WSU Library System News

News & Updates in the Libraries

Archive for July, 2009

Congratulations & Welcome Class 2013

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Welcome (PDF)

August 09 Drop-in Computer Workshops

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Augusts’s drop-in computer workshops feature instruction in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access). All sessions are free of charge and no registration is required. Please click on the link below for dates and times.

Download Drop In Workshops August Flier (pdf_small17x17 768KB PDF)

ArticleReach unavailable during system upgrade Aug 20th

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

The ArticleReach service will be unavailable during a system upgrade from
approximately 10am to 1pm on Thursday, August 20.

During this time you may continue to place requests for articles directly through our interlibrary loan system

We apologize for the interruption.

UGL expands Honors and adds new study rooms

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Until October, ten of the collaborative study rooms on the second floor of the UGL will be unavailable as we expand and renovate the space for the Honors College. However, brand new study rooms are simultaneously being added for UGL users and will be available soon. Please pardon the inconvenience as work to improve your study spaces!

Longtime Wayne State librarian Lothar Spang passes away

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Lothar Spang, who served as a librarian at Wayne State since 1970, died in Southfield July 3. He was 66.

Beginning his career at Wayne State in the early 1960s as a student assistant, Spang was tenured in 1974. He taught classes in the School of Library and Information Science and served as a grievance coordinator and executive board member of the Wayne State University American Association (AAUP) of University Professors union.

Spang earned his master’s degree in library science from the University of Michigan and held bachelor’s and postgraduate degrees in history from Wayne State University. In recent years Spang focused his efforts on outreach, by improving literacy in Detroit area schools through the chapbook program, where Wayne State librarians worked with K-12 students in the classroom to create artwork and poetry that was compiled and published.

“Lothar opened the gates of opportunity and higher education to hundreds and hundreds of young people through his outreach efforts,” said Sandra Yee, dean of the Wayne State Library System. “He was a great librarian, mentor and friend. This loss will be felt by all of us here in the Library System and across the university.”

“As an officer in his union, Lothar was tireless in the representation of his colleagues and loved his work for the university and the union,” said Charles Parrish, political science professor and president of the Wayne State AAUP-AFT Local 6075. “He was a happy warrior for the things in which he believed.”

In addition to serving as a librarian and educator, Spang served as a member of numerous professional associations including the American Library Association, Association for College and Research Libraries, the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters and the Michigan Library Association as well as serving as a member of the Wayne State Academic Senate and AAUP.

A co-author of several works on outreach and partnerships, in 2006, he received the Outstanding Faculty Award from Educational Accessibility Services.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Jean; sisters, Ruth Schoenek and Erika (Gary) Fix; brother, Rainer Spang; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no funeral but a memorial service is being planned.

The new Shiffman Medical Library is now open!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

After over 35 years in its previous location, the new Shiffman Medical Library is now open for business in its new home inside the Richard J. Mazurek, M.D. Medical Education Commons. The new library is 34, 300 square feet and is optimized for wireless mobile technologies. The building has an instruction lab and 13 group study rooms as well as 20 desktop stations for student use. Motion-activated compact shelving allows for easy retrieval of books while leaving more open space for study areas.

Shiffman Medical Library hours are:
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: Noon – 8 p.m.

For holidays or special events, please visit our online calendar.

Summer 2009 OTL Workshop schedule now available

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Whether teaching or not teaching, we certainly hope that everyone is enjoying their summer!
Check out the summer 2009 (July & August) OTL workshop schedule by following the link below.

Independence Day Closure: July 3 and 4

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

The Wayne State University Libraries will be closed for the Independence Day holiday on July 3 and July 4. Regular hours will resume on July 5.