Most faculty — and even many students — know of the remodeling that is scheduled to take place in the Murchie Science Building (MSB)  this summer.

Not everyone is aware that the construction plans extend to the library.

As the Psychology Department exits MSB and moves to French Hall, it will displace the Writing Center.

The Marian E. Wright Writing Center, in turn, will be moving into the Thompson Library in what promises to be both a logical and effective partnership.

That leads us to the question that has been on everyone’s mind for the past two months;  where have all the books gone?

Stacks Removed Open Floor Space

Our Circulation Department staff have been quickly and efficiently relocating all the books from the main collection, call numbers A – D, from their former location on the second floor of the library to their temporary location on the third floor (upstairs).

Empty ShelvingTo make room for these books, the materials in the Reference Collection and Index/Abstract Collection have been carefully reviewed.

Wherever possible, materials from those collections have been transferred into the Main Collection (hopefully increasing their use as our patrons may now check out those materials which were formerly only available in the library).

Any outdated materials or items now readily available via online access were removed from the collection.

Additionally, materials that have been stored in our library for the Kresge Business Library of Ann Arbor (during their own recent massive reconstruction project) are being returned to Ann Arbor.

And finally, the shelving itself was dismantled and removed within the last few weeks.

Eventually the Main Collection materials will be shifted to use the space currently occupied by the Kresge books, returning the A-D materials temporarily housed on the 3rd floor back to join the rest of the Main Collection materials on the 1st and 2nd floor of the Thompson Library.

Meanwhile, the shelving in the former Government Documents Collection area as well as the reading carrels near the Think Lab have been dismantled and removed as well to make room for the Writing Center offices.

While we’re all enjoying the temporary wide open spaces, not seen in the library since before it opened in 1994, construction on the new Writing Center lab and office spaces will begin soon.

Current estimates place completion of the reconstruction project sometime in the fall of 2013 or early winter of 2014.

Having the Writing Center located physically inside the library will allow Writing Center students fast and easy access to the books, journals and ITS computer lab (with access to all online subscriptions).

It will also provide opportunities for collaboration between Writing Center personnel and librarians in support of research instruction and aid to the students.

The learning potential of the relocation of the Writing Center to the students of our campus is tremendous.

Our librarians and staff eagerly look forward to the Grand Opening of the new, improved Marian E. Wright Writing Center!



Library Prepares for Writing Center Construction

Marian E. Wright Writing Center,

soon to move to new location in

Thompson Library Building!

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  • Writing Center administration & tutor offices will be located on the 3rd floor of Thompson Library building.


  • Writing Center Instructional Classroom will be located on the 2nd floor of Thompson Library building.



Announcement Sign

Stacks Removed Open Floor Space

Open Floor 3rd Floor Area







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Stacks Removed Open Floor SpaceOpen Floor from Outside Hallway








LIBRARY PROFILE — Jason Dellamater

  • From Traverse City via Otisville

    •    (GM brought family to area years go)
  •  Environmental Science & Planning Major

  •  Planning a Career in GIS Service.

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Data, data everywhere — but how do you organize it to make it as user-friendly as possible to locate and extract specific data based on need?

This was a question that members of the Department of Earth & Resource Science and our own librarian, Kui-Bin Im, pondered.   Their solution?   Create our own.


UM-Flint designed GIS database encompassing several aspects of Michigan geological data and make it available to researchers. 


Next problem; gathering, coordinating and loading the data would be a very labor-intensive project. It would also require hardware, software, internet connections and plain office space to proceed.


Their solution?   The Thompson Library co-sponsored the project, providing space and equipment.   Next they hired an intern  — Jason Dellamater —  to provide the labor end of the equation.

Jason, who will be graduating after the fall semester 2013 with a UM-Flint degree in Environmental Science and Planning, comes to Flint area by way of Otisville (where his family settled after answering the lure of employment which General Motors used to draw in so many people to our corner of the world).   His parents eventually moved to the Anne Lake area near Traverse City,  a geographic area which further peaked his interest in the earth sciences.

Finally back in Flint to attend classes at UM, Jason took two courses which introduced him to the GIS software and how to use it.   Not only was he hooked, but he had positioned himself as the perfect person for the job of working on the new GIS project at exactly the right time.

Jason2Jason describes his work as drawing existing data from sources such as the US Census tract and plat mapping data as well as a wide variety of other sources, such as Prof. Greg Rybarczyk’s work in identifying underground storage tanks and measuring the “leakage” they produce (“Brown Field” data).

He also uses data available from other government resources, such as the State of Michigan website (Michigan.gov) and the diverse geological data they gather and publish.

