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15 Incredibly Specific Special Collections Libraries

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Special collections libraries are a strange and wonderful world, full of odd collections and even odder researchers. Check out a handful of Mental Floss’s favorites.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/58410/15-incredibly-specific-special-collections-libraries

New Student Scholarship Opportunities at the School of Library and Information Science

Friday, February 27th, 2015

New Student Scholarship Opportunities

The School of Library and Information Science has a number of scholarships opportunities designed to recruit new MLIS students for Spring Summer 2015 and Fall 2015. For more information and full application requirements and deadlines, please see: http://slis.wayne.edu/admissions/new_student_scholarships.php


Judith J. Field Scholarship

The School of Library and Information Science is pleased to announce the availability of a $6500 tuition scholarship for an incoming MLIS student. This special scholarship is generously funded by Judith J. Field, a long-time faculty member. Funding is available to award up to two (2) Field Scholarships per year.

The $6500 tuition award is designed to support advanced, elective study for a student who has demonstrated a penchant for innovation, creativity, and “out of the box” thinking. Scholarship recipients will be selected prior to starting the MLIS but tuition funds will be delayed until the recipient has achieved candidacy (successful completion of 9 hours in the MLIS program).

Lothar Spang Memorial Scholarship

The Lothar Spang Memorial Scholarship is a $6500 tuition scholarship for an incoming MLIS student. This scholarship honors Lothar Spang, a long-time Wayne State librarian who had a special interest in children, young adults, and urban, underserved communities. This scholarship is funded by the generosity of Spang’s widow, Jean Spang, as well as Lothar’s many friends and colleagues at the University, and, particularly, his colleagues in the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) union. Funding is available to award up to two (2) Spang Scholarships per year.

The $6500 tuition award is designed to support advanced, elective study for a student with extreme financial need who demonstrates career plans to serve as a public librarian or school media specialist in an underserved, urban community in the Detroit metropolitan area. Scholarship recipients will be selected prior to starting the MLIS but tuition funds will be delayed until the recipient has achieved candidacy (successful completion of 9 hours in the MLIS program).

SLIS Diversity Recruitment Scholarship

The School of Library and Information Science is pleased to announce the availability of a $5000 tuition scholarship for incoming students from an underrepresented group. This special scholarship is funded by the WSU Graduate School in order to help the School’s efforts to diversify the library and information professions.

Diversity Recruitment Scholarship applicants must be new students, admitted to the WSU MLIS program, in order to be considered. Thus, Diversity Recruitment Scholarship applicants must satisfy the admissions criteria for the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science described at http://slis.wayne.edu/admissions/ and complete a WSU Graduate Application for Admission.

The Diversity Recruitment Scholarship will be awarded prior to starting MLIS classes. Tuition funds will be disbursed after the student has achieved candidacy (successful completion of 9 hours in the MLIS program). All funds must be disbursed by the Fall 2016 semester.

Wayne State University to Host Shakespeare’s First Folio Exhibition in 2016

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Folger Shakespeare Library Announces 52 Host Sites Across the Country for Traveling Exhibit to Mark the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death

Wayne State University, in collaboration with the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Public Library, has been selected as the host site for the state of Michigan for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring a First Folio of Shakespeare in 2016 to all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

“We are thrilled and honored that the Folger selected our group to be Michigan’s representative for the First Folio exhibition,” said Ken Jackson, English professor and associate dean of the Wayne State University Graduate School. “We are especially pleased that this critical artifact of the European Renaissance will help facilitate a collaboration between three of the city’s anchor institutions at Detroit’s own moment of cultural and economic renaissance. This is also an opportunity to put the unusually rich Shakespeare holdings of Detroit on display together for the first time.”

Many of Shakespeare’s plays, which were written to be performed, were not published during his lifetime. The First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. It was published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death. Two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors compiled 36 of his plays, hoping to preserve them for future generations. Without it, we would not have 18 of Shakespeare’s plays, including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, The Comedy of Errors and As You Like It. All 18 appear for the first time in print in the First Folio, and would otherwise have been lost.

When the First Folio arrives in Detroit, its pages will be opened to the most quoted line from Shakespeare and one of the most quoted lines in the world, “to be or not to be” from Hamlet. Accompanying the rare book will be a multi-panel exhibition exploring the significance of Shakespeare, then and now, with additional digital content and interactive activities. During the exhibition, Wayne State University is planning numerous programs for the public and families around the First Folio exhibition.

For its Michigan visit, programming will include a gala opening night, an international conference of Shakespeare scholars, film screenings, teacher education workshops and more. The Folio will be on display in the Detroit Institute of Arts while the accompanying exhibit will be on display at the David Adamany Undergraduate Library at Wayne State. Additional programming will be held at the Detroit Public Library, including an exhibition of their 2nd and 4th editions of the Folio.

