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News & Updates in the Libraries

The Libraries’ new website launches on August 19! Test drive it now!

August 14th, 2014

On August, the Library System will launch a newly redesigned website that will be even more compatible with both mobile and desktop devices. The appearance will change, but the content will remain the same. We hope the new site will be easier to use for students and faculty alike. We invite and encourage you to give it a try and share your thoughts! Your feedback is very important to us.

Along with the new look, there’s also a new, easier to remember, URL. Test drive it now at library.wayne.edu

Painting in the Undergraduate Library to take place beginning July 22: alternative entrance and building detours to occur

August 12th, 2014

On July 22, 2014, we will begin a painting project in the Undergraduate Library that will last from 2-4 weeks and cover all three floors of the front lobby and the atrium of the building. During part of this time, it will be necessary to temporarily close the main entrance of the building and the atrium area.

While painting is being completed in the lobby, we will be directing all users and staff to enter the building from the Extended Study Center entrance on the east side of the building. Circulation and reference services will also be temporarily relocated to the information desk on the opposite side of the lobby.

While painting takes place the atrium, we will ask users to detour through the Extended Study Center to access the Student Lounge and Delilah’s Cafe. Access to the front of the building will be available via the hallway on the east side of the building from the Extended Study Center.

During this time, for those sensitive to paint fumes, we suggest the Purdy/Kresge Library as an alternative study area, where there are study spaces on all floors and over 75 computers for student use.

We are committed to completing this project as efficiently as possible so as not to cause extended disruptions to our users. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Fountain Plaza construction may cause UGL noise disruptions, please use P/K or the Law Library for quiet study

August 12th, 2014

On Monday, August 4th, The University will be closing the entire fountain court plaza that sits in front of the UGL and the Mort Farris Rec Center for demolition. The construction is expected to take three weeks to complete.

During the construction period, we may experience higher than normal noises levels inside of the UGL. For a quieter study experience, we suggest using the Purdy/Kresge Library or the Arthur Neef Law Library.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Wayne State University Libraries launch new, custom-built digital collections platform

August 11th, 2014

The Wayne State University Libraries are preparing for a soft launch of their new, custom-built digital collections platform in late May. The state-of-the art platform will offer much faster loading speeds and access to higher resolution images, as well as fully integrate the Libraries’ digital collections content and improve information discovery for researchers, educators and students.

Out of a need for an updated, customized approach to the Wayne State digital collections, members of the Discover Services unit built the platform to take the place of DLXS. The platform currently hosts ten photographic and text collections, including the Herman Miller Consortium Collection, Lincoln Letters, Changing the Face of the Auto Industry, Michigan Opera Theatre Performance Images and more. There are plans to add some of the larger collections, including Virtual Motor City and Digital Dress, to the new platform later in 2014.

The team adapted the Internet Archive’s bookreader to incorporate a custom ebook reader into the new platform for viewing the text collections. The open source code allowed the team to add features like navigable tables of contents, full-text search with search results highlighting and the ability to experiment with additions like text-to-speech. The integrated ebook reader allows the handling of text as well as images of text without additional software. This means that users can access all forms of text right in the page, without the need for outside software or a file download.

To browse the collections and to give feedback on the new platform, visit digital.library.wayne.edu

Home Sweet Tome: A House Cut Into A Book

August 5th, 2014

http://www.visualnews.com/2013/10/07/home-sweet-tome-house-cut-book/#IwCLZFdBOd2S6ofq.99

Danish artist Olafur Eliasson reminds us to never judge a book by its cover. Better known for his public installations and sculptural work, Eliasson’s book Your House brings architectural scale to a microscopic level. Out of 454 pristine pages, Eliasson laser-cuts the negative space of his Copenhagen home, each sheet serving as a paper-thin cross section that gives shape to tiny doors, stairways, and window frames.

Hiding intricate nooks between two unassuming covers, Eliasson’s work literally speaks volumes. Carving depth into 2D surfaces, Your House re-envisions how we might understand space – and ultimately propels us to read more carefully between the lintels.

Learn more about Eliasson’s works on his website.

Read more at http://www.visualnews.com/2013/10/07/home-sweet-tome-house-cut-book/#GQ9vixHws7OCfjoq.99

Website for New Medical Students

July 31st, 2014

 Welcome New Medical Students

The Shiffman Medical Library Years One & Two Timesaver website is designed for medical students to identify and access academic resources and library information quickly. An extensive collection of electronic textbooks, mobile apps, and health resources such as Case Files and Self-Assessment material in AccessMedicine, Anatomy-TV, and the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) are available at the following URL: http://guides.lib.wayne.edu/somyearone, visit and bookmark the website now to learn more about:

Shiffman Medical Library
Wayne State University
Mazurek Medical Education Commons
320 E. Canfield St.
Detroit, MI 48201
1-313- 577-1088
askmed@wayne.edu

Wayne State Libraries selected for 3-year ACRL “Assessment in Action” program

June 11th, 2014

The Wayne State University Libraries were recently selected by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) to take part in the “Assessment in Action (AiA)” program, an initiative that aims to further academic libraries’ efforts to participate in higher education discussions of accountability by teaching librarians how to demonstrate their roles in student learning and success.

