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The events of Shakespeare’s First Folio: February – March 2016

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Published just seven years after his death, Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies — now known as the “First Folio” — saved for posterity 18 of Shakespeare’s 38 plays, including “The Tempest,” “Macbeth,” “Twelfth Night” and “As You Like It.”

In 2016, multiple copies of this original edition, accompanied by six interpretive panels, will tour the United States as the exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, providing hundreds of thousands of visitors with a rare opportunity to view this important book in their own community. Wayne State University, in collaboration with the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Public Library, is the only host site in Michigan.

Ongoing events:
March 7 – April 1, 2016: Folio on view at Detroit Institute of Arts
March 10 – April 1, 2016: Informational panels and special collections display at David Adamany Undergraduate Library

One Time Events:

February 11

“K-12 teacher workshop on Shakespeare’s First Folio”

On Feb. 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the DIA will be hosting a K-12 teacher workshop on Shakespeare’s First Folio. Led by Professor Gina DeBlase (Wayne State University, College of Education), the workshop is designed to prepare educators to guide students through learning activities related to the First Folio exhibition (and other events) in March. Wayne State English Professors Ken Jackson and Jaime Goodrich will also participate as content specialists. The workshop will be limited to 30 teachers. For more information, contact Jenny Angell at

February 25
“Knowledge on Tap” with English Department Chair Ken Jackson

Knowledge on Tap brings Wayne State’s renowned professors and scientists face-to-face with the public in Detroit Midtown’s restaurants and cafés. The events feature a live – and lively – discussion with some of Detroit’s greatest minds. The February discussion will focus on Shakespeare and the First Folio.

March 4
“Treasures of the Detroit Public Library: Shakespeare and Beyond”

In this workshop for undergraduate and graduate students at Wayne State, Mark Bowden, DPL special collections coordinator and Jaime Goodrich, associate professor of English, will present select treasures from the DPL Special Collections. The workshop will feature a wide-ranging introduction to the cultural, literary and historical significance of the DPL’s holdings, including medieval manuscripts, early editions of Shakespeare, the diary of George Washington and the correspondence of the Detroit Tigers. 3 p.m., Detroit Public Library.

March 8
Michigan Shakespeare Festival and trivia for high school students

On March 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Detroit Public Library, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival from Jackson will be performing Romeo and Juliette for high school students. Following the play, there will be a round of Shakespeare Trivia complete with prizes for the top-answering students.

March 10
Master class with Mary Thomas Crane

The WSU Group for Early Modern Studies presents a master class for graduate students and faculty facilitated by Mary Thomas Crane (Thomas F. Rattigan Professor of English, Boston College). Professor Crane will lead a discussion of a chapter from her recent book, *Losing Touch with Nature: Literature and the New Science in Sixteenth-Century England* (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).(Location and time TBA)

March 10-11
Academic Conference: “Shakespeare and His Culture on Stage and on the Page”

For the first time all Michigan Shakespeare scholars will be brought together in Detroit! This conference will explore the cultural, historical, literary and textual significance of the First Folio by examining the presence of Shakespeare’s writings in three media: stage performance, manuscript, and print. As cultural and historical objects, the First Folio and Shakespeare’s other writings offer a rich corpus for considering Shakespeare in relation to various strands of early modern culture and society, such as class, the court, domesticity, economics, education, ethnicity, gender, history, nationhood, politics, popular culture, race, religion, sexuality and social hierarchy. (Location and schedule TBA)

March 18
Lecture: “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Shakespeare But Were Afraid to Ask”

As part of the Mary Adelaide Hester series at the Detroit Public Library, Arthur F. Marotti, distinguished professor of English emeritus at Wayne State University, will give a lecture called “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Shakespeare But Were Afraid to Ask” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Burton Reading Room. The lecture topics will include:

What is Shakespearean about Shakespeare?
• Why do Shakespearean plays sound Shakespearean?
• How does Shakespeare engage his audience co-creatively in the making of the dramatic experience of his plays?
• How does Shakespeare handle hot-button political issues?
• What makes Shakespearean drama so adaptable to changing cultural, national and political circumstances from his time to the present?
• Is Shakespeare a psychologist?
• Is Shakespeare a proto-feminist?
• What do Shakespearean dramas have to do with religion and ethics?
• What are Shakespeare’s flaws and blind spots?

