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Cindy Hunter Morgan Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 12:42pm Categories:

In the midst of a pandemic, MSU Libraries remain at the center of academic life at MSU, scanning materials to send electronically, mailing books, and even supporting art. They recently awarded $500 to Michael Matias Brimmer, an undergraduate student who won the annual MSU Libraries Art Contest. The winning work will be displayed in the Main Library and available for all to see when the building fully reopens. Dean of Libraries Joseph A. Salem, Jr. said the contest is a way for MSU Libraries to support students, create welcoming spaces in the Library, and collaborate with...

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Cindy Hunter Morgan Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 11:50am Categories:

Several MSU Libraries staff members were recognized for hard work and special contributions at an annual awards ceremony held (virtually) September 10. Dean of Libraries Josepth A. Salem, Jr. announced the staff awards at a Library forum and praised staff for their dedication and hard work. “As our strategic plan makes clear, we trust each other to do our best work,” Salem said.  “These award recipients have done wonderful work this past year, and these awards give us a chance to recognize some among us who have initiated new projects, gone the extra mile, and worked...

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Cindy Hunter Morgan Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 11:28am Categories:

 

MSU Special Collections Archivist and Librarian Lydia Tang has received the 2020 Mark A. Greene Emerging Leader Award from the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award celebrates and encourages early career archivists who have completed archival work of broad merit, demonstrated significant promise of leadership, and performed commendable service to the archives profession. Dean of Libraries Joseph A. Salem, Jr. said the award reflects Tang’s experience, knowledge, leadership, and achievements as well as...

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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. 

 

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Cindy Hunter Morgan Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 9:47am Categories:
Picture of MSU Middle East Studies Librarian Deborah Margolis

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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