Library Fall 2013
Notes from the Dean
University librarian and dean of libraries James Hilton began his academic career at the University of Michigan and returned to Ann Arbor after serving as vice president and chief information officer at the University of Virginia for seven years.
At great universities, libraries occupy hallowed ground. They are the place where students, faculty, and scholars of all sorts probe the boundaries of what is known and what is not yet known. As it has been, so it must be. The University of Michigan Library, whose longstanding commitment to excellence in collections, service, and innovation consistently position it in the upper ranks of the world’s great research libraries, has in recent years led the redefining of the research library for the 21st century. This leadership is vital, because academic libraries are at an inflection point: Will they remain at the center of the university, deeply connected to the scholarly enterprise? Or will they become quaint relics, offering decent coffee and excellent meeting space, but disconnected from the core activities of the academy? Needless to say, I believe deeply in the essential relevance of libraries. Fortunately, I also believe that this library is positioned to lead the rest through the momentous transition from an analog to a digital world. In the pre-networked analogue world, great academic libraries became great because their collections enabled their communities to excel in scholarship–expertise in a any given subject area required deep library holdings in that area. The resulting knowledge, discoveries, and creative output were as a matter of course collected and preserved by the library, ensuring that it would be accessible now and forever. The processes and workflows that have sustained this enduring scholarly conversation evolved over centuries, and are deeply ingrained in library practice. The transition to digital methods and outputs upends this sustaining cycle. Simple access has become ubiquitous (if expensive). But durable access to the entirety of the scholarly record has become elusive. Scholarship and research today encompass rapidly changing objects, massive data sets, and a host of third parties providing for-profit services that impede the library’s mission to collect and preserve. Michigan has led many far-reaching initiatives to navigate this transition. The scanning partnership with Google, HathiTrust, and the library-based publishing enterprise Michigan Publishing all provide a foundation for the reinvention of workflows that ensure the curated preservation of, and enduring access to, the fruits of scholarship in all its forms. Libraries, of course, are much more than mechanisms for the collection, preservation, and dissemination of scholarship. They are hubs of engagement. Walk into any library at Michigan and you will be amazed by the hustle and bustle. Why is this so in the age of
Google, when laptops and smart phones offer access to a wealth of information–including much of the library’s offerings? It is so because libraries offer a unique combination of location, resources, and services; and because, in the fractured and often competitive environment of the modern university, libraries are both neutral and highly engaged. They are centers of inquiry and service that facilitate collaboration, identify and meet common needs, and provide solutions that advance the research and teaching mission of all of the university’s schools and colleges. They are the resource used by the community, especially by students, to better understand the difference between information, which is now readily available, and knowledge, which is as difficult to come by as ever. Education in this century will flourish when students, staff, and faculty collaboratively engage in knowledge discovery. The library is and must remain at the center of this process, empowering the community with new tools and facilities alongside the traditional modes of discovery and analysis that are firmly rooted in the collections. To remain at the center of this process, regardless of shifts in means and methods, the library must engage in a bit of celestial navigation–that ancient method used by sailors to traverse unpredictable seas–and set its sights on a few fixed points, among them: Durable access. Only universities have the perspective and the mission to preserve forever. As the underpinnings of scholarship change, we must find ways to permanently preserve the scholarly record. Collaboration and scale. Global challenges like the preservation of the scholarly and cultural record require multi-institutional cooperation and shared infrastructure, along with the leadership that this library has shown in mustering such efforts. People and places. Scholarship in every discipline is becoming a team sport. The library must be at the center of these teams, and we have the assets to do it: central, neutral territory to facilitate conversation, vast collections, and excellent and dynamic services to foster exploration and discovery in an increasingly complex knowledge and information landscape. But our North Star, that most fixed point in our celestial navigation, will remain audacity. Libraries have long been audacious (free public access, for example, was a bold move) but this library has been extraordinarily so. It has been at the forefront of many initiatives that have changed academia and the world. It will be at the forefront of many more. I hope you’ll join us on what promises to be a thrilling voyage.
