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


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Author: Melissa Levine
University of Michigan

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

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