Library Winter 2013
Paul Courant’s appointment at the Library concludes in August 2013. In a wide-ranging discussion, he looks back at his time as University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, and continues to ruminate on the library of the future. It’s difficult to imagine a more tumultuous era than this for what Paul Courant calls “the abstract problem of knowledge transfer.” The digital revolution and its implications for the ways in which we share academic resources, teach, learn, and preserve the record of human knowledge has dominated Courant’s time at the Library. And he wouldn’t have it any other way. That abstract problem—which is embodied by libraries—was a beautiful one to present to an economist and former provost who focuses on public goods. “I knew I would find it fulfilling and entertaining; and I think I even made important progress on the configuration of the information landscape in academe.” The hallmark of that progress is HathiTrust, a shared repository of digitized library collections whose community now boasts almost 80 institutional partners. HathiTrust began as a U-M initiative, a mechanism for managing the locally scanned and Google-digitized volumes from our collection. “And then John Wilkin* had the insight that if we made such a repository available to everyone on reasonable terms, we could build one great library instead of many separate ones.” The implications of library sharing on this massive scale— HathiTrust today holds more than 10.5 million volumes—are profound, not just for libraries, but for academia in general. But: Before he even begins to talk about the impact electrons have had on the research library, or about this Library’s leadership in that realm, Courant wants to air a less prominent aspect to his role as University Librarian and Dean of Libraries. “I like books, I grew up around libraries, I still read books”—some of them even printed on paper, bound between covers. Even so, he was surprised by what quickly became a deep sense of obligation to the print collection, one that he likens, in terms unapologetically spiritual, to the duty that a cleric might have to a congregation. “I didn’t expect that,” he says, “Nor did I know I was going to be the guy who likes to wander around in Special Collections, swept away by the magical physical powers of those old books, with a dawning awareness that I owe them to the future.” This revelation spurred some of the notable local achievements under Courant’s leadership, in particular the establishment of the Library Gallery, the Audubon Room, and the Stephen S. Clark Library, public spaces intended to stir a similar awe and intellectual excitement in Library visitors; and the procurement of a $1.25 million matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for an endowed library conservator (see inside). Talk of these initiatives, all of which are toward preserving and exposing the collection to as broad an audience as possible, leads, inevitably, to digitization. “All of it is about preserving and
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illuminating the collection. The Audubon Room and the Clark Library allow us to share what we have in a way that’s frankly meant to inspire further exploration of our collections and services.” In other words, analog and digital modes of using literature and print materials are complementary, not competitive. Of course, illumination of the physical collection through digitization is especially powerful because of its global reach— Courant calls the Library’s 2012 holiday greeting video (lib.umich. edu/annual-greeting) “a beautiful illustration of this power.” “What are we doing? We’re shining light on works that the Library has uncovered and made findable, searchable, and readable. So in the making of that video, I had the pleasure of reading from mathematical work that my grandfather and his graduate students produced the year I was born. I have no idea how I would have found a copy of it before digitization.” Asked where the Library is headed next, Courant mentions a number of issues that will confront Library leadership in the coming years: the illumination of the literature of the 20th century, which requires a legal framework among libraries, publishers, and authors; the need to transform Library space to meet student needs, along the lines of Bert’s Study Lounge and the Digital Media Commons; the management and mediation of emerging modes of scholarly communication; the pedagogical challenge of inculcating in students the amiable skepticism required to appropriately evaluate an information source. “And I don’t have a crystal ball to tell me now whether any of that is going to be easy or hard.” But even without that crystal ball, he is certain that the Library will remain the metaphorical as well as the physical center of the University—the place on campus you look to, or look from, across the Diag and the big block M embedded in the bricks. Why? “The Library is an amazing resource. It allows you to excavate everything that has ever been known or seriously thought about on any given topic; it is essentially the history of the human mind and human interests—of what people care about and why.” What surprises him is that so many people within the University don’t understand that you really can’t do anything without the Library. But perhaps that’s as it should be—most people don’t notice such fundamental infrastructure unless it fails them in some way. Confronted with that notion, Courant laughs. “Here’s the thing about me: I always ask, ‘How does it work?’ So I can’t imagine not thinking about the infrastructure.”
