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MeLCat Users: Service interruptions to take place from November 18-December 11

October 6th, 2015

MeLCat servers will experience service interruptions beginning Wednesday, November 18 at 12 a.m. – through Friday, December 11 for a major technical upgrade of the MelCat system. Going forward, this migration will help improve both user experience and functionally of this service. Because these temporary interruptions may cause some inconveniences while conducting your research, please read below for suggestions on how to access your materials as smoothly as possible.

What Should I do?
We highly recommend that you begin ordering your research materials NOW. This will ensure that your requests will be processed by November 18 when ALL requests processing will cease.

What services will be affected?
• Books and Media Request
• Databases

Book and Media Request:
On Wednesday, November 18, just after midnight, MeLCat requesting will be turned off for all users. No new requests will be accepted via the MeLcat Catalog. The “Get this for me!” link will be disabled.

The service interruption is expected to last until Friday, December 11 at which time we anticipate the Melcat service to be fully restored. If the migration is completed prior to December 11, requesting will be turned on as soon as possible and we will post an announcement on our website to notify users.

During this time, MeLcat Visiting Patron service will also NOT be available.

MeL Databases will be affected from December 2 – 11 in the following ways: Users directly searching the MeL Databases will be verified they are using a Michigan based IP address. If the IP isn’t recognized as being in Michigan, patrons will NOT be able to use the optional remote login.
What are my options to acquire resources I need for my research?

The University Libraries offer several services to use in lieu of MelCat during this downtime. ALL of these services require that you physically visit the library that houses the resources that you wish to access. Please see the below list of services offered and how to access them.

Interlibrary Loan
This is a mediated service. Just submit your request to Interlibrary Loan and we will make every attempt to acquire the material(s) you need in a timely manner. Please keep in mind that while we attempt to fill requests locally, as to cut down on delivery time, not all lending libraries will be in Michigan so delivery time may vary.

Just go to to submit your request. If have not used this service before, you will need to register your account upon first logging in.

Participating libraries can be viewed here: OCLC Library Directory

This service offers in-person access to the resources and information housed in libraries throughout Michigan. The lending policies of the participating libraries vary. It is best to call ahead or consult the library’s website if you are looking to access a specific collection or service. Participating libraries normally lend only printed materials to MILibrary borrowers. Some libraries may loan other types of resources if their individual policies permit. Materials borrowed through this program are to be returned to the library from which they were borrowed, and local library policies and late fees apply. WSU Libraries will not be responsible for any late fees.

To get a MILibrary sticker, present your OneCard at any library service desk on main campus or at the Extension Centers. We will verify that you are a current faculty or staff member or enrolled student, as well as a borrower in good standing. You will be given a MILibrary sticker to apply to your Onecard. Take your Onecard to any participating MIlibrary location and you will be given guest borrower privileges.

Click here to view participating libraries.

Michigan Research Libraries Triangle (MRLT)
Graduate students and faculty from the three MRLT institutions (Wayne State University, University of Michigan, and Michigan State University) can receive guest borrowing privileges at any of the three universities.

You must be a currently enrolled graduate student or faculty member in good standing with your own library. To receive a library card from one of the two other institutions WSU graduate students need to present a OneCard, another form of picture ID and a form that verifies status as a currently enrolled graduate student. Any of the University Libraries Service Desks will be able to provide you with the completed form once we verify your status.


Wayne State University affiliates (defined as students, faculty, staff, and retirees) can borrow books not available at WSU libraries, from other libraries in the Detroit area. Students receiving an INFOPASS are responsible for adhering to all borrowing provisions of the lending library, and are liable for all fees or fines which may be incurred. Failure to return materials and/or pay all fees and fines from the lending library may result in a block on WSU borrowing privileges and/or a hold being placed on WSU academic records.

Come to a WSU library reference service desk with information about the book that you require, along with your current WSU OneCard.The librarian will verify that the requested item is available from a lending library that accepts INFOPASS. The librarian will verify that the borrower has no outstanding holds on the borrower’s library record. The INFOPASS is valid for 10 days from the date of issuance. The borrower is limited to borrowing Items on one INFOPASS. (This may be further limited at the lending libraries discretion.) Books borrowed with an INFOPASS must be returned to the lending library, not a WSU library.