Over a three-year period, 300 institutions selected to participate in an AiA learning community will develop and implement an action-learning project that assesses the impact of various aspects of libraries on student learning. Projects are led by team leaders, which consist of a librarian and campus team members. Wayne State’s campus team includes: Librarian Judith Arnold, Associate Provost and Associate Vice-President for Undergraduate Affairs, Joseph Rankin, and School of Library and Information Science Assistant Professor, Deborah Charbonneau, who will be focusing their project on the connection between the use of librarian consultations and academic success.

“This project will help us fine tune our research services for students and give us data from which we can define and enhance success strategies,” said Sandra Yee, dean of Wayne State University Libraries.

Librarians who participate in the AiA program, supported by a blended learning environment and a peer-to-peer network, will lead their campus teams in the development and implementation of an action-learning project examining the impact of the library on student success and contributing to assessment activities on their campus. For more information on the Assessment in Action program, visit http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl.

Walter P. Reuther Library receives grant from NHPRC to expand discovery and access to oral histories

June 3rd, 2014

Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs, was recently awarded a grant totaling $109,152 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to facilitate the discovery and promotion of 1,660 oral histories of individuals directly involved in the labor, civil rights and social justice movements, among other important historical developments.

By employing updated access methods, the NHPRC grant project will allow Reuther archivists to work on descriptions that will make the oral histories easier to discover by researchers. Donated to the Reuther or conducted by staff members over the last 40 years, these stories bring a deeper understanding of the lives and work of such prominent national figures as Grace Lee Boggs and Cesar Chavez and organizations like the NAACP and the UAW. Perhaps more importantly, the oral histories also give voice to the unknown rank-and-file workers, immigrants, pioneering professional women and minority urban dwellers, providing new perspectives on the American experience.

“This grant will allow scholars to easily locate oral histories of labor leaders and individuals who tell their own stories in their own ways, bringing a new understanding of their lives and work,” said Sandra Yee, dean of the Wayne State University Libraries. “Making these oral histories more accessible will be a huge benefit to researchers.”

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission supports projects to facilitate the use of historical records held by archives and other repositories and to assure their long-term preservation. The Archivist of the United States is the Chairman of the fifteen-member Commission, which includes representatives from all three branches of the federal government as well as the leading archival and historical professional associations. Established in 1934 with the National Archives, the NHPRC has awarded nearly 5,000 grants for preserving, publishing and providing access to the nation’s historical documents.

Discover the hidden gems of the Libraries with the Wayne State Insiders on June 11!

May 28th, 2014

Prepare yourself for an unveiling of the hidden gems of the Wayne State Libraries on June 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. as we offer a guided tour of the Reuther Library and a Special Collections-focused self-guided tour throughout the Undergraduate and Purdy/Kresge Libraries as part of the Wayne State Insiders program.

The 90-minute program will kick off in the Purdy/Kresge Auditorium with a short welcome from Dean Sandra Yee, Special Collections Team and Reuther Library. From there, participants will split into two groups: one group will take part in a behind-the-scenes, 40-minute tour of the Reuther Library headed by archivist Louis Jones, while the other group will be provided maps and embark on a self-guided tour of Special Collections highlights in the UGL and P/K. From elephant memorabilia and keepsakes belonging to Florence Nightingale, to a lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair and the sister to the pistol used by John Wilkes Booth in the Lincoln assassination, the Wayne State Libraries hold a trove of historical treasures to share! Librarians and staff will be available to not only help direct people to the various points of interest, but also to explain the collections and answer questions from the tour participants. The two groups will switch at the conclusion of the first Reuther tour so that the first group can explore the libraries while the other group tours Reuther.

To RSVP, visit: http://events.wayne.edu/2014/06/11/wayne-state-insiders-discover-hidden-gems-of-the-libraries-53121/

The Wayne State Insiders includes alumni, friends, students, parents, faculty and staff who serve as informal ambassadors for Wayne State and our Midtown community. We welcome anyone excited about the positive impact of WSU and Detroit’s urban renewal. The more we learn, the more we can share and the greater our collective impact can be.

2013 Wayne State Libraries Annual Report

April 28th, 2014

Click below to download a copy of the Wayne State University Libraries’ 2013 Year in Review.
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