Mardigian Library News

April 25, 2011

Curator discusses Anne Frank and the Holocaust

Jamie Wraight, curator of the campus's Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive, attended four performances of "The Diary of Anne Frank" staged by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre (JET) in the months of March and April. The play was attended by more than 4,000 students from schools and youth groups throughout Metropolitan Detroit.

The annual performances are part of the JET's Youth Education Services Program, which aims to "encourage the understanding of differences and the issues of diversity."

As part of the program, each performance featured a discussion with the actors, Wraight and JET's Education Outreach Coordinator, Mary Davis, who answered questions about the diary and the play.

"I am very pleased to be able to collaborate with Dr. Wraight and the University of Michigan-Dearborn on such a worthwhile project. I expect that this partnership will be an integral piece of our annual production," Davis said.

After attending the last performance, 223 students from Brownell Middle School came to UM-Dearborn where Wraight gave a presentation on the Holocaust and answered questions.

For more information on the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, visit:

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and OpenDOAR (Directory of Open Access Repositories)

Links to two open access resources---the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and OpenDOAR (Directory of Open Access Repositories)---were recently added to the Library's website.

The Directory of Open Access Journals is a free resource that includes the full text of more than 6,250 scholarly journals. This free resource does not require a login for off-campus access, so alumni may use it as well.

OpenDOAR is a directory of more than 1,800 academic repositories. Users can search the directory for repositories and repository contents by subject area, content type and country.

Users may access both DOAJ and OpenDOAR databases from the Library's Databases A-Z link.

For more information on the concept of open access journals, there are several good websites and blogs on the topic.

For introductory information, there is the Open Access Overview website (

For current developments, there is SPARC: The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Research Center website (

Informational blogs include the OA Librarian ( and The Scholarly Kitchen from the Society of Scholarly Publishing

The library has a section on digital repositories in its Dissertation and Theses LibGuide. It contains links to a few individual repository directories, (including U-M's Deep Blue) as well as Canadian and European repositories. See the guide at .

New LibGuide features graduate school and professional information

Faculty members are often in a position to advise students who are considering graduate school. "Graduate and Professional School Information" is a new online guide created by the Mardigian Library to help students explore their options.

This new LibGuide (short for "library guide") links to library books, e-books, databases and websites related to graduate school, medical school, and law school. The introductory section provides links to articles to help students decide whether or not graduate study is right for them. The "Finding Graduate Programs" section provides links to various print and online directories that can help students find programs in their areas of interest. In "Exams, Essays, and Other Application Information" there is advice for writing application essays, organizing the admissions process, and taking entrance exams.

Links are provided for registering for exams such as the GRE, MCAT, LSAT, and others. Information on test preparation materials and practice tests for the various exams in online, e-book and paper formats is also included. The final section of the guide helps students learn about finding scholarships, assistantships and other types of financial aid for graduate study. Faculty can advise students to find the guide online at:

Free trials

The Mardigian Library has free trial offers for the video collections/databases listed below.

To examine any of these items, go to the library's home page, click on the "Faculty Services" link, click on the "New -- Trial Databases" link at the bottom (or go directly to:, and sign in with your user name and UM-Dearborn password.

The library encourages the campus community to try these resources and give the library staff feedback. A positive review does not guarantee that the library will have funds to acquire the item, but it could help library staff determine whether or not to pursue the item when funds are available. Send feedback to:

Education in Video (available through May 31, 2011)
This is the first online collection of streaming video designed specifically for training and developing teachers. Upon completion, the collection will contain more than 1,000 video titles totaling 750 hours of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms. It will give education faculty, students, and in-service teachers a single source for the best research-based professional development video resources available.

Factiva (available through May 6)
Dow Jones' is a premier business and general reference resource with a broad collection of sources that reach across disciplines from business and current events to communications and technology, politics, foreign policy, and more.