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Collexis Training

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Collexis is a simple but powerful navigation tool that accumulates expertise profiles of a researcher or clinician in the life sciences based on the ideas in their publications and funded grants.  In addition to highlighting individual research expertise, Collexis maps connections among WSU and HFHS researchers to assist in identifying potential collaborators both internally and at other organizations. This tool can also aid in finding mentors and key knowledge holders, ultimately making connections between faculty, students, and staff easier. Profiles are  automatically updated weekly with the most recent PubMed publications and NIH-funded grants, so no faculty input or management is required.

Hands-on tutorial sessions will be held to introduce users to the system.  Attendees will learn more about the content within Collexis, search features, and more about how this tool can be useful.  At the end of the session, attendees will be able to independently navigate the database using the three key networks:

  1. Institutional – shows information across all of the units within the institution as represented by all of the researchers in the tool.
  2. Departmental – inter-departmental connections and intra-departmental linkages can be made which explores expertise inside each department
  3. Individual – individual expertise, connections, co-author networks and similar experts are shown for each researcher in the tool, based on publications and grants that are updated automatically.

 The session presenters are:

 Michael Warden
Knowledge Solutions Leader
Collexis, Inc.

Deborah Charbonneau,
Coordinator, Reference & Research Services
Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library

The sessions will be held on the following dates in the Mazurek Medical Education Commons building, 320 E. Canfield, Room 325:

 Thursday, May 13 – 1:00 – 3:00
Wednesday, June 30, 2:00 – 4:00
Thursday, July 29 – 1:00 – 3:00

 Registration is required for these sessions. Please RSVP to

 For more information about Collexis, please visit:

 For questions please call Kathy Beard, 313-993-4539 or email

Fall 2009 Outlook Newsletter

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2009 Annual Report

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Detroit Area Library Network celebrates 25 years with next educational forums May 14

Friday, April 16th, 2010

In celebration of 25 years as a consortium, the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET) will be hosting a series of educational forums covering topics of interest to libraries and library workers. The next forum in the series, “Web Scale for Libraries,” will be presented by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) on May 14 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Purdy/Kresge Auditorium. All forums are free and open to the public.

“The cooperative nature of Web scale leverages the powerful ethos of library resource sharing—opening up opportunities for cooperative intelligence by making sharable data available to all users—a “network effect” not available when library management systems are simply hosted by another organization,” said Andrew Pace, Executive Director for Networked Library Services at OCLC.

Hosted at Wayne State University since 1985, DALNET enables libraries to maximize their investments through shared resources. Over the past two decades, the consortium has grown to 20 member libraries that serve the information needs of their users through innovative, collaborative networking among various types of libraries and their personnel in southeast Michigan.