Posts on July 2021

Looking at Accessibility: Open Access Policy and Thoughtful UX Design

When I applied to the Michigan Library Scholars program to work for the “A Survey of Global Open Access Policies” project, I took it as an opportunity to learn more about a particular side of publishing and law that I didn’t know much about. As someone who is double majoring in Political Science and Creative Writing & Literature, I have always been interested in how the law interacts with people’s creations — regardless of whether those creations are novels, pieces of artwork, or video...

Open Access: Removing Barriers to Knowledge

Michigan Library Scholar Madelin Chau reflects on her experiences over the summer of learning about the importance of open access and working to make open access policies more accessible to the public. Through this internship, Madelin gained important transferrable skills, networked with various library professionals, and gained a broader perspective of her career goals.

A Michigan Library Scholar's Preservation of Family History

I always knew my grandfather could speak this odd sounding language, an ancient Spanish dialect that sounded like a mix of Spanish and Hebrew, both of which I was familiar with growing up Jewish in Southern Arizona. I knew that this was his first language, but I did not know much more than that about his heritage–my own heritage–until I became a part of the Michigan Library Scholars. These past few months have allowed me to learn more about my roots than I had ever imagined I would know.

Old Identities of a New Greece : A Michigan Library Scholar's Experience

Being a new transfer student, I was intimidated at first by the scope of the University of Michigan and its library, but when I heard that I could have the chance to work on an exhibit based on the Greek War of Independence through the Michigan Library Scholars Program, it was an opportunity I simply couldn't pass up. Not only was my experience one of learning, but also one of fun, as well as growth as a student and a professional.

For the Love of Making Books, Serving Our Book Arts Community During The Pandemic

In March of 2020, COVID 19 brought the world to a halt leading to drastic changes in our everyday lives. While health concerns were at the forefront of the entire world, library staff sought ways in which to continue serving our constituents and engage with our local community. One bright spot in this transitional period was the shift to online book arts programming facilitated by University of Michigan Library’s Jamie Vander Broek. In the summer of 2020, the Book Arts Studio began developing a...

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