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News & Updates in the Libraries

The WRT Zone in the UGL is open to students that need help with writing, research or technology

February 7th, 2014

The doors to the Warrior Writing, Research and Technology Zone, known as the WRT (pronounced “write”) Zone, the new Writing Center and Student Technology Studio (STS) collaborative space, opened last fall, creating a one-stop shop for Wayne State students to get research, writing and technology assistance. Located on the second floor of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library, the new space integrates the current services of both areas and adds a new research assistance component.

Through the combined help of librarians, academic staff and graduate student assistants, the new space offers a myriad of services. The writing and research specialists offer assistance in drafting, revision and documentation as well as aid in finding books, articles and resources, evaluating resources, avoiding plagiarism and much more. The technology side of the collaboration helps in formatting papers and dissertations, assists in creating e-portfolios, video editing, building presentations and the creation and editing of graphics using modern equipment and specialized software. For a full list of services offered, visit:

UGL hosts remarkable traveling exhibit about the war of 1812 through February

February 6th, 2014

The Wayne State University Library System is proud to present 1812, a traveling exhibition produced by the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and arranged through the Consulate General of Canada in Detroit. The exhibit will be on display in the atrium of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library through February 28. 1812 explores the War of 1812 through the perspectives of the four central participants: Canadians (including Canadian First Peoples), Americans, the British, and Native Americans. These multiple perspectives together provide a deeper understanding of the event as a whole.

For Canadians, the War of 1812 was a successful fight for survival against American invasions. For Americans, the war was a successful defense against the British Empire, one that forced Britain to respect American sovereignty and power. For the British, the conflict was a successful but almost irrelevant sideshow, scarcely remembered today, set against the far greater generation-long war against Revolutionary and Napoleonic France. For Native Americans, the war was a desperate fight for freedom and independence as they struggled to defend their homelands, and its conclusion was a catastrophic defeat.

“This exhibition offers a nuanced, thought-provoking portrait of an event that helped shape Canada as a nation,” said Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation, which operates the Canadian War Museum.

1812 vividly conveys the motivations and aspirations of the four participants, their experiences of the war, and its effect on their future. It brings to life key personalities, such as Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, who was fatally shot during the Battle of Queenston Heights and became known as “The Hero of Upper Canada”; Francis Scott Key, the Baltimore lawyer who after witnessing the British bombardment of Baltimore, Maryland, wrote the lyrics for what would eventually become the American national anthem; and the Shawnee leader Tecumseh, one of the best-known and most respected Native American military leaders who fought alongside the British and was killed during the battle of the Thames.

The Canadian War Museum is Canada’s national museum of military history. The Consulate General of Canada in Detroit advances Canada’s relationship with the United States in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

Come to the Warrior WRT Zone Faculty and GTA Open House March 5

February 5th, 2014

The Warrior WRT Zone supports the writing, research and technology needs of your students with a one stop assistance center located on the 2nd Floor of the UGL. Come to our Open House on Wednesday, March 5 between noon and 4 PM to discover what the Warrior WRT Zone can do to help your students succeed. Giveaways and door prizes!

Through the combined help of librarians, academic staff and graduate student assistants, the WRT Zone offers a myriad of services. The writing and research specialists offer assistance in drafting, revision and documentation as well as help in finding books, articles and resources, evaluating resources, avoiding plagiarism and much more. The technology side of the collaboration aids in formatting papers and dissertations, assists in creating e-portfolios, video editing, building presentations and the creation and editing of graphics using modern equipment and specialized software.

For more information abut the WRT Zone visit

Find, read and monitor thousands of scholarly journals directly from your iPad with the BrowZine app

February 4th, 2014

With the decline of print, databases have become the primary way publishers deliver journals. But databases are designed for searching, not reading. BrowZine works by uniting articles from the Wayne State-owned databases into complete journals, then arranging them by subject on a newsstand. The result is a revolutionary new way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals and articles.

Learn about BrowZine by first watching this video:

What is BrowZine?

BrowZine is a content delivery app designed to bring journal articles to your tablet. Currently it is available for iPad (downloadable through the App store) Google Nexus, Kindle Fire HD and Samsung Galaxy devices running OS 4.0+. BrowZine can be downloaded for those devices from Google Play and Amazon. The app is simple to use and brings back the browsability of a journal, which differs greatly from the experience of accessing electronic content from multiple database interfaces.

How do I access journals?

After downloading the app, users have instant access to a free, no-login required open access library. Complete journals and back issues in a variety of disciplines are available. However, since Wayne State subscribes to BrowZine, you can also access all of the Wayne State Libraries’ paid journal subscriptions. Journals can be placed onto a personalized bookshelf for easy access and, in the near future, notification of new available articles.

Can I browse the available journals?

Yes! Faculty members who enjoyed flipping through paper journals can now digitally recreate that experience by quickly scanning issues via a digital table of contents. Frequently read journals can be placed onto a user’s BrowZine bookshelf, where alerts will tell the user when new content has been added. Users can also save articles to a separate BrowZine shelf for offline reading.

