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Archive for January, 2008

2007 Annual Report

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

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UGL Features Black History Month Display Featuring the Work of African American Artist Jacob Lawrence

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

In celebration of Black History Month, the Wayne State Library System and the Wayne State University Art Collection are proud to present a text and visual display highlighting “The Legend of John Brown,” a remarkable suite of 22 silkscreen prints created by renowned African American artist, Jacob Lawrence, that are exhibited on the second floor of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library.

On view throughout the month of February, the display is located in the atrium of the UGL and was developed to provide a broader understanding and appreciation of this important work of art from the university’s permanent art collection.

In his lifetime Lawrence (1917-2000) produced works of art marked with a sense of the human struggle for dignity and the fight for freedom and justice. It was in his dramatic graphic biographies of abolitionists such as John Brown, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman that Lawrence combined his powerful visual language with the remembered stories of legendary civil rights figures he read while growing up in 1930′s Harlem.

The abolitionist leader and subject of this suite of prints, John Brown was found guilty of treason and murder in the first degree after his unsuccessful attempt to capture the arsenal at Harpers Ferry. Brown was hung in Charles Town, Virginia in 1859. The death of John Brown further incited groups on both sides of the issue and in 1861 the Civil War began.

The display offers historical notes, illustrations and offers insights into the life and creative processes of the artist Jacob Lawrence; the convictions of abolitionist John Brown and the Detroit writer Robert Hayden who contributed his poem “John Brown” to the 1978 suite.

A handout will be available for visitors who wish to view the informational display as well as the entire suite of prints. The handout will include titles and wall locations for each print on the 2nd floor of the library.

This is an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) student project. Special thanks to Sara Quimby and Ian Chapp for their contributions.

Upcoming Endnote, Blackboard, & Excel Workshops @ UGL

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Monday, February 4, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Endnote Web

Wednesday, February 6, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Blackboard Basics

Wednesday, February 6, 5:00 – 6:30 pm, MS Excel I:  Spreadsheet Basics

All workshops are held in Lab B, Second Floor UGL.

Sessions are free and open to everyone. No registration is required. A complete drop-in computer workshop schedule is available at: http://library.wayne.edu/services/instruction_tutorials/drop_in.php

New DALNET Project: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Speeches and Interviews Web site

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

The DALNET consortium is pleased to announce the launch of a new digital project: “The Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Speeches and Interviews” Web site. This new collection includes links to YouTube videos with speeches by and about King. The Web site also contains a timeline, a brief biography of King, and links to other related websites. The official launch date of the project was January 21, 2008, Martin Luther King Day. “This project is a unique way to remember Dr. King and his work in this year which marks the 40th anniversary of his assassination,” said DALNET director Steven K. Bowers.

Bowers conceived the idea of cataloging YouTube videos for access in the consortium’s online library catalog and systems librarian Cathy Wolford recognized the importance of creating a collection of links to videos featuring King. DALNET project volunteer Patricia Lewis spent hours researching and cataloging the videos, and she created the concept of having an online Web site for access to the project. Lewis noted “This was an exciting project and I loved working with the DALNET staff. I was inspired.”

Visit the Web site: Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Speeches and Interviews

New E-Resource: Making of Modern Law: US Supreme Court Records & Briefs 1832-1978

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

The Law Library recently acquired the Making of Modern Law:  U.S. Supreme Court Records & Briefs 1832-1978 (Digital Collection).  This electronic resource contains 75,000 cases; 200,000 documents and 11,000,000 pages.  It includes the briefs, petitions, oral transcripts and trial transcripts. The digital collection is especially beneficial to faculty and students in law, political science and history, because it provides convenient access to 65 years of the early U.S. Supreme Court activity.  It is accessible campus wide.  Offsite access requires authentication. 

Link to the bib record:http://elibrary.wayne.edu/record=e1000673

Link to the collection: Making of Modern Law:  U.S. Supreme Court Records & Briefs 1832-1978 http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/SCRB?locID=wsu_neef

Upcoming Excel, Endnote & Powerpoint Workshops @ UGL

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, MS Excel II:  Advanced Features

Wednesday, January 23, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, EndNote I:  Citation Management Basics

Wednesday, January 23, 5:00 – 6:30 pm, MS Powerpoint II:  Smart Art 

All workshops are held in Lab B, Second Floor UGL.

Sessions are free and open to everyone. No registration is required. A complete drop-in computer workshop schedule is available at: http://library.wayne.edu/services/instruction_tutorials/drop_in.php

Drop-in Computer & Web Research Workshops This Week at UGL

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Tuesday, January 15, noon- 1:00 pm, Powerpoint I:  Presentation Basics

Wednesday, January 16, noon-1:00 pm, Beginning Health Research on the Web

Wednesday, January 16, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, Blackboard Basics

Thursday, January 17, noon- 1:00 pm, MS Word I:  Word Processing Basics 

All workshops are held in Lab B, Second Floor UGL.

Sessions are free and open to everyone. No registration is required. A complete drop-in computer workshop schedule is available at: http://library.wayne.edu/services/instruction_tutorials/drop_in.php

Arthur Neef Law Library Participates in Pilot Project to Allow Free Access to Federal Court Records

Monday, January 7th, 2008

In a joint pilot project of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts and the Government Printing Office, the Arthur Neef Law Library is one of 16 libraries in 14 states to allow free access to federal court records.
The project offers free access to the federal judiciary’s Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system. PACER allows users to obtain case file documents, listings of all case parties, judgments and other information from district, bankruptcy and appellate courts online, with the data immediately available for printing or downloading.

PACER normally carries an eight-cents-per-page fee that is used to fund the system’s costs. That fee will be waived for all users, even those who already have PACER accounts, when the system is accessed from the 16 libraries.
The project, which will last up to two years, is part of the judiciary’s continuing effort to expand public access to court records by discovering if a segment of the public desires access to information contained in the PACER system but is unlikely to go to a courthouse or become a PACER user.

For more information or any questions, please contact the Arthur Neef Law Library Reference 313-577-6180.

Upcoming Drop-in Computer Workshops: Blackboard & Excel

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Wednesday, January 9, 2008, noon, Blackboard Basics

Wednesday, January 9, 2008, 5:00 pm, Introduction to Blackboard e-Portfolio

Thursday, January 10, 2008, noon, MS Excel I: Spreadsheet Basics

All workshops are held in Lab B, Second Floor UGL.

Sessions are free and open to everyone. No registration is required. A complete drop-in computer workshop schedule is available at: http://library.wayne.edu/services/instruction_tutorials/drop_in.php