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–Extended Library Hours– Study Days – April 2017


It’s BACK!

STUDY   DAYS    in  the   LIBRARY


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).

 

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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!

 

  • Need computers?
    • 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.

 

  • Recharge devices?
    • 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.

 

  • Need headphones?
    • 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.

 

  • FOOD?!! 
    • 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.

 

  • Stressed?
    • 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.

 

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Questions?

Contact Thompson Library for more information at:

Reference Desk:   810 / 762-3408

Circulation Desk:   810 / 762-3400

Librarians:   library-reference@umflint.edu

 


 

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— HOURS for STUDY DAYS —

 

Beginning Monday, April 18th, Thompson Library will be open during the following hours:

 

Monday, April 17 :                          Open at 8 am — Open 24 hours

Tuesday, April 18:                             Open 24 hours

Wednesday, April 19:                     Open 24 hours

Thursday, April 20:                           Open 24 hours   —   Close at midnight.

Friday, April 21:                                   8 am to 10 pm  (open extra 2 hours)

          Saturday (22nd):                    10 am to 10 pm   (open extra 2 hours)

          Sunday (23rd):                        12 noon to midnight  (extra 2 hours)

Monday (24th):                                    8 am to 2 am (extra 2 hours)

Tuesday (25th):                                    8 am to 2 am (extra 2 hours)

Wednesday (26th):                            8 am to midnight

Thursday (27th):                                  8 am  to 6 pm

Friday (28th):                                         8 am to 6 pm

        Saturday (29th):                          CLOSED  

        Sunday (30th):                              CLOSED

 


          Spring hours begin Monday, May 1, 2017

          and run through the end of summer semester.


 

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—     SPRING HOURS    —-

2017

Monday – Thursday:                                            8 am    to  10 pm

Friday:                                                                          8 am    to    6 pm

         Saturday:                                                         12 noon to 6 pm

         Sunday:                                                             12 noon to 8 pm


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Graduate Theses Digitization Update #2

 

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.
A chart of the total number of downloads from July 2015 to December 2016.
A chart of the total number of downloads from July 2015 to December 2016.

Deep Blue Top 10 Downloaded Theses

Title Author Year Total
Faces of Feminism: The Gibson Girl and the Held Flapper in Early Twentieth Century Mass Culture Raina-Joy Jenifer Palso 2001 221
Hemingway in Turkey:  The Influence of His Turkish Experiences on His Writing Neriman Kuyucu 2013 185
Comparing Public and Private Prison Systems Joseph Shannon Gregson 2000 159
Shadow Warriors: Navy SEALS and the Rise in American Society Cory Butzin 2009 153
The Cult of True Womanhood: Women of the Mid-nineteenth Century and Their Assigned Roles as Reflected in Contemporary Writing Laurie Bonventre 2005 149
An American Indian Revolution:  The American Indian Movement and the Occupation of Wounded Knee, SD, 1973  Nicholas A. Timmerman 2012 149
Joseph McCarthy and the Loss of China:  A Study in Fear and Panic Adam Ferenz 2014 110
Capturing Detroit Through An Underground Lens:  Issues of the Sixties Inside Pages of the  Detroit Fifth Estate, 1965-1970 Harold Bressmer Edsall 2010 99
Ellery Queen: Forgotten Master Detective Cathy Akers-Jordan 1998 97
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Advance Directives Melody Williams 2002 78

Going Forward

In 2017 we are continuing the project by reaching out to the remaining authors and preparing the second batch of theses for digitization, which we hope will take place later this year.

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

Bicentennial of the University of Michigan

 


200 Years of The Leaders and Best:

University of Michigan Bicentennial


 

 

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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.

Governor Lewis Cass, Michigan

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.

Samuel Codes Watson

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.

First Woman to Graduate From Medical School First woman to graduate from University of Michigan Medical School — Madelon Louisa Stockwell

 

 

 

In 1870, Madelon Stockwell became the first woman student at Michigan.

Image: Available online in Bentley Image Bank and in Ann Arbor, Michigan photograph collection, Bentley Historical Library, Ann Arbor in the 1870s.

 

 

 

 

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.

Michigan Wolverines football team, 1883
Michigan Wolverines Football Team, 1894.

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.

Michigan Wolverines Football Team, 1897.

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.

Michigan Wolverines Football Team, 1902.

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.

University of Michigan Stadium, May 2011 Photo by Corey Seeman
Sign at University of Michigan Stadium. Photo by Corey Seeman, 2009.

Finally, there is the South,  or Athletic campus, where the University sports venues including Michigan Stadium (The Big House) are located.

 

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University of Michigan Football Stadium. — Photo by Corey Seeman, 2011.

University of Michigan Alumni Field, Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of Michigan Women’s Softball Coach Carol Huchins.

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.

Charles Stewart Mott

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.

GO BLUE!!

By:   Vanessa Prygoski

Annie Szuch Retires after 40 Years of Library Service


Annie Closes a Door on a Library Era

While she Opens a Door into her Future!