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Fulfilling a wish When Constance Rinehart (ABLS, 1944; AMLS, 1948), retired Professor of Information and Library Studies, learned recently that funds were needed to digitize the Women Composers Collection, she decided to help make it happen.
“The collection consists primarily of first editions from the 19th and early 20th centuries,” says Kristen. “Many of the scores have never been reprinted, and in some cases, we hold the only copy.”
"I was interested in the women composers and the struggles they faced,” she says, “and I was pleased to know that the manuscripts were part of the collections at the Music Library.” Professor Rinehart, who spent half of her fourdecade-long U-M career at the library, in fact decided to cover the entire cost of the digitization project.
Kristen cites the works of Pauline Viardot as the most requested of the collection. Viardot was a celebrated 19thcentury French singer who composed much vocal music, including Canti Popolari Toscani, settings of Italian song texts from Tuscany. Also oft-requested is the work of Augusta Holmès, who wrote Ode Triomphale for the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris marking the centennial of the French Revolution. Other composers represented in the collection include Cécile Chaminade, Nadia Boulanger, Lili Boulanger, Ethel Smyth, Liza Lehmann, and Amy Beach.
Thanks to this generosity, scores by women composers both famous and less well known will be both preserved and readily accessible to scholars and performers via the Internet. According to Kristen Castellana, head of the Music Library, the digitization of the nearly 3,000 scores will make this music known to a much wider audience.
Kristen Castellana (left) with Constance Rinehart
Professor Rinehart’s gift is in memory of Wallace Bjorke, who was librarian in charge of music in the Music School from 1962 to 1992.
New conservation librarian, and an opportunity The library recently welcomed to its staff conservation librarian Marieka Kaye, the first to hold the new endowed position made possible by a $1.25 million matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Marieka was for eight years a conservator at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, where she treated a wide range of materials—rare books, documents, art on paper and parchment, and photographs—and served as exhibits conservator. A Michigan native, Marieka has a master’s degree and certificate in art conservation from Buffalo State College, and a master’s degree in library and information science from San Jose State University.
“We’re excited to have Marieka Kaye joining our conservation team,” says Shannon Zachary, Samuel Rosenthal librarian for preservation and conservation. “Her experience with a variety of materials and the wide range of her interests and curiosity fits well with the incredible breadth and richness of our collections.” The matching nature of the Mellon Foundation grant affords a unique opportunity: a donor making a $1 million gift can fully endow and name the conservator position. To learn more, please contact Mari Vaydik, the library’s director of development, at 734-936-2384 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marieka Kaye in the conservation lab
FOCUS ON: Digital Media Commons
From left, motion capture; 3D imaging; and professional grade video studio.
When you visit the Digital Media Commons (DMC) on North Campus and see U-M students creating projects on 3D printers, collaborating on professional-quality video and audio productions, or competing to see who can create the best smartphone application—in a single 48-hour-long event—one thing becomes clear: the methods used in research and scholarship have changed dramatically. And as it has since its inception, the library provides the resources and expertise to help students and faculty succeed. “The scholarly process still relies on everything the library provides, and now this includes technology and support that were barely imaginable even as little as ten years ago,” says John Merlin Williams, director of the DMC and also director of the James and Anne Duderstadt Center, where the DMC is located. “Students must become fluent in an ever-changing landscape of information and communications tools as they prepare to become leaders in science, the arts, education, business, engineering and health care.” John points to recent examples: A freshman wrote a program to control a virtual reality simulation with body movements using a game motion sensor, won a research prize, and was recruited for a summer internship at Microsoft. A team of four students collaborated on a mobile phone application to help middle school students learn more from museum field trips; the project
became the basis for a dissertation, and received a $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation for national distribution. And then there are the hundreds of students in every discipline required to produce the kinds of media-rich communications pieces that are now de rigueur in the professional world. All this and more happens with the support of the DMC, where as John says, “We provide the tools, and we teach students how to use them. They do the rest.” John is eager to extend DMC-type resources to other library locations. “Not every student needs access to a professionalgrade video studio; but we have received enough 3D printing requests that this fall we’ll run a trial placing self-serve 3D printers in multiple locations on campus.” John imagines future trials, perhaps involving the deployment of immersive data visualization spaces. Where better than the library, with its long history of providing valuable resources for use by all disciplines, and for the benefit of all? To make a gift to the Digital Media Commons Enrichment Fund, or to learn about naming opportunities related to the DMC, please contact Mari Vaydik, Director of Development, at 734-936-2384 or email@example.com.
