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Automatic Book Scanning: Designing the Linear Book Scanner from Google

book scanner
Date: 
September 11, 2013
Running Time: 
40:25
In 2012, Google announced the development of a prototype linear scanner, a robotic scanner that scans books without removing the spines and without damaging the book. Google has made the plans and patent of the scanner openly available. This Linear Book Scanner is a new type of automatic page-turning book scanner with a simple, low-cost design. The scanner has been projected at a cost of $1500 each, making it affordable and scalable since it is envisioned that one person can manage multiple scanners simultaneously.
 
The University of Michigan Library is collaborating with the Mechanical Engineering 450 class to improve and enhance the design. Join Dany Qumsiyeh, the designer of the Linear Book scanner at Google, as he discusses how the idea was formed and how the Linear Book Scanner works.  Dany also provides details on the design, motor control, and electronics involved, as well as list the technical challenges, limitation, and areas for improvement moving forward. A prototype of the scanner was on hand for the presentation.
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Last modified: 09/20/2013

Emergent Research: Research in Library Settings

Elisabeth Jones
Series: 
Emergent Research
Date: 
July 22, 2013
Running Time: 
79:22

Elisabeth Jones, Intermittent Lecturer at the UM School of Information, Research Area Specialist for the Dean of Libraries, and Doctoral Candidate in Information Science at the University of Washington, briefly describes the uses and pragmatics of a selection of social research methods, such as surveys, interviews, and experiments, within library settings, with particular focus on research conducted by professional librarians. We also discuss the role of research within the library profession, and the extent to which focused training in research methods might (or might not) be useful within MLIS/MSI curricula and/or as a trajectory for continuing education.

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Last modified: 09/12/2013

Emergent Research: Technology Transfer at U-M

katherine and jack
Series: 
Emergent Research Talks
Date: 
June 24, 2013
Running Time: 
79:43

The mission of the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) is to “effectively transfer University technologies to the market so as to generate benefits for the University, the community, and the general public.” Katie Moynihan and Jack Minor provides a general overview of OTT and discuss their work, specifically with licensing and startups. In addition, they talk about how OTT reconciles their role with the movement toward open access, when a researcher should contact OTT, and more.

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Last modified: 07/10/2013

Copyright Camp

Date: 
June 20, 2013
Running Time: 
107:27
University of Michigan Library hosts a community conversation that explores how copyright impacts our professional lives.
 
 
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Emergent Research: The Future of Scholarly Monograph Publishing and Academic Need

Aaron
Series: 
Emergent Research Talks
Date: 
May 20, 2013
Running Time: 
64:50

Aaron McCollough, Editorial Director of Michigan Publishing (which includes the University of Michigan Press) discusses the library's on-going efforts to find a sustainable model for publishing high quality scholarship in support of a range of academic needs, including the preservation and dissemination of ideas as well as the professional vetting of those ideas for hiring and tenure processes.

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Last modified: 07/10/2013

A Date with Cavafy

Cavafy
Date: 
April 29, 2013
Running Time: 
86:02

April 29 is the day of Greek poet Constantine Cavafy's birth (1836) AND death (1933). In celebration of his life and work we hosted an "open mic" event in which faculty, students, artists, and community members are invited to offer readings from testimonies of the poet.

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Last modified: 07/10/2013

Emergent Research: Improving Data Discovery and Reuse

ICPSR
Series: 
Emergent Research Talks
Date: 
April 22, 2013
Running Time: 
81:06

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research provides leadership and training in data access, curation, digital preservation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community. Staff from ICPSR discusses their work in encouraging open access to data and closer links between publications and data, collaborative data curation, and improving data discovery and reuse.

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Last modified: 07/10/2013

Building Islam in Detroit: Foundations, Forms, Futures

Date: 
March 27, 2013
Running Time: 
114:43
Dr. Zain Abdullah, cultural anthropologist and author, in his talk titled "Islam and the Challenge of Black Muslim Globalities in the 21st Century," takes us inside the lives of African American and African Muslims, exploring how they redefine their Black and African identities, cope with the stigma of race, and counteract an anti-Muslim backlash in a terror-stricken world.
 
Dr. Sally Howell, Assistant Professor of History at UM-Dearborn and curator of the exhibit, in her talk titled "They are Orientals and they Love the East," discusses
conflating race, nation, and religion for Detroit Muslims in the 1920s.
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Last modified: 08/05/2013

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