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News from Mardigian Library: Young Authors’ Festival and more

December 14, 2018

Read about the library’s latest campus-community collaboration, a recap of the library’s successful 2018 Young Author’s Festival and Writing contest, an announcement of an upcoming lecture on the politics of space exploration, and learn about some databases recently added to the library’s collection

Mark Crilley Young Authors’ Festival
Mark Crilley Young Authors’ Festival
Author/illustrator Mark Crilley draws his character, Akiko, for Young Authors’ Festival attendees.

6th annual Young Authors' Festival (YAF) celebrates kids' writing at the Mardigian Library

The Mardigian Library was filled with enthusiastic young writers on Saturday, Nov. 10, for the 6th annual Young Authors’ Festival. The free community event promotes literacy for students in grades 3-5 in fun and engaging ways, while also equipping their families and teachers with helpful literacy strategies and techniques. More than 150 people, including over 80 children, attended from across the metro Detroit region and enjoyed a half-day event of author presentations, CEHHS student-led literacy breakout sessions and writing contest awards.

This year’s guest speaker, Mark Crilley, author and illustrator of Akiko on the Planet Smoo, shared writing and illustrating tips with the audience. With a creative flair, he modeled how to give characters voice through written words and illustrated pictures. He also stressed the importance of writers developing their voice through revision.

UM-Dearborn pre-service teachers in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services taught children through interactive sessions focused on writing and reading. Workshop topics included crafting poetry, writing imaginative stories, detailing family traditions, acting out stories and creating books. Pre-service teachers also led parents through strategy sessions focused on supporting children’s literacy development at home. Session topics included playing literacy-focused games, using children’s books for reading and writing purposes, and telling family stories.

Young Authors’ Festival 2018 winners
Young Authors’ Festival 2018 winners
Young Authors’ Festival contest award winners pose for a photo.

Writing contest award winners read from their winning entries and received prizes. This year’s winners came from elementary schools across the metro Detroit area, including George Defer Elementary in Grosse Pointe Park, Dearborn Public Schools and Crestwood School District. The grand prize winner was Lyric Phelan for his story Forward Down the Field. Lyric received a certificate and a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card for his efforts. Contest entries were judged by UM-Dearborn pre-service teachers for this year’s leadership-themed contest.

The annual event is a collaboration between the College of Education, Health, and Human Services and the Mardigian Library. It is made possible through the generous support of its sponsors, including the Salloum Family in honor of Abdallah and Leila Salloum; Professor Emerita Jane Romatowski; the Hub for Teaching and Learning Resources; the Office of Metropolitan Impact; UM-Dearborn Athletics and Recreation; and the UM-Dearborn Barnes & Noble College Bookstore.

Database Updates

U.S. Intelligence on the Middle East, 1945-2009

This comprehensive resource sheds light on the U.S. intelligence community's spying and analytic efforts in the Arab world, including the Middle East, the Near East, and North Africa. It covers the time period from the end of World War II to the present day, including the 2002-2003 Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) assessments, the Global War on Terror, the Iraq War, and Iran's Jnuclear program.

Colonial America

Colonial America is made up largely of manuscripts from the British government archives. The collection includes correspondence between the British government and the governments of the American colonies. This collection an invaluable resource on all aspects of 17th- and 18th-century American history and the early-modern Atlantic world.

Market Research and American Business, 1935-1965

Market Research and American Business, 1935-1965 provides a unique insight into the American consumer boom of the mid-20th century through access to the complete market research reports of Ernest Dichter, the era's foremost consumer analyst, market research pioneer, and widely-recognized "father" of Motivational Research.

India, Raj & Empire

India, Raj & Empire allows one to explore the history of South Asia between the foundation of the East India Company in 1615 and the granting of independence to India and Pakistan in 1947. The material in this collection comprises diaries and journals, official and private papers, letters, sketches, paintings, and original Indian documents containing histories and literary works from the collections of the National Library of Scotland.

Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900

Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900 documents the development of popular remedies and treatments in America during the 19th century through an extensive range of material that was aimed at the general public rather than medical professionals. Explore an array of printed sources, including rare books, pamphlets, trade cards, and visually-rich advertising ephemera. The materials in the collection come from the collections of the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Music Magazine Archive

Music Magazine Archive is a series of digital collections focused on the magazines that covered 20th and 21st century genres such as rock, folk, and hip-hop & rap. These publications uniquely capture the social and historical context of each genre, and support scholarly research areas such as race, class, gender, American studies, youth culture, and more.


Save the Date: "The Politics of Human Space Exploration" by CECS Dean and astronaut Anthony (Tony) England

Students, staff and faculty, please join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing on Feb. 15, 1-2 p.m., at the IAVS Borg Warner Auditorium. Tony England, CECS dean and astronaut, will present “The Politics of Human Space Exploration” as part of the Mardigian Library lecture series.


History Professor and Mardigian Library collaborate on preserving and sharing cultural knowledge

This past November, a cross-campus collaborative project, “Building a Digital Resource for Preserving and Sharing Cultural Knowledge,” was selected for a campus Research Initiation & Development Grant by the Research Support Committee of the Faculty Senate.

The project will produce a prototype for a web-based, multilingual digital tool that will enable the study of local informal community-based content. The project team will test this tool by starting with newsletters produced by the Persian House of Michigan (PHoM), a nonprofit community organization started in 1999 in West Bloomfield. PHoM’s central goal is to provide a medium for the Persian community to gather under common goals, specifically celebration and appreciation of Persian culture, language and history.

Professor Camron Amin, building upon the success of his Michigan Iranian-American Oral History project is partnering with the Mardigian Library in order to build a searchable database that will be housed on the Mardigian Library’s website and to translate the newsletters from Persian to English. The $11,000 grant will cover the costs of hiring several student research assistants to work with Prof. Amin on the translation, and for the library to catalogue content and create the searchable database.

The lessons learned from this project will be applied to similar content for other local community-based sources of knowledge, both past and present. The collaborative project will not only preserve the cultural legacies of diverse communities, it will also share that legacy and contribute to many different forms of social and digital humanities research.

The team members are Prof. Camron Amin (History), Prof. Maureen Linker (Philosophy and Interim Library Director), Prof. Bruce Maxim (CIS), Julia Daniel Walkuski (Systems Head, Mardigian Library), Tim Streasick (Electronic Access, Mardigian Library), and Robert Fraser (Associate Director, Mardigian Library).

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