“The First Folio is one of the most influential books in human history and to have it right here is a rare opportunity,” said Jackson. “We’re looking forward to sharing it with the university, Detroit community and the entire state of Michigan.”

Final touring dates for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare will be announced in April 2015.

The Folger Shakespeare Library holds 82 copies of the First Folio, by far the largest collection in the world and more than a third of the 233 known copies in the world today. It is believed that 750 copies were originally printed. The Shakespeare First Folio is one of the most valuable printed books in the world; a First Folio sold for $6.2 million in 2001 at Christie’s and another one for $5.2 million in 2006 in London. It originally sold for one British pound (20 shillings)—about $200 today.

“The First Folio is the book that gave us Shakespeare. Between its covers we discover his most famous characters—Hamlet, Desdemona, Cordelia, Macbeth, Romeo, Juliet and hundreds of others—speaking words that continue to move and inspire us,” said Michael Witmore, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library. “Shakespeare tells the human story like no one else. He connects us to each other, to our history, and to themes and ideas that touch us every day. We are delighted that we can share this precious resource with people everywhere, from San Diego, California to Gurabo, Puerto Rico, from Eugene, Oregon to Duluth, Minnesota.”

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, and by the generous support of Vinton and Sigrid Cerf and the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation. Sponsorship opportunities of this major exhibition and the Folger’s other Wonder of Will programs commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death are available; learn more at www.folger.edu.

About Folger Shakespeare Library
Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-renowned center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts. It is home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and a primary repository for rare materials from the early modern period (1500-1750). The Folger is an internationally recognized research library offering advanced scholarly programs in the humanities; an innovator in the preservation of rare materials; a national leader in how Shakespeare is taught in grades K–12; and an award-winning producer of cultural and arts programs—theatre, music, poetry, exhibits, lectures and family programs. Learn more at www.folger.edu

About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of only 16 museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation’s 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org

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.

ALA’s Public Programs Office provides leadership, resources, training and networking opportunities that help thousands of librarians nationwide develop and host cultural programs for adult, young adult and family audiences. The mission of the ALA Public Programs Office is to promote cultural programming as an essential part of library service in all types of libraries. Projects include book and film discussion series, literary and cultural programs featuring authors and artists, professional development opportunities and traveling exhibitions. School, public, academic and special libraries nationwide benefit from the office’s programming initiatives. Additional information can be found at www.ala.org/programming

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 www.neh.gov

Link to licensed library resources through “Permalinks”

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Copyright guidelines for posting to Blackboard #fairuseweek

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Documents are no longer copyright protected, and therefore can be freely used, if:

Published prior to 1923
Published between 1923 and 1963 without a copyright notice
Published between 1923 and 1963 with copyright notice on work and not renewed with the U.S. Copyright Office

Note: The lack of online documentation with the U.S. Copyright Office does not mean the copyright was not renewed.

Fair Use provisions and the Teach Act (2002) enables certain educational uses such as Blackboard posting, providing:

Limited portions of the work are made available at any one time
Use must be part of mediated instructional activities
Availability must take place during a period of time relevant to the context and duration of a typical class session
Use must be limited to students enrolled in the course
Do not share work or distribute via email
Ensure the Blackboard site is password protected
No posting of textbook materials typically purchased or acquired by students is allowed or considered fair use
No posting of protected materials developed specifically for online use
No use of copies are allowed that are not directly captured from the licensed original

We recommend:

Locate resources to use for coursework through full-text resources owned by the library system and link to them from Blackboard
Hyperlink to those resources from your digital syllabus
Reconsider the need to digitize a print resource and find a licensed full-text alternative
If you need to copy a resource:
Perform a fair use analysis, see: Fair Use Checklist
If deemed fair use, make a digital scan of a reasonable portion of the original
Ensure a copyright notice is on the digital copy
The University Libraries will assist obtaining content if a request for a digital copy is placed
You can only post documents obtained through a delivery system if you or the library system has purchased the licensed original (meaning it is owned and the copy comes from the owned copy)

All works not considered fair use require copyright permission. Obtaining copyright permission is the responsibility of the instructor posting on Blackboard.

We recommend:

Get permission from the rights-holder
www.copyright.com is the interface to seeking copyright permission

Taken from: copyright.wayne.edu/blackboard

Do you have a resource you’d like to use in your instruction? Use the copyright decision tree to determine the next steps #fairuseweek

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

http://copyright.wayne.edu/tree.php

Fair Use Week at Wayne State: February 23-27

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Mark your calendars! Fair Use Week 2015—a community celebration of fair use coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries—will take place February 23–27.

