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Need research help but you aren’t in the library? No problem! Ask a Librarian!

June 12th, 2015

Need help with research? Have a reference question? Just need some assistance from a
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2014 Libraries Annual Report available for download

June 8th, 2015


Link to licensed library resources through “Permalinks”

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.