Zahnow Library New & Noteworthy

For Your Research Needs This Fall, Chat with Us!

For your research needs this fall, we’re easy to reach! Contact us through the blue “Chat” link at the top of our homepage for assistance with thousands of online and print books and articles through Zahnow Library. Whether you’re on or off campus, there are over 150,000 e-books and more than 48,000 full-text e-journals available to you.

You’ll also find library chat boxes and links in many places: on our SVSU Students web page, our Find Articles web page, and on the search results pages in Encore and the classic catalog. Now you can chat, text or e-mail us for help with resources for your papers and projects. And, when you’re in the Library, you can connect with a librarian for in-person assistance at the Reference Desk on the 1st floor.

Library and Bookstore Partner on Textbook Reserve Collection

As part of a pilot project with the bookstore, the library now has 27 textbooks used in 100-level courses available for 2-hour, in-library use. These are required textbooks in Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Math, Psychology and Sociology. The criteria used to select which textbooks to offer were:

- 100-level courses that all freshmen take
- with an enrollment of 50 or more students and/or
- when the cost of the textbook is $100 or more

The bookstore has placed labels on the shelves indicating which textbooks are on reserve in the library. The textbooks for check-out are shelved behind the library’s circulation desk.

This is a pilot project funded by the library for the fall semester. Based on student feedback and with additional financial support, we hope the reserve collection can be expanded to help more students overcome the high cost of textbooks next semester and beyond.

Streaming Video Added to Zahnow Library Collection

Zahnow Library now offers access to two high-quality, academic streaming video subscriptions – VAST: Academic Video Online and Ambrose Digital. These collections are available to students, faculty, and staff at the “Databases” link at the library homepage. In consultation with faculty, particularly those involved in online and hybrid instruction, library staff have chosen two multi-disciplinary collections to support learning and teaching across the curriculum.

All videos include transcripts or closed captioning to support all users, may be embedded in Vspace, and are accessible on a variety of mobile devices. Both collections allow for unlimited, simultaneous use.

VAST: Academic Video Online – This comprehensive multidisciplinary streaming video collection brings together over 17,000 video titles in a wide range of disciplines, including award-winning films from BBC, PBS, Arthaus, CBS, Kino International, Documentary Educational Resources, California Newsreel, Opus Arte, Cinema Guild, Psychotherapy.net, Microtraining Associates, Filmakers Library, Zeitgeist, First Run Features, and many more. Titles include documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and news reels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage. The collection is expected to grow to over 20,000 titles by the end of 2013.

Ambrose Digital - This smaller multidisciplinary collection of nearly 70 programs includes the 37 BBC Shakespeare Plays and other BBC Classics: The Long Search, Hughes’ Shock of the New, Bronowski’s Ascent of Man, Burke’s Connections, Leakey’s The Making of Mankind, Attenborough’s The Living Planet, and Cooke’s America.

Library staff welcome continued feedback on the content and usability of these collections. We will offer a workshop on using these streaming video collections in the fall. For more information or assistance, please contact Jennifer Dean, Head of Collection Development and Acquisitions, at ext. 7092 or jldean@svsu.edu.

New Carpet is Coming to Zahnow Library!

The project begins on Monday, June 10, and is scheduled to end around July 23. Crews of movers and carpet installers will be working and making noise between 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday. The Library will remain open, but students, faculty and staff should note the areas and services that will be unavailable on the following dates:

Friday, 7/5 – Monday, 7/15 …………..General Collection books HM-M and P-Z unavailable

Wednesday, 7/10 – Friday, 7/12……...Access to Z111 blocked Fri

Until the dust settles, everyone is encouraged to make good use of our 130,000+ e-books and 40,000 full-text e-journals, and to use our Chat button to get in touch with us!

 For Your Research Needs This Spring and Summer, Chat with Us!

For your research needs this spring and summer, we’re easy to reach! Contact us through the blue “Chat” link at the top of our homepage for assistance with thousands of online and print books and articles through Zahnow Library. You’ll also find library chat boxes on the SVSU Students web page and on our Online & Print Journals web pages. Now you can chat, text or e-mail us for help with resources for your papers and projects. And, when you’re in the Library, you can connect with a librarian for in-person assistance at the Reference Desk on the 1st floor.

Join Us in Celebrating National Library Week on April 15!