This lecture will not deal with the following non-debatable topics:

• The Shakespearean authorship controversy
• Evolution and natural selection
• Climate change

March 22
Wayne State Insiders tour

Join the Wayne State Insiders for a special tour of all things First Folio! This exclusive tour will take you on a guided visit with the First Folio display from the Folger Library that will be on display at Wayne State as well as an up close experience with rare Shakespeare items from Wayne State’s own collections. From there, those on the tour will walk to the Detroit Public Library for a hands-on experience with a 2nd edition of the First Folio and other unique Shakespeare materials. Finally the tour will conclude at the Detroit Institute of Arts for a viewing of the First Folio. (Details and time TBA)

Wayne State University collaborates on Michigan service hub of Digital Public Library of America

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) recently announced the addition of Michigan as a service hub to its growing roster of partners. In Michigan, the service hub responsibilities will be shared among Wayne State University, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, and the Library of Michigan.

The DPLA brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives and museums and makes them freely available to the world. Fundamentally, the DPLA serves as a portal that connects students, teachers, scholars and the public to incredible resources from across the nation. Since launching in April 2013, DPLA has aggregated over 11 million items from hundreds of institutions across the United States. These items come from a national network of content hubs, large digital collections from institutions such as the Smithsonian, Harvard University and the National Archives, and service hubs, state or regional collaboratives that bring together digital collections from multiple partners.

Michigan was one of four states recently selected to join the DPLA, accompanied by Illinois, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The Michigan service hub is in the process of preparing to begin exporting materials to the DPLA. “We are excited to welcome these four new service hubs to the DPLA network. These four states have each led robust, collaborative planning efforts and will undoubtedly be strong contributors to the DPLA hubs network. We look forward to making their materials available in the coming months,” said Emily Gore, DPLA director for content. For further information on DPLA, visit or contact Paul Gallagher, director of operations, at 313-577-4176.

Text a librarian anytime, anywhere! 313-228-3WSU

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

This semester, The Wayne State University Libraries are debuting a new 24/7 chat service so librarians can answer your questions about library services and resources as well as help you with your research questions, projects and assignments anytime that you need it, day or night. To connect with a librarian, visit the Libraries’ home page and click “chat” in the bar at the top right or visit and choose “chat.” Or, if texting is more your thing, send your questions to 313-228-3WSU. Standard text messaging charges may apply from your wireless provider.

Any time you need us, the Wayne State University Libraries are here to help!

MeLCat Users: Service interruptions to take place from November 18-December 11

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

MeLCat servers will experience service interruptions beginning Wednesday, November 18 at 12 a.m. – through Friday, December 11 for a major technical upgrade of the MelCat system. Going forward, this migration will help improve both user experience and functionally of this service. Because these temporary interruptions may cause some inconveniences while conducting your research, please read below for suggestions on how to access your materials as smoothly as possible.

What Should I do?
We highly recommend that you begin ordering your research materials NOW. This will ensure that your requests will be processed by November 18 when ALL requests processing will cease.

What services will be affected?
• Books and Media Request
• Databases

Book and Media Request:
On Wednesday, November 18, just after midnight, MeLCat requesting will be turned off for all users. No new requests will be accepted via the MeLcat Catalog. The “Get this for me!” link will be disabled.

The service interruption is expected to last until Friday, December 11 at which time we anticipate the Melcat service to be fully restored. If the migration is completed prior to December 11, requesting will be turned on as soon as possible and we will post an announcement on our website to notify users.

During this time, MeLcat Visiting Patron service will also NOT be available.

MeL Databases will be affected from December 2 – 11 in the following ways: Users directly searching the MeL Databases will be verified they are using a Michigan based IP address. If the IP isn’t recognized as being in Michigan, patrons will NOT be able to use the optional remote login.
What are my options to acquire resources I need for my research?

