TITANIC: 100 Years, 1912-2012

March 15, 2012

In observance of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in the early morning of  April 15, 1912, DALNET has made a new eLibrary collection available.  The free new resource is called TITANIC: 100 Years, 1912-2012 and is online at titanic.dalnet.org.  The website contains 1912 newspaper articles detailing the days leading up to and the days and months following the disaster.  Also included on the website are other resources including links to useful sites and related resources, such as newspaper articles about the 1985 discovery of the Titanic on the ocean floor and obituaries of survivors.  

Also, the Henry Ford Museum will be presenting “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” beginning March 31, 2012 and continuing thr0ugh September 30, 2012.  Details are available here: http://www.thehenryford.org/events/titanic.aspx.


Autumn Rhapsody

November 3, 2011

Polish Mission hosts Detroit Vintage Jazz Concert Fundraiser

Friday November 18th, 2011
Orchard Lake Schools Art Gallery

ORCHARD LAKE, MI –The Polish Mission will hold a gala autumn fundraiser with singer Kira Frabotta and Pianist Mike Jellick.  Both are Detroit-raised young musicians with a unique repertoire of jazz from the early 20th c.  that will set the tone as Orchard Lake’s Art Gallery transforms into a 1930s jazz club for the evening.  Kira’s clean soprano top is balanced by a smooth mezzo/alto sweetness, along with her natural ability to scat like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.  Her sultry swing jazz style was influenced by the greats: Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Billy Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Doris Day, Jo Stafford, and Anita O’Day.  Born in New Delhi, India, and raised in Livonia, MI, Mike Jellick is one of the most sought-after pianists in the midwest.  He has private studios teaching both jazz and classical theory and performance in both the Detroit area and Kalamazoo.  Mike has been awarded commissions by groups ranging from small private schools to larger corporations, groups, and non-profits: Most notably, Lincoln Center.  

Josh James and the St. Mary’s Jazz Orchestra will open the show with a special performance at 7:00pm, then Frabotta and Jellick will perform selections in Polish and English to celebrate the opening of the largest exhibit in America dedicated to Polish master painter Zofia Stryjeńska.  Stryjeńska is known as the “Princess of Polish Painting,” and her avant garde style consumed her art and her life during the period between the two World Wars.  Stryjeńska’s signature “old meets new” style combined Polish country themes with modern art deco graphic design and vibrant colors.  Her dynamic delivery of that concept made her works some of the most recognizable and influential pieces in the panorama of Polish masters.  Six pieces will be on display.

Detroit’s own Cadieux Café will entice guests with Belgian and Polish cuisine, and fall and choice wine selections at the open wine bar from Leelanau Cellars will set the mood for a truly Detroit-themed jazz gala.  Individual tickets $50; a pair is $80.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.autumnrhapsody.eventbrite.com/, or by calling (248)-682-1885.

DALNET Board Approves New Digital Archive Repository

August 30, 2011


           The Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET) has recently announced plans to begin work on a DALNET Digital Archive Repository, where several unique collections will be available for free online access to DALNET institutions, researchers and the public.

          Hosted by the University of Detroit Mercy, the repository will be built using DSpace, an open-source software product that preserves and enables easy and open access to all types of digital content including text, images, moving images, mpegs and data sets. “I am pleased that DALNET will be developing this resource and that long standing members, the University of Detroit Mercy, are playing an integral part in making this happen,” said DALNET Executive Director, Steven Bowers. “The Board has wanted to pursue such a project for several years.”

          To begin the project, the DALNET Board of Directors awarded a major grant to four of its member institutions: Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library, Detroit Medical Center, Marygrove College and Oakland Community College.  After initial implementation, the service will be available to all DALNET members that wish to participate. 

          DALNET is a community of libraries working together to provide access to information for research, cultural enrichment, and lifelong learning opportunities.  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.

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 www.wcccd.edu. For a listing of all special events throughout the District, please call (313) 496-2704.


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 friends@detroitpubliclibrary.org,
call 313-481-1359 to join or renew your membership. 

AANM’s 5th Anniversary

March 30, 2010

  Arab American National Museum opened its doors on May 5, 2005.  On Saturday, May 8, 2010, there will be an all-day celebration of AANM’s 5th anniversary.  Details forthcoming!