Volume I, Issue I — Introducing Tolle Lege Newsletter

              Tolle Lege* …

                            ―   Take and Read!!

We appropriated for our title Augustine’s  famous phrase.  It captures what we in academic libraries are about:  Linking people with ideas.  Universities run on the fuel of ideas, of recorded knowledge. Whether hardcopy or digital, libraries will continue to be the institutions tasked with acquiring, organizing, making accessible, and preserving that knowledge, the ongoing Great Conversation of human culture.  In this newsletter, we’ll tell you some of the things we’re doing to preserve and broaden access to the Conversation of human culture.  In this newsletter, we’ll tell you some of the things we’re doing to preserve and broaden access to the Conversation.

In this issue, we alert you to our new, Google-like search too, Summon.  Summon simplifies searching by enabling you, with a single search, to reach across and into our hundreds of databases.  You can restrict your search to pee-reviewed journals or broaden it to go beyond our licensed resources.

Librarian Emily Newberry links people with ideas through her work with visiting Winegarden Professor Dr. Kenneth Waltzer, and his undergraduate course on the Holocaust.

A unique-in-the-nation project, Ken’s students are doing original research using the Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive database — a digital resource not available on most campuses.

In future issues, we’ll tell you about the Hathi Trust digital repository initiative — the mechanism that research libraries have established to ensure that our collections will be available in perpetuity (there’s no guarantee that GoogleBooks will be around into the next Century).

We’ll report on our ThinkLab project, a joint Student Government Council-Thompson Library initiative to develop media-rich group-study spaces.

Look also for a piece on the GetThis project, the rapid delivery system that has afforded Flint users rapid access to Ann Arbor’s seven million print volumes — and also made Flint a net-lender to Ann Arbor.  Check out other pieces about the Thompson Library on our blog(The Upper Shelf)  and Facebook.

Our shelves and our digital portals preserve and enable the ongoing Conversation that is the substance of the academic disciplines and of general education.

We’ll be reporting to you at regular intervals on what we’re doing to keep you linked with the ideas, both perennial and new, on those shelves and in those portals.

Meanwhile, whether it’s these pages or others, tolle lege . . .

By:  Robert Houbeck, Director —  Thompson Library

          University of Michigan-Flint


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