News from Mardigian Library: Get to know Holly Sorscher and register for Young Authors’ Festival


This month we get to know librarian Holly Sorscher; registration opens for our Young Authors’ Festival; and you can treat yourself to a scary movie from the library’s Browsing Collection or check out one of our new databases.

Young Authors' Festival Breakout Session
Young Authors' Festival Breakout Session
Budding authors participate in a breakout session at the 2017 Young Authors’ Festival.

Getting to know Holly Sorscher, Head of User Services & First Year Experience Librarian

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

Holly Sorscher
Holly Sorscher
Head of User Services & First Year Experience Librarian Holly Sorscher

My main responsibility is to support the work we do at the library’s infodesk. I am lucky to be part of a dedicated team of staff and students who make library materials available for faculty, students and guests. We also help users find resources to begin the research process. I love that while we are always working hard to connect people with the resources they need, most of the time we are also having a lot of fun.

As the first year experience librarian, I work with faculty and staff to facilitate library information sessions with students new to UM-Dearborn. I love sharing about all of the great resources the library offers and instructing students on how to make the best use of their access to an academic library while they are here.

What do you do for fun outside of work?

I spend a lot of time with family and friends. My parents, two brothers and their families live near me in Ann Arbor, so we get to see each other frequently. I also have four adult children who live around the country — in Boston, Portland, Chicago and Chapel Hill. They come home to visit during summers and holidays, but all live in amazing, fun cities that I try to visit whenever possible.

What have you been reading lately?

Since I began commuting to the Dearborn campus from Ann Arbor three years ago, I have become a big fan of audiobooks. I just finished listening to David Sedaris read Calypso, his most recent collection of stories. He is absolutely hilarious and has impeccable comic timing. Once you have the pleasure of listening to him, you won’t be able to go back to reading his work on the page.

Do you have any tips or advice for students?

My advice to students would be to say “yes.” I definitely did not do that enough in my undergraduate years. Don’t let your academic education be the only thing you get out of going to school. Join clubs, meet new people, have fun, get to know your professors and go to campus events! You never know when something new might spark your interest or create an opportunity for you.

What is your undergraduate degree?

I have a degree in business administration from UM-Ann Arbor. About halfway through my major classes, I realized that business was not at all the thing for me, but I felt as if I had to finish the degree. (It would have been better to make a change!) Shortly after I graduated and was working, I went to Wayne State and got my M.A. in English. I loved making connections among literature, writers and the world, and I count this one as my “real” degree.

Young writers, get ready to be inspired: Michigan author and illustrator, Mark Crilley is the Young Authors’ Festival guest speaker

Ready to inspire the next generation of writers, registration for the sixth annual Young Authors’ Festival (YAF) opens on Oct. 15. The YAF is an annual half-day celebration of writing and literacy for students in grades 3-5, their parents, and their teachers. Writing contest winners will be announced, and author and illustrator Mark Crilley will be the Festival’s guest speaker.

Young writers and their parents are encouraged to attend the YAF. Students can choose from a variety of fun and informative half-hour breakout sessions on writing-related topics led by UM-Dearborn education students. There will also be a session for parents designed to help support children’s reading and writing development.

Crilley, raised in Detroit, began drawing almost as soon as he could hold a pencil in his hand. His comic book story, Akiko on the Planet Smoo, is the inspiration behind the theme of this year’s writing contest: Leadership. Students are encouraged to read the book and enter the writing contest.

The Festival is on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at UM-Dearborn’s Mardigian Library. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, and for more information, visit the Young Authors’ Festival website.

Boo! Treat yourself to a scary movie from the library’s Browsing Collection

No tricks…the Mardigian Library’s Browsing Collection (on the first floor near the elevators) is displaying a collection of scary movies that are sure to send a chill up your spine this Halloween. Check out some new additions and some spine-tinglers that are already part of the library’s collection. Titles new to the Browsing Collection this year include:

Annihilation, directed by Alex Garland, 2018. A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.  

Hereditary, directed by Ari Aster, 2018. After the family matriarch passes away, a grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences, and begin to unravel dark secrets.  

A Quiet Place, directed by John Krasinski, 2018. In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.  

Susperia, directed by Dario Argento, 1977. A terrifying tale of a young student who uncovers horrible, dark secrets within the walls of a famous German dance academy.

Also on display in Browsing will be:

Night of the Living Dead (uncut version), directed by George A. Romero, 1968. A classic horror movie about a peaceful countryside community terrorized by killer zombies with only one thing on their minds — destroying all humans. A small band of survivors struggle to hold the zombies at bay.

Nosferatu, directed by F.W. Murnau, 1922. Count Orlock (Nosferatu), leaves his castle in the Carpathians and travels by ship to Bremen with plague rats and coffins filled with dirt in this first film version of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. This DVD is a restored, authorized edition containing over 30 minutes of supplemental video.

Database Updates

Agricultural and Environmental Science Database

Includes AGRICOLA, TOXLINE, ESPM (Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) databases. Provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, and government publications. This database covers topics such as the effects of pollution on people and animals and environmental action and policy responses.


Arts:Search cross-searches three different design and art resources:

• Design Abstracts Retrospective — an indexing and abstracting service of design and applied arts journals and annuals published during the 20th century.

• Design ProFILES — a biographical dictionary containing data on nearly 20,000 architects, designers, craftspeople, and artists.

• ReVIEW — a full-text resource covering 19th and early 20th century fine and decorative arts journals.

Early Western Korans Online

This Early Western Korans Online collection demonstrates the impact of the holy book of Islam in Europe. Long before printing with movable type became common practice in the Islamic world, Korans had been printed in Arabic type in several European cities. The collection includes Korans and Koran translations printed between 1537 and 1857.


SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network) provides detailed and up-to-the-minute information about more than 11,000 federal, non-federal, and international funding opportunities from over 2,500 sponsoring agencies.

State Papers Online, 1509-1782

New addition to this collection: the Low Countries and Germany (1714-1782). State Papers Online, 1509-1782 is a searchable archive of the 16th-, 17th-, and 18th-century State Papers of England.

World News Digest

World News Digest brings together and enhances nearly seven decades of news from the renowned Facts On File World News Digest in print. This archival record of domestic and international news is updated weekly and covers all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940.

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