ProQuest Databases Down Tonight 10:00PM till 6:00AM for Scheduled Maintenance; Shiffman Medical Library closed for unscheduled maintenance July 31 – August 2

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ProQuest Databases Down Tonight 10:00PM till 6:00AM for Scheduled Maintenance; Shiffman Medical Library closed for unscheduled maintenance July 31 – August 2

July 29th, 2015

Due to unscheduled maintenance, the Shiffman Medical Library will be closed July 31, August 1 and August 2. The building will reopen on Monday, August 3 at 8 a.m. For quiet study space, please visit any of the other Wayne State University Libraries or for online assistance, visit We apologize for any inconvenience.

SLIS Assistant Professor Deborah Charbonneau selected for ASIS&T New Leader Award

July 16th, 2015

SLIS Assistant Professor Deborah Charbonneau was recently selected by the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) to receive one of the 2015 New Leaders Awards. A competitive selection process, the New Leaders Award was designed to recruit, engage and retain new members and to identify potential for new leadership in the ASIS&T.

Charbonneau will accept the award at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in the fall. The award includes a formal mentoring assignment within the society and free ASIS&T conference registration for two years.

Floral Hommel: A Labor of Love, display and discussion at the Reuther Library July 30

July 14th, 2015

Join us for an opportunity to learn more about the late Flora Hommel and her collection at the Walter P. Reuther Library through a display and discussion featuring local historians, Hommel’s family and former U.S. Senator Carl Levin.

Flora Hommel was one of the pioneers who brought the Lamaze psychoprophylactic method of painless childbirth to the United States, establishing an important teaching organization in Detroit; the Childbirth Without Pain Education Association (CWPEA). She championed the rights of women to control childbirth, creating a grass-roots movement contemporaneous with the women’s movement of the 1960s-1970s.

Most of Hommel’s collection at the Reuther Library is comprised of CWPEA documents and correspondence from its establishment through the 1990s. It includes records of events, classes and projects, including the birthing center and the making of an American version of the well-respected French childbirth film “Naissance”. The collection also holds many birth reports and extensive narrations of the birth experiences of CWPEA students.

The event will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the Walter P. Reuther Library located at 5401 Cass Ave., Detroit. Parking will be available in Structure 1 for $7, credit card only.

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3rd Floor of UGL to be Closed Through Summer

July 14th, 2015

To create a more pleasant study environment for our users, the Wayne State Libraries will be upgrading carpet and making improvements on the 3rd floor of the Undergraduate Library throughout the summer. During this time, the 3rd floor will be closed to the public until fall. For additional computers and quiet study space, please visit the Purdy/Kresge Library and check the Libraries’ website for updates on the construction. Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you in the fall!

This project is part of the overall enhancement plan for the UGL, which began with the renovations on the first floor of the UGL last winter. Stay tuned for even more improvements as the year continues!

The top 10 most challenged books of 2014

July 8th, 2015

Reuther Library Awarded “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” Grant from American Library Association

June 24th, 2015

Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support public programming aimed at celebrating and preserving the history of Latino/a Americans in the Detroit metropolitan area.

The grant is part of a nationwide program to support local public programming. The Reuther Library will host events highlighting archival materials that illustrate the Latino/a American experience, including a travelling exhibition and panel discussion on Latino auto workers, a workshop centered on preserving records of community and cultural organizations and screenings of episodes from the PBS series “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.” Events will begin during National Hispanic American Month in September and October and continue into the spring near the Cesar Chavez National Day of Service. A convening of regional organizations will meet near the end of the program to consider future efforts to better document the history and legacy of Latino/a Detroit.

The project is a collaboration between the Reuther Library and the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies at Wayne State University. Additional partners include the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, the Consortium of Hispanic Agencies, El Museo del Norte/Boulevard House, Matrix Theatre Company, the Community of Latino Artists, Visionaries and Educators (CLAVE), the Julian Samara Research Institute at Michigan State University and the Michigan State University Museum.

The library will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. (Learn more about the series at Many of the Reuther Library’s audiovisual materials were used in the documentary’s fifth episode chronicling Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers.

“Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” is part of an NEH’s Common Good initiative initiative, a new endeavor that seeks to bring the humanities into the public square and foster innovative ways to make scholarship relevant to contemporary issues.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at

About the American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

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June 20th, 2015

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June 12th, 2015

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2014 Libraries Annual Report available for download

June 8th, 2015


Link to licensed library resources through “Permalinks”

June 5th, 2015