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About Martha

Martha is a Reference & Instruction Librarian and the liaison to the Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Languages and Literatures, Mathematics, and Physics Departments

We Are Invisible | WE ARE STILL HERE – COVID-19 Among the Navajo

This Thursday, February 18 at 5 pm the Native American Cultural Awareness Association (NACAA) is hosting a presentation by Carol Schumacher. She will be talking about the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on her own family and more broadly the … Continue reading

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Future Home of the Living God (New Stuff Tuesdays)

There are eerie similarities between the world’s COVID-19 pandemic and the premise for this book. Continue reading

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Dying of Whiteness (New Stuff Tuesday)

This book by physician and sociologist Jonathan M. Metzl travels across America, where he finds that racial resentment has impacted not only the health of people of color, but also the health white people. Particularly impacted are working class whites, … Continue reading

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Chihuly: On Color and Form (New Stuff Tuesdays)

Dale Chihuly is a master glass blower and artist who has created stunning works of blown glass which can be seen in airports, arenas, hospitals, museums, homes, and other environs. From his foray into glass in 1961, he studied at … Continue reading

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Tradition, Urban Identity, and the Baltimore “Hon:” The Folk in the City (New Stuff Tuesday)

I was surprised to see this book the other day, because I’d just had a conversation with my brother about a woman in Baltimore who trademarked the word “hon.” I simply didn’t believe that it was possible to trademark a … Continue reading

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Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High (New Stuff Tuesdays)

I’ll come clean, this is not a new book. However, it is one that will serve you immensely for the rest of your life. We have the original edition (2002) online and the 2nd edition (2012) in print. I’ve read … Continue reading

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Propaganda & Misinformation (New Stuff Tuesday)

This newest volume of the “Reference Shelf” series looks at propaganda and misinformation (just like the title says) in discrete segments. Each chapter is written by different experts, from the first chapter “A short guide to the history of ‘fake … Continue reading

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The Secret Commonwealth (New Stuff Tuesday)

You may remember Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. In this book, the second of a new trilogy, he has written a thrilling continuation of the story many years in the future. In Pullman’s The Secret Commonwealth, we meet up … Continue reading

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What Not to Believe About the Coronavirus

A massive river of information about the novel coronavirus flows through social media and the internet. Some days I almost feel swamped by it. And it isn’t slowing down. It can be hard to tell what story is accurate and … Continue reading

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American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels: 1960-1966 (New Stuff Tuesday)

Wolfe wrote two volumes covering the 1960s, because that decade was a time of upheaval for science fiction writing. Continue reading

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