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Archive for February, 2008

Adjunct Faculty Workshop, March 25, 3:00 pm @ UGL, Navigating the WSU Libraries

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Are you a part-time faculty member at Wayne State? Please plan to attend “Navigating the WSU Libraries” on Tuesday, March 25, 2008, 3:00 – 4:30 pm, David Adamany Undergraduate Library, Lab C, 3rd floor.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Navigating the Library Website
  • Getting Access to Library Materials
  • Inter-library Loan
  • Course Reserves

No registration is necessary.

Is America Ready for a Woman President? Check out a display in the UGL throughout March

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Is America Ready for a Woman President? is a display focusing on the historical record of women’s bids for the White House, the status of women’s leadership positions in United States and world governments, and a look at the opinions of the American people regarding a woman as President. The display is in the atrium of the UGL and will continue throughout March.

Women’s History Month Events Kick Off March 3 With Proclamation in UGL

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Join the Library System and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women for the annual reading of the President’s proclamation recognizing Women’s History Month March 3 at noon in the atrium of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library.

Immediately following the proclamation, at about 12:15, Maxine Berman, Director of Special Projects, Office of the Governor, will speak on women in politics inside the Bernath Auditorium. Maxine Berman serves as Director of Special Projects for Governor Jennifer Granholm. She is in charge of the Governor’s Centers for Regional Excellence program, a grant-funding body that supports collaborative projects among regions throughout the state. She is a member of the Michigan Suburbs Alliance and on the board of the Institute for Local Government at U of M-Dearborn. Ms. Berman is a former State Legislator, an Activist, and member of NOW, NAACP, LWV, National Council of Jewish Women, Detroit Women’s Forum, and the Gray Panthers.

A reception will follow in the Community Room on the 3rd floor of the UGL.

March OTL Faculty Speakers Series

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

To keep you motivated and provide opportunities for WSU faculty to collaborate with one another on teaching-related issues, the OTL is proud to bring you a Faculty Speaker series this Winter semester. We’re offering brown bag discussions on various teaching issues presented by WSU faculty. Bring your lunch and be ready for discussion with your colleagues.

All brown bags will be held from 12:00-1:30 in 144 P/K Library (the Simons Room). Speakers and topics include:

Wednesday, March 5, Michael Barbour, Today’s Student: Deciphering What’s Real

Friday, March 21, Abigail Butler, Motivating Students with Student-Centered Teaching

Friday, April 4, Tim Spannaus: Simulations for Classroom Use

Click for the complete list of presentations and to access recordings from previous sessions. For more information on each session, click on each link above. If you have a topic you’d like to present at the OTL, contact us at

In addition to our speakers, the March events calendar is also available online. We’re offering workshops on Blackboard, Preventing Plagiarism, Second Life, Blogs and Wikis, Moving Your Course Online, and many more!

Register for any of our workshops on Pipeline and look for future events and the next issue of our newsletter coming soon!

Endnote, Access, Powerpoint & Excel Workshops @ UGL

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Tuesday, February 19, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Endnote II (with Word)

Tuesday, February 19, 5:00  – 6:30 pm, MS Access I:  Creating Databases

Wednesday, February 20, 5:00 – 6:30 pm, MS Powerpoint III:  Movies & Sounds

Thursday, February 21, 5:00  - 6:30 pm, MS Excel II:  Advanced Features

All workshops are held in Lab B, Second Floor UGL.

Sessions are free and open to everyone. No registration is required. A complete drop-in computer workshop schedule is available at:

Wayne State Library System Creates Access to 70,000 Digital Books

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Nearly 70,000 new records were made available in the Wayne State Library System’s elibrary catalog ( by creating access to Mbooks, the University of Michigan’s (U of M) digitized volumes that have been scanned through a partnership arrangement with Google.

These records are made available through the Open Archives protocol, an initiative that has its roots in the open access and institutional repository movements, the Library System was able to harvest the records into the elibrary catalog so that patrons may access the full digitized books from U of M. “For the patron, it’s seamless,” said Wayne State Systems Librarian, John Rutherford. “They search in our catalog and the link takes them directly to the content.”

Inside of the catalog, the materials are classified as electronic books and can be searched like traditional books, or patrons may do an electronic book search to bring up all the records available. There is no time or page limits on perusing the material and they can be accessed at anytime.

Blackboard, Word & PowerPoint Workshops @ UGL

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Wednesday, February 13, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Blackboard Basics

Wednesday, February 13, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, MS Word II:  Advanced Features

Thursday, February 14, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, MS PowerPoint I:  Presentation Basics

All workshops are held in Lab B, Second Floor UGL.

Sessions are free and open to everyone. No registration is required. A complete drop-in computer workshop schedule is available at:

Check out the Biological Abstracts Database

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Biological Abstracts contains bibliographical references with abstracts in English from life sciences research journals published worldwide. Biological Abstracts is now available through a different database vendor, ISI Web of Knowledge. 

Biological Abstracts can be accessed by clicking on the “B” alphabetical list of databases on the Articles & Databases “B” page at:

Update regarding OVID interface to MEDLINE & EMBASE

Monday, February 11th, 2008

OVID’s interface to MEDLINE, EMBASE and other databases has changed, providing a quicker basic search. To use most of OVID’s traditional features, click on a database and then the Advanced OVID Search tab. BIOSIS via OVID is no longer available but the database, now Biological Abstracts, shares the Web of Science/Knowledge site.

For further assistance, please contact your library’s reference librarians.

Please take a brief survey about the Oakland Library Services Center

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Have you taken classes at Wayne State’s Oakland Center? Have you visited the Oakland Library Services Center?  If so, please take a moment to complete a brief survey so we can provide better library services and resources for you!  Thank you for your time.