News from Mardigian Library


This month we get to know Mardigian Library Reserve Coordinator Anna Granch, recap the library’s recent course design spa day and learn about new resources at the Mardigian Library.

Getting to know Anna Granch, the library's reserve coordinator

What are your main job duties at the Mardigian Library and what do you love most about what you do?

As the library’s reserve coordinator, I’m in charge of coordinating and managing the items that UM-Dearborn faculty want on reserve for their classes and ensuring that these items are available for their students. Additionally, I’m the library’s morning supervisor — I ensure that the library opens on time and that our users are being properly helped by our student assistants. I’m also involved with hiring, training and scheduling our student assistants who work the Library Info Desk.

One thing I love the most about what I do is working with my coworkers in User Services. As the front face of the library, it’s our job to assist our users with whatever they need in a kind, courteous way. I feel like our department definitely excels in this area, since we’re constantly working with people and have had our fair share of interesting experiences. I couldn’t ask for a better team!

What do you do for fun outside of work?

When I’m not at work or doing homework, I find myself wandering around bookstores, drinking an alarming amount of coffee, reading anything that captures my interest, watching anime, getting myself to the gym and spending quality time with friends. I’ve also been trying to get into the habit of daily journaling, which has been quite fun, and I even have several short story ideas in my head that I hope to get down on paper!

What have you been reading lately?

Currently, I’ve been reading The Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff. To my dismay, the final book of the trilogy won’t be released until September 2019, so I have a while to wait! In the meantime, I’ve been reading “Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood.” Also, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to read more classics, so I’ll be getting a start on that soon!

What have you done or would like to do next from your bucket list?

One thing I’ve had on my bucket list is seeing a live performance of The Phantom of the Opera, which I’m finally getting to see with my cousin at the Detroit Opera House next month. I’ll also be taking my first trip to Europe this May to visit a friend who’s teaching English in Madrid, Spain. It’ll be my first time traveling overseas, so I’m excited and nervous all at once!

Do you have any tips or advice for students?

It’s OK to have absolutely no idea what you want to do with your life, career-wise. It took me several years to realize that I wanted to pursue a master’s degree in library and information science. It was only after working in academic and public libraries for several years that I discovered my love for libraries and understood how valuable they are to the communities they serve. I realized that I wanted to be a part of that. It can take time and a bit of self-reflection to find your niche. So, be patient with yourself!rtist, date, genre, and keyword.

Mardigian Library Spa Day
Mardigian Library Spa Day
Faculty members who attended the library’s Course Design Spa Day received homemade spa gifts after refreshing their syllabi.

Course Design Spa Day for UM-Dearborn Faculty: Sober up, renew and refresh your syllabus!

The Mardigian Library, in partnership with the Hub for Teaching and Learning, hosted a second “Course Design Spa Day” on January 3 for all faculty teaching in Winter 2019. The idea of the “spa” is to provide 30-minute consultations throughout the morning and afternoon for faculty with representatives from a wide variety of student support offices on campus. Consultations are designed to “refresh” syllabi and share information with faculty to foster student success.

Consultants included librarians, student success staff, Canvas experts and instructional designers with “services” such as:

  • Encouraging student preparation
  • Using Canvas to maximize student learning
  • Open educational resources
  • Incorporating real news into assignments

The 26 faculty who attended were also invited to sign up for a chair massage from the two licensed massage therapists on hand and were given gifts of homemade sugar scrub and bath bombs created by Beth Medere, the administrative specialist in the HUB. Lunch was provided and faculty had the option of signing up for all eight slots over the course of the morning and afternoon or working part of the time on their own in space provided.

Given the enthusiastic response in follow-up surveys with the faculty and increased participation, Maureen Linker, interim director of the library, and Carla Vecchiola, director of the Hub for Teaching and Learning, hope to continue to offer the spa day prior to every Fall and Winter semester.

Resource Updates

ASME Standards Collection

ASME is the leading international developer of codes and standards associated with the art, science, and practice of mechanical engineering. Access to the 2015 ASME Boiler Pressure Vessel codes is also included.

Bibliography of British and Irish History

The Bibliography of British and Irish History provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, from 55 B.C. to the present. The bibliography is a guide to the work of historians. It does not contain original sources, unless they have been edited and republished by historians.

BrillOnline Books and Journals

BrillOnline Books and Journals includes titles published by Brill since 2007. Subjects covered include: Ancient Near East and Egypt, Asian Studies, Biblical Studies, Classical Studies, Middle East and Islamic Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, and Theology and World Christianity.

INFORMS: PubsOnline

INFORMS is the leading international association for professionals in operations research and analytics. INFORMS PubsOnline provides the ability to search through all the journals published by INFORMS.

Israel's Messenger Online

Israel's Messenger Online provides access to the English language Zionist periodical ”Israel's Messenger”, which was published for the Shanghai Jewish community in the years predating the establishment of the Jewish state.

Moses Maimonides, Unparalleled Editions Online

This resource embraces virtually the entire spectrum of Moses Maimonides' literary output as an outstanding legal authority, compelling philosopher, accomplished physician, and the most influential Jewish spiritual leader of his age.

Rock's Backpages Library

Rock's Backpages Library is a collection of articles, reviews, interviews, features, and more from a wide range of music publications from the U.S. and U.K. It covers the early 1960s to the present day and includes articles from such publications as “Creem,” “Trouser Press,” and “Rolling Stone.” The articles are fully searchable by artist, date, genre, and keyword.

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