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Cindy Hunter Morgan Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 2:10pm Categories:
Stephen O Murray (left) and Keelung Hong, PhD  (right) in 1983

The MSU Library has received the largest single cash donation in its history, a gift from research scientist Keelung Hong, PhD, in honor of his longtime partner Stephen O. Murray, a sociologist, anthropologist, and independent scholar who graduated from MSU’s James Madison College. Dean of Libraries Joseph A. Salem, Jr. said the donation will be used to renovate space on Three East in the Main Library and to move Special Collections to that floor. 

 

“This gift is a tremendous act...

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Cindy Hunter Morgan Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 9:47am Categories:
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MSU Middle East Studies Librarian Deborah Margolis has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award. Margolis will conduct research in partnership with Tomorrow’s Youth Organization in Palestine, the University of Jordan Libraries American Corner, and in the Digital Scholarship Lab at MSU Libraries as part of a project to encourage youth development and create relationships among college-age youth and among professionals from different parts of the world. Dean of Libraries Joseph A. Salem, Jr. said the award will give Margolis and others at MSU...

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Cindy Hunter Morgan Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 2:31pm Categories:

 

Recently, editors at The New York Times asked several authors to name books that bring them comfort. We thought it would be meaningful to create our own list to share with you. Enjoy the list, stay safe, and happy reading. 

 

Joseph A. Salem, Jr.

Dean of Libraries

 

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Cindy Hunter Morgan Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 9:44am Categories:

When MSU Libraries faculty and staff developed a new strategic plan last year, they defined a vision of promoting equal access to information and spaces for all, then got right to work to advance the accessibility, equity, and inclusion they promised.  As part of a new Open Educational Resources (OER) Program, they are awarding nine MSU faculty funding assistance for the creation and adaptation of OER course material for the 2020-21 academic year. Dean of Libraries Joseph Salem said the financial awards, which total $26,500, are designed to help instructors...

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Cindy Hunter Morgan Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 8:08am Categories:
Vanessa Poster from Grande Ballroom

In a state known for rock & roll, it would seem that scholars, music lovers, and visitors should have access to a rich archive of posters, handbills, band photos, protest buttons, recordings, and underground newspapers documenting this great musical history. A treasure trove of such things will soon be available at Michigan State University Libraries, which recently acquired a 25,000-piece archive of 1960s – 1970s rock & roll history rooted in Michigan. The collection was purchased from Melissa and Jack Bodnar, who describe it as the largest and most...

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Cindy Hunter Morgan Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 9:50am Categories:

MSU Libraries’s well-established book club Muslim Journeys will feature something new this month: the author. Award-winning novelist Dr. Ausma Zehanet Khan will lead a discussion of her own novel, The Unquiet Dead, Tuesday, March 10 from 7 – 9 pm in the Green Room of the Main Library. The event is presented in partnership with the MSU Muslim Studies Program and is co-sponsored by the MSU Canadian Studies Program.  

The Unquiet Dead is a police procedural that addresses issues of identity, war, religion, equity, truth, and family...

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Cindy Hunter Morgan Monday, March 2, 2020 - 10:54am Categories: Staff Feature

Some connections between humans and animals feel almost inexplicable, but a new exhibit at the MSU Libraries gathers historic books from MSU’s veterinary medicine collections and notable items in Special Collections to examine how these bonds have been illustrated, documented, and described for hundreds of years. The exhibit examines the history of the horse, the link between human and animal health, the role of farm animals, the practice of beekeeping, and the history of hunting and fishing. It includes rare books and illustrations dating from the 17th century....

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Cindy Hunter Morgan Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 9:00am Categories:

The MSU Libraries have signed a three-year “transformative” read-and-publish (R + P) agreement with the De Gruyter publishing house to provide default open access publishing for all articles by MSU authors in De Gruyter journals. This arrangement means that MSU lead authors publishing in these journals will no longer have to pay the usual De Gruyter article processing charge, which can amount to hundreds of dollars. MSU-authored articles will be visible to all readers, even those without an MSU Net ID, increasing the visibility of MSU research on the...

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Cindy Hunter Morgan Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 4:11pm Categories:

For a time, it seemed immersive technologies were the stuff of sci-fi games and movies, but leaders at MSU Libraries are helping more people understand these technologies are not just for entertainment but also for education, medicine, engineering, and conservation. MSU Libraries faculty and staff are working with others on campus to help the MSU community explore how eXtended Reality (XR) can serve students in the classroom and in our wider culture. On Wednesday, February 12, they will host an XR Symposium in the Green Room (4 West) at the Main Library to...

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Cindy Hunter Morgan Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 9:35am Categories:

How seriously are leaders at Michigan State University Libraries taking the issue of student success? They’re launching an award program to give instructors up to $4,000 each to create and develop new Open Educational Resources (OER) for primary course material, up to $2,500 to adapt existing OER materials, and up to $1,000 to use existing OER materials in their courses. Dean of Libraries Joseph Salem said the financial awards are designed to serve as incentives for instructors to reduce costs for students, improve access to required texts, and increase...

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