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Reuther Library Awarded “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” Grant from American Library Association

June 24th, 2015

Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support public programming aimed at celebrating and preserving the history of Latino/a Americans in the Detroit metropolitan area.

The grant is part of a nationwide program to support local public programming. The Reuther Library will host events highlighting archival materials that illustrate the Latino/a American experience, including a travelling exhibition and panel discussion on Latino auto workers, a workshop centered on preserving records of community and cultural organizations and screenings of episodes from the PBS series “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.” Events will begin during National Hispanic American Month in September and October and continue into the spring near the Cesar Chavez National Day of Service. A convening of regional organizations will meet near the end of the program to consider future efforts to better document the history and legacy of Latino/a Detroit.

The project is a collaboration between the Reuther Library and the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies at Wayne State University. Additional partners include the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, the Consortium of Hispanic Agencies, El Museo del Norte/Boulevard House, Matrix Theatre Company, the Community of Latino Artists, Visionaries and Educators (CLAVE), the Julian Samara Research Institute at Michigan State University and the Michigan State University Museum.

The library will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. (Learn more about the series at Many of the Reuther Library’s audiovisual materials were used in the documentary’s fifth episode chronicling Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers.

“Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” is part of an NEH’s Common Good initiative initiative, a new endeavor that seeks to bring the humanities into the public square and foster innovative ways to make scholarship relevant to contemporary issues.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at

About the American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

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June 20th, 2015

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Floral Hommel: A Labor of Love, display and discussion at the Reuther Library July 30

June 14th, 2015

Join us for an opportunity to learn more about the late Flora Hommel and her collection at the Walter P. Reuther Library through a display and discussion featuring local historians, Hommel’s family and former U.S. Senator Carl Levin.

Flora Hommel was one of the pioneers who brought the Lamaze psychoprophylactic method of painless childbirth to the United States, establishing an important teaching organization in Detroit; the Childbirth Without Pain Education Association (CWPEA). She championed the rights of women to control childbirth, creating a grass-roots movement contemporaneous with the women’s movement of the 1960s-1970s.

Most of Hommel’s collection at the Reuther Library is comprised of CWPEA documents and correspondence from its establishment through the 1990s. It includes records of events, classes and projects, including the birthing center and the making of an American version of the well-respected French childbirth film “Naissance”. The collection also holds many birth reports and extensive narrations of the birth experiences of CWPEA students.

The event will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the Walter P. Reuther Library located at 5401 Cass Ave., Detroit. Parking will be available in Structure 1 for $7, credit card only.

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2014 Libraries Annual Report available for download

June 8th, 2015


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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.