Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries

March 20, 2012

An opening reception for the new National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine” will take place Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 4:30 to 6 PM at the Wayne State University‘s Shiffman Medical Library.  The exhibit can be viewed until April 28, 2012 as part of the Spring 2012 Arts in the Atrium program sponsored by Shiffman Medical Library and the WSU School of Medicine.  

“Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers have often been overlooked.  Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their work as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender.”    -from the program flyer

A Community Educational Program will take place Saturday April 14, 2012 at the Margherio Family Conference Center.   Topics on the agenda include, among others, African Americans & the Civil War, Medicine in Detroit in the 1860’s, and The Civil War and Nursing.  The special guest speaker will be Jeff O’Den, historical documentary filmmaker.

Find out a lot more about this subject and this exhibit at


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:

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.

E-Readers and E-Books

August 6, 2010

Paul Gallagher, Developer Librarian at Wayne State University, presented “Kindle, Nook and the iPad: What Everyone Should Know about E-Readers and E-Books” at the third of four DALNET Educational Forums on July 30, 2010.   To view the presentation, click here.

Previous presentation information can be found here.  Registration for the fourth DALNET Education Forum on October 29th is available here.  The topic will be “Greening your Library” and the presenter will be Douglas Raber of the Ferndale Public Library.

Feel free to post any comments/discussion about E-Books and E-Readers below.

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:

WSU Libraries Amnesty

September 18, 2009

Wayne State University Libraries Offer Amnesty for Overdue Fines for Returned Materials October 1 – November 15

We forgive you! The Wayne State University Libraries are encouraging patrons to return their overdue books and other library materials without penalty or fine during an amnesty period to be held October 1 – November 15, 2009. Materials returned need to be in good condition.

“This program is particularly important in the current, difficult economic climate,” said Sandra Yee, dean of the Wayne State University Library System. “It is more cost effective for us to recover the materials than the fines and we want to encourage patrons to continue checking things out without fear.”

Overdue materials can be returned to any library location in person or by mail. The amnesty does not include any fines from previously returned or lost items.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What kinds of fines are subject to the amnesty?
Overdue fines for items owned by the Wayne State University Library System that are still checked out and returned during the amnesty period.  The items must have a status of “Billed.”
2. What is not covered by the amnesty?
Fines incurred prior to the amnesty period. Fines for already returned items and for damaged items. The amnesty program does not cover fines on materials borrowed from Interlibrary Loan.
3. How do I know if I qualify to take advantage of the amnesty?
You can check your account through your “My Library Account” on the Libraries’ home page.  If any of your books have a “Billed” status prior to January 1, 2009, then you qualify.
4. Can I return my items in the book drop when the library is closed?
Yes, as long as you return your overdue items during the amnesty period your fines
will be cleared. You can return them in person or by mail.
5. When will my fines be cleared?
The fine is automatically cleared on your record when the item is checked in.
6. Will the library holds on my record also be cleared?
Holds will be cleared as long as you do not have a fine of more than $50 unrelated to items returned as a result of the amnesty.

Scholarly Communication Wiki

April 9, 2009

Wayne State University librarians are collaborating to create a Scholarly Communications Wiki.  Its purpose is to build “awareness of key issues affecting scholarly communication issues.”

Areas that are covered in this resource include author’s rights, copyright and fair use, open access and guides for working with faculty.

New Orleans Jazz Tonight at WSU

February 24, 2009

There will be “A History of New Orleans Jazz” lecture, book signing and reception tonight, Tuesday February 24, 2009 from 7 to 9 PM in the Bernath Auditorium at the Wayne State University Undergraduate Library.  The event is presented by WSU’s Department of Africana Studies and co-sponsored by WSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the University Library System.

Author/musician Larry Gabriel and internationally renowned jazz musician Charlie Gabriel and his band will be featured at the musical presentation and discussion.  A book signing for “Daddy Plays Old-Time New Orleans Jazz” by Larry Gabriel will follow in the Community Room on the third floor in the library. Refreshments will be served.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, read the blog article.