Posts on July 2022

Dance for Mother Earth Powwow: A Library Exhibition Design & Construction

Did you know the largest student-led powwow is hosted in Ann Arbor each year? And it will soon be celebrating it's 50th event. Learn more about how this intertribal, cultural celebration of indigenous culture grew from a small local powwow into one of the larges powwow's in North America. The Dance for Mother Earth exhibition in Hatcher's north entrance display cases not only explores the history of the powwow, but also connects students and library patrons with current resources...

Policing in the Library: A Case Study to Influence Library Policy and Practice

Image of a diverse group of people with the text: "Libraries are for everyone"

A subcommittee of the Library Diversity Council was charged to evaluate and interrogate the role of policing in the University of Michigan Library. This post explores the evaluation and decision-making processes, while identifying the labor that goes into projects dealing with anti-racist culture change. The group’s research resulted in several recommendations shared with library leadership.

Narrowing Down a Plethora of Information: Research Practices and Eliminating Biases in an Online Exhibit

 This map depicts the territorial changes of the Ottoman Empire following World War I, and has significant topographical detail. The map has Greece on the left in green, Turkey in the center in orange, and Iran on the right in green. Below Turkey are the British and French mandates of Syria and Mesopotamia (which is modern day Iraq) respectively. Above Turkey is the Black Sea and Crimea, and the Caucasus mountains. Territorial changes are delineated with red lines, such as in Western Anatolia. From top to

Classes often place a limit on what research is necessary for essays and tests, but the Michigan Library Scholars program gives its interns freedom to pursue any and all available information. This concept can be intimidating, but a necessary part of pursuing a career in academic scholarship. As a history and political-science major, this internship program has offered me the opportunity to pursue my own ideas and develop crucial skills.

The Responsibilities of a Curator: A Student Perspective

During my university experience, I have been busy and rushed, running to one activity after another. I am pursuing a double major in History and Classical Archaeology while at the same time taking heavy course loads to graduate early. The Michigan Library Scholars Program was the first time I was able to slow down to study and appreciate a historical event. It gave me the opportunity to develop a lot of different skills, and gave me the confidence to move forward into the working world next...

Preserving History One Website at a Time

Working for the Elections in Africa Web Collection project as part of the Michigan Library Scholars Program helped me develop valuable skills in project management, technical web archiving abilities, and knowledge on African politics. Though there were obstacles in approaching the wide range of content and the limitations of the Archive-It tool, I greatly improved in my capacity to adapt and problem solve as a contributor to this project.