News from Mardigian Library: Printmaking presentation and faculty survey

Lynne AvadenkaThe Power of a Press: A talk by artist Lynne Avadenka

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 5 p.m., the Berkowitz Gallery will host a special presentation: The Power of a Press by Lynne Avadenka, director of Signal-Return, a community letterpress print shop. The Power of a Press focuses on the revival of traditional printmaking in Detroit’s historic Eastern Market District.

Avadenka graduated from Wayne State University with a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking. Avadenka has received individual artist grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and in 2009 was awarded a Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowship. In 2016 she received a Career Achievement Award from the Duffy Department of Art and Art History, Wayne State University.

Faculty, take a survey about library services for a chance to win up to $200

Help the library improve our services and communication to faculty. Take a short survey (faculty only) and enter to win a $100 or $200 Amazon gift card! You could spend $100 or $200, couldn’t you? Enter by Friday, Feb. 24, for a chance to win.

Faculty have more to do than ever and the library wants to help you in any way we can. We realize it’s important to identify the most effective and efficient strategies for getting you the information you need. Understanding what resources and services are available to you can make your instruction and research easier and better. Help us help you!

For faculty who take the survey and enter the contest, one individual will be randomly selected to receive a $200 grand prize Amazon gift card. Four individuals, one from each college, will be selected to receive a $100 Amazon gift card. This faculty survey is part of the library’s initiative to develop new strategies for assessing our impact on student and faculty success.

Library print book assessment continues

The Mardigian Library is starting the final phase of our print book assessment project to realign our collection with the current needs of the university’s curriculum. Since an assessment of the entire collection has not been done in quite a long time, this assessment is quite overdue. The library is currently actively gathering input from faculty in academic departments and disciplines concerning print materials to be retained in the collections. This input process will continue throughout this semester.

During the final phase of the project, we will make print books that are not being retained in our collection available to you on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the following procedure:

  • We will update both our project guide and our social media feeds with information about specific batches of withdrawn books (by call number range) that are available.
  • We will place available withdrawn books in a designated shelving area on the first floor of the Mardigian Library that will be clearly marked and dated.
  • UM-Dearborn community members can come and select withdrawn books from these shelves for one week from the time they are made available. These books are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and are free and yours to keep. There are no limits on the number of items that UM-Dearborn community members can take.
  • At the end of each week, the specified range of books will be removed to make room for the next batch, until the entire project has been completed.

We welcome you to keep tabs on the project by following our social media feeds, and by visiting the library in person to browse the shelves on a regular basis. More information about the project, including status updates, can be found on our project guide.

New databases at the Mardigian Library

IHS Automotive
This is a global survey allowing suppliers to rate carmakers on a variety of matters, ranging from technology sourcing to profit-impacting factors to quality management and intellectual property protection matters. The SuRe index is based on global automotive suppliers’ ratings of 29 criteria, allocated in five categories: Profit Potential, Trust, Pursuit of Excellence, Organization and Outlook and is a comprehensive performance metric of the quality of the relationship between suppliers and OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). This site includes OEM-supplier relations surveys.

AdvertisingAge contains articles about advertising campaigns, agency appointments, and government actions affecting advertising and marketing.

Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980
This collection of files from the Foreign Office (later the Foreign and Commonwealth Office) and Dominions Office focuses on the political and social history of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan from a British government perspective.

Dance in Video
This collection contains dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.

Current Affairs in Video
Award-winning films and documentaries to allow one to view global events and trends through an interdisciplinary, multi-regional lens with a focus on core areas such as environmental policy; health policy; human rights, international justice and terrorism; institutional corruption; migration and the global economy; poverty; religious tension and conflict.

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