The University Libraries offer several services to use in lieu of MelCat during this downtime. ALL of these services require that you physically visit the library that houses the resources that you wish to access. Please see the below list of services offered and how to access them.

Interlibrary Loan
This is a mediated service. Just submit your request to Interlibrary Loan and we will make every attempt to acquire the material(s) you need in a timely manner. Please keep in mind that while we attempt to fill requests locally, as to cut down on delivery time, not all lending libraries will be in Michigan so delivery time may vary.

Just go to to submit your request. If have not used this service before, you will need to register your account upon first logging in.

Participating libraries can be viewed here: OCLC Library Directory

This service offers in-person access to the resources and information housed in libraries throughout Michigan. The lending policies of the participating libraries vary. It is best to call ahead or consult the library’s website if you are looking to access a specific collection or service. Participating libraries normally lend only printed materials to MILibrary borrowers. Some libraries may loan other types of resources if their individual policies permit. Materials borrowed through this program are to be returned to the library from which they were borrowed, and local library policies and late fees apply. WSU Libraries will not be responsible for any late fees.

To get a MILibrary sticker, present your OneCard at any library service desk on main campus or at the Extension Centers. We will verify that you are a current faculty or staff member or enrolled student, as well as a borrower in good standing. You will be given a MILibrary sticker to apply to your Onecard. Take your Onecard to any participating MIlibrary location and you will be given guest borrower privileges.

Click here to view participating libraries.

Michigan Research Libraries Triangle (MRLT)
Graduate students and faculty from the three MRLT institutions (Wayne State University, University of Michigan, and Michigan State University) can receive guest borrowing privileges at any of the three universities.

You must be a currently enrolled graduate student or faculty member in good standing with your own library. To receive a library card from one of the two other institutions WSU graduate students need to present a OneCard, another form of picture ID and a form that verifies status as a currently enrolled graduate student. Any of the University Libraries Service Desks will be able to provide you with the completed form once we verify your status.


Wayne State University affiliates (defined as students, faculty, staff, and retirees) can borrow books not available at WSU libraries, from other libraries in the Detroit area. Students receiving an INFOPASS are responsible for adhering to all borrowing provisions of the lending library, and are liable for all fees or fines which may be incurred. Failure to return materials and/or pay all fees and fines from the lending library may result in a block on WSU borrowing privileges and/or a hold being placed on WSU academic records.

Come to a WSU library reference service desk with information about the book that you require, along with your current WSU OneCard.The librarian will verify that the requested item is available from a lending library that accepts INFOPASS. The librarian will verify that the borrower has no outstanding holds on the borrower’s library record. The INFOPASS is valid for 10 days from the date of issuance. The borrower is limited to borrowing Items on one INFOPASS. (This may be further limited at the lending libraries discretion.) Books borrowed with an INFOPASS must be returned to the lending library, not a WSU library.

Participating Libraries

2015/16 Faculty Development Series Flier

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

October 29 | “And there’s the humor of it: Shakespeare and the four humors” exhibit opening and reception

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

And there’s the humor of it: Shakespeare and the four humors

October 29, 2015 | 5pm – 7pm

Event Opening and Reception
Wayne State Shiffman Medical Library | Dr. Marjorie Peebles-Myers Atrium

Featured Presenter Dr. Eric H. Ash, department of history, Wayne State University
Special Performance by Music in Medicine, Wayne State School of Medicine

And There’s the Humor of it: Shakespeare and the Four Humors, a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, will kick off with an opening night reception at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in the atrium of Wayne State’s Shiffman Medical Library. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 28.

The now-discarded theory of the four bodily humors – blood, bile, melancholy and phlegm — pervades the plays of William Shakespeare. In his time, the four humors were understood to define people’s physical and mental health, along with their personality. Carried by the bloodstream, the four humors bred the core passions of anger, grief, hope and fear — the emotions conveyed so powerfully in Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies.

