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Archive for September, 2012

Participate in the Virtual Read-out in celebration of Banned Book Week, September 30- October 6

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Participate in Banned Books Week by reading a banned book– for everyone to hear. The Banned Books Virtual Read-Out features videos of readers exercising their First Amendment right to read a banned book. To look at videos, or upload one of your own, visit:

Reuther Library welcomes new director, Beth Myers

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

The Reuther Library recently welcomed its new director, Beth Myers, who comes to the Reuther from Loyola University, where she served as the director of the Women and Leadership Archives for five years.

Myers received both her master’s and doctorate degrees in history from Loyola University, Chicago, where she focused on 20th century American history, public history and women’s history and gender studies. After holding a series of positions at various Chicago area archives, Myers received two competing job offers following the completion of her program: a traditional academic position or an opportunity to lead the Women and Leadership Archives at her alma mater. With a “fleet of incredible assistants, students, and volunteers,” Myers worked to gain physical and intellectual control over the WLA collections, conducted extensive outreach to raise the archives’ profile, and enjoyed the privilege of establishing relationships with donors.

Myers’ research interests include women’s archives, the relevancy of archives in the digital age and exploring issues of power, access and ethics in archives and archival collections. In addition to participating in the 2010 Archives Leadership Institute, Myers is an active member of the Society of American Archivists, the Midwest Archives Conference and the Chicago Area Archivists.

When asked why she wanted to come to the Reuther, Myers responded, “Why wouldn’t I? It’s the dream job. It’s so well known and respected, such a venerable institution.” In the near term, Myers will be looking inward at the Reuther to better understand its staff, systems and ongoing projects and relationships. In addition to working with the Reuther’s existing donors and partners, she hopes to further its community outreach activities, raising the profile of the Reuther both on campus and off. She also is looking forward to engaging with the Reuther staff in inclusive and open strategic planning. “We know what the Reuther is and what it’s done,” Myers said.

(Information taken from the Reuther Library blog)

Not all libraries start out that way– check out some libraries repurposed from unused structures

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

What better way to recycle just about anything than to turn it into a center for knowledge?

Free Epocrates Essentials for Medical Students

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Epocrates Essentials($159 value), the very popular premium mobile app, offers drug, disease, and diagnostic reference tools to support your coursework, is  FREE for all U.S. medical students. Act fast and get it now (

Shiffman Medical Library Staff

Learn some of the Libraries’ dos and don’ts in this year’s Welcome Back Week UGL atrium display!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

To welcome new freshmen and refresh our returning students, this year’s UGL atrium display for Welcome Back Week covers some of dos and don’ts that students need to know when using our libraries. Even though we could probably fill an entire atrium with information for our users, this display, called “Know Your Libraries,” is a comic book style visual display of six things that will help new students when using our libraries. Though informative and entertaining, all of the suggestions are geared to help students as they navigate the libraries and help them with common problems that they may encounter, especially for those new to the Wayne State Libraries.

The display will be up throughout most of September so stop by to check it out!

For our online students, check out the display in closer detail here: