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The Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Plan

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June 13, 2016 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Southeast Michigan's very first regional master transit plan was released on May 31 to the public for review and comment and may be viewed at rtamichigan.org.

Join us for this community forum to find out more and discuss the plan with the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan.

The Regional Master Transit Plan will be a transit vision for all of us. It will guide how we expand and improve transit in Southeast Michigan over the next twenty years. This includes improving bus service, coordinating existing transit providers (AAATA, DDOT, DTC, M-1 Rail, and SMART), and introducing rapid transit along major corridors throughout the region.

The plan will guide the development of a multi-modal transit system in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, and Washtenaw Counties. It will examine existing transit service, recommend improvements, and provide a strategy to make the system a reality.

The Regional Master Transit Plan will:
• Examine the state of our current transit system and tell us will happen if nothing changes
• Determine the appropriate mix of transit service to meet the needs of Southeast Michigan
• Recommend future transit service, including new rapid transit and better coordination between the existing providers
• Lay out a realistic funding strategy and the steps needed to make this vision a reality

Length: 1:05:27
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Crossing Racial and Social Divides

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April 26, 2016 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

The United States is moving toward being a majority-minority country where less than half of our population will be classified as white. Already four states and the District of Columbia have more than 50% non-white populations, and, as of 2015, Nevada was evenly split white and non-white. A central question for our multiracial and multicultural United States is how to achieve both unity and appreciation for racial and ethnic diversity. The key is talking and collaborating across differences.

In this presentation, Dr. Patricia Gurin will describe the challenges we face in talking and collaborating with people whose racial/ethnic backgrounds and experiences differ from our own, and offer the example of intergroup dialogue as an effective practice for accomplishing it.

Patricia Gurin is the Nancy Cantor Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She is a Faculty Associate of the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the Institute for Social Research and of the Center for African and Afro-American Studies, and she directs the research program of the Program on Intergroup Relations, a curricular program co-sponsored by the College of LS&A and the Division of Student Affairs. A social psychologist, Dr. Gurin’s work has focused on social identity, the role of social identity in political attitudes and behavior, motivation and cognition in achievement settings, and the role of social structure in intergroup relations.

This program is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Department of Psychology.

Length: 01:23:05
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Huzzah! Celebrating the Rise of Vintage Base Ball

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March 24, 2016 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

The sport of vintage base ball has taken off in recent years, with Greenfield Village's historic base ball matches and new clubs sprouting up in communities throughout Michigan.

"Honest" Jon Van Hoek, captain of The Monitor Base Ball Club of Chelsea, presents a talk on the growing popularity of base ball played by the rules of the 1860s. He discusses the spirit and sportsmanship of the game, and the noticeable differences in equipment and rules of play from modern baseball.

Hear stories straight from the field, see great photos, learn unusual player nicknames, and find out how you can get involved as a spectator or as a player.

Length: 01:29:18
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Personal Digital Archiving: Preserving and Sharing in a Digital World

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May 14, 2016 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

In May, the University of Michigan Library hosted the Personal Digital Archiving 2016 conference, which gathered experts in the preservation of personal digital material from across the country and globe. While we had all of these experts in town, we thought it would be a great opportunity to have some of them participate in a session that is free and open to the public. Here are some details of the program:

Frances Harrell, Northeast Document Conservation Center
Digital Life Preservers

Frances will open the panel with a presentation on basic preservation approaches to digital content. Her discussion will cover the major risks to personal digital collections and the strategies for preventing permanent loss. The presentation will include methods for identifying, organizing, and storing digital photos, videos, documents, and other personal digital content.

Frances Harrell is a Preservation Specialist at the Northeast Document Conservation Center. She provides preservation assistance to small and medium-sized cultural heritage institutions through assessments, consulting, education, and outreach. She serves as Co-Chair of the Digital Preservation Interest Group for ALA ALCTS Preservation and Reformatting Section and is a member of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Roundtable for New England Archivists. She also represents NEDCC on the COSTEP MA (Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness in Massachusetts) Executive Committee. She received an MLIS from Simmons College GSLIS and a BA in English Literature from the University of Florida, and has worked in both development and collections management.

