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Wayne State Shiffman Medical Library director appointed to National Library of Medicine Board of Regents

September 2nd, 2014

The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, recently appointed Sandra Martin, director of Wayne State University’s Shiffman Medical Library to the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The appointment runs through August 2018.

“The Wayne State Libraries are proud that the NLM and the Secretary of Health and Human Services have recognized Sandra Martin’s deep knowledge and expertise in medical librarianship,” said Sandra Yee, dean of the Wayne State University Libraries.

“We are pleased that through Sandra’s leadership on the board, the Wayne State Libraries will make a significant contribution to the health information available to the nation’s citizens.”

A life-long Detroiter, Martin received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wayne State University. Prior to her position as director of Shiffman Medical Library, she served as the assistant director of Shiffman and supervisor of library and A/V services at Harper Hospital in Detroit. Throughout her career Martin has held committee positions at local, state, regional and national levels, including the Medical Library Association, Association of Academic Health Science Libraries and the National Library of Medicine.

The NLM Board of Regents meets three times per year to advise, consult with and make recommendations to the HHS Secretary, the director of the NIH and the director of the NLM. The Board provides input on matters regarding library materials collected, services provided and research conducted by the NLM, including research and development done at the National Center for Biotechnology Information, which maintains PubMed, MedlinePlus, genome databases and many other resources heavily used by scientists throughout the world. The Board also reviews and makes recommendations about grant applications, bioinformatics training programs and contracts funded by the Library.

Part of the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world’s largest biomedical library. As a developer of electronic information services, it delivers trillions of bytes of data to millions of users every day.

The Wayne State University Library System consists of the university’s six libraries: The David Adamany Undergraduate Library, the Purdy/Kresge Library, the Shiffman Medical Library, the Arthur Neef Law Library, the Science and Engineering Library, and the Reuther Library and the School for Library and Information Science.

Wayne State University is a premier institution offering more than 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 28,000 students.

PrintCity 2014: The Artist’s Hand: Connecting Printmakers with Library Special Collections, Saturday September 27

August 26th, 2014

As part of the Print City Mid-America Print Council 2014 conference, stop by the Undergraduate Library to see “The Artist’s Hand: Connecting Printmakers with Library Special Collections.”

Saturday, September 27
11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3rd floor Special Collections Room
David Adamany Undergraduate Library
Wayne State University

Members of the Wayne State University Libraries’ Special Collections Team will be on hand to assist visitors in viewing our display of treasures from our collections, selected to inspire printmakers and artists interested in print culture.

Don’t leave Detroit without seeing the 1821 hand colored engraving The Key to the Noble Game of the Swan!

*This display will be open to the public*

The new University Libraries’ website is live! Check it out and tell us what you think!

August 19th, 2014

The new website is live! What do you like about it? Is there anything that you think it needs? We’d love your feedback. Give us your thoughts at https://waynestate.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2tXpXzf5WzDnW3X

Painting in the Undergraduate Library to take place beginning July 22: alternative entrance and building detours to occur

August 12th, 2014

On July 22, 2014, we will begin a painting project in the Undergraduate Library that will last from 2-4 weeks and cover all three floors of the front lobby and the atrium of the building. During part of this time, it will be necessary to temporarily close the main entrance of the building and the atrium area.

While painting is being completed in the lobby, we will be directing all users and staff to enter the building from the Extended Study Center entrance on the east side of the building. Circulation and reference services will also be temporarily relocated to the information desk on the opposite side of the lobby.

While painting takes place the atrium, we will ask users to detour through the Extended Study Center to access the Student Lounge and Delilah’s Cafe. Access to the front of the building will be available via the hallway on the east side of the building from the Extended Study Center.

During this time, for those sensitive to paint fumes, we suggest the Purdy/Kresge Library as an alternative study area, where there are study spaces on all floors and over 75 computers for student use.

We are committed to completing this project as efficiently as possible so as not to cause extended disruptions to our users. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Fountain Plaza construction may cause UGL noise disruptions, please use P/K or the Law Library for quiet study

August 12th, 2014

On Monday, August 4th, The University will be closing the entire fountain court plaza that sits in front of the UGL and the Mort Farris Rec Center for demolition. The construction is expected to take three weeks to complete.