The Digital Media Commons • features a 3D Lab where three-dimensional computer models can be created. • houses state-of-the-art video and audio recording studios. • provides U-M students and faculty members with access to multimedia workrooms where they can create and edit videos. • is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week for most of the academic year. • presents public performances and exhibits showcasing projects developed in its studios. • creates learning spaces that enable instructors and students to work together in ways not possible in traditional classroom settings.
Archives illuminate maverick American filmmakers The recent acquisition of the archive of influential screenwriter and director John Sayles has cemented the library’s place as an essential stop for scholars of visionary American filmmaking. Sayles is perhaps best known as writer and director of independent films, among them Return of the Secaucus Seven, The Brother from Another Planet, Passion Fish, Lone Star, Matewan, and Eight Men Out. He has also written and “doctored” scripts for mainstream studio films, among them Apollo 13 and the yet-tobe-released Jurassic Park IV. Sayles’s unique artistic vision, as well as the range of his work, should make his archive fertile ground for film students and scholars of the industry. The Sayles archive joins those of Orson Welles and Robert Altman, two similarly independent and influential filmmakers, in the Special Collections Library. Philip Hallman, film studies field librarian, explains that Michigan is an excellent home for these archives chiefly because the library does both an excellent job of making them usable to researchers, and of working closely with faculty, students, and visiting scholars to facilitate discovery within them. Last winter, Hallman collaborated with Matthew P. Solomon, associate professor of screen arts and cultures, on a class focusing on the work of Robert Altman. Solomon’s students explored the Altman archive and selected photographs, costumes, posters, correspondence, scripts, and other items to create the exhibit
“The Many Hats of Robert Altman: A Life in Cinema,” which they mounted in the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery. The exhibit was part of the symposium “Altmannerisms: Conversations Celebrating the Opening of the Robert Altman Archive,” a collaboration among the library, the department of screen arts and cultures, and the international film festival Cinetopia. The event featured panel discussions with Altman collaborators—actors, cinematographers, scholars, and Kathryn Altman, his wife of 47 years until his death in 2006—as well as screenings and a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the archive’s official opening to researchers. Phil Hallman says that the Altman exhibit is representative of the kind of immersive, engaged learning made possible by these film archives. A similar exhibit and symposium featuring John Sayles is in the works for Winter 2014. Phil also cites other work made possible by the film archives, notably an honors thesis by A. Brad Schwartz (BA, 2012) which received the MLibrary Undergraduate Research Award first prize. Brad examined more than 2,000 letters in the Orson Welles archive (some of them previously unopened), and discovered new evidence that sparked his reconsideration of the historical significance of the infamous 1938 radio broadcast War of the Worlds. The Sayles archive is currently being cataloged and will be open to researchers by summer 2014.
