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.


Some Considerations When Proposing a Digital Project (Handout):

Download the MARC Records (right click and save):


Library Director’s Summit

October 15, 2008

The Library Directors’ Summit will be on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at Bloomfield Township Public Library (1099 Lone Pine Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302) from 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.  Click here for the flyer.   

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 –10:00 a.m.
Libraries in the Near Future (Tomalee Doan, Head, Management & Economics Library, Purdue University)
10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
10:15 – 11:30 a.m. 
Breakout Sessions
A.  Managing Library Investments in Times of Economic Turmoil (Dawn Lovrovich, Asst. Vice President Merrill Lynch)
B.   Archiving a Presidency: Behind the Scenes at the Ford Presidential Library and Museum (Elaine Didier, Director – Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum)
11:30– 12:00 p.m.
Tours of Bloomfield Township Public Library
12:00 -1:00 p.m.
1:00-2:00 p.m. 
Organizing for Efficiency: Streamlining Processes to Cut Costs (Christine Andrysiak, Consulting Manager, Planning and Operations, Plante & Moran)
2:00 – 2:15 p.m.
2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Planning For Our Future 
·    Scanning Our Environment, Roger Mendel, Director, Mideastern Library Cooperative
·    MLA Communities of Practice, Kathy Irwin, MLA President, University of Michigan, Dearborn
·    MLA Strategic Plan, Larry Neal, MLA President-Elect, Clinton Macomb Public Library

The cost is $85 to MLA member, $170 to non-members.  You can register here.

Arab American History Conference

October 13, 2008

The Arab American National Museum and the Arab-American Historical Foundation are presenting the 2008 Arab American History Conference on November 1, 2008.  The conference is from 8 AM to 3 PM at the Arab American National Museum and the cost is $25 ($10 for students).  Topics include oral, familial and communal histories, media and cultural representations, and organizations and political engagements.  For more information, call the museum at 313-624-0223.

Mark your calendars: Fall SEMLOL Meeting

October 10, 2008

The SEMLOL (Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries) Fall meeting is Friday, November 21, 2008 at Wayne State University and the Detroit Public Library.  The program will be about “Old Spaces, New Places: Reuse, Recycle, Reinvigorate Your Library”.  Further meeting details and registration forms will be available next week.

WSU and Beaumont Hospitals Collaborate

October 8, 2008

Beaumont Hospitals and Wayne State University will collaborate on retraining military surgeons returning from active duty.  Both institutions are DALNET members.

Read the WSU press release about this collaborative effort.  Another article can be found here.

Site of Interest: Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

October 3, 2008

From the website: “The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the 16th and 19th centuries.  It offers researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of people in world history.”

Researchers can search the Voyages database, examine estimates of the slave trade, explore the African names database.  There are maps, images, lesson plans and web resources.  Sponsors of the project are Emory University, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.

New Board Officers

October 1, 2008

Board officers have been elected for the new fiscal year.  Dr. Jon Campbell, of Walsh College, was selected to serve as Board Chair for the forthcoming year.  Maria Ketcham, of The Detroit Institute of Arts, was re-elected for another two year term as Board Secretary.  Crystal Agnew, of Marygrove College, was elected as Member-At-Large of the Executive Committee.

Continuing terms of service are Laura Mancini (Oakland County Library) as Vice-Chair of the Board, Margaret Auer (University of Detroit Mercy) and Karen Tubolino (John D. Dingell Dept. of Veterans Affairs Medical Center) as Members-At-Large, and Dr. Sandra Yee (Wayne State University), as Fiscal Agent Representative.

A new DALNET treasurer will likely be appointed by the fiscal agent by the end of the calendar year.