There’s an Elephant in the Library!

HATHI Trust Digital Library, a permanent repository of the collections of major research libraries —

The HathiTrust is a growing partnership of libraries — including the University of Michigan — that are pooling their resources to create the library of the future, for the future.   Nearly 11 million volumes from their combined collections are already available digitally, and millions more will be added in the coming years.

Pronounced “Hot – Tea,” the Hindi word for elephant, the mission of the HathiTrust is to contribute to the common good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge.

An elephant, so they say, never forgets.

The ambitious goals of the HathiTrust are:

 — To build a reliable and increasingly comprehensive digital archive of library materials converted from print that is co-owned and managed by a number of academic institutions.

To dramatically improve access to these materials in ways that, first and foremost, meet the needs of the co-owning institutions.

— To help preserve these important human records by creating reliable and accessible electronic representations.

— To stimulate redoubled efforts to coordinate shared storage strategies among libraries, thus reducing long-term capital and operating costs of libraries associated with the storage and care of print collections.

— To create and sustain this “public good” in a way that mitigates the problem of free-riders.

— To create a technical framework that is simultaneously responsive to members through the centralized creation of functionality and sufficiently open to the creation of tools and services not created by the central organization.

Through their combined efforts, the participating research libraries hope to ensure the long-term preservation of the collections they have worked to assemble over centuries of time.

Providing as much access to the materials as legally possible is a key part of the preservation strategy.

Legally possible? The majority of works are currently protected by federal copyright law.  These works cannot yet be freely accessed in digital format.

Most works published prior to 1923 will be in public domain, and can be accessed full text if included in the HathiTrust Digital Library collection.

The HathiTrust collection provides full-text search capability to locate otherwise unknown materials,  Acrobat downloads of public domain publications,  and unprecedented access to damaged or lost materials online.

The over 70 institutional members of the HathiTrust Digital Library — including the University of Michigan Library System — are building a collection for the digital knowledge base of the future.



Find and Use HathiTrust Database

HathiTrust Database


  •   HathiTrust database can be searched through the library online catalog, Mirlyn


  •   Search HathiTrust directly —


Public Domain:  Items published before 1923

Public domain publications will display full text via HathiTrust.

Copyright protected items  (NOT in public domain)  may be search-only.   (Full text NOT available for copyright protected items.)

Any item not available in full text may be ordered via use of InterLibrary Loan (ILL) through the library.


ThinkLab Opens in Library

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The new ThinkLab made it’s debut in Thompson Library on March 5th and has seen daily use ever since.

What is the ThinkLab?

It is a newly outfitted room that will allow student groups the freedom to work on any assignment or project that requires collaborative work utilizing the equipment available in the ThinkLab.

It is a room equipped with the latest technology (thanks to funding of $35,000 from several sources) where student group/collaborative work can be done effectively.

The ThinkLab room is packed with high tech equipment to facilitate group projects, including linked computer/cell phone/display monitors (Mediascape), a SmartBoard (Eno), Skype (real time telecommunications) and A/V recording, a high-def digital projector and multiple surfaces (including an entire wall) of whiteboard writing space.


Mediascape uses “pucks” to link laptops, tablets or phones to the large screen display monitor. The Eno smart board is 3-D capable with it’s HD projector, and gives teams the ability to instantly flip from digital whiteboard to web and back.



It is the result of a collaborative effort by several parties, including Student Government, Thompson Library, Office of the Provost, College of Arts & Sciences, Academic Advising & Career Services, Division of Student Affairs, the Michigan Times and the Office of Student Life.

How to gain access to the new ThinkLab?

Register your group to use the room by accessing the online scheduling calendar from the Thompson Library homepage.

The link to the scheduling calendar is found at the top/right of our website, under

LATEST NEWS —> Reserve the Thompson Library ThinkLab

The link allows you to select a date from the calendar display, then a time (or block of hours).

After the date and time has been selected, use “continue” to then enter your name, the number of people in your group, and their names.

Finally , “Submit” to confirm your scheduled time.

To use the ThinkLab, go to the Thompson Library building and stop at the Circulation Desk (entrance, 3rd floor) to pick up the ThinkLab room key and equipment controls. You will need to have your UMID with you (library card number on reverse of card) to check out the room.

A brief description of the equipment and how to use it will be available soon from the Thompson Library website near the scheduling calendar. (Watch for online updates!)

(See also: M-Times March 5, 2012 article about the new ThinkLab.)

LIBRARY PROFILE — Emily Newberry

Emily has spearheaded the design and installation of the new Library “ThinkLab,” and has been instrumental in introducing LibGuides to our Library.

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Our library has been very lucky over the past few decades to benefit from our own UM-Flint campus graduates who went on to obtain a library degree returning to give back to their school by serving as faculty/librarians. Emily is one of our own, graduating from UM-Flint with a degree in both Anthropology and Biology.

Like most librarians, when faced with pursuing a masters degree which would narrow her focus (she had considered forensic anthropology; our very own Dr. BONES!), she discovered her interests were broad and varied, leading her directly to UM Ann Arbor and the School of Information and Library Science.

Today Emily will happily share with you her conviction that UM-Flint campus provides a superior undergrad education to its students (and why!). Returning to our campus has provided Emily with the gratifying experience of working with students who are dedicated to learning and whom she finds to be particularly inquisitive and eager to explore new sources of information.

Emily came to us as an intern while still a graduate student where she also served during the summer months as the sole staff librarian at the UM Biology Station (near White Fish Point in the UP) every summer for 3 years.

