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Open Textbook Adoption Awards Announced

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

The Open Textbook Adoption Task Force recently presented four faculty members with Open Textbook Adoption Awards, resulting in approximately $30,000 in savings to students and immediate access to students enrolled in those courses. An open textbook is a textbook licensed under an open copyright license, and made available online to be used freely. Many open textbooks are distributed in either print, e-book or audio formats that may be downloaded or purchased at little or no cost.

Funded by Computing and Information Technology (C&IT), each faculty member received a $1,000 award. The recipients were:

Christopher Kelly, Physics
Course: PHY 5340
Textbook adopted: “Physics of Light and Optics,” by J. Peatross and M. Ware; winter 2017 semester. (

Timothy Moran, History
Course: HIS 2040
Textbook adopted: “U.S. History” by Corbett, Janssen, Lund, Pfannestiel, Vickery, Waskiewicz; spring 2016 semester.

Victor Berdichevsky, College of Engineering
Course: ME5995
Textbook adopted: “Introduction to Tensor Calculus and Continuum Mechanics” by J.H.Heinbockel; fall 2016 semester. www.MATH.ODU.EDU/~jhh/jhh/html

Saman Alaniazar, College of Engineering
Course: BE2100
Textbook adopted: OpenStax text “Introductory Statistics”

The committee members selecting the awardees were Dean of Students David Strauss; Associate Professor Kevin Deegan-Krause, political science; and Abdul-Rahman Mohammad Suleiman, a student representative and open textbook advocate. The Open Textbook Adoption Task Force works together to advocate for the adoption of quality open textbooks and open educational resources to decrease course textbook and materials costs for students. The members are:
• Daren Hubbard, chief information officer and associate vice president, C&IT
• Tim Gritten, associate dean; Paul Gallagher, director, library operations & user services; Veronica Bielat, librarian; Damecia Donahue, librarian, University Libraries
• Cynthia Sulad, director, Learning Management System Support
• Sara Kacin, assistant director and Ligia Pamfilie, instructional designer, Office for Teaching & Learning
• Abdul-Rahman Mohammad Suleiman, student representative

Libraries’ 2015 Annual Report

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Click here to download the Libraries’ 2015 annual report

May is National Share-a-Story Month!

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Selectors: Emily Brush and Brittany Hill

“Stories you read when you’re the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you’ll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.”
― Neil Gaiman

For storytelling resources and information from the Libraries’ collections, visit the subject of the month research guide at

Wayne State names Tim Gritten associate dean of libraries

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Tim Gritten was recently named associate dean of the Wayne State University Libraries. The appointment was announced by Dean Sandra Yee, who oversees the Wayne State University Libraries and School of Library and Information Science.

Gritten joins the libraries from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, where he was the assistant director of libraries for user services. Gritten has more than 20 years of experience in libraries, serving in escalating roles within circulation, collections, acquisitions, technology and administration.

“Tim Gritten is the perfect candidate to fill the essential role of associate dean of libraries,” said Yee. “His expertise in all areas allows him to understand our users at every level, enhancing the overall user experience, which is our most important goal.”

In his role at the Wayne State Libraries, Gritten will focus on developing and implementing library programs and services to align with the university’s strategic goals, leading academic staff, and expanding and enhancing classroom technology.

Gritten earned his master’s in library science from Indiana University and bachelor’s degrees in anthropology, classics and history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He served on several Association of College and Research Libraries editorial boards and committees, and as a mentor and committee member in the Library Leadership and Management Association. Gritten’s research interests include open access, copyright, fair use and publishing.

“I am thrilled to be joining the phenomenally talented individuals at the University Library System,” Gritten said. “I can’t wait to see what the libraries do next across campus and beyond.”

UGL 2nd floor renovations underway

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Thanks to your suggestions, we’re remodeling the 2nd floor to offer more collaborative, customizable study spaces. As we begin these improvements, the books previously located on this floor have been moved to west side of the 3rd floor. For current updates on the construction, visit our website:

Thank you for your patience during these renovations.

DigitalCommons@WSU hits 1 million downloads!

