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Digital Scholarship Lab

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The Michigan State University Libraries and the College of Arts & Letters have partnered to open a state-of-the-art Digital Scholarship Lab. The 10,000-square-foot space in the Main Library features a 360-degree immersive visualization room that accommodates up to 15 students.  In addition, the lab features a virtual reality room with VR headsets, instruction space, meeting rooms, offices and a dedicated room for digitization projects.  It opens February 5, 2018.

Spring 2019 Classes and Workshops

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Sign up today for a free workshop at the library! Sign up early, as most classes have limited enrollment.  Offered this semester:

  • Citation Management -  Endnote X6 and Endnote Online, Mendeley, and Zotero
  • Digital Scholarship -
  • Make Central  - knitting, 3D printing, and more
  • GIS programs - map reading, QGIS, geocoding, and 3D printing terrain maps
  • Desire2Learn, ZOOM, and MediaSpace

The HistoryMakers

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Over 128,600 stories assembled from live oral history interviews with 2,391 historically significant African Americans as of January 17, 2018. Founded in July of 1999, The HistoryMakers has grown into the nation's largest African American video oral history archive. Its collection includes the interviews of President Barack Obama (then an Illinois State Senator), civil rights leader Julian Bond, and children's advocate Marian Wright Edelman, to name a few.

Voxgov: News from U.S. Government Sources

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Voxgov collects over 50 different document types from U.S. Federal Government sources. These include press releases, speeches, transcripts, columns, blogs, fact sheets, social media, Federal Register and Congressional documents, among many others. Materials are included from candidates in the presidential election campaign.

Take Off! Comic Artists from the Great White North

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Now through February 24, 2019
Main Library, Special Collections Gallery

An exhibit featuring Canadian comics and cartoonists who reflect a wide array of cultural backgrounds and approaches to the comics medium and represent an important segment of the global comics phenomenon.

Exhibit curated by Julian Chambliss, Professor, MSU Departments of English and History, and Zack Kruse, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English, in conjunction with the MSU Comics Forum.

Exhibit supported in part by Bruce and Lynn Edwards, Kathy and Walter Esselman, and Terry Malone.

Interactive virtual tours of the Main Library

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Interactive virtual tours of the Main Library’s first floor and Digital Scholarship Lab are available to view before visiting. Check out these Library spaces today!

USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive

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The USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive is a fully streaming video collection of more than 53,000 primary source testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust (Shoah), the Armenian Genocide, the Rwandan Genocide, the Guatemalan Genocide, the Cambodian Genocide, and the Nanjing Massacre. The vast majority of the testimonies contain a complete personal history of life before, during, and after the interviewee's firsthand experience with genocide.

MSU access to the USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive is made possible by a generous gift from Edward Brill and Leslie VanBrandt in honor of their brother, Michael Brill.

A New Form of Hunger in Africa? The Double Burden of Malnutrition

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Now through February 2019
Main Library, 4th Floor, West Wing

As part of MSU's Year of Global Africa celebration, this exhibit spotlights key issues that a dedicated group of MSU faculty, students, and staff attempt to address in Africa to ensure access to safe and nutritious food.

Exhibit curated by Elisabeth Paymal, Jessica Achberger, and Anita Ezzo ; artifacts courtesy of the Food Security Group at Michigan State University.

Remembering the Rwanda Genocide Against the Tutsi 25 Years Later

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Now through April 2019
Main Library, 2nd Floor, West Wing

As part of MSU's Year of Global Africa Celebration, this exhibit commemorates the 1994 Rwanda genocide against the Tutsi and seeks to increase awareness and understanding of the root causes and the effects of the genocide.

Exhibit curated by Erik Ponder, African Studies Librarian, with support from project partners: Laura Apol, Associate Professor, Teacher Education; Jean Kayitsinga, Julian Samora Research Institute, University Outreach and Engagement; Jean Pierre Nshimyanmana, Center for Water Sciences, Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife.

Office Delivery

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MSU Libraries now delivers almost all physical items (including Interlibrary Loan items) directly to faculty/staff offices! For information on how to take advantage of these services, contact Interlibrary Services.