Our annual National Library Week celebration is coming! Join us for free cake and ice cream outside the 1st floor entrance of the library on Monday, April 15, from 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Answer trivia questions and win great prizes!

Also in celebration of National Library Week, the top finalists in our Student Book Collection Contest will have their collections on display on Thursday, April 18, from 3:00-4:30 pm on the 1st floor. You’ll see a wide range of collecting interests from flash fiction to origami to luthiering! Who will take the top prize of $500?

 

Reading by Award-Winning Author Laura Kasischke

The 2013 Stuart & Vernice Gross Award for Literature will be presented to Michigan writer Laura Kasischke for her novel, The Raising, on Tuesday, April 9, in the Roberta Allen Reading Room. She will give an open reading at 4:00 pm, followed by the presentation of the award and refreshments. Earlier in the day, she will meet with students in Great Lakes Writers and Creative Writing classes.

Kasischke is the author of eight novels, two of which have been made into feature films – The Life Before Her Eyes and Suspicious River. The most recent of her eight collections of poetry, Space, In Chains, received the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry in 2011. She has just published her first collection of short fiction, If a Stranger Approaches You.

Raised in East Grand Rapids, Kasischke attended the University of Michigan and Columbia University. She lives in Chelsea, Michigan, and teaches creative writing in the MFA program at the University of Michigan.

 

Zahnow Library Awarded Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Collection

Zahnow Library is one of 13 academic libraries across Michigan selected to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is a collection of 25 books, DVD’s and other resources chosen with a view to familiarizing the American public with Islam and the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations around the world. The books are now on display at the 2nd floor entrance to the library.

The Bookshelf is not intended to be a comprehensive study of Islam as a religion or of the Muslim world in all its complexity. Rather, it seeks to introduce readers to some new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices and cultures of Muslims in this country and around the world.

In addition to books, the collection includes three DVD’s and a one-year free subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online, which can be accessed from the library’s Databases page.

Special thanks to Dr. David Nichols, Philosophy Dept., and Dr. Sarosh Anwar, Islamic Center of Saginaw, for their support of the library’s application to receive the Bookshelf.

 

New Online Journals Available in January

Zahnow Library is adding a significant amount of high-quality online journal content to the collection for students and faculty this month. All titles will be accessible from the “Find Articles” link on the library homepage.

Journal of Great Lakes Research – A new subscription will provide online access to the most current five years.

Nature – A new subscription will provide online access to the most current five years. Additional access through other vendors will continue to provide access to issues back to 1990.

Science – A new subscription will provide online access to issues from 1997 to the current issue. Additional access through other vendors will continue to provide access to issues back to 1983.

Sage Premier Package – Including an interdisciplinary selection of over 645 journals, this package provides access to over 500,000 full-text articles. Access includes issues from 1999 to the current issue. For a title list, please click here.

By ending access to little-used titles and collaborating with our academic library colleagues for group purchase pricing, the library is able to provide these new materials while staying within its current acquisitions budget.

 

Center for Academic Achievement Opens in Zahnow Library

Welcome back!  Come see what’s new on our 2nd floor – the Center for Academic Achievement.  No need to wonder where to go for tutoring or other kinds of help with your classes…it’s all here.

Tutoring for Biology & Chemistry, Math & Physics, Social Sciences, and Software & Technology are now together in one place.

 

At the Center for Academic Achievement, you’ll discover

 

  • One-on-one tutoring from peers
  • Answers to your questions
  • A place to feel comfortable and accepted

 

The Center offers walk-in and by-appointment tutoring.  All students are welcome.  Most assistance is with Gen Ed classes but if you need any tutoring help, stop in and we’ll point you in the right direction.  

 

Hours of operation for Fall and Winter vary by subject but are usually available:

 

Monday-Thursday……9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Friday………………….9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday………………..4 p.m.-9 p.m.

 

And if you need help with writing, the Writing Center is just upstairs on the 3rd floor.  Help with research projects and class assignments is available at the 1st floor Reference Desk.

Math/Physics Resource Center Opening in Library on July 9

On Monday, July 9, the Math/Physics Resource Center opens in its new location on the 2nd floor of Zahnow Library, forming the cornerstone of the future Center for Academic Achievement. Summer tutoring hours are:

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm 
Friday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

By the start of the fall semester, the Student Technology Center, Math/Physics Resource Center, Biology/Chemistry tutoring, and the Tutoring for Academic Progress program will come together in one place on the 2nd floor of the Library to form the Center for Academic Achievement.

