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Library Colloquia Series - Fall 2014

Lecture Series

The Library Colloquia Series is a collection of lectures based on various topics that are free and open to the public.

FREE parking is available in stadium lot 62E on Red Cedar Road after 6:00pm. The Main Library is wheelchair accessible via the south entrance. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling Susan Garmo at (517) 884-6454 one week before an event. Requests received after that time will be met when possible.

Fall Schedule:

  • Sept. 18 - Misquoting Muhammad: Violence and Heavenly Reward in the Islamic Tradition
  • Sept. 19 - Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performática Sept. 24 - Banned Books Read Out
  • Oct. 8 - Nebraska Memories: Opera and Willa Cather
  • Oct. 16 - Sharecropper’s Troubadour: John L. Handcox, the Southern Tenant Farmers Union, and the African American Song Tradition – A Performance Presentation
  • Oct. 21 - Getting Closer: Understanding the "Other"
  • Nov. 5 - Beyond Peter Rabbit: The Private Life of Beatrix Potter

Library Film Series

Library Film Series

Mona Lisa is Missing (2012, running time 129 minutes)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
FREE and open to the public.
All films begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library North Conference Room, W449

Presented by Susan Bandes, Director, Museum Studies Program, Former Director, Kresge Art Museum, 1986 – 2010.

“How did a simple Italian workman steal the most famous painting in the world?  Quite easily.”  (themonalisa.com)

“A man steals the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911.  His 84-year-old daughter thought he did it for patriotic reasons.  A filmmaker spends more than 30 years trying to find the truth.”  (imdb.com)

3D Printing at the Main Library

3D printed model of a hamburger

The MSU Libraries now offer 3D printing!

Our printer is a MakerBot Replicator (5th Generation). It uses an environmentally friendly bioplastic filament in your choice of 12 colors. The cost is 20¢ per gram of filament, with a $1 minimum, and we ask that you make an appointment to submit your print job.

Read the article and watch the video on the State News website!

3D hamburger image by Creative Tools / CC BY 2.0 / Modification: image was cropped.

Volunteers Wanted!

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Do you have 30 minutes? Need a study break? We need students to help us improve the Library’s website!

You’ll get Sparty Cash or a Spartan Bookstore Gift Card for sharing your time and feedback.

Interested? Please fill out the volunteer form!

Questions about the Library’s website usability study? Contact Christine Tobias, User Experience and Reference Librarian.

"People" icon designed by Wilson Joseph from the Noun Project.

Revealing the Entire World of the Stranger: Palestinian Israeli Writer Sayed Kashua

An exhibit about novelist, newspaper columnist, and screenwriter Sayed Kashua, featuring the novel Second Person Singular, contemporary photography, and maps.
Location of exhibit: Main Library 2nd floor West side; September 15 - October 31, 2014

Presented in conjunction with a lecture by Sayed Kashua: "On Being An Israeli-Palestinian"
September 29, 2014 at 4:00PM.
Location of Lecture: 208 IM West
Lecture sponsored by: The Arabic Flagship Program; Global Studies in the Arts & Humanities; Jewish Studies Program; Muslim Studies Program; MSU Libraries

Research Talk by professor Marc Bernstein, MSU Jewish Studies and Muslim Studies Programs: "Give Me Your Identity": Linguistic Code-Switching in "Arab Labor"
September 22, 2014 at 4:00PM.
Location of Research Talk: Wells Hall C742

New Campus-Wide access to New York Review of Books

New York Review of Books MSU-access masthead

MSU users now have access to the complete archives and current content of the New York Review of Books -- the publication described by Esquire as "the premier literary-intellectual magazine in the English language."

The print archive covers NYRB's entire publishing history (1963-present), with content of interest to a wide range of disciplines.


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Studying late at the Main Library? Let Statewalk walk you home!

Statewalk volunteers will walk you from the Main Library to anywhere on campus. They're available 9 pm to 1 am, Sunday through Wednesday nights, in fall and spring semester. Look for the Statewalk table in the 1st floor lobby of the Main Library, just west of the Reference Desk.

Statewalk is a free service offered by MSU's chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, the National Community Service Fraternity. Thanks, Alpha Phi Omega at MSU!

Library Environmental Series - Fall 2014

Garden and stone plaque

Beal Botanical Garden Tours

Thursday, September 11 - Wild Food Plants at the End of Summer
Thursday, October 9 - Plants with Potential Dangers to Family and Pets
12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Tours begin near the pond.


Brownbag Lecture: Traditions Through the Trees - Trees on the MSU Campus

Thursday, November 6
12:10 pm
North Conference Room (W449)

SearchPlus: Research Starts Here!

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SearchPlus is a new, easy-to-use search function on the MSU Libraries' website. What do you get with SearchPlus?

  • Trusted sources: one search covers library databases and the library collection.
  • Multidisciplinary content: books, articles, newspapers, and multimedia on any topic.
  • Convenience: connect easily to online full text; save citations in a choice of six styles.

You'll find the SearchPlus search box at the top of this page. For a quick demo, watch the video!

Collaborative Technology Labs

Presentation room E188

The Libraries offer a variety of collaborative technology labs for students!

Each lab has its own combination of equipment and software resources. Most labs have smartboards and DVD/Blu-Ray playback. Individual labs may have plasma screens, web cams, videoconferencing, or a document camera. Find a lab that has what you need:

Reserve a lab for your group project now!

The Scholarly Communication Crisis

What is the scholarly communication crisis, and what does it mean for you?

  • Rising costs for libraries affect what they can purchase
  • Publishers are increasing restrictions on interlibrary loan
  • Publishers are increasing restrictions on using electronic resources

These developments mean that you and your students and colleagues will have less access to the published literature in your field. Fewer researchers at other institutions will be able to read, and therefore cite, your published work.

Learn more about the problem and the solutions.

A Shadow Over the Earth: The Life and Death of the Passenger Pigeon

Passenger Pigeon

3rd Floor, West Wing
July 14 – September 30, 2014

This year marks the centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon: the last of the species, a female named Martha, died in the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1, 1914. To commemorate the 100-year anniversary, the MSU Libraries is pleased to host this exhibit, developed by the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History on behalf of Project Passenger Pigeon, an initiative to a) familiarize people in North America and beyond with the passenger pigeon and its extinction; b) explore how human activity impacts other species c) motivate people to take actions that both promote biodiversity and prevent human-caused extinctions.

Also visit the MSU Museum exhibition, “They Passed Like a Cloud: Extinction and the Passenger Pigeon,” now through Jan. 25, 2015.

Exhibit produced by Anita Ezzo, Sheila Bryant and Ranti Junus. Photo of Passenger Pigeon by: EdenPictures on Flickr.


Life at Michigan State University…

Sparty statue

September 4 - November 30, 2014
MSU Main Library, 1st floor Lobby

Since its inception 159 years ago on the banks of the Red Cedar River, Michigan State has undergone dramatic changes. This exhibit illustrates aspects of campus and student life 50, 100, and 150 years ago.

Take a journey through life at Michigan State University from the early years of the 1860s, through the College’s growing pains in the 1910s, and into MSU’s expansion into a world-class university in the 1960s.

Image courtesy of Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections. Exhibit produced by Megan Malone & Whitney Miller, University Archives & Historical Collections.