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:

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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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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:

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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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)

img_3624We have Movies & Music on shelves in the library (3rd floor).

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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img_3616See the Banned Book Display in the Thompson Library, UM-Flint.

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.

 



 

 

Patriots & Peacemakers; Serving their Nation, and the World


Arab Americans

In Service to Our Country

Patriots  –  Peace Makers  –  Diplomats


 

img_3576fullsizeEarly in September, a new and thought-provoking walk-though display was assembled on the 3rd floor of the Thompson Library near the main entrance.

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The display addresses what one person interviewed described as  the responsibility to give back to your nation.   Various categories of service are listed, all that serve in one aspect or the other as either:   Patriot, Peace Maker, or Diplomat.

Brought to us by the Arab American National Museum, this traveling img_3366-002display will be available to experience in the University of Michigan-Flint Thompson Library through December 2016.

The display highlights the contribution of Arab Americans in service to their country from the 1800’s to present day.

img_3378First on the list of information available to the viewer as one walks through the display is a simple but perhaps not well known fact; Arab Americans are not a small nor homogeneous group of tight-knit people with an identical ethnicity.

They derive from a very diverse popularion with widely disparate backgrounds, img_3567heritages, customs and religions coming from a large area of the globe that consists of many countries and regions.   The one thing they have in common is that they all have roots in that geographic area which spans the lands  identified as the Middle East and across the length of northern Africa.

img_3418-002Whether they are men or women, Muslims or Christians, old or img_3559young, these Americans have a long history of service to their country.

 

img_3410As you walk through the display, you’ll see images of men and women that served in various branches of the United States armed forces.

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You can read stories of men and women who served in World War I (nearly 14,000), World War II (over 15,000) and other engagements — many serving with distinction and honors.

Too many gave their country the last, full measure of devotion.

 

You can read about Rear Admiral Faye Glenn Abdellah, who also img_3404served as Deputy Surgeon General (1949 – 1989) — the first nurse and the first woman to hold that position.  Descending from both Algerian and Scottish heritage, her theories revolutionized nursing care, altering it from the standard disease-centered care to an improved  patient-centered approach.

You can read of the many other officers and soldiers (both men and img_3569women) who served the US military along with where and how they served, including the 3,500 Arab Americans currently serving their country today.

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img_3563After the infamy that was 9/11, many of these patriots found their loyalties questioned, and as a result the Association of Patriotic Arab Americans in the Military (APAAM) formed to offer support to Americans who, through no other reason than their ethnic origins, came under special scrutiny.

It was one of the first formal organizations for active and veteran img_3561Arab American service members, people who — by their beliefs and record of service to their nation — consider themselves Patriots.

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Being a patriot does not prevent a person from also being a Peace Maker, however.  As you walk through the fascinating display, you’ll img_3571see the record of many Arab Americans who served their nation in an entirely different way, through the Peace Corps.

img_3564The Peace Corps was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy to promote world peace and provide an international public service.  It is a volunteer organization which helps communities around the world understand U.S. culture while helping Americans understand the cultures of other groups and nations.

img_3572From the beginning days of the Peace Corps, Arab Americans have served; people such as Donna Shalala (1962), Bill Aossey and Janet Ghattas (1963), and many others have contributed to the success of the Peace Corps program.

The list of volunteers includes many who had previously served in the United States military, such as Antoinette Byda Peters Day (US Army, 1966 – 1970; Peace Corps, 2007 – 2009), proving that Arab Americans can be both Patriots AND Peace Makers within their lives, contributing both service to their country and service to their fellow man on behalf of their country.

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Another way many Arab Americans have combined these two aspects into their lives has been service in the U. S. Diplomatic Corps, many serving in positions in countries around the globe since World War II and in even greater numbers within the past 30 years.

img_3454As you wander through the expansive display, you’ll see interesting artifacts, watch video clips, listen to audio descriptions, and even get a chance to learn a few words in other languages.

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The historical information is informative, and photos are striking, and it is well worth the time to visit and meander through the display.

img_3389But alas, it is only on loan to the University of Michigan-Flint from the Arab American National Museum for a limited time.

We urge you to take advantage of this fascinating and informative display while it is available to our campus.

img_3388To visit the display, enter the Thompson Library  (University of Michigan-Flint) on the 3rd floor.

The display is easily seen from the entrance, directly behind the INFORMATION DESK.

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Shhhhhh …. !!! The Library Added a QUIET Room!

 


Need a QUIET place to study?

The Library Has It!


 

You need to review for your upcoming Econ quiz.  Or maybe you’re working on that English paper that’s due next week.  Study at home, with all those people demanding your time and attention?  Nope.  At the dorm, with everyone involved in their own lives?  Impossible!

