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The WRT Zone in the UGL is open to students that need help with writing, research or technology

Friday, February 7th, 2014

The doors to the Warrior Writing, Research and Technology Zone, known as the WRT (pronounced “write”) Zone, the new Writing Center and Student Technology Studio (STS) collaborative space, opened last fall, creating a one-stop shop for Wayne State students to get research, writing and technology assistance. Located on the second floor of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library, the new space integrates the current services of both areas and adds a new research assistance component.

Through the combined help of librarians, academic staff and graduate student assistants, the new space offers a myriad of services. The writing and research specialists offer assistance in drafting, revision and documentation as well as aid in finding books, articles and resources, evaluating resources, avoiding plagiarism and much more. The technology side of the collaboration helps in formatting papers and dissertations, assists in creating e-portfolios, video editing, building presentations and the creation and editing of graphics using modern equipment and specialized software. For a full list of services offered, visit:


Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Through a new subscription to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) Premium collection, the Library System now has access to the DSM-V, the handbook used by health care professionals in the United States and much of the world as the authoritative guide to the diagnosis of mental disorders. DSM contains descriptions, symptoms and other criteria for diagnosing mental disorders. It provides a common language for clinicians to communicate about their patients and establishes consistent and reliable diagnoses that can be used in the research of mental disorders. It also provides a common language for researchers to study the criteria for potential future revisions and to aid in the development of medications and other interventions.

This new electronic resource has dynamic navigation and search functions and provides access to the previous versions of the DSM, which can be downloaded as PDFs. Each of the individual titles that make up DSM Premium has individual catalog records in the WSU catalog. The DSM collection also gives us the texts: DSM V Handbook of Differential Diagnosis and DSM V Clinical Cases.


Thursday, January 30th, 2014

In December, the Libraries launched a new tool that allows users to virtually browse the stacks from the comfort of his or her own computer. Stack View is a virtual bookshelf that takes a Library of Congress call number and creates a virtual shelf of items as if as they would appear if one were physically browsing the shelves at the library.

Stack View will be accessible from the library catalog as well as from the Libraries’ App Lab, a page that showcases active projects from the University Libraries’ Web Team.

To check out some of the newest projects, visit the App Lab at

Message from Dean Yee, January 2014

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Interface, the new e-newsletter that connects you, the faculty, to the library news, services and resources that are most important to you as a researcher and instructor at Wayne State. We would like Interface to help build a bridge for faculty to learn more about library services that can assist them or even find out about services that they didn’t even realize were offered in the Libraries.

As we recently had to make the difficult decision to close the Science and Engineering Library, a faculty member remarked to me how he would miss being able to browse the shelves to see other books offered in his subject area. Fortunately, this was something that the Libraries planned for based on feedback that we’d gotten previous to closing the SEL. I was able to let him know that we now offered a new application called Stack View and he could virtually browse a graphic representation of the library shelves from the comfort of his own laptop. In fact, with Stack View he’d see even more than he would than if he were standing in front of the shelves because our app combines the holdings of all of our libraries! It is my hope that this newsletter will make this type of information more accessible to our hardworking faculty. I understand the intense schedule of our faculty and I know it isn’t always easy to read every email from beginning to end or follow every news story on campus so it is our plan to update you twice a year with a few highlights that will enrich your experiences and interaction with the Wayne State University Libraries.

The goal of the Libraries is to provide our faculty and students access to excellent resources and services where and when they need them. We monitor how well we’re doing in meeting that goal by collecting data and listening to feedback from our users. As part of the ongoing evaluation of our services, and to make a concerted effort to keep the library resources budget as robust as possible, we recently made the difficult decision to close the Science and Engineering Library to the public. This was done after we carefully reviewed the usage of the building and its collections over the past several years while at the same time, making strategic budget reductions in our operations budget in order to maintain our resource budget.

Some of the statistics that we looked at when making our decision were: (1) gate counts for the SEL decreased by 10% per year over the past several years; (2) student computer use in the building decreased by 50% since 2008; (3) due to low volumes, the reference services were moved to the Purdy/Kresge Library in 2011; (4) course reserves were moved to the UGL when the UGL began staying open for 24 hours; and (5) about one third of the books circulated from the SEL collection were already being retrieved through the Library’s Get It! service. Closing the SEL allows us to protect the resources budget and continue to purchase much-needed resources. Since a vast number of science and engineering journals are already purchased in an electronic format, access to journal literature will remain convenient and easy. Access to most SEL collections is available through our “Get It!” Paging and electronic Document Delivery services, which deliver most requested materials within 24 hours. While closing SEL was a difficult choice to make, strategic decisions like this allow us to continue to offer the high quality resources and services that you’ve come to expect from the Wayne State University Libraries.