What is Fair Use Week?
Each day teachers teach, students learn, researchers advance knowledge, and consumers access copyrighted information due to exemptions in copyright law, such as fair use in the United States or fair dealing in Canada and other jurisdictions. Fair use and fair dealing allow the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. For libraries, educational institutions, and the public, the fair use doctrine is the most important limitation on the rights of the copyright owner—the “safety valve” of US copyright law.

Fair Use Week is an annual celebration of the doctrine of fair use and fair dealing. It celebrates the important role fair use plays in achieving the Constitutional purpose of intellectual property rights in the US: to promote the progress of science and the useful arts. The flexible nature of the fair use doctrine has permitted copyright to adapt to new technologies and changes. Similarly, in Canada, fair dealing is a critical right of the user intended to facilitate balance in copyright law and accommodate freedom of expression.

While Fair Use Week 2015 will be celebrated February 23–27, we believe that every week is fair use week. Indeed, fair use is employed on a daily basis by students, faculty, librarians, journalists, and all users of copyrighted material. Fair Use Week is simply a time to promote and discuss the opportunities presented by fair use, celebrate successful fair use stories, and explain the doctrine.

Is your use of material protected under the Fair Use doctrine? Try out the Fair Use Checklist to be sure #fairuseweek

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

http://copyright.wayne.edu/checklist.php

What is Fair Use Week?

Each day teachers teach, students learn, researchers advance knowledge and consumers access copyrighted information due to exemptions in copyright law, such as fair use in the United States or fair dealing in Canada and other jurisdictions. Fair use and fair dealing allow the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. For libraries, educational institutions, and the public, the fair use doctrine is the most important limitation on the rights of the copyright owner—the “safety valve” of US copyright law.

Fair Use Week is an annual celebration of the doctrine of fair use and fair dealing. It celebrates the important role fair use plays in achieving the Constitutional purpose of intellectual property rights in the US: to promote the progress of science and the useful arts. The flexible nature of the fair use doctrine has permitted copyright to adapt to new technologies and changes. Similarly, in Canada, fair dealing is a critical right of the user intended to facilitate balance in copyright law and accommodate freedom of expression.

While Fair Use Week 2015 will be celebrated February 23–27, we believe that every week is fair use week. Indeed, fair use is employed on a daily basis by students, faculty, librarians, journalists, and all users of copyrighted material. Fair Use Week is simply a time to promote and discuss the opportunities presented by fair use, celebrate successful fair use stories, and explain the doctrine.

Wayne State University Archivist Casey Westerman selected for 2015 Archives Leadership Institute

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Wayne State University Archivist Casey Westerman was recently selected as a participant in the 2015 Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Participants were selected for the 2015 ALI program based on their exceptional leadership skills and potential, the ability to influence change within the archival field, a strong commitment to the archival profession, demonstrated professional organizational involvement and service, a collaborative and innovative spirit and representation or support of diversity within the profession.

Westerman has been with the Reuther Library since 2011, serving as the University Archivist in charge of the records of Wayne State University. Originally from Kankakee, Ill., Westerman received his bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy of science and his master’s degree in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a second master’s degree in English literature from the University of Georgia. Previous to his role at Wayne State, Westerman was the processing archivist at the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives at Cornell University.

ALI is a program funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration, and is being hosted at Luther College for the years 2013-15. The ALI 2015 will take place from June 14 to 20 and will provide advanced training for 25 innovative leaders, giving them the knowledge and tools to transform the archival profession in practice, theory and attitude. The week-long leadership intensive includes five elements: a post-intensive practicum, a practices workshop at the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists, thematic projects and an ALI alumni networking salon. The core approach will intertwine strategic and advanced leadership thinking with a clear and purposeful archival curriculum that includes project management, strategic visioning and human resource development, strategies for born digital resources and advocacy and outreach.

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the granting agency of the National Archives and Records Administration, supports projects that promote the preservation and use of America’s documentary heritage and the continuing development of professional skills for archivists,records managers and historical editors. First funded in 2008, the Archives Leadership Institute seeks to bring to tomorrow’s leaders the insights and understanding necessary for increasing public use and appreciation of archives.

www.archivesleadershipinstitute.org

February 18 | Discover your digital library! eFair and used book sale, UGL atrium

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

On February 18, the Wayne State University Libraries will be holding its first-ever eFair, a library service expo that will introduce users of the library to some of our major digital, online and “e” resources, as well as new innovations in technology. Users can collect giveaways at each station and those who visit all 5 stations will receive a Library System tote bag—make sure to pick up a punch card at the first station that you visit! See the flyer below for more details.

Used Book Sale
Due to student feedback and popular demand, we’ll also be holding a winter used book sale alongside the eFair. This sale will be a slightly smaller version of the large used book sale that we normally hold in the fall. Find anything from textbooks to fiction at prices even college students can afford: $2 for hardcover books and $1 for paperback books. We’ll also be offering a special collection of unique books at various price points. Cash only.