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If you’ve ever wanted to learn the basics of programming, now is your chance. Professor Chuck Severance of the University of Michigan School of Information (or as we know him here on campus, Dr. Chuck) is teaching “Programming for Everybody” as a MOOC via Coursera starting this week. Both the course and the textbook are free, and book itself is available in a variety of formats, including PDF, EPUB, MOBI for Kindle, and an Apple iBooks version which includes interactive…

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Fritz Swanson teaches in the English Department at the University of Michigan. In January, with the support of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program and with space donated by the University Library and the U-M Press, he began operating a letterpress shop to teach students the process of composing and printing short works, dubbing it ‘Wolverine Press.’ Having now completed a semester’s worth of projects, we’ve asked Swanson to reflect on the experience of running the…

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Accessing the Public Domain Friday, March 28, 2014 10:00am to 12:00pm Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100) Location Information Join us for a conversation with copyright experts about the effort to determine the copyright status of works in the vast and growing collections of digitized library material. The library’s grant-funded, multi-institutional copyright review management system (CRMS) has thus far identified almost 200,000 public domain works that can now be read by anyone with an Internet connection. Panelists will…

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“Grad Student Forum on Copyright, Fair Use, and Digital Dissertations” Monday, February 24, 2014 4:00 – 6:00 pm Room 2001, LSA Building Join us for a conversation about copyright, fair use, and issues of dissertation and scholarly publishing in the digital age. All are welcome. A Grad Student’s Guide to Submitting a Digital Dissertation: You Need to Know This Sooner than You Think The transition to the digital dissertation opens new possibilities for students and…

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Are you interested in publishing your research in academic journals or with a university press? Do you have questions about how contemporary academic publishing works? Please join us for “Publish, Not Perish: Tools for Success,” a series of workshops during the winter semester that will help you navigate the challenges every new academic author faces. Taught by published authors, staff from the University of Michigan Press, and experts on copyright and open access, these sessions…

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On this snowy day here in Ann Arbor, we’re reading Jennifer Howard’s latest in the Chronicle of Higher Education: Analog or digital, no work will have much influence if it doesn’t stick around to be cited or argued with. The technological advances that make digital-humanities work possible also put it at risk of obsolescence, as software and hardware decay or become outmoded. Somebody—or a team of somebodies, often based in academic libraries or digital-scholarship centers—has…

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If your plans for the season involve seeing a movie, including perhaps 12 Years a Slave, we hope you’ll also make time for a bit of reading. After viewing Steve McQueen’s acclaimed adaptation, you can find a number of editions of Solomon Northup’s account of his time in slavery available to read for free from HathiTrust. The edition digitized from our own collections here at the University of Michigan includes the full text of the book,…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 12:30P-2:00PM Register via U-M TTC A professional online presence is one of the best tools a scholar can employ to increase the visibility of their teaching and research, and to find potential jobs, collaborators, co-authors, and readers. This workshop will cover how to create an effective and professional presence online, an essential tool for graduate students and faculty at all stages in their careers. Register for the workshop here.


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If you are a U-M faculty, staff member, or student who has recently received a takedown notice from Elsevier regarding research papers posted on Academia.edu, we can offer assistance with finding other mechanisms for sharing your work. Expert staff at Michigan Publishing can help you understand what rights you’ve retained in a publication agreement, where and what version of your work can be posted on personal and third-party websites, and how Deep Blue, the U-M…

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The Association of American University Presses is celebrating the second annual University Press Week (November 10-16, 2013), which highlights the important work university presses do in furthering research and scholarship. We are proud to see Philosophers’ Imprint, a highly respected open access journal for philosophy published by Michigan Publishing, cited as an example of innovation and excellence in scholarly publishing. To learn more about the exciting and pioneering work of today’s university presses, see “Ideas Unbound” from AAUP.