Thursday, April 25, 2013

Congratulations to Naomi Herman-Aplet for Best Graduate Student Poster at MAC

Naomi Herman-Aplet, a School of Information work-study student in the Manuscripts Division, won the best graduate student poster at the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) last weekend.

She says, "My MAC poster was entitled, "Constructing K-12 Learning Activities in Archives," and focused on the Family Day I planned for the Proclaiming Emancipation Exhibit."

"The core of my presentation focused on the new National Common Core Standards, which call for the use of primary documents in the classroom. The new standards emphasize skill-building over fact learning, so students will have the opportunity to interpret documents and make new arguments, in effect to learn history by learning how to be a historian. As a former social studies teacher, it's something I'm very excited about."

"In Proclaiming Emancipation, I created five learning stations based around the five stages of historical inquiry: connecting to background knowledge, seeking new information, interpreting documents, evaluating sources, and creating new content. Students (roughly age 5-12) showed a tremendous amount of interest and enthusiasm for the activities."

Monday, April 22, 2013

Current Exhibit: From My Collection to Yours: Provenance of Treasures in the Clements Library

Now on display in the center cases of the Main Room:

From My Collection to Yours: Provenance of Treasures in the Clements Library

Many of the rare books and pamphlets in the Clements Library have provenance trails to great collectors, dealers, bibliographers, and auctioneers. Bookplates, ownership signatures, dealer and auction invoices, and other evidence tie individual titles here to a long list of noteworthy Americanists -- White Kennett, Isaiah Thomas, John Carter Brown, James Lenox, William Menzies, George Brinley, Brayton Ives, Wilberforce Eames, Edward E. Ayer, Lathrop C. Harper, Thomas W. Streeter, and dozens more.

Since the Grolier Club's founding in 1884, the Grolier roster has included most of the leading Americana collectors, curators, and connoisseurs of each generation. William L. Clements was a Grolier member from 1920 to his death in 1934. In honor of the Club's April 2013 visit to the Clements, this exhibit features a range of Clements rarities once owned by Grolier members.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

In the News: "Clements Library to Receive $17M Interior Renovation"

Last week, the Michigan Daily featured an article by Stephanie Shenouda on the Clements Library renovation, including quotes from library director Kevin Graffagnino. "Clements Library to receive $17M interior renovation" describes the library's plans to move the reading room and add an underground addition for collections storage.

This summer, the library will move staff and collections to a temporary location on Ellsworth Road, where reader services will resume in the fall. Please check our renovations update page for the latest information.