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Entries from August 2009
Friday, August 28. 2009
Faculty guidance and encouragement is crucial in motivating students to use the library’s resources for research projects. The Mardigian Library encourages faculty to include a brief description about library services in your course syllabus and other course materials.
The statement is available on the library’s Faculty Services web page in both text and HTML formats (for pasting into a word processing document or course web page).
The Library Research Center of the Mardigian Library will be holding a variety of workshops for faculty members during the fall term. Whether you are new to the Mardigian Library or an old pro, we believe you will find one or more of these workshops useful and look forward to your participation.
Location: 1212 Mardigian Library
Duration: 40 min.
RSVP and Questions: Teague Orblych at (313) 593-5562 or email@example.com
-- Feel free to bring your lunch or a snack.
Around the Physical Mardigian Library in 40 Minutes
Tuesday, September 22 at 11:00 a.m. and Wednesday, October 14 at 1:00 p.m.
Come join us on a journey around the Mardigian Library where you will discover all the parts of the library and what happens here. From the Library Research Center to Circulation, to the circulating and special collections, you will be impressed by what your library can provide.
Around the Online Mardigian Library in 40 Minutes
Tuesday, September 22 at 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday, October 14 at 3:00 p.m.
Take a cyber trip with us and discover what the Mardigian Library has to offer you online. Explore new tools of the trade or oldies but goodies like ProQuest and your online catalog. See what makes the Mardigian Library a library without boundaries.
ILL, MeLCat, and Article Linker, Oh, My!
Tuesday, October 6 at 11:00 a.m.
Want to know how to get at essential research without having to drive to another library? In this session, find out what interlibrary loan (ILL) and MeLCat delivery can do for you, as well as what full text options are available.
The Information Literacy Story
Tuesday, November 3 at 11:00 am.
"The time to give up on information literacy is never". Therefore, join us and let us show you what librarians can do to help you advance your students' critical thinking skills as it relates to information, technology, and scholarly materials.
Seven Magnificent Advanced Research Techniques
Tuesday, November 10 at 1:00 p.m.
Learn seven techniques that will make you a better researcher no matter what research tool you are using. Subject searching, search limiters, and combining searches will be covered.
Thursday, August 27. 2009
Streaming video for classroom or individual use is now available through a new collection on the Mardigian Library web site. This collection includes over 20 web sites and databases with subjects ranging from science, politics, and news to interviews, historical footage, the arts, and more. It contains links to full episodes of series from public television, such as NOVA, The American Experience, Frontline, and Tavis Smiley. Video footage from the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and NASA are also included, along with material from subscription databases such as Films on Demand.
The Mardigian Library will soon be changing our federated search product interface Central Search to WorldCat Local.
Users will able to search online for books, articles and other materials from the Mardigian Library, the University of Michigan Libraries in Ann Arbor, MeLCat (Michigan libraries), and WorldCat (libraries worldwide) using a single search interface. The items in the results list are arranged by relevance, with items from the Mardigian Library appearing first.
WorldCat Local also provides “faceted searching”, which allows users to narrow the results by author, format, year, topic, etc. To try this new interface, go to the library web page and click on the icon on the upper right-hand side of the page that says, “Try Beta WorldCat Catalog.”
The option to search just the library’s online public catalog (OPAC) will still be available.
The Mardigian Library now loans interactive learning software and wireless response keypads, commonly known as “clickers”. Clickers allow students to respond to questions posed by an instructor. The TurningPoint system works with PowerPoint to add interactive features such as quizzes, polls, and surveys into presentations. Students respond to the instructor’s multiple choice questions using the credit-card sized clickers. The percentage of responders to each answer is displayed on the screen. Polling is anonymous, so even though students know the percentage of responders who select each answer, they do not know exactly who gave particular answers.
The interactive nature of the presentation is designed to help engage students while the anonymity of the process prevents individuals from being embarrassed by incorrect answers. The system gives instructors immediate feedback on whether or not students are grasping the concepts being presented, so instruction can be adjusted accordingly. Research has shown that engaged or active learning generally results in higher retention of instruction.
The library has one USB-based response receiver with a set of 60 wireless clickers available for checkout by interested faculty. If sufficient interest exists, a training session for faculty may also be arranged.
For more information or to express an interest in attending a training session, contact:
Carla Brooks, Head of the Library Research Center, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sally Smith, Reference Librarian, email@example.com
Wednesday, August 26. 2009
There are many ways to learn about new services and events at the Mardigian Library. You can visit our website, subscribe to our news blog, or read our e-mail newsletters. And now, you can also connect to us within Facebook and LinkedIn.
You can view the library’s Facebook page whether or not you have a Facebook account. You do need to have a LinkedIn account to view the library’s LinkedIn group. Connect to the Mardigian Library’s Facebook page or LinkedIn group by clicking on the icons on our website, or by searching for us within these services.