During the construction period, we may experience higher than normal noises levels inside of the UGL. For a quieter study experience, we suggest using the Purdy/Kresge Library or the Arthur Neef Law Library.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Wayne State University Libraries launch new, custom-built digital collections platform

August 11th, 2014

The Wayne State University Libraries are preparing for a soft launch of their new, custom-built digital collections platform in late May. The state-of-the art platform will offer much faster loading speeds and access to higher resolution images, as well as fully integrate the Libraries’ digital collections content and improve information discovery for researchers, educators and students.

Out of a need for an updated, customized approach to the Wayne State digital collections, members of the Discover Services unit built the platform to take the place of DLXS. The platform currently hosts ten photographic and text collections, including the Herman Miller Consortium Collection, Lincoln Letters, Changing the Face of the Auto Industry, Michigan Opera Theatre Performance Images and more. There are plans to add some of the larger collections, including Virtual Motor City and Digital Dress, to the new platform later in 2014.

The team adapted the Internet Archive’s bookreader to incorporate a custom ebook reader into the new platform for viewing the text collections. The open source code allowed the team to add features like navigable tables of contents, full-text search with search results highlighting and the ability to experiment with additions like text-to-speech. The integrated ebook reader allows the handling of text as well as images of text without additional software. This means that users can access all forms of text right in the page, without the need for outside software or a file download.

To browse the collections and to give feedback on the new platform, visit digital.library.wayne.edu

September 17: Astrophysics lecture Neutron Stars: humanity in a sugar cube

August 10th, 2014

In a lecture to accompany the “Here, There, Everywhere” NASA traveling exhibit that is currently on display in the UGL, Wayne State University astronomer Ed Cackett will deliver a lecture called “Neutron Stars: Humanity in a Sugar Cube,” on September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library.

Cackett will discuss neutron stars, a type of stellar remnant that can result from the gravitational collapse of a massive star during a supernova event. Neutron stars and black holes are among the most exotic objects in the universe; studying neutron stars and black holes gives us access to exotic realms that we can’t explore on Earth. A lump of neutron star matter the size of a sugar cube would weigh as much as all humanity, and the stars have magnetic fields a trillion times Earth’s. Since we can’t reproduce such conditions in laboratories, we have to observe neutron stars with telescopes to figure out their properties.

Cackett is an assistant professor in Wayne State’s physics and astronomy departments. He received his Ph.D. from the University of St Andrews in the United Kingdom and held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Michigan and University of Cambridge, before joining the Wayne State University faculty in January 2012. He recently was awarded a National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award, the agency’s most prestigious award for junior faculty, for his project to understand the process of accretion in neutron stars.

The lecture is free and open to the public and the “Here, There, Everywhere” exhibit will be on display through September. For more information, contact Wayne State Librarian Jim Van Loon at cv3901@wayne.edu

Home Sweet Tome: A House Cut Into A Book

August 5th, 2014

http://www.visualnews.com/2013/10/07/home-sweet-tome-house-cut-book/#IwCLZFdBOd2S6ofq.99

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.

Read more at http://www.visualnews.com/2013/10/07/home-sweet-tome-house-cut-book/#GQ9vixHws7OCfjoq.99

Website for New Medical Students

July 31st, 2014

 Welcome New Medical Students

The Shiffman Medical Library Years One & Two Timesaver website is designed for medical students to identify and access academic resources and library information quickly. An extensive collection of electronic textbooks, mobile apps, and health resources such as Case Files and Self-Assessment material in AccessMedicine, Anatomy-TV, and the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) are available at the following URL: http://guides.lib.wayne.edu/somyearone, visit and bookmark the website now to learn more about:

Shiffman Medical Library
Wayne State University
Mazurek Medical Education Commons
320 E. Canfield St.
Detroit, MI 48201
1-313- 577-1088
askmed@wayne.edu

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

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.