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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.

Fall Schedule:

  • 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

Many Books, Many Languages

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The library has books in more than 300 languages, including popular fiction and literature. Visit the Many Books, Many Languages page for help finding some of the international fiction in our collection. Happy reading!

MSU Article Retrieval Service

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Free document delivery is available to MSU faculty, staff, and graduate students through MARS, the MSU Article Retrieval Service. Visit the library's Interlibrary Services site to learn more!

Zoom Videoconferencing at Main Library

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The MSU Libraries now offer videoconferencing with Zoom, a powerful cloud-based video and audio conferencing tool.

Zoom offers video, audio and screen-sharing across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and H.323/SIP (Polycom) systems.  Even landline telephones may make an audio connection to a session.

MSU IT Services offers basic-level Zoom videoconferencing for faculty, staff, and students. The basic-level license allows meetings up to 40 minutes and up to 25 participants. The library's professional-level license allows meetings up to 2 hours and up to 100 participants.

Zoom videoconferences at the library are held in room W426H (West wing, 4th floor, room 426H within the Gerald M. Kline Digital & Multimedia Center). Reserve your meeting time at reservations.lib.msu.edu.


Scholarly Communications

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Scholarly publishing is characterized by prices that are rising much faster than the growth of library budgets. As a result:

  • You and your students and colleagues have less access to published literature
  • Interlibrary loan services are increasingly restricted
  • Classroom use of electronic resources is increasingly restricted

But there are ways you can help! Find out more.

Life at Michigan State University…

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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.

Library Environmental Series - Fall 2014

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Beal Botanical Garden Tours

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)

Gerald M. Kline Digital & Multimedia Center

In recognition of a generous gift to the MSU Libraries from Gerald M. Kline, the Digital & Multimedia Center has been renamed The Gerald M. Kline Digital & Multimedia Center.

Many thanks to Mr. Kline for this wonderful gift!

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

Assistive Technology Center

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The Assistive Technology Center at the Main Library provides assistive and adaptive technology for library users.

Equipment and software include a SARA reading machine, Clear View Magnifier, and much more. Visit the Circulation Desk for access.


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)