*Now Associate University Librarian for Publishing and Library Information Technology
Meet Mari Vaydik “I continue to be impressed on a daily basis by the Library’s commitment to providing both foundational and transformative resources and services to students, faculty and the broader community,” Mari says. With a degree in Library Science, she comes to the role with a deep understanding of the Library’s fundamental role in the University; still, she was surprised by the breadth of Library offerings, which these days include advanced technological facilities, and the dissemination of scholarship via its Publishing division. Mari is still learning all that the Library has to offer, but says one aspect was immediately evident: “The extraordinary expertise and dedication of our librarians, curators and staff make an excellent case for supporting the Library.”
On July 30, Mari Vaydik joined the Library as the Director of Development. Mari was most recently Major Gifts Officer at Alternatives for Girls, a Detroit-based nonprofit serving homeless and high-risk girls and young women. Prior to that she served as Annual Fund Director for the Detroit Institute of the Arts, and as Manager of Annual Giving at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Mari has a BS from Northern Michigan University and an MLIS from Wayne State University. Her knowledge of the work of the Library, combined with her fundraising expertise and experience, make her particularly well-suited to lead its development and stewardship efforts.
A Gift of Art
Mari has spent her first months in her new role establishing relationships with the Library’s donor community, and looks forward to getting to know all of the people whose support makes such a difference. To get involved, contact Mari at 734-936-2384 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout his life, urban expressionist painter Sam Karres always had pen and paper wherever he went so he could capture what he saw. As a young man, he was a frequent visitor to Detroit’s Greektown, and he sketched people he saw on the street, in cafes, and around the neighborhood. Sam worked as an illustrator for Ford Motor Company for 25 years, sketching and painting in his spare time. The result of his lifelong habit can be seen in the hundreds of drawings and paintings that fill every corner of his gallery in Royal Oak, Michigan. Now, thanks to Sam’s recent gift of 57 sketchbooks dating from 1975 to 2009, his artwork is also part of the permanent collection of the Library. Last October, the Library, along with the Modern Greek Program, honored Sam at a special event that included an exhibit of the donated sketchbooks, remarks from U-M faculty and community members, and a festive reception featuring Greek delicacies. Library donor Denny Stavros, Ph.D., introduced Sam; the two had first met in Detroit in 1948 in a class on Ancient Greek at what was then called Wayne University. They have maintained their friendship for more than six decades, and it was Denny who suggested that Sam contribute some of his artwork to the Library. The exhibit, curated by Janet Crayne, Head of the Library’s Slavic, East European and Eurasian Division, showcased watercolors and pen-and-ink drawings and featured one painting, on loan for the occasion. The sketchbooks will be of great value to students and faculty members as well as to visiting scholars interested in the Greek-American experience.
The Dr. Arnold and Fern Heyman U-M Library Fund As a U-M undergraduate with limited resources, Arnold Heyman, M.D. (BA, 1949) waited tables at the Brown Jug six days a week, and got his meals for free. On Sundays, when the restaurant was closed, he earned meals by delivering sandwiches and fruit to fraternity and sorority houses. Those unforgettable days led Dr. Heyman and his wife Fern to establish an endowment to support financially-needy Library student workers.
He serves as a member of the University Library Leadership Council, and his previous gifts helped the Library establish the Irving M. Hermelin Curatorship of Judaica, acquire books and other materials for the Judaica Collection, and purchase an Espresso Book Machine.
Nearly 500 students hold part-time jobs at the Library over the course of the year. They work at information desks, update the website, shelve books, and provide other support services. For many of them, the job constitutes the work-study portion of their financial aid package. When Dr. Heyman set up an expendable fund to support workstudy students at the Library in 2010, a recipient wrote in thanks, “With today’s economy and recent budget cuts for schools, it has been really difficult for some of us to continue our education and pay for everyday expenses. Your help and support is deeply appreciated.” The Dr. Arnold and Fern Heyman University of Michigan Library Fund continues Dr. Heyman’s almost two decades of support.
Making a Wish Come True
Joshua A. Bilmes (BA, 1985) is president of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York, which represents leading authors of science fiction and fantasy, and authors the blog “Brillig” (brilligblogger.blogspot.com). A longtime supporter of the Library, Joshua saw Arcade Legends 3 Game Cabinet on last year’s wish list; remembering the many happy hours he spent playing Centipede as a teenager, he made a generous gift to the Library to enable the purchase. Last September Joshua saw firsthand what his philanthropy had made possible. During a visit to the Computer and Video Game
Joshua A. Bilmes and David Carter
Zoe Crowley and David Caldwell, student workers currently supported by the Heyman Fund. Both work in the Askwith Media Library, which maintains a video collection of more than 25,000 titles, and which recently expanded its hours to meet student demand.
