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Archive for August, 2014

PrintCity 2014: The Artist’s Hand: Connecting Printmakers with Library Special Collections, Saturday September 27

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

As part of the Print City Mid-America Print Council 2014 conference, stop by the Undergraduate Library to see “The Artist’s Hand: Connecting Printmakers with Library Special Collections.”

Saturday, September 27
11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3rd floor Special Collections Room
David Adamany Undergraduate Library
Wayne State University

Members of the Wayne State University Libraries’ Special Collections Team will be on hand to assist visitors in viewing our display of treasures from our collections, selected to inspire printmakers and artists interested in print culture.

Don’t leave Detroit without seeing the 1821 hand colored engraving The Key to the Noble Game of the Swan!

*This display will be open to the public*

The new University Libraries’ website is live! Check it out and tell us what you think!

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The new website is live! What do you like about it? Is there anything that you think it needs? We’d love your feedback. Give us your thoughts at

Painting in the Undergraduate Library to take place beginning July 22: alternative entrance and building detours to occur

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

On July 22, 2014, we will begin a painting project in the Undergraduate Library that will last from 2-4 weeks and cover all three floors of the front lobby and the atrium of the building. During part of this time, it will be necessary to temporarily close the main entrance of the building and the atrium area.

While painting is being completed in the lobby, we will be directing all users and staff to enter the building from the Extended Study Center entrance on the east side of the building. Circulation and reference services will also be temporarily relocated to the information desk on the opposite side of the lobby.

While painting takes place the atrium, we will ask users to detour through the Extended Study Center to access the Student Lounge and Delilah’s Cafe. Access to the front of the building will be available via the hallway on the east side of the building from the Extended Study Center.

During this time, for those sensitive to paint fumes, we suggest the Purdy/Kresge Library as an alternative study area, where there are study spaces on all floors and over 75 computers for student use.

We are committed to completing this project as efficiently as possible so as not to cause extended disruptions to our users. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Fountain Plaza construction may cause UGL noise disruptions, please use P/K or the Law Library for quiet study

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

On Monday, August 4th, The University will be closing the entire fountain court plaza that sits in front of the UGL and the Mort Farris Rec Center for demolition. The construction is expected to take three weeks to complete.

During the construction period, we may experience higher than normal noises levels inside of the UGL. For a quieter study experience, we suggest using the Purdy/Kresge Library or the Arthur Neef Law Library.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Wayne State University Libraries launch new, custom-built digital collections platform

Monday, August 11th, 2014

The Wayne State University Libraries are preparing for a soft launch of their new, custom-built digital collections platform in late May. The state-of-the art platform will offer much faster loading speeds and access to higher resolution images, as well as fully integrate the Libraries’ digital collections content and improve information discovery for researchers, educators and students.

Out of a need for an updated, customized approach to the Wayne State digital collections, members of the Discover Services unit built the platform to take the place of DLXS. The platform currently hosts ten photographic and text collections, including the Herman Miller Consortium Collection, Lincoln Letters, Changing the Face of the Auto Industry, Michigan Opera Theatre Performance Images and more. There are plans to add some of the larger collections, including Virtual Motor City and Digital Dress, to the new platform later in 2014.

The team adapted the Internet Archive’s bookreader to incorporate a custom ebook reader into the new platform for viewing the text collections. The open source code allowed the team to add features like navigable tables of contents, full-text search with search results highlighting and the ability to experiment with additions like text-to-speech. The integrated ebook reader allows the handling of text as well as images of text without additional software. This means that users can access all forms of text right in the page, without the need for outside software or a file download.

To browse the collections and to give feedback on the new platform, visit

September 17: Astrophysics lecture Neutron Stars: humanity in a sugar cube

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

In a lecture to accompany the “Here, There, Everywhere” NASA traveling exhibit that is currently on display in the UGL, Wayne State University astronomer Ed Cackett will deliver a lecture called “Neutron Stars: Humanity in a Sugar Cube,” on September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library.

Cackett will discuss neutron stars, a type of stellar remnant that can result from the gravitational collapse of a massive star during a supernova event. Neutron stars and black holes are among the most exotic objects in the universe; studying neutron stars and black holes gives us access to exotic realms that we can’t explore on Earth. A lump of neutron star matter the size of a sugar cube would weigh as much as all humanity, and the stars have magnetic fields a trillion times Earth’s. Since we can’t reproduce such conditions in laboratories, we have to observe neutron stars with telescopes to figure out their properties.

Cackett is an assistant professor in Wayne State’s physics and astronomy departments. He received his Ph.D. from the University of St Andrews in the United Kingdom and held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Michigan and University of Cambridge, before joining the Wayne State University faculty in January 2012. He recently was awarded a National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award, the agency’s most prestigious award for junior faculty, for his project to understand the process of accretion in neutron stars.

The lecture is free and open to the public and the “Here, There, Everywhere” exhibit will be on display through September. For more information, contact Wayne State Librarian Jim Van Loon at