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Archive for November, 2008

Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library joins DALNET consortium

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

The Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET) recently announced the addition of the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library to the DALNET consortium. The first seminary and high school library in the consortium, the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library is home to a collection containing a number of topics entirely in Polish and holds a rare book collection that focuses on Poland and Polonia.

“The library’s unique Polish language collection materials will add value to the shared resources of DALNET,” said DALNET Director Steven Bowers.

Located in Orchard Lake, the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library serves the students of SS Cyril and Methodius Seminary, St. Mary’s Preparatory and the Orchard Lake extension of Madonna University. The library has more than 90,000 volumes and 150 subscriptions to academic journals.

Addition of their records to the DALNET shared catalog is scheduled for January 2009.

Thanksgiving Holiday Closure, Thursday, November 27

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

The Wayne State University Libraries will be closed on Thursday, November 27, 2008 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

The Undergraduate Library, Science and Engineering Library, Purdy/Kresge Library, and the Neef Law Library will be open on Friday, November 28.  Please refer to the WSU Library System website for complete hours information:

Get Research Paper Help, November 17-20 @ The Student Technology Studio in the UGL

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Having trouble finding the information you need for that term paper? Get one-on-one help from a librarian with your searching and citations. Drop in at the Student Technology Studio (2nd Floor, Undergraduate Library) from 12:00 – 4:00 pm, Monday -Thursday, November 17-20, 2008.

Got 2.0? A Panel Discussion on Libraries and Web 2.0

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Got 2.0? A Panel Discussion on Libraries and Web 2.0

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Bernath Auditorium, David Adamany Undergraduate Library, Wayne State University

Please save the date for an excellent opportunity to learn about how local information professionals are using Web 2.0 technologies at their institutions. This panel discussion is free and open to the public and audience members will get a chance to ask questions of the panelists. WSU Library & Information Science students are welcome to attend the event in person or online via Mediasite.

Panel will feature:

Moderator: Mike Sensiba, Next Gen Librarian, Wayne State University

Annette Healy, Librarian, Science & Engineering Library, Wayne State University

Alicia Biggers, Senior Data Research Supervisor, Ford Motor Company

Paul Neirink, Digital Resources Specialist, Reuther Archives, Wayne State University

Eli Neiburger, Associate Director, IT & Product Development, Ann Arbor District Library

Reception will follow the panel discussion in the Community Room located on the third floor of the Undergraduate Library. For more information and to RSVP, please send an e-mail to:

Jacob Lawrence and the Legend of John Brown: A Traveling Art Display Available for Your Institution

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

The Wayne State University Library System received grant funding from the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET) for an outreach project involving the creation of an informational display. The display includes digitized images of artwork by notable African American artist Jacob Lawrence, as well as descriptive text that explains and puts into historical context, his important series The Legend of John Brown, a suite of 22 silkscreen prints. The prints currently reside on the 2nd floor of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library.

The traveling display will be a free standing modular display system that will include descriptive text and graphics, along with an accompanying informational brochure, title list and bibliography. Over a three-year period, the display will travel to libraries throughout the state of Michigan and to other non-profit organizations and institutions.

“This display will allow us to bring culturally significant art to libraries that are not equipped to display original works of art,” said Diane Sybeldon, Wayne State librarian and coordinator of the grant.

For more information, or to reserve the display for your institution, visit

Classroom Technology Redesign Project Going on Now!

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

The Technology Resource Center’s Instructional Media Design (IMD) staff worked with faculty this year to redesign classroom equipment in State and Manoogian Halls.  With funding from the Office of the Provost, IMD staff (formerly Media Services) studied the best practices in classroom technology and brought that knowledge into general purpose classrooms at Wayne State.  The new instructor workstation is the result of these efforts, which included consultations with faculty groups and individual usability testing of the equipment by faculty with instructional media typically used in the classroom.   
The workstation has the latest features in classroom technology, including a computer as well as a hook up for an instructor’s laptop, a DVD/VCR player, a ceiling-mounted projector, two ceiling-mounted speakers, an audio connector for Podcasting, several USB ports and a touch panel control system. Sophisticated electronic security and a “doorless” design will enable faculty to walk up and begin using the equipment immediately.  The new systems are being installed in State Hall and the first floor of Manoogian Hall throughout the fall semester.

2008-2009 University Library Committee Announced

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Dean Sandra Yee recently announced the newest University Library Committee (ULC) members. The ULC advises the dean, and all of the departments of the Library System on operations and policy issues. The ULC for 2008-2009 includes:

Claude Schochet, Chair ULC
Professor, Mathematics
College of Liberal Arts & Science

Gina DeBlase
Associate Professor, Teacher Education
College of Education

Kim Dunleavy
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy Program
Pharmacy & Health Science

Diane Featherston
Assistant Professor, Adult Health/Administration
College of Nursing

Marion Jackson
Professor, Art & Art History
Fine & Performing Arts

S. Helena Kuivaniemi
Professor, Center for Molecular Medicine/Genetics
School of Medicine

Mbodja Mougoue
Associate Professor, Finance
School of Business

Simon Ng
Professor, Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering

Mary Sengstock
Professor, Sociology
College of Liberal Arts & Science