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Thanks to the contributions of Wayne State faculty and researchers, Wayne State’s DigitalCommons@WSU ( recently hit 1 million downloads. Started in 2005, DigitalCommons@WSU began seeing huge growth in 2011 with the addition of an institutional repository librarian, who worked with faculty to get their materials into DigitalCommons@WSU and make their work open access. The use of DigitalCommons@WSU brings more visibility to our faculty and significantly increases research impact. “By making Wayne State articles open access, researchers across the globe were able to download 1,000,000 items that may have otherwise been inaccessible to them, further extending the reach and impact of this scholarship,”said Mike Priehs, scholarly communications coordinator.

To be a part of DigitalCommons@WSU and start getting your work, and Wayne State, recognized and downloaded around the world, visit

Learn how to evaluate a quality website to use in your research using our 5 criteria

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Are you using a quality website for your research. Watch this video and find out:

May 4 | Service-Learning at Wayne State: a faculty brown bag

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

To download a PDF, follow this link: Service_Learning_flyer

April 16 | How Does Your Garden Grow: Urban Gardening in the City

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Who: Wayne State’s Shiffman Medical Library Outreach
What: A Free community event | How Does Your Garden Grow: Urban Gardening in the City
When: Saturday, April 16, 2016 | 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Where: One Ford Place, Gilmour Center Henry Ford Health System
1 Ford Place, Detroit, MI 48201
RSVP Required:

Ashley Atkinson, Keep Detroit Growing
Winona Bynum, Detroit Food Policy Council
Tepfirah Rushdan, The Greening of Detroit
Agriculture Instructor, Michigan State University Tollgate Education Center and Farm

Learn about:
Therapeutic benefits of gardening
The right gardening options for you
Urban gardening projects in Detroit
How to maintain a healthy garden
Food systems and their impact on the environment and our health
ToxTown an interactive environmental educational tool from the National Library of Medicine, and
Sample snacks from local gardens

Overview of ToxTown Environmental Health Website
Urban Gardening Panel
Audience Q & A

Faculty: Apply for an Open Textbook Adoption Award by April 17

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Have you noticed?

An increase in the price of your required course textbook?
Students are not prepared for class because they have not completed the readings?
Students have not purchased the required course textbook?
A yes answer to any of these questions may impact the student retention and success in your course. According to a U.S. Public Interest Research Group survey, textbook costs can equal 14% of the tuition and fees at a four-year public university. Students may not purchase textbooks due to their cost, and unprepared students may not succeed in class, ultimately dropping the class and extending their time to graduation.

The Wayne State University Open Textbook Adoption Award is designed to help Wayne State University instructors adopt open textbooks within their courses. Selected applications will receive up to $1,000 towards open textbook adoption.

Several open textbook grant-funded initiatives have made quality, peer-reviewed textbooks available. Open textbooks are:

available online for free via internet connection
provide for personal download at no additional cost
Suggested quality, peer-reviewed open textbooks to consider include OpenStax College or University of Minnesota Open Textbook Library. The award panel will also consider quality open textbooks from other sources. If you would like assistance locating an open textbook for your course, or would like to know if the open textbook you would like to use would qualify, please contact Veronica Bielat, University Libraries, (313) 577-4217 or

The open textbook adoption must be a new project, existing open textbooks already in use by faculty for courses at Wayne State University are not eligible for this award.

Award Requirements
All award recipients will be asked to share their experiences of open textbook adoption.

Award recipients may be asked to provide class time for a student evaluation of the open textbook.

Application Review Process
Applications will be reviewed by a panel consisting of a faculty member, an administrative staff member and a student representative.

Proposals will be awarded based upon:

Quality and strength of application and how well it meets the requirements
Potential savings to Wayne State University students (based on historical course enrollment numbers and current text costs)
Ability to be implemented in the Fall 2016 or Winter 2017 semester
Accessibility and usability of the resource for all students
Award Disbursement
Award funds will be distributed at the beginning of the semester identified for open textbook adoption in the application.

Submissions are due by midnight, April 17, 2016

To apply go to: