Friday, April 17, 2009

$5.5M Grant over next three years to help MI Dept of Ed. with data management

New Bridges: Building Michigan’s Capacity for a Longitudinal P-20 and Workforce Data Decision Support System
The scope of the work outlined in Michigan’s grant application is focused on developing an automated analytical data store and reporting infrastructure, as well as building the capacity to add postsecondary data, workforce data and e-transcript system enhancements to its student data system. Building on work partially supported by a SLDS 2005 grant, Michigan proposes a blend of three foundation and seven expansion activities.

Future records managers sticking around Michigan should keep their eyes peeled for opportunities arising from this (I hope!)


Friday, April 10, 2009

Scholarly Publishing Lecture

What: Scholarly Communications Lecture presented by Lee Van Orsdel of the Grand Valley State University Libraries

Who: You! Faculty and graduate students

When: Thursday, April 23rd from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Where: Kresge Library Auditorium

The lecture will focus on alternative methods of publishing, the cost of journal subscriptions, open access and author's rights. For more information, contact WSU Librarian, Anne Hudson at

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Reading Into The Future

An essay written by Eva Gronowska, a 2007 graduate of WSU's Library and Information Science program, is featured in Newsweek! Reading Into The Future discusses the challenges and opportunities faced by libraries and librarians during this recession.

Congratulations Eva!

Training Session

Join the students of LIS 7410 (Software Productivity Tools) for a free instructional training session!

What: Learning how to Share and Secure Content in MS Word 2007

When: Monday, April 27th, 2009 from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Where: Purdy/Kresge Library - Room 304 (LIS Lab)

Please RSVP to by April 21st, 2009
**One participant will win a $10 Starbucks gift card!!**

SOLIS Game Night

What: Gaming Night and Student Mixer

Who: All LIS students and Alumni

When: Thursday, April 16th, 2009 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. (following the new student orientation)

Where: Kresge - 3rd Floor

Join us for a night of games, food and fun! Play Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, Mario Kart and X Games Skateboarding with SOLIS, ALA, ASIS&T, SAA and SLA. There will be raffles throughout the night and pizza, pop and salad will be provided.

Please RSVP to

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

SOLIS's Presentation of LibraryThing is now available on Mediasite!

If you missed the event or are an online student you can now view a recording of this presentation via Mediasite.

An instructional handout was also provided to attendees. You can access this document via SOLIS's home page or on our archive page.

While you are on the SOLIS's Mediasite page, you may be interested in watching our Fall 2008 panel discussion on Web 2.0 and Libraries.

LISP student organization elections

American Library Association student chapter/ALA

A President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer need to be elected. Contact Maureen Simari at

American Society for Information Science and Technology/ASIS&T

ASIS&T brings together diverse streams of knowledge, focusing what might be disparate approaches into novel solutions to common problems. &T counts among its membership some 4,000 information specialists from such fields as computer science, linguistics, management, librarianship, engineering, law, medicine, chemistry, and education; individuals who share a common interest in improving the ways society stores, retrieves, analyzes, manages, archives and disseminates information, coming together for mutual benefit.

All of the current board members are graduating. The organization needs to elect a President, Treasurer and Secretary. Contact Heidi Hanson at

Special Library Association/SLA

All of the current board members are graduating. The organization needs to elect a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Contact Gladys Santiago at

Student Organizations in Library and Information Science/SOLIS

The primary purpose of SOLIS is to serve as liaison between faculty, staff, students and other LIS student organizations at Wayne State University. The organization also supports the future of librarianship and professional development through the dissemination of information, networking opportunities and informational events. All LISP students are granted membership in SOLIS upon enrollment in the LIS program at Wayne State University.

The organization needs to elect a President, Vice President and Vice President of Events. Contact Jill Essenmacher at

Become a SOLIS Board Member!

Are you a go-getter who is interested in professional development? Are you looking for ways to get involved with the LIS community and build your resume?

If this sounds like you, consider joining the SOLIS team. SOLIS will be holding elections for President, Vice President and Vice President of Events positions this April.

As President you will: serve as liaison between students, LIS student organizations and the Program's administration, faculty and staff; preside over meetings; plan events and organize professional development opportunities for students; collaborate with the other student organizations; attend faculty meetings; recruit students to serve on committees; manage correspondence, etc.

As Vice President you will: help the president organize events, coordinate the volunteer program at the Detroit Public Library, assist with the management of SOLIS, etc.

As Vice President of Events you will: help coordinate and plan events, create flyers and listserv messages, maintain the SOLIS bulletin board, etc.

Nominations for President, Vice President and Vice President of Events are being accepted now until Friday, April 24, 2009 5:00 pm.

Votes will be gathered from Sunday, April 26- Friday, May 1, 2009 ending at 5:00 pm.

If you would like to be added to the ballot, please email the following information to Please be sure to include the title of the position(s) you want to be considered for in the subject.

One paragraph stating why the nominee is the best candidate for the office position
• Nominee's name
• Nominee's telephone #
• Nominee's email address


Employers are looking to recruit people who demonstrate leadership and community involvement. Getting involved in student organizations is a great way to gain this sort of experience.

Thank you for your consideration!

The Darien Statements

I've been catching up on my social networking and came across this link to The Darien Statements which is the result of a discussion on the role of libraries and librarians.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Art in the Library

If you enjoy libraries with flair and fun, check out "The Art on the Library Walls" from the NY Times. The slideshow features art in 3 school libraries in the Bronx.