Friday, February 27, 2009

Kids and reading

I am not sure the Harry Potter and Twilight series are the answer, but this article suggests that there is even more reason to encourage kids to read. Maybe the findings of the study will encourage more parents to take an active role in reading to their children.

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Share your ideas with SOLIS's new Liaison to Online Students

In order to better understand the unique needs of students in the online LIS Program as well as traditional students who primarily take online classes, SOLIS has created a new officer position.

The Liaison to Online Students will work to communicate with distance learning students in order to find out what types of communication, outreach and events suit them best.

Online student, Mercedes Miramontes was recently elected to this position and she wants to hear from you! Please contact her offlist at We encourage you to share your ideas on how SOLIS can better serve you. Do you want more events taped and posted on Mediasite? Do you think Solis should create a blog just for online students? Do you think Solis should reinstate its presence on Blackboard?

We want to find ways to get online students more actively involved in SOLIS and the other student organizations, but we need to hear from you!

New ASIST blog!

The ASIS&T Student Chapter recently launched their new blog!

They will be posting all of their main communications and informative bits there.

Feel free to subscribe to the blog for information about ASIS&T or to keep in touch with upcoming events.

Any ASIS&T member is welcome to contribute, if you're interested please contact the president of ASIS&T at WSU.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Event: "Leaders on Leadership" interview with Erroll B. Davis Jr.

All LISP students are invited to attend a taping of the Emmy-winning Detroit Public Television series "Leaders on Leadership".

Erroll B. Davis, Jr., Chancellor of the University System of Georgia will be interviewed on Monday, April 6. He is responsible for the state's 35 public colleges and universities, and administrative responsibility for the state's 58 public library systems. Previously he was Chairman of Alliant Energy Corporation - an energy holding company with $8.3 billion in assets and $3 billion operating revenues.

Please see the full press release for more information.

Monday, April 6, 2009 at 4:30 pm
Detroit Public TV studios
7441 Second Avenue
(southwest corner of Bethune, one block north of the Fisher Building in Detroit)
Please arrive 20-30 minutes in advance of taping.

Pre-registration is required

Limited free parking is available.

Please contact with any questions.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

SOLIS Textbook Scholarship

Any graduate student, including distance education students, who is currently enrolled in the Library and Information Science Program and who has consistently demonstrated active involvement in SOLIS, the ALA student chapter, the ASIS&T student chapter, the SAA student chapter, the MAME student chapter and/or the SLA student group is eligible to apply for the annual SOLIS Textbook Scholarship. Recipients will be selected based on their involvement in and pro-active contributions to the LIS student organizations at Wayne State University.

Please visit the SOLIS website at for application instructions and more information about the Textbook Scholarship. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2009.

LIS Job Fair

LIS Job Fair

When: March 26, 2009

Where: McGregor Memorial Conference Center at the Main WSU campus

Who: LIS students and alumni (registration required)

Please visit for more information and to register!

ALA Event

Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET) and WSU Integrated Library System (ILS) Presentation

When: Wed. Feb. 25 at 4:00 (presentation will be about 1 hour long)

Where: Kresge Auditorium Room 101

What: The presentation will cover Wayne State University's on-line catalog OPAC and other operations such as acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, course reserves, and serials control. The DALNET Information Gateway includes public online access to DALNET Digital Projects, Databases and Guides created by DALNET members and other member Library Catalogs.
Presented by Steven Bowers of DALNET and John Rutherford of WSU

Who: All students, faculty, and staff are invited


ALA@WSU-American Library Association at Wayne State University
All LIS Students are welcome to join
ALA@WSU membership is Free
Facebook: ala@wayne

Monday, February 16, 2009

Thought I'd share this article for the archival folks out there. From the NY Times article "Digital Archivists, Now in Demand":

Literature, film, scientific journals, newspapers, court records, corporate documents and other material, accumulated over centuries, needed to be adapted for computer databases. Once there, it had to be arranged — along with newer, born-digital material — in a way that would let people find what they needed and keep finding it well into the future.