Is it easy to read on a tablet?

BrowZine’s high quality PDFs only take moments to load and users can use the familiar pinch to zoom gesture in order to read or examine the paper closely. BrowZine also allows users to send articles to other apps and social media accounts, includings annotation apps like GoodReader, DropBox for cloud storage and citation trackers like Zotero.

How do I get started?

Download the BrowZine app and log in using your access ID and password. From there, start browsing!


January 30th, 2014

Through a new subscription to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) Premium collection, the Library System now has access to the DSM-V, the handbook used by health care professionals in the United States and much of the world as the authoritative guide to the diagnosis of mental disorders. DSM contains descriptions, symptoms and other criteria for diagnosing mental disorders. It provides a common language for clinicians to communicate about their patients and establishes consistent and reliable diagnoses that can be used in the research of mental disorders. It also provides a common language for researchers to study the criteria for potential future revisions and to aid in the development of medications and other interventions.

This new electronic resource has dynamic navigation and search functions and provides access to the previous versions of the DSM, which can be downloaded as PDFs. Each of the individual titles that make up DSM Premium has individual catalog records in the WSU catalog. The DSM collection also gives us the texts: DSM V Handbook of Differential Diagnosis and DSM V Clinical Cases.


January 30th, 2014

In December, the Libraries launched a new tool that allows users to virtually browse the stacks from the comfort of his or her own computer. Stack View is a virtual bookshelf that takes a Library of Congress call number and creates a virtual shelf of items as if as they would appear if one were physically browsing the shelves at the library.

Stack View will be accessible from the library catalog as well as from the Libraries’ App Lab, a page that showcases active projects from the University Libraries’ Web Team.

To check out some of the newest projects, visit the App Lab at

Message from Dean Yee, January 2014

January 30th, 2014

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Interface, the new e-newsletter that connects you, the faculty, to the library news, services and resources that are most important to you as a researcher and instructor at Wayne State. We would like Interface to help build a bridge for faculty to learn more about library services that can assist them or even find out about services that they didn’t even realize were offered in the Libraries.

As we recently had to make the difficult decision to close the Science and Engineering Library, a faculty member remarked to me how he would miss being able to browse the shelves to see other books offered in his subject area. Fortunately, this was something that the Libraries planned for based on feedback that we’d gotten previous to closing the SEL. I was able to let him know that we now offered a new application called Stack View and he could virtually browse a graphic representation of the library shelves from the comfort of his own laptop. In fact, with Stack View he’d see even more than he would than if he were standing in front of the shelves because our app combines the holdings of all of our libraries! It is my hope that this newsletter will make this type of information more accessible to our hardworking faculty. I understand the intense schedule of our faculty and I know it isn’t always easy to read every email from beginning to end or follow every news story on campus so it is our plan to update you twice a year with a few highlights that will enrich your experiences and interaction with the Wayne State University Libraries.

The goal of the Libraries is to provide our faculty and students access to excellent resources and services where and when they need them. We monitor how well we’re doing in meeting that goal by collecting data and listening to feedback from our users. As part of the ongoing evaluation of our services, and to make a concerted effort to keep the library resources budget as robust as possible, we recently made the difficult decision to close the Science and Engineering Library to the public. This was done after we carefully reviewed the usage of the building and its collections over the past several years while at the same time, making strategic budget reductions in our operations budget in order to maintain our resource budget.

Some of the statistics that we looked at when making our decision were: (1) gate counts for the SEL decreased by 10% per year over the past several years; (2) student computer use in the building decreased by 50% since 2008; (3) due to low volumes, the reference services were moved to the Purdy/Kresge Library in 2011; (4) course reserves were moved to the UGL when the UGL began staying open for 24 hours; and (5) about one third of the books circulated from the SEL collection were already being retrieved through the Library’s Get It! service. Closing the SEL allows us to protect the resources budget and continue to purchase much-needed resources. Since a vast number of science and engineering journals are already purchased in an electronic format, access to journal literature will remain convenient and easy. Access to most SEL collections is available through our “Get It!” Paging and electronic Document Delivery services, which deliver most requested materials within 24 hours. While closing SEL was a difficult choice to make, strategic decisions like this allow us to continue to offer the high quality resources and services that you’ve come to expect from the Wayne State University Libraries.

As always, thank you for your support,
Sandra G. Yee

Anatomy TV Available

January 21st, 2014

ANATOMY.TV is a suite of 3D interactive models of human anatomy. Intuitive controls allow you to zoom, rotate and peel away layers to educate and communicate easily. A wealth of supporting media, MRIs, X-rays, live-action movies and animations are also included to supplement‘s high resolution, computer-generated models.

