Posts on December 2021

Special Collections After Hours: Winter 2022

Poster describing the After Hours events for the Winter Semester of 2022

We are excited to continue our online After Hours open houses this semester! Join the Special Collections Research Center on the second Tuesday of each month 4-5 pm for a virtual encounter with our collections. While all the events are online, we have offered an in-person option for the first session in the series. All are welcome to beam in and join us.

What Do U-M Students Think About Their Library Data?

Photo of the Hatcher Library Reading Room.

When you use library services, do you think about the interaction-generated data? The U-M Library collects data on its patrons, from user profiles to online resource access information. Recently, the library has considered using this data to engage in library analytics, making inferences about users’ future behaviors. An Engagement Fellows project that began in 2020 seeks to learn more about what library patrons think of the use of analytics at the U-M Library.

Game-Related Courses for the Winter Term

Interested in studying video games during the Winter term? Check out this list of courses involving the study of video games that are being offered next term. Also, find out more about game studies on campus by checking out the Video Game Studies Research Guide.

Supporting a Commitment to Accessibility

A word cloud with such words as: accessibility, PDF, ADA, WCAG2.0, user experience, assistive technology, etc.

The Accessibility Remediation Team was created to serve as a resource for students, faculty, and staff when they needed more accessible library content. Beginning in the Fall 2020 we identified tools and processes to use in remediating video, audio, and PDFs for accessibility. As part of our service, we focused on assessment, gathering feedback through ‘exit’ surveys of colleagues and patrons, and using project management tools to gauge the amount of time tasks take to complete.

National Book Award 2021 Winners and Finalists

Book covers of All That She Carried, Hell of a Book, Floaters, Winter in Sokcho, and Last Night at the Telegraph Hotel

Every year the National Book Foundation presents the National Book Awards to honor some of the best books published that year. The five judges for the award this year consisted of four published authors and one librarian. They chose winners in five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature and Young People’s Literature. This is a post consisting of the winners, with a spreadsheet of all of the longlist of nominees that are available at the library.

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