Archive at the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library he learned firsthand how students and faculty members use the game archive in their research. The archive’s growing collection of games and game-related materials is a valuable resource for teaching and learning in programming and technology, artistic and literary expression, social and cultural studies, and other fields. For example, one class recently used the archive to study the effects of texting while driving. Before touring the facility, Joshua engaged in the serious business of playing Centipede, one of the 125 classic video arcade games contained in the cabinet. He spent a good portion of the morning in a battle to beat the record of a certain “PK” (which turned out to be the nom de game of CVGA archivist Dave Carter), and also enjoyed the collection’s working Atari 2600 console.
Paper Conservators Inaugurate New Fellowships more than happy to give back, in this small way, to the profession that has been so rewarding to me. Baker hopes that others will contribute to the fellowship program, so that the Library can offer more opportunities to conservation students and professionals. Lauren Calcote, Cathleen Baker, Aisha Wahab
Aisha Wahab is slowly and carefully removing the backing from an old and large print, while Lauren Calcote sits across the room sewing book sections back together. Aisha and Lauren are the first Cathleen A. Baker Fellows in Conservation. The Fellowship gives students, practicing conservators, and researchers the opportunity to actively conserve materials from the Library’s extensive collection, including books, paper, Islamic manuscripts, ancient papyri and more. Conservation Librarian Cathleen Baker, Ph.D. established the Fellowship in 2011. “Conservators, whether they are associated with institutions or in private practice, are not usually in a financial position to leave their work temporarily to pursue a short-term project that will benefit the profession and our cultural heritage,” says Baker. “I am certainly not a wealthy person, but the money that I’ve donated since the establishment of this Fellowship is enough to bring wonderful people to our department. And I am
Lauren Calcote is a graduate of the Buffalo State College Art Conservation Department’s master’s degree program, specializing in book conservation. She appreciates “the chance to look at and work with an amazing breadth of material – a lot of stuff.” The Baker Fellowship is helping to support Aisha Wahab’s thirdyear internship at the Conservation Lab; this is her final year in the Buffalo State College program. “I’ve been places where you aren’t allowed to touch anything,” she says, but at U-M she has been able to pursue her interest in Islamic manuscripts, actively participate in preparing exhibit items for display, and work on preserving papyri. Calcote and Wahab started their fellowships in early September and will remain in residence with the Conservation Lab through August 2013.
Looking north and west (below) from the top floor of Hatcher South
Mellon Matching Grant for Conservation The Library recently received a $1.25 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create an endowed Conservation Librarian position. The grant consists of $1 million in endowment money, which the Library will match by raising funds to create a total $2 million endowment within three years. The additional $250,000 provides spendable funds to hire and support the Conservation Librarian for the first three years. The grant is among the largest the Library has received in its long history. This new position will enable the Library to expand its wellestablished conservation program, which plays a vital role in ensuring that the Library’s vast print collection is available for research, exhibition, and digitization. Shannon Zachary, Head of the Department of Preservation and Conservation, says that the Mellon-funded position will benefit scholars both local and worldwide. “After more than 150 years of building collections to meet the educational and research needs of the university, the library has amassed a print collection of extraordinary breadth and depth. We have print holdings of over eight million volumes, the largest collection of ancient papyrus manuscripts in the Western Hemisphere, and thousands of rare and special items,” Zachary says. “An exciting aspect of preserving materials in the U-M Library is the library’s culture of sharing and its commitment to open access. That means that materials preserved here are made available to as broad a community as possible and will support scholarship and the advancement of knowledge for centuries to come.” Zachary says that, in addition to supporting the preservation of both circulating and special collections print materials, the new Conservation Librarian will help the library to keep pace with the demand for digital access. “Digitizing unique archival and special collections material requires substantial commitment from conservation staff, which evaluates and sometimes repairs items prior to scanning, as well as monitoring the impact of the imaging process on the materials.”
Theater poster for the Ben Greet Players, an early 20th-century Shakespeare company, which was badly torn and damaged, shown (from top) before, during, and after restoration by Library conservators
Paul Courant, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, says, “We’re enormously grateful to the Mellon Foundation for their support, which will enhance our ability to preserve the cultural and scholarly record and to share our holdings with the world.”