The opening celebration will feature remarks from Eric Ash, associate professor in Wayne State University’s history department. The current director of graduate studies, Ash has taught at Wayne State since 2002. His teaching and research interests include the history of Britain, early modern Europe, the history of science and technology, and environmental history. For the opening, Ash will provide a brief overview of humoral medicine as it was understood in early modern Europe around the time of Shakespeare. He will discuss what the humors were, the medical theory that viewed balancing them within the body as the key to health and well-being, and their connection to the wider view of Aristotle’s natural philosophy.

The National Library of Medicine’s resources for historical scholarship in medicine and related sciences are among the richest of any institution in the world. Collected over many years, the material in the History of Medicine Division provides researchers with sources both rare in availability and exhaustive in scope. The History of Medicine Division also produces exhibitions, public programs, symposia and educational resources for students, teachers and the general public.

This event is free and open to the community. Limited space | RSVP required send email to by October 25.

For more information about Shakespeare’s four humors, visit our libguide at

This event is a prelude to 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. 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 from March 7- April 1, 2016. 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. Published just seven years after his death, Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies — now known as the “First Folio” — saved for posterity 18 of Shakespeare’s 38 plays, including “The Tempest,” “Macbeth,” “Twelfth Night” and “As You Like It.”

In 2016, multiple copies of this original edition, accompanied by six interpretive panels, will tour the nation as the exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, providing hundreds of thousands of visitors with a rare opportunity to view this important book in their own community. Wayne State University, in collaboration with the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Public Library, is the only host site in Michigan.

Celebrate the freedom to read @ the UGL with a Banned Books display

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Every day, all across the country, one of our most basic freedoms – the right to read – is in danger. In communities large and small, censorship attempts threaten to undermine Americans’ freedom to read. For Banned Books Week 2015, staff and librarians have come together to create a display at the Undergraduate Library that describes the difference between banned and challenged books, the top 10 reasons books are challenged, the top 10 challenged books of 2014, the top 50 challenged books of the decade, the geographical distribution of banned books around the world and legal cases surrounding banned books. The display will be in the atrium of the UGL from September 23 through mid-October.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

Pivotal Moments priority: Special Collections and Rare Book Room

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

The Wayne State University Libraries are rich with special and rare materials that could serve to support faculty research and projects. However, at this time, there is no designated space to view or interact with these valuable and interesting resources. One of the Libraries’ major priorities for the Pivotal Moments campaign is to create a “demonstration room” to display our special materials and provide a welcoming space for scholars to easily access the collections in a modern, quiet space that will be staffed with a librarian to aid in their research. The Libraries are working to raise $350,000 to renovate a space in the Undergraduate Library that will serve as the Wayne State University Libraries Special Collections and Rare Book Room.


Academic libraries exist to provide useful resources in support of the curricular and research needs of the academic communities they serve. Most comparable institutions provide access to similar resources that are used by their respective constituencies in classroom and research pursuits. One way to differentiate between library collections of academic libraries is through the identification of rare book and special collections held by the library.

Rare books are defined as books or manuscripts that, because of age, uniqueness, monetary/historic value, scarcity or limited/nonexistent holdings elsewhere, are housed separately from the circulating collections in a secure location. The criteria may be expanded, as needed, to include other books or materials deemed significant.

Special Collections are identified groups of library holdings that have been arranged by theme, provenance, format, or subject comprehensiveness/intentional groupings. Special Collections are usually housed separately from the general collections, but may be distributed throughout the general collections and intellectually grouped through guides, finding aids, or catalog access. Rare books may be part of a special collection, as can non-book materials.

The significance of rare books and special collection holdings in an academic library is threefold:

Rare books and materials within a special collection can be used to enhance the learning and research experience for the university’s students and researchers alike. A rare book can be a primary source when doing research, as can individual pieces of a special collection. Rare books and special collections can be used as a tool for marketing the unique resources of the university to prospective students and faculty, enhancing the scholarly reputation of the institution.

