Summer Reading

summer readingLooking for Something to Read this Summer?

Try one of these books from the library’s collection.

 

 

 

 

Alice

Alice I Have Been, by Melanie Benjamin

Now in her twilight years, Alice Liddell looks back on a remarkable life. From a pampered childhood in Oxford to difficult years as a widowed mother, Alice examines how she became who she is–and how she became immortalized as Alice in Wonderland.

 

 

At leastAt Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream : (Misadventures in Search of the Simple Life), by Wade Rouse

Finally fed up with the frenzy of city life and a job he hates, Wade Rouse decided to make either the bravest decision of his life or the worst mistake since his botched Ogilvie home perm: to uproot his life and try, as Thoreau did some 160 years earlier, to “live a plain, simple life in radically reduced conditions.”

In this rollicking and hilarious memoir, Wade and his partner, Gary, leave culture, cable, and consumerism behind and strike out for rural Michigan–a place with fewer people than in their former spinning class. There, Wade discovers the simple life isn’t so simple. Battling blizzards, bloodthirsty critters, and nosy neighbors equipped with night-vision goggles, Wade and his spirit, sanity, relationship, and Kenneth Cole pointy-toed boots are sorely tested with humorous and humiliating frequency. And though he never does learn where his well water actually comes from or how to survive without Kashi cereal, he does discover some things in the woods outside his knotty-pine cottage in Saugatuck, Michigan, that he always dreamed of but never imagined he’d find–happiness and a home.

Dead wake

Dead Wake, by Erik Larson

On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds” and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. He knew, moreover, that his ship — the fastest then in service — could outrun any threat. Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger’s U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small — hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more — all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.

Anxious Wave

Every Anxious Wave, by Mo Daviau

Chicago bar owner Karl Bender stumbles upon a time-travelling worm hole in his closet. With his best friend Wayne, Karl develops a side business selling access to people who want to travel back in time to listen to their favorite bands. It’s a pretty ingenious plan, until Karl, intending to send Wayne to 1980, transports him back to 980 instead. Distraught that he can’t bring his friend back, he approaches brilliant, prickly, overweight astrophysicist Lena Geduldig. While they work on getting Wayne back, Karl and Lena fall in love– with time travel, and each other.

HamiltonThe Hamilton Affair, by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman 

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Revolution, and featuring a cast of iconic characters such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the Marquis de Lafayette, The Hamilton Affair tells the sweeping, tumultuous, true love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, from tremulous beginning to bittersweet ending his at a dueling ground on the shores of the Hudson River, hers more than half a century later after a brave, successful life.

 

Lila

Lila, by Marilynne Robinson

Abandoning her homeless existence to become a minister’s wife, Lila reflects on her hardscrabble life on the run with a canny young drifter and her efforts to reconcile her painful past with her husband’s gentle Christian worldview.

 

 

Lincoln

Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy’s body. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins a story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state — called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo — a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul

Molokai

Moloka’i, by Alan Brennert

Seven-year-old Rachel is forcibly removed from her family’s 1890s Honolulu home when she contracts leprosy and is placed in a settlement, where she loses a series of new friends before new medical discoveries enable her to reenter the world.

 

Orphan'sThe Orphan’s Tale, by Pam Jenoff

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep… When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night. Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything. — from book jacket.

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The Swans of Fifth Avenue, by Melanie Benjamin

Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is celebrated and adored for her ineffable style and exquisite taste, especially among her friends — the alluring socialites Slim Keith, C. Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, and Pamela Churchill. By all appearances, Babe has it all: money, beauty, glamour, jewels, influential friends, a prestigious husband, and gorgeous homes. But beneath this elegantly composed exterior dwells a passionate woman — a woman desperately longing for true love and connection. Enter Truman Capote. This diminutive golden-haired genius with a larger-than-life personality explodes onto the scene, setting Babe and her circle of Swans aflutter. Through Babe, Truman gains an unlikely entrée into the enviable lives of Manhattan’s elite, along with unparalleled access to the scandal and gossip of Babe’s powerful circle. Sure of the loyalty of the man she calls “True Heart,” Babe never imagines the destruction Truman will leave in his wake. But once a storyteller, always a storyteller — even when the stories aren’t his to tell.

