News from Mardigian Library: April 2019


This month we get to know the Mardigian Library’s Catalog Librarian Lavada Smith, we hear about how textbook affordability gains momentum on campus with OER grants, and learn about new ebooks and databases.

Getting to know Lavada Smith, the Mardigian Library’s catalog librarian

What are your main job duties at the Mardigian Library and what do you love most about what you do?
To effectively manage catalog duties in Technological Services. We become familiar with print, e-resources, databases, vendors, etc. We’re basically the map to finding materials in the library. Having a robust catalog ensures that your patrons have access to needed resources for their personal and academic needs. 

What do you do for fun outside of work? 
Almost anything that has to do with the arts: dancing (all types), singing, playing an instrument (violin). 

What is the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you? 
That I’ve been with the university in many capacities over 30 years. People say I do not age, but I beg to differ...LOL.

What is the last movie you saw?
Breaking In with Gabrielle Union. You cannot underestimate the lengths a mother will go through for the safety of her children.

Do you have any pets?
No — who needs pets when you have grandchildren to shower you with love and to keep you on your toes?

Textbook affordability gains momentum on campus with OER task force grants

The high cost of course textbooks and other course materials is an increasing concern for students, and a barrier to effective teaching and learning opportunities. To this end, the campus-wide Open Educational Resource (OER) Task Force has been working to help educate campus stakeholders about the possibilities of using free, open-source teaching and learning materials across the curriculum. The OER Task Force includes representatives from the Mardigian Library (Anna Granch, Raya Samet, Tim Streasick and Maureen Linker), The Hub for Teaching and Learning (Alfonso Sintjago), the Office of Student Success (Tyler Guenette) and UM-Dearborn faculty (Alan Wiggins). 

This year, the OER Task Force has hosted several educational events on campus, including a student panel where UM-Dearborn students shared their experiences with traditional and OER course materials, and a faculty workshop at Digital Education Day focused on how to license educational materials including videos, podcasts, and other learning objects using Creative Commons licenses and share them with a broader community of learners. 

Additionally, this year marks the start of a mini-grant program designed to help faculty select and use high-quality OER materials in their courses, with support from their subject librarians in the Mardigian Library and the OER Task Force. There were four mini-grant categories offered to faculty teaching 100- and 200-level courses in CASL, including two $500 grants to replace traditional textbooks with library materials, two $1,000 grants to adopt an OER textbook, and one $1,500 grant to adapt and remix an existing OER textbook into a more customized resource. The OER Task Force is pleased to announce the following recipients for Fall 2019: 

Library Materials Grants ($500): 
     Pamela Todoroff
 for Composition 270 (15 sections annually; approx. 360 students)
     Jorge Gonzalez del Pozo for First Year Experience on Global Cultures (new course)

OER Adoption Grants ($1,000):
     Mark Radosevich for Math 115 (11 sections annually; approx. 352 students)
     Hans Czap and Antonio Koumpias for Econ 202 (8-12 sections annually; approx. 300 students) 

OER Remixing Grant ($1,500): 
     Michael Dabkowski and Yulia Hristova for Math 228 (8 sections annually; approx. 200 students) 

With these grants and support from the OER Task Force and Mardigian librarians, awardees will transform their course texts into innovative low-cost or free teaching materials that engage students and reduce financial strain. Additionally, their work will contribute to the open educational ecosystem by providing high-quality examples for other educators in their field. The OER Task Force estimates the 2019-2020 cost savings to students from these grants will total nearly $206,360! Not only will these changes save students money and ensure that all students have access to the materials on the first day of classes, but they will also result in improved teaching and learning outcomes, since faculty can tailor these materials to fit their exact needs.

Implementation of grants awarded this year is expected for the Fall 2019 term, and faculty will present about their experiences using and remixing materials at a panel event to be held on October 25, 2019. The OER Task Force plans to widen the number and scope of grants for the 2019-2020 cycle to faculty campus-wide. 

New library resources for April 2019 (e-books and databases)

EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet, edited by Erik Assadourian and Lisa Mastny (Island Press, ©2017)
With the earth on track to experience the warmest temperatures in human history, every aspect of life will be affected by the changing climate. New diseases, food crises, drought, and massive flooding are some of the challenges in the future that students will face. This book focuses on how to prepare 9.5 billion people to thrive in this uncharted future.

Ecomasculinities: Negotiating Male Gender Identity in U.S. Fiction, edited by Rubén Cenamor and Stefan L. Brandt (Lexington Books, ©2019)
This book examines models of fictional ecomasculinity in contemporary literature and cinema in the United States. The book explores intersections between ecomasculinities and masculinities beyond capitalism, ecomasculinities and aging, and ecomasculinities and queerness, and more.

How We Misunderstand Economics and Why It Matters: The Psychology Of Bias, Distortion and Conspiracy, by David Leiser and Yhonatan Shemesh (Routledge, ©2018)
This book explains why people misunderstand economics, and what this means for policy makers and society in general. The authors discuss the cognitive shortcuts people use to understand complex topics such as inflation, unemployment, economic crises, finance, and money in the modern economy. The authors examine economic misconceptions and expose the biases and assumptions that undermine financial and economic literacy. They provide recommendations on how to craft policies and ideas in a way that people can understand.

The Social Determinants Of Health: Looking Upstream, by Kathryn Strother Ratcliff (Polity Press, ©2017)
The author argues that our social world (not individual responsibility or the healthcare system) primarily determines the state of our health. Putting profit and politics over people is unhealthy and unsustainable. Each chapter explains how the policies, politics, and power behind corporate and governmental decisions and actions produce unhealthy living conditions (poverty, pollution, dangerous working conditions, and unhealthy modes of food production). The author uses social justice and human rights lenses to guide the discussion "upstream," toward possible changes that should produce a healthier world.

Stop and Frisk: The Use and Abuse Of a Controversial Policing Tactic, by Michael D. White and Henry F. Fradella (New York University Press, ©2016)
An authoritative history and analysis of this controversial law enforcement tactic. Since it was ruled constitutional in 1968, stop and frisk has become a central part of modern day policing, particularly in New York City. In 2013, a landmark court ruling stated that police had overused and misused this tactic. “Stop and Frisk” tells the story of how and why this happened, and offers ways that police departments can better serve their communities.

Database Updates

International African Bibliography Online
The International African Bibliography Online is a bibliography of African Studies and contains entries from the “International African Bibliography,” which has been published since 1971. The online bibliography can be browsed by categories and offers detailed search options.

Twentieth-Century American Poetry
Twentieth-Century American Poetry provides readers with a survey of the movements, schools, and distinctive voices of modern and contemporary American poetry. Through the collaboration of America's leading poetry publishers, the collection includes 50,000 poems by over 300 poets.

International Herald Tribune Historical Archive 1887-2013
The International Herald Tribune Historical Archive 1887-2013 features the complete archive of the “International Herald Tribune” from its origins as the European Edition of “The New York Herald” and includes its years as the European Edition of the “New York Herald Tribune.” The archive charts the history of the 20th century with a focus on luxury travel, opulent entertainment, international conflicts, the spread of American culture abroad, and globalization.

Archives of Sexuality and Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940
The documents in the Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 present important aspects of LGBTQ life in the second half of the 20th century and beyond. Historical records of political and social organizations founded by LGBTQ individuals are featured, as are publications by and for lesbians and gays. Extensive coverage of governmental responses to the AIDS crisis is also included. The material is drawn from hundreds of institutions and organizations, including both major international activist organizations and local, grassroots groups.

ClinicalKey is Elsevier's single-search product for the clinical health sciences. It provides a single search location for medical e-books, journals, videos, and images.
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