Rare books and special collections can be a draw for individuals and members of outside groups who are unlikely to become students or faculty at the university, but have an interest in the unique materials contained within the library, thereby enhancing the university’s visibility in the non-academic world.

Rare books and most special collections are treated differently than material in the general and circulating collections of an academic library in terms of access policies, environmental considerations and overall security from deterioration, theft and over-handling.

Wayne State University Libraries launch digital collection of Civil War Era letters

Monday, September 28th, 2015

The Wayne State University Libraries recently launched the Van Riper Family Correspondence, a fascinating digital collection of letters exchanged between members and friends of the Van Riper family who resided in Wayne County Michigan in the 1800s. The collection contains letters written before, during and post-Civil War, giving viewers of the collection a glimpse of life of a family who describe their struggles, fears, setbacks and triumphs between the years of 1836 -1889.

“This collection is a very personal step back in time,” said Wayne State Librarian Diane Paldan, who carefully unfolded and flattened each 100+ year old letter before they were digitized. So grateful that technology has finally allowed for these letters to be digitized and shared with the masses, Diane said, “The danger is not in losing the famous works, it’s that you’re going to lose the ordinary story of people.”

Highlights of these letters include looking through the eyes of a soldier during the Civil War, President Lincoln’s assassination and other day-to-day struggles of being a soldier at war. The collection also shows the perspective of the family and friends that remained home in Michigan during this time and described going to school, trying to get patents, visiting places in Detroit and the changes of their living conditions during this era.

The Van Riper Correspondence digital collection contains 76 letters, a group of addressed envelopes and a printed sheet of the song “Listen to the Mockingbird,” all of which have been transcribed by Librarian Amelia Mowry. To peruse the collection, visit:

For more information contact Special Collections Coordinator Cindy Krolikowski at or 313-577-3311.

Faculty: The 2015/16 Faculty Development Series schedule is now available

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Join the Wayne State University Libraries for a monthly series of informal and informative workshops and programs about library resources and services that support scholarly impact, publishing, and teaching.

Research Impact

September 30
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Simons Room
Purdy/Kresge Library
Interested in measuring and enhancing the impact of your research? Librarians will be on hand to help you claim your ORCID author identifier, set up your public Google Scholar profile, calculate your h-index, and assess your altmetrics.

Open Access
October 21
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Simons Room
Purdy/Kresge Library
Would you like to increase your scholarship’s impact? Would you like to make your work Open Access? Have questions about funder public access policies? Join us during Open Access Week to ask questions and learn about the Open Access services Wayne State University Library System offers.

Research Data Services
November 11
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Simons Room
Purdy/Kresge Library
A drop-in session focused on research data management and sharing. We’ll provide feedback on your data management/sharing plan for grant applications, help you identify appropriate data repositories and data journals, show you how to word your participant consent forms to allow for future data sharing, and fill you in on the latest requirements from federal funders.

Special Collections
January 13
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
UGL Community Room
The Wayne State University Library System (WSULS), which includes the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs, has many physical and digital primary sources, archives and Special Collections that can be of great value to faculty and students when doing research and curricular activities. Join the WSULS’s Special Collections Team for an hour of small table discussions covering all aspects of the discovery and use of special collections for research and coursework purposes. Bring your questions!

Fair Use / Copyright
February 24
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Simons Room
Purdy/Kresge Library
A drop-in session focused on the basics of authorship and ownership under the U.S. copyright law. Learn how to read and understand a Copyright Transfer Agreement, what kinds of rights fair use affords, and how to evaluate the tangle of rights and restrictions that apply to teaching and scholarship.

OERs, Permalinks and Open Textbooks
March 9
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
UGL Community Room
Locating quality, sustainable OERs (Open Educational Resources), course readings and open textbooks to enhance your course content can be challenging and time-consuming. Your liaison librarian can help you with this task. At this session, we’ll connect you with OERs, Permalinks and Open Textbooks appropriate for your course. Leave with a new set of course resources.

For more information on any of these sessions, contact Mike Priehs, Coordinator of Scholarly Communications, at