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Special Collections Open Houses

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Talk to curators and view highlights from our world-class collections!

Popular Culture Open House

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Rare Books Open House

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Radicalism Collections Open House

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Beal Garden Tours and Tour of the Historic Trees of MSU's North Campus

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Plants That Figured Prominently in U. S. History

September 8, 2016

Join Beal Botanical Garden assistant curator Peter Carrington in a tour of the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden to look at the many plants that were important behind-the-scenes (or not) players in the events that shaped U.S. history.

The tour begins at the pond by the shed at the southeast corner of the Botanical Garden.

Time: 12:10-12:50

In the case of severe weather, we will meet in the Library's Reference Instruction Room, first floor.

Fall 2016 Classes and Workshops

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Sign up today for a free workshop at the library! Sign up early, as most classes have limited enrollment.  Offered this semester:

  • Citation Management -  Endnote X6 and Endnote Online, Mendeley, and Zotero
  • Digital Humanities - including Git and Github
  • Make Central  - using kites for aerial photography and laser cutting for bookmark making
  • GIS programs - map reading, QGIS, geocoding, and 3D printing terrain maps

Acadia to Zion: 100 Years of the National Park Service

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Now through August 31, 2016
Main Library, 3rd Floor, West Wing

An exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service through a display of objects and resources from the MSU Libraries' collection.

Exhibit produced by Julia Frankosky

Rovi Media Collection

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Thanks to a generous donation from the Rovi Corporation of California, Michigan State University Libraries now has the country’s largest publicly accessible media collection.

The new “Rovi Media Collection” includes nearly 1 million CDs, Blu-Rays, DVDs and video games.   Patrons can request movies and music through the MSU Libraries catalog, and residents of Michigan can request items through MelCat, the statewide interlibrary loan borrowing system. 

Voxgov: News from U.S. Government Sources

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Voxgov collects over 50 different document types from U.S. Federal Government sources. These include press releases, speeches, transcripts, columns, blogs, fact sheets, social media, Federal Register and Congressional documents, among many others. Materials are included from candidates in the presidential election campaign.

Admit One - Agricultural Fairs: A Celebration of Community, Agriculture, and Tradition

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Now through August 2016
Main Library, 4th Floor, West Wing

An exhibit highlighting aspects of agricultural fairs throughout their 200+ years as a uniquely American event, illustrated by materials from the collections of the MSU Libraries.

Exhibit produced by Emily Sanford

Mango Languages

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Mango is an online interactive language learning tool, that combines sound, text (including captioning) and images. It covers more than 70 languages, including ASL, Arabic, English as a second language (in 17 versions for various language speakers), Canadian French, Igbo, Swahili and Yiddish.