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Archive for September, 2008

Balancing Privacy and Security in the Age of Cyberterror, Tuesday, October 7, 3:00 pm, Bernath Auditorium

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Please plan to attend the talk “Balancing Privacy and Security in the Age of Cyberterror” by Steve Worona, Director of Policy and Networking Programs, EDUCAUSE, on Tuesday, October 7, 3:00 pm in Bernath Auditorium, UGL.

230 years ago, Patrick Henry (Delegate from Virginia) said, “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” More recently, Patrick Roberts (Senator from Kansas) said, “You have no civil liberties if you’re dead.” The stark contrast was unintended, but perfectly illustrates the outlines of a national debate, largely unspoken, but coming soon to a street corner or a ballot box — or a quadrangle — near you.

The often-heard mantra “There is no privacy without security” is far too glib. Technology has given us the ability to create a surveillance society beyond anything George Orwell could have imagined. Our limitations are no longer external but internal: We will have to choose how much privacy we’re willing to sacrifice for security. This presentation describes some of the difficult tradeoffs we’ll need to consider, both as citizens and as campus administrators.

This talk is sponsored by Computing & Information Technology, University Libraries, and the Department of Computer Science, and is in observance of National Cybersecurity Month.

Banned Books Week Reading Event Sept.29- Oct. 4, Kresge Auditorium

Friday, September 26th, 2008

When: Mon. Sept. 29 thru Sat. Oct. 4, 2008
Where: Kresge Auditorium – 1st Floor Purdy/Kresge Library
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. daily

Let’s Celebrate Our Freedom to Read What We Choose!
This is our first year for this event and we are hoping
students & staff will help support this event.
Everyone is invited to do a quick 2-Minute oral reading from your favorite banned book.
Please bring your favorite banned book or choose one of the many
banned books we will have at the event.

Sponsored by the American Library Association Student Chapter
at Wayne State University

Free Trial of Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

The Shiffman Medical Library has arranged a free trial of Henry Stewart Talks: the Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection, a comprehensive online resource for research scientists of world class seminars by leading experts. The institution-wide free trial will run through Oct 31, 2008.

The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection contains over 800 specially commissioned animated audio visual presentations. The collection enables you to see and hear the lecture presentation, and view animated slides with accompanying narration in a user friendly format whenever, wherever and as often as you like. You can browse or search topics easily, learn fundamentals and stay up-to-date on the latest developments in your field in one online source

Help us evaluate this new resource by filling out the form below. We would like to have your comments by Oct 31, 2008.

Connect to of Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection at:

Click here to view a brochure [PDF,216 KB] on Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection.

Click here to view technical access info [ PDF, 22 kb].

Sandra Martin
Interim Director of Shiffman Medical Library



TRC Debuts New Web Site

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

On Friday, September 12, Wayne State University’s Technology Resource Center (TRC) debuted its new Web site at The Web site has a new look and new content, including a listing and description of services as well as a projects section to highlight special projects that the TRC is involved with.

Including the Library System, the Office for Teaching and Learning and Computing and Information Technology, the TRC works with faculty and instructors to create enhanced learning experiences. The TRC staff works as a team to bring instructional design and technology expertise to the complex instructional challenges found at Wayne State University.

Digital Humanities Collaboratory Inaugural Event: New Paradigms for Teaching and Learning in Museums, Friday, Sept. 19

Monday, September 15th, 2008

New Paradigms for Teaching and Learning in Museums
Friday, September 19, at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)

This event kicks off a series developed by the Digital Media Learning Community. Join us for an engaging visit to the museum and stimulus for thinking about using it in your own teaching and learning experiences. Nancy Jones and Jennifer Czajkowski, both from the DIA, will orient participants to the new visitor-centered approach to gallery installation, followed by escorted visits to the galleries. The reinstallation of the museum, which incorporates research on cognition and learning theory, is a benchmark of applying learner-centered practice in art museums that incorporates multiple technologies, types of media, and interpretive strategies. A bold reimagining of the museum, the New DIA is already being studied by other museums around the country as a model for an interrogative, interactive, and interdisciplinary experience. Registration for this event is limited, so register soon by clicking the Faculty tab in Pipeline!

For more information, visit

Extended Study Center Closed Sept. 13th

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Due to a facilities related emergency, the UGL Extended Study Area will close at 11pm on Sept. 13th, with the rest of the building. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Free workshop at UM-Dearborn will discuss how to search the Internet to find reliable information about diseases, medications and staying healthy

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Members of the public can learn how to search the Internet to find reliable information about diseases, medications and staying healthy at the University of Michigan-Dearborn this month.
The campus’s Mardigian Library will host a workshop about “Authoritative Medical Resources on the Internet” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19.

