MLibrary In the News Archives

Emily Pucket Rodgers | Movers & Shakers 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Library Journal

Open.Michigan is a University of Michigan (UM) initiative that enables faculty, students, and others to find, use, and create openly licensed content and provides a space for them to share educational content with the global learning community. Incubated in UM’s Medical School, Open.Michigan now encompasses the other health sciences schools, the School of Information (iSchool), and MLibrary and has become a full-blown UM effort that collaborates with universities worldwide on open educational resources.

Key to all of this has been Emily Puckett Rodgers, Open.Michigan’s open education coordinator from 2010 through 2012. “Open education is all about transparency, collaboration, and participation,” says Rodgers, who became special projects librarian at the University Library in January 2013.


HathiTrust: An author never forgets

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Michigan Daily

Dean of Libraries Paul Courant tossed an academic journal on a table in his office. The earwax-colored front cover read: The National Tax Journal, March 1980. “Read that for as long as you can before you get bored,” Courant, a silver-haired man with a tiny earring in his left ear said, smiling. Like most writing published in the past 100 years, the journal was printed on acid paper, which quickly deteriorates. Its pages are already yellow around the edges. Courant said these pages will have the consistency of corn flakes in 50 years. The knowledge it holds, too, could evaporate like soggy cereal — and so could countless other tomes. And that’s just one problem HathiTrust tries to eliminate. The HathiTrust Digital Library, a four-year-old initiative led by the University and involving over 60 other research libraries, seeks to digitize the record of human knowledge.



10 Great Technology Initiatives for Your Library

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
American Libraries

Integrate LibGuides into Drupal

You might put this XML to work on your site in a number of ways. The University of Michigan Library adds research guides to its Solr-powered search index so that they appear in search results along with pages on the Drupal site. With a little programming assistance, you could convert the content you want from the LibGuidesXML documents into an RSS-style feed, allowing each guide to be imported as, in essence, a blog entry. A third idea is to build a local database, import the XML data from LibGuides, and use it to present citations and links to the LibGuide from your Drupal site.


Stateside: An app for that ancient mansript

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Michigan Radio: Stateside

There is now an app for reading an ancient text.

The Papyrus App “Picture it: EP” allows one to browse the pages of the oldest existing manuscript of the letters of St. Paul.

Professor Arthur Verhoogt, Associate Professor of Papyrology and Greek at the University of Michigan helped design the app.

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University of Michigan makes St. Paul's ancient letters available for perusal on your iPad or iPhone

Saturday, January 5, 2013

You can now hold one of University of Michigan's most valuable possessions in your hands.

Well, sort of.

Thirty of the rarest, earliest leaves of the Epistles of St. Paul, dating from 180 to 220 AD, have been digitized and turned into an interactive app usable on iPhones and iPads.

"What's especially important is the direct experience with the ancient world," Arthur Verhoogt, acting archivist of the library’s papyrology collection, said of the app, called PictureIt: EP.

Digital resource highlights 1918 flu epidemic

Monday, December 3, 2012

The University of Michigan has established a digital collection of materials related to the 1918 flu epidemic.

Called "The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918: A Digital Encyclopedia," it was created by the Center for the History of Medicine in partnership with the U-M Library's MPublishing unit.


University of Michigan 3D Lab blurs line between virtual and reality

Friday, November 2, 2012

There’s a powerful room at the University of Michigan tucked away in the unassuming Duderstadt Center on North Campus. The “room” — three white walls and a floor — opens doors that could allow to you to fly past the second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning.

Granted, those stars and the morning have to be simulated using a complex algorithm and inputted into the four computers that each control one surface of the $1 million virtual reality room. But a kid can always dream, right?



A Passion for Helping: Librarian Raises Awareness About Disabilities

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
NLM in Focus

Anna Schnitzer has what she calls her "dream job." And a lot of people benefit because of it.

Schnitzer is the Disability Issues and Outreach Librarian at the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library. The title, she says, is "pretty darn rare." Her efforts, colleagues say, are inspiring.

Thanks to a nomination submitted by her colleagues, Schnitzer recently received the 2012 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award from the Friends of the National Library of Medicine. The prestigious national prize recognizes a health sciences librarian for providing "outstanding services to rural or underserved communities."


Judge's Decision Could Clear Path for Wider Use of Digital Library

Monday, October 22, 2012
The Chronicle of Higher Education

HathiTrust, an online academic library that includes more than 10 million works, won a legal victory this month, strengthening the cause of fair use. The decision also brightened the prospects for making much more knowledge available online to researchers everywhere.


HathiTrust: A Landmark Copyright Ruling

Saturday, October 13, 2012
Publishers Weekly

The Authors Guild’s lawsuit against Google over book scanning is grinding on into its eighth year. After a settlement, an amended settlement, a rejection of the settlement, and a protracted procedural fight over certifying the case as a class action, it has made almost no substantive progress in front of Judge Chin. Meanwhile, the Authors Guild’s lawsuit against Google’s HathiTrust library partners has produced a definitive ruling from Judge Baer in little more than a year. What started as a sideshow has become the main event.

And what an event it is! The mainstream media were all over last week’s ho-hum settlement between Google and the AAP but have mostly kept quiet about yesterday’s ruling. In contrast, the Twitterverse exploded with news of the HathiTrust opinion and hasn’t quieted down yet.


HathiTrust's copyright victory

Saturday, October 13, 2012
Harvard Library Innovations Lab

"Paul Courant, one of the founders of the Hathi Trust, explains this week’s ruling throwing out a lawsuit by the Authors Guild claiming that Hathi’s scan-and-index program violated copyright."


A Legal Sweep

Friday, October 12, 2012
Inside Higher Ed

They say bad news comes in threes. Based on the last six months, the authors and publishers fighting copyright battles in higher education might agree.
Copyright holders lost another battle this week in their legal war with universities over the boundaries of educational “fair use” in the digital age. A district court judge on Wednesday issued a decision in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, a year-long lawsuit over a shared digital repository based at the University of Michigan.


Judge Hands HathiTrust Digital Repository a Win in Fair-Use Case

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Chronicle of Higher Education

Academic libraries’ indexing of digitized works counts as fair use. So says the federal judge overseeing a major copyright-infringement lawsuit brought last year by the Authors Guild against the HathiTrust digital repository and its university partners.


Judge Says Fair Use Protects Universities in Book-Scanning Project

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A federal judge on Wednesday threw out a copyright infringement lawsuit against universities that participated in a massive book-digitization project in conjunction with Google without permission from rights holders.

U.S. District Judge Harold Baer of New York dismissed an infringement lawsuit brought by the Authors Guild and other writers’ guilds, saying the universities had a fair use defense. The guild accused the University of California, University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, Cornell University and University of Michigan of wanton copyright infringement for scanning and placing the books into the so-called HathiTrust Digital Library.



HathiTrust Wins

Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Laboratorium

Judge Baer issued his decision in the HathiTrust case, and it’s a near-complete victory for HathiTrust and its print-disabled codefendants. The opinion doesn’t even make it seem like a close case. On every substantive copyright issue, HathiTrust won:



Court Hands Huge Victory to Universities' Digitization Efforts

Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Atlantic

One of the biggest questions in copyright law today is what kinds of repurposing fall under the "fair use" exception. If a university scans a book and allows students to download it, is that a violation of copyright law? What if students can't download it, but can search through it? What if only certain students can download it?

These questions are at the center of a lawsuit brought by a group of authors, The Authors Guild, and several other associations against HathiTrust, a massive repository of digital books, founded and supported by many of the country's leading universities.


With Key Filings in, Trials Loom In Google Book Cases

Friday, August 3, 2012
Publishers Weekly

After a round of key filings, two Authors Guild cases challenging Google’s ambitious library book-scanning program are on schedule for early fall trial dates. Final reply briefs were filed July 27 for the Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, with that case now fully briefed and all but set for a November trial in Judge Harold Baer’s courtroom.