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Archive for August, 2011

Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) for Android Available

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The first release of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) for Android is now available.

This release allows users to:

  • Leverage WISER’s full database of chemical, biological, and radiological substances from an Android device and search WISER’s full list of known substances.
  • Take advantage of WISER’s new simplified search: search by name or ID using a single, integrated search field.
  • Browse WISER substances by category.
  • Track recent substance history.

WISER for Android can be downloaded and installed directly from Android’s Marketplace –

Science and Engineering Library reserves collection moved to UGL

Monday, August 29th, 2011

The Library System is in the process of reorganizing and, as a result, some new changes to our services are underway to simplify things for the students. Part of this consolidation includes moving the Science and Engineering Library reserves collection to the Undergraduate Library which will be open 24 hours per day starting Sunday mornings and ending Friday evenings (closing only for Friday and Saturday evenings). We are hoping this move will improve access to these high-demand resources as we see more students take advantage of our overnight hours at the Undergraduate Library.

Purdy/Kresge closed for spring cleaning

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

The Purdy/Kresge Library will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Aug 25-26.  All “Get it” requests can be picked up at the Undergraduate Library check-out desk.

Faculty Information Brochure

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011


Wayne State University launches digital collection on education reform

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

The Walter P. Reuther Library and the Wayne State University Library System recently launched the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Antecedents to Education Reform Historical Collection, a remarkable digital text collection of nearly 30 years of historical records dealing with United States public education reform, tenure and academic freedom for teachers, civil rights, collective bargaining and public employee unionism. (

“This collection is a one-stop shop for researchers looking at education and public employee unions,” said Dan Golodner, American Federation of Teachers Archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library. “By having it available digitally, researchers have instant access to historical content about education reform programs without traveling to an archive or spending days waiting for documents to arrive from school boards or school unions.”

Highlights of the growing AFT collection include documentation about the “Toledo Plan,” the first Peer Assistance Review program started in 1981 and modeled throughout the country since its inception, the Professional Education Program from Pittsburgh and Dade County Shared Decision Making program. The collection has documents from the national AFT headquarters and various AFT locals, as well as personal papers from AFT leaders. The site also contains speeches from AFT presidents and AFT policy and reports on education reform that supported various education initiatives during the 1980s and early 1990s.

The digital AFT collection is only a subset of the physical collection housed at the Reuther Library, which includes AFT historical documents dating back to the 1910s from 30 affiliate locals and state federations, and over 70 personal collections. For more information, or to access the entire collection, contact Dan Golodner at or 313-577-8988.