Great Michigan Read

October 11, 2011

“Join the statewide discussion about an incredible moment in Michigan history”

Read the book by Kevin Boyle Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age and join the entire state in a book club from the Michigan Humanities Council.   There are many events happening between now and June 2012.  Tons of details can be found here:

An author tour will kick off October 22, 2011 at the Alpena County Library.  To see the full author tour schedule, click here:

Some events in the Detroit area include:  “Lost Detroit: Stories Behind the Motor City’s Majestic Ruins,” October 20, 2011, 7 PM, Orion Township Public Library,  “Detroit in the Roaring Twenties,” October 25, 2011, 7 PM, Plymouth District Library, and “Arc of Justice Dramatization and Panel Discussion,” January 14, 2012, 1 PM, Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History.

In addition, “We Don’t Want Them,” a traveling exhibit produced in partnership with Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion will stop at the Greater Flint Arts Council / Flint Transit Authority (downtown Flint transfer station), Three Rivers Public Library (Three Rivers), Davenport University (Grand Rapids), Peter White Public Library (Marquette), Detroit Science Center (Detroit), Interlochen / Traverse Area District Library / Dennos Museum Center (Traverse City), Castle Museum of Saginaw History / Saginaw News (Saginaw), Old Mill Museum (Dundee), and Artworks (Big Rapids).


DALNET at Internet Librarian 2011

September 21, 2011

DALNET Systems Librarian Cathy Wolford will be speaking at Internet Librarian 2011 as part of the conference’s popular Cybertours.  The theme of the 15th annual conference is “Revolutionizing the Net with Content, Connections & Conversations.”  This year’s conference takes place October 17th – 19th. 

Cathy’s discussion is titled “Using YouTube Playlists for Collection Development.”  The description is as follows: “Delivering library services in new formats is becoming the norm. This cybertour looks at using YouTube, the world’s largest and best-known online video brand, which has a convenient way to organize user-created videos into collections.  Learn how to create and customize your YouTube channel and playlists, excel at video selection analysis, and understand the various types of YouTube accounts and their benefits. Filled with lots of tips on how to integrate YouTube playlists into other library while dealing with the use of third-party content.”

Cathy has presented or had poster sessions at many conferences including national ones like Computers in Libraries and Special Libraries Association, as well as local ones like the Michigan Library Association annual conference and Academic Libraries.  This is a great way get DALNET’s name recognized on a local, regional and national level.

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.

Free Book Repair Webinar

August 19, 2011

ALCTS will be hosting a free “Book Repair Basics for Libraries” webinar on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 2:00 PM Eastern time.  From their announcement,

“Participants will become familiar with several types of basic repairs for bound circulating collections materials in school, public, and academic libraries.  Tip-ins and basic page repairs, hinge tightening, and a variety of spine repairs will be covered.  Techniques will be illustrated and demonstrated with text, images, and video.  Links to other resources will be provided.  Repairs and conservation treatments on rare and special collections materials will NOT be discussed.”

Presenters will be Peter D. Verheyen and Marianne Hanley, both of Syracuse University.  The session will last 90 minutes.  It is free to register.

Registration opens at 12:30 PM (CDT) on September 14th and is open to the first 500 registrants.

See this page for more details, technical requirements, and registration information.

Emergency Preparedness Online

July 26, 2011

The DALNET Educational Forum on Friday, July 22nd featured Barbara Heller, Director and Conservator, Special Projects at the Detroit Institute of Arts.   View Ms. Heller’s presentation, slides, annotated bibliography and other documents here:  Also at this web address, previous presentations in the DALNET Educational Forum series can be viewed.  Stay tuned for news of our next forum.

Teaching art across the K-12 curriculum

July 8, 2011

Institute for Arts Infused Education

Marygrove College’s Institute for Arts Infused Education provides professional training for artists, principals, in-service and pre-service teachers. The Institute has designed two training sessions, held Aug. 16 & 17, 2011, to focus on methodology and pedagogy of integrating arts across the K-12 curriculum and to provide professional development for those interested in and/or working in the field. Participants are eligible to earn .6 SBCEU’s per day. To register, please telephone (866) 903-3033. Registration ends July 20.
 -From the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan July 2011 Newsletter

Emergency Preparedness Planning Forum

July 7, 2011

Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Area Library Network is continuing its series of Educational Forums in 2011.  This year DALNET would like to focus on presentations by its members.  Our first one this year will be presented by Barbara Heller, Director and Conservator – Special Projects of the Detroit Institute of Arts.  She will present a program on emergency preparedness planning at Wayne State University’s Purdy/Kresge Auditorium on Friday, July 22, 2011 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM.  The event is free and open to the public.  If you plan to attend, please register at

(This event is rescheduled due to a power outage at WSU on June 10th, the original date of the forum).