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 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.

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

Jacob Lawrence Exhibit at WSU Law Library

December 17, 2009

The exhibit “Jacob Lawrence and the Legend of John Brown”, a project funded by a grant from DALNET, will be hosted by the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and the Arthur Neef Law Library at Wayne State University through mid-January 2010.

For more information, check out the following links:




Director guest blogs at LISNews

August 10, 2009

DALNET Director Steven Bowers guest-blogged at lisnews.org this month as a part of their Summer Series.  His blogs were titled Some Considerations When Proposing a Digital Project and The Impact of the Digital World on Cataloging Systems.

“LISNews is a collaborative weblog [aka blog] devoted to current events and news in the world of Library and Information Science. A dedicated team of international bloggers scour the World Wide Web to find stories they find interesting. You’ll find links to news stories and Web sites, along with original writing, interviews and reviews. LISNews is updated frequently, usually 7 days a week. We are a non-commercial site, supported by our users.” 
                     — from http://www.lisnews.org/about_lisnews/

DALNET on Google Maps

April 17, 2009

The DALNET office has created a customized Google map showing all DALNET members.  It is accessible here or by clicking the map below.  When possible, pictures and websites for the libraries and their institutions have been added to the map.  

DALNET has also been added to Google Local Business.  It also has had a Wikipedia page established for some years.

NIH Videocast Collection

February 10, 2009

The DALNET office has added MARC records for over 50 online videos from the National Institutes of Health to the DALNET catalog and plans to add more.  The videos come from two series: Medicine for the Public and the Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Lectures

To see the records in the DALNET catalog:  Click here

DALNET members can contact the office if they want assistance adding the records to their catalogs.

Lawrence Project Noted in “American Libraries”

December 10, 2008

In Technology News in the December 2008 issue of American Libraries, the Wayne State University project, Jacob Lawrence and the Legend of John Brown, was mentioned.  The article noted that funding for the project was provided through a DALNET grant.  Libraries can read more about the project and sign up to host the Jacob Lawrence traveling display at http://www.lib.wayne.edu/geninfo/news/jacoblawrence/.

Jacob Lawrence Traveling Display

November 4, 2008





[The following article is from Outlook: A newsletter from the Wayne State University Library System, Fall 2008]

The Wayne State University Library System received grant funding from the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET) for an outreach project involving the creation of an informational display.  The display includes digitized images of artwork by notable African American artist Jacob Lawrence, as well as descriptive text that explains and puts into historical context, his important series The Legend of John Brown, a suite of 22 silkscreen prints.  The prints currently reside on the 2nd floor of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library.

The traveling display will be a free-standing modular display system that will include descriptive text and graphics, along with an accompanying informational brochure, title list and bibliography.  Over a three-year period, the display will travel to libraries throughout the state of Michigan and to other non-profit organizations and institutions.

“This display will allow us to bring culturally significant art to libraries that are not equipped to display original works of art,” said Diane Sybeldon, Wayne State librarian and coordinator of the grant. 

For more information, or to reserve the display for your institution, visit http://www.lib.wayne.edu/geninfo/news/jacoblawrence/.

Making History with YouTube and the OPAC

October 27, 2008


The DALNET staff enjoyed attending the 2008 Michigan Library Association annual conference last week.  Lots of new things were learned that will be shared with consortium members.

Director Steven K. Bowers and volunteer Pat Lewis delivered a session entitled “Making History with YouTube and the OPAC”.  The presentation was about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Speeches and Interviews project.  Click below to view materials from their presentation.

PowerPoint: http://www.dalnet.lib.mi.us/MLA/2008/MLA2008.ppt

Some Considerations When Proposing a Digital Project (Handout): http://www.dalnet.lib.mi.us/MLA/2008/digital_considerations_handout.doc

Download the MARC Records (right click and save): http://www.dalnet.lib.mi.us/MLA/2008/youtube_king

Gutenberg-e records added to DALNET catalog

July 1, 2008

Gutenberg-e is a series of award-winning digital monographs in history, selected by the American Historical Association and published by Columbia University Press and available at no charge to users.  The MARC records for 25 theses on topics including world history, military history, and women’s history and art have been added to the DALNET Consortium catalog.

**Click here to find the records in the DALNET catalog.


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