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News from Mardigian Library: Feb. 2019

February 18, 2019

Get to know Business and Economics Librarian Joan Martin and check out our latest resource updates, including newly available books and DVDs.

Getting to know Joan Martin, the Mardigian Library's business and economics librarian

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

As the business and economics librarian, my main role is to support students and faculty in their research needs. That involves a wide variety of activities from partnering with a faculty member on the design of a new assignment to meeting with teams of students to give customized guidance on the best research tools and strategies for their assignment.

What I love most about my job is the diversity of the requests for help that I receive, the spirit of innovation I have encountered, and the friendliness of the students, staff, and faculty with whom I interact. 

Within the library, I enjoy participating in projects that allow me to connect with others, on or off campus, and that bring people together to discuss their experiences and outlooks. For example, the Living Library will be repeated this year on March 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Students, staff, and faculty can enjoy fast-paced, 15-minute conversations with a “Living Book” of their choice (another student, staff or faculty member). Last year, I enjoyed hearing the buzz of engaged conversations among people who otherwise may have never connected.

What do you do for fun outside of work?

I enjoy bicycling, entertaining, films, and reading (mostly business news, but some biographies and autobiographies, too!)

What is the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

Perhaps that I have a twin.

Do you have any tips or advice for students?

If you can, find the time to get involved in campus activities and student orgs. It is a great way to make personal friends, practice organizational and leadership skills, expand your knowledge base, and, ultimately, become more career-ready. Your involvement will pay off in many ways!

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

I have visited several western European countries multiple times, but have many more countries and continents to explore!


Resources Updates

Browsing Collection Selections


Lethal White, by Robert Galbraith (Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, ©2018)
This is the fourth novel in Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike series. A deeply troubled young man enters the office of private eye Cormoran Strike and tells him about a child’s murder he thinks he saw when he was a child, but he then runs from the office in a panic. Strike wants to investigate but has little to go on. He and his assistant, Robin follow a trail through several locations: the backstreets of London, an inner sanctum in parliament, and to a countryside manor house.

What the Eyes Don’t See: a Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, by Mona Hanna-Attisha (One World, ©2018)
The story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha (accompanied by a team of researchers, parents, friends and community leaders) came to realize that children in Flint, Michigan were being exposed to lead in their drinking water and the backlash she faced when the truth was revealed. *We also have an ebook of this title available.

Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary, by Louis Hyman (Viking, ©2018)
From approximately 1945-1970, leaders in business, government and industry believed in a vision of a stable workforce. In the last 50 years, the American worker no longer has a guarantee of job security. The author tracks this transformation of a system which favored long-term investments in work and workers to one that favors short-term results. He shares the experiences of consultants, executives, temps, office workers, line workers, and migrant laborers.

Rich People Problems: a Novel, by Kevin Kwan (Anchor Books, ©2018)
Nicholas Young’s grandmother is dying and he rushes to be with her (along with the entire Shang-Young clan who come together from all over the world to make sure they get their share of her wealth). Book three of Kwan’s popular Crazy Rich Asian’s series takes readers through elegant mansions in Manila to private islands in the Sulu Sea and includes a kidnapping, a surprise marriage proposal, and the revelation of more secrets of Asia’s most privileged families.


Annihilation (Paramount, ©2018)
After her husband disappears, a biologist (along with an anthropologist, a psychologist, a surveyor, and a linguist), volunteers to be part of a secret expedition into an environmental disaster zone where the laws of nature do not apply.

Girl on the Train (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, ©2017)
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. The train stops at a particular signal that allows her to watch the same couple daily as they eat breakfast on their deck. One day in that brief moment, she sees something shocking. Rachel goes to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? *We also have a copy of the book in the Browsing Collection.

Life of the Party (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, ©2018)
After being dumped by her husband, a mom in her forties decides to go back to college to complete the degree she never finished. She ends up going to the same school as her daughter and winds up in the same class. Her daughter is doubtful, as her mom tries to adapt to college life.

A Quiet Place (Paramount, ©2018)
A suspense-thriller about a family who must live their lives in complete silence to avoid dangerous creatures who hunt by sound.

Database Updates offers a comprehensive, cross-referenced collection of building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire, and maintenance codes from BOCA, SBCCI, ICBO, ICC, and NFPA. Some state and local codes are also included in the database.

KKK Newspapers
KKK Newspapers is a collection that brings together local, regional, and national newspapers published by Klan organizations and sympathetic publishers across the United States. It also includes the voices from several anti-Klan newspapers. The collection consists of titles from the early 20th century, providing full-text access to thousands of pages of content.

Independent Voices
Independent Voices is a collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines, and journals drawn from the special collections of participating libraries. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBT activists, the extreme right-wing press, and alternative literary magazines during the latter half of the 20th century.

Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database
The Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database includes the renowned Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Oceanic Abstracts, and Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA). It provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, and government publications. The database includes specialized, editorially-curated A&I resources studying the critical issues affecting Earth’s air, land, and water environments.

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