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Archive for July, 2006

Read Newspapers from Around the Globe

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Library Press Display delivers complete newspapers from across the globe to Wayne State University students, faculty and staff. Hundreds of newspapers are available from the United States including major metropolitan papers such as the Washington Post or the Wimberley (Texas) View and still more from Argentina to Oman to the Ukraine along with international papers including the Wall Street Journal Europe.

A range of features lets you have your news how you like it best: Use a traditional two-page layout and browse each page with a click. Print, save or e-mail articles or take advantage of state-of-the-art digital tools. For some papers, advanced features are available that include subscribing for delivery via an RSS feed. Since the newspapers are in their original languages, aim the cursor at an article until its text is highlighted, click to translate the text into one of several languages or right-click and have the page translated by, for one example, Google. Some papers can even be read to you in its original language or a selection of additional languages.

At the top of the main Library Press Display page a pull down menu provides newspaper listings by language, country or alphabetically. You can also search the entire collection at once. The main page defaults to links to up-to-the-minute news and images and provides dynamic rankings of the most read papers, journalists or stories.

The complete newspapers in Library Press Display are only available for the past 60 days. If you have questions or comments please let us know.

Redesigned Law Library web site

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

The Law Library redesigned, bare bones website went live on July 11, 2006. 

Old content is undergoing updating and will be added as it is revised. Much of the redesign is a direct response to the feedback from a focus group of law students and law faculty.Please send your comments to Michael Samson (ad4092@wayne.edu) and Georgia Clark (ad5236@wayne.edu) so that we can continue to improve our web services

Art Museum Image Gallery

Monday, July 10th, 2006

The Art Museum Image Gallery is an online collection of high-quality, digital documentation of works of art from around the world. Works from major European, American, and Canadian artists in the collections of member museums are included. Cultures and time periods represented range from contemporary art, Native American and Inuit art, to ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works, along with Japanese and Chinese works. The database includes numerous multimedia files. Art Museum Image Gallery documents over 90,000 works of art.

WSULS Receives Fourth IMLS Grant in Four Years

Monday, July 10th, 2006

Wayne State University was awarded one of 35 Institute of Museum
and Library Services (IMLS) grants as announced by First Lady Laura Bush on
June 26. The Wayne State Library System received $851,018 for a project
called “Recruiting and Educating the 21st Century Fine and Performing Arts
Librarian.” In this project, the Library System will establish a
Detroit-based collaborative to educate new librarians about fine and
performing arts librarianship.

The grants are designed to help offset a current shortage of
school library media specialists, library school faculty and librarians
working in underserved communities, as well as a looming shortage of library
directors and other senior librarians, many of whom are expected to retire
in the next 20 years. “Libraries in all their forms, whether public, school,
specialized, or academic, play a vital role in building a nation of
learners,” said Dr. Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of the IMLS. “Without
well-trained and educated librarians, library service suffers.”

Partners in the Detroit collaborative will include the Detroit
Institute of Arts, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Opera
Theater. Stipends will be used to attract 12 individuals, with an emphasis
on underrepresented groups, and place them in mentor relationships with
senior librarians. In addition to earning master’s degrees in library and
information science from Wayne State University, the recruits will receive
practical training from mentors in building and organizing a new library;
managing an orchestra library; providing services in a well-established
library; and providing services to faculty in an academic environment.
Recruitment of the class will begin during the summer of 2006, with the
first class being offered in fall 2007.

The Library System Privacy Policy

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

The Wayne State University Libraries’ updated privacy policy is now posted on the Web at http://library.wayne.edu/sitewide/privacy.php

The privacy policy explains our users’ privacy and confidentiality rights, the steps that the Library System takes to respect and protect our users’ privacy and how we deal with personally identifiable information that we collect from our users.

Need Help Finding Information in the Evenings? Just Ask a Librarian!

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

It’s 9:00 on a Wednesday night. You’re researching your next assignment and you’d like a little help getting started. You don’t want to leave your computer to find someone to ask or maybe you’re at home but still need your questions answered. Now your questions can be answered from the comfort of your computer. Chat online with librarians in the evenings through the Library System’s Ask a Librarian LIVE service. Ask a Librarian is now available Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on how to use the Ask a Librarian service and for other general questions, visit http://library.wayne.edu/help/ask-a-librarian/.

