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New acquisition: A book to be savored

Photo by Emily Buckler

by Danielle Colburn

What makes a book? A cover, sure; binding, fine; and pages, of course. Must the pages be paper, or is there wiggle room? Could they be, say, cheese? (Or, more accurately, cheese food.) Controversies abound with American Cheese, a book (?) of 20 individually-wrapped slices of American singles bound in a yellow cover. It can be found on the shelves of the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library’s Special Collections, stored comfortably in a plastic sandwich container at room temperature, because, as one would hope of a book, it is shelf-stable.

Michigan libraries support organ, tissue, and eye donation

Heart-shaped red stress balls imprinted with the Michigan Libraries for Life logo

The nationally acclaimed Michigan Libraries for Life program is expanding its statewide participation for the ninth consecutive year. The partnership, led by the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library and Gift of Life Michigan, was recognized by Donate Life America in 2015 as the top organ, tissue and eye donation promotional activity in the country, and since 2014 has been generously funded by the Gift of Life Foundation to reach an even greater number of Michigan residents this year.

Recognizing excellence in undergraduate research

by Danielle Colburn

Each year, the library’s Undergraduate Research Awards recognize the work of undergraduate students who have demonstrated excellence in library research. Undergraduate students from any U-M campus can participate, and can apply with projects in any format or medium.

In the past, the library has given awards in two categories: the Maize Award, for single term projects, and the Blue Award, for multi-term projects. This year saw the addition of the Outstanding First-Year Research Project Award and the Innovation in Research and Creativity Award.

Radical archives continue to inspire, enhance scholarly work around globe

by Emily Buckler 

Researcher looks at book.
2018 Fellow Andrea Steves. | Photo by Alan Piñon

The chants from the street could be heard all the way up on the sixth floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library.

It was early August, and Timothy Furstnau’s first day of research using the Labadie Collection, the country's oldest publicly accessible archive documenting the history of social protest movements and marginalized political communities.

It also happened to coincide with Michigan’s primary election day.