Recipe for Research Published in Chicago in 1943, The American Woman’s Meals without Meat Cook Book serves as a stark reminder of a wartime America when its “Menus and recipes that save ration points!” were the order of the day. The 48-page illustrated paperback is one of many resources that make up the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive, recently transferred from the Clements Library to the Special Collections Library. Selected items from the collection, among them cookbooks produced by Jewish charity organizations representing all fifty states, are featured in the exhibit “American Foodways: The Jewish Contribution,” curated by adjunct curator Janice Longone and graduate student Avery Robinson. The exhibit is on display in the Audubon Room and North Lobby cases of the Hatcher Graduate Library through December 8. The collection as a whole is shaped by the rich assemblage of cookbooks, menus, and
J.J. Jacobson and images from the Longone archive
ephemera collected over many years by Janice and Daniel Longone, and documents the American culinary experience from colonial times to the present. Its new home in the Special Collections Library is intended to expand the collection’s reach as a research, learning, teaching resource across a range of disciplines. JJ Jacobson, curator of American culinary history in the Special Collections Library, works with scholars in a variety of fields including history, American culture, political science, and economics. Among them is S. Margot Finn, lecturer in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, as well as the students in her course “Much Depends on Dinner,” who rely on the Longone collection for source material for their class projects. To view the collection, please contact the Special Collections Library.
WishList, See how we can match your interests lib.umich.edu/giving-mlibrary/collections-wish-list Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Artist’s Edition (New Printing). IDW Publishing has gone back to press on the first release in the Artist's Edition hardcover series, Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer. Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Artist’s Edition will be a mammoth 12” x 17” hardcover book printed in impressive black and white. Nearly every page has been scanned in color from Stevens’ original art to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art, which includes corrections and marks in blue pencil. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board. $100
Namco Pac Man's Arcade Party Cocktail Game Cabinet. This classic style wood arcade cabinet features a 19 inch color monitor and authentic joystick and controls modeled after the original. The cabinet includes the original Pac Man game plus twelve other classic favorites: Ms. Pac Man, PacMania, Galaxian, Galaga, Galaga ft88, Dig Dug, Rally-X, Mappy, Xevious, Rolling Thunder, Dragon Spirit, and Bosconian. $3,000
Digital Media Commons Enrichment Fund The Digital Media Commons (DMC) provides students and faculty members with access to a state-of-the-art multimedia facility, which includes visualization and virtual reality technologies, and a platform for new collaboration technologies. The Digital Media Commons Enrichment Fund is an important source of unrestricted support for this rapidly evolving learning environment.
Fine Arts Library Stacks Improvements A gift to upgrade student study areas that are located in the downstairs Fine Arts stacks with new furniture. $20,000
Fine Arts Library First Floor Improvements New tables and chairs for study areas, new reading room shelves and a renovated circulation desk would greatly enhance studying, research and librarian/student interactions. $40,000
Gesang der Jünglinge ("Song of the Youths"). By Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Kürten: Stockhausen-Verlag. 2001. This piece, realized by Stockhausen in 1955-56 in Cologne, is a landmark of electronic music. Full-color facsimile reproduction of the autograph score, including numerous sketches. $325
MLibrary Undergraduate Student Research Award
For excellence in library research conducted in support of an undergraduate student project. Three prizes are awarded to undergraduate students who show extraordinary achievement in completing their research project utilizing resources provided by the library. $1000 First Place $500 Second Place $250 Third Place
L'Art japonais (Japanese Art).
Published by Louis Gonse. 1883. Reprint. Louis Gonse (1841-1926) was a collector and central figure of the popular trend in Japanese art in Paris in the 1880s. This work is a collection of images of Japanese art owned by major collectors in Paris with explanations of Japanese history, geography, and culture. Only 1,400 copies. $756
Give AND Receive Are you looking for a secure source of fixed income now or in the future? You may want to consider creating a charitable gift annuity that will benefit you and the University of Michigan Library. How it Works 1. You transfer cash or stock to the University of Michigan. In exchange, the university pays you a fixed income for life. 2. The fixed income can be quite high depending on your age. 3. A portion of your income stream may even be tax-free. 4. You will receive a charitable deduction for your gift of the remainder to the University of Michigan Library. Types of Assets You May Give • If you decide to fund your gift annuity with cash, a significant portion of the annuity income will be tax-free. • You may make a gift of your appreciated securities to fund a gift annuity and avoid a portion of the capital gains tax. Start Receiving Payments Now with a Current Gift Annuity If you desire current income, you may transfer property in exchange for our promise to pay you fixed income beginning as early as this year. You will receive a current income tax charitable deduction for the value of your gift to the University of Michigan Library. Deferred Gift Annuity for income at Future Date Perhaps you are not ready to begin receiving income until a future date, such as when you retire. You can establish a deferred gift annuity, receive a current charitable income tax deduction and receive payments at a designated future time. Because you deferred your payment, your annual payment will be higher than with a current annuity. To learn more, please call Mari Vaydik at 734-936-2384.