Construction116Upon careful consideration of your options, you make the wise choice.  The library!

The tables in the Atrium have plenty of light from the 3 story windows, and that lovely pastoral view of the Flint river and U-M Flint, Andrea Yingervast open lawns …

So relaxing.

It’s a great place to study in peace and quiet.

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Unfortunately, about a hundred other students had the same idea.

And with the incredible acoustics in the Atrium, the subtle background sounds start gnawing on your nerves.

Then a large group comes in and sits at the table next to you.  And they start whispering.  It’s not that bad.  You can ignore them and immerse yourself in studying.

img_3648A girl giggles.  Someone drops a book.  Somewhere someone is talking on their phone.   You hear the faint sound of music wafting down from the upper level carrels.  Several nearby students start talking about where to go for dinner, what clothes to wear and …

You are about ready to explode!

All you need is a room where you can get some peace and quiet and get your work done.  Why can’t that place be the library?!!!

What you need is a quiet study room.

And Thompson Library has it.  

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The Silent Study Room opened early in September, just for you — the img_3618student who needs a quiet, peaceful place to study.

img_3047There are no computers, no TVs, no audio players — just very comfortable furniture, good lighting — and silence.

No reservations needed.

If you need help finding the Silent Study img_3043Room, just ask any library staff (check at the Information Desk near the entrance).

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The Rules for using the Silent Study Room?

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NO groups.

NO noise.

Break those rules and be asked to leave.

This room is exclusively for you, the student who needs quiet.

And wants a good grade on that upcoming quiz.

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Silent Study Room.

Across from the Circulation Desk on the west wall, 3rd floor.

Room 319,  Thompson Library.

Just for you.

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Camp Summer Fun Visited the Library

 


Camp Summer Fun

UM-Flint Recreation Center and the Flint Cultural Center
A FUN and ENRICHING CAMP EXPERIENCE

  for Summer 2016!
For ages 6 – 11.

Campers benefit from the expertise and quality programming developed with supervision from faculty and students of the UM-Flint School of Education and Human Services. Camp Counselors are Education majors from the University and/or community members with demonstrated experience supervising young people. Education staff members from the Flint Cultural Center organizations are degreed educators in their respective fields.

Campers spend their mornings at the Flint Cultural Center, with Tuesday through Thursday dedicated to the weekly theme.


 

Every summer, the University of Michigan-Flint offers area youth the opportunity of joining the UM-F Camp Summer Fun.

It’s both an enjoyable and an educational opportunity for children ages 6 through 11 to be on campus and take advantage of the various services and opportunities here, supervised by qualified staff.

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This summer, the Campers had a new experience — a Day in the Library — where they selected from a wide range of books they could sit and read — or have a camp staffer read with them.

 

 

 

 

The campers had a great time walking img_3135through the Thompson Library, listening to a brief presentation by a librarian, and speaking with the Reference Librarian (Micky Doyle), who demonstrated how a librarian img_3130could help them find a book from in our collection on any topic they wanted.img_3129

 

They had a great time, and we enjoyed hosting them.

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Hope to see all of you back again in a few years, Campers.

 

Next time, as  UM-Flint students!

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Library Participated in ‘Be a Tourist in Your Home Town’ Event

On Saturday, July 16, 2016 the Frances Willson Thompson Library was a stop during the Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitor Bureau’s fourth annual Be a Tourist on Your Home Town event. The event ran from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and “tourists” paid $1 for a wristband that admitted them to many of the cultural and educational institutions in downtown, the campus/cultural, and the Miller Road/Court Street areas. MTA provided free bus routes to get between the various destinations.

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Although the library is open every Saturday (with exceptions for intersessions and holidays), we had a few special treats for the event.

In our atrium we had a peek behind the scenes of the CNN broadcast that took place around the Democratic Presidential Debate on March 6, 2016.

We opened the Genesee Historical Collections Center  for the day. The Center’s typical hours are Monday – Friday 1 – 5 p.m., with additional evening hours on Wednesdays until 9 p.m.

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Our student worker is ready to answer questions about the Center’s collections.

On display were some photos from the collection, most notably about the Arab American history of Flint and Genesee County.

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Enter the Crapo Room and step into the 19th century.

We also opened the Crapo Room, so that visitors could step into the 19th century. The Crapo Room was created in part to preserve the memory of Governor Henry Howland Crapo, Michigan’s 14th governor (serving from 1865 – 1869) and a Flint industrialist. Most the the furnishings and items in the room have been donated by his descendants, including Frances Willson Thompson, his great-granddaughter and the library’s benefactor.

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We enjoyed welcoming our hometown tourists and we look forward to next year’s event!



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.


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