The MSU Libraries' Radicalism Collection was featured in an article posted on the American Libraries website.
It's called "Extremism @ the Library" and profiles collections of extremist literature at MSU, Duke, and Brandeis. MSU's collection is by far the oldest: it was started in the 1950s, about 30 and 60 years, respectively, before Brandeis and Duke began collecting on the same topic. MSU's collection is unique, in that we collect material from both ends of the political spectrum.
At right: cover image from our collection of The Masses, mentioned in the article. See more digitized covers here!
The MSU Libraries have just opened a REAL classroom. No, that doesn’t mean our other classrooms are imaginary. :)
REAL stands for Rooms for Active and Engaged Learning. REAL spaces use innovative classroom design to facilitate engaged and active learning. They’re an initiative of MSU’s University Classroom Committee, and the library’s new room is only the 6th REAL space on campus.
Why put a REAL space in the library? Teaching is an essential part of the library’s mission! MSU librarians teach more than 600 information literacy sessions every year. Hands-on information literacy training fosters student learning by supporting analytical thinking, integrated reasoning, and effective communication.
The design of the REAL space allows student interaction to happen naturally – instead of working around the barriers of straight rows of desks – and the technology hardwired into the room supports collaboration and sharing that traditional classrooms can’t provide.
“The technology in the REAL space opens up a whole world of creative possibilities for instruction,” says Sara Miller, head of the library’s Information Literacy unit. “We’re thrilled to have this new resource to enhance the student experience!”
MSU faculty, would your students benefit from information literacy training? Visit the Information Literacy team's website to request one!
Below: The MSU Main Library's new REAL space, ready for students.
The MSU Libraries have established a new collection of children's literature, now available in the Main Library on 1-East, near the Browsing Collection.
The collection is especially targeted to the needs of education students, but everyone is welcome to use it!
The focus of the collection is diversity-related children's literature. The library received a $20,000 grant from MSU’s Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives to start the collection of diversity-related children’s literature to support students in teacher education.
“Teaching about diversity and tolerance are becoming more important in the elementary school curriculum,” explains education librarian Jill Morningstar, “and children’s literature, rather than textbooks, is especially important in this topic area.”
The East Lansing Public Library has been a valuable partner in the MSU library’s service to education students, and our InterLibrary Services department has filled hundreds of requests for children’s books by borrowing from public libraries around the state. But, having an on-site collection in this genre will be more convenient for students, and will also allow us to be more responsive to faculty purchase requests.
Several faculty members and graduate TAs are already using the new collection greatly in assignments for students to evaluate diversity, multicultural, and international literature.
Below: Education librarian Jill Morningstar with our children's book collection.
As part of MSU's yearlong Project 60/50, the MSU Libraries are showing an exhibit in the Main Library: Bearing Witness: Voices from the Global Conversation on Human Rights and Civil Rights, and publishing a related collection of student writing.
The exhibit was developed by librarian Ruth Ann Jones. It explores a full range of opinion about civil rights and human rights issues, and the ways people around the world have 'spoken' on this topic: not only through public speeches but through poetry, photography, economic action, songs, and graphic art as well.
The library will also be publishing a collection of student writing on topics related to civil rights and human rights. Students are asked to use an item from the exhibit as a starting point for discussion in their submission.
The anthology will be printed on the library's Espresso Book Machine and published in August, with submissions accepted up to June 30.
The 2014 Winter Olympics start today! If you're not traveling to Russia for the Games, how about participating via MOOC?
MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are a high-tech learning option for millions of students. MSUglobal has offered several pilot MOOCs, and a new one has just started -- Mega Events: Inside the Winter Olympics.
Three MSU faculty are co-teaching the free course, including librarian Lisa Robinson. There are video lectures and online discussions to help participants see beyond the public spectacle, into the complexities of a short-term festival that has long-term social impacts on the host city.
The lead instructor for the MOOC is Mark Wilson, professor of urban and regional planning in the School of Planning, Design, and Construction, assisted by Robinson and by Eva Kassens-Noor, assistant professor of urban and transport planning.
At right: Lisa Robinson.
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