Michigan Publishing leads the way Michigan Publishing has long been a leader in the burgeoning realm of librarybased publishing–or, as The Chronicle of Higher Education put it, “No place has more experience with library-based publishing than the University of Michigan.” With its dedication to openness and longterm preservation, the library is ideally positioned to fulfill the core mission of academic publishing, which is the sharing of knowledge to advance scholarship and research. And Michigan Publishing, which is now fully integrated with its flagship imprint, the University of Michigan Press, is a model operation of its kind, offering publication options ranging from the peer-reviewed monograph to Web-based
collaborative publications that aggregate and disseminate a wide array of invaluable resources. Its latest venture, a new imprint called Maize Books, offers yet another innovation–a lean and responsive open access imprint, open to shorter forms and offering rapid publishing turnaround for valuable and time-sensitive scholarly content. Maize Books represents “yet another great experiment in publishing,” according to Inside Higher Education. Aaron McCollough, Michigan Publishing’s Editorial Director, anticipates that Maize Books will release its first publications in early 2014.
Among Michigan Publishing’s innovative digital projects are: • The America Influenza Epidemic of 1918: A Digital Encyclopeda. An undertaking of the U-M Center for the History of Medicine to create a virtual collection of archival, primary, and interpretive materials related to the history of the 1918 influenza pandemic in the United States. (influenzaarchive.org) • Pancreapedia. An open access information repository that produces, compiles and curates information on the pancreas for clinicians and researchers. (pancreapedia.org) • The Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse. The U-M Law School’s effort to collect documents and information from civil rights cases across the U.S. for use by scholars, teachers, students, policymakers, advocates, and the public. (clearinghouse.net)
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WishList, Ningen keisei. Published by Nihon
Tosho Senta. 2006. After World War II, in Japan, this serial publication influenced a great deal of the Japanese moral education. Now the serial is published as a reprint monographic edition. 5 vols. $900 Detail from works by Rudolph Arnheim
FOCUS ON: The Fine Arts Library sessions were wide-ranging, covering “Arts of the Medieval Court”; “African and Diaspora Art and Visual Culture”; and “Baroque Architecture.”
Located in Tappan Hall, the oldest extant classroom building on campus, the Fine Arts Library is a vital resource serving students and faculty members in the History of Art Department, researchers and curators at the U-M Museum of Art and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, and the greater campus community as well as as the general public. “People contact us from across the country and around the world for information about art, artists, and images says Deirdre Spencer, head of the Fine Arts Library. “We also regularly receive questions regarding the value of works of art.” Deirdre works with faculty members to create custom research instruction sessions that familiarize students with available resources for their classes. Last year’s
Among the Fine Arts Library’s greatest treasures are the more than 2,700 books from the personal collection of the noted scholar Rudolf Arnheim, many of them one of a kind. Known for his pioneering work on the relationship between art and visual perception, Arnheim taught a popular class at U-M on the psychology of art after he retired from Harvard University, and bequeathed his collection to the Fine Arts Library (he died in 2007 at age 102). “Increasingly, students and faculty from disciplines other than History of Art are discovering the Fine Arts Library and its services,” Deirdre says. With this increased usage comes a pressing need to improve and upgrade the facilities. Donors looking to support the Fine Arts Library can make gifts to improve the study areas or to create an instructional laboratory equipped with laptop computers, a projector, and a high quality screen for presentations. To support the Fine Arts Library, please contact Mari Vaydik, director of development, at 734-936-2384 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Motion Picture Catalogs by American Producers and Distributors, 1894-1908: A Microfilm Edition.
