MUG Meeting May 21, 2010

April 21, 2010


The Michigan Users Group (SirsiDynix) Annual Spring Meeting will take place at Baker College of Flint on May 21, 2010. There is a $15.00 registration fee per individual. Fee includes program/event, continental breakfast, lunch and snacks, as well as MUG membership for the year.

Registration is online at:

Agenda and directions to Baker College of Flint are also at this website.


Press Release: DALNET Celebrates 25 Years of collaboration, creativity and community

April 16, 2010

DALNET 25th Anniversary Luncheon, March 22, 2010

In celebration of 25 years as a consortium, the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET) recently held an anniversary luncheon to commemorate 25 years of fulfilling its mission of working together to advance research and learning.  The DALNET Board of Directors and invited guests enjoyed a presentation by former DALNET Director, Louise Bugg.  Bugg’s speech “DALNET—The Good Old Days,” covered the inception of DALNET and the challenges that the original team faced, including finding a shared integrated library system that would handle the group’s needs as well as the work involved in planning the governance and financial structures of the consortium.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to remember the beginnings of the organization, but for the newer institutional members it was also a chance to appreciate the sustained effort and commitment of the people who imagined the possibilities that a library consortium like DALNET could provide to southeast Michigan,” said Jon Campbell, chair of the DALNET Board of Directors.

In honor of its 25th anniversary, DALNET will host a series of educational forums covering topics of interest to libraries and library workers.  The first forum held on March 26 featured a presentation and discussion entitled “Google May Be Trying to Take over the World,” led by Wayne State University Web librarian Joshua Neds-Fox.  The Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) will present the next forum, “Web Scale for Libraries,” on May 14 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kresge Auditorium on Wayne State’s main campus.

To commemorate its 25th anniversary, the DALNET Board recently approved a Silver Sponsorship for the Michigan Library Association annual conference to be held in the fall.  “The consortium has participated as an exhibitor at the conference in years past and felt that a sponsorship was a good way to financially support the association this year in celebration of the consortium’s 25th Anniversary,” said Steven Bowers, director of DALNET. 

Hosted at Wayne State University since 1985, DALNET enables libraries to maximize their investments through shared resources. Over the past two decades, the consortium has grown to 20 member libraries that serve the information needs of their users through innovative, collaborative networking among various types of libraries and their personnel in southeast Michigan.

The Wayne State University Library System consists of the university’s five libraries: The David Adamany Undergraduate Library, the Purdy/Kresge Library, the Shiffman Medical Library, the Arthur Neef Law Library and the Science and Engineering Library and School of Library and Information Science.  Wayne State University is a premier institution offering more than 350 academic programs through 11 schools and colleges to nearly 33,000 students.

WCCCD Clint Black concert

April 8, 2010

From the press release:

Detroit, MI – April 7, 2010 – The Wayne County Community College District’s (WCCCD) Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center opens a new state-of-the-art educational and performing arts center with country Superstar Clint Black! 

The Grand Opening event will take place on Saturday, April 17th at 8:00 p.m.  The Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center is located on WCCCD’s Downriver campus at 21000 Northline Road in Taylor, MI 48180.  To purchase tickets call the box office at 734-374-3200, box office hours are Monday thru Saturday from noon to 6:00 p.m.

The long awaited 78,000 square foot state-of-the-art Center is the latest addition to WCCCD’s Downriver campus and includes a 812 seat theatre, an orchestra pit, enclosable studio/rehearsal space, exhibit space in the Gallery and 11 classrooms.  The objective for the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center at WCCCD is to educate, entertain and enrich our students and community members through a diverse blend of professional, educational and community programming.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to be one of the first to step inside and experience country superstar Clint Black up close and personal on Saturday, April 17th!

For more information on WCCCD, please visit For a listing of all special events throughout the District, please call (313) 496-2704.

Paul Taylor Author Visit @ Maida Library

April 7, 2010


           The Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library today announced that Paul Taylor – author of Orlando M. Poe:  Civil War General and Great Lakes Engineer – will pay a special visit to the library at 6:30 pm on April 28th for an evening of first-rate storytelling; book signing and question-and-answer time with guests. 

            Taylor is visiting the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library as part of the Library of Michigan’s 2010 “Michigan Notable Authors Tour.”  This year, 16 authors whose engaging works were chosen as 2010 Michigan Notable Books selections will visit nearly 45 libraries throughout the state. 

            The Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library is located at 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake, MI.  For details about this author event, call 248-706-4211 or visit

            “It’s a literary treat to have Paul Taylor in our community, sharing his captivating work with our friends and neighbors in such an open, accessible way,” said Caryn Noel, director of the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library.  “Michigan is home to some of the best stories and storytellers found anywhere in the country.  An author of Taylor’s caliber here, in our library, will make it an evening to remember.”

            “This year’s Michigan Notable Books delve into wonderfully diverse topics and offer something of interest for just about everyone,” said State Librarian Nancy R. Robertson.  “The tour offers the opportunity for book enthusiasts in many corners of the state to join in the conversation about what constitutes ‘great writing’ and to hear from some of the Great Lakes region’s most beloved authors.”

            Author and historian Paul Taylor will speak on his new book, Orlando M. Poe: Civil War General and Great Lakes Engineer. The work chronicles the life of a man who Taylor believes to be one of the most influential yet underrated and overlooked Union soldiers of the Civil War.  Poe was actively engaged in the war from day one, and in addition to his various engineering duties, he played the role of key aide and confidant to such wartime luminaries as Generals George McClellan, Ambrose Burnside, and William T. Sherman.  From privates to major generals, Poe earned the respect and admiration of all he served with, yet the bitter partisan politics of the day beset him with career and promotion disappointments almost from the start.
          Following the war, Poe supervised the design and construction of numerous Great Lakes lighthouses before returning to Sherman’s side as engineering aide-de-camp in 1873. Following Sherman’s retirement as General of the Army eleven years later, Poe returned to his adopted home of Detroit where he would soon begin his most famous work: the design and construction of what would become the largest shipping lock in the world at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

            Michigan Notable Books is designed to promote reading and raise awareness of Michigan’s literary heritage.  The program annually selects 20 of the most outstanding books published in that year – titles that are reflective of Michigan’s diverse ethnic, historical, literary and cultural experience. 

            The 2010 Michigan Notable Books program and tour are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Library of Michigan, the Library of Michigan Foundation, Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Humanities Council, Cooley Law School, ProQuest, NA Publishing Inc., Auto-Owners Insurance and the Michigan Center for the Book.  Media Sponsors are, City Pulse, WKAR, Queue Advertising and Tom Gennara Photography.

          Proudly brought to you by the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library, pleased to serve the Orchard Lake Schools and happy member of the Detroit Area Library Network.

Used Book Sale @ DPL

April 6, 2010

Big Used Book Sale to benefit the Detroit Public Library’s Summer Reading Program!

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday, April 16 & 17, 2010.
Open to the public.

“A” Level, Main Library,  5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

Thousands of books sorted by subject – autobiography, biography, cookbooks, computer manuals, art books, science fiction, history, politics, rare and collectible books, African American titles, poetry, science, children’s books, adult fiction and non-fiction, CDs, DVDs and audio books from $ .25 and up.

Info e-mail,
call 313-481-1359 to join or renew your membership. 

Job Seekers Boot Camp @ WCCCD

April 5, 2010