Posts on July 2017

Explorations into Undergraduate Use of Collections

A collage of some of the book covers for titles recommended by incoming Wolverines.

The U-M Shapiro Undergraduate Library (UGL) collection serves the course-related and extracurricular information needs of U-M undergraduate students. This collection encourages students to explore new ideas, gain research skills, and become lifelong learners. How can we tailor this small collection (approximately 175,000 volumes) to meet their current needs?

Digital Data in Biodiversity Conference, 6/5-6/6/17

The University of Michigan hosted the inaugural Digital Data in Biodiversity conference on June 5-6, 2017. Co-sponsored by NSF’s iDigBio program and the U-M Museums of Zoology, Paleontology, and the University Herbarium, this conference brought together researchers, database managers, and funders to discuss current projects and future plans for collection and use of biodiversity data.

Following the peregrinations of Isl. Ms. 350: Part 2, From Istanbul to Ann Arbor

Map showing significant locations for the journey of Islamic Manuscript 350, including Delhi, London, Istanbul, Florence, Cairo, and Ann Arbor

The manuscript currently preserved in our library under the shelfmark Isl. Ms. 350 has a fascinating history that can be traced in internal owners’ marks and external documentary sources. Produced in Delhi, the manuscript was acquired by the library in 1924 along with several hundred other manuscripts from Istanbul that came to be known as the "Abdul Hamid Collection." How did these manuscripts reach Ann Arbor? Read the intriguing story in this second of two posts!

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