Posts on November 2014

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Collaborative Professional Development for Librarians who Teach

Map showing CIC institutions

On Wednesday, October 29th, 2014, the CIC Instruction Librarians group met remotely to discuss professional development. Four librarians presented: Anne Behler (Penn State); Leslin Charles (Rutgers); Lisa Hinchliffe (Illinois); Cinthya Ippoliti (Maryland). Much of their presentation sounded familiar, validating our efforts here at U-M. A few of the most innovative programs sparked a flurry of questions in the online chat and got me wondering about the viability of similar efforts here.

How Apocalypse is Portrayed in Games

We just finished hosting Nick Harp's English class in the archive, which focused on how the apocalypse (in its various forms) is represented in video games. The class discussion led to several very interesting questions. Which apocalyptic games would you have added to our games list, and why?

A Fresh Tribute to Jo Labadie

A beautifully crafted, limited edition of essays and poems by Joseph Labadie was recently donated to us. Jo Labadie & His Little Books was created on a hand-operated printing press and bound by Michael Coughlin at his print shop in Cornucopia, Wisconsin.

WWI Centenary: Rolls of honour (Scotland)

Digital scan of title page of Roll of Honour

The First World War Centenary is being observed from 2014 to 2018. An immense archive associated with the Great War is online, and we will periodically highlight some of the visual resources. Any researcher will be well-rewarded by a visit to the websites of the national libraries of the various combatant nations, most of which have digitized holdings related to the war.

Top Games Played in the CVGA in October

Here is our list of highly played games in the CVGA during the month of October. The newest generation of game consoles have more of a presence on our list than ever before, perhaps due to newly acquired highly anticipated titles like Shadow of Mordor and Hyrule Warriors. And it's been awhile since we've seen such a clear lead with our FIFA titles (played 50+ times more than anything else). They've become quite the dominating presence in the archive.

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