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Archive for September, 2007

Learn to write grants and get published at Wayne State University Library System workshop December 8

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

The Wayne State University Library System will hold a workshop on grant writing and getting published on Saturday, December 8, 2007 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the David Adamany Undergraduate Library on the Wayne State University main campus.

Sponsored by the Library System, Wayne State Library and Information Science Program and the University Press, some of the session topics will include:

• How to Get Published
• Basic Grant Writing
• Grant Writing for K-12
• Blogs and Wikis
• Developing Web Pages
• Genealogy
• Writing Tutorials
• Digital Projects
• SciFi and Fantasy
• Chapbooks and Zines

The cost of the workshop is $55 with lunch and $40 without lunch. For more information, contact Wayne State Librarian Lothar Spang at (313) 577-3367 or

To register now, go to

Office of Research VP Reads to Kids on September 28 as Part of Michigan Reads!

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Hilary Ratner, vice president of the Office of Research, will take a few moments out of her day on Friday, September 28 at 11 a.m. to read to children from the Merrill-Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development in the atrium of the Undergraduate Library as part of the Michigan Reads! program, a statewide initiative that emphasizes the importance of reading and sharing books with children, especially during the critical development ages of 0-5, and recognizes the vital role of libraries to children and families for reading and school success.

The 2007 Michigan Reads! book is “Big Chickens” by Michigan author Leslie Helakoski. “Big Chickens” follows four timid chickens on a humorous romp through the woods, as they manage to overcome obstacles and ultimately conquer their fears.

Michigan Reads! began in 2004 as a new approach to the community-wide, “one book” programs gaining popularity throughout the country. While most of these efforts focus on adults, Michigan Reads! is unique in that it features a book that young children will enjoy, encouraging parents, grandparents, caregivers, older siblings and volunteers to read to their younger family members.

Wayne State Brings Big Read to Campus in October

Monday, September 24th, 2007

The Wayne State University Library System is rallying up the campus community to join in on the Big Read, a community-wide reading program that takes place now through the end of October and is designed to promote reading for pleasure and enlightenment. The novel selected for the Detroit Big Read program is “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston. Participants will be encouraged to form groups to read and discuss this classic novel.

Along with partners, the Detroit Public Library, the Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Library System will be hosting a series of events. Campus events will include:

• October 11: Library System Book discussion, noon, Bernath Seminar Room, Undergraduate Library Third Floor. For more information, contact WSU Librarian Lothar Spang at

• October 12: Film screening, “Zora Neale Hurston: A Heart with Room for Every Joy”, a documentary on the life of Zora Neale Hurston. Bernath Auditorium, UGL. Runtime: Approximately 45 minutes. Screenings at: noon and 4:00 p.m. Free and open to public.

• October 17: Panel discussion of the work of Zora Neale Hurston, Bernath Auditorium, UGL, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. The panelists will include members of the WSU campus and local literary community. (Confirmed panel members: Liza Lagman Sperl, WSU Honors Program; Jean Burton, PhD candidate, Gerontology. Moderator: Paul Beavers, Wayne State Library assessment officer and librarian.

Several classes will be using the book as part of their curriculum, including Professor Todd Duncan’s Intro to African American Literature course and the Honors Program’s MedStart course. “Our students, most of whom have great science backgrounds, have read very little since high school,” said Nancy Galster, Honors Program special initiatives coordinator and instructor of MedStart. “Doctors need to be aware of their constituents — their culture, their literature and they way they think. Perhaps by reading this classic, our students will become more aware of their future patients especially as they enter medical school here in Detroit.”

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest.

Over 100 copies of the novel are available for checkout at the Wayne State Undergraduate Library circulation desk. For more information on Detroit’s Big Read, or to learn about more citywide events, visit

Visit the Fall Faculty Information Fair Tuesday, October 2 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Visit the fall faculty information fair on Tuesday October 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Community Room on the third floor of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library.

Visit exhibit tables where Librarians will provide information about the various services that we can provide to faculty including:
instruction, reference, research support, and more! Wayne State University Librarians will be presenting information on:

Database Alerting Services
Ordering Articles using ArticleReach Direct
The First Year Experience Website
The New Student Technology Studio

For more information, contact Anne Cottongim at

Check Out the Grand Opening of the Student Technology Studio at the UGL September 19

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Join the Library System for a ribbon cutting and open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in room 2305 of the UGL to celebrate the grand opening of the Student Technology Studio. Staff will be on hand to give a tour of the lab, including technology equipment and software for individual or small groups of students to use in creating multimedia projects, assignments or other course-related activities. For more information on the STS, visit

Get Hooked on a Banned Book on September 29 through October 6

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Banned Book Week takes place from September 29 to October 6 so now is the time to get hooked on a banned book!

Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell’s award-winning “And Tango Makes Three,” about two male penguins parenting an egg from a mixed-sex penguin couple, tops the list of most challenged books in 2006 by parents and administrators, due to the issues of homosexuality.
The list also features two books by author Toni Morrison. “The Bluest Eye” and “Beloved” are on the list due to sexual content and offensive language.

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) received a total of 546 challenges last year. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school, requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. Public libraries, schools and school libraries report the majority of challenges to OIF. “The number of challenges reflects only incidents reported,” said Judith F. Krug, director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom. “For each reported challenge, four or five likely remain unreported.”

The “10 Most Challenged Books of 2006″ reflect a range of themes, and consist of the following titles:
“And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family, and unsuited to age group;

“Gossip Girls” series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group, and offensive language;

“Alice” series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language;

“The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things” by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;

“The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;

“Scary Stories” series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence, and insensitivity;

“Athletic Shorts” by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age group

“Beloved” by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group;

“The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence.

Off the list this year, but on for several years past, are the “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain. For more information on book challenges and censorship, please visit the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books Web site at

First observed in 1982, Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. The event is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

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National Center for Biotechnology Information Free Workshops, October 17-19

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Join Shiffman Medical Library for a series of free workshops for Wayne State students, faculty, staff and investigators brought to you by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) from October 17-19 at the David Adamany Undergraduate Library (UGL).

NCBI has a multi-disciplinary research group comprised of computer scientists, molecular biologists, mathematicians, biochemists, research physicians, and structural biologists concentrating on basic and applied research in computational molecular biology. These investigators not only make important contributions to basic science but also develop new methods for applied research activities. Together they are studying fundamental biomedical problems at the molecular level using mathematical and computational methods. These workshops will bring their research and insight to Wayne State so that the WSO community can benefit from their knowledge.

For a full schedule, course descriptions and to register, visit The registration deadline is October 5 so register today!

Fall 2007 Outlook Newsletter

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

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