Web Tips

June 27, 2008

The College @ Home blog has some good web tips and tricks this month, including:

1. 100 Useful Niche Search Engines You’ve Never Heard Of 

2. 57 Useful Google Tools You’ve Never Heard Of

3. 100 Places to Find Free Webinars and Tutorials

4. Twitter for Librarians: the Ultimate Guide

Definition of Digital Preservation

June 26, 2008

ALCTS, a division of ALA, has announced a definition of digital preservation.  The short definition is: “Digital preservation combines policies, strategies and actions that ensure access to digital content over time.”  For the medium and long definitions and for more information, see the ALCTS website.

Midwest MLA / MHSLA 2008 Conference

June 23, 2008


Metropolitan Detroit Medical Library Group, including several DALNET hospital libraries, will be hosting the 2008 Midwest Medical Library Association / Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association, “Vital Signs: Keeping you and your library vibrant and healthy,” at the Detroit Troy Marriott on October 17-21, 2008.

The conference program may be viewed here.  Staff from all types of libraries are invited to attend.  There are relevant sessions for all library types.

Visit the main site for more information about registration, reservations, transporation and directions, session information, featured speakers, special events, and exhibits and sponsors.

Friday Fun Site!

June 20, 2008

Become an archaeologist and a musuem curator at this interactive site created by the University of Chicago entitled Ancient Mesopotamia: This History, Our History!


Sandra Yee elected to OCLC Board of Trustees

June 17, 2008

Dean Sandra Yee

Congratulations to Sandra Yee, Dean of the Wayne State University Library System and DALNET Board Member, on her election to the OCLC Board of Trustees!

Read the OCLC press release here.

View the WSU press release here.

SirsiDynix Institute Free Webinars

June 16, 2008

SirsiDynix Institute

The SirsiDynix Institute is “an ongoing forum for professional development in the library community. By providing free access to industry-leading speakers and events, our mission is to support librarianship and advance the work of librarians around the world.”

  MP3’s of past events are available for free at: http://sirsidynixinstitute.com/podcast.xml

The schedule of upcoming web seminars is available here: http://www.sirsidynixinstitute.com/future.php

HBCU Digital Collection

June 13, 2008

          A joint digital project between the Historically Black College & University Library Alliance, HBCU institutions, the Southeastern Library Network, and Cornell University is entitled “A Digital Collection Celebrating the Founding of the Historically Black College and University.”  Included in the collection are photographs, letters, and campus publications such as yearbooks and charters.   The ten institutions featured in the collection, which is hosted at the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center are Alabama State University, Atlanta University Center, Bennett College for Women, Fisk University, Grambling State University, Hampton University, Southern University, Tuskegee University, Tennessee State University, and Virginia State University.

**Access the collection here.

**Read the Library Journal article here.

**Click here for a list of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Friday Fun

June 6, 2008


Build your vocabulary while helping the hungry! 

About FreeRice

WSU’s Virtual Motor City Project

June 4, 2008

The Wayne State University Library system has added over 20,000 images and videos to their Virtual Motor City Project.

From the WSULS News Blog: “Because of a six month extension to an Institute of Library and Museum Services grant, the Wayne State University Library System and the Walter P. Reuther Library just finished adding around 20,000 images and over 400 videos to the Virtual Motor City photo collection, an online resource already containing digitized images from the Detroit News Collection, a photojournalistic resource held at the Reuther Library.

This is the first time that videos were digitized as part of the VMC Project. The new videos added are Detroit News newsreels from the 1920s and include footage from local people and events to more well-known subjects like Babe Ruth and Helen Keller. The videos can be browsed at http://www.lib.wayne.edu/resources/digital_library/det_news/.

The Library System’s Web Development Team added more than 20,000 images to collection since 2005, bringing the total number of images to over 36,000.

Donated to Wayne State in 1997, the full collection consists of more than 800,000 photonegative images, many of them on vintage glass plate. The Detroit News was a pioneer in the use of photojournalism equipment and techniques, which gives many of the early images recorded on glass and film additional historical significance. The collection is the largest single collection of graphic images of any kind at the Reuther Library.”

Click here for a link to the DALNET Digital Project page.  The Virtual Motor City main site can be found here.

Search the Videos: here. (Warning: this search is hit or miss).


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