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Commitment to the Community

The Wayne State University Library System is an active and engaged member of the Metro Detroit community. Through various outreach and service efforts the Library System is committed to providing quality resources, facilities and learning opportunities to K-12 educators and students and the community at large.

Resources and Programs for K-12 Students & Educators

Job Shadow Day
Each February (on or around Groundhog’s Day) WSU libraries hosts over 100 students, grades 6 and above to learn about the profession of librarianship. The program in its eighth year, is run by librarians at Wayne State and is a chance to encourage under represented groups to pursue careers in library professions.
Detroit Students Collect
Together with the Michigan Center for the Book and The UPS Foundation, the Wayne State University libraries sponsors essay contests for area middle and high school students. Students write about their favorite book collections and authors.
Chapbook Information Literacy Initiative, A Community Arts Outreach Program Collaborative
The focus of this project is to promote artistic appreciation of the written word in order to aid in developing information literate youth and young adults for the 21st Century. The Wayne State University Library System in partnership with Life Directions, Inc-Detroit, will teach students about the creative process of writing, art, and photography in order to produce a literary chapbook of written words and images. (Chapbooks date back to the Middle Ages and were books and pamphlets of poetry and folklore sold by peddlers known as chapmen.) WSU Libraries will offer an opportunity for students in Life Directions’ Peer Motivation Program to create and digitize their written and photographic works for preserving their generation’s history. These digitized works will be developed into a special collection housed in the Wayne State University Adamany Undergraduate Library
Library Instruction & Tours
Each year The Wayne State University Library System provides over 50 library instructional sessions and tours for all grade levels K-12. Interested teachers should contact the library for more information.
Information Literacy and Writing Workshops
The WSU Library System also coordinates professional development opportunities for librarians and educators. These programs are typically held two times per year and are opportunities to gain continuing education credit.

Health Initiatives and Programs

Wayne State University Shiffman Medical Library Community Health Information Services (CHIS)
CHIS offers different ways for the community and students to learn more about accessing health information and related research skills including onsite and offsite instruction, personalized health information packets, reference/research services, access to the library's community designated computers and a professional medical librarian to assist you in confidence. Contact 313-577-6666 or
The Detroit Community Aids Library
A gateway to local and worldwide HIV/AIDS information resources for Detroit and Southeastern Michigan by providing information and community-based outreach programs. The Shiffman Library also publishes the User Friendly Manual: a guide for persons living with HIV/AIDS that brings together a complete directory and referral information for the Detroit metropolitan area.
The African American Health Disparities Information
This web site is an educational resource designed to provide information on the various health disparities and major health conditions adversely affecting the African American community. The information focuses on the primary health conditions in which health disparities exist.

Communty Education & Resources

Recruiting and Educating Librarians for the 21st Century
For three years running, the Wayne State University Library System is one of 26 institutions selected to receive a 2004 "Recruiting and Educating Librarians for the 21st Century" grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Wayne State Library System will receive $743,286 over a three-year period to recruit and train librarians in the field of "digital librarianship.” Candidates will be chosen from traditionally under represented groups (African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Arab-Americans, etc).
Virtual Motor City
Virtual Motor City is an online resource containing more than 15,000 digitized images from The Detroit News Collection, an outstanding photojournalistic resource held at the Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University. Chronicling people, places and events in the Detroit area and beyond, the collection may be searched by historical titles, subjects, and dates, or browsed by various topics.
Visiting Researcher Stations
Computers are available in our graduate libraries for use by visiting researchers. More information.