The idea for a Student Art Competition started with an interest in displaying more artwork in the library. We wanted to acquire student artwork, but we didn’t have the funds to support an art competition every year. In 2010, Irene B. Arens generously established an endowment to support our annual Student Art Competition, making the dream possible!
Irene B. Arens is both a trained librarian and recognized artist. She is a Chicago native and former president of the Friends of MSU Libraries. Her goal in setting up this endowment was to inspire student artists and enhance the atmosphere of the MSU Libraries.
The endowment primarily funds the $500 cash prizes awarded to two winning artists each year, one undergraduate student and one graduate student. The endowment also covers costs associated with the mounting of artwork within the Libraries, as well as any other costs associated with the competition.
The winning pieces from previous competitions are currently displayed throughout the Main Library. This year’s competition deadline is March 25th at 5pm. We are eagerly awaiting this year’s submissions!
For this year’s competition details, click here.
Pictured above: Winner of 2012-2013 Irene B. Arens Student Art Competition. "Tomo Takeover" (2012) by Elise Toups. Oil on Birch.
Blog post by Katie Diamond and Holly Flynn.
MSU Libraries are some of the most crowded buildings on campus during finals week, filled with tired students. In an effort to offer Spartans a warm, welcoming study environment, we are pleased to offer some fun, relaxing, and food-filled study breaks.
Therapy dogs affiliated with Therapy Dogs, International will visit the Main Library and the Gast Business Library several times during finals week. See the schedule here. Therapy dogs first came to MSU Libraries three years ago, and they continue to be our most popular finals week activity. In fact, several students have come to the library to celebrate their finals being over by petting a dog!
Thanks to a generous grant from the MSU Federal Credit Union, we are able to offer even more finals week activities for students. On Sunday, December 13 starting at 6:00, students are invited to the Reference Instruction Room in the Main Library for a free photo booth, cookies, popcorn, root beer, and prizes, including brain-shaped stress balls.
On Monday, December 14, MSU Libraries presents the third “Night of a Thousand Donuts.” Beginning at 8 pm, free coffee, donuts, and healthy snacks will be available. Librarians will push book trucks laden with food and drink around the west wing, and students studying in the quiet east wing are invited to partake in the fun in the Reference Instruction Room. Coffee and donuts will also be available in the Gast Business Library until supplies run out.
Finals week fun will spread throughout the Main Library next week. In the Fine Arts Library, students can color a mural on the wall, or take a grown-up coloring page from one of the tables. In Make Central, our Makerspace on the second floor of the library, students can make a paper snowflake or a button.
MSU Libraries wishes everyone well on their finals, and we hope that these finals week activities offer students some stress-free opportunities for getting through the end-of-semester crunch.
The Michigan State University G. R. Vincent Voice Library digitizes historically significant oral histories from women who served overseas during times of conflict.
Spanning the First and Second World Wars, the MSU Library has committed the attention of our expert technicians and curatorial staff in preserving the collection of members of the Women’s Overseas Service League (WOSL). With support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the principal goal of preserving the WOSL oral history project is to make shareable the personal accounts and hundreds-of-hours-of-sound-recordings from women who have volunteered their recollections, reflections, and ruminations on the dangers and hardships of serving overseas. The collections come from Michigan State University and the University of Texas-San Antonio Libraries.
This project adds to the relative dearth of oral histories related to women’s service during times of conflict. The personal accounts convey lessons of history and afford later generations the opportunity to understand the sacrifices of service through the human voice where the nuance of modesty and courage revealed at a visceral level. We are pleased to make these materials available to a worldwide audience by partnering with the Women’s Overseas Service League whose purpose is sublime: “To keep alive and develop the spirit that prompted overseas service; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; and to foster and promote friendship and understanding between the United States and all the other nations of the world.”
We are delighted to announce the availability of the initial set of digitized recordings. The collection grows regularly and may be found and listened to from the MSU Library catalog. A project website is forthcoming in Spring 2016.
Pictured above: Engineering board used to digitize WOSL cassettes and other recordings in our G. R. Vincent Voice Library.
Blog post by Katie Diamond, Holly Flynn, and Shawn Nicholson.
On Monday, we officially unveiled the Rovi Media Collection, establishing the largest collection of media in the country. This was made possible by the generosity of Rovi Corporation, which donated over 700,000 music CDs, over 160,000 DVDs/Blu-rays, and over 17,000 video games to MSU Libraries.
Rovi Corporation, headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, is a leader in the personalized entertainment experience for search and navigation on millions of devices across the globe.
Before we could accept this extensive collection, we had to ensure the Main Library had space for almost a million pieces of media and the hundreds of cabinets they are stored in. The weight of the collection was about 210 tons, which meant that engineers had to assess the load bearing capacity of the building. It took more than 14 semi-trucks to bring the collection to us, and that was only the beginning. Following the delivery, our librarians fast-tracked a massive cataloging effort so users could access the collection.
Videos and music CDs are now accessible to the Spartan community through the MSU Libraries catalog,and to residents of Michigan through MeLCat, the statewide interlibrary loan system. Since our soft launch, we have fulfilled over 5,000 requests! Video games will be accessible in the gaming lab, which will begin construction in late-December on the 4th floor of the library.
The content of the collection spans from the early 80’s to 2014, making it culturally and historically significant in addition to the entertainment value it provides. This media archive will serve as a tremendous resource for Film Studies, the College of Music, and popular culture studies across disciplines. Students in the Serious Games and Game Development specialization programs will be able to research the history of game development and characteristics of popular games, among other topics.
Many of the items are no longer available for purchase, making this collection rare as well as enormous. If you’re interested in checking out these materials, simply go to the library catalog Advanced Search, select “Rovi Media Collection” under location, and search for the title or performing artist you are interested in.
Blog post by Katie Diamond and Holly Flynn, Photograph of Cliff Haka, Library Director, by G. L. Kohuth, Michigan State University
Are you studying late at the Main Library? Statewalk will walk you home!
Statewalk volunteers will walk you from the Main Library to anywhere on campus. They're available 9 pm to 1 am, Sunday through Wednesday nights, in fall and spring semester. Look for the Statewalk table in the 1st floor lobby of the Main Library, just west of the Reference Desk.
Statewalk is a free service offered by MSU's chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, the National Community Service Fraternity. Thanks, Alpha Phi Omega at MSU!
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