30th Anniversary of John Lennon’s Death

December 8, 2010

On Dec. 8, 1980, John Lennon was murdered in New York City.  In remembrance of this tragic event, The Detroit Area Library Network has added a new playlist to their YouTube Channel titled “The 30th Anniversary of John Lennon’s Death.”  This playlist contains historical footage from various network television stations, radio accounts, commentaries, and remembrances from various people that knew Lennon.  The playlist may be accessed through the following link: http://tinyurl.com/youtube-lennon

DALNET Members on iTunes

December 3, 2010

Two DALNET members, Arab American National Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts, have added free audio and video podcasts to iTunes. 

Episodes of “In the Frame,”  a free podcast series from the Detroit Institute of Arts, are available for download at  iTunes – http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/in-the-frame/id403986873.

“In The Frame, hosted by DIA Director Graham Beal, and taped on location at the museum, covers a different portion of the Museum’s large collection in each episode. Beal leads you through the world of the museum in a relaxed and easy-to-understand approach, making the art, the exhibits, and the artists come alive!” –from the podcast description

Arab American National Museum has videos, exhibition materials, interviews, and panel presentations available for free download at iTunes U – http://deimos3.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/arabamericanmuseum.org.

To access podcasts, you will need the free iTunes software installed.  Download here.

If you are a DALNET member institution and also have a presence in iTunes, let us know in the comments and we will add you to our post.

An Author’s Discussion

November 8, 2010

Wayne County Community College District’s School of Continuing Education in partnership with the Detroit Public Library presents “An Author’s Discussion.”  This event, featuring Daniel Black, the author of the book “Perfect Peace,” is for individuals who would like to publish their work, and explore different ways to globally promote themselves and their writing. It is essential for fiction and nonfiction authors, freelance writers, and writing service providers who are ready to promote themselves. Participants will discuss the process of writing a book, explore various ways to market their book through open dialogue, and engage in an open book signing of Daniel Black’s book.  This event is open to the public at no cost.

Friday, November 12, 2010
Two sessions to choose from:
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. OR 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wayne County Community College District
Northwest Campus
8200 W. Outer Drive
Detroit, MI  48219

Cultural Preservation at DPL

October 27, 2010

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in collaboration with the Detroit Public Library will present a daylong program,  Save Our African American Treasures: A National Collections Initiative of Discovery and Preservation, on Saturday, November 20, 2010 from 10 AM to 4 PM at DPL’s Main Branch. The event is free.

Attendees will be shown how to identify and preserve items of importance including photographs, military uniforms, farm tools and wedding dresses.   There will be presentations, hands-on activities and preservation tips.

If you would like to have a professional consultation about an item, you must reserve a spot in advance by e-mailing treasures@si.edu or by calling toll free (877) 733-9599.  Reservations are not required for those not wishing a one-on-one consultation.   For more information about consultations and about the program, click here.

Solidarnosc: Poland’s Struggle for Freedom

October 20, 2010

Special guest Lech Walesa, former president of Poland and co-founder of Solidarity, the Soviet bloc’s first independent trade union, will host a press conference at Wayne State University to announce the opening of the “Solidarnosc: Poland’s Struggle for Freedom” exhibit at the Walter P. Reuther Library.  He also will discuss the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Solidarity trade union and its effect on Poland and all of Eastern Europe. Other topics that Walesa is available to address with the news media include the U.S. labor movement and the state of labor in Poland and Europe.

The new exhibit will be open to the public October 27, 2010 to July 1, 2011.

For more information and to RSVP to the Exhibit Opening at 3 PM on October 26th: https://specialevents.wayne.edu/solidarnosc-exhibit-opening#rsvp

Click here to read an article in Polish News about the efforts of Michael Smith, Director of the Reuther Library and Marcin Chumiecki, Director of the Polish Mission at St. Mary’s Schools in Orchard Lake to bring about the exhibit and Walesa’s visit.

