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July Subject of the Month: Childhood and Play

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Text a librarian anytime, anywhere! 313-228-3WSU

The Wayne State University Libraries now have a  24/7 chat service so librarians can answer your questions about library services and resources as well as help you with your research questions, projects and assignments anytime that you need it, day or night. To connect with a librarian, visit the Libraries’ home page and click “chat” in the bar at the top right or visit http://library.wayne.edu/services/help/ and choose “chat.” Or, if texting is more your thing, send your questions to 313-228-3WSU. Standard text messaging charges may apply from your wireless provider.

Any time you need us, the Wayne State University Libraries are here to help!

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“25 Years, 25 Treasures” showcases Detroit’s Jewish community at the Reuther

The Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs is now hosting “25 Years, 25 Treasures,” a new exhibit celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives. The exhibit will showcase 25 significant photographs, documents and objects from the Simons’ collection. These key pieces tell the remarkable story of Detroit’s Jewish community.

The exhibit will run through August 5. Docent-led group tours are also available. Contact Robbie Terman for more information at archives@jfmd.org or 248-203-1491 or Meghan Courtney at the Reuther Library, meghan.courtney@wayne.edu or 313-577-0147.

Since 1991, the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives has collected over 2 million documents, 25,000 photographs and recorded over 100 oral histories which chronicle the rich and varied history of Detroit’s Jewish community. The Reuther Library serves as the repository for the Simons archival collections.

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PsychiatryOnline is experiencing a service disruption preventing book and journal content from being viewed on PsychiatryOnline.   Thank you for your patience.

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Wayne State looking to identify kids in photos from Detroit’s Black Bottom and Paradise Valley neighborhoods



Do your Detroit roots run deep? By deep, we mean like 80 years deep — deep in the historic Black Bottom and Paradise Valley neighborhoods.

Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library is looking to identify the subjects in a large selection of photographs taken by Detroit-born photographer Edward Stanton. The photos were taken in the late 1930s and early 1940s in the eastside neighborhoods, razed in the 1960s and replaced with I-75 and Lafayette Park.

“When we received these photos from the donor, we couldn’t stop thinking about the fact that these were neighborhoods where real people lived and led full and interesting lives,” says Elizabeth Clemens, audiovisual archivist at the Reuther Library. “We’d love to put a name to these faces so that we can document those stories that haven’t been told.”

Take a look at some of the photos below to see if you recognize any familiar faces. If you do, reach out to Reuther Library’s audiovisual archivists at reutherav@wayne.edu. You can visit the library’s website to see more of the photos. Or to get a closer look, they will be on display in the library’s Woodcock Wing through July.

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June Subject of the Month: Grace Lee Boggs & Detroit Activism

Selector: Monique Oldfield and Elizabeth Clemens
Grace Lee Boggs was a writer, philosopher, mentor, and an outspoken activist for many causes, including civil rights, workers’ rights, black power, environmental justice, feminism and community empowerment. To many, she seemed a force of nature – always working, organizing, teaching, and inspiring others to think critically and improve the world around them. Her philosophies evolved constantly throughout her life, but one thing held true from the beginning to the end: her faith that positive social change was possible if people were willing to work together.
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Open Textbook Adoption Awards Announced

The Open Textbook Adoption Task Force recently presented four faculty members with Open Textbook Adoption Awards, resulting in approximately $30,000 in savings to students and immediate access to students enrolled in those courses. An open textbook is a textbook licensed under an open copyright license, and made available online to be used freely. Many open textbooks are distributed in either print, e-book or audio formats that may be downloaded or purchased at little or no cost.

Funded by Computing and Information Technology (C&IT), each faculty member received a $1,000 award. The recipients were:

Christopher Kelly, Physics
Course: PHY 5340
Textbook adopted: “Physics of Light and Optics,” by J. Peatross and M. Ware; winter 2017 semester. (http://optics.byu.edu/BYUOpticsBook_2015.pdf)

Timothy Moran, History
Course: HIS 2040
Textbook adopted: “U.S. History” by Corbett, Janssen, Lund, Pfannestiel, Vickery, Waskiewicz; spring 2016 semester. https://www.openstaxcollege.org/textbooks/us-history/get

Victor Berdichevsky, College of Engineering
Course: ME5995
Textbook adopted: “Introduction to Tensor Calculus and Continuum Mechanics” by J.H.Heinbockel; fall 2016 semester. www.MATH.ODU.EDU/~jhh/jhh/html

Saman Alaniazar, College of Engineering
Course: BE2100
Textbook adopted: OpenStax text “Introductory Statistics” https://openstaxcollege.org/files/textbook_version/hi_res_pdf/15/IntroductoryStatistics-OP.pdf

The committee members selecting the awardees were Dean of Students David Strauss; Associate Professor Kevin Deegan-Krause, political science; and Abdul-Rahman Mohammad Suleiman, a student representative and open textbook advocate. The Open Textbook Adoption Task Force works together to advocate for the adoption of quality open textbooks and open educational resources to decrease course textbook and materials costs for students. The members are:
• Daren Hubbard, chief information officer and associate vice president, C&IT
• Tim Gritten, associate dean; Paul Gallagher, director, library operations & user services; Veronica Bielat, librarian; Damecia Donahue, librarian, University Libraries
• Cynthia Sulad, director, Learning Management System Support
• Sara Kacin, assistant director and Ligia Pamfilie, instructional designer, Office for Teaching & Learning
• Abdul-Rahman Mohammad Suleiman, student representative

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Libraries’ 2015 Annual Report

Click here to download the Libraries’ 2015 annual report

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