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

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.

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