News from Mardigian Library: Print collection review


Read a progress report on the library’s print collection project and get up-to-date on some new ebooks and databases that have been added to the collection.

Library comprehensive print collection review update

The Mardigian Library was busy over the summer removing books that librarians and faculty have identified as no longer serving the needs of our campus community. These books are mostly old books that have not been checked out in many years. The books that are being withdrawn as part of this project will be available, if needed, through interlibrary loan from at least two of the state universities in Michigan.

To date, we have removed over 62,000 books from the collection and are about 80% complete. We anticipate wrapping up the project by the end of the year.

Books removed from the collection are free for anyone to take. Periodically check the shelves next to the Graduate Research Center on the first floor to see what is available. Continue to keep up with our progress on the project website:

Resource updates

New E-books

Augmented Reality: Where We All Live, by Jon Peddie (Springer, ©2017).
This book presents an in-depth look at augmented reality, from philosophy and early developments to current technologies and its societal impact. It distinguishes augmented reality from other related technologies (such as virtual reality and mixed reality) and looks at possible future developments.

Earth Ed: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet, by the World Watch Institute; Erik Assadourian and Lisa Mastny, editors, (©2017).
Education experts share innovative approaches to teaching and learning (from preschool to professional) in a new era. Topics covered include systems thinking for kids, the importance of play in early education, social emotional learning, comprehensive sexuality education, indigenous knowledge, sustainable business, holistic medical training, and more.

The Listening Leader: How To Drive Performance By Using Communicative Leadership, by Emilio Galli Zugaro, with Clementina Galli Zugaro, (Pearson, ©2017).
Leaders often communicate through speaking or telling rather than listening. The authors explain, however, that being able to really listen is the key to growth and results in business. This book provide a framework for how to implement a truly communicative leadership style. They demonstrate that by actively listening to your organization and external stakeholders, you will be able to better navigate today’s economy, make a difference in organizational performance, better respond to the expectations and needs of stakeholders, and increase your organization’s competitiveness in the market.

New Databases

Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia Online
Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia is one of the most important European primary sources for the study of the modern Gulf region from the 17th to the early 20th century. The Gazetteer offers the fullest account of the state of knowledge of the region in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and as such is both a unique and an important tool for researchers.

Arabic Literature of Africa Online
Arabic Literature of Africa Online (ALAO) is a bio-bibliography on the Arabic manuscript tradition in the African continent, which continued well into the 20th century. It offers authoritative information about African authors, the texts they wrote in Arabic, the manuscripts in which these texts are found, and the locations of these manuscripts, together with bibliographical references to the literature. Arabic Literature of Africa Online complements Brockelmann’s Geschichte der arabischen Literatur (GAL) and is an indispensable reference work for students of Islamic cultures in Africa and of Islamic manuscripts in general.

North American Indian Thought and Culture
North American Indian Thought and Culture contains over 119,000 pages of text and images. Included are biographies, autobiographies, personal narratives, speeches, diaries, letters, and oral histories. The database represents the largest compilation ever created of biographical information on indigenous peoples from all areas of North America. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before. Full-length reference works also are included to give background and context to the narratives.

Labadie Collection Political Posters
The Joseph A. Labadie Collection contains posters that have been acquired over the past 100 years. This database consists of images of those posters covering social protest movements such as Anarchism, Civil Liberties, Colonialism, Communism, Ecology, Labor, Pacifism, Sexual Freedom, Socialism, Women, and Youth/Student Protest. Some are from the first half of the 20th century, but the majority are from the 1960s and later. Many are undated. Reduced size images can be viewed and downloaded from the collection.

Archivision Art Images
The Archvision Art Image Collection focuses on a wide range of art from Italy, including ancient Roman frescoes, mosaics, and sculpture, as well as paintings and sculpture from the medieval to baroque periods. The collection, created and curated by Scott Gilchrist, photographer and architect, is expected to grow by approximately 3,000 images per year. Images are licensed for academic use.

Artists' Books Digital Collection
The Art, Architecture & Engineering Library (AAEL) Special Collections has a growing collection of artists' books in its holdings. These books, varying in size and structure, have been created via numerous processes from a wide range of media including aluminum, cloth, handmade paper and glass. If you would like to see a book from this database in person, please contact to make an appointment or for more information.

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