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.