February 27, 2021

“University of Michigan to Invest $62M in Upcoming Library Renovations”

From AnnArbor.com The University of Michigan Board of Regents voted Thursday afternoon (April 19, 2012) to approve $62 million in library renovations. The A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library is set to receive a $55 million upgrade that includes the addition of a clinical simulation area for the medical school, a study area and a […]

U. of Michigan Bentley Historical Library Receives $1 Million Endowment from the Meijer Foundation

From the Bentley Historical Library: The University of Michigan‘s (U-M) Bentley Historical Libraryhas received a gift from the Meijer Foundation of $1 million to endow the position of Principal Archivist for Bentley’s iconic Michigan Historical Collections. The gift ensures that the library’s resource will continue to be viable and accessible to the public. “More than […]

University of Michigan Eyes e-Books as a Way to Lower Soaring Textbook Costs

From AnnArbor.com: The University of Michigan is considering widely embracing electronic textbooks in the coming years. But how cost effective will a move toward the 21st century version of the classic textbook be? U-M librarian Paul Courant estimates that a typical e-book costs between 20 and 30 percent less than its printed counterparts. But he […]

Rare Chinese Papercuts Found in U. of Michigan Storage Room, Hi-Res Scanned Versions Online

From the University of Michigan News Service: Scholarly gems are often found by sifting through dusty archives in foreign lands thousands of miles away. But sometimes they’re discovered just by doing some office cleaning on campus. That’s what happened recently at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan. Staffers who were tidying […]

Paul Courant, U. of Michigan University Librarian & HathiTrust Comment on Orphan Works Lawsuit

1. Statement from Paul Courant, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries “As a research university, we are a community of authors, and we have deep respect for copyright law and for the rights and interests of authors. Our digitization efforts simply reflect the library’s continuing legacy of prudence in curating the world’s scholarly and cultural […]

Superb! Video: Paul Courant, University Librarian at U. of Michigan, Speaks at TEDxUofM

In addition to being the University Librarian at U. of M, Paul Courant (and exec. director of the HathiTrust).  Recorded during TEDxUofM in April. Direct to Video Courant’s talk runs about 18 minutes.  It’s an interesting, thought provoking, and motivating presentation.  Highly recommended viewing. “Libraries are utterly essential to technology,  entertainment, design, learning, mixing, remixing, […]

University of Michigan Libraries: MLibrary Begins "First Serious Effort" to Identify Orphan Works in HathiTrust

From a University of Michigan Library’s Copyright Office Announcement: The University of Michigan Library’s Copyright Office is launching the first serious effort to identify orphan works among the in-copyright holdings of the HathiTrust Digital Library, which is funding the project. The vast majority of HathiTrust’s holdings are in-copyright (73%). An unknown percentage of these are […]

Online Archive of University of Michigan Web Sites, Pages Now Publicly Available

The California Digital Library (CDL)  has announced that the University of Michigan Web Archive curated by Nancy Deromedi and Michael Shallcross was recently made publicly access on the web. The Bentley Historical Library (BHL) at the U. of Michigan partners with CDL’s Web Archiving Service. From a CDLInfo Post: The University of Michigan Web Archive contains 490 archived sites from the umich.edu […]