Mardigian Library briefs

September 10, 2010

Kathy Irwin to become new library director at Mott Community College

Kathy Irwin, head of circulation, is leaving UM-Dearborn to become the library director at Mott Community College in Flint. Her last day on campus will be Friday, Sept. 24. We have no doubt she will be highly successful in her new position. Please join us in wishing her all the best as she takes on this new challenge in her career.

'Trends in Research and Teaching'

Trends in Research and Teaching is a new library feature providing links to articles that may be of interest to faculty and staff, including:

Using Library Experts Wisely (from Inside Higher Education)

Assigning inquiry: How Handouts for Research Assignments Guide Today’s College Students (from Project Information Literacy Progress Report: “Assigning Inquiry”, July 12, 2010)

New whiteboards enhance group study

Thanks to a generous donation by Student Government, the Mardigian Library now has six portable whiteboards on the second floor for students to use. The library previously had two heavily used portable whiteboards. Due to their popularity, Student Government offered to buy four more for the library. They were available to students the week of final exams for the winter semester. These six portable whiteboards, along with another wall-mounted board, make the second floor an ideal place for students to gather together for collaborative study.

R.E.A.D. at the Mardigian Library

Faculty, students and staff are invited to participate in R.E.A.D. (Read, Eat And Discuss), a book discussion group hosted by the Mardigian Library. The group meets over the lunch hour to discuss books selected by the participants. The following four books have been selected for the 2010-2011 academic year:

Sept. 28, 2010:
How Does it Feel to be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi

Nov. 17, 2010:
Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

Feb. 1, 2011:
Still Alice by Lisa Genova

April 6, 2011:
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch, and the library provides a variety of beverages. Contact Barbara Kriigel ( to be added to the R.E.A.D. e-mail discussion list. Those interested can view a list of current and past R.E.A.D. books online at

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