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Beth Annie Szuch, retirement celebration, January 6, 2017.

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.

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Beth Annie Szuch. Librarian, Thompson Library, University of Michigan-Flint.

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.

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Retirement celebration for Annie Szuch, January 6, 2017.

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.

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UM-Flint Libraray in the Mott Memorial Building (1970s).

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.

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University of Michigan-Flint Library, 5th floor, CROB, mid 1980s.

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.

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Construction of the Thompson Library, which opened October 1994.
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Thompson Library, 3rd floor carrels overlooking the Atrium.
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Thompson Library, north side.

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.

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Smudge Szuch in the rafters at home during the holidays.

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.

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Annie at her favorite hobby.

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.

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Annie’s cane, uniquely personalized!

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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.)

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Retirement Celebration for Annie Szuch, Thomposon Library, 2017.

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.

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Annie Szuch retirement celebration, Thompson Library, 1-6-17.

 

Annie, we are going to miss you.

But we join together in wishing you all happiness and all possible joy in your retirement.

 

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May the new life you now begin be as  wonderful  —  and as memorable     —    as the one you have left as your legacy.



—– OPEN ALL NIGHT! —– Extended Hours at Thompson Library Start December 12, 2016.

 Finals are approaching.   We’re here to help.

Thompson Library  will be  OPEN  for  90  Consecutive Hours during Study Week!


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A reminder from the Library! Help for study stress during the Thompson Library 24 hour study days.
Studying at Thompson LibraryNeed a place to study on campus throughout the day and night?

The Frances Willson Thompson Library will open at 8 am on Monday, December 12th and will remain open  until 2am on Friday, December 16th.

Studying for Final Exams at Thompson Library

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.

Thompson Library Atrium

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.

 

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There will be several mini-events in the library throughout the 24 hour schedule to support students stressed by preparing for finals.

Student Life hands out breakfast sandwiches, bagels, beverages and more!

 

 

Student Government is providing light refreshments early in the evening.

Therapy Dogs visit University of Michigan-Flint campus. (2015)

 

 

 

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.

Detailed coloring books and pencils to help relieve stress.

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.

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Silent Study Room Now Available

Thompson Library has over 900 chairs at carrels, tables and several study rooms in a quiet atmosphere.

Therapy Dogs visit Thompson Library

 

 

 

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!

Reservation form online for Thompson Library study rooms!

 

 

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.

Therapy Dogs visit Thompson Library

 

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).

One of the ITS Lab Papercut Print Queue Printer in Thompson Library

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.

Control screen on the ITS Lab printer in Thompson Library.

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.)

Use the phones (next to printers) in Thompson Library to make free inter-campus calls. Call the ITS HelpDesk for assistance with computers, computer programs or printers. They’ll even help you print from a laptop!

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.

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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 available for checkout! Ask at Circulation Desk. Use your library card (UMIC) to check out a laptop. In-library use, only.
  • 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.
Midnight at the oasis — the Reference Desk. Vera Anderson and Vince Prygoski working the post-midnight hours in the Library.

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.

 

 

DVDs, VHS tapes, Music CDs — plus books and ebooks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 

 

HAPPY  NEW  YEAR!

Winter Semester Begins  —  January 3, 2017

Winter Hours in Effect for 2017

(See:   Library Hours for calendar of hours through April 2017)


Need some holiday entertainment???

 

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.

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The semester is almost over.

Let’s go to the Library!

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Thompson Library Hosts Organ Donor Drive

 

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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.

 

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Informing the public of the facts of organ donation and getting as many people as possible to register as organ donors is vital.

 

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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:

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     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:

Year                       New Donors Registered

2016                                       43

2015                                       32

2014                                       42

2013                                       48

2012                                       67

2011                                       77

2010                                       72

Volunteers manning the Thompson Library organ donor registration table.

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.

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How do we compare to other libraries over the years?  Here’s the breakdown:

Year             All Libraries       New Flint Donors          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

Volunteers manning the Thompson Library organ donor registration table.

In all, UM-Flint contributed about 7% of the total people who registered as organ donors during the one-day drive this year.

Well done, University of Michigan-Flint people!

For more information, see:

Michigan Libraries for Life



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“Where’s Your Fiction?”

 


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!

That’s right.

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.

 

MAIN  COLLECTION:

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.

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It’s a vast and varied collection ranging from the great classics to works of fiction in nearly every genre imaginable.

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There are even several fiction paperbacks that are included in the literature section of  the Main Collection, PS call number section.

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FIND  a  BOOK  in the MAIN COLLECTION by  TITLE  or  AUTHOR:

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Check the MIRLYN library 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.

 

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That’s right.

The library will loan you — for free! — good books to enjoy reading  just for fun.

 

 

PAPERBACK  BOOKS:

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.

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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.

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Paperbacks are organized by genre, so whether you like         Science FictionFantasyRomance, 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.

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Any book on the Paperback Collection shelves can be checked out for 3 weeks, with the option to renew for an additional 3 weeks.

