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Where the 'U' stores its extra books
Sitting unassumingly on
Greene Street in an old tool
and die factory, Buhr Shelving
Facility looks more like a garage
than a library that houses trea-
sured academic materials.
Opened in1981as an overflow
facility for the library's ever-
expanding collection, Buhr
now holds nearly 2.8 million
items - mostly books, but also
thousands of LPs and micro-
film rolls, according to Susan
Wooding, operations manager
of Hatcher, Buhr and Shapiro
It is the largest single library
in the University Library Sys-
tem, which owns more than 7
million items in total.
The idea of Buhr was con-
ceived in the late 1970s, a time
when many University libraries
were reaching their shelving
capacity, Wooding said.
Buhr was originally intended
to shelve massive quantities of
"low-use" books from around
the University, and at the time it
was among the most advanced
library projects in the world.
In addition to those "low-
use" books, today Buhr also
houses other books that are
unique, rare, requiring pro-
tection, or too large to fit else-
where, Wooding said.
Since opening, Buhr has
essentially become a universal
recipient of odds and ends from
Wooding said other libraries
decide what to send Buhr based
on their own criteria, and Buhr
then shelves the items.
Among the prizes of Buhr's
collection are volumes dating
from the 17th century, and cop-
ies of every single dissertation
ever written at the University
- some 34,000.
To maximize space efficien-
cy throughout its four-floor
building, Buhr relies on a novel
system that separates books
by size before shelving them
according to when they arrived
at the storage facility, Wooding
leads to rather unfriendly
shelves - books by the same
author or about the same sub-
ject can be scattered through-
out the enormous space.
As a result, Buhr's seven stack
rooms are closed to the brows-
ing public. However, to access a
book from the Buhr collection,
students and faculty need only
to request the book online and
it will be delivered to another
campus library, usually within
- DAVID WATNICK
loie hours: Sun-Thurs. 11a.m. - 2a.m.
Stacks of books in the Buhr Shelving Facility. The building, which opened in
1981, houses 2.8 million items including books, LPs and microfilms.
CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Parked car hit Shower draws Foosball Club Flamenco opera An Alabama judge is set
WHERE: 2108 Stone St. blood practice WHAT: Ines Bacan and to stand trial after allega-
WHEN: Sunday at about 10 Spanish Day present The Fla- tions that he offered leni-
p.m. WHERE: Mary Markley Resi- WHAT: The Foosball Club menco Rock Opera. ency to several male inmates
WHAT: An unknown person} dence Hall welcomes both new and old WHO: Michigan Union Tick- in exchange for sex, the Asso-
drove into a parked car, Uni- WHEN: Monday morning at members to practice to play et Office and The Ark ciated Press reported.
versity Police reported. The car
had minor damages.
Struck by puck
WHERE: Yost Ice Arena
WHEN: Sunday at about 5 p.m.
WHAT: A non-affiliate was hit
by a hockey puck duringthe
Michigan game against Wind-
about 1 a.m.
WHAT: A student cut her right
index finger in the shower,
University Police reported.
WHERE: Michigan League
WHEN: Sunday at about 11:20
foosball and to learn about
WHO: Michigan Union Bil-
WHEN: Today from 7 p.m.
to 9 p.M.
WHERE: Michigan Union,
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Ark, 316 S.
WHAT: School of Music fac-
ulty will perform in a wood-
WHO: Michigan Chanmher
or. The person was sitting at A aerreporegra WHAT: Richard Barnes WHEN: Today at8 p.m.
he east end of the arena by fiti in the first floor men's bath- photography exhibit "Animal WHERE: E.V. Moore
he locker rooms, University room. The caller identified the Logic" portrays images from Building, Britton Recital
olice reported. The person image tobe a gang symbol. The museums around the world. Hall
vas taken to the hospital for graffiti was easily wiped off, WHO: University of Michigan
reatment. University Police reported. Museumof Art, and the UM CORRECTIONS
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Mary Sue Coleman has
not signed the Ameri-
can, College and University
Presidents' Climate Commit-
ment, which 694 other col-
lege presidents have signed.