Key Features:

  • STAT!Ref is the only healthcare database that can cross-search from Primal Pictures
  • 3D modeling of all structures
  • Ability to rotate the model 360 degrees and add or remove layers of anatomy
  • Link to relevant text, dissections, clinical slides, diagrams, video clips & MRI Scans
  • Quiz and MCQs
  • Patient information for the practicing clinician

View  What Is Anatomy TV via YouTube or read an overview on Anatomy.TV


Shiffman Medical Library Staff










From the internet: 28 beautiful quotes about libraries

January 7th, 2014

Science and Engineering Library Permanently Closed as of December 24, 2013

January 6th, 2014

Due to recent budgetary challenges, the Science and Engineering Library will close on December 24, 2013 and the collection will no longer be directly accessible by users. What does this mean for you? The SEL collection can still be accessed through our online catalog from the convenience of your computer or mobile device. You will continue to have access to most SEL collections through our “Get It!” paging and electronic Document Delivery services, which deliver most requested materials within 24 hours. Some special collections such as the Elephant Research Foundation Library will be transferred to Purdy/Kresge Library’s new Reading Room to be located in room 133. For those of you who like to “browse the stacks” our new browsing interface, Stack View, provides a new way to view the collection digitally.

While this was a difficult decision to make, this change will allow us to continue to offer the high quality resources and services that you’ve come to expect from the Wayne State University Libraries.

How can I get access to the SEL collections?

Users will continue to have access to SEL physical collections via the “Get It!” Paging and electronic Document Delivery services.

For books and non-journal items, the “Get It!” Paging service will deliver your requested materials to the campus library of your choice within 24 hours or to our extension centers within 24-72 hours. New print purchases have been moved to the Purdy/Kresge Library, along with some reference titles.

For journal access, our 24-hour electronic Document Delivery service will deliver electronic copies of articles directly to you via email. Books can be requested via the “Request from Storage/SEL” link in the library catalog after Jan 1st. Additionally, we are working to convert print journals to electronic access through our many database providers.

For additional information on how to use these services, the libraries maintain some helpful videos on youtube, available at

Where can I use a computer?

More than 400 computers are available for student use in the Undergraduate and Purdy/Kresge Library. Computers are available on all floors of the Undergraduate Library and include both Windows machines and Macs. Microsoft Office software, special programs like EndNote, advanced computing software for science and engineering, Adobe graphics stations with scanners, Adaptive Technology stations for those with special needs and wireless Internet access throughout the library are just some of the features offered throughout all of the libraries.

For those with advanced research, technology or writing needs, the new Warrior WRT Zone on the second floor of the UGL provides a one-stop shop for Wayne State students to get assistance. From creating PowerPoint presentations and editing videos to assistance in researching and writing a challenging research paper, the WRT Zone can help guide you through the process.

What additional options exist for students who regularly studied at SEL?

The libraries have over 2,800 study seats available in the Undergraduate and Purdy/Kresge Libraries. Last year, the Undergraduate Library added 11 new study rooms, bringing the total number to 46.

The Purdy/Kresge Library has nearly doubled its study space by adding new study areas on the second and third floors. Additionally, we are making Purdy/Kresge more laptop-friendly by adding more electrical outlets and expanding Wi-Fi access. We are working to create a library that allows users to work collaboratively while maintaining those quiet corners that many of you have come to appreciate in Purdy/Kresge.

What else is the Library System doing to make the transition easier for users?

Our intent is to streamline operations to focus on providing the key services that our users expect, and to provide additional electronic access to print materials held by SEL. In addition to the “Get It” Paging and Document Delivery services, the libraries will make several changes to make access convenient.
• Virtual Book Shelf: A new service that allows you to virtually browse most of our collections from anywhere.
• Quicksearch: An improved way to search all of the library collections from a single search box.
• Increased eJournal Access: Greater online access to previously published and historical journals such as IEEE Journal Archive, JSTOR Life Sciences Collection, and Elsevier Nursing, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Environmental Science titles.
• New Books: New book purchases will be shelved in the P/K collections.
• Print Journals: The latest issues will be shelved in the P/K Library.

What will happen to the Math and Computer Science computer labs in the basement of the SEL?

The Math and Computer Science labs will remain open in the basement of SEL. Lab users will still be able to enter the building and access the lab with no service interruptions. Only library access to the print collection will cease in the building.

Why did the Library System choose to close the SEL?

In the past three years, the Libraries have lost over $1.6 million from our budget. In order to continue to purchase the same level of resources, we have made drastic operational cuts including the loss of over 40 staff positions. By protecting the funding used to purchase materials, we have had to make difficult decisions about what services we can provide.

During the last five years, the SEL has also seen a significant decrease in building use despite the addition of the busy Math and Computer Science labs. The reason for this decrease is simple; access to science, technology, engineering and math materials has shifted heavily to electronic resources. With this decline, we transitioned reference service at SEL to our other libraries and enhanced our virtual reference. We moved the reserves to UGL to offer longer periods of access to those materials. Logons to library computers in the SEL have seen a nearly 50% drop since 2008. Currently, SEL users are using the Get It! Paging service for more than one-third of all circulation requests. These diminishing numbers let us know that our students and faculty are not using the physical space as they once did.