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From our writers and film series to traveling exhibits, come to one of the many events and programs we offer here at MSU Libraries. We look forward to seeing you!

Antiphonale

Illuminated Letter of the Antiphonale

Special Collections holds a beautiful and very large “Antiphonale” probably dating from the 15th century. It was donated in 1951 by the E.K. Warren Foundation, but little else is known about the manuscript except that marginal notations suggest it spent a portion of its life in a Spanish monastery and was probably copied for the Benedictine Order of the Catholic Church. An “Antiphonale” is a collection of liturgical chants surrounding the Psalm verses appropriate to the day of the Church year. The chants would be sung in unison by the choir in alternation (antiphonally) with the officiant who would chant the Psalm verses. Although the volume is referred to as an “Antiphonale,” research indicates that it is actually two manuscripts  bound together to form a service book. The first part, approximately 45 leaves, consists of antiphons for the Psalms used in the season of Advent, while the second part of 50 leaves contains Introits, Offertories, and Graduals for the Christmas Masses.  You can listen here to six verses of the Advent hymn, “Conditor alme siderum,” which precedes the antiphons in this manuscript.  It was probably sung on a daily basis at or near the opening of the service and the hymn is still in use today; the most common translation is “Creator of the Stars of Night.”

3D Printing At MSU - In Health Sciences

skull and replica of part of the skull made from a 3D printer

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!

Ancient Meets Modern by UCL Engineering /CC BY- SA 2.0

Africana

The Archive of African Journals project is a part of the African E-Journals Project. This project hopes to increase accessibility for scholars and other users of these materials which are not widely available even in Africa.

This site houses digital copies of selected past issues of scholarly African Journals: Archive of African Journals.

Alan Turing: Mathematician, WWII Code Breaker, Father of the Modern Computer, and Creator of the Artifical Intelligence Turing Test

Cipher Machine (Picture courtesy of Ciphermachines.com)

Now through Summer 2015

Math Library Exhibit Case

This exhibit features the role of Alan Turing in code-breaking efforts during WWII, his visionary ideas in the development of artificial intelligence, and his ultimately and tragic death.  Turing worked at the Government Code and Cypher School in Bletchley Park, (Buckinghamshire, England) to break the Enigma code.  Code breakers created "the bombe," a computer-like machine used to crack German encryption, which very possibly shortened the length of World War II by two years.  After the war Turing pursued his work in artificial intelligence.  His work was cut short, however, after Turing's prosecution for homosexuality led to his suicide in 1954, shortly before his forty-second birthday.

Exhibit produced by Jessica Young, with assistance from Christine DeFord.

American Radicalism Collection

Bread and Roses Book Cover

The Radicalism Collection includes books, pamphlets, periodicals, posters, and ephemera covering a wide range of viewpoints on political, social, economic, and cultural issues and movements in the United States and throughout the world.

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