 

 

In Memory of Derick Nelson

dereckNormally, the Research Blog describes library resources that might be useful to students and faculty. However, today we are departing from that mission to recognize Betty Nelson’s son Derick who was killed two years ago today. Today’s blog is a reprise of a blog posted that summer.

 

It happens everyday. Everyday you watch the news and there is another story about a senseless shooting in some part of Detroit. If you pay any attention at all, it’s only to shrug and think to yourself what’s wrong with this city? Another anonymous casualty. But on May 9, 2015 a member of the library family, the UDM family, became the victim. Betty Nelson’s (Head of Circulation at the McNichols Campus Library) only child, Derick, was gunned down in the parking lot of his gated community apartment.

Derick6.1Derick earned his Bachelors in Computer and Information Systems and Masters in Information Assurance from UDM. He worked in the library during the years he was attending school here and was well known and well liked by many among the UDM community. Derick was a brilliant, creative and giving individual. He was the kind of person who would do anything for you. That may sound cliche, but in his case it was the truth.

I can’t even imagine what it would be like to lose your only child so suddenly and so egregiously. There will be no peace for anyone who loved Derick until whomever took this amazing soul away from his family and friends is caught. At Derick’s funeral, Pastor Alphonso Coleman said, “We thank God for the justice while we wait for it to manifest”.

Derick’s story was featured on Fox News and WDIV. Two years later, Derick’s killer has still not been arrested. Crime Stoppers is looking for tips as to who might be responsible and offering a reward.

Here at UDM, thanks to the generosity of those who donated, a tree was planted in Derick’s honor and scholarships for three students within University College were provided in Derick’s name.

derick1Knowing Derick’s penchant for computers and technology, Pastor Coleman said, “Derick downloaded something in all of us.” He certainly did and no bullet can change that.

The Library Has What You Need for Finals!

Final Exams Keep Calm

We know you’re getting geared up for the toughest time of the term- FINALS! Don’t panic. We have you covered.

The McNichols Campus Library is open extended hours through finals week. Remember to have your Student ID with you.

April 17 – 29

Monday, April 17 – Thursday, April 20  8:00am – midnight

Friday, April 21  8:00am – 5:30pm

Saturday, April 22 9:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday, April 23 12:30pm – midnight

Monday, April 24 – Thursday, April 27  8:00am – midnight

Friday, April 28 8:00am – 5:30pm

Saturday, April 29 9:00am – 3:00pm

 

ScantronThe Library Also Offers:

Group study rooms

Red and Green Scantrons – 50 cents

Blue Books – $1.00

Color Printing – 25 cents per page

Spiral Binding – (cost varies)

Ear buds – $1.00

Photocopying – 10 cents per page

Scanning (free)

Assistance from a librarian – priceless

 

When you’re ready to relax, we have plenty of DVD’s available

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don’t forget to grab a cup of Joe at

Starbucks.

 

 

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GOOD LUCK!

Sandra Wilson & Julia Eisenstein, Librarians

Ta-Nehisi Coates – Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates will be delivering the keynote presentation, “Between the World and Me” at 6:30 pm on April 4th, at Calihan Hall. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to be in the presence of, and listen to one of the most thoughtful and challenging voices speaking and writing today.

In a recent piece in The Atlantic Tressie McMillan Cottom writes, “in The Atlantic, Coates is a cross between a public historian and a public sociologist.” Ta-Nehisi Coates is a regular contributor to The Atlantic, a comic book writer, and the author of two full length books. His prose has received high praise from the fields of journalism and literature, receiving many awards in the process. His seminal piece on reparations is one of the most accessed essays on The Atlantic Website and he has famously been compared to James Baldwin.

Biography:

From The MacArthur Foundation - MacArthur Fellows | Meet the Class of 2015

Resources:

UCLA Library Guide – Be sure to check out the timeline of resources related to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me

UCLA also put together a very useful guide for facilitators and a succinct list of possible discussion questions for those who’ve read the book.