The Center for Academic Achievement will provide high quality free tutorial support through individual or group sessions. Trained tutors are available to help students succeed in their academic programs by providing assistance with course work and sharing strategies for effective learning.

The disciplines supported by the Center are Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Economics, History, Math, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Technology.

Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics, and Technology tutoring is available on a walk-in basis, with private tutoring available for Math and Physics by appointment. Tutoring for the remaining disciplines will be available by appointment.

Take a Break from Studying and Relax with Aly

Final exams are coming! Feeling all stressed out? Need a break from studying? Come and take a break from studying and relax with Aly, a certified therapy dog from Mid-Michigan Therapy Dogs, and her handler, Cathy Stella. You’ll find them waiting for you in the comfy seating area beyond the Reference Desk on the 1st floor of Zahnow Library on:

Sunday, April 22, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm and Monday, April 23, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Did you know… studies have shown that animals can be amazing stress reducers. Petting a dog can lower blood pressure, improve regular breathing, and boost your state of mind. In fact, therapy dogs have been showing up on college campuses all across the country to help students cope with the stress of finals!

Extended hours for finals:
Tuesday, April 17.......... 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Sunday, April 22 ........... 1:00 pm to Open All Night
*** Free coffee and cookies available while they last on Sunday night! ***
Monday, April 23.......... Still Open to 1:00 am
Tuesday, April 24......... 8:00 am - 1:00 am

Join Us for a Reading by Gross Award Winner Jeff Vande Zande on April 12

Local author Jeff Vande Zande will receive SVSU’s Stuart and Vernice Gross Award for excellence in writing by a Michigan author for his recently published novel, American Poet. Set in Saginaw and full of familiar landmarks, the novel tells the story of a young man struggling to publish his first poem and looking for a purpose in life. He finds it in the idea of trying to save the Theodore Roethke House. The university community is invited to hear Vande Zande read from American Poet at 3:30 pm in the Allen Reading Room, 4th floor Zahnow Library. A book signing and reception follow the reading.

Vande Zande was born and raised in Marquette and now lives in Midland. He has taught English at Delta College for the past 10 years. In addition to American Poet, he is the author of Landscape with Fragmented Figures, a novel set in Bay City; Into the Desperate Country; Threatened Species; and the co-editor of On the Clock: Contemporary Short Stories of Work. His work has appeared in more than 50 small press magazines and journals, and he has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize.

Join Us in Celebrating National Library Week on April 10!

Our annual National Library Week celebration is coming! Join us for free ice cream and fun prizes outside the 1st floor entrance of the library on Tuesday, April 10, from 11:30 am-1:30 pm.

Also in celebration of National Library Week, the top 10 finalists in our Student Book Collection Contest will have their collections on display from 3:00-5:00 pm on the 1st floor. You’ll see a wide range of collecting interests from the Titanic disaster to urban fiction, and from insects to rats! Who will take the top prize of $500?

And on Thursday, April 12, SVSU’s Stuart & Vernice Gross Award for excellence in writing by a Michigan author will be presented to Jeff Vande Zande for his book, American Poet: A Novel. Set in Saginaw and full of familiar landmarks, the novel tells the story of a young man struggling to publish his first poem and looking for a purpose in life. He finds it in the idea of trying to save the Theodore Roethke House. The university community is invited to hear Vande Zande read from American Poet at 3:30 pm in the Allen Reading Room, 4th floor Zahnow Library. A book signing and reception follow the reading.

Zahnow Library’s Great Lakes Writers Series

Michigan author Matt Bell will read from his short story collection How They Were Found on Monday, April 2, at 3:00 pm in the Allen Reading Room on the 4th floor of Zahnow Library. Bell is also the author of three chapbooks – Wolf Parts, The Collectors and How the Broken Lead the Blind. His fiction has appeared in a number of literary magazines, and has been selected for inclusion in anthologies such as Best American Mystery Stories 2010 and Best American Fantasy 2. He works as an editor at Dzanc Books, where he also runs the online literary magazine The Collagist.

Raised in Hemlock and Saginaw, Bell attended SVSU, received his Bachelor’s degree from Oakland University, and Master of Fine Arts degree from Bowling Green State University. In the fall of 2011, he began teaching writing at the University of Michigan. His latest book is Cataclysm Baby, a novella to be published in April by Mud Luscious Press.

March is Women’s History Month!

Growing out of a small-town school event in California, Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. The U.S. has observed it annually throughout the month of March since 1987.

However, the United Nations has sponsored International Women’s Day since 1975. When adopting its resolution on the observance of International Women’s Day, the U.N. General Assembly cited the following reasons:

“To recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.”

The United Nation’s theme for International Women’s Day 2012, “Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty,” aims to bring attention to the critical role that rural women play in the global economies of both developing and developed nations.

Be sure to check out the display cases at the 2nd floor entrance to the Library to see a sampling of the many books we have to foster a better understanding of the problem of women and poverty.

New Online Resources Enhance Research in Nursing and Other Disciplines

MEDLINE with Full Text and the Ovid Nursing Full Text Plus package of online journals are now available. These two new resources enhance research in nursing, pre-clinical sciences, medicine and a variety of other disciplines.

MEDLINE with Full Text is the world’s more comprehensive source of full text for medical journals, providing full text for more than 1,470 journals indexed in MEDLINE. Of those, 1,450 have cover-to-cover indexing in MEDLINE. This wide-ranging file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the MEDLINE index – with no embargo. With coverage dating back to 1949 and full-text back to 1965, MEDLINE with Full Text is the definitive research tool for medical literature.

Also new is the Nursing Full-Text Plus package of online journals from Ovid. This resource provides access to 22 titles that are brand new to SVSU; the content of 21 titles previously available only in print format is now available online 24/7. Links to the full text of articles in these journals will appear when searching databases such as CINAHL, MEDLINE, ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health, and ScienceDirect.

For more information about these resources, please contact Anita Dey, Head of Reference Services (adey@svsu.edu, ext. 7094).

Resources for Celebrating MLK Jr. Day

Monday, January 16, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. King was a Baptist minister and social activist who led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968. His leadership was fundamental to that movement's success in ending the legal segregation of African Americans in the South and other parts of the United States. He rose to national prominence as head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which promoted nonviolent tactics, such as the massive March on Washington (1963), to achieve civil rights. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

Expand your understanding and appreciation of his contributions to the American civil rights movement with resources from Zahnow Library:

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Encyclopedia

American civil rights. Primary sources

Martin Luther King Commemorative Collection [videorecording]

King : A Biography

At Canaan's Edge : America in the King Years, 1965-68

Martin Luther King: I Have a Dream [videorecording]

King's work is carried on at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. In 1986, his birthday, January 15, became a national holiday.

Dr. Julianne Malveaux Headlines Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Political commentator and economist Julianne Malveaux will speak at the third annual Great Lakes Bay Regional Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Saginaw Valley State University Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts.

The president of Bennett College for Women, Malveaux is recognized for her progressive and insightful observations as a labor economist, noted author and colorful commentator. She has been described by Cornel West as “the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country.” Malveaux’s contributions to the public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender, and their economic impacts are shaping public opinion in twenty-first century America.

As a writer and a syndicated columnist, Malveaux’s work appears regularly in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. Magazine, Essence Magazine, The Progressive and numerous newspapers across the country. She also makes regular appearances on national networks such as CNN and BET and has hosted talk radio programs in Washington, San Francisco and New York.

Malveaux has been a contributor to academic life since receiving her Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1980. She has been on the faculty or visiting faculty of San Francisco State University, the University of California-Berkeley, the College of Notre Dame (California), Michigan State University and Howard University. Malveaux has also lectured at more than 500 colleges or universities.

You can find two of the books she has contributed to or edited available in Zahnow Library: Slipping Through the Cracks: the Status of Black Women and Black Women in the Labor Force.

The event is open to the public; admission is free of charge. Tickets are required; they are available through the SVSU Box Office at (989) 964-4261 and through the chambers of commerce and community foundations in the Great Lakes Bay Region. website.

Your Vote Counts, Help Us Decide How You Search

The new design is called Cobalt.  It features a two-column layout, with a subject and community tags facet in the left column (rather than a tag cloud).  A new color scheme and fonts highlight the streamlined browse entries and redesigned record display.  Discovery (also known as “next generation”) catalogs offer users keyword access via a single search box to multiple library collections (books, e-books, articles, etc…).  Results are displayed and search facets offered to narrow searches by collection, format, and other limiting options.  Compare our current Encore “Pearl” with the new “Cobalt” and enter a vote for the design to implement next term!

 

Take A Break From Studying And Relax With Aly

Final exams are coming! Feeling all stressed out? Need a break from studying? Come and take a break from studying and relax with Aly, a certified therapy dog from Mid-Michigan Therapy Dogs, and her handler, Cathy Stella. You’ll find them waiting for you in the comfy seating area beyond the Reference Desk on the 1st floor of Zahnow Library on:

Sunday, Dec. 11, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm and Monday, Dec. 12, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Did you know…studies have shown that animals can be amazing stress reducers. Petting a dog can lower blood pressure, improve regular breathing, and boost your state of mind. In fact, therapy dogs have been showing up on college campuses all across the country to help students cope with the stress of finals!

Mid-Michigan Therapy Dogs, Inc. is a strictly volunteer organization of handler and dog teams that visit a variety of facilities where people may enjoy, and be helped by, the visit and attention of a therapy dog. The handler/dog teams complete a 12-week training course in order to achieve certification. For more information, visit the MMTD website.

Need On The Spot Help With Your Research?

Stumped? Need on the spot help with your research? We’ll come to you! Zahnow Roving Reference Librarians will be traveling throughout the four floors of the library with iPad in hand to assist you with your research and information needs. Be on the lookout for the friendly librarians with the big yellow “Ask Me” buttons between the hours of 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm on these dates and times:

Wednesday – Thursday, October 12-13
Monday – Thursday, October 17-20
Monday – Wednesday, November 28-30
Thursday, December 1
Monday – Thursday, December 5-8

Of course, you can stop by and see us at the Reference Desk on the 1st floor, text, chat or e-mail us, or just give us a call at (989)964-4242.

Roethke Poetry & Arts Festival Events at Zahnow Library

As part of the Theodore Roethke Poetry & Arts Festival, Zahnow Library is hosting Letters from Home on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7:00 pm in the Roberta Allen Reading Room (4th floor). Members of the River Junction Poets will celebrate Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Theodore Roethke with readings of letters and poems written from and about his Saginaw home at 1805 Gratiot Avenue. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The Allen Reading Room currently features an extensive exhibit of Roethke-related material from Zahnow Library’s Archives, including first editions of his books, rare photographs, gifts to the Library from his wife Beatrice, and critical studies of Roethke’s life and works. The current and past recipients of the Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize from its inception in 1968 are highlighted in this exhibit.

Also on display on the 1st floor of the Library near the Roethke Sculpture and continuing outside the Allen Reading Room are posters inspired by Roethke’s poetry that have been created by Bay City Central High School students.

The 2011 Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize will be awarded to David Baker for his poetry volume Never-Ending Birds on

Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7:00 pm in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. A book signing follows the event, which is free and open to the public.

Related events include a poetry slam at the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum, a Haunts of Roethke tour, and a Festival of Roethke musical concert. For a complete listing of all events, please visit the Theodore Roethke Poetry & Arts Festival website.

Connect To Research Help!

We're easy to reach! Connect to research help through the blue 'Chat' link at the top of our homepage for assistance with thousands of online and print books and articles through Zahnow Library. Now you can text, chat or e-mail us for help with resources for papers and projects. And, when you're in the Library, you can connect with a librarian for in-person assistance at the Reference Desk on the 1st floor.

Harvard Scholar To Speak At SVSU On Sept. 22nd

Want to learn more about Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. before his special appearance at SVSU next Thursday? Take a look at the many resources by and about him available in our collection, including books he has authored and PBS documentaries he has produced. He also serves as Editor in Chief of the award-winning database, Oxford African American Studies Center, which is available online to all SVSU students, faculty and staff.

In a much-publicized event in the summer of 2009, Gates and President Obama shared a beer in the White House Rose Garden. You can learn about the controversial event that prompted this historic meeting in this article from the Washington Post.

The Saginaw Valley State University Office of Diversity Programs and the Bridge Center for Racial Harmony is sponsoring the address by Dr. Gates. He will deliver his talk, “Faces of America: The Genealogy of Racial Harmony,” at 7 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts.

Library Resources on the
10th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks

September 11, 2011, marks the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. A decade later, the harrowing events of that day remain a pivotal moment in American history, the effects of which are still being felt today.