The people entrusted to find a place for this wealth of information are known as digital asset managers, or sometimes as digital archivists and digital preservation officers. Whatever they are called, demand for them is expanding.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Self-Censorship in Libraries

This was included in the recent American Libraries Direct email. This article from School Library Journal explains how some librarians "self-censor" in order to avoid the item being challenged.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Library Student Bill of Rights

The December issue of Library Journal has an interesting article called the Library Student Bill of Rights. It lists ten "rights" that library students have.

Here is the link:

Or you can find it through the Library:
Booth, Char. Library Journal. New York: December 15, 2008. Vol. 133, Iss. 20; 76, 1pgs.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

SLA@WSU tour of the Allesee Dance and Opera Resource Library at the Michigan Opera Theater!

All LISP students are invited to attend the SLA@WSU tour of the Allesee Dance and Opera Resource Library at the Michigan Opera Theatre on Thursday, February 12th at 4:15 pm.

The Michigan Opera Theater Archive is the official repository of the Opera's forty year history, as well as home to the beautiful Allesee Dance and Opera Resource Library - specializing in research materials specific to dance, opera, and related performing arts. Students from the IMLS cohort have developed a unique online archival catalog designed specifically for the MOT and created the first searchable database of all MOT performances. Several students from our LIS program are involved in management and digitization of materials, photographs, and audio recordings in a production environment as well as cataloging numerous library items. The digitization process and state of the art tools like Archivists' Toolkit for EAD encoding will be demonstrated – see behind the scenes of how this library is set up.

Tim Lentz, Chief Archivist for the Michigan Opera Theatre is offering tour

participants a 25% discount on tickets for the following performances:

Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Feb. 12, 7:30 PM

Aladdin - The Grand Rapids Ballet Company, February 28, 5PM

Romeo and Juliet - American Ballet Theatre March 13, 7:30PM

Brundibar, MOT Children's Chorus March 21, 5PM

Michigan Opera Theatre

Allesee Dance and Opera Resource Library
Detroit Opera House

1526 Broadway
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-3500

When: Thursday, February 12th at 4:15 pm
RSVP: Please e-mail if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Spotlight on LIS Careers

In case you missed this, here is a great article about getting started in the field and offers suggestions about coping with layoffs. This topic transcends the library and can be useful to others facing unemployment, so hopefully you will find it helpful!

This is a featured article of Spotlight on LIS Careers, a new resource for LIS students. Kim Schroeder, the LIS Career Advisor selects the articles, so if you have a suggestion, email her at

Check out the Career Advising site for LIS students at

ALA tour of Southfield Public Libary Tomorrow!

Thurs. Feb. 5 @ 6:30 p.m. Tour of Southfield Public Library

26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield, MI 48076

Meet in the lobby of the Southfield Public Library

This is a beautiful state-of-the-art library, view a new section arranged “bookstore style”, African dance troupe will perform, Poetry open mic night. Get behind the scenes look at equipment and library logistics.

If you need a ride from WSU Main Campus please let us know.

Tour RSVP ALA@Wayne.eduor call Maureen Simari 734-718-9219 for more info.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

ALA Student Chapter @ WSU - Winter Semester Events!

ALA Student Chapter @ WSU

Upcoming Events:

Thurs. Feb. 5 @ 6:30 Tour of Southfield Public Library, This is a beautiful state-of-the-art library, view a new section arranged “bookstore style”, African dance troupe will perform, Poetry open mic night. Get behind the scenes look at equipment and library logistics

Wed. Feb. 25 @ 4:00 DALNET & WSU ILS Presentation in Kresge Auditorium, 101 Kresge Bldg. Learn more about the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET) and our Integrated Library System, Wayne State’s on-line catalog

Thurs. March 5 @ 6:30 Tour of Malletts Creek Library "a new green library" in Ann Arbor

Questions?? call Maureen (734) 718-9219

Student Mentoring - Michigan SLA

Get the "K.A.S.H." you need to succeed as an information professional!
  • Knowledge
  • Attitude
  • Skills
  • Habits
Are you wondering how to stand out from the crowd when you finally hit the job market? Would you like to be paired with an information professional who can help you learn more about the profession? If so, the SLA mentoring program may be for you!
Michigan Chapter - Special Libraries Association
Visit the link below to learn more: