Posts on October 2019

New Chemistry Database

Starting November 1 the University of Michigan Library has access to the new version of chemistry database SciFinder — SciFinder-n. In fact, both will be accessible to our users with the same login and password information.

An Amazing Gift from the Korea Foundation

Photograph of Yujin Choi, Korea Foundation intern

Thanks to a generous program of the Korea Foundation, Asia Library is able to welcome a full-time intern from Korea to its staff every year. These bright, motivated young people learn many facets of library work while here, making this a win-win situation for both parties.

The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse

Cover of The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse

The Winter Ghosts is a beautifully-written novel about a young man whose brother was killed in World War I, who travels in the French Pyrenees in the hope that he will heal his emotional wounds. Stranded in a blizzard, he finds a remote village and meets a young woman who tells him a horrific story of the massacre of a Christian sect in the Middle Ages. But there is more going on than meets the eye. Time travel, ghosts, or the protagonist's imagination? It is up to the reader to decide.

Cookbooks Galore

Cover of the book "Starting Out: the Essential Guide to Cooking on your Own."

It’s the start of a new school year. Everyone is getting settled into their new routines. I for one have spent most of the past month eating out every day. In an effort to curb this bad habit I decided to check out some cookbooks and try to improve my skills in the kitchen. Now I’m sharing what I found with you all in hopes to inspire more people to become amateur chefs with me.

Drill-motors, Lexicography, and the Middle English Dictionary

Drill motor caption in a newspaper

For the past three years the Text Creation Unit, a small group within the Digital Content & Collections department of LIT, has been busy revising one of the University's oldest and most famous products and projects, the Middle English Dictionary. This post will not address the now 90-year history of the project, nor the technical or design aspects of our new interface, nor even the problems attached to sustaining a project like this over nearly a century. In fact, this post will seem a...