Access to Justice workshop

September 30, 2010

Last May, librarians were surveyed to learn more about how members of the general public are using your libraries to research legal questions and matters in which they seek to represent themselves without an attorney.

The responses were tremendous! We would like to thank the people who took the time not only to evaluate the types of requests they receive, but for also sharing their thoughts and concerns about serving self-represented litigants.

On the basis of those answers, we have developed a 2 ½ -hour pilot program to introduce librarians serving the general public to legal resources, research and providing information without giving legal advice.  Public Libraries, Legal Information and Access to Justice will be held at four locations throughout Michigan in October.

Program costs are covered by a grant from the National Center for State Courts (it’s FREE!) and public library participants may choose to earn .2 CEUs.

The program is open to all librarians and library staff members alike from any type of library.

Program agenda


More Info


Kim Koscielniak, State Law Library

Laura Mancini, Oakland County Law Library

Black Belt Librarians

September 29, 2010

SLISAA Fall Speaker Series 2010
Date: Thursday, October 28, 2010
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Southfield Public Library Meeting Room – 1st floor
26300 Evergreen Road Southfield, MI

Full RSVP Link: Here

Join the WSU SLIS Alumni Association and Southfield Public Library in welcoming Warren Graham, a library security expert. Mr. Graham is a dynamic speaker and author of Black Belt Librarians. He will have copies for sale at the event. This will be a worthwhile day-long training for all library staff who deal with the public. Mr. Graham is nationally renowned as an expert of day to day library security procedures. He has been a security professional for 25 years and he spent the last 17 years as the Security and Safety Manager for the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, developing and overseeing their program. He retired in August 2006 to establish Warren Graham Training and Consulting. Mr. Graham has traveled across the United States helping libraries of all sizes acquire a sense of controlling their work environment. Unlike other security consultants, Mr. Graham actually worked in a library, so he is well aware of the problems the front-line, professional librarian experiences on a daily basis. Developing his techniques for handling difficult situations and patrons through the years of facing myriad security situations, Graham knows by his own experience what works and what simply does not. His “real world” approach and strategy, grounded in much trial and error, will quickly give your staff a sense of empowerment and put you well on your way to doing all you can to develop a practical, workable, security program.

$10 for currently enrolled WSU students; $20 for Wayne State Alumni Association members and $30 for others. All proceeds will go to the WSU School of Library and Information Science Endowed Scholarship on behalf of the SLIS alumni.

Buy books at Borders and help the DIA

September 22, 2010

On September 24 & 25 and October 22 & 23, you can help the Detroit Institute of Arts by shopping at Borders Books & Music stores in Wayne and Oakland Counties as well as the Ann Arbor location during Borders Benefit Days.   Go to the DIA’s website and print out a Borders Benefit Day voucher.  Or shop online at borders.com with this code: DART9245P. 

Full article here: Buy books at Borders and help the DIA | detnews.com | The Detroit News.

Correction to the Detroit News Article:  Graham Beal, DIA Director, will only be signing copies of “Treasures of the DIA” on Saturday, Oct. 23  from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Birmingham Borders (34300 Woodward Ave.), and from 1-2 p.m. at the Borders in Grosse Pointe (17141 Kercheval).   He will not be signing books on any of the other Borders Benefit Days.

Hawaii’s Alfred Shaheen: Fabric to Fashion

September 20, 2010

A new exhibit is opening at the Arab American National Museum titled “Hawaii’s Alfred Shaheen: Fabric to Fashion.”  The exhibition, which runs from October 7, 2010 to March 13, 2011, is made possible in part by the Ford Foundation and the Kresge Foundation.   The exhibit is free with Museum admission.   The Opening Reception will take place Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 5:30 PM.

“In the mid-20th century, Lebanese American engineer Alfred Shaheen wed technological innovation to socially responsible business practices in the service of revitalizing Pacific Island/Asian textile traditions. He forged a fusion fashion design aesthetic now recognized worldwide as a visual marker – not only of a transnational Hawaiian culture – but of a West Coast “American” lifestyle that is informal, environmentally aware and multi-cultural.  This exhibition, created by the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, features dozens of examples of Shaheen textile and garment designs and archival images that shed light on Shaheen’s unique design, manufacturing and marketing philosophies.”  — from AANM’s website

American Ingenuity Series at MCC

September 10, 2010

Lorenzo Cultural Center

The Lorenzo Cultural Center at the Macomb Community College Center Campus is hosting a new series entitled “American Ingenuity: Embracing the Freedom to Dream”.

From the August 20th press release: “The series explores those past and present who have made their mark through invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. National and local creations and developments are featured, such as Vernor’s ginger ale and Ford’s Rouge plant, and include presentations by famed choreographer Twyla Tharp and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

“American Ingenuity runs Sept. 25 – Nov. 21 at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, M-59 and Garfield, in Clinton Township. The exhibits are free, and there is no charge for the majority of the presentations, though advance registration is required.

“The exhibits on display will include “Kites to Kitty Hawk,” which chronicles the kites and their inventors in the movement toward the goal of man-powered flight, and “Yesterday’s Tomorrows,” from the Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street Program, which showcases how Americans of the late 19th and early 20th centuries envisioned the future.

“The series will also include a special luncheon panel discussion on “Accelerating Southeast Michigan’s Economy: Embracing Innovation and Change.”  The Nov. 4 luncheon will benefit the Macomb Presidential Scholarship.

“A number of presentations will focus on great inventors of the past and present, including programs on “A Day in Thomas Edison’s Lab”, Oct. 6; “Inventing Michigan: Inventors Known and Unknown”, Oct. 20; “Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House: Invention and Innovation,” Oct. 21; “Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla: Inventors in Conflict,” Oct. 23; and “Stanford Ovshinsky: Sparking a Revolution,” Nov. 10.

“Highlights some of the other presentations include:

• Sept. 25: WWJ anchor Joe Donovan, who will talk about 90 years of innovation and change at the radio station.

• Sept. 29: Author and frequent guest on CNBC and MSNBC Scott Berkun looks at the “myths” of innovations.

• Oct. 1: Enjoying the Ride: The Story of Harley-Davidson.

• Oct. 2: Frederick Allen, leadership editor for Forbes magazine and vice president for selection of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, on America: Land of Invention.

• Oct. 7: Sanders Confectionary.

• Oct. 14: Twyla Tharp explores the nature of creativity, focusing on themes of process verses product.

• Oct. 21: Macomb County native Butch Hartman, the cartoonist who created The Fairly Oddparents and Danny Phantom for Nickleodeon TV, will share his perspective on creativity.

• Oct. 24: Detroit’s Drink: The Vernor’s Story.

• Nov. 5: Deanne Bell, featured on Discovery Channel’s Smash Lab, shares her journey in becoming an engineer and woman in science and will give the audience opportunities to come up with their own wacky solutions to some of the challenges faced on Smash Lab.

• Nov. 12: Steve Wozniak shares his experiences as the co-founder of Apple and discusses the importance of creativity and innovation in education in nurturing entrepreneurship.

• Nov. 20: The Thanksgiving RoboParade, organized by Lawrence Technological University and featuring robots made by area elementary, middle and high school students.

“Tickets are required for the Oct. 14 Twyla Tharp and the Nov. 12 Steve Wozniak presentation, both of which begin at 7 p.m. Tickets for each event are $15, or $5 for seniors, students, and military personnel. Tickets to the presentation that include a meet & greet opportunity at 5:30-6:30 p.m. are $30. Tickets for the Nov. 4 luncheon, “Accelerating Southeast Michigan’s Economy: Embracing Innovation and Change,” are $50. To purchase tickets for these events, call 586.286.2222 or visit MacombCenter.com. All other presentations during the series are free.

The Lorenzo Cultural Center is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.


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