The University of Oregon chose Between the World and Me as a common read and put together a Reading Resources Guide to help their community navigate the theme’s and issues discussed in the book.

Ta’Nehisi Coates On His Work and the Painful Process of Getting Conscious : NPR Author Interviews

Bibliography:

Between the World and Me (2015) (Read and excerpt published in The Atlantic)

The Case for Reparations (2014)

All Stories by Ta’Nehisi Coates – The Atlantic

  The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood (2009)
 
 
 

The Library Catalog: One Stop Nonstop

catalog3Searching the Library Catalog shouldn’t prove to be difficult. Anybody who is used to finding information on any major type of search engine will be able to use it. You’re associated with an institution of higher education that has strong admission standards. You can do this.

A bigger question is, why bother? When any random search on Google retrieves umpty-gazillion responses, why restrict yourself to the few hundred thousand available through the Library collections?

One answer lies in the quality and relevancy of those collections. Materials are selected by Librarians who are professionally trained and experienced in selecting resources and often have additional degrees in the areas where they work. In addition, they work closely with Detroit Mercy faculty to identify and select materials recommended by the professors who teach your courses.

Besides the brick-and-mortar stuff on the shelves, the Library Catalog is important as a guide to find books and journals available online. Currently, access is provided to over 125,000 electronic books and thousands of electronic journals.

catalogIt’s easy enough to find the Library Catalog: just google “Detroit Mercy Library Catalog”. Or, even better, go to the Library Re:Search page at http://research.udmercy.edu/. Use the search box labeled Find Journals, Books, eBooks, DVDs and MoreAll electronic books will have a direct link, allowing access regardless of whether the Library building is open or not.

In the interest of full disclosure, the Library Catalog does not yet provide access to all of the available electronic journals. We’re working on it. For now, using the “Browse Databases +eJournals”  tab on the Re:Search page is the most comprehensive way to find these.

Still, enough are available in the Library Catalog to provide one more strength: its ability to provide links between similar materials. Every Catalog entry contains descriptive terms (“Subject Headings“)  which are used consistently. These enable you to quickly link to materials on similar topics, something which can be very handy when you’re just starting your research and have no idea where to go next.

The Library Catalog has been designed to provide one-stop shopping, 24/7, to important materials selected for the Library’s Collections. Whether you are browsing a subject area or searching for a particular known-item, it is designed to make your process as efficient as possible.

 

David Moody, Librarian

The Libraries Thanksgiving List

This week some of the library staff took some time out to pause and consider what we are thankful for:

Jennifer Dean, Dean of University Libraries and Instructional Technology: I am grateful to be here at Detroit Mercy and with everyone in Libraries/IDS.

Sara Armstrong, Associate Dean for Technical Services and Library Systems: I’m grateful for all the people I work with. Not only do we get awesome things done. You’re all fun to work with.

Marilyn Dow, Director of the Dental Library: I’m thankful to be able to assist students and contribute to their education and professional development.

Amy Keyzer, Assistant to the Dean: I’m grateful for the completion of our four new group study rooms! I’m happy to see students using them, even though the rooms still need a few finishing touches. I’m also thankful for the diversity of student organizations, and their presence in the library lobby. They enliven the space, enlighten the curious, and often entice the weak-willed with their baked goods and beverages for sale!

 

First thanksgiving

Sue Homant, Librarian:I am grateful for the four new group study rooms and for the new Dean of Libraries.

Jill Turner, Librarian: Family, friends and excellent work colleagues.

Karl Ericson, Librarian: I’m grateful for the opportunities that challenging times provide.

Julia Eisenstein, Librarian: I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with faculty and administrators who support the library and value the work of the librarians.

Pat Higo, Librarian: Having a new location for my desk where archive material is closer to work on.

Elizabeth Royal, Instructional Designer: I’m thankful for my really amazing co-workers up here at IDS and all of the people here at the library because they have been so welcoming! They’ve helped me learn a lot of new processes, given great feedback about the projects I’m working on, and helped me get adjusted to everything.

Nathan Blume, Instructional Designer: I’m thankful for the renovated Instructional Design Studio that provides comfortable space for creative collaborations. I am also thankful for the new Detroit Mercy McNichols gate that makes entry to the campus much easier.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Government Documents and Government Information at UDM

bigger fdlpThe University of Detroit Mercy houses a collection of federal government documents in print, microfiche, and tangible electronic format (CD-ROMs and DVDs). It also provides access to titles available online through the Government Printing Office (GPO). These resources are available not only to students, faculty, staff, and administrators of the University, but also by federal law to anyone else who may wish to consult them.

The University has the distinction of having been a selective depository library since 1884. A selective depository is not required to collect, or provide online access to, every single document published by the federal government, but tailors its collection according to the needs of its users. There are, however, regional depository libraries throughout the United States that are mandated to do just that. Besides maintaining as comprehensive a collection as possible within their own four walls, these regional depositories “oversee” selective depositories in each state to ensure that an adequate number of copies (or adequate online access to) documents and other government information in a given geographic area. The University of Minnesota is currently the regional depository for all selective depository libraries in Michigan as well as those in Minnesota and South Dakota.

Included in the University’s depository print and microfiche collection are Census files from 1960 through 1990; publications from the National Library of Medicine going back several decades; and publications from NASA dating back to the early days of the space program.

The classification system for government documents is known as the Superintendent of Documents Classification Scheme, or SuDoc for short. Whereas book, videos, etc. are usually classified by subject, author, or title in the Dewey and Library of Congress classification systems; SuDoc classifies titles by the issuing body (NASA, for example). Other types of punctuation besides the period (.) are used in this system; capitalization and the use of spaces within a SuDoc number are also very important. Here is a link to the basic SuDoc Classification scheme, and additional information about it:
http://www.fdlp.gov/22-about/services/929-sudoc-classification-scheme

The print documents that that University has available in tangible format and classified in SuDoc are housed in the electric compact shelving that faces east in the lower level. CD-ROMs and DVDs are in a set of drawers immediately south of that shelving. Microfiche is kept in several filing cabinets along the south and southwest walls, behind the electric compact shelving for books and serials classified under H.

Depository libraries have the flexibility of classifying government documents under a different classification system to allow for greater accessibility. Many of the print documents that are part of the University’s depository collection are classified with Library of Congress numbers and shelved among other titles with those numbers.

Documents available on the Internet will have URLs indicated when found as part of a search via the library online catalog (whether in the building or on a computer at home). Simply clicking on these URLs should bring up the full text of the publication. (Contrary to rumor, Google has NOT cataloged the entire collection of government documents.)

If you have any questions about the University’s government documents collection; or need help locating a government resource; you may contact Kris McLonis by phone (313-578-0457) or email (mclonika@udmercy.edu).

The Value and Fun of Graphic Novels

Do you know an non-reader, a struggling reader, or a reluctant reader? Do you have children, grandchildren, neighbors, nieces or nephews learning how to read? Turn them on to graphic novels.

Scholarly studies are showing that the combination of pictures and words aids comprehension and vocabulary for struggling readers. With their clever and entertaining illustrations, condensed text, and unique formats, graphic novels can effectively communicate complex ideas.

The University of Detroit Mercy Libraries has been collecting graphic novels for several years.  The collection includes reconstructions of  the classics, such as Macbeth: the Graphic Novel, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment: a Graphic Novel, or Romeo and Juliet: the Graphic Novel.

Other graphic novels teach traditional school subjects, such as The Manga Guide to Calculus and other manga guides to statistics, electricity, and physics.

And graphic novels can be read for purely entertainment purposes, such as Star Trek. Countdown, Star Wars, the Force Unleashed. II, or Big Nate Goes for Broke.

To find graphic novels in the Detroit Mercy catalog, go to research.udmercy.edu and type graphic novels in the search box.  Click Search.

Contributed by Sue Homant.

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