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Archive for October, 2007

WSU Library System to host symposium on journals and academic libraries in the age of Google on October 31

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

In response to the rising costs of journals and access to them, the Wayne State University Library System, University Library Committee and Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C., will be sponsoring “Journals and Academic Libraries in the Age of Google,” a faculty symposium, on Wednesday, October 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Bernath Auditorium at the David Adamany Undergraduate Library.

At 1 p.m., keynote speaker Paul Courant, university librarian and dean of the University Library at the University of Michigan will discuss “Journal Subscriptions, Scholarly Communications and Academic Libraries in the Age of Google.” Following Courant at 2 p.m., Attorney Kathryn Ossian, principal for the international law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC will speak on copyright in the digital age. Finally, at 2:45 p.m., a panel of Wayne State faculty will discuss how open access to journals, electronic publishing and copyright affect journal publishing and subscriptions.

“Journal prices go up an average of 9 percent each year,” said Sandra Yee, dean of the University Library System. “We need to explore how to cope with these challenges given budget constraints and uncertainty in the future.”

Check out a live stream of the symposium:  mms:// 

Panel Discussion on “Their Eyes Were Watching God” October 17, 12:30 p.m., UGL

Friday, October 12th, 2007

As part of the citywide Big Read program, the Wayne State University Library System will be holding a panel discussion surrounding “Their Eyes Were Watching God” on Wednesday, October 17 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Bernath Auditorium at the Undergraduate Library. The panelists will be Liza Lagman Sperl, WSU Honors Program; Nancy Galster, Honors Program; Jean Burton, PhD candidate in Anthropology and will be moderated by Paul Beavers, Wayne State Library assessment officer and librarian.

The panel will discuss themes from the book as well as touch on the life and anthropology of Hurston herself. The event is free and open to the community. For more information, contact Jill Wurm at