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Archive for October, 2010

Stay up all night, all week long at the UGL!

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Stay up all night, all week long at the UGL ! Beginning Sunday, October 3, the Undergraduate Library will begin a pilot service that will extend the hours at the UGL for all Wayne State students, staff and faculty. Until May 3, the entire UGL will be open 24 hours Sunday-Thursday. The regular hours will be:

Sunday: Open at 11 am
Monday through Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Closing at 9 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 9 pm
Exceptions include holidays, days surrounding holidays, and Intersession.

The extended library hours will be open ONLY to currently registered students, faculty and staff between the hours of 11 pm and 8 am during Fall 2010 and Winter 2011 semesters. All visitors or non-registered students will be asked to leave the library.

The following services will be provided:
• 24-hour support from the Library Computing Help Desk
• Access to Reserve materials
• A safe, quiet environment for study and collaboration ensured by two Library Monitors on duty

In-person Reference services will not be available. If our evening staff is unable to answer a question, then patrons may submit questions to the online “Ask-A-Librarian” service and a librarian will respond as soon as possible, usually the next day.

After 11 p.m., students, staff and faculty must enter the building through the Extended Study Center entrance and show their OneCard. For students, staff and faculty that are already in the building and wish to stay after 11 pm, they must present his or her OneCard to a Library Monitor upon request. Anyone who cannot show their OneCard will be asked to leave.

This endeavor is made possible by the WSU Student Senate, Provost Ronald Brown and the Library System.

Libraries take instruction to YouTube!

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

The Wayne State University Libraries now have a YouTube channel dedicated to teaching you how to take advantage of all kinds of library resources. We currently have over 20 videos posted to teach you anything from finding books and articles to identifying plagiarism and evaluating Web sites for credible information. Visit YouTube Library Instruction to view these short, yet fun and informative videos!

Oct. 29| DALNET Educational Forum: Greening Your Library

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

DALNET Educational Forum
Friday, October 29, 2:30-4PM

In celebration of DALNET’s 25th Anniversary we have hosted a series of educational forums in 2010. This event will be the fourth and final in our series of forums.

Greening Your Library

Douglas Raber, director of Ferndale Public Library , will talk about the recent renovations to, and “green makeover” of, his library. Seth Penchansky, of Penchansky Whisler Architects , will talk about how the FPL qualifies as a green building.

Event to be held at Wayne State University in the Purdy/Kresge Library <a href="”> , Auditorium.

This free event is open to the general public. Attendees are responsible for parking, if needed.

Register online at:

digitalcommons@wsu brochure

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

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Oct. 21 | Join us to Kick Off the UGL 24 Hour Pilot Project!

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Please join Provost Ronald Brown, the Student Senate and the Library System to officially announce the new UGL 24 hour pilot! This event will take place on Thursday, October 21, from 9 to 9:30 am in the UGL Atrium. There will be free giveaways for students so make sure to stop by!

How much do you know about Open Access? Take this quiz and find out– and enter to win prizes! There’s a new question every day!

Monday, October 18th, 2010

How much do you know about Open Access? Click this link to find out and enter for a chance to win a WSU Library System hoodie.

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Open Access Week, a global event now entering its fourth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.

Oct. 18 | Lecture and Discussion with Molly Kleinman “Copyright in Practice: Fundamentals for Librarians and Other Humans.”

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Monday, October 18
1 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium

As part of Open Access Week, join the Library System and Molly Kleinman, special assistant to the dean of libraries at the University of Michigan, for a lecture and discussion about “Copyright in Practice: Fundamentals for Librarians and Other Humans.”

Copyright law has a profound impact on the professional lives of university faculty, researchers, librarians, and
students, all of whom are both users and creators of copyrighted material. Unfortunately, copyright law is
written so that you need a lawyer to understand it. This session will provide an introduction to copyright questions
that most affect librarians and our users, such as: What does copyright protect and for how long? Who owns the
copyright? When do you need permission to use other people’s works? What is involved in transferring rights to
others? How can Creative Commons licenses, open access journals, and institutional repositories increase the impact of
scholarly work and improve services to library users?

For more information on Open Access Week, go to