To learn more, Zahnow Library has a number of books on the subject of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks, some of which are on display at the 2nd floor entrance to the Library. Check out the DVD Road to 9/11 and other titles in our Media Collection on the 1st floor. And, for the month of September, our e-book vendor is featuring an open access collection of 15 full-text e-books related to the events of that day, including Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11, Shock of the News: Media Coverage and the Making of 9/11, and Protecting What Matters: Technology, Security, and Liberty since 9/11.

We hope that these collections provide a valuable resource to anyone seeking to learn or understand more about this tragic event, or reflect on its world impact.

 

Take An iPad For A Three Day Test Drive

Have you ever wanted to try out an iPad to see what it can do? Now you can check one out from Zahnow Library for a three-day test drive.

Our iPad comes downloaded with several e-books from the New York Times Best Sellers list:

- Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

- Life by Keith Richards

- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

- The Social Animal by David Brooks

- The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

- A Widow’s Story by Joyce Carol Oates

- Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff


It also comes downloaded with a variety of applications and resources for you to explore, including Adobe Ideas, Foursquare, Google Suite, iBooks, Notes, Wikipanion, WorldCat, Zahnow Library, and many more.

Upon returning the iPad, however, please note that anything you download will be deleted and the original settings will be restored to make it ready for the next user to check out.

 

Reading By Carolyn Forche, Poet of Witness
& Human Rights Advocate 

Zahnow Library presents a reading by Carolyn Forche on Thursday, March 31, at 7:00 pm in the Roberta Allen Reading Room.  While she is a poet most strongly identified with social conscience and “the poetry of witness,” her work is also deeply spiritual, mystical, and filled with praise for human existence.  She was powerfully influenced by the time she spent in El Salvador as a human rights activist, and later her work in Lebanon and South Africa.

Her first volume, Gathering the Tribes, winner of the Yale series of Younger Poets Prize, was followed by The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, and Blue Hour.  Her famed international anthology, Against Forgetting, has been praised by Nelson Mandela as “itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice.”

Carolyn Forche was born in Detroit, Michigan.  She studied at Michigan State University and earned an MFA from Bowling Green State University.  She currently is Lannan Visiting Professor of Poetry and Professor of English at Georgetown University.

Sponsored by Dow Visiting Scholars & Artists Program, Voices in the Valley, and the Melvin J. Zahnow Library.

 

Win Cash In The Student
Book Collection Contest

If you have a particular passion and collect books about it, you should enter Zahnow Library’s Student Book Collection Contest.  A top prize of $500 will be awarded, along with 2nd and 3rd place prizes of $300 and $200 respectively.  Entry is open to any SVSU undergraduate or graduate student.

Collections should consist of at least five books and must be based on some unifying principle or theme.  For example, the collection may focus on a particular author or person, on a subject of great interest (cars, baseball, quilting, railroading, etc.) or on books in a unique format (pop-up books, miniature books, graphic novels, etc.).

Entry form and contest rules are available here.

Check out the photo gallery of last year’s Student Book Collection Contest winners.

 

Stedman Graham Headlines
SVSU's MLK Celebration

Businesman, educator, speaker and New York Times bestselling author, Stedman Graham, is the keynote speaker for the 2011 Great Lakes Bay Regional MLK Celebration hosted by SVSU on Wednesday, January 12th, at 7:00 PM in Malcolm Field Theatre.

Graham is chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a management and marketing company that specializes in the corporate and educational markets.  Actively involved in education, Graham taught for five years at Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and is former adjunct professor of the University of Illinois-Chicago where he taught leaderships. 

He has authored ten book, including Diversity: Leaders Not Labels, which is available in our collection.

Zahnow Library is adding a significant amount of high-quality online journal content to the collection for students and faculty this month.  All titles will be accessible from the “Find Articles” link on the library homepage.

Journal of Great Lakes Research – A new subscription will provide online access to the most current five years.

Nature – A new subscription will provide online access to the most current five years.  Additional access through other vendors will continue to provide access to issues back to 1990.

Science – A new subscription will provide online access to issues from 1997 to the current issue.  Additional access through other vendors will continue to provide access to issues back to 1983.

Sage Premier Package – Including an interdisciplinary selection of over 645 journals, this package provides access to over 500,000 full-text articles.  Access includes issues from 1999 to the current issue.  For a title list, please see http://librarysubjectguides.svsu.edu/sage.

By ending access to little-used titles and collaborating with our academic library colleagues for group purchase pricing, the library is able to provide these new materials while staying within its current acquisitions budget.