News from Mardigian Library: Database updates, R.E.A.D., DVD viewings

October 12, 2012

Mardigian Library logoTrial database
The Mardigian Library currently has a free trial of the following database:

Public Affairs Index
Available through November 3, 2012

Public Affairs Index is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of national and global contemporary public policy issues ranging from public health, the environment, housing, human and civil rights, to international commerce and conflict. This database draws from a diverse array of scholarly journals, conference papers, trade publications, and government documents to provide up-to-date information on a broad range of topics of concern to the world today.

If you are interested in this resource, please go to the library’s website, click on the “Faculty Services” link, click on the “Trial Databases” link at the bottom of the left hand column, and sign in with your User name and UM-Dearborn password.

We encourage you to try Public Affairs Index and give us some feedback.  A positive review does not guarantee that we will have funds to acquire the item, but it could help us determine whether we should pursue this item when funds are available. You may send your feedback to:

Do you enjoy reading and discussing interesting books?
Join the Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) group that meets several times a year in the Mardigian Library. Below is a list of the books we are reading this year and the dates we will discuss them. The library will have copies of all the titles, both in print and on our Kindles.

  • Tuesday, October 30, 2012: "In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin" by Erik Larson.
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2012: "The Dressmaker: A Novel" by Kate Alcott.
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2013: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot.
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2013: "That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back" by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum.

Meetings are held from noon - 1:00 p.m. in room 1210 of the Mardigian Library. Light refreshments are provided. Please join us!

Ask for R.E.A.D. titles at the Circulation Desk (both the Kindles and print books are kept there). The print copies are on reserve for us.

DVD/Videocassette Viewing @ the Library
Need to take a look at a VHS or DVD while at the Mardigian Library? The library has two portable DVD players (Blue Ray and standard) on reserve for student, faculty, and staff use within the library. Also, there is a cart available that holds both a DVD and a videocassette player, along with a monitor that can be checked out for use in the library by anyone who needs them. Headphones are also available. Just ask for what you need at the Circulation Desk.