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June 5th, 2015

Home Sweet Tome: A House Cut Into A Book

June 5th, 2015

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.


Need personalized, in depth research help? Schedule a one-on-one research consultation with a librarian today

May 9th, 2015

Working on a research assignment, paper or project? Need inspiration or ideas for finding resources? Trying to figure out how to collect, organize and cite your sources? The Wayne State librarians are here to help!

What is a research consultation?

It’s an appointment that you set up with a librarian when:

You need in-depth help with a research paper or project.
You need assistance or instruction on how to use a specific database or resource.
You need help finding articles and locating resources on your topic.

What will I get out of a one-on-one consultation that I can’t get online?

Online assistance can be effective for short, quick answers and referrals to specific databases, but meeting in-person provides the opportunity to clarify the research need, to construct and revise searching strategies, find additional databases and resources and learn strategies that can be applied to future research needs. It will get you to the best information in the most efficient way!

Who can sign up?

Students, faculty and staff can sign up for one-on-one research consultations with librarians

How do I set up an appointment?

Consultation appointments should be scheduled at least 2 days in advance by requesting an appointment via the Research Consultation form at

4 Innovative Libraries Transforming Lives Around the World

May 8th, 2015

Via Mental Floss:

Only about a third of the world’s population has access to the internet. Here in the United States, libraries have become a major source of Internet access for people who otherwise can’t afford computers or net access — and the same goes for libraries around the world. Giving people access to the Internet in a public setting doesn’t mean handing them a free pass to infinite animated GIFs; it means jobs, health information, and education.

If you love libraries in the U.S., you’ll be blown away at how they transform lives in all countries. Today, let’s look at four innovative projects bringing the power of learning to communities around the world.

April 23 | Reuther Researcher Brown Bag: Cameras, time motion, and labor management

April 21st, 2015

Dr. Michelle Rodino-Colocino, associate professor of Media Studies and Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University, will provide an overview of her research into the role that media has played in labor-management relations. This brown-bag presentation will take place at noon on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in the Reuther Conference Room of the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs. Her book-length project, Making Media Work: A Cultural History of New Media and Labor Management, explores how new media from film to smart phones has figured in management’s promotion of, and workers’ resistance to, so-called “speedup” practices that intensify work for less return. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Rodion-Colocino’s research visit is supported through a Sam Fishman Travel Grant from the Reuther Library. These annual grants provide up to $1,000 to support travel to Detroit to access archival records of the American labor movement in the Reuther Library. The award is named in honor of Sam Fishman, a former UAW and Michigan AFL-CIO leader.

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Summon may have intermittent access (Articles Box)

April 21st, 2015

Summon also the Articles Box on the library search tool QuickSearch may have intermittent access.  Our Summon provider, ProQuest is working to resolve this issue and will restore access as soon as possible.  We thank you for your patience.

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

March 12th, 2015

15 Incredibly Specific Special Collections Libraries

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.

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

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:

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 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

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

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

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

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

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