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Just a quick announcement that the inaugural meeting of the Digital Scholarship Special Interest Group (digSIG) will be held in North Quad Room 2435 on today, March 26th from 4-5:30pm. This will be an excellent opportunity for interested members of the U-M library community and other university departments to share ideas and meet with faculty from the recent LSA Digital Enviroments Cluster Hire (Megan Ankerson from Communication Studies, Finn Brunton from the School of Information,…

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Peter Brantley of the Internet Archive visited the U-M Hatcher Graduate Library on March 14th, 2012. His talk “Digital Books and Flying Cars: Libraries as Collateral Damage” is now available online. The slides from his talk are also now available in Deep Blue and on Slideshare.


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Guest blogger Dennis Wild is the author of the newly published The Double-Crested Cormorant: Symbol of Ecological Conflict, which tells how, after cormorant populations rebounded from near-extinction driven by DDT contamination, these amazing birds were persecuted throughout their entire range  because of their perceived threat to American fishing interests. Today’s double-crested cormorants face the challenge of being referred to as “overabundant.” Their numbers had been so low for so long that more than one human generation…

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University of Michigan professor Andy Markovits will be awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany on March 14, 2012. The Order of Merit is the highest award Germany pays to individuals in recognition of their service to the nation. Professor Markovits is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and the Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies at the University of Michigan. Professor Markovits is the…

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In honor of @FakeElsevier hitting the benchmark of having more followers than the real Elsevier Twitter account, here’s a selection of “fake publisher” tweets to enjoy. View the story “Publishing Lulz” on Storify [<a href=”http://storify.com/M_Publishing/publishing-lulz” target=”_blank”>View the story “Publishing Lulz” on Storify</a>]


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Peter Brantley: “Digital Books and Flying Cars: Libraries as Collateral Damage” Wednesday, March 14, 2012 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Library Gallery, Room 100 Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library Peter Brantley will discuss today’s changing publishing environment, and why actions of publishers are rational, even as they threaten to destroy traditional models of library book lending. Brantley will also offer a few conjectures about library responses to these changes: In an incredibly short period of time, control…

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Join us this Thursday, March 8 for a lunchtime screening of “Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia.” This 2010 documentary film covers the history and influence of Wikipedia and asks questions about truth, neutrality, accuracy, and knowledge in the age of collaborative editing. “Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia” Thursday, March 8 12:00PM – 1:30PM 2160 Shapiro Undergraduate Library This event is sponsored by the U-M Library, Open.Michigan, and Michigan Wikipedians in celebration of…

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We’ve made the most of our extra leap year day here at MPublishing, with many new articles and issues, including a new issue of the Michigan Quarterly Review: A new issue of the Michigan Quarterly Review was published. Volume 50, Issue 2 features poetry from Thomas Lynch, Theodore Worozbyt, G. C. Waldrep, Janet Kauffman, and Georges Perros, essays on the life of American composer, author and translator Paul Bowles and his wife Jane Bowles, and…

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ACRL’s Digital Curation Interest Group is sponsoring a series of upcoming webinars that might be of interest to fans of digital publishing and preservation. Sessions are open to everyone, though spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is not required. MPublishing’s own Kevin Hawkins (head of Digital Publishing Production) will be speaking about “Digital Curation of Text” on Thursday, March 15 at 1PM EST: How is digital curation different from digital preservation? Some…

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