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News & Updates in the Libraries

Archive for July, 2011

Blackstone LaunchPad @the UGL turns students into entrepreneurs

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Is a Bookless Library Still a Library?

Monday, July 25th, 2011

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SLIS Alumni Win 2011 Michigan Library Association Awards

Monday, July 18th, 2011

The Wayne State School of Library and Information Science congratulates three of its graduates for awards bestowed by the Michigan Library Association in 2011.

The 2011 MLA Award of Excellence winner is Steven K. Bowers, Executive Director, Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET). Bowers, a 2002 graduate of the School of Library and Information Science, currently teaches “Integrated Library Systems” in addition to his duties at DALNET. The MLA Award of Excellence honors someone who has made an outstanding contribution to effective and improved local library service, promoted library cooperation, or contributed to professional or community activities.

Cathleen A. Russ, a 2003 alumna of the School and current Director of the Troy, Michigan Public Library, is the winner of the 2011 Loleta D. Fyan Award, which is given to a librarian who has transformed a routine task or an untried idea into imaginative, creative service, projected a dynamic image of the professional librarian, and offered his or her college, university, school institution, industry or local community, etc. something which it did not have before. Russ also teaches part-time for the School of Library and Information Science.

Tera Moon, Business Librarian at Southfield Public Library and 2002 alumna of the School of Library and Information Science, is the recipient of the Walter H. Kaiser Award. The Kaiser Award is presented to a librarian, trustee or person associated with libraries with the broad educational goals of librarianship, who contributes an idea, procedure, concept or adaptation which results in the improvement of a library or libraries in Michigan.

The 2011 MLA Award winners will be honored during the MLA Annual Conference Awards Banquet, Wednesday, October 26, 2011, from 6:15-8:15 p.m. (which is immediately following the School’s Alumni Reception) at the Kalamazoo Radisson.

For a complete list of 2011 MLA Award winners, see

Faculty: Try the “Library Resources” button on Blackboard for a direct link to guides in your subject area

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

All Blackboard generated course sites now have a button on the left navigation menu titled Library Resources. The Library Resources button will take you and your students directly to a subject guide that your Librarian Liaison has created for your department that includes links to Library and other resources that may be of assistance to your students as they complete their assignments. Librarian Liaisons are also available to create customized Guides that will support your course(s). Please feel free to contact your liaison to work with them on adding links to additional resources that you would find useful.

Access LactMed with your mobile device

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Need to know more about drugs and breastfeeding? The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) can help.

LactMed is a peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Its information covers maternal and infant drug levels, possible effects on lactation and on breastfed infants, and alternative drugs to consider.

 Now you can access LactMed with your mobile device. The LactMed App for iPhone/iPod Touch and Android can be downloaded at

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