WSU Library System News

News & Updates in the Libraries

Archive for February, 2012

Do you wish you knew more about how copyright and fair use laws apply to teaching and research? Join us for a webinar on March 2 and March 9

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Join the Library System and your colleagues for “Copyright and Faculty Rights,” a two-part webinar that will help you to understand the challenges and solutions of applying copyright law in your classrooms, research and scholarly publications. The two sessions will take place on Friday, March 2, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm and on Friday, March 9, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Both will be offered inside the Kresge Auditorium at the Purdy/Kresge Library.

How copyright and fair use laws apply to teaching, research, and publications is not always clear. The increasing ease of copying and distributing digital materials raises the stakes even more. Faculty often do not have access to the resources and support they need to sort these challenges out. The webinar will cover topics such as:

Ownership of copyrighted works
Copyright in your own works and publications
Steps to protect and manage your copyright
Publication agreements
Open content requirements
Institutional requirements and open access
Fair use – using and being used (including Google Books)

Final week! Celebrate Black History Month at the Libraries!

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Black History Month is in full swing at the Wayne State University Libraries! Stop by the UGL atrium to take in “Focus on Detroit,” an exhibit highlighting notable black women in Detroit. Visitors are encouraged to explore black Women in American History and Culture on a local level through photographs videos, and websites. Detroit has been and continues to be home to many exemplary, influential black women. The exhibit also includes external multimedia links that can be access by scanning the QR codes with your smartphone.

At the Purdy/Kresge Library, check out the Subject of the Month area, located just past the circulation desk on the Purdy side of the library. The display includes many books and materials on black history month that can perused or checked out.

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Possible wireless access issues to library databases

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Due to the explosive growth of wireless device use on the Wayne State campus, C&IT implemented a new IP (computer) address range to allow for future growth. As a result, campus wireless users may encounter problems with accessing licensed library resources until the new ranges are reported to our database vendors.

If you are using wireless in the above buildings, the best approach is to access resources via the University Libraries website, which is set to use our proxy server for access. Visit to execute all of your searches.

For more information about persistent links to library resources, and how the library EZ Proxy prefix works, please take a look at the “Creating Persistent Links to WSU Library Resources” on our website.

This situation is temporary and we are currently working with vendors to update the campus ranges. Thank you for your patience as we work to further improve access across campus.