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Archive for March, 2011

WSU Law Library Director elected to IFLA Standing Committee

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Virginia Thomas, director of the Arthur Neef Law Library at Wayne State University, was recently appointed to the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Standing Committee on Law Libraries. Standing Committees develop policies, carry out surveys and other projects, prepare guidelines and organize open sessions and workshops at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to serve with colleagues worldwide to advance law librarianship,” said Thomas.

The IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. Founded in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1927 at an international conference, the IFLA now boasts 1,600 Members in approximately 150 countries around the world. IFLA was registered in the Netherlands in 1971. The Royal Library, the national library of the Netherlands, in The Hague, provides the facilities for its headquarters.

ProQuest databases returning to classic platform

Monday, March 14th, 2011

The library system will be returning today to the classic version of ProQuest due to technical difficulties with the new platform.  We hope this rollback will resolve any problems our users may have experienced over the past weeks with the interface.

We appreciate your patience and hope this adjustment will provide for a better user experience.  If you should need assistance in your research please go to:

Thank you.

AccessMedicine & AccessPharmacy Mobile View

Friday, March 11th, 2011


  • AccessMedicine Mobile: Access Diagnosaurus,  Drug Monographs, Harrison’s Online, Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment, Clinician’s Pocket Reference: The Scut Monkey, Guidelines, Diagnostic Tests, Abbreviations, and Fitzpatrick’s Color Atlas.
  • AccessPharmacy Mobile: Access Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, CURRENT Practice Guidelines in Primary Care 2009, Casarett & Doull’s Essentials of Toxicology (quick reference), Basic & Clinical Pharmacology (quick reference), Diagnostic Tests, Calculators, Updates & Hot Topics.

To access optimized content for mobile view, you need to setup a personal account (i.e. “My AccessMedicine” / “My AccessPharmacy”) first. Click here to create a personal account. 

Mobile Devices Supported: iPhone and iPhone 3G, BlackBerry Bold, Google’s Android platform

Medical Campus Book Talk – March 16

Friday, March 11th, 2011


WSU Shiffman Presents . . . Community Conversations on Health


“Henrietta Lacks & HeLa Cells” Book Talk Wed. Mar. 16, 2011, 4-6 PM

Who Is Henrietta Lacks and Why Are HeLa Cells So Important?

March 16| “Henrietta Lacks & HeLa Cells” Book Talk

Friday, March 11th, 2011

WSU Shiffman Presents . . . Community Conversations on Health
“Henrietta Lacks & HeLa Cells” Book Talk
Wed. Mar. 16, 2011, 4-6 PM
WSU Shiffman Medical Library – Stapleton Room in the Mazurek Medical Commons Building, 320 E. Canfield St. Detroit
RSVP – WSU medical campus and other interested persons contact or 313-577-6666 by March 11 to register. Seating limited. Light refreshments and Community Health Information table provided.

Diane Levine, MD, vice chair for education, WSU School of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine, will lead the discussion addressing multiple aspects of the book and pose questions about the larger themes in this provocative story written for both laymen and scientists.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot tells the story of a poor African American women who become famous many years after her death because of cervical cancer cells (HeLa cells) taken from her body that continue to live in a prolific cell line used extensively in research today.

LIBRARY COPIES AVAILABLE – Print book and audio book are available for check out from the Shiffman Medical Library to WSU affiliates. Many public libraries in the area, including the Detroit Public Library (DPL) also have copies to lend to residents. To read, see and hear more about this award-winning book and the fascinating story of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cell line, visit the author’s website

This event is one in a series of Community Conversations on Health and part of the 2011 One Book One Community program of Detroit Public Library and partners, hosting author Rebecca Skloot book talk on March 26. For more information visit

For more information go the WSU Events Calendar

This project has been funded in part by the National Library of Medicine under Contract No. NO1-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Library of the Health Sciences and the Wayne State University Shiffman Medical Library Community Engagement Outreach Program.

Free campuswide access to leading environment and energy publications

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

As part of our membership of the National Council for Science and the Environment’s (NCSE) University Affiliate Program Wayne State Libraries now have campus-wide access to four premier online sources of Environment and Energy (E&E) news: Environment & Energy Daily (E&E Daily), Greenwire, Land Letter, and E&ENews PM.