As always, thank you for your support,
Sandra G. Yee

Undergraduate Library News

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

We are very excited that the student senate and the Provost have again requested and agreed to provide funding to keep the Undergraduate Library open 24 hours a day from Sunday through Friday. This unique opportunity allows your students access to the library overnight to study and work on group projects. We are continuing to improve services at the Undergraduate library to accommodate this increased student use. We moved the Course reserve books from the Science and Engineering Library to the Undergraduate Library so that your students can access them 24 hours a day 5 days a week in addition to our weekend hours. New PC computers were installed in the Undergraduate Library labs A, B, and C, as well as new iMacs in the first floor Extended Study Area. If you need to use one of the labs for a specialized project, please contact 313.577.8854 to schedule and reserve it.

Journal Review results

Monday, March 15th, 2010

During the 2009 – 2010 academic year the University Library conducted a major review of our journal subscriptions. We had several important goals for this project. They were:

• To realign our journal collection with current University instructional and research needs based on available funding.
• To encourage a collaborative and responsive process for University community stakeholders by involving faculty, students and staff in the journal prioritization process.
• To encourage faculty input guided by decisions of information professionals.
• To develop a journal review model that can be routinely deployed. In addition to building a robust journal collection, Librarians reported that the most beneficial outcome of the journal review was enhanced communication between Librarians and departmental faculty.They learned about new programs and identified other programs that had been discontinued. We also found some technical records clean up that needed to be done.

Overall, together with the faculty, we are saving an estimated $355,376 worth of journal subscriptions that we no longer need. This helps us as we look at balancing our ongoing journal expenditures in a very tight budget situation.

Digital Commons

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Promote your scholarship using the Digital Commons, an open-access electronic publishing tool that will help raise the profile and increase visibility of your research in Google and online. The Digital Commons allows you to track interest in your work by providing you with a monthly readership report. The Digital Commons provides you with a permanent space to archive and distribute your publications and presentations. To get started, all you have to do is e-mail your CV to Web Librarian, Jon McGlone, at From there, he will consult with the publishers of your work to see what can be posted.

Unfortunately under traditional publication agreements author’s sign, all rights, including copyright go to the journal publisher. Your liaison librarians want to help. For future publications you can retain the rights you want and need for future use by completing the Author Addendum generator and attaching it to your publication agreement. We have also created a guide with links to resources for more information:

Our goal for next year is to have at least one article from each department deposited in the Digital Commons.

Student Technology Studio

Monday, March 15th, 2010

The libraries are pleased to offer your students an enhanced computer lab on the second floor of the Undergraduate Library with staff that can assist them in completing your multimedia assignments. If your course includes a multimedia assignment please refer your students to the STS where they can receive assistance with PowerPoint, Photoshop, and Publisher among other things.

From the newest version of the Adobe Creative Suite and iLife to Camtasia and Microsoft Office 2007, the STS has all the tools your students will need to give their assignments a creative boost. For a full list of software visit:

All currently registered students are welcome to drop by any time during operating hours for assistance. It’s free and there’s no appointment necessary. For the current hours and more information, visit

Blackboard Library Resources Button

Monday, March 15th, 2010

All Blackboard generated course sites now have a button on the left navigation menu titled Library Resources. The Library Resources button will take you and your students directly to a subject guide that your Librarian Liaison has created for your department that includes links to Library and other resources that may be of assistance to your students as they complete their assignments. Librarian Liaisons are also available to create customized Guides that will support your course(s). Please feel free to contact your liaison to work with them on adding links to additional resources that you would find useful.

The Library Liaison Program

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Offering excellent client service is the main mission of the University Libraries and one way to accomplish that is by facilitating a partnership between the library and academic departments to support teaching, learning, and research through the library liaison program. Each academic department has been assigned their own personal librarian liaison.

Liaison Services encompass all librarian interactions with members of their assigned departments. Librarian Liaisons can provide focused, subject specific, and customized services for the faculty, students, and staff of their departments. Librarian Liaisons encourage engagement with faculty through course integrated instruction, creating research assignments, and, providing research support for your publication efforts.

To find your liaison librarian look for your department on this list:

For even more information, check out our faculty resources brochure that will give you more information on the liaison program and much more: