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Archive for October, 2013

11/7 | From Genie to Efreet: Fantastic Apparitions in the Tales of the Arabian Nights

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

From Genie to Efreet: Fantastic Apparitions in the Tales of the Arabian Nights
Thursday, November 7, 2013
3:30 p.m.
Bernath Auditorium
David Adamany Undergraduate Library

Dr. Anne Duggan, Associate Professor of French and Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Wayne State University; and Co-Editor Fantastic Apparitions in the Tales of the Arabian Nights (with Cristina Bacchilega) of Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies (Wayne State University Press)

Dr. Duggan will consider the evolution of the genie as a fantastic apparition from its emergence in French literature at the beginning of the eighteenth century to its development into the early twentieth century. In order to follow the textual and visual evolutions of the figure, Dr. Duggan will examine tales frequently depicted by illustrators of French and English editions, including: the lady of the rings of the frame narrative; “The Merchant and the Genie;” “The Fisherman and the Genie;” and “Aladdin.” As will become evident, the illustrated genie of the Old Regime has nothing to do with the turban- or fez-wearers of the twentieth century; however, the one aspect the genie maintains throughout its transformations over time (at least until Disney), is a fear we might associate with the fantastic that the creature inspires in those before whom it appears.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts.

Wayne State University archivist recognized for contributions to the field and Wayne County

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Louis Jones, archivist at Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library was recently acknowledged with the History/Humanities Award at the 16th Annual Wayne County Council for Arts, History (WCCAH) and Humanities Recognition Awards for his outstanding efforts in the archival field and its beneficial impact on Wayne County, both as an effort of activism and recordation.

“In delving into Dr. Jones’s work, I realized his immense impact on the local community and its place on the forefront of history of both labor unions and the African-American perspective,” said Susan Salas, WCCAH council member. “Dr. Jones’s work is vital in so many ways, but most notably, his local recordations and perspective, and his upgrades with technology and the virtual library of the future.”

The WCCAH Recognition Awards selection process involved an evaluation of the nominees’ historical contributions and their current status in his or her field. Past award winners in the humanitarian/historian category have included Baker’s Keyboard Lounge and Asenath Andrews, the principal at Catherine A. Ferguson Academy, a Detroit public high school for pregnant and parenting teens as well as the site of an internationally known urban farm. This year, this category was separated into two distinct awards, one for organizations and one for individuals.

The Wayne County Council for the Arts, History and Humanities is a council of the Wayne County government. Its purpose is to promote education and appreciation for the arts, history and humanities in Wayne County, Michigan USA. The council consists of citizen volunteers who represent a variety of areas of expertise. The council organizes and conducts many programs and activities throughout the year. Of particular note is the Annual Recognition Awards ceremony that honors outstanding arts and cultural achievement in Wayne County.

What can you get for the price of some scholarly journals? Take this quiz and find out– you might be surprised!

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Have you ever wondered how much some of our scholarly journals actually cost? Every year, the cost of journals continues to rise and libraries are struggling to keep up with skyrocketing prices. Take this quiz to see just how much some of our popular journals are worth:

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Monday, October 21st, 2013


Open Access Week event 10/24 | 1 p.m. @ UGL Lab A: DIY DigitalCommons@WayneState Workshop

Monday, October 21st, 2013

This workshop will show you how to successfully manage your own submissions to DigitalCommons@WayneState.

This is intended to be a hands-on workshop, so please bring your submissions!

Drumroll, Please! The Writing Center/STS Collaboration Announces New Name at Grand Opening Ceremony

Monday, October 21st, 2013

After a campuswide call for suggestions, the Writing Center/Student Technology collaboration official has a new name: The Warrior Writing, Research and Technology Zone or “The WRT (pronounced “write”) Zone.” Though the group did not end up picking a winner from the campus entries, all of the ideas submitted helped the group come up with this name that perfectly describes all of the services that the collaboration will be offering to the students of Wayne State.

Hosted by the Libraries, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Provost Margaret Winters, the grand opening of the WRT Zone on October 3 saw a wonderful turnout of students and staff from around the university. Following a ribbon cutting across the threshold of the space, the new name was revealed and visitors were free to tour the space and get more information from the staff about specific services.

If you haven’t seen it already, stop by room 2310 in the UGL today to get in the WRT Zone!

Today! Open Access Week event: Redefining Impact (Webinar) @ 3 p.m. in P/K Simons Room

Monday, October 21st, 2013

This year’s kickoff event will feature a 60-minute panel discussion on the topic of “Open Access: Redefining Impact.” Panelists representing a diverse set of stakeholders – scientific researchers, publishers, technologists and policy makers – will examine the potential positive impacts that can result when research results are shared freely in the digital environment.

The panel, moderated by SPARC Executive Director Heather Joseph, will feature:

• Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) • Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities • Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association • Dr. Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Science Division of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy • Dr. Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director for Public Library of Science

The panel discussion will be followed by the presentation of the winning nominations of the new Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP), which recognize those who have used Open Access scientific research to create innovative new discoveries and solutions, and a wine reception sponsored by SPARC. See more information about the event program:

Today! Open Access Week event: Intro to Scholars Cooperative @ 11:00am in PK Simons Room

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Join librarians Mike Priehs and Damecia Donahue for an introduction to the Scholar’s Cooperative, which offers a wide range of services including self-archiving, promoting and distributing scholarship, providing alternative forms of Scholarly Publishing, retaining author rights, advancing open access, DigitalCommons@WayneState, copyright consultation and much more.

10/23 | 2 p.m. Teaching Commons Room 174: What Is The Role Of The Librarian In An Open Access World? (Webinar)

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Join SAGE for a free webinar that will discuss how in an open access environment, librarians will continue to serve as intermediaries, facilitators, and advocates between authors and publishers.

Our 60-minute webinar will include a brief introduction to open access journals publishing followed by an in-depth discussion about OA from three different perspectives:

The Librarian Perspective: Charles Eckman, University Librarian and Dean of Library Services at Simon Fraser University
The Publisher Perspective: Dave Ross, Executive Publisher of OA at SAGE
The Researcher Perspective: Michael S. Mott, The University of Mississippi, Advanced Education Center

10/23 | 11:30 a.m. P/K Simons Room: 5 Tips For Getting Started With Open Access Publishing

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

11:30, Purdy-Kresge Library Simons Room

You’ve considered participating in open access, but the tradeoffs involved in making your publications open access often don’t seem worth the cost. It doesn’t have to be that way. Join us for a quick walkthrough of strategies for participating in open access publishing without having to feel like a radical.