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A 'Good Great Place': Exhibits at the University of Michigan Library

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    • 1. A Good Great Place Exhibits and Outreach at the University of Michigan Library Melissa Levine Exhibits and Outreach Librarian, University of Michigan Library Michigan Academy of Science Arts & Letters March 20, 2009
    • 2. about the library
      • Hatcher Graduate Library
      • 18 libraries ‘in one’
      • 1920, Alfred Kahn building
    • 3. about the library
      • one of the largest university library systems in the United States
      • 18 libraries in 11 buildings, which, taken together, hold over 8 million volumes and serve more than 3 million patrons on-site per year
      • a pioneer in digitization efforts, and its partnership with Google to digitize its collection will potentially revolutionize how scholars and students work.
    • 4. history and collections
      • Library created in1837
      • Audubon's Birds of America, the library's first purchase, acquired in 1838
      • 3,400 volumes within short time
      • Labadie, Papyrus…
    • 5. In the olden days…
    • 6. now...
      • Collections accessible in reading rooms
      • Public welcome but no practical exhibit space for precious items
      • No location for public programs
      • Growing attention to digital resources - library is everywhere and yet…
    • 7. the idea…
      • Room 100, great location on Diag
      • Cataloging, internal functions in past
      • Desire for public service, access, awareness of Library for students, faculty, and general public
      • Community engagement…
    • 8. Bo Schembechler: A Michigan Man October 2007
      • Initiated by development office
      • Honored beloved coach
      • Few artifacts, lots of atmosphere
      • Tremendous response
    • 9. Letters to Sala February 2008
      • On loan from NYPL
      • Public programs drew tremendous local response
    • 10. Graduation 2008
        • -Stadium construction = graduation on the Diag
        • -Room 100 was staging location
        • -brought tremendous attention to previously unnoticed space
        • -coincided with decision to create new Exhibits and Outreach position; hired June 2008
        • Key - work with what we have and opportunities as they arise…
    • 11. A good, great place…
      • Ray Oldenberg, Sociologist, Author
      • ‘ Third space’ - public engagement, core of democracy, informal
      • ‘ not home or work’
      • 9,000 square feet
      • Library tables, students study, rearrange
      • organic…
    • 12.  
    • 13. Gallery in Room 100
      • A forum to generate discussion and a spirit of cooperative exploration.
      • Meant to be a lively place reflecting the dynamic nature of the University of Michigan’s research and teaching activities.
    • 14. Policy and procedure… Shape efforts, resource…www.lib.umich.edu/gallery
    • 15. Framework…
      • Gathering place for enrichment of intellectual, educational and cultural life of campus and community
    • 16. Framework…
      • Showcase and interpret collections, promote scholarly use, facilitate scholarship and storytelling
      • Support Library’s role as intellectual center of University
    • 17. Framework…
      • Foster relationships between and among Mlibrary,faculty, students, alumni, staff, state and local community
    • 18. The Whole World Was Watching: Revolution and Protest in 1968 September 2008
    • 19.  
    • 20.  
    • 21. evolution…
      • Informal gallery talks
      • Library ‘treasures’ exhibits with staff
      • Anti apartheid protest exhibit, Kellogg Foundation
      • Doctor on post traumatic stress disorder
      • State Department on diversity in foreign service
      • first African American women surgeon
      • screens for inauguration of President Obama
      • African Studies Center event
      • Ed Kashi exhibit and program (oil in Nigeria)
      • Open Access Week
    • 22. A good, great place.
      • Plans for exhibit casework underway
      • www.lib.umich.edu/gallery
      • www.lib.umich.edu/events