This Week in the Shapiro Lobby April 24-30, 2017

The words "Design Lab Explore Make Inspire Media" in white on a dark blue background

This week in the Shapiro Lobby we are featuring the exhibit "Shapiro Design Lab: Explore, Inspire, Make, Media" which highlights the cumulative work of the Shapiro Design Lab Residents. We also continue to host donations bins for the Quito Project and Textbooks for Change.

Reflecting on a Year of Pop-Up Exhibits

books, boardgames, and maps on display for "Journeys, Real and Imagined" pop-up exhibit

A pop-up exhibit (or rare book meet and greet, as we later came to call them) is an informal, short-term display of Special Collections materials. We take our items outside of the Reading Room because we want as many people as possible to engage with our collections and ask our staff questions. This year, we held six of these exhibits in three locations within the Hatcher & Shapiro Libraries and we're excited to tell you what we've learned from a year of ephemeral events.

Artist Spotlight: Michelle Sheng

The text "Changing the Story: Our roles in stopping the spread of fake news" above pictures of bull horns and microphones shooting flames of fire

In our first ever Artist Spotlight, we are featuring Michelle Sheng who helped create the Fake News exhibit "Changing the Story" which the Shapiro Lobby hosted during the last week of March 2017. Learn about Michelle's thoughts and motivations for creating the exhibit in today's special blog post.

Conducting Wayfinding Research to Improve Navigation

Student drawn map of the Hatcher Graduate Library.

It’s not uncommon for academic research libraries, especially large ones, to have multiple renovations that add a wing, a floor, or even a new building. The University of Michigan Library buildings on our central campus are no exception. Our undergraduate and graduate libraries form a complex whose structure is just that. Many times a day, staff members direct visitors, patrons, or even a colleague to their intended destination.

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