For more information on the Biology Station, see:

Emily2Having lived in the Upper Peninsula throughout her childhood before moving to the Swartz Creek area, Emily was delighted at the opportunity to return to the UP and loved her days on the shores of Lake Superior at the Bio Station. She is always willing to share stories and pictures of the station with anyone who is interested!

While still a grad student, Emily spent a brief stint as an intern at the Thompson Library, then upon obtaining her masters degree was hired as a part time librarian here until a full time opening was posted. Emily was selected along with several other applicants to interview for the position. The rest is history.

As do all our librarians, Emily wears many hats. However, she specifically serves as our Social Media librarian. As such, she maintains the library accounts for Twitter, Facebook and our blog, The Upper Shelf.

Many of you have probably noticed that there are numerous instructional videos now available on the library web site. That, too, is Emily (our Camtasia guru)!   Emily believes strongly in multiple access points for information, so you can find those instructional videos on our Facebook page as well.

Not only that, but when visiting the library these days,  you’ll notice several signs posted throughout our building notifying visitors of FourSquare check-in sites (including all of our study rooms).  Emily5FourSq                                                                                                 Emily again!

Those multiple undergraduate subject degrees made Emily a natural for selection as library liaison to the departments of Anthropology and Sociology as well as serving the Genesee Early Collage and Criminal Justice Department, where she assists in collection development (selecting books, media items and other assets for our library holdings).

Emily also provides service to faculty in the form of one-on-one personal assistance for faculty in their research needs AND as a classroom instructor, presenting to students on the tools and methodology of library research and the use of resources provided by the Thompson Library.

Emily3While it doesn’t seem that all that would leave Emily much time, she has an equally rich personal life. She and her husband, Jason Bias (who works at the Genesee District Library) recently purchased a 1940’s home on the Mill Pond in Fenton and are in the process of renovating it. With her own house and a little country property — just perfect for letting her two dogs romp! — Emily is hoping to fulfill her dream of Bee… raising honey bees! She is a terrific source of information about honey, should you be interested.



Emily4Emily and Jason are expecting a new family member to arrive in April.   And of course, the library staff is planning a baby shower.  While they don’t know if it will be a boy or girl, we’re sure that the new baby will spend many wonderful hours being read to by  librarian parents.

Please stop by her office on the 3rd floor of the library soon and say hello to Emily. She’s definitely a great librarian to know!


New Databases Available from Thompson Library


New Databases Available from Thompson Library

— For a complete list, see the — NEW RESOURCES — link on the Frances Willson Thompson Library website. —

  • Opera in Video —- Opera performances captured on video through Opera Videostage productions, interviews and documentaries, Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based upon the work’s importance to the operatic canon.
  • Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage — Full online access to the last 10 years of information. Includes Market Investment News, Register of Corporations, Directors & Executives, Stock Reports, Industry Surveys, Mutual Fund Reports, THE OUTLOOK, Bond Guide, Earnings Guide, Dividend Record and more. (NOTE the S&P “Industry Surveys!)
  • Factiva — Company and industry financial data and news stories, as well as full text articles in 6,000 trade publications, newspapers, newswires, and magazines.
  • JAMA & Archives — 1998 to present, Journal of the American Medical Association and other journals of the American Medical Association.
  • Scholarpedia — Peer-reviewed open-access encyclopedia written by scholars worldwide.
  • Sports Business Research Network — 1993 to present (Trends); 1997 to present (News). Provides sports marketing information, including market size and demographics, sports participation, licensing, financial and retail trends, international marketing and professional sports trends.
  • Govistics — Database of spending, revenue and employment by local government, including counties, cities, townships and school districts (info from US Census).
  • Translated Texts for Historians E-Library — 300—800 AD, English translations of key historical sources in Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Arabic, Georgian and Armanian from the time of late antiquity and the early middle ages.


Honors Scholarship Competition Day, February 11, 2012

Honors Scholarship Competiton Day tour in the Thompson Library


Honors Scholarship Competition 2014 Laura Tour

Each year the UM-Flint Honors Department offers a full scholarship to a deserving young person who will soon matriculate at UM-Flint.

The day of activities include tours of our campus for the competitors and their families.

Again this year, the Thompson Library was included in the tour. Our librarians were delighted to host over 60 students and their families, providing a brief tour and information about our facilities.

Librarian Laura Friesen pictured leading parents of prospective new Honors Program students on a tour of the Thompson Library.



Gerald Ford, Willis Ward and the 1934 UM/Georgia Tech Game

Gerald Ford UM Football Player

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Football fans know the intense emotions generated by their favorite sport and understand that sometimes history is made both on and off the field during a Big Game.

The 1934 game against Georgia Tech played at Ann Arbor went down in the history books, but not for anything that happened on the field.

When the Georgia Tech players refused to take the field opposite a Ford Football Nbr 48team that included an African American player (Willis Ward, jersey #61), one young Michigan player took a stand.   A 20 year old Gerald Ford (jersey #48) decided to quit the team if Ward wasn’t allowed to play. Only Ward himself was able to change his mind.

Did this unknown young man’s protest against inequity make a difference? Perhaps not in this game, but it certainly stamped the people involved.

The Thompson Library has acquired the video DVD (available soon) BLACK & BLUE, a documentary about the ‘34 game.   It includes interviews with Mr. Ward (‘35), who’s education was funded by collections from churches and the black community of Detroit.

The purchase of this video was made through a gift from the Friends of the Thompson Library.   For more information, see our library website.

 DVD will be available soon in Thompson Library.

For call number, search Mirlyn online:

Mirlyn —> Media Collection  —> (title) “Black and Blue”