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As Banned Books Week comes to a close, take a moment to consider reading a “banned classic.” A number of classic works of literature that were once banned or challenged books can be purchased from our Espresso Book Machine. The list of public domain “banned classics” includes Jack London’s The Call of the Wild (1903), Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle (1906), Kate Chopin’s The Awakening (1899), and D. H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers (1913) and Women…

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The Library’s Espresso Book Machine web site has now been expanded and updated to reflect our current operations with the new machine we installed this winter. In addition to the standard information about hours of operation, book prices, and contact information, visitors will find an updated FAQ, examples of past projects, and details about services offered, including self-publishing. You can also search for items from our “local” EBM catalog as well as public domain titles available for…

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Over the holiday break, the University of Michigan Library installed a new, state-of-the-art Espresso Book Machine (EBM). The new machine replaces our previous 1.5 beta machine, and offers several important advantages, including increased printing speed (from 33 ppm to 110 ppm), higher quality output, local service support, the ability to bind higher page-count volumes, and fewer unusable or waste books. The machine, which is located on the first floor of the Shapiro Library near the…

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Students from the U-M School of Information and School of Education recently authored a book entitled Information Literacy in the Wild. The book contains a collection of essays based on the students’ experiences during their field work studies for SI 641/EDCURINS 575: Information Literacy for Teaching and Learning, taught by Clinical Assistant Professor Kristin Fontichiaro. Professor Fontichiaro compiled and edited the volume, which features a foreword by SI Dean Jeff MacKie-Mason. Initial plans were for…

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Terri Geitgey is the Manager of Library Print Services at MPublishing. On April 4 & 5, she attended the Coalition for Networked Information spring meeting in San Diego, California. I attended the Coalition for Networked Information spring meeting to do a co-presentation with staff from the University of Utah Library on our respective experiences with the Espresso Book Machine (EBM). Our session, The Espresso Book Machine in the Library: Case Studies from Two University Libraries,…

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“Given that bookstores sell books, while libraries lend them, one might well wonder why a library would want to install a book-making machine and sell books on site.” Terri Geitgey, Manager of Library Print Services at MPublishing, recently published an article in Library’s Hi Tech’s latest issue, Hardware in Libraries, about the University of Michigan Library’s pioneering experience with the Espresso Book Machine® (EBM), pictured here, and how this library became the first academic library…

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During this year’s week-long Enriching Scholarship program, I taught a session entitled The Espresso Book Machine: Using Print on Demand as a Teacher and Author. The class included an overview of how the machine works, how it can be used to benefit UM faculty and students, and concluded with a book printing demonstration. Here’s a version of the Powerpoint presentation developed for the class: EBM Powerpoint Presentation