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12/3 | Free webinar: Applying Copyright in Online Learning Environments

November 26th, 2014

Wednesday, December 3
2:30–4:00 PM
David Adamany Undergraduate Library Community Room (3rd Floor)

Want to learn more about copyright compliance for materials delivered through your Blackboard course site?

Online platforms have become the base of operation for instruction for both face-to-face classes and distance education; yet current copyright law does not provide direct guidance on what you can legally upload into your CMS. In this webinar, Gretchen McCord, from Digital Information Law, will break down the elements of course management system (CMS) use and help you assess risk and analyze copyright law to ensure your CMS is within copyright regulations. She will illuminate facets of copyright law that will help you make informed decisions.
In this webinar, you will learn:

• How to apply fair use and other copyright exceptions to your decision making
• How to make sound analogies from court decisions on brick-and-mortar cases
• How to assess risk when using copyright-protected content

Although this webinar is targeted toward librarians, we believe this content will be interesting to faculty and staff who develop and support online courses, or the use of Blackboard, in their Departments and Programs. All Wayne State faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

About the Instructor
Gretchen McCord is an attorney and librarian, focusing on intellectual property in digital formats. Previously an academic librarian, she practiced law for 9 years before starting her legal advising and training consultancy, Digital Information Law. She has taught as an adjunct at both university and community college levels in the areas of copyright, privacy, trademark, and First Amendment law. A frequent speaker, she is the author of Copyright in Cyberspace: Questions and Answers for Librarians, What You Need to Know About Privacy Law: A Guide for Librarians and Educators, and Fair Use: The Secrets No One Tells You.

Placing donation boxes in the libraries during the holiday season

November 25th, 2014

As part of the Wayne State University Library System’s broad commitment to community engagement, we welcome the opportunity to work with campus groups to help address the needs of those less fortunate. However, due to the overwhelming number of requests to host donation boxes during the holidays, the Library System must limit the number of boxes allowed in the library buildings. Library System initiatives will be given first priority. In order to avoid duplication of donation types and alleviate space issues and accessibility concerns, we will allow one box from each of the following categories in each building on a first come, first served basis:

1. Food/pantry items
2. Toys
3. Winter clothing (hats, gloves, coats)
4. Children’s books
5. Toiletries

Once each of these categories is filled, no additional boxes will be allowed unless a box from that category is removed.

Thank you for your cooperation.

“Dictatorship and Democracy in the Age of Extremes: Spotlights on the History of Europe in the Twentieth Century” exhibit at UGL through November and December

November 23rd, 2014

In cooperation with the Wayne State University history department, the Wayne State University Libraries will be hosting the exhibit “Dictatorship and Democracy in the Age of Extremes: Spotlights on the History of Europe in the Twentieth Century” throughout November and December in the atrium of the Undergraduate Library. The exhibit portrays Europe’s twentieth century as a dramatic history of the struggle between freedom and tyranny, democracy and dictatorship. Inspired by the year 2014, it invites viewers to take a historical pulse of the past century. The exhibition presents almost 190 photographs and images from numerous European archives.

The Institute for Contemporary History in Munich, Deutschlandradio Kultur and the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship are jointly sponsoring an exhibition in 2014 about the history of democracy and dictatorship in 20th century Europe. The occasion for this is the upcoming series of major anniversaries that illustrate the linkages among national histories during the “Century of Extremes“: the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I takes place in 2014. 75 years will have passed as well since the beginning of World War II, 25 years since the peaceful revolution of 1989, and 10 years since the eastward enlargement of the European Union.

The authors of the show are Prof. Dr. Andreas Wirsching, the director of the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich, and his colleague Dr. Petra Weber. The exhibit was translated by Wayne State history professor Andrew Port.

