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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.

UGL hosts traveling NASA exhibit “Here, There, Everywhere” through September

August 28th, 2014

Beginning September 8 and running through the end of the month, the David Adamany Undergraduate Library will be hosting “Here, There, Everywhere,” a traveling NASA exhibit that illustrates how familiar phenomena on Earth and across the Universe are connected by basic physical laws.

The main feature behind this Here, There, Everywhere (HTE) is a series of spectacular visual comparisons that span from the human scale on Earth to some of the largest structures in the cosmos. The panels in each of the exhibit topics give examples, with explanatory text, of the same physical process occurring on vastly different scales.

There are six subjects in the HTE exhibit. The topics covered in the exhibit include shadows, wind, electric discharge, bow waves, lensing, and the collisional excitation of atoms.

“Our daily experiences reveal much about how our world works, and thinking about everyday examples helps form our basic understanding of physics,” said Patrick Slane, an astrophysicist involved with the project. “This exhibit will help show that these laws of physics have universal relevance.”

HTE was conceived, designed and generated by a team at the Chandra X-ray Center, which is part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusettes. The Chandra X-ray Observatory is NASA’s flagship mission for X-ray astronomy and one of the “Great Observatories” along with the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the now de-orbited Compton Gamma Ray Observatory.

For more information about the exhibit, visit http://hte.si.edu/

Currently registered Wayne State students are eligible for the Student Advantage program – a free download of Microsoft Office!

August 25th, 2014

Currently registered Wayne State students are eligible for the Student Advantage program – a free download of Microsoft Office!

Available for Macs, PCs, and select mobile devices
Download on up to 5 devices
Fully-featured copy of Microsoft Office – for use as long as student is registered
Keep up to date with the latest version with regular updates
Includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more!

Visit http://computing.wayne.edu/microsoft/office.php to download your copy!

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

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.