WishList, Winter 2013
See how we can match your interests lib.umich.edu/giving-mlibrary/ collections-wish-list Gender and Crime edited by Sandra
Walklate. Routledge, 2012. An authoritative collection bringing together essential writings on many important themes within criminology, including the experience of crime, the criminal justice system, prisons, and restorative justice – all through the lens of gender. $1255
Military Psychology edited by Michael D.
Matthews, and Janice H. Laurence. Sage, 2012. This four-volume set covers a diverse range of topics, including the selection and training of soldiers: human factors ergonomics and cognitive engineering; stress, resilience, and post-traumatic growth; and leadership, culture, and morale. $995
Ulrich Beck: An Introduction to the Theory of Second Modernity and the Risk Society by Mads Peter Sørensen and Allan
Christiansen. Routledge, 2012. This new work includes biographical material, an extensive bibliography of sociologist Ulrich Beck’s works, and a thorough introduction to his theories of second modernity and the risk society. $135
Early Childhood Literacy by Kate Pahl
& Jennifer Rowsell. 2012. A collection of papers with a broad view of what literacy is in homes, communities, and schools, and in terms of policy. $995
Education and Development by Walter
W. McMahon. 2012. Part of the Major Themes in Education series, this four-volume set addresses the relationship of education to knowledgebased growth and broader issues of development, such as policy and finance. $1450
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. $1235
The impact of a gift: students working and lounging on the 1st floor
FOCUS ON: The Music Library The University of Michigan Music Library, located in the Earl V. Moore Building designed by Eero Saarinen, has one of the largest collections of music in the country. And while it shares its North Campus building with the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, it serves a much larger constituency.
music. Professor Stillman, a two-time Grammy award winner for Best Hawaiian Music Album, prepared a treasure hunt to develop the students’ research skills. Clues led to materials in the collections, among them NativeAmerican works and musical scores by specific composers.
“We serve the whole University and the community—Ann Arbor and beyond,” says Kristen Castellana, head of the Music Library. “The school makes up the core group of our users, and then it radiates out. Scholars worldwide contact us because we have such rich collections.”
Heavy use by students, faculty, visiting scholars, and members of the community has taken a toll on the Music Library. Kristen takes inspiration from the first-floor renovation that was made possible by a generous gift from Glenn E. Watkins (BA ’48, MMUS ’49), the Earl V. Moore Professor Emeritus of Musicology—the lounge area and study spaces there are extremely popular with students.
During the course of a pretty typical day, an undergraduate class in dance learns how to discover materials related to their discipline; a graduate student in composition seeks an eighteenth-century manuscript in the library’s Women Composers Collection; and a visiting scholar from the Netherlands conducts research on early jazz. Such routine service is often punctuated by more unusual requests. Last fall, Kristen worked with Amy Stillman, Professor of American Culture and Professor of Musicology, on a special project for Stillman’s first-year seminar on race and American
“We would like to renovate the upper floors to make them more inviting,” Kristen says. “For a start, we’d really like to have new furniture with flexible seating and smaller tables that could be moved around as needed. Having the downstairs renovated makes such a big difference, and we’d like to do the same for the upper floors.” To learn how you can partner with the U-M Music Library, please contact Mari Vaydik, Director of Development, at 734-936-2384 or email@example.com.
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. $625
Le Corbeau, The Raven. Poem by Edgar
Allan Poe, French translation by Stéphane Mallarmé, with illustrations by Edouard Manet. Paris: Richard Lesclide, 1875. This is a limited edition French translation of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” by the famous French poet Stéphane Mallarmé, with illustrations by Mallarmé’s friend, and legendary Impressionist painter, Édouard Manet. It is the first “artist’s book” and is often cited as one of the high points of French book illustration. The text is in both English and French, and is signed by both Mallarmé and Manet. $150,000
Ripe for renovation: space on an upper floor
The Music Library • has one of the top ten music collections in the country. • was established in 1940, and moved into the new Moore Building in 1964. • has approximately 250,000 items and includes books, scores, recordings, journals and microfilms. • welcomes more than 80,000 visitors per year.
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The Charitable IRA Rollover is Back!
On January 1, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which extends tax-free gifts from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) through 2013. If you are age 70 ½ or older, you can request distributions in 2013 totaling a maximum of $100,000 to qualified charitable organizations, such as the University of Michigan Library. The transfers are tax-free to the donor and qualify toward the required minimum distribution. Only traditional and Roth IRAs can be the source of such transfers. You must request transfers directly from your IRA account to the charitable organization (suggestion: the Library!). Transfers must occur by December 31, 2013.