University-wide subscription to Gartner IT research now available

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

Wayne State University has established a subscription with Gartner Inc. for university-wide access to the Gartner.com Web portal. This online research service is provided through a joint partnership between Computing & Information Technology and the University Library System. For anonymous login using your WSU AccessID and password, visit Gartner Online

Gartner is the world’s leading provider of research and analysis on information technology (IT). The foundation for Gartner research is based on independence and objectivity. Gartner’s 600+ analysts provide in-depth analysis on virtually all aspects of technology and telecommunications, including enterprise planning and architecture strategies, hardware, software and systems, services, IT management, market data and forecasts, and vertical industry issues.

The Gartner.com Website provides Wayne State students, faculty, and staff with real-time Web-based access to Gartner’s strategic advice grouped into 27 focus areas. In each area, you will receive in-depth analysis on the IT issues that affect all enterprises: from strategy to tactics, plus trends, companies, and products. The research examines every aspect of IT and provides coverage of strategic business initiatives and vertical industry expertise. Gartner’s audience consists of IT professionals, business professionals, and academics.

You can search or browse through thousands of available documents on Gartner’s Website to help you make informed decisions with a global understanding of technology and the impact it has on business. Get instant access to the world’s foremost repository of expert analysis and opinion on everything important in information technology.

Access to Gartner’s core research benefits all levels of Wayne State’s academic community:

Students

Find information for reports, research papers, homework, and class assignments
Practice safe computing through the latest computer security tools and processes
Gain understanding about the application of technology to business problems, often used in MBA programs
Identify the latest consumer technologies, and trends
Evaluate the latest hardware, servers, PCs, laptops, and handheld devices
Learn how to leverage wireless technology such as mobile devices
Listen to and download Podcasts, audio programs distributed over the Internet, where Gartner analysts share their insight on business and information technology

Faculty and StaffBring timely, objective real-world examples and content to the classroom
Access the full depth and breadth of Gartner research, including statistical data, comparison charts, and graphs

Obtain evaluations and recommendations on current and emerging technologies

Analyze data and information critical for WSU’s IT strategic plan

IT managers, learn about IT issues of major importance

Gather information relating to return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO) for products, vendors, and technologies

Obtain assistance with vendor selection, procurement, governance, IT policy, budget justification, and business case analysis

MeLCat Visiting Patron Service

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

Wayne State University Libraries participates in the MeLCat Visiting Patron Service. You may use your WSU OneCard to check out available materials in person from other participating libraries.

These materials will be listed on your My Library Account for you to check on the due dates and request renewals. You may return them to either a WSU library or the library you checked them out from.

Try Safari Tech Books Online to Browse Through the Best Technical Books from Leading Publishers

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

Safari Tech Books Online is a fully-searchable e-reference library that houses a vast collection of technical books from industry-leading publishers.

In July 2001, O’Reilly & Associates and The Pearson Technology Group joined forces to create a joint venture, Safari Books Online. The premise was simple: Take the best IT books from the best authors and publishers. Put them into an online, searchable database. Offer it to IT professionals as a means of addressing their never-ending need to quickly pinpoint reliable code examples and technical information.

– Search across the full text of thousands of the best technical books available today
– Read books cover to cover online, or flip directly to the answer or code sample you need
– Browse books by category to research any technical topic

Click on the link to start searching! Safari Tech Books Online

Library System to Host Mirror Site for Annenberg/CPB

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

The Wayne State University Library System has signed an agreement to become a mirror site for Annenberg/CPB (www.learner.org). Annenberg uses media and telecommunications to advance teaching in American schools by providing high quality multimedia resources and videos that help instructors enhance their research and improve their teaching. It is part of the Annenberg Foundation and advances the Foundation’s goals of encouraging the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge.

As a mirror site, the Library System will house the digital video/audio on a server on campus, allowing the Library System access to more than 1,500 videos. The same videos will be provided at no cost to other institutions throughout Michigan. In exchange for hosting services, Annenberg will add a header that indicates that the videos are brought to you by the Wayne State University Library System. The header will appear anytime anyone accesses these videos anywhere in Michigan.

The server that will host the site is expected to be operating next January.