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Archive for October, 2012

October is National Medical Librarian Month!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

The Shiffman Library is celebrating National Medical Librarian Month. Stop by the Assarian Family Reference Desk from 11:00 -12:00 pm Thursday October 25 to enter a raffle for gift cards from Biggby’s Coffee, iTunes an Barnes and Noble. We hope to see you on October 25!

Arts in the Atrium returns to Shiffman Medical Library on Thursday, October 25

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The performing arts will again take center stage starting this month in the Richard J. Mazurek, M.D., Medical Education Commons.

The third season of Arts in the Atrium gets under way on Thursday, October 25 from noon to 1 p.m. when the Wayne State University School of Medicine Writing Workshop read their poetry, short stories and present sketches.

Arts in the Atrium is sponsored by the Shiffman Medical Library and the School of Medicine. The series of seasonal performances offers a period of art and relaxation for students, staff, faculty and the community. The programs are designed to highlight the artistic talents of students, staff and faculty of both the library and the School of Medicine.

The performance will take place on the first floor of the Mazurek Medical Education Commons, in the general reading area in front of the Shiffman Medical Library.

Open Access Week is October 22-26! Join us for a series of events to learn about copyright, fair use, and more. #oaweek

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

In celebration of Open Access Week, the Wayne State University Library System will host a series of events relevant to copyright and fair use, open access, journal publishing, and WSU’s Institutional Repository, Digital Commons from October 22 – 26. Please join us for these events and learn more about Open Access initiatives on the WSU campus.

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

For more information on Open Access Week, visit :


Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012



This workshop series will be held in Mazurek Education Commons, Lab #324

Learn more about NCBI genome and biomedical resources and data sets in this series of four 2.5 hour hands-on sessions.  Each session will emphasize a select set of resources developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) using specific examples to highlight important features of the resources and tools.  The four modules focus on the following areas:

Sequences, Genomes and Maps   (Thursday, October 11, 9am-12pm)

This workshop presents NCBI integrated biomolecular databases that comprise the Entrez system and shows how to use Entrez to find and download data of interest.  The workshop focuses on scope and content of sequence databases. It demonstrates effective use of the Entrez interface including filters, search strategies to collect and download a specific set of records, and to use the pre-computed relationships available in the Entrez system to find related sequences, genomic regions, genomic maps, homologous genes and proteins, pathways and expression information.

Proteins, Domains and Structures   (Thursday, October 11, 1pm – 4pm)

Learn about the resources associated with NCBI’s three-dimensional structure records including the Molecular Modeling Database, Entrez Structure, Vector Alignment Search Tool (VAST), the Conserved Domain Database and the structure viewer Cn3D.  This workshop shows how the Entrez system can be used to navigate across protein and structure data.

NCBI BLAST SERVICES   (Friday, October 12 9am – 12pm)

This workshop highlights new features and demonstrates the practical aspects of using NCBI BLAST, the most popular sequence similarity service in the world. See demonstrated the integrations and expansion of Align-2-Sequences; organism limits and TreeView analysis of results. It also shows how the new DELTA-BLAST improves the sensitivity and specificity of protein BLAST and demonstrates two new sequence analysis services, Primer BLAST and COBALT, which have been added to the BLAST area of the NCBI site.

HUMAN VARIATION AND DISEASE GENES   (Friday, October 12, 1:00pm – 4pm)

Learn more about resources associated with human sequence variations and phenotypes. Demonstrations use the mouse fig4 homolog and the human APOE gene as examples to navigate across integrated databases to find phenotypes, literature, sequences (genome, mRNA and protein), and variations.  Find out how to map those variations onto genes, transcripts, proteins, and genomic regions.  This workshop emphasizes the importance of the Gene database as the best way to access these data.

Participants may attend all or any combination of these sessions. Sessions are entirely hands-on where the instructor will provide step-by-step instructions and additional information about each example. Participants will have the opportunity to provide comments and suggestions on NCBI services and to attend individual consultations with NCBI staff.

Register for: NCBI Discovery Workshop Webinars*

1. Login to Pipeline at

2. Click on this link:

*Search: NCBI under Training and Seminars if link does not appear.

For further information contact Shiffman Medical Library:  313-577-1094 /



Celebrate your intellectual freedom this October with a new display at the UGL

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Stop by the Undergraduate Library to check out a new display dedicated to celebrating the right to freedom and expression of thought. Librarians view intellectual freedom as a core responsibility and this five panel displays touches on some of the major issues involved in intellectual freedom. A portion of the display is dedicated to celebrating Banned Book Week, happening now through October 6, and lists all of the banned books that we have available in our own Wayne State University Libraries.

The exhibit will run throughout the month of October. For more information about intellectual freedom, or the issues discussed in the display, visit