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.

Chapters in the History of the Book–Hidden Treasures

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Pal·imp·sest
ˈ/paləm(p)ˌsest/

From the Greek “palímpsestos,” to scrape again.
This was the ultimate in recycling. Roman writers Catullus, Cicero, and Plutarch all told of the practice of making palimpsesti  on papyrus and wax tablets. (Avrin. p. 168)  After the fall of the Roman Empire the practice continued, manuscripts which were no longer useful or contained material considered pagan would have their pages cleaned so they could be reused. This would save time and money since parchment was expensive. Why is this important?  Ink containing iron  leaves a ‘ghost’ in the substrate which can be obvious, or might require special techniques such as spectral imaging to discern. So it is possible to see the original work, even under two or three layers.  Sometimes these are previously unknown texts, or works that we know existed but no copies have been found, such as the Archimedes Palimpsest. Sometimes they are works which are earlier versions of known works, which then can show how a particular text has evolved.

Avrin, Leila.  Scribes. Scripts, and Books: the book arts from antiquity to the Renaissance.  ALA, 1991

Noel, Will.  Restoring the Archimedes Palimpsest

Palimpsests: The Art of Medieval Recycling: http://blogs.bl.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2016/09/palimpsests-the-art-of-medieval-recycling.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/inside-archimedes-palimpsest.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palimpsest

Archimedes Palimpsest

Detail of the Archimedes Palimpsest

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