February 28, 2006
Video from the National Archives
The National Archives recently announced it is working with Google to digitize historic movies, documentaries, and other films from its collection. A number of videos are already available for viewing on the Google video site including documentaries from NASA on the history of the spaceflight program; World War II newsreels; and Department of the Interior films on a variety of topics, such as Boulder Dam, the National Park Service, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.
January 27, 2006
Web page for library statistics
I recently found out about a web page that's useful for getting statistics about libraries and to compare libraries (if someone wants to know where we stand among other academic libraries in collection size, for instance). The first time I used one of these NCES tools it was a little hard for me to figure out how it worked so I'm including a sample search as well. Here's the URL: http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/libraries/
Click on Academic Libraries.
Click on Compare Academic Libraries Tool.
Click on Begin Search.
Enter Library Name - I put in University of Michigan and then I put Ann Arbor and Michigan in the city and state boxes and hit Continue.
When the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor came up on the next page, I marked the entry and hit Continue.
On the next page I clicked on the link to choose similar libraries.
On the next page I went down to Size of Collections and chose Books, Serial Back Files, Other Paper Materials
On the next page I chose Method 1 and left the percentage at 20%. Then I clicked on Continue.
On the next page I chose the column that said # of Lib. and clicked on the number below.
January 20, 2006
Reprints of Library's Historical Books Available via Amazon
The University Library, through its Scholarly Publishing Office, has entered into an agreement with BookSurge, an Amazon-owned book printer, to make trade paperback reprints from the Library's Making of America and Historical Math collections available on Amazon.com.
All of the books in these collections were published in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The Making of America collection includes many titles pertaining to American social history and is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The Historical Math collection consists of books selected from the University of Michigan's remarkably rich mathematics collection.
These titles debuted in Amazon at the beginning of January. Prices are based on page count, and range from $11.99 to $44.99. Currently, a search using "Michigan Historical Reprint Series" as the author will pull up all 6,405 available titles. 3,000 more titles will become available in the coming months.
For the past two years, SPO has been offering hardcover reprints of University-owned titles as well as unbound, spiral, or tape bound "reading copies" through the Michigan Business Services Copy Center. An e-commerce system allows direct ordering online using a credit card. While this ordering method will continue, the books availability in Amazon will give readers an easy way to purchase paperback versions.
To date, some of the Library's bestsellers include:
The origin of all religious worship
The liturgy, or forms of divine service, of the French Protestant church of Charleston, S.C.
Projective geometry; A system of intellectual philosophy
Adventures in the wilderness; or, camp-life in the Adirondacks
Lectures on revivals of religion
The marine steam-engine
Illustrations of masonry
Fifty years among the Baptists
Biblical researches in Palestine
The history of the town of Dorchester, Massachusetts
Treatise on natural philosophy
A manual of photography.