On July 6, 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., addressed the fifth General Synod of the United Church of Christ in Chicago. A copy of the twenty-page typed text, with hand-written corrections and additions by Dr. King, was purchased in 2017 by Avron B. Fogelman, the prominent Memphis philanthropist and supporter of the University of Memphis. Mr. Fogelman graciously allowed the speech to be displayed in the university’s Ned R. McWherter Library in March and April 2018 as part of the fiftieth anniversary commemoration of Dr. King’s death. To see the speech in its entirety click here.
Planning a trip out of the country this summer? Taking a foreign language class this summer? Just want to brush up that language you studied, but somehow can’t seem to remember at all? We’ve got you covered.
We are excited to announce that we now offer Transparent Language Online free to all U of M faculty, students, and staff. Whether you’re starting at the very beginning with a new alphabet or you’re an intermediate learner looking to enhance your vocabulary and grammar knowledge, Transparent Language Online can help. Available for learning 100+ languages, plus English as a Second Language (ESL) materials for native speakers of 26+ languages, the program has something for everyone:
- Alphabet Courses: Full-length alphabet courses are available for 18+ languages to familiarize you with new writing systems, empowering you to learn one (or more!) of those “intimidating” languages like Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, or Arabic.
- Essentials Courses: These courses guide you through 30+ lessons of pure language fundamentals, including meeting and greeting, expressing wants and needs, planning for a trip, dealing with money, asking for help, and beyond.
- Supplemental Vocabulary: Hundreds of topically-organized vocabulary lists will teach you thousands of new words and phrases through a completely redesigned suite of fun, interactive activities that build all four core language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. No more drilling paper flashcards!
- Grammar Reference: An extensive index of grammar materials rounds out the learning experience, providing both written and multimedia explanations of grammar rules and patterns.
Worried that you won’t be able to learn on your own? A customizable Learning Path allows you to choose what you want to learn, while an integrated analytics system tracks your progress, periodically prompting you to review material that you haven’t seen in a while. It’s like having a built-in teacher there to keep you on track toward your language-learning goals.
Best of all, Transparent Language Online works on any Internet-connected device, so you can learn from your laptop, phone, or tablet.
To learn more about Transparent Language Online and preview the program, swing by the library for a demo or for help signing up for an account. You can also access the program directly at www.memphis.edu/libraries and typing Transparent Language Online in the database search feature.
Feel free to contact us with any questions at 901.678.2208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are so lucky to have had three groups of therapy dogs in the library over Finals Week this year. Thank you to West TN Therapy Dogs for being so gracious with your time and dogs.
This is the the 4th year that McWherter has had therapy dogs during finals. Students love to sit down for an hour and pet all the dogs, and research shows that petting a dog lowers both stress and blood pressure. Over the course of three days we had 10 different dogs and over a hundred students to visit the dogs. We all had such a great time and look forward to it again next year. Take a look at all the happiness!
It is officially the last day of class! What does that mean? It is time to get start studying. McWherter Library has the perfect study space for you to survive this finals season.
We have Group Study Rooms on the 3rd and 4th Floors, equipped with electrical outlets, internet access, and dry erase boards. Study Carrels are also on the 3rd and 4th Floors, must be reserved, and have electrical outlets along with a small desk and chair. The North side of the 4th Floor is designated a completely Silence Space with individual study desk, if you need to complete silence.
Looking for a more collaborative group space? Try the Fishbowl on the 1st Floor. The Fishbowl can be reserved, holds up to 25, and has a TV with laptop connection capabilities and white board.
The Learning Commons on the first floor will also be open 24 HOURS April 26th-May 2.
If we can help you find your perfect study space, let us know!
The University Libraries’ is pleased to announce its first MomentUM campaign to expand the sandbox. in McWherter Library!
MomentUM is the University of Memphis crowdfunding platform for community fundraising. Crowdfunding offers you the chance to donate directly to projects that are important to you. Your donation will help McWherter Library provide new technology and technology-related workshops to our students. Many of our students are working on innovative, interdisciplinary projects that require these kinds of resources, but they might not have access to them elsewhere. Workshops will help students learn how to use the technologies so that they can jump ahead on the learning curve and focus on their work.
DONATE HERE: https://momentum.memphis.edu/project/9594
Every donation counts!
Don’t miss “In Their Words: The 1968 Sanitation Strike” on display on the 1st and 4th floors of McWherter Library. This exhibit pulls directly from primary sources of people that were involved with the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike that brought Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Memphis. The collection was assembled and created by the Memphis Search for Meaning Committee, an ad hoc, non-profit committee of volunteers lead by Carol Lynn and David Yellin. The committee worked to collect information in the way of interviews, photographs, and other—newer—media such as television video and audio from radio programs and other media outlets. This collection, and the exhibit that follows, provides a snapshot into this time in Memphis and American history.