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Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, September 21−27, 2014

September 23rd, 2014

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.

The Wayne State University Libraries are taking part in Banned Books Week through a detailed guide. Check out the links for more information!

Banned Books tab: http://guides.lib.wayne.edu/aecontent.php?pid=368978&sid=3021983

Interactive Timeline of Banned Books: http://guides.lib.wayne.edu/content.php?pid=368978&sid=3021983#15075538

10 Most Challenged Books of 2013: http://guides.lib.wayne.edu/content.php?pid=368978&sid=3021983#15079883

Banned or Challenged Classics: http://guides.lib.wayne.edu/content.php?pid=368978&sid=3021983#10906813

Library System Used Book Sale, Wednesday September 24 Outside of UGL

September 23rd, 2014

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. 24, 11:00 am, outside of UGL.

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

September 11th, 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/

Detroit artist Gilda Snowden dead at 60

September 9th, 2014

Taken from the Metro Times:

Detroit artist Gilda Snowden has died due to a sudden heart failure, according to her family. She was 60.

A post on Snowden’s Facebook account today broke the news:

Hello everyone, our family would like to inform you that as of this morning, Gilda passed away at Receiving Hospital due to sudden heart failure. We are just as shocked and confused as you are, and would greatly appreciate it if you gave us a little while to gather ourselves and make preparations. We are all immensely grateful for your condolences and well wishes, and we will make sure to keep you posted. Thank you again, we are blessed to have such a caring and loving community around us.

A graduate of Cass Tech High school, Snowden majored in fashion design. She started at Wayne State University in 1972 as a sociology major, but switched to art by the end of her four years. She earned her BFA in Advertising Design and Painting, MA in Painting, and MFA in Painting from Wayne State University by 1979, and started teaching for the university that same year. By 1985, she was a professor at the College for Creative Studies, where she was still employed at the time of her death.

Snowden worked primarily as an abstract painter, heavily inspired by artists of the Cass Corridor scene. Though her medium changed throughout the years, she loved the immediacy of paint — always working on the floor, and never with an easel. “I want them to be layered, gritty, grungy, beautiful,” she told us regarding her work.

She says that she chose to paint because of its speed. “I want to see answers immediately,” she told us.

Snowden was the subject of a retrospective at Artwork Oakland University Art Gallery in late 2013.

She was interviewed in 2011 for the Cass Corridor Documentation Project, a collaboration between the WSU Libraries and University Art Collection. In tribute, her oral history is presented here in audio and text formats:
http://elibrary.wayne.edu/record=b4307702~S47

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.

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