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Carl Levin donates archive to UM library

“Retired U.S. Sen. Carl Levin is donating the papers from his more than 36 years in public office to the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library. They fill roughly 1,500 bankers boxes and four hard drives and arrived in Ann Arbor on a semitrailer, the Detroit Democrat said Wednesday. Library staff will spend more than a year processing the records, which cover more than 1,450 linear feet, before the collection opens to the public.” (via Detroit News)

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University of Michigan reopens medical library without books

“The University of Michigan has reopened its Taubman Health Sciences Library after a $55 million overhaul and rethinking of how a library for medical students should function. Hundreds of thousands of books were moved to an offsite location and are available on demand for delivery, and by becoming “bookless” the school said that frees up space for medical student education. The facility on the school’s Ann Arbor campus officially reopened over the weekend. “Today’s library can be anywhere, thanks to technology, yet there is still a desire for a physical location that facilitates collaboration, study and learning,” Jane Blumenthal, associate university librarian and Taubman Library director, said in a statement.” (via AP)

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Effort Makes Texts of Early English Books Available Online

“A partnership is making the texts of the first printed editions of William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Milton and other early English books available online. The University of Michigan Library, the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and ProQuest have made public more than 25,000 manually transcribed texts from 1473 to 1700. These include more than 5,600 from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.” (via AP)

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University of Michigan introduces new napping rooms in libraries

Napping is now an acceptable activity in libraries – at least, for students attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The university launched a pilot program for napping stations to be installed into their libraries for the fall 2014 semester. According to Time, the rooms will be “first-come, first-serve [places] with a 30-minute time limit on snoozing.” Students can take a quick nap to refuel in between classes or before or after studying.” (via Daily Free Press)

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JOHN SAYLES GIVES HIS FILM ARCHIVES TO U-MICHIGAN

“Iconoclastic American filmmaker John Sayles has donated decades of documents, images, props and other material to the University of Michigan for an archive covering his 34-year directorial career, the school president announced Tuesday. Sayles’ films include 1992’s Academy Award-nominated “Passion Fish” and 1996’s “Lone Star,” with Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey, Chris Cooper, Joe Morton and Elizabeth Pena in its ensemble cast.” (via The Associated Press)

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