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Celebrate Banned Books Week: Sept. 25- Oct. 1

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Highlighting 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, to publish, to read, and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

The top 10 most challenged books of 2015 were:


  1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
  3. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
    Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
  4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
    Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
  5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
    Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
  6. The Holy Bible
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
  7. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
    Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
  8. Habibi, by Craig Thompson
    Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
  10. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
    Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).


The Wayne State Libraries hold some of the books from the top 10 most challenged list of 2015. Look around the libraries for “mug shot” posters that will tell you why were they banned and where you can find them in our libraries. For even more information, visit

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Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science awards student and alumni at annual ceremony

The Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) recently held the SLIS Recognition Ceremony and Reception to honor the school’s scholarship and award winners, student association officers, and the numerous contributions of the school’s donors, faculty and supporters. A recording of the event is available at

The SLIS award winners for 2016 are:

The Distinguished Alumnus Award

2001 SLIS graduate Ronald E. Wheeler Jr., director of the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries, associate professor of law and legal research at Boston University School of Law, and the current president of the American Association of Law Libraries, was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the library and information science field. This award recognizes those who have achieved distinction in the profession based on job performance, service, publications or other relevant professional activity.

Professional Service Award

Alumna Frances Moore Runnells Hotchkiss was honored with the Professional Service Award, which acknowledges Wayne State alumni and other individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to the Michigan library community during their careers and have supported the School of Library and Information Science. Moore Runnells Hotchkiss has served for 37 years as the youth services department manager at the Brandon Township Public Library in Ortonville, Michigan.

Patricia B. Knapp Award

Adam Mosseri received the Patricia B. Knapp Award, given each year to a graduating student who has demonstrated a high level of scholarship and shows promise of success in a career in library and information science. Mosseri was selected based on scholastic achievement, evidence of research capability and professional commitment.



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Text a librarian anytime, anywhere! 313-228-3WSU

The Wayne State University Libraries now have a  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 “Help” in the bar at the top right or visit and use the instant message box to chat with a librarian. Or, if texting is more your thing, send your questions to 313-228-3WSU. Standard text messaging charges may apply from your wireless provider.

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

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Sept. 14 | Library System Annual Book Sale outside of the UGL

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. We’ll see you on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., outside of UGL.

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Who Makes the Library? Brian Mitchell does!

A library is only as good as its staff, which is why the Wayne State University Libraries are amazing! Not only does our staff care about customer service and helping our students and faculty find the resources they need, but the Libraries are filled with knowledgeable people. To kick off the new semester, we’re launching “Who Makes the Library?” This new campaign will feature Wayne State Libraries staff members that are applying their library knowledge beyond the walls of the libraries as well as their personal knowledge to the libraries. From specialized video production skills and web design to arts and music, our library staff is rich with talent that benefits the libraries and our users. We think you’ll be surprised to see the interesting and incredible things that people are doing! This month we’re featuring Brian Mitchell, multimedia specialist and video production extraordinaire!

Brian Mitchell, Multimedia Specialist

For the last six years Brian Mitchell has served as a multimedia specialist for the Wayne State University Libraries but his video skills have taken him out of the library and onto the big screen.

At the libraries, Mitchell troubleshoots, maintains, repairs and provides classroom support for all of the general purpose classrooms at the university. In between running all over campus supporting our students and faculty, he also does training videos for the classrooms as well as specialized videos for conferences that the Libraries’ dean presents at around the world. These videos are a walk in the park for Mitchell, who is no stranger to video production. Outside of the libraries, he’s been producing and directing films for years.

For the past 15 years, Mitchell has worked in many areas of the tv/film industry. “I’ve been a production assistant, and I’ve produced, written and directed as well.” He is currently working on a short-film, Parallel, that’s been shot and is in the editing process. Working with a new production company that had the idea for the film, Mitchell helped write and produce the screenplay. “I’ve been interested in film my whole life, ever since I saw Star Wars,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell’s ultimate goal is to one day win an Oscar, but for now he is content with what he has accomplished. Over the last five years he has produced multiple short films, most recently, The Dark Below, which is currently on the film festival circuit. Mitchell also has credits on IMDB. “I’ve always wanted to work in the film industry, but because I have a family, I also needed a full-time job,” said Mitchell.

With such a lengthy background, it’s undeniable that Mitchell’s knowledge in film helps him on the job. “Doing short training videos or doing videos for the dean, I do have that expertise,” said Mitchell. The use of video cameras and editing software is second nature to Mitchell, allowing him to work confidently in either setting. Mitchell also acknowledged that both film-making and his job are collaborative art forms. “It’s not one person making a film, it’s a group effort. Working on videos here is the same way,” Mitchell said. Before completing a training video, Mitchell confers with the other techs, and his supervisor regarding what should be shown, how it should be shown, the length of the video, etc. “The library system is a big collaborative group of people who do all different things and come together to make a library work,” Mitchell added.

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September’s Subject of the Month is Nobel Prize Winning Authors

Since 1901, the Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded annually to an author from any country who has, in the words of the will of Alfred Nobel, produced “in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction”.  Though individual works are sometimes cited as being particularly noteworthy, here “work” refers to an author’s work as a whole.  This display and Research Guide presents the authors who have been awarded this prize.

Visit the guide to learn more!

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Welcome to the Libraries!

Whether it’s your first time on campus or you’re a seasoned library user, check out the Welcome to the Libraries handout to start the school year off right. For those new to Wayne State, you’ll find out about many of the most-used services that the libraries offer, from using a computer or a study room to chatting with a librarian online or via text. Even if you’ve been here awhile, you’ll find out about anything new we’re offering this year. Check it out and if you have any questions, remember, you can always ask us anything!




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