Posts on July 2015

Students & Professional Associations

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I recently attended the annual conference for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Since I had such a great time at the conference, I thought it would be worth sharing: what exactly is a professional association and what are some of the benefits?

Fairy Tale Fridays: The Light Princess

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"The Light Princess" by Victorian writer George MacDonald plays on the many meanings of lightness and weightiness. A parody of Sleeping Beauty that delights in puns and word play, this 19th century literary fairy tale also has a more serious side as a reflection on the role of sorrow and grief in emotional maturity.

Transparency and our "Front Door" Process

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In the Fall of 2014, the University of Michigan Library IT unit launched a new initiative called the “Front Door process.” The name resulted from our desire to create a centralized space or “Front Door” through which Library colleagues can submit project requests. With an eye towards increasing transparency, LIT developed this new process with three goals in mind: gather IT project requests into a centralized space, provide a space for a simplified IT project queue or workflow, and have both...


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