The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the university’s BorgWarner Auditorium inside the Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems Building, located off of the campus’s Richard Drive.

Pat Martin, a librarian with the Health Sciences Medical Library at UM Ann Arbor, will discuss how to find information online regarding what treatments are available for diseases; what medical studies people can join to help find a cure; and which organizations sponsor support groups. Linda Draper, a librarian with Shiffman Medical Library at Wayne State University in Detroit, will present Michigan Health Go Local and how to locate health services in the local community.

The workshop is presented by the University of Michigan Health Sciences Libraries in conjunction with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

For more information, contact Bob Fraser, librarian at the Mardigian Library, at 313-593-3740 or

OneCards Now Accepted for Payment of Library Fines

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Onecards can now be used to pay for library late fees. Onecards are accepted at the circulation desks at the Undergraduate Library, Purdy/Kresge, Science & Engineering Library and the Neef Law Library. The Shiffman Medical Library will also accept Onecards for payment of fines when it reopens in the Spring of 2009 in its new location as part of the Education Commons. Onecards are not accepted at the Oakland Center library facility at this time.

Introducing Encore

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008


Q: What is Encore?
A: Encore is a new, friendlier interface for searching the Wayne State
University Library System catalog. It acts more like a Web search featuring
new ways to quickly and effectively narrow your results by keywords, library location, language, and date.

Please note that the Encore interface is still in development, and we are
working with the developers to improve the user experience. We welcome your comments and feedback.

Q: What makes Encore so special?
A: Encore has a number of new and/or improved features:

  • Recently Added: See the titles from your results that have been most recently added into the Libraries’ collection.
  • Refine By _________ Options: Narrow your search results by any combination of subject, author, format, language, collection, date, etc.
  • Relevance Ranking: most relevant and current titles appear first.
  • Subject Cloud Tag: narrow your search by the most frequently occurring subject terms from your results (this is the ‘cloud’ of different-sized words on the lower right — the bigger the word, the more items in your results have that subject heading).
Q: How do I use Encore?
A: Encore uses a simple keyword search similar to Google. Type in one or more keywords, and Encore will return ranked results. You can then refine your search by choosing one of the facets on the left or by choosing one of the tags on the right. You can also narrow a search by adding more keywords to the Encore search box at the top.
Q: Will Encore replace the Wayne State University Library System Catalog?
A: No. Encore is a new interface for searching the Library Catalog, but the previous catalog search screen is still there. Encore just offers a different way to look at and refine your results.
Q: How do I get to the normal catalog search from Encore?
A: There are two ways to move to the Elibrary catalog search from within the Encore interface.

  1. Click on the “Advanced Search” link just below the Encore search box. This will open up a new window or tab and take you to the Elibrary Advanced Keyword search page. From there you can navigate to the Elibrary home page.
  2. Click on any title in your search results, and then click on the “Find Out More” link from the full record display. This will open up a new window or tab and take you to the Elibrary view of the same bibliographic record. From here you can initiate a new search, or navigate to the Elibrary home page.
Q: Does Encore search the same resources as the regular Library Catalog?
A: Yes. In the future, Encore will also be able to search certain databases and local digital resources.
Q: Why can’t I specify an author or title search in Encore?
A: You can! After you perform your initial search, you can then narrow your search by author or title by choosing one of the facets on the left of the screen.

Be a Part of the Newly Designed Instructor Workstation Usability Study

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Instructional Media Design (IMD) staff of the Technology Resource Center are pleased to announce that the newly designed Instructor Workstation is ready for testing. With generous funding from the Office of the Provost, IMD staff (formerly Media Services) set out to study the best practices in classroom technology and bring them into general purpose classrooms at Wayne State University. The new Instructor Workstation is the result of these efforts, which included consultations with faculty groups and committees. The workstation has all the features that faculty have come to expect in classroom technology. We plan to install the new systems in State Hall and the first floor of Manoogian Hall during the Fall semester.

We would like to invite you to participate in usability testing of the new system so that we can make further improvements before they are deployed in classrooms. Usability testing will occur Monday September 8, 2008 from 1-3 pm and Tuesday September 9, 2008 from 10 am to 12 pm. No appointment is necessary. Please bring your instructional media along and we will try it out in the new system. The sessions will be held in the Technology Resource Center, located on the first floor of the Purdy-Kresge Library. We hope to see everyone at the TRC!