May 22nd, 2013
In preparation for a fall 2013 opening, construction recently began on a new collaborative space that will combine the Writing Center and Student Technology Studio (STS) on the second floor of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. The new space will work to integrate the current services of both areas as well as add a research assistance component. This will create a “one stop shop” for students where they can receive one-on-one research and writing help and technology assistance. The renovated space will feature a glass “storefront,” which will not only make the space more inviting to users, but also increase visibility of its location across the east wall of the library.
The Writing Center and the Student Technology Studio have experienced an increase in the number of questions that they were receiving for each other’s services. In response to this, conversations began in 2011 between the Library System and the Writing Center that focused on ways that the two groups could work together and, from those discussions, the idea to combine into one space evolved. They explored similar projects at other universities and made a site visit to the Academic Project Center at Eastern Michigan University, a service facility that offers one-to-one writing, research, communication and technology assistance. This research served to shape the planning for services and space at Wayne State University.
Construction is expected to take from six to eight weeks. During the construction, the STS will be closed for the summer and the Writing Center has temporarily relocated to room 1150 on the first floor of the UGL. For current hours and to stay up-to-date on the construction, visit http://clasweb.clas.wayne.edu/writing
May 22nd, 2013
The Wayne State University Libraries closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, May 28.
April 30th, 2013
During the construction on the second floor, the Writing Center will be temporarily housed in room 1150 in the UGL. This room is located down the hallway just past the ATM/before the elevators on the first floor of the UGL. For more information, and current hours, please visit http://clasweb.clas.wayne.edu/writing
April 19th, 2013
From April 19 until April 30, the Extended Study Center (ESC) in the Undergraduate Library will be open 24 hours. The ESC will close at 11 p.m. on April 30 and begin intersession hours at 8 a.m. on May 1.
April 2nd, 2013
The rich religious and cultural life of American Jews is captured through home objects in “Judaism in the American Home,” a new exhibit beginning Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. in the Community Room (3210) at the David Adamany Undergraduate Library at Wayne State University.
Sponsored by the Wayne State University Library System and the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, the exhibit features ritual objects, kitchen items, children’s toys and souvenirs from the vast Jewish Heritage Collection donated by former Birmingham resident, Mrs. Constance Harris, to the Special Collections Library of the University of Michigan. The items show the efforts made by Jews in the United States to define the evolving notions of “home” in their lives– the romanticized representation and poignant memorialization of the Eastern European world that many of their ancestors left behind, their attempts to maintain home religious traditions and ties to Jews in Israel, and their emerging self-consciousness at “home” in America.
The exhibit opening on April 14 will feature a lecture called “Ceremony and Community Within the Question of ‘Jewish Art’” from Georgetown professor Ori Soltes. Using objects from the exhibit as illustrations, the lecture will examine the question of how one defines Jewish art by discussing the purpose of ceremonial art and its relationship to non-ritual objects of Jewish popular culture.
“Judaism in the American Home” will be available for viewing from April 14 through May 12 in the Special Collections Room (3220) of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. The hours are Sunday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, or to RSVP for the event opening, contact Ruth Stern at (313) 577-2679.
For more information, visit the Judaism in the American Home LibGuide: http://guides.lib.wayne.edu/content.php?pid=446089
*Because the exhibit takes place during our transition from winter to spring hours, please consult the UGL hours page before you plan your visit: http://www.lib.wayne.edu/info/hours/calendar.php?cal=ugl
March 26th, 2013
Please accept an invitation from Sandra Yee, dean of the Wayne State University Library System and Mathew Ouellett, associate provost and director of the Office for Teaching and Learning, to visit the newly renovated 4th floor classroom space at State Hall on April 10 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and April 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The new space is designed to enhance interactive learning and will be assigned to faculty that wish to take advantage of the new technology and classroom layouts. The improved space includes six general purpose classrooms and four seminar rooms of varying sizes and configurations. We encourage all faculty to visit to check out all the new classroom features that are available to assist them in their teaching.
A few photos from some of the new spaces, including a photo from instructor Karen Myhr, who has done some pilot teaching with her students in the new space:
March 19th, 2013
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Wayne State University Library System has created a display called “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” The exhibit includes photos and information from the Reuther collection and highlights the history of women in the sciences at Wayne State University, Detroit and beyond. The exhibit also illustrates the rise of women in engineering over the last 50 years, specifically at Wayne State.
“Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” will be on display in the UGL atrium throughout the month of March. Come by and check it out!
March 18th, 2013