January 22, 2010
Lynda.com Tutorials Available in Groundworks
The full array of tutorials offered by Lynda.com are now available in GroundWorks, Design Lab One, and the Multimedia Workrooms on the first floor of the Duderstadt Center.
Hundreds of lessons are available on software programs by Adobe, Apple, Microsoft and more. If you run into a problem after Digital Media Commons staff have left for the day, you can always turn to Lynda.com!
January 21, 2010
Access UM Library Resources From Off Campus!
Ever have trouble finding full text of an article when you’re searching off campus? Don’t you wish you could access all the amazing resources at UM Library from anywhere? Well, you can! Install our proxy bookmarklet (available at http://www.lib.umich.edu/mlibrary-labs/proxy-server-bookmarklet), a tool that will reload a web page through the Library’s server. Watch this video to learn more!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact AAEL's reference desk (firstname.lastname@example.org, 7-5735)
December 17, 2009
GROCS 2010 Teams Announced
Six outstanding team projects were selected for Grant Opportunities Collaborative Spaces (GROCS) for Winter Term 2010. Student team members come from the School of Information, College of Engineering, School of Art & Design, LS&A, School of Public Health, School of Education, School of Nursing, and School of Music, Theatre & Dance. GROCS is a program of the Digital Media Commons, located in the Duderstadt Center. It provides funds, a collaborative space in the Duderstadt Center to work on projects, and additional services and assistance from the Digital Media Commons for teams to use to complete their projects.
Please visit the GROCS web site for project descriptions.
November 24, 2009
Library Used Book Sale
The UM libraries will be having a used book sale in the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec 8 and 9, from 10 am – 10 pm. This is an opportunity to purchase duplicate, withdrawn or gift books that are no longer needed in the collections, and that would otherwise be recycled. All hardbound books will sell for $1 each, and paperbacks will be 50 cents. If you have books available that would be suitable for this sale, please bring them to the Gallery on Monday, Dec. 7 starting at noon, when we will be setting up for the sale. Among the variety of offerings this year are duplicate books from the Social Work Library, selected titles from the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library, some Labadie books and serials and even a few maps. For more information, contact Rebecca Dunkle.
September 10, 2009
U-M’s museum theme year brings together art, science, culture, community
From The University Record
By Maryanne George
Rare Egyptian mummy masks, watercolor paintings of ancient Roman frescoes and a spectacular Tiffany chandelier are just some of the treasures on display at U-M’s 12 museums during the 2009-10 theme year, “Meaningful Objects: Museums in the Academy.”
Sponsored by LSA, the theme year celebrates the contributions of the university’s museums to the intellectual, cultural and social life at U-M and in southeastern Michigan. Most of the events are free and many are open to the public.
The theme year gives students, faculty and community members a chance to discover the world-class collections at the university’s museums, galleries and gardens while exploring the importance of museums worldwide. With the re-opening last spring of the U-M Museum of Art and in November the Kelsey Museum of Archeology, patrons will also be able see objects in the new galleries that have been in storage for decades.
Through courses, public lectures, tours, exhibits and other events, the theme year explores the cultural richness and unique potentials of university museums as sites of critical reflection, cultural engagement, innovative research, life-long learning and personal fulfillment, says Carla Sinopoli, professor of anthropology, director and curator of Asian archaeology of the Museum of Anthropology and chair of the theme year.
“The spectacular new public gathering spaces and exhibitions at the Museum of Art and Kelsey Museum and the educational and family-oriented exhibitions and events at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History bring the university and the community together in unique and valuable ways,” Sinopoli says.
“Our research museums, with their large natural science, anthropological and archaeological collections are centers of cutting edge research and give students opportunities for hands-on engagement with the evidence scholars use to understand our planet and our past, she said. “We look forward to re-introducing the community to museums they know already and showing them ones they have yet to discover.”
- The U-M Museum of Art, the Institute for Humanities Gallery, and the Cranbrook Museum of Art and Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills will present coordinated exhibits of museum-themed images by photographer Richard Barnes from Saturday-Jan. 3.
- The Gaffield Children's Garden grand opening at the Matthaei Botanical Garden featuring a butterfly garden, fairy and troll knoll, water play area, builder’s garden, and more will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
- The Kelsey Museum of Archeology will open its new William E. Upjohn Exhibit Wing on Nov. 1, with a public reception from 2-5 p.m.
- The Exhibit Museum of Natural History will feature two new exhibits, both opening on Sept. 25. “Collecting for Science,” through May 31, will highlight the collections and scientific contributions of the research museums of anthropology, paleontology and zoology, and the Herbarium. Ongoing exhibit “Archaeology!” will highlight U-M archaeological research around the globe.
- Behind the Scenes Days: Research areas in many U-M museums, archives and libraries normally closed to the public, will be open from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 10.
- Lecture Series: Four free public lecture series will address the challenges and potentials of 21st century museums.
- The Wednesday Night Museums series: Rick West, founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, will deliver the kick-off lecture on at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Helmut Stern Auditorium in the Museum of Art.
- The final two lecture series highlight U-M museum professionals, providing overviews of museum careers in "A Day at the Museum" and the challenges of conserving our precious cultural and natural heritage in "Conservation Detectives."
August 27, 2009
Design Lab One Website Revamped
Design Lab One
Hours: 9:00a.m. - 6:00p.m.
Monday - Friday
Design Lab One is a gathering place in the heart of the Duderstadt Center. About 2500 sq. ft. in size, the room is designed, staffed and equipped by the Digital Media Commons to support collaboration and peer-peer learning. Its prominent features are: 1) configurable resources and 2) a program that encourages informal discussion and ad hoc sharing of expertise.
The lab looks and feels like no other learning space on campus. Beyond "flexible", it is transmutable. Students and faculty members collectively shape and reshape the contents of the space according to their curiosity, their academic needs and their learning styles.
In addition to serving the general public during weekday business hours, the lab hosts special Projects in Residence, who use the room extensively, 24/7. Visit DL1's work site to learn what's happening this semester.