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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...Continue reading "Student Art Competition at MSU Libraries"...
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...Continue reading "Digitizing and Preserving Women's Stories from Service Overseas"...
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!
WDIV in Detroit did a marvelous profile of the Vincent Voice Library on Friday evening!
The piece includes sound bites from poet Robert Frost, boxer Joe Louis, baseball player Ty Cobb, showman Buffalo Bill Cody, and President Theodore Roosevelt - the latter being one of the first voices Robert Vincent ever recorded, in 1912.
There's also a great shot of our Edison Standard Phonograph, in perfect working order more than 100 years after it was manufactured.
We're pleased to announce the publication of Speak Out! The MSU Student Anthology on Civil and Human Rights.
Speak Out! is one of the library's contributions to Project 60/50, MSU's year-long conversation on civil and human rights. Along with the anthology, we've also been an active participant with films, musical performances, and exhibits on relevant resources in our collection.
In the anthology, five student authors reflect on difficult questions and moments in history that have moved, angered, or challenged them:
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Yesterday's Lansing State Journal featured an article about history professor Helen Zoe Veit and her new MSU Press book Food in the Civil War Era: The North.
The five 1860s cookbooks it discusses are all from the MSU Libraries' Cookery & Food Collection. Food in the Civil War Era: The North is the first in an 11-volume series Veit will edit for the MSU Press.
MSU Libraries' Special Collections are also working with Veit on a digital archive and interactive website, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, on American cooking during the Great Depression...Continue reading "Cookbook research spotlighted in Lansing State Journal"...
The MSU Libraries' new 3D printing service was profiled in the State News! Read the article and watch the video.
3D printing is available for students, faculty, and the public, at the Main Library Copy Center on 2 East.
A 3D printer builds three-dimensional objects one micro-thin layer at a time, with different printers using metal alloys, thermoplastics, or photopolymers. The printer in the Main Library uses an environmentally friendly bioplastic made from corn.
3D hamburger image by Creative Tools / CC BY 2.0 / Image was cropped.
The MSU Libraries' implementation of SearchPlus is covered in an article on Library Journal's technology site, The Digital Shift.
SearchPlus is a multidisciplinary research tool which offers a single entry point for most of the library's licensed online resources and the library catalog. Read more about SearchPlus here, or start searching now!