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CURRENTLY POPULAR “BEST SELLER LIST” BOOKS:

 

Or perhaps you want to read a book that is currently (or was recently) on the Best Seller’s list?

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Our Browsing Collection should help you out!  It contains best sellers of a variety of genres.

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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.

 

 

CHILDREN’S  BOOKS:

We even have an extensive collection of Children’s Literature in our library which you may borrow.

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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.

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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:

 

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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.)

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Any item the library owns — including videos and music — can be found by using the MIRLYN library 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.

 

MUSIC

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.

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NEED HELP?

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!

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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.



Big Brothers in Flint — Ryder Papers Now Available in Archives

 


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.

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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.

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Flint Youth Bureau winter activity at the old Sugarbush, a favorite wintertime destination.

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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C.S. Mott, Harlow (Red) Curtice, and other automotive pioneers at the Cultural Center about 1958.

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:

http://libguides.umflint.edu/friendly.php?s=library

 

Information on the Archive’s finding aids and digital collections may be found at:

https://www.umflint.edu/archives/archives



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What Can you Check Out at the Library?



Did you know you could check this out at the library?


Use your MCard (UMID) at the Library!

In addition to being your ID at UM, it’s also your library card.  (Turn it over and see the barcode on the back, along with your library card number.  It should begin with 59015—

But WHAT can you get with a library card these days?

Sure, you can use the online library catalog (MIRLYN) to find books in our main collection to check out.   There are over a quarter of a million books currently on-shelf in Thompson Library you can check out. (Plus all those books in the Ann Arbor campus libraries, too.)

But did you know you can also use your library card to check out these items from the library?

 

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Headphones — check out headphones at the library. Use on any computer. In-library use, only.

Listen to music or audio files on your computer without disturbing others.


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Graphing Calculators — Use for higher math functions, calculus, trigonometry, etc.

External Disc Drives – Use to play DVDs or CDs on computers without an internal disc drive (i.e. the ITS machines)


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Laptop Computers — Available to use in library. Check out with your library card (MCard).


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Thompson Library has a small but growing collection of materials to help those learning English as a second language.


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Children’s literature — Thompson Library has an extensive collection of children’s literature in support of UM-Flint’s School of Education.  Standard loan period applies to all books in the Children’s Literature.

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From Thompson Library’s collection of children’s literature.

Children’s Literature collection is currently housed on the 3rd floor of the Thompson Library.  If you need assistance locating the materials, please ask at the Information Desk near the entrance.


Media Collection —

  • Movies (both educational and entertainment)
  • Music (all genres)

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We have movies in both VHS and DVD formats.  (Mostly DVD.)

We have non-fiction, educational videos across a wide variety of fields, from Business to Medicine to Shakespeare and more.

We have popular movies, such as Patriot Games, Forest Gump, Marathon Man, Braveheart, Harry Potter, Paint Your Wagon — and many more.

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We have music CDs on shelf — LOTS of music CDs on shelf!  Plus a wide variety of music (both vocals and instrumentals).

All available to check out from the library.

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Browsing Collection —

We also have current and recent best sellers available for yoreading pleasure in our Browsing Collection (3rd floor).

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Special Collections —

We frequently put out special collections of books to share current interest or events with everyone.

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Atlas Collection —

Plus we have other items of interest nearby as well, such as the current newspapers shelf, and the Atlas Collection of maps.

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Study Rooms —

Did you know you can check out a Study Room?

Use the online software from the Thompson Library website to reserve a Study Room.  Then pick up the key to the room at Circulation using your library card (UMID) to check it out.

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Lockers —

We even have small lockers to store you things while you’re in the library.   (They cost a quarter — and are emptied out regularly, so there should be one waiting for you when you need it.)

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Blue Books, Scantrons & Pencils —

And if you need Blue Books or Scantrons for an upcoming test in your class, we usually have those available, too.  (Ask at the Circulation Desk.)   Plus pencils — everyone needs pencils.  All available for you right at the Library.

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The Library is the best place to find reliable, scholarly information.

The Library is absolutely the best place to do your research.

But the Library is so much more than that.

Come in and walk through your library.

You’ll be amazed at what you can find.

AND …   At what you can check out!

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Banned Books Week, September 25 – October 1, 2016 — Suggested Reading Lists

 


Be Subversive!

Read a Banned Book!


You are an iconoclast.

You think and reason for yourself.

You are a diploma-toting member of the intelligentsia.   (Or will be soon, if you have anything to say about it.   And you do!)

You don’t rely on Google to tell you what to think or what to do.

You understand due diligence.

You do your research.

You are informed.

You are knowledgeable.

You are a candle of wisdom shining in a dark world.

You are subversive.

You …

READ!

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Visit the Thompson Library BANNED BOOK display to see several books in our collection that have been banned.

Books they don’t want you to read.

But you will.

Because it’s your right!

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Read a Banned Book today!

 

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Located on the 3rd floor.  (Ask at Information Desk for directions.)

 


 

Want to read more about Banned Book Week?

Check out the American Libraries Association website.