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
The IRA charitable rollover provision can reduce your tax liability on IRA account assets, as well as provide an opportunity to make a meaningful gift whose impact is immediate. To direct a charitable IRA distribution to the University of Michigan Library, request a specific transmittal form from your IRA plan administrator, or contact us at 734-936-2384 or LibraryDevelopment@umich.edu. Thank you!
Papyrology Collection Hits the Road Among the rare materials that traveled north
from Ann Arbor last summer were a fragment from the Book of the Dead, dating from circa 1200 B.C.E.; a manuscript of the Epistles of St. Paul, written about 200 C.E.; and portions of a document that when whole measured more than 100 feet long, listing the payments made by taxpayers in the village of Karanis, Egypt in 173 C.E. The items, which are among the many thousands of papyri that make up the Library’s Papyrology Collection—one of the largest such collections in the world—were displayed at a reception hosted by Library donors Ralph (BA, 1970) and Mary Lynn Heid at their home in Charlevoix last summer. At the reception—the Northern Michigan debut of the Papyrology Collection—Arthur Verhoogt,
For those who haven’t had the chance to see the Library’s most famous papyrus—or even those who have—it’s now widely available in the form of an app for iPhone and iPad. Users of “PictureIt: EP” can flip through high-resolution images of the 3rd century codex, the oldest known copy of the Letters of St. Paul, as though through pages of a book. “This gives an idea of what it was like to read an ancient book, with no capitals, no spaces between words, and no punctuation,” explains
of Michigan 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. $30,000
Taubman Health Sciences Library Lecture and Exhibits Series. A series
Arthur Verhoogt with Mary Lynn and Ralph Heid
Acting Archivist of the Papyrology Collection, described the importance of papyrus to classical, historical, and ancient cultural studies. Leyla Lau-Lamb, Senior Conservator for Books and Papyrus, demonstrated the painstaking techniques used to care for these fragile treasures. The Heids first got the idea to host this special event after seeing papyri on display at the Library’s 2011 Exhibit of Treasures. That same year, they established the Ralph Heid Collections Travel Fund which helps to fund librarians traveling to acquire material for the Library’s collection. Avid travelers themselves, they have also donated many books and other items purchased while abroad, and in consultation with Library staff members.
Digitization of the Women Composers Collection. The University
Arthur Verhoogt. The app reveals a translation from the Greek into English with a touch of a finger, either word-by-word or by the page. Readily accessible annotations explain where the papyrus differs from the Standard Version that people know from their New Testament. They also point out scribal errors, which were common in an era when books were copied entirely by hand. The free app is available in the iTunes store.
of lectures and exhibits open to all members of the University community and the general public. The series would be coordinated and implemented by librarians at the A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library and would feature programs related to the fields of public health, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and dentistry. Lectures and exhibits would draw on the resources of the University of Michigan as well as partner institutions worldwide. The Taubman Health Sciences Library has an extensive community outreach program, and the series would provide an excellent opportunity to expand on the foundation already in place. $100,000
Science Classic. (Science magazine
archive, offered by AAAS). A truly premier scientific publication. Our library currently offers previous issues via other databases; however, we do not have the early years on the AAAS web site. Adding this content on this platform would enable searching across all years of content, as well as extend reference linking where available. $15,000 PURCHASED
Arcade Legends 3 Game Cabinet.
Combines 125 classic video arcade games into one arcade unit, making it an efficient way to provide an authentic arcade experience in a small amount of space in the Library’s new Computer and Video Game Archive. Games include Asteroids, Space Invaders and Centipede.
Thank you, Joshua Bilmes.
Population Aging and the Generational Economy: A Global Perspective by Ronald Lee and Andrew Mason. 2011. This book, which is the result of
an extensive seven-year research project, delivers an in-depth analysis of the macroeconomic effects of transformations in population age structure around the world.
Thank you, Dr. David Scott. PURCHASED
Talcott Parsons. Victor M. Lidz, Editor. 2011. Talcott Parsons (1902-
1979) was one of the most influential sociological theorists of the 20th century. This volume includes articles by many major sociologists on Parsons’ life and work, and would be an important addition to our collection.
Thank you, John P. Wood.
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2012 Exhibit of Treasures