Students use these social networking tools to keep in touch with friends and family and to express their viewpoints. Many faculty members have also created accounts to keep in touch with their students. The Mardigian Library saves you time by providing the information you need where you need it.
Julia Daniel joined the Mardigian Library staff as Systems Librarian in early July 2009. She brings a wealth of experience in the areas of user interface needs and requirements, usability testing, digital asset management, emerging technologies, supervision and training, and leading interdepartmental collaborative teams.
Julia is actively involved in the American Society of Information Science and Technology and the Society of American Archivists. She has served on the board of the Wayne State University Alumni Association and is Past President of the Wayne State University Library and Information Science Alumni Association. She teaches courses in archival studies, web site design, and technology at Wayne State University’s School of Library and Information Science, and enjoys working with librarians-in-training.
Julia formerly worked at the General Motors Media Archive, The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, and the Ford Motor Company Global Product Marketing Knowledge Center. She is a graduate of Wayne State University, earning the Bachelor’s degree in both German Literature and the Humanities, and the Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.
In her free time, she enjoys cycling, collecting mid-modern furniture, and wine tasting.
We extend our heartiest welcome to Julia!
Tuesday, August 25. 2009
All former Mardigian Library staff and student assistants are invited to a "Library Alumni Open House" on Friday, October 16, 2009, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event is part of the celebration of UM-Dearborn's 50th Anniversary during the 2009-2010 academic year.
Please RSVP by Friday, October 9, 2009, to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 313-593-5236. Be sure to let us know if you are bringing a guest.
The party will be held on the second floor. Chancellor Daniel Little will welcome attendees at 4:30 p.m. Remarks will follow from Timothy F. Richards, Director of the Mardigian Library. Photographs depicting the history of the campus and library will be on display, and refreshments will be served.
We would love to hear your stories of working at the library. It will be wonderful to see “old friends” and to catch up!
Thursday, August 20. 2009
During the academic year 2008-2009, UM-Dearborn students, faculty, and staff borrowed 5,136 items using the MeLCat service and downloaded countless articles from Michigan eLibrary databases. MeLCat services cost one tenth of traditional Interlibrary Loan services and provide access to the collections of over 300 Michigan libraries. If we had to replace all the free Michigan eLibrary databases, it would cost our library approximately $250,000 per year.
MeL statewide library services save taxpayers $72 million through group purchasing and resource sharing. Under the leadership of the Library of Michigan, every library in the state - including academic, public, k-12, and special libraries - has access to these resources. These and other services are in jeopardy.
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm's Executive Order 2009-36 threatens to break up the Library of Michigan and to diminish its role as the leader of statewide library efforts. Our elected officials are currently crafting the Fiscal Year 2010 budget, and are making tough decisions that affect each and every one of us. The Michigan Senate recently passed a budget that would cut library funding from $10 million to $7.5 million, a mere drop in the bucket when looking at the overall budget deficit. This cut places in jeopardy the MeLCat Interlibrary Loan system and the Michigan eLibrary databases.
Read more online at Michigan Libraries for the Future.
Wednesday, August 12. 2009
The Mardigian Library now offers a public facsimile (fax) service for $1.00 per page. To use the service, go to the Circulation Desk, and a library employee will send the fax for you. Payments may be made in cash only, and there are no refunds.
The library’s fax line does not accept incoming calls, so we cannot receive faxes. We can send faxes to local or long distances numbers, but not to international numbers. UM-Dearborn students who need to send an international fax may do so at the International Office in the University Center. They charge the same rate as the library and are open regular business hours.
When Copy Express closed earlier this year, they asked the library to consider offering a fax service since many students utilized it. The library is open longer than any other customer service point on campus, making it an excellent choice as the new service center.
OxResearch provides articles covering world and regional economic and political developments. Contributions are made by experts at Oxford and other universities around the world, as well as respected think-tanks and institutes.
Books in Print is available again. This database provides listings for in-print, out-of-print, and forthcoming books, audio recordings, and video recordings. Reviews are included for select titles.
Periodicals Index Online provides indexing for over 18 million articles published in 5500 different periodicals going back as far as 1665. Every periodical is indexed from the first issue through the most recent, and 37 different subject areas in the humanities and social sciences and over 40 different languages are covered. Indexing for between 300 and 500 new journals (containing over a million articles) is added each year.
Film Index International indexes over 125,000 films from over 170 countries. A synopsis, director, cast and crew are provided for each film, along with a list of references discussing that particular film. Information on individual performers, film makers, and other persons involved in the industry are also included, along with a list of journal references. New content is added twice a year, and the database can be searched by keyword, title, year, director, cast and credits, character, country, synopsis, and awards.
Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 is a collection of 660,000 historical maps of approximately 12,000 American cities and towns. The maps are scaled at 50 feet per inch and show street blocks and building numbers in use at the time they were drawn. Comparing maps of the same city or town over time allows user to see the growth and development of a city or town and provides information useful for local history, genealogy, urban planning, sociology, environmental studies, etc.
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