Welcome, New Faculty!

At the beginning of each school year it is our pleasure to welcome new faculty to our campus and to invite them to learn about the services and support which we, the librarians and staff at the Frances Willson Thompson Library, offer.

It seems fitting that in this, the first issue of the fall semester, our newsletter review some of those services for the benefit of all.


INSTRUCTION SERVICESLibrary Resources-Classroom & Private

Perhaps foremost among services to teaching faculty are our teaching librarians.

Instructors may contact the library and request a librarian present to their class on any subject or services which the library provides, ensuring that students will not only know what resources are available to them when conducting their research, but how to use those resources efficiently and productively.

To arrange for a library presentation to your students, you may contact the librarian who is the liaison to your department directly, or get in touch with Laura Friesen (Instruction Team Leader) to arrange for a date, time and subject coverage that would compliment your course plan.

The list of librarian liaisons can be found on our library website.

Laura can be reached at lflynn@umflint.edu  —  or by calling 810  / 766-6781.


FINDING BOOKS & MEDIA in Thompson Library.

The online library catalog for University of Michigan libraries is Mirlyn, which includes Flint and the university library system libraries on the Ann Arbor campus.

Using Mirlyn, a Flint researcher can locate any of the over 250,000 items in the Flint collection as well as the nearly 14 million items from the Ann Arbor campus.

With the ease of logging in and clicking the GET THIS button, any of these items can be held for our patrons at the Circulation Desk in the Thompson Library.

Flint patrons can also use the library catalog of the Kresge Business Library (Ann Arbor) and request materials from their library be shipped to Flint.

[ Editor’s Note:  This service expired, 2013 ]



For books or journal articles not found in Flint, we offer Interlibrary Loan service, providing access to additional titles in books and journal articles.

While our print journal collection has extensive back issues, taking up the majority of shelf space on the 3rd floor, it is only the tip of the iceburg of the journal offerings from our library.

The majority of our journal subscriptions are accessible online (many full text) through our several database offerings, easily located from either the Databases list or by using the SEARCH BY SUBJECT drop-down list found on our website.       

[ Editor’s Note:  This service was superceded by the RESEARCH GUIDE organization of database by subject, 2013 ]


THINK LABReservations

The new Think Lab is located on the 3rd floor of the library and is equipped with a large screen monitor, webcam, data projector and smart board.

Any UM-Flint patron (student, staff or faculty) may use the online form to reserve time in the Think Lab.


RESERVED READINGSPlace items on Reserve

The staff at our Reserved Readings desk are here to assist staff in placing library books, faculty owned books, chapters of books, journal articles and more on Reserve for your students.

While they do not make photocopies, the Reserves staff can digitalize your document and link it through  COURSE RESERVES  in Mirlyn, or link directly to an online article, making it easy for your students to find and use them online.


COMPUTER LAB — Student Use Computers in Library

ITS has installed a computer lab inside the Library, providing 75 computers for Flint users.

In addition to those machines, the library has a small collection of laptops that it can check out to patrons for use inside the library, each pre-configured to work effortlessly with the M-Wireless system connecting them to the internet.

For more information about services available from the library, contact your librarian soon!