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Archive for June, 2012

Attention faculty: links to your course readings may fail

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

ProQuest and CSA Illumina databases have a new URL.

What does this mean to you?
If you provide students with Persistent Links to course readings in these databases, your links must be regenerated or students will not be able to access the articles you selected. There is a Guide to the New ProQuest Platform ( ) with videos and a list of affected databases. And, of course, you are always welcome to contact your Liaison Librarian ( for your subject area if you have any questions or would just like more information.

What is a Persistent Link?
A Persistent Link (also called a stable link, durable link, permalink, or persistent URL) is a web address that will consistently point to a specific information source such as an ebook or article.

How do Persistent Links work?
The URL links directly to an article in a database, bypassing the need to search the database to find it again. The URL includes a WSU Library proxy prefix for “authentication.” In other words, off-campus students will be prompted to login with a user name and password allowing them to access the Library resource.

Why is it important to use Persistent Links?
There are two very good reasons for using Persistent Links.
1. Copyright Compliance
If you post content without appropriate authorization or permission, you may be in violation of copyright law or license restrictions. Persistent Links are an easy way to ensure Copyright Compliance.
2. Tracking Usage Statistics for Library Resources
Usage statistics help the library to purchase and retain the resources you want and need.

How do you create Persistent Links?
You can learn more about how to create Persistent Links on the Library’s website ( or use the Persistent Link Request form ( and a librarian will be happy to help you by generating links to your course readings.

Have you ever heard of an outdoor library?

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

With all the beautiful weather that we’ve been having, perhaps we could take a cue from a project created by artist Massimo Bartolini for the Belgian Art Festival. Titled “Bookyard,” Bartolini created an expansive outdoor public library where all books were also for sale.

To read more and to check out more pictures of the outdoor bookyard, visit: Outdoor Library

Check out 15 Spectacular Libraries in Europe

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Even though we have our own great libraries here at Wayne State, we still recognize the beauty and intrigue of libraries of all kinds from around the world. Have a look at this post from Mental Floss that introduces you to some of Europe’s most beautiful book depositories: