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November 21, 2012

The DALNET Consortium Blog has been discontinued.  For DALNET news, please visit us on Twitter ( or Facebook ( or see our latest news in DALNET Details, our newsletter.

TITANIC: 100 Years, 1912-2012

March 15, 2012

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  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:

DALNET at Internet Librarian 2011

September 21, 2011

DALNET Systems Librarian Cathy Wolford will be speaking at Internet Librarian 2011 as part of the conference’s popular Cybertours.  The theme of the 15th annual conference is “Revolutionizing the Net with Content, Connections & Conversations.”  This year’s conference takes place October 17th – 19th. 

Cathy’s discussion is titled “Using YouTube Playlists for Collection Development.”  The description is as follows: “Delivering library services in new formats is becoming the norm. This cybertour looks at using YouTube, the world’s largest and best-known online video brand, which has a convenient way to organize user-created videos into collections.  Learn how to create and customize your YouTube channel and playlists, excel at video selection analysis, and understand the various types of YouTube accounts and their benefits. Filled with lots of tips on how to integrate YouTube playlists into other library while dealing with the use of third-party content.”

Cathy has presented or had poster sessions at many conferences including national ones like Computers in Libraries and Special Libraries Association, as well as local ones like the Michigan Library Association annual conference and Academic Libraries.  This is a great way get DALNET’s name recognized on a local, regional and national level.

MCC librarian publishes book

February 8, 2011

Congratulations to Macomb Community College librarian Cassandra Spieles who recently authored an historical fiction novel titled Passengers.

 The description from “Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression in Kansas, Passengers presents two stories of love and loss. It follows the equally bleak and hopeful young lives of two couples, Holden & Anna and Jonathan & Cora, and chronicles the often unassociated consequences of committing oneself to the course of passion. Touching upon tangential forces that can affect liaisons, including religion, socioeconomic status, family relations, and physical proximity, Passengers poignantly exposes the faults of adolescent and pressure-filled relationships. How can someone truly in love become tied to lust, betrayal, indecision, or the refusal to compromise? At the core remains the story’s continuous message: as a dry, poor, desperate country is bound to recover with enough effort and fidelity, so, too, are devoted lovers. Wonderfully inspiring and, at times, devastatingly sad, Passengers captures four lives unraveled and strengthened by an affection as needed as a panacea to the fiscal crisis. After all, fortune may only lead you to the tracks. Persistence and toil represent the authenticity of the ride.” Available for purchase at

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:

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.

Rochester College receives James C. Dance Award

June 8, 2010

The Metro Detroit Book and Author Society recently awarded Rochester College the James C. Dance Award for the Arts.  Awarded annually to a public or academic library in the metro Detroit area, the $2,000 grant will be used by the Ham Library to purchase books, music software, and a music database in support of the music and theatre programs.

“This award is presented at the annual spring luncheon to a public or academic library. The award is for establishing or improving an arts book collection, or for establishing and/or expanding a program which advances or celebrates any of the arts.  The award was established to honor the late James C. Dance, who was one of the founders of the Metro-Detroit Book & Author Society, and who served as its Master of Ceremonies for 19 luncheons. Mr. Dance was the public relations coordinator of the Detroit Public Library.”

Women and Social Movements database free in March

March 12, 2010

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000, Scholar’s Edition from Alexander Street Press is freely accessible for the month of March 2010 in recognition of Women’s History Month.

For the press release, follow this link:

For the database, follow this link:


4th Annual Automotive Authors Day

October 14, 2009

The Fourth Annual Automotive Authors Day, sponsored by The Friends of the National Automotive History Collection, will take place at the Detroit Public Library’s Rose and Robert Skillman Branch located at 121 Gratiot Avenue.  The event will occur on Saturday, November 21 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public; street parking and area lots are recommended. For a complete listing of participating authors, please visit the NAHC website at

E2 Detroit 2009

October 6, 2009

Don’t miss E2 Detroit 2009 on Thursday, October 15, at Wayne State University’s McGregor Conference Center and Community Arts Auditorium.

For the past four years Wayne State has hosted a conference for entrepreneurs known as E2 Detroit. This event may be even more important this year because of the state of our economy.  The national media are paying particular attention to the challenges we face in Detroit. These media have set themselves up in Detroit to look for solutions here that can be replicated elsewhere in the country. 

With a broad choice of topics such as “Building a Culture of Entrepreneurship” and “Selecting the Right Business Model,” participants in this conference have an opportunity to learn how to create successful start-up companies and generate new jobs. There is a great line-up of speakers, and student entrepreneurs will be featured in at least one break-out session. A group of five student start-up companies was sponsored by Wayne State during the summer, and they have some bright ideas for developing businesses, some of which build on research and technology developed at the university.

For more information (agenda, speakers, and cost of admission), visit

WSU Libraries Amnesty

September 18, 2009

Wayne State University Libraries Offer Amnesty for Overdue Fines for Returned Materials October 1 – November 15

We forgive you! The Wayne State University Libraries are encouraging patrons to return their overdue books and other library materials without penalty or fine during an amnesty period to be held October 1 – November 15, 2009. Materials returned need to be in good condition.

“This program is particularly important in the current, difficult economic climate,” said Sandra Yee, dean of the Wayne State University Library System. “It is more cost effective for us to recover the materials than the fines and we want to encourage patrons to continue checking things out without fear.”

Overdue materials can be returned to any library location in person or by mail. The amnesty does not include any fines from previously returned or lost items.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What kinds of fines are subject to the amnesty?
Overdue fines for items owned by the Wayne State University Library System that are still checked out and returned during the amnesty period.  The items must have a status of “Billed.”
2. What is not covered by the amnesty?
Fines incurred prior to the amnesty period. Fines for already returned items and for damaged items. The amnesty program does not cover fines on materials borrowed from Interlibrary Loan.
3. How do I know if I qualify to take advantage of the amnesty?
You can check your account through your “My Library Account” on the Libraries’ home page.  If any of your books have a “Billed” status prior to January 1, 2009, then you qualify.
4. Can I return my items in the book drop when the library is closed?
Yes, as long as you return your overdue items during the amnesty period your fines
will be cleared. You can return them in person or by mail.
5. When will my fines be cleared?
The fine is automatically cleared on your record when the item is checked in.
6. Will the library holds on my record also be cleared?
Holds will be cleared as long as you do not have a fine of more than $50 unrelated to items returned as a result of the amnesty.


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