Brianna Marshall, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Modern Memorykeeping: From Digital to Tangible

Brianna will explore modern memorykeeping techniques for documenting individuals' and families' lives, connecting the hard work of managing digital photographs with the creation of albums that can be shared and enjoyed. She will frame this talk in the context of how she has created different types of physical albums from her digital collections, an increasingly overwhelming task as the amount of digital photographs we take grows.

Brianna Marshall is a librarian and technologist interested in developing library services to support research and scholarship. She currently works as the Digital Curation Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin‐Madison, where she leads the interdisciplinary group Research Data Services and manages UW's institutional repository. Brianna is also a scrapbooker, 2015 Project Life creative team member, and de facto archivist and digital stuff wrangler for her family.

Christiane Evaskis-Garrett, ProQuest
Sharing the Family Story: Omeka and Access Omeka and Access

In December 2014, Christiane's father presented her with a box of black and white family photographs ranging from the 1930s to the 1960s. Christiane will discuss how she made a website using the Omeka software. Her discussion will include an overview of scanning equipment, privacy issues with regards to living family members in the photos, filling in gaps in biographical knowledge, and feedback/pushback from family members.

Christiane Evaskis-Garrett considers herself an archival nomad; over the past six years, she's worked as a project archivist for the State of Michigan, an archival consultant for the First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Tennessee and is currently an Electronic Content Analyst at ProQuest. She also volunteers on a monthly basis at the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, Michigan as a cataloger/archivist. Christiane has served on the Michigan Archival Association Board since 2014 and also serves as co-editor for Open Entry, MAA’s biannual publication. She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Sociology in 2008 from the University of Tennessee - Martin and graduated in 2010 from the University of Michigan with a Masters of Science in Information, where she specialized in Archives & Records Management and Preservation of Information.

Length: 02:01:58
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Author and New Yorker Copy Editor Mary Norris Discusses Her Book "Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen"

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May 15, 2016 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Mary Norris began her professional career as a foot checker—dutifully checking patrons’ toes for athlete’s foot as they entered a Cleveland city pool—before working at a costume company, and driving a milk truck.

These were humble beginnings for a woman who would come to spend more than three decades as a copy editor (or “prose goddess”) at The New Yorker, where she’s worked with such celebrated writers as Philip Roth, Pauline Kael, and George Saunders.

Norris’s love of language, and her wish to help “all of you who want to feel better about your grammar,” led her to write Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen a hilarious, down-to-earth manual for untangling the most vexing spelling, punctuation, and usage quandaries in English.

Drawing on wide-ranging and hilariously rendered examples (from Henry James, Emily Dickinson, and James Salter to The Girl from Ipanema, Moby-Dick, and The Simpsons), Norris expertly guides readers through the most common and confusing grammatical issues. Although she is irreverent and blunt, Norris is never snarky or snooty in her grammatical advice. Throughout Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, Norris acknowledges the subjectivity of her work and advises readers to take a similar hands-on, case-by-case approach to language: “The dictionary is a wonderful thing, but you can’t let it push you around.”

Photo Credit: Josef Astor

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Biking Northern Michigan

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April 23, 2016 at the Downtown Library 4th Floor Meeting Room

When it comes to cycling, Michigan is at or near the top of the list in America with 109 rail-trail conversions totaling 1,311 miles.

Learn more as veteran cyclist and traveler Bob Downes discusses cycling and his book Biking Northern Michigan: The Best & Safest Routes in the Lower Peninsula. Bob shares his fascinating travel experiences, tips, and stories.

Packed with funny stories, cycling tips, history and dining recommendations, Biking Northern Michigan will have you ready to ride one of the top cycling destinations in the world. The book includes more than 35 bike routes and 56 maps and illustrations in and around Traverse City, Petoskey and the Mackinac Straits in northwestern lower Michigan.

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Eclipse Jazz: 40 Years On

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April 18, 2016 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

In the fall of 1975, a dozen U-M undergrads came together to launch a student-run concert program, Eclipse Jazz, which became a local music phenomenon.

Beginning with a performance by jazz pianist McCoy Tyner (of the John Coltrane Quartet) at the Power Center, Eclipse Jazz presented over one hundred concerts by the world’s finest jazz musicians over the next 15 years.

This event featured memories by many of Eclipse Jazz founders and was moderated by WEMU’s Michael Jewett. Scheduled panelists included Lee Berry, Tom Bray, Michael Grofsorean, Mike Landry, Ann Rebentisch, Jimmy (Max) Robins, and Max Dehn. The discussion also focused on what happened to Eclipse Jazz and why.

The panel also discussed the legacy of Miles Davis, whose genre-bending music helped inspire and propel both the members and audience of Eclipse Jazz. A new biopic about Davis, Miles Ahead, starring and directed by Don Cheadle, opens at the Michigan Theater on Friday, April 22.

This event is cosponsored by AADL and the Michigan Theater. Information and tickets for the Michigan Theater film may be found on the Theater’s website at michtheater.org.

Length: 01:43:55
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National Library Week Event: Award-Winning Author Mardi Jo Link

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April 15, 2016 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

This year, AADL celebrated National Library Week evening with Michigan Notable Book Author Mardi Jo Link.

Mardi discussed her memoirs, Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm and The Drummond Girls, as well as some of her new projects and the craft of writing.

Mardi's memoir, Bootstrapper was an Indie Next pick, won the 2013 Booksellers Choice Award from the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association, was an Elle Magazine Reader's Prize winner, and was named a Michigan Notable Book. Film rights have been sold to Academy Award-winning actress, Rachel Weisz.

She has also written the true crime books, When Evil Came to Good Hart, Isadore's Secret:Sin, Murder, and Confession in a Northern Michigan Town, and Wicked Takes the Witness Stand:A Tale of Murder and Twisted Deceit in Northern Michigan, which were each Heartland bestsellers. Her essays have appeared in Bellingham Review, Bear River Review, Creative Nonfiction, the Detroit Free Press, Publishers Weekly, Terrain, and Traverse Magazine, among other places.

Mardi Jo Link was born in Detroit and grew up in Bay City. She studied journalism and agriculture at Michigan State University. She was a founder of the magazine, ForeWord Reviews, in Traverse City, Michigan, and earned her master's degree in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte, in North Carolina. She is the mother of three grown sons and lives in Traverse City, Michigan, with her husband, Pete, and their dog, Gretchen.

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City Of Ann Arbor 2016 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Looking to the Future: Ann Arbor in 2025

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April 7, 2016 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor as the City and the Ann Arbor District Library host their annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series. The series included four events (held monthly through April of 2016) with each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s Sustainability Framework.

This is the last event in this series and centers on Ann Arbor in 2025, including conversations about local challenges and solutions on Ann Arbor’s path to a more sustainable future.

A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, staff from both the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County joined the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Each program included a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session.

These forums offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably.

Speakers include:

  • Moderator, Josie Parker, Director of the Ann Arbor Library;
  • Teresa Gillotti, Communication and Policy Specialist, Washtenaw County Department of Community and Economic Development;
  • Xuan Liu, Manager of Research, SEMCOG;
  • Susan Pollay, Executive Director, Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority;
  • Sue Zielinski, Managing Director of SMART at the U-M Transport Research Institute.

Details of this series are posted online on The City of Ann Arbor's Sustainability site. For information and videos from current and past Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums, please visit the City’s Sustainability website.

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Bright Nights Community Forum: Personalized Treatments for Depression and Bipolar Illnesses: Why ‘One Size’ Will Never Fit All

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March 22, 2016 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Depression and bipolar illnesses can affect anyone: you, a family member, a neighbor, or a friend. Some disorders are mild, while others are more serious and long-lasting, but almost all of these conditions can be diagnosed and treated, and most people can live better lives after treatment. However, no two people have exactly the same kind of depression or bipolar illness.

Medications are an important element in the successful treatment of mental illness, often in combination with psychotherapy, or “talk therapy.” New research about the brain has given scientists hope that in the near future they will be able to personalize the approach to medical management for depressive illnesses, which will treat an individual’s particular symptoms based on their specific genetic background and other biological markers.

Vicki Ellingrod, Pharm.D., BCPP, a Professor in the U-M College of Pharmacy and Medical School, presents a brief overview of the latest research on the emerging field of “pharmacogenetics,” which refers to the genetic basis of response to medications. This is followed by questions from the audience and a discussion with experts Jolene R. Bostwick, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP, Associate Chair, Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan College of Pharmacy; and Srijan Sen, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan and Depression Center Member.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Depression Center and the Ann Arbor District Library.

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