the State of Michigan participated in the event, raising awareness and signing up thousands of new donors while simultaneously enlightening thousands more about the need for organ donors.
The results of the 2016 organ donor drive are as follows:
University of Michigan-Flint, Thompson Library
Hours booth was open: 8
New Donors registered: 43
Visitors already registered as donors: 288
People asking for information: 83
How does this compare with UM-Flint’s participation in years past? Here’s how it breaks down:
YearNew Donors Registered
Numbers may have dropped over earlier years, but overall University of Michigan-Flint continues to have good participation and regularly increases the number of Michigan citizens who are now on the organ donor list.
How do we compare to other libraries over the years? Here’s the breakdown:
YearAllLibraries New FlintDonors Flint Donors%
2010 5 72 32.0%
2011 10 77 18.6%
2012 29 67 9.4%
2013 38 48 8.4%
2014 57 42 7.9%
2015 60 32 7.2%
2016 74 43 7.0%
Statewide, there were 154 participating organizations, with 74 staffed organ donor registration tables and 80 organ donor informational displays.
2016 Statistics — State of Michigan
New Donors registered: 597
Visitors already registered as donors: 2,558
Potential Donors asking for information: 1,907
Total visitors to booth: 4,872
Hours booth was open: 823
In all, UM-Flint contributed about 7% of the total people who registered as organ donors during the one-day drive this year.
Just want to kick back and read a good book this weekend?
THOMPSON LIBRARY CAN HELP!
Student, faculty, or staff — you are part of the University of Michigan. You stand among the Leaders and the Best. You hold yourself to a higher standard. You are a scholar in the best sense of that word. You regularly use the library to research topics. You do your due diligence — digging for facts and verifying your data.
But every now and then, you’d just like to escape into another place, a place populated with cowboys, Jedi warriors, dashing and romantic heroes, colorful pirates, brilliant compassionate doctors or mysterious strangers.
You know the UM library is a great source for facts, figures and academic articles. But this weekend, you just want a fun read to kick back with, something that will let you get away from the stress of higher education and slip into an exciting world far from your daily existence. A little creative escapism.
You just want a good book to read over the weekend ...
Good news! We CAN help!
Thompson Library actually has some great reads, good books just for you to jump in and enjoy as plain old escapist reading.
Where can you find a fun read in the library?
LOTS of places!
Where exactly will depend largely on what type of item you want.
For instance on the first floor of the library (near the windows in the Atrium), books indexed in the call number “PS” section contain our collection of literature.
It’s a vast and varied collection ranging from the great classics to works of fiction in nearly every genre imaginable.
There are even several fiction paperbacks that are included in the literature section of the Main Collection, PS call number section.
FIND a BOOK in the MAIN COLLECTION by TITLE or AUTHOR:
Check the MIRLYNlibrary catalog online for your favorite author — or even for a title you’d like to read. It may already be in the PS section of the library collection. Find the call number and locate the book on shelf. Use your UMID to check it out.
The library will loan you — for free! — good books to enjoy reading just for fun.
Speaking of paperback books, did you know that Thompson Library has an extensive collection of paperback books, just for the purpose of finding a good read for a quiet afternoon (or before bedtime)?
The Paperback collection is located on the 1st floor near the Oversized Books and Microfilm cabinets.
They’re directly in front of the elevator when you step off on the 1st floor. Just keep walking past the row of Oversized books and you’ll find a reader’s delight of paperbacks.
Paperbacks are organized by genre, so whether you like Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery, Suspense or Historical Fiction, you’re likely to find something you’ll enjoy reading.
The Paperback collection is not cataloged in MIRLYN, so it’s “browse the shelves,” only to locate a book you’d like to borrow. But they’re easily scanned with titles clearly visible on the spine of the books — and we have many to choose from on the shelves.
Any book on the Paperback Collection shelves can be checked out for 3 weeks, with the option to renew for an additional 3 weeks.
CURRENTLY POPULAR “BEST SELLER LIST” BOOKS:
Or perhaps you want to read a book that is currently (or was recently) on the Best Seller’slist?
Our Browsing Collection should help you out! It contains best sellers of a variety of genres.
Located on the 3rd floor (near the Circulation Desk and close to the entrance to the Library), the shelves of the Browsing Collection have books from best seller’s lists in fiction, books of local interest (including books written by local authors) and best selling books on non-fiction.
We even have an extensive collection of Children’s Literature in our library which you may borrow.
We maintain a quality collection of children’s books for use and education of our future elementary school teachers currently attending our School of Education — but any student, staff or faculty from UM-Flint can check them out.
So if you want a good read for the children in your family, we can help with those books, too.
All items within the children’s literature genre are indexed and searchable in the MIRLYN online library catalog.
Find the call number in MIRLYN and — if you need help — ask one of our Reference Librarians to assist you in locating the book on shelf.
MOVIES & MUSIC:
For those who prefer to watch movies rather than read, we have a nice little collection of popular films in several formats, from VHS to DVD to BlueRay to streaming online via subscription service databases
ALEXANDER STREET PRESS and KANOPY.
(See list of databases on Thompson Library website to access any of these resources — authentication with UM-Flint credentials required to view any subscription item online.)
Any item the library owns — including videos and music — can be found by using the MIRLYNlibrary catalog online. Want to limit results to ONLY videos and music? Switching the drop-down box for our various collections to limit results to “Media.”
MIRLYN will provide the call number, which can be given to the clerks at the Circulation Desk (where you check out books) to retrieve. Note that all media items have a 1 week check out loan period.
Want to listen to some music? We have that, too!
We have an extensive collection of music from classical to swing to rock to jazz — historic or contemporary, we have it!
The music CD collection is near the video collection, and as with everything else in the library, can be found using the library catalog.
Having trouble finding something that interests you?
Ask a Reference Librarian for help.
They can help you find anything we have in the library and beyond, and will probably be happy to discuss their favorite books or videos with you.
Reference Librarians like to read for fun, too!
No matter what you enjoy reading or viewing, whether doing scholarly research, or just want something to kick back with for a leisurely afternoon, you’ll find it at Thompson Library.
Historical Information on Flint’s Big Brothers Organization
In 2015, Robert Ryder of Reston, Virginia, donated the papers of his late father, Joseph T. Ryder (1906-1979) to our University of Michigan-Flint Genesee Historical Collections Center.
These papers have been processed and are now available for researchers to access on-site.
Who was Joe Ryder? Joe was the person largely responsible for Flint, Michigan having a vibrant and successful Big Brother program.
Ryder came from the Toledo area to Flint in 1944 to direct the Flint Youth Bureau, a new program supported by the C. S. Mott Foundation.
For the next 35 years, he led the organization and its successor, Big Brother of Greater Flint, to provide guidance to underprivileged boys who typically were delinquent or had no father at home.
The collection provides ample documentation on the organization’s history, as well as his involvement in community education seminars held around the U.S., and on the national organization of Big Brothers.
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If you would like to learn more about Mr. Ryder and his association with the beginning of Flint’s Big Brothers organization, please contact our Archivist, Paul Gifford.
Better still, drop in and visit Paul at the Genesee Historical Archives to learn more about Mr. Ryder and other people and events which had an impact on our local, state and national development.
Genesee Historical Archives is located in the Frances Willson Thomopson Libray building, 2nd floor corridor (near the tube to UPAV).
Contact information and hours of operation for the Archive are available on the Thompson Library website at: