News from Mardigian Library: Director Elaine Logan says goodbye
Logan will retire this month after a 47-year career working in libraries.
Saying goodbye to our director: An interview with retiring Mardigian Library Director Elaine Logan
On December 22, Mardigian Library Director Elaine Logan will retire from her position and from a 47-year career working in libraries. We will miss her in the Mardigian Library—her warmth, her support, and her spirit of innovation and collaboration. The library’s Social Media Committee sat down with Logan for a discussion about her career, her time at UM-Dearborn and what she’s looking forward to in retirement.
What are your main duties at Mardigian Library and what do you love most about what you do?
My job is multi-faceted, covering duties from building safety to budgets, communications, community relations and fundraising, strategic planning,= and day-to-day library operations. The thing I love most is making sure that everything we do is focused on helping students be successful in their academic careers and preparing them to be lifelong learners. The world of work is changing, and having the research skills needed to learn quickly and solve problems is essential. Libraries are a critical partner for students now and throughout their lives.
What do you do for fun outside of work?
Most of my time outside work is spent on normal everyday things that you might expect, like spending time with my family and friends. I love to cook and entertain. And what self-respecting librarian doesn’t spend as much time reading as possible?
What was your background before you came to the Mardigian Library?
I have worked in libraries since my first job in high school. My most recent position before coming to UM-Dearborn was as associate university librarian at the Bruce T. Halle Library at Eastern Michigan University. Before that I spent 16 years at Parke-Davis/Pfizer, providing information services to support pharmaceutical research.
How has the profession of librarianship changed since you started your career?
Librarianship has changed immensely since my early days. I am old enough to remember card catalogs, Kardex files, the Readers’ Guide and bound journals. The application of technology to make access to information easier and to transform the way library work is done has been amazing. At Parke-Davis the library was the first department in the company to use the Internet as a tool for delivering information; soon followed HR, posting the daily lunch menu. During the Pfizer years, we transitioned to a completely digital global library before most people thought it was possible.
Take us back to when you became director of Mardigian Library. What interested you about the library and what were your first impressions of it?
I had actually worked at the Mardigian Library in the late 1980s to the early 1990s, so my first impressions were those of familiarity and coming back home. Quickly, I began to focus on the opportunities to improve our services and spaces to better support the campus. I saw a ton of potential.
What accomplishments during your time here are you most proud of?
The conceptual design for the renovation of the library and the resulting changes we have made are definitely points of pride for me. I am very proud of the people we have working in the library, the new single service point at User Services, and, of course, the Subject Specialist Librarian Model. I am also proud of the vast and varied amount of information resources we are able to provide through our collaborations with Ann Arbor and other universities around the state. We have also improved the learning environment within the library with added electricity, more access to computers, group study rooms and some new furnishings.
Is there a cutting-edge project of which you’re particularly proud?
The Active Learning Classroom is a technology-rich environment geared to facilitate engaged-teaching techniques. It is a partnership between the library and the Hub for Teaching and Learning and allows the campus to experiment with a type of teaching environment that cannot be found anywhere else on campus.
What would you like the UM-Dearborn campus to know about Mardigian Library?
We are here to assist with the research and information needs of everyone on campus. If you have a question, ask us!
What are your retirement plans? What are you looking most forward to doing in retirement?
First and foremost, I am not planning to commute an hour each way anywhere or be in charge of anything. I am looking for volunteer opportunities and plan to travel. My husband and I are also considering renovating and flipping a house in our neighborhood.
Thank you for the interview, Elaine, and thank you for all your hard work for the library!
Stay tuned next month for our interview with Barbara Kriigel, who will be stepping in as the Mardigian Library’s interim director.
Relax and enjoy a good book, movie or audiobook during the winter break
Whether you are travelling or at home for the holidays, the library’s Browsing Collection has some great books, audiobooks and DVDs to enjoy while on break. There is plenty to choose from. Here’s just a sample of current additions.
Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly with Margaret Lazarus Dean, ©2017.
Scott Kelly has experienced things very few people have. He has traveled on four space flights and is the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight on the body, mind, and spirit. He recalls his New Jersey childhood and the youthful inspiration that sparked his astounding career. This is his personal story and thoughts on where American spaceflight is headed in the future.
Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid, ©2017.
A New York Times bestselling novel about two young people who meet and fall in love in a country that is on the brink of civil war. When the unrest spreads to their city, they hear a story about doors that can take people far away — for a price. Feeling they have no choice, they find a door and step through, leaving their old lives behind.
Sleeping Beauties: A Novel by Stephen King and Owen King, ©2017
Sometime in the future, in a small Appalachian town, something happens when women fall asleep. If they are awakened, the women become feral and violent. While they sleep the women go to another place where there is peace and tranquility. One woman is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. The men struggle to decide if she should be studied or slain. The men divide into warring factions as the world becomes increasingly more chaotic and violent.
A Great Reckoning, ©2016 / Glass Houses, ©2017 (two audiobooks) by Louise Penny, read by Robert Brathurst.
These are two audiobooks from the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series of novels by award-winning, bestselling Canadian author Louise Penny. In “A Great Reckoning” the first, Armand Gamache receives an intricate old map as a gift on the first day of his new job. The map was found stuffed in the walls of a bistro and the map eventually leads him to an old friend, an older adversary, and to places even he is afraid to go.
In the novel “Glass Houses”, on a cold November day a mysterious stranger puts Armand Gamache and villagers on edge. The superintendent choses to do nothing except watch and wait. The stranger suddenly vanishes, a body is discovered, and eventually the suspect is brought to trial. Throughout the trial, Gamache wrestles with his own conscience over actions he set in motion prior to that cold November day.
Before the Fall, A Novel by Noah Hawley, read by Robert Petkoff, ©2016.
Ten wealthy individuals, a down-on-his-luck painter, and a four-year-old boy are involved in a plane crash. Only the four-year-old and the painter survive. Odd coincidences surrounding the crash and those involved point to a possible conspiracy.
Get Out, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, ©2017
A speculative thriller about a young black man who is invited to meet his white girlfriend's parents at their estate, only to find out that the invitation is far more sinister than it appears.