Reese V. Jenkins, Charles Musser, et al., eds. 1984-1985. Collection of catalogs documenting the work of early motion picture companies, from the Thomas A. Edison Archives. Microfilm. $1,100
Almanacco dell'architetto (Almanac of the architect).
Published by Proctor. 2012. This two-volume publication offers a manual for the creation of new connections between art and technology, beyond traditional rules and concepts. The nine sections of the volume are written by renowned Italian scholars, engineers, and experts and cover all the different phases of planning and building. Each section includes case studies with blueprints, schemes and photographs, for a total of over 5,000 images. $349
Endowing the Deanship of the University of Michigan Library.
A named endowed deanship would help us ensure that the library could attract and retain the very best in the field. It would also provide the University Librarian with seed money for special initiatives in this rapidly changing world of information management and retrieval. $5 million PURCHASED
The Narrative of the Beagle Voyage, 1831-1836
In addition to carrying Charles Darwin to the Galapagos, triggering his later work on the theory of natural selection, the HMS Beagle played a vital role in the development of modern hydrography, cartography and meteorology in both the voyage of 1831-36 and an earlier one of 1826-30. This four volume set presents the first critical edition of the remaining texts from 1839 and features an account of the second voyage by the captain of the Beagle, Robert FitzRoy. It also includes an account of the 1826-30 voyage by Phillip Parker King, captain of HMS Adventure.
Thank you, Jean M. Holland, M.D. PURCHASED
Digitization of the Women Composers Collection
The Music Library has an exceptional collection of scores composed by women, including such prominent composers as Nadia Boulanger, Lili Boulanger, Amy Beach, Cecile Chaminade, Ethyl Smyth, and Pauline Viardot. The collection, housed in the Music Library’s rare book room, consists of approximately 2800 works, more than 2300 of which were composed before 1923. This remarkable resource is the most heavily-used rare material in the Music Library. Digitization of these scores would have a tremendous impact on the ability of people around the world to study and perform this music and would protect the scores against repeated handling.
Thank you, Constance Rinehart. Deirdre Spencer
Fine Arts Library study area and display cases
The Fine Arts Library • was founded in 1949 by Dr. Marvin Eisenberg, professor of Italian Renaissance Art. • houses approximately 115,000 print volumes on painting, drawing, sculpture, graphic arts, decorative arts, architectural history, landscape architecture and photography. • features a special, climate-controlled room for rare books.
The Fabric of the Human Body
by A. Vesalius. An annotated translation of the 1543 and 1555 editions of De Humani Corporis Fabrica by D.H. Garrison and M.H. Hast. This is the first English translation of this seminal history of medicine text. Karger: 2013.
Thank you, Bernard Sivak.
What does it take to keep the ship on course? This fall, we’re • welcoming the class of 2017 with building tours and facilities orientation. • delivering collections materials to locations all over campus, and to secure websites for access anywhere. • streaming video content so faculty and students can readily use these resources in their learning and teaching. • showcasing the extraordinary equipment, facilities, and expertise in the library’s 3D Lab at an open house. • teaching over 100 sessions on the use of library resources, technology, and other topics. • continuing a series of public conversations exploring the library’s role in the lifecycle of campus research and research data. • mounting the exhibit "Engraved in Wood: The Work of John DePol" in the Special Collections Library.
The images of roads, bridges, planes, and ships are from our transportation history collection, and include items featured in our recent exhibit celebrating 100 years of the Lincoln Highway. The map details (a celestial planisphere and a map of ancient Alexandria) are from among the large collection held in the Clark Library.
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