WSU Library System News

News & Updates in the Libraries

Archive for January, 2012

New Wayne State library-friendly policy: no food permitted, covered beverages only

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

In response to concerns expressed by library users, the Wayne State University Library System is rolling out a new eating and drinking policy effective August 31, 2011. The policy calls for absolutely no food in any area of the Wayne State University Libraries except for the first floor lounge in the Undergraduate Library.

In addition to helping create a better study environment, the no food policy will:
• Promote recycling of appropriate food and drink packaging.
• Respect the hard-working custodial staff by encouraging responsibility for personal behavior.
• Assist the libraries in continuing to direct library funds to purchasing library resources that support the curriculum, rather than to replacing materials, furnishings and equipment damaged by food and drink.

“This policy is simply to create a better, cleaner study environment,” said Mike Hawthorne, assistant director of Public Services at the Wayne State University Libraries. “Not only does the eating disrupt other library patrons, the amount of trash left for others to clean up has increased, thus increasing the risk of pests in the library—there have been a lot of complaints.”

Though food is strictly prohibited, drinks in securely covered containers will be allowed. For more information on the Wayne State University Food Policy, visit:

Students: Need help putting together a presentation in PowerPoint? Could you use a hand with Photoshop? The Student Technology Studio in the UGL is now open to help you!

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Need help putting together a presentation in PowerPoint? Could you use some assistance in editing your photos in Photoshop? How about some tips to use Publisher to design a flyer? The answers to all these questions and many more can be found at the Student Technology Studio!

The Student Technology Studio (STS) on the second floor of the UGL is ready to help you enhance your multimedia assignments and make your projects really “pop.” You can bring a project with you to get some advice from the friendly staff or stop by early on in your assignment to get help in developing and planning your vision.

From the newest version of the Adobe Creative Suite and iLife to Camtasia and Microsoft Office, the STS has all the tools you’ll need to give your assignments a creative boost. For a full list of software visit:

All currently registered students are welcome to drop by any time during operating hours for assistance. It’s free and there’s no appointment necessary. For the current hours and more information, visit

Get to know your libraries!

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Check out a video from the Library System to welcome you to the libraries and get acquainted with all the resources and services available to you!

Oakland Center Library Resource Desk now open!

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

In order to continue to focus our reduced staff resources on key library services, the Oakland Center Library is now the Oakland Center Library Resource Desk. The new Resource Desk offers pickup and drop off of MeLcat, interlibrary loan and “Get It!” requests as well as print course reserves. The Resource Desk is located in the Oakland Center Administrative office suite, room 102. A full list of services provided, hours and ways to obtain reference support can be found on the Library System’s Oakland Center web page.

Two graduate students from the Wayne State School of Library and Information Science will staff the Oakland Center Library Resource Desk. In addition to checking in and out materials, the graduate students will offer limited reference support.

For more information, call (248) 553-6632.