News from Mardigian Library: Golden Books at Young Authors’ Festival, student assistant training program


Know children? Love Little Golden Books? Don’t miss the many upcoming events for this year’s Young Authors’ Festival.

Poster presentation highlights Mardigian Library student assistant training program

The need to effectively train a cohort of newly hired student assistants at the Mardigian Library led Holly Sorscher, Joan Martin and Anna Granch to create and launch a 12-week training program in fall 2016. Sorscher, Martin and Granch presented their work in a poster session in May 2017 at the second annual Michigan Academic Library Association Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The modular program helped these new hires become familiar with various User Services operations. Students learned the material by reading study guides and completing hands-on assessments that included role playing, a scavenger hunt and word puzzles. The new training program now provides the User Services Department with a consistent, cohesive training approach that incorporates ongoing student feedback, as well as recognition and rewards.

Moving forward, Sorscher, Martin and Granch plan to improve the program by including additional modules, games, and fun incentives to engage students and enhance their learning experience.

Know children? Love Little Golden Books? Save these dates!

Our fall 2017 Young Authors’ Festival will have multiple special events:

●Writing contest for children in grades 3-5

●Half-day campus event featuring Kris Remenar and Matt Faulkner, the author and the illustrator of the children’s book “Groundhog’s Dilemma,” along with fun breakout sessions for children and adults, a ceremony for the winners of the writing contest, and a book signing

●Exhibition of 65 pieces of original artwork used in Little Golden Books (celebrating their 75th anniversary)

●Exhibition reception with special guest speaker Diane Muldrow, editorial director of Golden Books and author of “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book”

●Half-day family event in the Berkowitz Gallery with activities for children in grades K-2.

Important 2017 dates to remember:

●Monday, Oct. 9: First day of registration for the festival; it is highly recommended that you register early

●Friday, Oct. 13: Deadline for writing contest entries

●Friday, Nov. 3, 5-8 p.m.: Opening reception for the “Golden Legacy” art exhibition

●Saturday, Nov. 11, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Half-day festival on campus

●Saturday, Nov. 18, 1-4 p.m.: Half-day family event in the Berkowitz Gallery

●Oct. 30 – Dec. 15: “Golden Legacy” art exhibition in the Berkowitz Gallery

A special grant from the Michigan Humanities Council (MHC), an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is enabling us to expand the activities for this year’s Young Authors’ Festival. The MHC’s mission “connects people and communities by fostering and creating quality cultural programs.”

For more information, visit our website, or contact Barbara Kriigel (, 593-56124).

We hope to see you there!

Library resources

E-Book Resources

The Cultural Dimension of Global Business, by Gary P. Ferraro, Elizabeth K. Briody (Routledge, ©2017).
Over the past two decades, the business world has become more interconnected. Parts might be manufactured in one country, then assembled in another. The resulting product may be shipped by a different country, only to be sold somewhere else. Because of this complexity, U.S. and foreign businesses have to make cross-cultural alliances to remain profitable. This book argues that cultural expertise is not something that should just be learned on the job. It is an essential skill for business success.

Eat, Drink, and Be Wary: How Unsafe Is Our Food? by Charles M. Duncan; edited by Diana Kearley Duncan (Rowman & Littlefield, ©2015).
Approximately 3,000 people in the U.S. die each year and 48 million become ill from the food and drinks we consume. This book takes a look at the many dangers that cause this number of preventable illnesses and deaths. Food production, preparation, storage, and transportation are examined. Possible solutions involving food safety practices, inspections, and enforcement are also presented.

Eugene O'Neill Remembered edited by Brenda Murphy and George Monteiro (The University of Alabama Press, ©2017).
Recollections on O’Neill’s life are shared through the memories of those close to him. Interviews and memoirs make up some of the 62 remembrances included in this book.

Game On: Using Digital Games to Transform Teaching, Learning, and Assessment by Ryan L. Schaaf and Nicky Mohan (Solution Tree Press, ©2017).
The authors reveal how incorporating high-quality digital games in lessons and in the classroom can improve learning for 21st century students and better prepare them for their future careers.

Just Medicine: a Cure For Racial Inequality In American Health Care by Dayna Bowen Matthew (New York University Press, ©2015).
Health disparities remain a problem in the American health care system. The author suggests that implicit bias (by doctors, institutional providers, and patients) is one of the key factors for why these disparities persist. Despite the amount of resources spent on cultural awareness training for providers, there is a failure to identify and address the role unconscious bias plays in health care inequality. The book offers a new solution to tackle this problem.

Why Afterschool Matters by Ingrid A. Nelson (Rutgers University Press, ©2017).
Previous studies show that extracurricular programs make a huge difference in the lives of disadvantaged youth by reducing the achievement gap between races and ethnicities. The author indicates it may be more complex than previously thought. Extracurricular programs may only be part of the answer. Nelson followed 10 Mexican-American students (from eighth grade to adult) who attended the same extracurricular program and reveals the results of her research to readers.

Wrongful Convictions Of Women: When Innocence Isn't Enough by Marvin D. Free, Jr. and Mitch Ruesink (Lynne Rienner Publishers, ©2016).
Looking at over 160 cases, including child abuse, homicide, and drug-related crimes, the authors examine the role gender plays in the miscarriage of justice. They focus on the unique challenges women face in the criminal justice system and the systemic failures in both law enforcement and prosecution.

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