WSU Library System News

News & Updates in the Libraries

Archive for January, 2013

Help the Wayne State Libraries improve our catalog and enter to win $50!

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Do you find the library catalog confusing? Help us improve it by participating in a brief study to evaluate different types of online help with the catalog. The session will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete. In return for your participation, you will be eligible to enter an optional drawing for one of five $50 Visa gift cards. It is not necessary to come to the library to participate. You can participate online through the link below, from any location.

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Stop Searching. Start finding. The Research Warrior tool is now live!

Monday, January 7th, 2013

What is Research Warrior?

Research Warrior brings together the most comprehensive collection of
content—including superior indexing from top subject indexes, high-end full text and the entire library collection—all from a single search box.

How is Research Warrior different from how I’m searching now?

Use Research Warrior to find books, media and articles from journals and magazines on your topic. One quick search brings together information from all across the Wayne State Libraries and the web in one simple set of search results. For example, using our library catalog now, you can search our collections, including books, media, and journal titles, but with Research Warrior, you’ll get direct links to articles. With three million library items, over five hundred databases, and a single search box, you’ll spend less time searching, and more time finding.

How do I use Research Warrior?

Go to the Library System website (, enter your search terms into the search box and let Research Warrior do the work.

Wayne State Archival Admin students to work with DPL to process Coleman A. Young Mayoral Papers

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Wayne State University students concentrating on a certificate in Archival Administration will be working with the Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation (DPLFF) to process the Coleman A. Young Mayoral Papers via a grant recently received by the DPLFF. The $87,400 grant was awarded by the Council of Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

Coleman A. Young (1918-1997) was the first African American mayor of Detroit and its longest serving mayor elected to five consecutive terms from 1973-1993. The Coleman A. Young Mayoral Papers consist of 1,175 boxes of documents from Young’s twenty years as mayor of Detroit. The bulk of the documents pertain to communications from city of Detroit departments, the federal government, and a wide array of groups, organizations, and citizens from Detroit and Michigan. The records will be broken down into the following correspondence series: Businesses; Citizen’s Letters; City of Detroit departments; Detroit Economic Development Corporation; State of Michigan; Wayne County; U.S. Government.

“The opening of the Coleman A. Young Mayoral Collection will provide further insight into the urban renewal efforts and community empowerment occurring throughout the nation during the 1960’s. The Detroit Public Library is honored to be the recipient of this grant that allows us to chronicle that chapter in American history not only for Detroit but for the world,” said Jo Anne D. Mondowney, DPL executive director.

“We are at long last going to fulfill a tremendous gap in the historical record of Detroit,” said Mark Bowden, Coordinator of the Special Collections of the Detroit Public Library. “Researchers will be allowed insights into the racial, social, and economic dynamics of a major metropolitan area and a seminal figure in 20th century political history.”

The DPLFF grant award was selected from 100 initial proposals submitted from across the country. The two-year processing endeavor will begin in January 2013 with assistance from Wayne State University students enrolled in its Archival Administration Program. “Partnerships such as this enable our students to have “hands-on” experience with original documents. The fact that this is such a prestigious collection makes this experience a unique and challenging opportunity for our students,” stated Sandra Yee, Dean of University Libraries and the School of Information and Library Science.

Celebrate the January Subject of the Month with Detroit Music

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Start off the New Year with a celebration of Detroit music. Everything from jazz to blues; rock to rap, and, of course, Motown, Detroit sounds are influential worldwide! Stop by the display or check out the online eResources.

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New Pickup Locations for ILL users who previously picked up from SEL

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

With the closing of the Science & Engineering Library on December 24, 2013 Interlibrary Loan users who have used the Science & Engineering as their preferred “Pickup Location” for requested material will need to update your Interlibrary Loan account to a new “Pickup Location”. Please take a few minutes to login into your Interlibrary Loan account and choose a new “Pickup Location”. You can update your account by simply:

1. Logging into your Interlibrary Loan account
2. Click “Change: User Info” button in the upper right-hand corner
3. In the middle of the page look for the drop-down menu to the left of “Pickup Location”
4. Choose your new “Pickup Location” and click the “Submit Information” button at the bottom of the page.

For users who forget to update their “Pickup Location” the Interlibrary Loan Department will change your “Pickup Location” to the Undergraduate Library as it is closest in proximity to the Science & Engineering Library.

All requested material delivered after the closing of the Science & Engineering Library will be routed to the Undergraduate Library.