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Thanks to Michigan researchers, e-readers and tablets are about to become much more colorful
February 10, 2013 | 4:22 pm

peacock feathers According to a February 6 article that appeared on, a website for "chief information officers and other IT leaders," researchers at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor "have found a way to make colors more vivid on an e-reader screen, which could lead to the creation of advanced displays and spawn the development of color e-books." The scientific explanation behind the discovery is certainly complicated, but it has to do with something called structural color, "which is the foundation that makes things like a peacock's tail feathers appear iridescent," according to a separate article about the Michigan research team that...

Rare Chinese Papercuts Found in U. of Michigan Storage Room, Hi-Res Scanned Versions Online
November 8, 2011 | 9:07 am

B 300 218 16777215 01 images papercuts flag orig 11 1 11 From the University of Michigan News Service: Scholarly gems are often found by sifting through dusty archives in foreign lands thousands of miles away. But sometimes they’re discovered just by doing some office cleaning on campus. That’s what happened recently at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan. Staffers who were tidying up a storage room found a stunning collection of rare propaganda papercut images from the Cultural Revolution—a period of massive political upheaval in China that began in 1966 and lasted about a decade. One papercut shows the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong and his hand-picked successor, Lin...

University of Michigan continues with its orphan works digitizing project
September 27, 2011 | 9:30 am

Images From the University of Michigan Record (a Publication from the Office of the Vice President of Communications): The U-M Library continues to operate its nascent Orphan Works Project “because we remain as certain as ever that our proposed uses of orphan works are lawful and important to the future of scholarship and the libraries that support it.” That’s the position of University Librarian and Dean of Libraries Paul Courant, who also says that, contrary to some erroneous reports, the library is continuing its digitization efforts along with improving the orphan works identification process. as a result...

University of Michigan Libraries: MLibrary Begins “First Serious Effort” to Identify Orphan Works in HathiTrust
May 16, 2011 | 12:17 pm

Mlibrary logo From a University of Michigan Library’s Copyright Office Announcement: The University of Michigan Library’s Copyright Office is launching the first serious effort to identify orphan works among the in-copyright holdings of the HathiTrust Digital Library, which is funding the project. The vast majority of HathiTrust’s holdings are in-copyright (73%). An unknown percentage of these are so-called “orphans,” that is, in-copyright works whose owners cannot be identified or located. The lack of hard data on the number of orphans in the corpus is a significant impediment to the creation of a legal or policy-based framework that would allow scholars and researchers to access...

Text Creation Partnership makes 18th century texts freely available to the public
April 26, 2011 | 9:29 am

Screen shot 2011 04 26 at 9 28 58 AM From the press release: The University of Michigan Library announced the opening to the public of 2,231 searchable keyed-text editions of books from Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO). ECCO is an important research database that includes every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom during the 18th century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. ECCO contains more than 32 million pages of text and over 205,000 individual volumes, all fully searchable. ECCO is published by Gale, part of Cengage Learning. The Text Creation Partnership (TCP) produced the 2,231 keyed texts in collaboration with Gale, which provided page...

Ebooks coming to Project MUSE next year
September 10, 2010 | 9:53 am

images.jpgFrom the Announcement: Project MUSE, a leading provider of humanities and social science periodical content for libraries, is very pleased to announce a new initiative to incorporate scholarly book content into its research platform and product offerings. Beginning next year, e-book collections will be available for purchase alongside MUSE journal collections, with an integrated discovery environment that allows for browsing and searching journal and book content side-by-side. [Clip] The e-books program, called Project MUSE Editions, has to date signed contracts with the following publishers to include in the new offering books...

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