NEW Library Orientation for Students–Winter 2016

Do you know that your semester and cumulative GPA tends to be higher if you use library resources, or that your chance of getting a C- or above for a course is higher if you attend library research instruction?

Come to one of our NEW library orientation sessions for students in Winter semester 2016 and learn about all the wonderful resources and services that the Bailey Library has to offer. We even provide lunch and prizes!

Please rsvp on Campus Connect/New Student Network or at the library’s User Services counter or Research Helpdesk for one of the orientation sessions to be held from 12-1 pm in GM 118:

January 25 (Monday)

January 26 (Tuesday)

February 3 (Wednesday)

February 4 (Thursday)

2015 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Program

We hope you will join the Bailey Library in celebrating the 2015 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program, “A Very Good Read”. Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Stop by the Bailey Library Monday, January 12 through Monday, January 26 and enter a drawing to win one of three copies of the 2015 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads title, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.
  2. Join us for light refreshments and lively conversation at a book discussion of Ozeki’s novel at 3:00pm on Tuesday, February 17 in GM116A.

Ozeki’s novel was the 2014 winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, the L.A. Times Book Prize, and a finalist for the Booker Prize. It was selected for this year’s Read program theme highlighting a work of fiction, “A Very Good Read.”

The book weaves between two worlds. In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao is bullied at school. She keeps a diary, planning to document the life of her Buddhist nun grandmother before taking her own. On the beach of Canada’s Vancouver Island, novelist Ruth discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox filled with a diary and letters washed ashore after the 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.

The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. For more information about the Reads program, visit

Happy Reading!

Molly Ledermann
Bailey Library
Washtenaw Community College
(P) 734-973-3313


New Library Resources

The Bailey Library is pleased to offer access to these new, wonderful resources for students and faculty:

1.  Britannica School–High
Find quick facts and in-depth information on all topics. Biographies, atlases, and country comparisons, etc. are also available.

2.  FMG Master Academic Video Collection
A collection of streaming videos on various topics in humanities, social sciences, sciences, health/medicine, business, economics, technical trades, guidance/counseling, etc.

3. Michigan Digital Newspaper Portal
This portal contains free digitized local Michigan newspapers from different sources.

4. Military and Intelligence Database
A collection of scholarly journals, magazines and reports covering military affairs.

5. Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection
Authoritative content in physical therapy and sports medicine relevant to researchers and practitioners.

6. Psychology Collection
Find information from 200 full-text periodicals in psychology.

7. New electronic reference books in Gale Virtual Reference Library collection.

8. New electronic journals:

These new resources are accessible on the library’s database webpage and e-journal listing. They are also cross-searchable with the library’s One Search engine on the library homepage.

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our librarians at

Have a wonderful semester.

What Value Are You Getting Out of the Library?

What value are you getting out of the library? A 2013 outcome assessment study conducted by the Bailey Library and Institutional Research reveals the following:

1. Every book you borrow is worth $45.00.
2. Every e-book you view is worth $35.00.
3. Every print journal you read is worth $140.00
4. Every e-journal search you do is worth $0.25.
5. Every media item you view is worth $120.00.
6. Every time you seek research assistance is worth $15.00.
7. Every library workshop you attend is worth $50.00.
8. Every hour of use of a group study room is worth $25.00.

More importantly:

1. You will persist academically more from one semester to the next if you use library resources than if you don’t.
2. Your cumulative GPA and semester GPA tend to be higher if you use library resources than if you don’t.
3. Your chance of scoring a C- or above in a course will be higher if you attend research instruction for that course than if you don’t.