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Archive for March, 2008

Powerpoint, Access & Blackboard Workshops @ UGL, April 1-2

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, MS PowerPoint I:  Presentation Basics

Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 5:00 – 6:30 pm, MS Access I:  Creating Databases

Wednesday, April 2, 2008, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Blackboard e-Portfolio

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 Assistant Professor and DALNET Director Named Library Journal’s 2008 Movers and Shakers

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Marcia Mardis, assistant professor in the Wayne State University Library and Information (LIS) Science Program, and Steven Bowers, director of the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET) were named by Library Journal, two of 2008′s “Movers and Shakers,” an award that recognizes librarians across the country for their innovation and commitment to providing the best possible service to their users.

As assistant professor in Wayne State’s school library media program, Mardis encourages school librarians to show teachers how new technologies—even personal entertainment devices—can enhance student learning. She’s worked with the Michigan Educators’ Resources Library and National Science Digital Library to disseminate high-quality digital resources among school librarians and teachers.

“She’s an unstoppable force, inspiring others to try new things and undertake new challenges,” said Professor Robert Holley, Mardis’ colleague in the LIS Program.

In order to expand library collections and digital projects that included materials created by the interactive online community, DALNET director Steven Bowers enabled librarians to incorporate YouTube videos and make them viewable within the online catalog. The pilot project began with videos of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches, which were made available through DALNET member libraries’ catalogs.
Library Journal also recognized Bowers for expanding the definition of OPAC (online public access catalog) by developing the first online catalog for the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn by designing a search portal of Arab American community resources, including Web sites and directory information.

Evette Atkin, a 2004 graduate of the Wayne State LIS Program was also recognized. “The Library System is so proud to have two representatives and an alum out of the 52 winners across the country this year,” said Sandra Yee, dean of the Wayne State Library System. “It’s really an honor.”

Library Journal chooses the award winners based on their commitments to their communities as well as their ability to recognize librarianship as a profession where one can make a difference.

Founded in 1876, Library Journal is one of the oldest and most respected publications covering the field and is read by over 100,000 librarians nationwide.

Word, Blackboard & PowerPoint Workshops This Week @ UGL

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, MS Word I:  Word Processing Basics

Tuesday, March 18, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, Blackboard Basics

Wednesday, March 19, 5:00 – 6:30 pm, PowerPoint II:  Smart Art

 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:

Internationally recognized Wayne State University professor Edith B. Phillips remembered

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Edith B. Phillips died peacefully at her residence in Southfield, Mich. on Feb. 25, after completing her morning ritual of reading the New York Times. She was 86-years-old and her health had been declining.

Ms. Phillips retired from the Wayne State University Library and Information Science Program where she taught for 23 years. She was honored for her scholarly achievements and service to the university with the distinction of Professor Emeritus. During her illustrious career she taught various courses in cataloging and technical services to more than 3,500 students, offered multiple lectures and addresses, published, served as a consultant to libraries, and was awarded grants to pursue her research interests. At her retirement, Edith was remembered not only as a faculty member but as an advocate of faculty rights, an author and educator with high ethical values. She remained a lifelong mentor to students and library professionals.

Professor Phillips’ career began in 1949 when she received her Master of Arts in Library Science from the University of Michigan. She worked in academic, public, and special libraries in Michigan and Illinois, including serving as head of the Cataloging Department for the State Library of Michigan. She was a member of the American and Michigan Library Associations.

Professor Phillips served for many years on the Southfield Library Board and was instrumental in the planning, design and construction of the new Southfield Library building.

She was an active 50-year member of the League of Women Voters, serving as president and on several League boards. She researched and assisted in the development of the League’s international positions. Professor Phillips was a longtime member of the ACLU and the Jane Austen Society.

After her retirement, she continued her active life, volunteering at the Detroit Institute of Arts and reading newspapers for the visually impaired over the radio. She continued to enjoy and support the many cultural institutions in the city, including the Detroit Repertory and Hilberry theatres, and was able to spend summers at her beloved cottage on Lake Michigan. She was an avid reader and always enjoyed challenging crossword puzzles.

Professor Phillips was born and raised on a farm in Shelby, Michigan. She had five siblings. She was always proud that her parents, Jessie and Boyd had a strong belief in the value of educating women. Her mother, Jessie, was a kindergarten teacher.

After World War II, Professor Phillips married Clarence Phillips. They had two children, Jonathan Kirk and Sara Grace. Sadly, Clarence and the children died from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) within five years of each other. At this very bleak period in her life, her courage was sustained by the love and kindness of her many friends, colleagues, and family.

The family deeply appreciates the special love and compassion Professor Phillips received from her very dear friend Karen Ethridge, who in recent years helped her to balance her strong desire to remain independent with her increasing health care needs.

She is survived by her loving and devoted sister Jeanette Crowl of Grand Rapids, her nieces Andrea Zegoski, Patricia Crowl and Laura Mitchell, and nephews Mark Crowl and James Grossen. She also enjoyed the company of her seven grandnieces and nephews, and great grandnieces and nephews.

A memorial celebration of Professor Phillips’ life will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m., at the Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church, 23925 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield Mich. 48075. All are welcome. Memorial contributions may be sent to: Edith B. Phillips Endowed Scholarship, Wayne State University, Library and Information Science Program, 106 Kresge Library, Detroit, MI 48202.

New NIH Reporting Requirements

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

As of April 7, 2008, recipients of any funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) must deposit in PubMed Central any resulting peer-reviewed manuscripts accepted for publication. The full text of the articles will then be made freely available to the public no later than 12 months after publication.

The implications of this new policy are summarized here (pdf_small17x17 120KB PDF). Notice of the full policy is available at, and the NIH has prepared a FAQ at

For more information on the NIH reporting requirements, journal practices regarding deposit, or the use of the Scholar’s Copyright Addendum engine, please contact Deborah Charbonneau at the Shiffman Medical Library for assistance,, TEL: 313-577-9593.

Library catalog maintenance March 11 at 3pm

Monday, March 10th, 2008

The library catalog will be down for maintenance beginning Tuesday March 11th for approximately 1-2 hours. During this time we suggest you use MelCat if you need to perform any catalog searches.

Update: The maintenance work is now finished.

Computing Unavailable on 1st Floor of UGL, Monday March 10

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Student and public computing on the first floor of the UGL will be unavailable all day on March 10th, due to a network hardware upgrade. Computers on the second and third floors will not be affected. Thank you for your cooperation as we work to improve computing resources for you.

Excel & Powerpoint Workshops This Week @ UGL

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Tuesday, March 4, 5:00 – 6:30 pm, MS Excel I:  Spreadsheet Basics

Thursday, March 6, 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: