The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 20, 1988 - Page 5
Library party unveils MIRLYN
BY JONATHAN SCOTT
The University Graduate library
today will host a ribbon-cutting
ceremony introducing the University
library's newest computer system.
The dedication ceremony,
scheduled at 2:30 p.m. in the
reference section on the second floor,
will unveil MIRLYN, a $2.6 milion
integrated information system.
Library officials who organized
the party said although students were
not invited to attend the ceremony,
those seeking entry will not be
"A lot of faculty and the upper
echelons of the University have been
invited," student reference assistant
Catherine Kiah said. "There will be
food and drinks, and, as far as I
know, the reference section will not
be closed to those who want to use
it," she said.
Because library policy strictly
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stringent rules in
grad. Among the "upper echelon"
invited to the party are University
forbids any food or beverage in the
library, the University's
preservation department - a branch
of the library responsible for the care
of resource materials - has
Beginning in 1981, according to
library documents, a large scale
organizing effort culminated in the
formation of the preservation
department. Many library materials
were deteriorating rapidly - due in
part to food in the library -
prompting strict rules banning food
inside the facilities.
"There is a strict policy against
bringing food into the library,"
preservation head Carla Montori
said. "But because of the importance
(of the computer system) we made
"This ceremony is going to be a
rare, extraordinary event," library
assistant director Carol Hughus said.
Library officials said a MIRLYN
user will be able to gather
bibliographic information rapidly in
one place and make connections
between ideas and resources in ways
that will enhance one's skills and
Also, a MIRLYN user will be
able to access the University's six
million volume collection through a
President James Duderstadt and the
eight University Regents.
Because Duderstadt and the
Regents approved the $2.6 million
for MIRLYN, Stoffle said the party
is a way of officially thanking them.
Although the preservation
department has approved food in the
library for the ceremony, it is
important, Montori said, that people
understand this is only an
Michigan Student Assembly
president Mike Philips said the
preservation department's position of
allowing food and drink in library for
the reception is "hypocritical."
This sign stands in the reference room of the Harlan
Hatcher Graduate Library where food and drinks will be
served today at a party to celebrate the installment of a
computerized card catalogue system. University President
James Duderstadt and the University's Board of Regents
will attend the party, but students were not invited.
WASHINGTON (AP) - More
than 100,000 American children
have no place to call home and this
figure is growing faster than that of
any other age group, the National
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homeless children is nothing short
of a national disgrace that must be
treated with the urgency that such a
situation demands," the report said.
The committee's recommend-
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support for enriched day care and
head start programs, in addition to
increasing outreach efforts to make
homeless parents aware of help
available for their children.
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The committee formed by the
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