ClinicalKey Tour Coming to WSU

November 19th, 2014

You’re invited!
ClinicalKey Concierge Tour

Experience a clinical search engine that works the way you do.
ClinicalKey gives you fast access to better evidence, helping drive decision-making and improve patient care.
Coming to Wayne State University, experience it for yourself featuring:

Personalized hands-on demonstrations of ClinicalKey capabilities
Attendance prizes and other giveaways
Complimentary Starbucks gift cards and light snacks

December 3, 2014, 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Margherio Conference Center, Mazurek Medical Education Commons | Wayne State University School of Medicine
540 E. Canfield St.
Detroit, MI. 48201

More Info: Shiffman Medical Library | | 313-577-1094.

ClinicalKey @ WSU 12/3/14

12/2 | Collecting Past Radicals and Rebels: The Resonance of Resistance and the Persistence of Injustice: a presentation with Dr. Francis Shor

November 14th, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 4:30 p.m.
Reuther Conference Room, 2nd Floor
Walter P. Reuther Library
3401 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202

December 2 marks the 50th anniversary of an iconic moment in the free speech movement: the 1964 student protests and sit-in at the University of California, Berkeley campus. 52 years before that, another significant free speech fight embroiled San Diego in a six-month confrontation between police, vigilantes, and the Industrial Workers of the World. Labor activist Joe Hill escaped the violence of San Diego only to succumb to anti-union violence in Utah in 1915. “Collecting Past Radicals and Rebels: The Resonance of Resistance and the Persistence of Injustice,” will be an illustrated presentation that will explore the role of IWW rebels Joe Hill and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, not only highlighting the meaning of their radicalism to their times, but also recognizing how their work (and the persistence of social injustices) helped to inspire free speech, civil rights, and resistance movements through the 1960s and into our own times with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Reuther Library and the University Library System. Donations will be accepted at the event to increase access, awareness and digitization of the Industrial Workers of the World Records held in the Reuther Library.

More information at 313-577-4024 / /

Wayne State University Libraries welcome new director to Reuther Library

November 14th, 2014

Wayne State University has appointed Erik Nordberg as the director of the Walter P. Reuther Library and Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs.

With more than twenty years of archival experience, Nordberg comes to Wayne State from the Michigan Humanities Council in Lansing, Mich., where he served as executive director. Prior to his position with the Council, Nordberg was the university archivist and head of archives at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich., where he played a pivotal role in creating the Keweenaw Digital Archives, a grant-funded, searchable database of digitized historical photographs documenting Michigan’s historic copper mining district. The digital collection continues to grow, more than doubling in size since its establishment in 2005.

Nordberg received a bachelor of arts in combined humanities from the University Of Ulster at Jordanstown in Northern Ireland and a master of philosophy in Anglo-Irish literature from the University of Dublin, Trinity College in the Republic of Ireland. He completed a master’s degree in library and information science at Wayne State University and is currently a doctoral candidate in the program of industrial heritage and archaeology at Michigan Technological University.

“We’re very excited to welcome Erik Nordberg back to Wayne State,” said Sandra Yee, dean of the Wayne State University Library System. “His archival experience and interest in industrial, labor and metro Detroit history will fit in perfectly with the mission of the Reuther Library and be a great asset to Wayne State.”

The author of numerous grants, presentations and articles, Nordberg has research interests in Michigan mining history and a pro-active stance on born-digital records in archives. “It’s important that we carefully select records and provide an environment that we can trust not only preserve the records, but allow them to remain authentic,” said Nordberg.

Nordberg looks forward to collaborating with campus partners and promoting Wayne State thorough the Reuther Library. “As part of the Library System, it’s wonderful to work among people with a shared interest in libraries and archives,” said Nordberg. “But I’m also very excited to work with students and faculty—even if they aren’t history majors, there’s still so much the Reuther can add to their studies and research.”

The Reuther Library is the largest labor archives in North America and is home to the collections of numerous unions and labor-related organizations. Its collection strengths extend to the political and community life of urban and metropolitan Detroit, the civil rights movement in Michigan and nationally, and women’s struggles in the workplace. The Reuther Library is also the home of the Wayne State University Archives which houses the University’s official files, records, and documents.

