News from Mardigian Library: The Immigrant Experience, Q&A with Tim Streasick, art grant


Get to know Tim Streasick and learn more about an upcoming panel discussion and recent Art Collections and Exhibitions Department grant.

The search for cultural identity — a panel discussion from student perspectives

The Mardigian Library is pleased to host a panel discussion on “The Immigrant Experience from a Student Perspective.” The panel discussion will be held on Tuesday, April 3, from 4-6 p.m. in the Berkowitz Gallery, on the 3rd floor of the Mardigian Library.

Students from the Indian Graduate Students Association, the South Asian Student Association, Pakistani Student Association and the Muslim Students’ Association will serve as panelists as they share perspectives on their cross-cultural experiences. The event will be moderated by Neeraja Aravamudan, assistant director for Engaged Learning Partnerships at the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning at UM-Ann Arbor.

This event is in conjunction with the Dearborn community’s celebration of the 2018 National Endowment for the Arts’ “Big Read.” This year’s title is The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, a best-selling novel. The story centers on an Indian family who leaves Calcutta to begin a new life in New York City. The theme of blending and honoring both cultures meshes well with our panel discussion.

Please join us on Tuesday, April 3, 4-6 p.m., in the Berkowitz Gallery for:

  • Insightful discussions from our students’ viewpoints
  • Light Indian refreshments
  • Drawings for Big Read T-shirts and copies of The Namesake

Questions? Contact Joan Martin (

Getting to know Tim Streasick, the library's electronic access associate and JASS selector

As the electronic access associate at the Mardigian Library, Tim Streasick maintains and troubleshoots the library databases that library patrons use for research. He was also recently asked to act as the interim library selector for the Journalism and Screen Studies department. The library’s Social Media Committee sat down with Streasick, who chatted with us about his work at the library and what he likes to do for fun outside of work.

What are your main job duties at the Mardigian Library and what do you love most about what you do?
My main job duties include fixing any access issues our students and faculty encounter with the library research databases, as well as collecting the statistics for the usage of those databases. Easily the best part of my job is resolving access issues. I chose to work in libraries for my career because I wanted to help connect scholars to the articles they needed, and fixing access problems is the most direct way I get to participate in that process. On top of that, every issue has its own variations and tics, and the excitement I get from figuring out what's causing an issue and resolving it is always the high point of my workday.

What do you do for fun outside of work?
As a massive pop-culture sponge, I enjoy all sorts of non-work activities. I'm a massive film buff who enjoys going to special screenings whenever the chance arises. This month I was able to attend a screening of The Death of Stalin, which, as a huge Veep and The Thick of It fan, had me very excited. I also love board and video games, as well as seeking out musical artists and genres I haven't listened to before.

Do you have any tips or advice for students?
Try to use electives to explore topics or aspects of your discipline that are outside of what you're wanting to specialize in! Not only will this make you more well-rounded in your knowledge about your discipline, it will force you into situations where you have to learn material you may not be initially familiar or comfortable with. Speaking as a history major who now works with technology and computers, I can personally attest to the importance of this life skill.

What is the last movie you saw?
I was very fortunate to see Alex Garland's Annihilation this past week and absolutely loved it. The box office numbers suggest that not many other people are giving it a shot, which is a real shame. Not only is the narrative engaging and the thrills visceral, the whole metastructure of the film allows you to take certain scenes and sequence them differently without breaking the narrative. This added an ambiguity to the chronological order of the film in a super interesting way for me.

If you could do any activity with anyone—living, dead or animated—what would the activity be and who would you do it with?
Tough one! Just to err on the side of being a little different, I'd have trouble turning down the chance to get together with H.G. Wells and play a wargame with him. While he's well known for his works of science fiction, Wells also developed his own rulesets for wargaming and innovated the genre by adding the concept of an extended "campaign" across several games. I think it would be very interesting to try out a few modern variations of the wargame genre with him and listen to his thoughts about their rules, to say nothing of getting his opinions about the world and society we find ourselves in today.

CAP grant award for Art Collections and Exhibitions Department

The Art Collections and Exhibitions Department is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by the Foundation for the American Institute of Conservation to participate in its 2018 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program. This year’s large pool of applicants represented museums from around the country, all with unique missions, goals and challenges.

The department will be allocated $3,900 to hire a collections assessor and $3,900 to hire a building assessor to complete a general conservation assessment of the university’s treasured art collection. This formal assessment is a study of the art collections, buildings, building systems, and policies and procedures relating to collection care. The resulting assessment report will provide prioritized recommendations and it will provide the department with a wonderful opportunity to highlight the art collection’s conservation, preservation and storage needs. The report will be a helpful tool for grant applications and other forms of fundraising, and it will provide the Art Collections and Exhibitions Department with invaluable information from two professional conservators that will help guide future departmental goals. The assessment will take place during spring 2018.   

Database Updates

Brazilian and Portuguese History & Culture: The Oliveira Lima Library
The Oliveira Lima Library brings together over 80,000 pages of pamphlets from 1800 to the late 20th century. These pamphlets cover history, politics, literature, and other important subject areas in the form of speeches, flyers, official decrees, sermons, poems, plays, concert and theater programs, and more pertaining to Latin America's largest and most influential power.

Chatham House Online Archive
Chatham House Online Archive contains the publications and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the world-leading independent international affairs policy institute founded in 1920 following the Paris Peace Conference.

The Independent Digital Archive
The Independent Digital Archive is the online archive of the British newspaper from its inception in 1986 to 2012.

Punch Historical Archive
“Punch” was the world's most celebrated magazine of humor and satire. This British weekly publication provides a unique insight into the politics, culture, and society of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Punch Historical Archive contains the digital collection of “Punch” issues from 1841 to 1992 and also includes essays and resources discussing the themes and importance of Punch.

Lexicons of Early Modern English
Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME) is a historical database of monolingual, bilingual, and polyglot dictionaries, lexical encyclopedias, hard-word glossaries, spelling lists, and lexically-valuable treatises surviving in print or manuscript from the Tudor, Stuart, Caroline, Commonwealth, and Restoration periods.

The Canadian Encyclopedia
The Canadian Encyclopedia plays an essential role in providing accurate, updated information about Canada and its people. The Encyclopedia contains more than 30,000 multimedia items including images, maps, games, audio, and video. The site also offers a new learning center for teachers and parents that contains classroom resources, quizzes, and themed study guides.

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