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Archive for January, 2014


Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Through a new subscription to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) Premium collection, the Library System now has access to the DSM-V, the handbook used by health care professionals in the United States and much of the world as the authoritative guide to the diagnosis of mental disorders. DSM contains descriptions, symptoms and other criteria for diagnosing mental disorders. It provides a common language for clinicians to communicate about their patients and establishes consistent and reliable diagnoses that can be used in the research of mental disorders. It also provides a common language for researchers to study the criteria for potential future revisions and to aid in the development of medications and other interventions.

This new electronic resource has dynamic navigation and search functions and provides access to the previous versions of the DSM, which can be downloaded as PDFs. Each of the individual titles that make up DSM Premium has individual catalog records in the WSU catalog. The DSM collection also gives us the texts: DSM V Handbook of Differential Diagnosis and DSM V Clinical Cases.


Thursday, January 30th, 2014

In December, the Libraries launched a new tool that allows users to virtually browse the stacks from the comfort of his or her own computer. Stack View is a virtual bookshelf that takes a Library of Congress call number and creates a virtual shelf of items as if as they would appear if one were physically browsing the shelves at the library.

Stack View will be accessible from the library catalog as well as from the Libraries’ App Lab, a page that showcases active projects from the University Libraries’ Web Team.

To check out some of the newest projects, visit the App Lab at

Message from Dean Yee, January 2014

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Interface, the new e-newsletter that connects you, the faculty, to the library news, services and resources that are most important to you as a researcher and instructor at Wayne State. We would like Interface to help build a bridge for faculty to learn more about library services that can assist them or even find out about services that they didn’t even realize were offered in the Libraries.

As we recently had to make the difficult decision to close the Science and Engineering Library, a faculty member remarked to me how he would miss being able to browse the shelves to see other books offered in his subject area. Fortunately, this was something that the Libraries planned for based on feedback that we’d gotten previous to closing the SEL. I was able to let him know that we now offered a new application called Stack View and he could virtually browse a graphic representation of the library shelves from the comfort of his own laptop. In fact, with Stack View he’d see even more than he would than if he were standing in front of the shelves because our app combines the holdings of all of our libraries! It is my hope that this newsletter will make this type of information more accessible to our hardworking faculty. I understand the intense schedule of our faculty and I know it isn’t always easy to read every email from beginning to end or follow every news story on campus so it is our plan to update you twice a year with a few highlights that will enrich your experiences and interaction with the Wayne State University Libraries.

The goal of the Libraries is to provide our faculty and students access to excellent resources and services where and when they need them. We monitor how well we’re doing in meeting that goal by collecting data and listening to feedback from our users. As part of the ongoing evaluation of our services, and to make a concerted effort to keep the library resources budget as robust as possible, we recently made the difficult decision to close the Science and Engineering Library to the public. This was done after we carefully reviewed the usage of the building and its collections over the past several years while at the same time, making strategic budget reductions in our operations budget in order to maintain our resource budget.

Some of the statistics that we looked at when making our decision were: (1) gate counts for the SEL decreased by 10% per year over the past several years; (2) student computer use in the building decreased by 50% since 2008; (3) due to low volumes, the reference services were moved to the Purdy/Kresge Library in 2011; (4) course reserves were moved to the UGL when the UGL began staying open for 24 hours; and (5) about one third of the books circulated from the SEL collection were already being retrieved through the Library’s Get It! service. Closing the SEL allows us to protect the resources budget and continue to purchase much-needed resources. Since a vast number of science and engineering journals are already purchased in an electronic format, access to journal literature will remain convenient and easy. Access to most SEL collections is available through our “Get It!” Paging and electronic Document Delivery services, which deliver most requested materials within 24 hours. While closing SEL was a difficult choice to make, strategic decisions like this allow us to continue to offer the high quality resources and services that you’ve come to expect from the Wayne State University Libraries.

As always, thank you for your support,
Sandra G. Yee

Anatomy TV Available

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

ANATOMY.TV is a suite of 3D interactive models of human anatomy. Intuitive controls allow you to zoom, rotate and peel away layers to educate and communicate easily. A wealth of supporting media, MRIs, X-rays, live-action movies and animations are also included to supplement‘s high resolution, computer-generated models.

Key Features:

  • STAT!Ref is the only healthcare database that can cross-search from Primal Pictures
  • 3D modeling of all structures
  • Ability to rotate the model 360 degrees and add or remove layers of anatomy
  • Link to relevant text, dissections, clinical slides, diagrams, video clips & MRI Scans
  • Quiz and MCQs
  • Patient information for the practicing clinician

View  What Is Anatomy TV via YouTube or read an overview on Anatomy.TV


Shiffman Medical Library Staff










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Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Science and Engineering Library Permanently Closed as of December 24, 2013

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Due to recent budgetary challenges, the Science and Engineering Library will close on December 24, 2013 and the collection will no longer be directly accessible by users. What does this mean for you? The SEL collection can still be accessed through our online catalog from the convenience of your computer or mobile device. You will continue to have access to most SEL collections through our “Get It!” paging and electronic Document Delivery services, which deliver most requested materials within 24 hours. Some special collections such as the Elephant Research Foundation Library will be transferred to Purdy/Kresge Library’s new Reading Room to be located in room 133. For those of you who like to “browse the stacks” our new browsing interface, Stack View, provides a new way to view the collection digitally.

While this was a difficult decision to make, this change will allow us to continue to offer the high quality resources and services that you’ve come to expect from the Wayne State University Libraries.

How can I get access to the SEL collections?

Users will continue to have access to SEL physical collections via the “Get It!” Paging and electronic Document Delivery services.

For books and non-journal items, the “Get It!” Paging service will deliver your requested materials to the campus library of your choice within 24 hours or to our extension centers within 24-72 hours. New print purchases have been moved to the Purdy/Kresge Library, along with some reference titles.

For journal access, our 24-hour electronic Document Delivery service will deliver electronic copies of articles directly to you via email. Books can be requested via the “Request from Storage/SEL” link in the library catalog after Jan 1st. Additionally, we are working to convert print journals to electronic access through our many database providers.

For additional information on how to use these services, the libraries maintain some helpful videos on youtube, available at

Where can I use a computer?

More than 400 computers are available for student use in the Undergraduate and Purdy/Kresge Library. Computers are available on all floors of the Undergraduate Library and include both Windows machines and Macs. Microsoft Office software, special programs like EndNote, advanced computing software for science and engineering, Adobe graphics stations with scanners, Adaptive Technology stations for those with special needs and wireless Internet access throughout the library are just some of the features offered throughout all of the libraries.

For those with advanced research, technology or writing needs, the new Warrior WRT Zone on the second floor of the UGL provides a one-stop shop for Wayne State students to get assistance. From creating PowerPoint presentations and editing videos to assistance in researching and writing a challenging research paper, the WRT Zone can help guide you through the process.

What additional options exist for students who regularly studied at SEL?

The libraries have over 2,800 study seats available in the Undergraduate and Purdy/Kresge Libraries. Last year, the Undergraduate Library added 11 new study rooms, bringing the total number to 46.

The Purdy/Kresge Library has nearly doubled its study space by adding new study areas on the second and third floors. Additionally, we are making Purdy/Kresge more laptop-friendly by adding more electrical outlets and expanding Wi-Fi access. We are working to create a library that allows users to work collaboratively while maintaining those quiet corners that many of you have come to appreciate in Purdy/Kresge.

What else is the Library System doing to make the transition easier for users?

Our intent is to streamline operations to focus on providing the key services that our users expect, and to provide additional electronic access to print materials held by SEL. In addition to the “Get It” Paging and Document Delivery services, the libraries will make several changes to make access convenient.
• Virtual Book Shelf: A new service that allows you to virtually browse most of our collections from anywhere.
• Quicksearch: An improved way to search all of the library collections from a single search box.
• Increased eJournal Access: Greater online access to previously published and historical journals such as IEEE Journal Archive, JSTOR Life Sciences Collection, and Elsevier Nursing, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Environmental Science titles.
• New Books: New book purchases will be shelved in the P/K collections.
• Print Journals: The latest issues will be shelved in the P/K Library.

What will happen to the Math and Computer Science computer labs in the basement of the SEL?

The Math and Computer Science labs will remain open in the basement of SEL. Lab users will still be able to enter the building and access the lab with no service interruptions. Only library access to the print collection will cease in the building.

Why did the Library System choose to close the SEL?

In the past three years, the Libraries have lost over $1.6 million from our budget. In order to continue to purchase the same level of resources, we have made drastic operational cuts including the loss of over 40 staff positions. By protecting the funding used to purchase materials, we have had to make difficult decisions about what services we can provide.

During the last five years, the SEL has also seen a significant decrease in building use despite the addition of the busy Math and Computer Science labs. The reason for this decrease is simple; access to science, technology, engineering and math materials has shifted heavily to electronic resources. With this decline, we transitioned reference service at SEL to our other libraries and enhanced our virtual reference. We moved the reserves to UGL to offer longer periods of access to those materials. Logons to library computers in the SEL have seen a nearly 50% drop since 2008. Currently, SEL users are using the Get It! Paging service for more than one-third of all circulation requests. These diminishing numbers let us know that our students and faculty are not using the physical space as they once did.