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Archive for October, 2011

Come learn how Digital Commons can be used to organize your conferences and events on campus #oaweek

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Learn how the Library can help you launch an Open Access Journal using DigitalCommons #oaweek

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Arts in the Atrium returns to the Mazurek Starting Oct 27

Friday, October 14th, 2011

The performing arts will again take center stage this month on the first floor of the Mazurek Medical Education Commons, in the general reading area in front of the Shiffman Medical Library.

The second season of Arts in the Atrium gets under way Oct. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. when the Wayne State University School of Medicine Writing Workshop presents readings from students Amanda Waterman-Torres, Jessica Heselschwerdt, Sunali Wadehra, Beth Stallman and Miriam Levine, M.D., and Theresa Vettese, M.D., assistant professor of Internal Medicine and faculty advisor of the workshop. The students and instructor will read their poetry, short stories and sketches.

See detail info at

Shiffman Medical Library

Join the Library System for a series of Open Access Week events October 24-28

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

The Wayne State University Library System will host a series of events relevant to copyright and fair use, open access, journal publishing and Wayne State’s institutional repository, Digital Commons@WSU. Please join us for these interesting and informative events and learn more about Open Access initiatives at Wayne State.

For the full online schedule, with descriptions of each event, visit:

Monday, October 24th

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Jonathan McGlone, Wayne State University
Purdy-Kresge Library, Technology Resource Center, Learn Lab (Room 150)

Tuesday, October 25th

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Jessica Litman, University of Michigan Law School
Undergraduate Library, Bernath Auditorium

Wednesday, October 26th

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Dave Stout, Berkley Electronic Press
Purdy-Kresge Library, Technology Resource Center, Learn Lab (Room 150)

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Jonathan McGlone, Wayne State University
Purdy-Kresge Library, Simons Room (Room 144)

Friday, October 28th

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Jonathan McGlone, Wayne State University
Purdy-Kresge Library, Room 238 (second floor)

2011 Annual Report

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

The Wayne State University Library System 2011 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report

Undergraduate Library News

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

We are very excited that the student senate and the Provost have again requested and agreed to provide funding to keep the Undergraduate Library open 24 hours a day from Sunday through Friday. This unique opportunity allows your students access to the library overnight to study and work on group projects. We are continuing to improve services at the Undergraduate library to accommodate this increased student use. We moved the Course reserve books from the Science and Engineering Library to the Undergraduate Library so that your students can access them 24 hours a day 5 days a week in addition to our weekend hours. New PC computers were installed in the Undergraduate Library labs A, B, and C, as well as new iMacs in the first floor Extended Study Area. If you need to use one of the labs for a specialized project, please contact 313.577.8854 to schedule and reserve it.

WBW 2012: Know Your Libraries

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Click below to view the 2012 Welcome Back Week UGL atrium exhibit:


Clinical Pharmacology Available

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

WSU users can access Clinical Pharmacology using a computer or mobile device on campus or remotely. Clinical Pharmacology is a complete, easiest-to-use and dependable drug information database which provides healthcare professionals with clinically-relevant drug information for decision-making. Students can get timely drug information that fits into their busy schedule and accurate answers to their daily medication questions.

Some features of Clinical Pharmacology include:

  1. Search by drug name, indication, contraindication/precaution or  adverse reaction
  2. Browse by monograph or classification
  3. Access drug monographs, drug product information and drug images
  4. Use multi-drug interaction reports and clinical calculators
  5. View MedCounselor consumer medication information

If you want to access Clinical Pharmacology using your mobile device, please visit Shiffman Mobile  for detail information.

Please contact Shiffman Medical Library (313-577-1094 or for assistance.

Shiffman Medical l Library



Wayne State SLIS faculty member helps Romanian colleagues gauge needs

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Some 200 library professionals gathered in Sinaia, Romania, September 20–23 for the fourth international symposium, “The Book. Romania. Europe.” Library professionals representing 31 nations—largely Francophone countries—delivered some 60 papers examining the state and future of librarianship in the French-speaking world, Romanian being a Romance language and French the lingua franca of the four-day gathering.

Hermina Anghelescu, associate professor of library and information science at Wayne State University in Detroit, organized the U.S. contingent, which presented at the conference and at two additional workshops in Brashov September 23 and Bucharest September 27. Anghelescu explained her ongoing involvement with the education and training of librarians in her native country: “Every year I return to Romania at least once, and I continue my work with Romanian colleagues in the library and information science field; I help as much as I can. We’ve been involved with a five-year project sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that brings computers to public libraries, and also training,” she said, noting that the need is great, since library education was discontinued during the communist regime and there is only one library school in the country.

In one track of the Sinaia program, “The Education, Training, and Continuous Development of Librarians and Information Specialists,” speakers focused on professional education and the major obstacles standing in its way. Anghelescu shared best practices and highlighted issues and trends in LIS education in the United States and Canada, explaining how job specialization works by type of service, type of library, and type of resources or collections. Some 70 Romanian librarians—school, academic, and public—attended the adjunct session in Brashov, and another 70 librarians attended the session at the National Pedagogical Library in Bucharest.

“Romanian libraries have made a lot of progress during the past 20 years, after the collapse of communism,” Anghelescu said, citing the penetration of the internet, computers, and the opening of the collections to the public. During the communist era, stacks were closed, censorship was in place, and books by Romanian authors who lived abroad were forbidden. Now such works are commonly available, she said, but “the training of librarians has lagged behind and that’s the purpose of my returning to Romania, to expose Romanian librarians who cannot travel abroad to more and more new ideas and practices.”

Representing the U.S. at the conference, in addition to Anghelescu, were: Irene Owens, SLIS dean and professor at North Carolina Central University, on assessing the quality of library education; Marianne Hartzell, former executive director of the Michigan Library Association and now of Hartzell-Mika Consulting, on the value of library associations; Joseph Mika, formerly of Wayne State University and a partner in Hartzell-Mika Consulting, on accreditation; and Leonard Kniffel, representing the American Library Association, on American Libraries’ “12 Ways Libraries Are Good for the Country” and ALA’s public awareness and advocacy efforts through,, and the Campaign for the World’s Libraries. The American delegates’ programs were supported by the U.S. Embassy and the Metropolitan Library in Bucharest.

2012 Welcome to the Libraries flyer

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Welcome to the Libraries flyer