Detroit Artists Workshop 50th Anniversary Display at UGL through November

November 5th, 2014

The Artists’ Workshop Society was an artist-run collective founded on November 1st, 1964 by John Sinclair, Magdalene Arndt (a.k.a. Leni Sinclair), Charles Moore, Robin Eichele, George Tysh and ten others, who rented a house at 1252 West Forest for use as a gallery and performance space near Wayne State’s campus.

Free poetry and jazz performances were featured every Sunday afternoon. They also produced their own books, journals and workshops, and introduced avant-garde poets, artists and musicians to Detroit, many for the first time.

This small, fiercely independent and interracial group was the first to inspire a cultural revolution in Detroit and beyond. The threads of this influence stretch from jazz to rock, psychedelia to heavy metal, noise and other experimental music, as well as poetry, politics, the Cass Corridor art movement and the growth of Detroit’s alternative presses.

This commemorative display includes selections from the personal collections of Detroit Artists Workshop members, including photographer Leni Sinclair, and documentarian Cary Loren, as well as books from the WSU Libraries’ Special Collections.

Additional DAW materials are located in the adjacent display ”Cass Corridor Culture,” which also features artworks from the James Duffy gift to the University Art Collection.

For additional information on DAW, visit the website:

Wayne State University’s Reuther Library opens Utah Phillips collection for research

November 3rd, 2014

Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library recently announced the opening of the Utah Phillips Papers for research. A well known folk singer, storyteller, poet, radio host and activist, Bruce Duncan “Utah” Phillips was a prominent member of the American folk music community in the latter half of the 20th century.

Phillips’ widow, Joanna Robinson, selected the Reuther Library as the repository for the papers because Reuther also serves as the repository for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), a labor organization that Phillips was heavily involved with. Arriving in 45 cardboard boxes, Phillips himself described the materials as “what academics have characterized as my personal archives, but are in fact a jumble of papers and objects, the detritus of over half a century.”

The collection includes documents from Phillips’ professional and political activities predominantly from 1968 to 2008, including drafts of songs, poems and stories as well as set lists, tour itineraries, and other materials associated with his performances. In addition to notes, agendas and texts for his radio show, the collection also features correspondence with fellow musicians like Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash, Ani DiFranco, Rosalie Sorrels, Kate Wolf and Faith Petric. Photographs, posters, audio and video recordings and memorabilia mostly related to Phillips’ career as a singer and traveling musician also make up a portion of this collection.

The collection also documents Phillips’ political and social activism, including his involvement with the IWW and other labor groups, his pacifist involvement with peace organizations and his contributions to environmentalist and homeless advocacy organizations. Finally, the papers document Utah’s faith through texts and programs for sermons delivered by Utah to Unitarian Universalist congregations.

“This folk artist’s collection is like no other that we have at the Reuther,” said Reuther Field Archivist Louis Jones. “This body of material not only documents Phillips’ musical career, but his involvement with the working class, organized labor and progressive activism, making his collection particularly unique and of sure interest to a wide range of researchers.”

For more information on the Utah Phillips Papers or Utah Phillips, visit or contact Louis Jones at (313) 577-0263

Pastoral Paintings Hidden on the Edge of Old Books

October 26th, 2014

Here’s something that will have you bending all the classic books in your house: fore-edge painting, the art of hiding illustrations and paintings on the outer edges of a book. The technique, which is said to date back to as early as the 1650s, was recently brought to the webs attention by Colossal, who shared brilliant examples of the result in GIF form.

The technique works by bending the edges of the book to expose just a small sliver of the page’s face. Drawing or painting from that angle leaves only a small portion of the image on each page – not enough to notice on each individual page, but enough to form an entire scene when bent back to the same angle they were painted from.

The GIFs on Colossal come from Colleen Theisen who helps out with outreach and instruction at the Special Collections & University Archives at University of Iowa, and form a series comprising the four seasons on four books from 1837. Each details beautiful examples of life through the year – in a time where people were far more connected to the land and changing seasons around them.

For visuals and to read more visit

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

October 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 to download your copy!