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In celebration of its 30th
anniversary in France,
McDonald's plans to open
a restaurant in the Louvre muse-
um next month, the UK's Daily
Telegraph reported. Museum
staff and art lovers alike have
expressed outrage at what willbe
the food giant's
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New CEO shakes
up exec team again
Chrysler head's move
shows interest in
DETROIT (AP) - With sales
down sharply and pressure to
start generating cash before gov-
ernment loans run out, Chrysler
CEO Sergio Marchionne shook
up his executive team yesterday,
replacing two of his brand man-
agers after just four months and
splitting Dodge into car and truck
The changes show Marchio-
nne's penchant for moving quick-
ly and demanding performance,
industry analysts say. But it's also
a sign that all is not well inside
the company's sprawling head-
quarters complex in the Detroit
suburb of Auburn Hills.
"Something went wrong here,"
said Gary Dilts, a former Chrysler
sales executive who is now senior
vice president of global automo-
tive operations for J.D. Power and
Associates. "He's going to mix and
match this team until he gets the
chemical balance where he wants
Speed is crucial for Marchio-
nne, who also runs Italy's Fiat
Group SpA. It will be at least
18 months before Chrysler can
launch a new car lineup based on
smart, fuel-efficient Fiat designs.
Until then, the third-largest U.S.
car maker must survive with its
current shaky lineup.
Marchionne, who led a stun-
ning resurgence at Fiat, replaced
Peter Fong, 45, as president and
CEO of the Chrysler brand and
Michael Accavitti, 50, as presi-
dent and CEO of Dodge.
Fong also was the company's
top sales executive, and both men
appeared with Marchionne as the
company's public faces just two
weeks ago at the Frankfurt Auto
Show in Germany.
But the moves come just four
days after Chrysler reported a
42-percent drop in September
sales, compared with the same
month a year earlier. Through
the first nine months of the year,
Chrysler sales are off 39 percent,
the largest drop of any major
Among Chrysler's problems
is a weak lineup of midsize cars.
Its current entries, the Sebring
and Avenger, have sold poorly and
have received low quality ratings
from J.D. Power and Associates
and Consumer Reports magazine,
which found them inferior to the
top-selling Toyota Camry and
The Sebring-Avenger replace-
ment will be based on a Fiat com-
pact that will be stretched and
widened to fit a midsize car.
Marchionne promises to intro-
duce a new lineup chock with Fiat
small and midsize cars in Novem-
ber, and separating out Dodge's
car business will help rebuild its
The new offerings will also
include trucks and larger cars
from Chrysler that he hopes will
be .more appealing to Americans.
The company's namesake brand
will try to steal customers from
Cadillac and other luxury brands.
Chrysler has been mostly mum
about its new product plan. Even
dealers have been kept in the
Splitting the Dodge brand into
truck and car operations mimics
what Marchionne did with Fiat,
where he successfully separated
commercial vehicles from passen-
ger cars, said Chrysler spokesman
And a separate truck unit could
also be sold off if Chrysler needs
more cash. Although sales of the
Ram pickup are down 27 percent
for the year, it's still Chrysler's top
selling vehicle at 143,205 through
The U.S. Treasury Depart-
ment allocated roughly $8 billion
for Marchionne and Fiat to keep
Chrysler going until itcan become
profitable again, but its sales can't
seem to rebound with a slumping
economy and the current poor-
selling model lineup. Last year,
under different leadership, the
company lost billions and went
into bankruptcy protection.
Treasury Department officials
have said there will be no more
government cash for Chrysler,
but also have said they "stress-
tested" the $8 billion and it was
enough to keep Chrysler going
after its Chapter 11 restructuring
until it can make money again.
Chrysler so far has received a
total of $15.5 billion from the U.S.