Participating Libraries

October 29 | “And there’s the humor of it: Shakespeare and the four humors” exhibit opening and reception

October 2nd, 2015

And there’s the humor of it: Shakespeare and the four humors

October 29, 2015 | 5pm – 7pm

Event Opening and Reception
Wayne State Shiffman Medical Library | Dr. Marjorie Peeples-Myers Atrium

Featured Presenter Dr. Eric H. Ash, department of history, Wayne State University
Special Performance by Music in Medicine, Wayne State School of Medicine

And There’s the Humor of it: Shakespeare and the Four Humors, a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, will kick off with an opening night reception at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in the atrium of Wayne State’s Shiffman Medical Library. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 28.

The now-discarded theory of the four bodily humors – blood, bile, melancholy and phlegm — pervades the plays of William Shakespeare. In his time, the four humors were understood to define people’s physical and mental health, along with their personality. Carried by the bloodstream, the four humors bred the core passions of anger, grief, hope and fear — the emotions conveyed so powerfully in Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies.

The opening celebration will feature remarks from Eric Ash, associate professor in Wayne State University’s history department. The current director of graduate studies, Ash has taught at Wayne State since 2002. His teaching and research interests include the history of Britain, early modern Europe, the history of science and technology, and environmental history. For the opening, Ash will provide a brief overview of humoral medicine as it was understood in early modern Europe around the time of Shakespeare. He will discuss what the humors were, the medical theory that viewed balancing them within the body as the key to health and well-being, and their connection to the wider view of Aristotle’s natural philosophy.

The National Library of Medicine’s resources for historical scholarship in medicine and related sciences are among the richest of any institution in the world. Collected over many years, the material in the History of Medicine Division provides researchers with sources both rare in availability and exhaustive in scope. The History of Medicine Division also produces exhibitions, public programs, symposia and educational resources for students, teachers and the general public.

This event is free and open to the community. Limited space | RSVP required send email to by October 25.

This event is a prelude to First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. Wayne State University, in collaboration with the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Public Library, has been selected as the host site for the state of Michigan from March 7- April 1, 2016. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring a First Folio of Shakespeare in 2016 to all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Published just seven years after his death, Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies — now known as the “First Folio” — saved for posterity 18 of Shakespeare’s 38 plays, including “The Tempest,” “Macbeth,” “Twelfth Night” and “As You Like It.”

In 2016, multiple copies of this original edition, accompanied by six interpretive panels, will tour the nation as the exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, providing hundreds of thousands of visitors with a rare opportunity to view this important book in their own community. Wayne State University, in collaboration with the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Public Library, is the only host site in Michigan.

Wayne State University Libraries launch digital collection of Civil War Era letters

September 28th, 2015

The Wayne State University Libraries recently launched the Van Riper Family Correspondence, a fascinating digital collection of letters exchanged between members and friends of the Van Riper family who resided in Wayne County Michigan in the 1800s. The collection contains letters written before, during and post-Civil War, giving viewers of the collection a glimpse of life of a family who describe their struggles, fears, setbacks and triumphs between the years of 1836 -1889.

“This collection is a very personal step back in time,” said Wayne State Librarian Diane Paldan, who carefully unfolded and flattened each 100+ year old letter before they were digitized. So grateful that technology has finally allowed for these letters to be digitized and shared with the masses, Diane said, “The danger is not in losing the famous works, it’s that you’re going to lose the ordinary story of people.”

Highlights of these letters include looking through the eyes of a soldier during the Civil War, President Lincoln’s assassination and other day-to-day struggles of being a soldier at war. The collection also shows the perspective of the family and friends that remained home in Michigan during this time and described going to school, trying to get patents, visiting places in Detroit and the changes of their living conditions during this era.

The Van Riper Correspondence digital collection contains 76 letters, a group of addressed envelopes and a printed sheet of the song “Listen to the Mockingbird,” all of which have been transcribed by Librarian Amelia Mowry. To peruse the collection, visit:

For more information contact Special Collections Coordinator Cindy Krolikowski at or 313-577-3311.

Celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week @ the UGL: September 27 – October 3

September 23rd, 2015

Every day, all across the country, one of our most basic freedoms – the right to read – is in danger. In communities large and small, censorship attempts threaten to undermine Americans’ freedom to read. For Banned Books Week 2015, staff and librarians have come together to create a display at the Undergraduate Library that describes the difference between banned and challenged books, the top 10 reasons books are challenged, the top 10 challenged books of 2014, the top 50 challenged books of the decade, the geographical distribution of banned books around the world and legal cases surrounding banned books. The display will be in the atrium of the UGL from September 23 through mid-October.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

Faculty: The 2015/16 Faculty Development Series schedule is now available

September 21st, 2015

Join the Wayne State University Libraries for a monthly series of informal and informative workshops and programs about library resources and services that support scholarly impact, publishing, and teaching.

Research Impact

September 30
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Simons Room
Purdy/Kresge Library
Interested in measuring and enhancing the impact of your research? Librarians will be on hand to help you claim your ORCID author identifier, set up your public Google Scholar profile, calculate your h-index, and assess your altmetrics.

Open Access
October 21
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Simons Room
Purdy/Kresge Library
Would you like to increase your scholarship’s impact? Would you like to make your work Open Access? Have questions about funder public access policies? Join us during Open Access Week to ask questions and learn about the Open Access services Wayne State University Library System offers.

Research Data Services
November 11
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Simons Room
Purdy/Kresge Library
A drop-in session focused on research data management and sharing. We’ll provide feedback on your data management/sharing plan for grant applications, help you identify appropriate data repositories and data journals, show you how to word your participant consent forms to allow for future data sharing, and fill you in on the latest requirements from federal funders.

Special Collections
January 13
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
UGL Community Room
The Wayne State University Library System (WSULS), which includes the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs, has many physical and digital primary sources, archives and Special Collections that can be of great value to faculty and students when doing research and curricular activities. Join the WSULS’s Special Collections Team for an hour of small table discussions covering all aspects of the discovery and use of special collections for research and coursework purposes. Bring your questions!

Fair Use / Copyright
February 24
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Simons Room
Purdy/Kresge Library
A drop-in session focused on the basics of authorship and ownership under the U.S. copyright law. Learn how to read and understand a Copyright Transfer Agreement, what kinds of rights fair use affords, and how to evaluate the tangle of rights and restrictions that apply to teaching and scholarship.

OERs, Permalinks and Open Textbooks
March 9
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
UGL Community Room
Locating quality, sustainable OERs (Open Educational Resources), course readings and open textbooks to enhance your course content can be challenging and time-consuming. Your liaison librarian can help you with this task. At this session, we’ll connect you with OERs, Permalinks and Open Textbooks appropriate for your course. Leave with a new set of course resources.

For more information on any of these sessions, contact Mike Priehs, Coordinator of Scholarly Communications, at

Pulling an all nighter and need library help? Chat with a librarian anytime, anywhere!

September 15th, 2015

This semester, The Wayne State University Libraries are debuting a new 24/7 chat service so librarians can answer your questions about library services and resources as well as help you with your research questions, projects and assignments anytime that you need it, day or night. To connect with a librarian, visit the Libraries’ home page and click “chat” in the bar at the top right or visit and choose “chat.”

Any time you need us, the Wayne State University Libraries are here to help!

Welcome to the Libraries! Click here for a quick snapshot of our libraries, resources and services!

September 3rd, 2015

Welcome to the Libraries! If you’re new to the libraries or just need a quick refresher, check out this flyer that briefly highlights our libraries, resources and services.


Library System Used Book Sale, Wednesday September 16 outside of UGL

September 1st, 2015

Find anything from textbooks to fiction at the annual Library System used book sale. Thousands of books to choose from, all at prices even a college student can afford: $1.50 for hardcover and 50 cents for paperback. This year, we will also be offering a special selection of valuable books at $10 each. We’ll see you on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., outside of UGL.

New updates in the UGL for the new semester

August 31st, 2015

After being closed all summer, the 3rd floor of the UGL is now open. With new carpet and updated electrical throughout, the floor is updated and ready for use for the new school year!

The ultimate LibGuide for cat videos

August 3rd, 2015

The exceptional librarians at the Fondren Library at Rice University have created the Cat Videos on the Web LibGuide. Of course, this is a key resource for cat scholars, but everyone benefits from bringing together the top sources of cat videos and cat video film festivals.

If you need to add some lighthearted fun to your day, check out the Cat Videos on the Web LibGuide.