Jason5Once he identifies and locates the desired data, he pulls it and adds it to his GIS software in “layers.”   The layer system, familiar to those who have used standard graphics software such as PhotoShop, allows overlapping layers of data to be created within the file.   Researchers  can tailor the data available to their specific needs by blending or removing from their results specific aspects (or layers) of the data.

While that may seem a tad complicated to understand, Jason points out that a researcher could ask to view within a specific area — such as Genesee County — just the roads and river trails, or include other aspects in the results as well.   Requested aspects will display on the computer screen as an overlay map, indicating the specified geographical aspects of the area.   So should you as a researcher be interested in seeing — especially this time of year as Michigan experiences it’s annual rainy season — the flood plains of Genesee County overlaid with the identified “brown fields”  (a former industrial or commercial site where future use is affected by real or perceived environmental contamination) within our county — it appears as a map on the screen.

The data also includes landmark topographical identifications as well — businesses, schools, roads, city limits, etc, to make it easier for a researcher to identify any specific location being investigated.

While Jason describes his contribution to the project as “a lot of data entry,” and modestly considers it perhaps a tad boring, he is also aware of the value of the new resource of which he considers himself extremely lucky to be working on through the support of Dept of Earth & Resources as well as working in the Technical Services area of our own Thompson Library.

Because of his involvement with this project and his recognition of the value it provides the research community, Jason is considering a future in the field of GIS development, though he expects it will likely take him out of Michigan and off to the great Northwest (where his siblings and their families have all migrated in recent years).   However, his time at UM-Flint — and the work he is doing to contribute to this new and growing field of GIS research —  is something he will cherish forever.


Some of the New Databases Available from Thompson Library

See more NEW database on Thompson Library website under link for NEW RESOURCES

New from  Thompson Library!

Databases in:

  • Business
  • Dance
  • Newspapers
  • Music

         …   and more!


  • AccessMedicine   —    Complete suite of clinical and educational Stethescopecontent from leading books, including Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 17th ED. Updated daily by world-renowned physicians and expanded continuously, AccessMedicine is designed for direct access to the information necessary for completing evaluations, diagnoses, case management decisions, conducting research, medical education, or self-assessment and board review. To access the mobile version, optimized for viewing on iPhones and other PDAs, register for a My AccessMedicine profile from any on-site computer. Once you have done so, you can log on to the site using your My AccessMedicine username and password. [Mobile-friendly URL: http://go.umflint.edu/am]
  • Mergent Web Reports — Database of 180,000 corporate and industry related documents, including analyst equity reports on over 4,000 large and mid-cap US companies; annual reports, prospectuses, financial statements, and annual summaries on over 30,000 companies worldwide; and in-depth analyses of key industries in North America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific, which describe the market environment, industry landscape and key market trends for companies, industries, countries and regions. Industries include automotive, banking, insurance, oil and gas, information technology.
  • Access NewspaperARCHIVEDatabase of mainly English-language historical newspapers starting from 1607 and going to the present. The database consists of digital images of original newspaper pages scanned from microfilm, which have been processed with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to permit searching by keyword. The quality of the scanned images, and hence the accuracy of the keyword searching, varies widely. The largest number of holdings is 1880-2010 and is mainly from the United States, Canada, England, and Ireland, although there are some newspapers from other countries in other languages.
  • American Song — Provides streaming access to more than 120,000 audio tracks, including songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more. The range of genres includes country, folk, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, shape note singing, doo-wop, Motown, R&B, soul, funk, and others.
  • Dance in Video — Dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance. Included are classic performances from top ballet companies, experimental works from up-and-coming dance troupes, documentaries by and about leading choreographers, videos on dance training, and other items covering a wide range of 20th century dance styles.


Secure-In-Place (Shooter-on-Campus) Exercise Held in Library

For more information about


campus warnings

or to conduct a drill in your facility,

please  contact

Raymond Hall,  Director

Department of Public Safety

University of Michigan-Flint

810 / 762-3335

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As part of the Thompson Library “In Service Training” Day and in cooperation with the Department of Public Safety, we conducted he first ever Flint Campus Secure- n Place safety drill.

Picture2 DPS Director Ray Hall provided all participants with a brief presentation outlining exactly what constituted a Secure In Place  situation and how the campus would receive the warning.


Picture1He itemized what should be done in the case of an active shooter confirmed nearby on Campus (but not inside the building).

Picture6After the presentation, people were divided into groups of observers and participants and began an exercise that was somewhat more realistic than a few of our participants had anticipated.

Picture3Adrenaline ran high, but everyone came away with a greater appreciation of what they could do to protect themselves in the event of a  Secure In Place   situation on our campus.Picture7


Picture5Our librarians are available to speak about their experience as participants of this exercise to any department or group that may have an interest.





Library Quotation

My alma mater was books, a good

library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.


       — Malcolm X


                                                 “The Autobiograpy of Malcolm X”