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“The most magnificent work of its kind ever produced” --Sotheby’s
August 31, 2018 - 3:57:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Collections

Joan Blaeu, like his father before him, was the official cartographer to the Dutch East India Company. This affiliation brought his mapmaking firm advantageous intelligence on the far eastern lands due to the Dutch monopoly on the spice trade.

Atlas Maior was the culmination of more than 60 years of work. The House of Blaeu published several atlases since the founding of the firm in 1596, including Het Licht der Zeevaert, Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas, and Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.

When this atlas was released in 1665 in multiple volumes, it was the most expensive published...

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Cliff Haka Retires After 21 Years as Director of Libraries
July 13, 2018 - 5:01:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries   Categories: Staff Feature

Cliff Haka joined MSU Libraries in 1982 as an Information Librarian and later became the Head of the Information/Reference Department from 1985-1987. He went on to become the Assistant Director for Access Services from 1987-1991 and then the Assistant Director for Administrative Services from 1991-1997 before taking on the role as Director of Libraries in 1997. 

Taking charge at a time when all campus dorms were being wired for the Internet, the Libraries were experiencing a sharp falloff in use. To counter this, Haka committed to an aggressive program to encourage students...

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We are on the move!
June 28, 2018 - 3:07:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Events

Bob and his crew are actively moving the MSU map collection to the 2nd floor of the East Wing.  We anticipate the move completing in mid-August in time for Fall 2018 semester.  We plan to stay open during the move, just let us know what you want to find and we will track it down!

Inspiration in Unlikely Places: Making Music in Hollander MakeCentral
June 22, 2018 - 2:26:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries   Categories: Hollander MakeCentral

For as long as Sarah Palermo can remember, she has always been drawn to music. She started piano lessons when she was five-years-old with the support of her parents who both have an appreciation for music.

In middle school and high school, Palermo started writing and recording songs on her family computer. She credits her high school choir director for encouraging her to do arrangements which expanded her vocal and lyrical abilities.

In 2015, she graduated from Westminster Choir College with a degree in music theory and composition before attending MSU a year later to pursue...

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Summer Reading List from the Business Library
June 21, 2018 - 1:36:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries   Categories: Business

#1 In The Name of Gucci: A Memoir by Patricia Gucci

HD9940.I84 G8513 2016

Picked by: Andrea

Rating: 7/10


This memoir by Patricia Gucci goes behind the scenes of the Gucci family and their Italian fashion empire—the love affairs, the glitz, the glam, and the madness. Patricia shares the story of her father, the late Aldo Gucci, and his secret mistress, Bruna (Patricia’s mother). Aldo didn't marry Bruna because he feared it would have jeopardized the Gucci name. Explore this story of love and the rags-to-riches tale of how Gucci...

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Summer in 3D: a weeklong series of 3D data workshops
May 08, 2018 - 2:49:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Events

This summer we are having a week long series of 3D themed workshops! All workshops will be held in the Digital Scholarship Lab between 3:00-5:00.

Monday June 11

Intro to 3D Modeling and Printing with OnShape

Curious about how 3D printing can meet your needs? Join us to explore the history of 3D printing, the basics of hardware and software, and local resources available for design and production. In this hands-on session, participants will learn the basics of 3D modeling to design a product, for possible print at MakeCentral: Makerspace.  Participants will need a...

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Hollander MakeCentral: A Treasure Trove of Resources
April 20, 2018 - 1:24:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries   Categories: Hollander MakeCentral

Tucked away in the west wing on the second floor of the Main Library, nestled behind a bay of patron computers, lies the Selma D. and Stanley C. Hollander MakeCentral. A veritable treasure trove of student and patron resources, MakeCentral provides access to a wide variety of print and digital tools—everything from printers and fax machines to Microfilm readers. You can even create paperback books! Here is a comprehensive list of the resources that MakeCentral has to offer:

Print / Copy 

Is your professor a stickler for turning in hard-copy essays? Maybe you need to print...

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Staff Feature: Jay Lantrip
April 13, 2018 - 4:06:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries   Categories: Staff Feature

Jay Lantrip is a Library Assistant in the Fine Arts Library, and she has worked at MSU Libraries for two years. Lantrip started out as a volunteer and on-call employee in 2016 before eventually taking on her current role as a full-time library assistant in August of 2017.

She supervises students in Fine Arts, and handles many of the day-to-day operations in the department. Lantrip leads shifting projects, pouring over collection data with a fine-tooth comb to make sure Fine Arts materials are where they are supposed to be.

“I love solving mysteries!” said Lantrip. “...

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Staff Feature: Grace Morris
April 13, 2018 - 12:34:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries   Categories: Staff Feature

Grace Morris is the Imaging/Digitization Specialist in the Gerald M. Kline Digital Multimedia Center and G. Robert Vincent Voice Library at MSU Libraries, and she has worked at MSU Libraries for 12.5 years.

Morris is a client/account representative, and she is responsible for digitization standards and practices, project management and quality control, and supervision of 27 undergraduate student employees.

She served on the Support Staff Advisory Group (SSAG) committee from 2012-2014, and she will soon be a member of the newly formed Digital Preservation Working Group...

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Staff Feature: Tyler Smeltekop
April 12, 2018 - 3:06:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: News @ MSU Libraries   Categories: Staff Feature

Tyler Smeltekop is the Course Materials Program Manager at MSU Libraries, and he has worked for the library for eight years.

Smeltekop supervises a super squad of library employees who work with faculty to provide access to necessary content for their courses, as inexpensively and conveniently as possible for students. He advises faculty and librarians on copyright issues in the classroom and manages several different operational models that we use to mediate course content.

In his role, he has the opportunity to learn about all sorts of disciplines and fields of...

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