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Archive for May, 2011

Faculty and Instructors: Upcoming software upgrades to general-purpose classroom computers

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

WSU Faculty and Instructors,

We wanted to make you aware of upcoming software upgrades to the general-purpose classroom computers.

The upgrades will include the following:
Windows 7 Enterprise, 64-bit
Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010
Microsoft Project Professional 2010
Microsoft Visio Premium 2010
Internet Explorer 8
Firefox 4
FileZilla (change from WS_FTP)
Various plugins and utilities

We will begin on May 31 and expect to be finished by the end of the Sp/Su 2011 term. Upgrades will be scheduled so as not to interfere with any classes.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Library Computing Help Desk @ 577-1154 or

Before the Purdy Library…

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

… the library on campus took up four floors in Old Main. Books were housed where space was available. In 1931, when Wayne State was still known as the Detroit Teacher’s College, three teachers combined forces to demonstrate the need for functional classrooms in a library so all the books were housed in a basement classroom of Old Main and the three instructors held their classes in this room and shared responsibility for the care and circulation of the books.

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1915. “Old Central High School.” Now Wayne State University’s “Old Main.” Detroit Publishing Company. (from

Old Main in the 1950s (taken from Virtual Motor City Collection)

Old Main in the 1950s (taken from Virtual Motor City Collection)

For more information on the history of the Education Library, check out

Dean Sandra Yee named Administrator of the Year by WSU Student Senate

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Sandra Yee, dean of the Wayne State University Library System, recently received the Student Senate’s first annual Administrator of the Year award for her commitment to Wayne State students and for working closely with Student Senate and the Provost to keep the UGL open 24 hours during the week.

The selection process took place at a Student Senate meeting earlier this year. The senators submitted nominations of potential winners, giving reasons why they felt that each candidate should be named Administrator of the Year and, using this information, the Senate took a closed ballot vote where Dean Yee was named the winner.

“The students appreciate Dean Yee always being available and helping them with their plans and goals” said Dean of Students, David Strauss. “They find her to be a great listener.”

2011 Race for the Cure is Saturday, May 21…

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

              and Shiffman Medical Library has a winning walker!

ROSE MARY AUSILIO is a cancer survivor with a mission.

Rose has started “training” and walks daily to get in shape for the upcoming event that starts at Comerica Park. She is enrolled in the 20th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and needs YOUR help to raise money for breast cancer education, screening, treatment and research.

Did you know . . . 

  • 75% net raised stays in metro Detroit to fund vital breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs.  
  • 25% net is contributed to the Susan G. Komen National Award and Research Grant Progam to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research.

Please give any amount.  Donate online at the following link

or contact Rose to make other arrangements. Her email is

For more information about Wayne Cares: Detroit Race for the Cure 2011, go to this link

                                                              Posted as a service of Shiffman Medical Library Outreach

Bookstock press conference featured on WDIV midday news

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

On May 9, WDIV was at Wayne State for a press conference covering the new scholarships funded by Bookstock: Used Book & Media Sale, Gardner-White Furniture and Wallside Windows. Three $2,000 scholarships are available to students enrolled in the university’s new Urban Librarianship Graduate Certificate Program. (For more info, visit

The piece was featured on the midday news. Check it out!

Wayne State launches partnership with Bookstock to support student scholarships in new Urban Librarianship Graduate Certificate Program

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Wayne State’s School of Library and Information Science recently announced scholarships for students enrolled in the university’s new Urban Librarianship Graduate Certificate Program.

The scholarships are funded by Bookstock: Used Book & Media Sale, a community service project that uses proceeds from the sale of gently used books and other media to support education and literacy projects throughout Metro Detroit.

Bookstock representatives, along with contributing partners Gardner-White Furniture and Wallside Windows, were presented a check to the university and announced their commitment to annual scholarships during the event. Three $2,000 scholarships are available to students who qualify.

Dean Sandra Yee also discussed details of the Urban Librarianship Graduate Certificate Program, which is the first of its kind in the nation. The Wayne State Board of Governors approved the 15-credit certificate program in January 2011. It will begin in the 2011 fall semester.

“The Urban Librarianship Graduate Certificate Program provides students with the education and practical experience necessary to effectively serve library patrons with diverse economic, social and cultural needs,” Yee said. “We are grateful for Bookstock’s commitment to provide scholarships to deserving students who are dedicated to making a difference.”

Bookstock volunteers mobilize each year to host book and media sales events. This year’s Bookstock will be held May 15-22 at Laurel Park Place Mall in Livonia. Most books are priced at $3 or less. Bookstock has raised more than $530,000 over the past eight years. The sale is the culmination of a year’s worth of work by 600 volunteers who collected, sorted and organized books.

For more information about the Bookstock scholarship or the Urban Librarianship Graduate Certificate Program, visit or call (313) 577-1825. For more information about Bookstock, visit

Free Trial of Clinical Decision Support Products

Monday, May 9th, 2011

The Shiffman Medical Library has arranged institution-wide trials of three Drug reference databases for WSU faculty and students. 


  • Lexi-Comp
    Providing concise drug information at the point of care. View online tutorials click here.


The free trials will run from May 9 to June 6, 2011.

We invite you to review the databases, to evaluate their usefulness and to give us your input by June 6, 2011.

You may email  your comments at or send us comments by completing a short product evaluation form.  To start the trials and comment:

  1. Click the links  above from a computer that is connected to the WSU network or wireless
  2. Access, compare and evaluate the databases; and
  3. Send us your comments on this short multiple choice evaluation form

Thank you very much for your support

Shiffman Medical Library

2010 Annual Report

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Download 2010 Annual Report (pdf_small17x17 1.7MB PDF)

Winter 2010 Outlook Newsletter

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Download Newsletter (pdf_small17x17 922KB PDF)

May 18 | Faculty: Learn more about open source textbooks at an open forum @ the UGL

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Attention faculty!

Join the Library System and the vice president of Flat World Knowledge (FWK) for one of two open forums designed to provide information to faculty about using open source textbooks in the classroom.

Wednesday, May 18
10:30 AM -11:30 AM and 2 PM- 3 PM
Bernath Auditorium
David Adamany Undergraduate Library

FWK is the world’s largest publisher of free and open college textbooks. With its ever-expanding catalog of top quality books by expert authors, now is your chance to be a hero and help your students save thousands of dollars. Get started today and join the textbook affordability movement!