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Archive for June, 2014

Wayne State Libraries selected for 3-year ACRL “Assessment in Action” program

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

The Wayne State University Libraries were recently selected by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) to take part in the “Assessment in Action (AiA)” program, an initiative that aims to further academic libraries’ efforts to participate in higher education discussions of accountability by teaching librarians how to demonstrate their roles in student learning and success.

Over a three-year period, 300 institutions selected to participate in an AiA learning community will develop and implement an action-learning project that assesses the impact of various aspects of libraries on student learning. Projects are led by team leaders, which consist of a librarian and campus team members. Wayne State’s campus team includes: Librarian Judith Arnold, Associate Provost and Associate Vice-President for Undergraduate Affairs, Joseph Rankin, and School of Library and Information Science Assistant Professor, Deborah Charbonneau, who will be focusing their project on the connection between the use of librarian consultations and academic success.

“This project will help us fine tune our research services for students and give us data from which we can define and enhance success strategies,” said Sandra Yee, dean of Wayne State University Libraries.

Librarians who participate in the AiA program, supported by a blended learning environment and a peer-to-peer network, will lead their campus teams in the development and implementation of an action-learning project examining the impact of the library on student success and contributing to assessment activities on their campus. For more information on the Assessment in Action program, visit http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl.

Walter P. Reuther Library receives grant from NHPRC to expand discovery and access to oral histories

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs, was recently awarded a grant totaling $109,152 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to facilitate the discovery and promotion of 1,660 oral histories of individuals directly involved in the labor, civil rights and social justice movements, among other important historical developments.

By employing updated access methods, the NHPRC grant project will allow Reuther archivists to work on descriptions that will make the oral histories easier to discover by researchers. Donated to the Reuther or conducted by staff members over the last 40 years, these stories bring a deeper understanding of the lives and work of such prominent national figures as Grace Lee Boggs and Cesar Chavez and organizations like the NAACP and the UAW. Perhaps more importantly, the oral histories also give voice to the unknown rank-and-file workers, immigrants, pioneering professional women and minority urban dwellers, providing new perspectives on the American experience.

“This grant will allow scholars to easily locate oral histories of labor leaders and individuals who tell their own stories in their own ways, bringing a new understanding of their lives and work,” said Sandra Yee, dean of the Wayne State University Libraries. “Making these oral histories more accessible will be a huge benefit to researchers.”

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission supports projects to facilitate the use of historical records held by archives and other repositories and to assure their long-term preservation. The Archivist of the United States is the Chairman of the fifteen-member Commission, which includes representatives from all three branches of the federal government as well as the leading archival and historical professional associations. Established in 1934 with the National Archives, the NHPRC has awarded nearly 5,000 grants for preserving, publishing and providing access to the nation’s historical documents.