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Archive for September, 2011

Jay Asher and Chris Crutcher for the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out!

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Jay Asher and Chris Crutcher for the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out!
http://www.oif.ala.org/oif/?p=2700

Since 2000, the ALA hosts Read-outs—a continuous reading of banned and challenged books—in Chicago, IL. In lieu of a physical Read-Out this year, the ALA along with its fellow cosponsors of Banned Books Week will host a virtual one where readers from around the world will be able to participate.

Videos (no more than two minutes long) can be submitted by anyone as long as the video includes a reading from a banned or challenged book. Alternatively, videos of up to three minutes can be submitted giving eyewitness accounts of local challenges. All videos will be featured on the dedicated Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel. Any individual who would like to participate in the event can find instructions on the new Banned Books Week website under Virtual Read-Out.

For more information, visit http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/calendarofevents/index.cfm

EndNote Q&A with EndNote Expert, Doug Nguyen

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

We are pleased to announce that Doug Nguyen, EndNote Training Specialist from Thomson Reuters in New York, will be visiting the WSU Medical Campus on Tuesday, October 4th to meet with WSU EndNote users. Mr. Nguyen has taught and provided technical support for EndNote users for nearly a decade. He will be on hand to answer your questions as well as to provide a brief overview of EndNote X5’s new features.

Please note, this is a Q&A session and will not include formal instruction. Although an R.S.V.P. is strongly encouraged, participants may come and go as they please.

So, gather your questions and come to Room 324 of the Mazurek Education Commons Building at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. To register, email faemail@med.wayne.edu and please indicate that you are registering for the EndNote Q&A session. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Rebecca Stecko at rstecko@med.wayne.edu or (313) 577-9877.

Judy Blume and Lauren Myracle help launch Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out on YouTube!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Readers from across the United States and around the world are demonstrating their support for free speech by participating in a virtual read-out of banned and challenged books that will culminate during the 30th annual Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-Oct. 1), the only national celebration of the freedom to read. Individuals, libraries and bookstores are uploading videos to YouTube, which will then be featured on the ALA’s Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out channel. Participants are submitting either a reading (up to two minutes) or a description of a local book challenge (up to three minutes). Instructions on how individuals can upload their videos can be found here. Libraries and librarians wishing to participate can follow the instructions posted here.

The authors of challenged books are also participating in the read-out. Videos of frequently censored authors Judy Blume and Lauren Myracle have recently been posted.

Visit http://www.oif.ala.org/oif/?p=2670 to watch!

10.8.11| MEDICAL STUDIES & ME: Myths & Reality

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

WSU Shiffman Medical Library Outreach presents…

Community Conversations on Health <– click here for flyer & details

  • What are medical studies & clinical trials
  • The value of medical research
  • What questions to ask
  • protecting volunteers

In Recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

WHEN: 1:00 – 3:00 pm Saturday, October 8

WHERE: Detroit Public Library – Explorers Rm (Main – 5201 Woodward)

AUDIENCE: Community, staff, students, alumni, research & academic faculty

Join the conversation with research experts and open forum Q & A with the community

Shiffman Outreach website: library.wayne.edu/so

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds by the National Library of Medicine under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00005-C with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Library of the Health Sciences and the Wayne State University Library System for Shiffman Medical Library Outreach and Community Engagement Program

Join the Virtual Read-out for Banned Books Week September 24- October 1

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Join the Virtual Read-out! The centerpiece of this year’s Banned Books Week celebration (Sept. 24-Oct. 1) is a virtual read-out. Everyone is invited to create a video of themselves reading from their favorite banned or challenged book and upload it to a special Banned Books Week channel. Videos of challenged authors and other celebrities will be posted on both YouTube and our Videos page in coming days. More information about the read-out is available here.

Dave Stout is here today to discuss how Digital Commons can improve the visibility of your publications. #oaweek

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

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Join us tomorrow for Jessica Litman’s talk on Readers’ Copyright, 2pm UGL #oaweek

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

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Oakland Center Library closing September 29

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Beginning Thursday, September 29, the Oakland Center Library will be permanently closing. The Library System will no longer provide computer or printing support but will continue to provide the following library services through the Oakland Center’s Main Office:

· Print Course Reserves
· Pickup and drop-off of MeLcat requests, Interlibrary Loan and Paged (“Get It!”) requests
· Reference support will be available online via “Ask-a-Librarian” on the library website (http://library.wayne.edu/services/help/)

Students will have access to the Oakland Center’s computer labs for printing and to access the library’s online resources. The new schedule of services will begin on Saturday, October 1 in the Main Office. For more information and Oakland Center hours, visit http://oakland.wayne.edu/center/

Librarians are still available for appointments to discuss research interests and to provide in class or virtual instruction to your class regarding research assignments. Visit http://library.wayne.edu/services/help/ or to contact a subject specialist, go to http://library.wayne.edu/info/staff/liaison.php

Want to know more about what Open Access is? Come hear WSU’s Scholarly Communications Librarian discuss 10/24. #oaweek

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

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Take Part in the Virtual Read-Out for Banned Books Week: September 24-October 1

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Readers from across the United States and around the world are demonstrating their support for free speech by participating in a virtual read-out of banned and challenged books that will culminate during the 30th annual Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-Oct. 1), the only national celebration of the freedom to read. Individuals, libraries and bookstores are uploading videos to a Banned Books Week YouTube Channel, submitting either a reading of up to two minutes or a description of a local book challenge of up to three minutes.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings. Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections. Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.

For more information on Banned Books Week, visit http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm