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An opening reception for the new National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine” will take place Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 4:30 to 6 PM at the Wayne State University‘s Shiffman Medical Library. The exhibit can be viewed until April 28, 2012 as part of the Spring 2012 Arts in the Atrium program sponsored by Shiffman Medical Library and the WSU School of Medicine.
“Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers have often been overlooked. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their work as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender.” -from the program flyer
A Community Educational Program will take place Saturday April 14, 2012 at the Margherio Family Conference Center. Topics on the agenda include, among others, African Americans & the Civil War, Medicine in Detroit in the 1860′s, and The Civil War and Nursing. The special guest speaker will be Jeff O’Den, historical documentary filmmaker.
Find out a lot more about this subject and this exhibit at http://lib.wayne.edu/bw.
In observance of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in the early morning of April 15, 1912, DALNET has made a new eLibrary collection available. The free new resource is called TITANIC: 100 Years, 1912-2012 and is online at titanic.dalnet.org. The website contains 1912 newspaper articles detailing the days leading up to and the days and months following the disaster. Also included on the website are other resources including links to useful sites and related resources, such as newspaper articles about the 1985 discovery of the Titanic on the ocean floor and obituaries of survivors.
Also, the Henry Ford Museum will be presenting “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” beginning March 31, 2012 and continuing thr0ugh September 30, 2012. Details are available here: http://www.thehenryford.org/events/titanic.aspx.
Elmore Leonard will discuss his experiences with Hollywood and adapting his books to movies and television, including his latest book Raylan, companion piece to the television series Justified (FX), on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236. This event is presented by the Wayne County Community College District and the Grosse Pointe Public Library and is open to the public at no cost, but seating is limited! Click here to register!
Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library invites patrons and friends of the community to the 2nd Annual Patronal Feast Celebration dinner on February 11, 2012.
Some big news, and big shifts, in the library software industry . . .
Serials Solutions has announced their planned Integrated Library System (ILS) replacement, Intota:
Big news if they are getting into the library system market; really the post-ILS Market. Marshall Breeding, of LibraryTechnology.org, and knower of all things ILS, has branded new systems of this type ”Library Services Platforms.” There will likely be lots of more information on these next-gen systems in the following months since they are up-and-coming.
So, lots of news on new Library System Platforms at ALA Midwinter, for Alma (from Ex Libris), Intota (Serials Solutions), Sierra (Innovative Interfaces, Inc.), and WorldShare (OCLC). The future of library systems; ILS replacements! The all new inclusive systems that rework library work-flows and combine management of all library materials, print and digital. These platforms promise to provide an integrated system environment to include Acquisitions, Cataloging, Circulation, Electronic Resource Management (ERM), Serials, Reporting, Link Resolver, Discover Platform (the next-gen catalogs), and any other software that may be part of delivering library services. Alma and WorldShare are in general release, with others to follow. These new systems should take hold as open platforms that can take delivery of library Web services into the future.
WS Announcement from December 2011: http://www.oclc.org/news/releases/2011/201170.htm
Polish Mission hosts Detroit Vintage Jazz Concert Fundraiser
Friday November 18th, 2011
Orchard Lake Schools Art Gallery
ORCHARD LAKE, MI –The Polish Mission will hold a gala autumn fundraiser with singer Kira Frabotta and Pianist Mike Jellick. Both are Detroit-raised young musicians with a unique repertoire of jazz from the early 20th c. that will set the tone as Orchard Lake’s Art Gallery transforms into a 1930s jazz club for the evening. Kira’s clean soprano top is balanced by a smooth mezzo/alto sweetness, along with her natural ability to scat like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. Her sultry swing jazz style was influenced by the greats: Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Billy Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Doris Day, Jo Stafford, and Anita O’Day. Born in New Delhi, India, and raised in Livonia, MI, Mike Jellick is one of the most sought-after pianists in the midwest. He has private studios teaching both jazz and classical theory and performance in both the Detroit area and Kalamazoo. Mike has been awarded commissions by groups ranging from small private schools to larger corporations, groups, and non-profits: Most notably, Lincoln Center.
Josh James and the St. Mary’s Jazz Orchestra will open the show with a special performance at 7:00pm, then Frabotta and Jellick will perform selections in Polish and English to celebrate the opening of the largest exhibit in America dedicated to Polish master painter Zofia Stryjeńska. Stryjeńska is known as the “Princess of Polish Painting,” and her avant garde style consumed her art and her life during the period between the two World Wars. Stryjeńska’s signature “old meets new” style combined Polish country themes with modern art deco graphic design and vibrant colors. Her dynamic delivery of that concept made her works some of the most recognizable and influential pieces in the panorama of Polish masters. Six pieces will be on display.
Detroit’s own Cadieux Café will entice guests with Belgian and Polish cuisine, and fall and choice wine selections at the open wine bar from Leelanau Cellars will set the mood for a truly Detroit-themed jazz gala. Individual tickets $50; a pair is $80. Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.autumnrhapsody.eventbrite.com/, or by calling (248)-682-1885.