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Sep 11 / Christine Illichmann

Want more library experience? Check out this job at WSU UGL!

Job Title: Overnight Circulation Operations –  University Library System 
Days/hours & duration of job: Up to 20 hours/week for Fall and Winter semester
Number of positions available:




Employment Start Date: ASAP: September 10, 2018
Job Description: This position will work primarily in the Undergraduate Library Circulation area to perform the following tasks:


  • Maintain Overnight Circulation operation
  • Maintain facilities by informing appropriate staff


  • Coordinate shifting and interfiling projects in stacks


  • Assist with projects in the Circulation and Storage projects


  • Participating and assigning in cleaning assignments



Preferred qualifications include strong organization skills, attention to detail, accountability and dependability in an overnight setting



Must be a current registered WSU SIS student, enrolled for fall classes.


Overnight positions available.


Must be able to clear background screening.


Please be advised, some work will be performed in a basement where dust may be present. 


Application Instructions: Email resume to:
On subject line of email indicate: UGL Storage Position


Contact Information
Name: Matthew Wisotsky




Wayne State University

WSU University Library System

1101 Undergraduate Library

Sep 10 / Christine Illichmann

Introducing the Information Warrior Manifesto

What does it mean to be a student or alumnus of the School of Information Sciences? Our new Information Warrior Manifesto shares the spirit of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff. The manifesto states:

“We are community builders. We create spaces where all are welcome. We build bridges that close the digital divide. We help businesses grow. We help individuals succeed. We offer books that build imagination, fuel dreams and give hope. We battle misinformation. We are armed with facts and we are fortified by our education. We defend the freedom of information. We make information accessible and we create information finding tools. We design websites. We develop apps. We fight for the protection of privacy. We create code. We wrangle big data. We teach. We ensure that knowledge and information are available to the masses. We protect history. We archive human knowledge and experiences. We prepare children for their future and we prepare adults to take on new challenges. We are INFORMATION WARRIORS.”

Download your Information Warrior Manifesto Printable and show your SIS pride!

Sep 10 / Christine Illichmann

SIS Students Present at Michigan Archival Association Annual Conference and ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2018.

This guest post by Mattie Dugan, SIS Student and Vice President of the WSU Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists, highlights recent work by a group of students as they digitize the Michigan Black History Bibliography for the Reuther Library. Their work was recently featured as part of a poster session and presentation at ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2018.

Wayne State’s Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists has spent the past year working to digitize the Michigan Black History Bibliography for the Walter P. Reuther Library. The Michigan Black History Bibliography (MBHB) is a one of a kind resource created in the 1970s that documents black history in our state. The index cross-references key players and events with books, articles, dissertations, theses, annotated bibliographies and other, more obscure, resources. This index has been available in the reading room at the Reuther for decades, but remains relatively unused. SAA Students have taken on the challenge of bringing this index out of obscurity and into the hands of researchers the world over.

Nathaniel Arndts, Sarah Conrad, Mattie Dugan, Lori Eaton, Ellen Gleason, Laura Kennedy and Natalie Piernak started this endeavor by researching potential workflows and digitizing over 3,500 index cards. Their original plan was to create a Drupal website and migrate it to the Reuther’s servers, but this plan missed the mark for a myriad of reasons. Among them were that the BibCite module they intended to use in Drupal had not been beta-tested and bugs could not be overcome. In addition, Drupal setup requires specialized knowledge, the learning of which, while required to maintain a site, may not serve future SAA members. The team has now reassessed their priorities, though, and is moving forward with an information-first approach. Students are now working to locate resources listed on cards while gaining bibliographic control of the resource through a metadata schema based in Dublin Core. They plan to import this information into Omeka to create a searchable, metadata-driven site. 

It is hoped that the Michigan Black History Bibliography site will go live in January of 2018. Until then, members are presenting a poster on MBHB and the process of its digitization at the Michigan Archival Association Annual Conference and ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2018.


Sep 4 / Christine Illichmann

WSU Library System Co-Sponsoring Network Detroit Digital Humanities Conference on September 21

The Wayne State University Library System is co-sponsoring the fourth annual Network Detroit Digital Humanities Conference on the campus of Wayne State University on Friday, September 21, 2018. The conference will take place in the African American Room on the ground floor of Manoogian Hall. The Library System has partnered with the DH@Wayne digital humanities faculty working group to bring together digital humanities speakers, practitioners, students, and those interested in learning more to an exciting day of presentations, lunch, and networking.

Wayne State School of Information Sciences students Alexandrea Penn, Laura Kennedy, Margaret Waligora, and Jodi Coalter will be presenting at the conference, joining many other students and professionals from the area.

ProQuest is sponsoring lunch for the conference, though you must register to have lunch provided. Registration is free- you can sign up here:

The conference schedule of events is here:

Attendees – including SIS students and alumni – are encouraged to drop by any talks or panels that are of interest, or come for the day to learn about current research and practice in digital scholarship and digital humanities and meet some fine scholars from the region who do this work.

Aug 7 / Christine Illichmann

Christian-Jacob Johnson joins SIS as E-Learning Specialist

Christian-Jacob Johnson is the new E-Learning Specialist at SIS.

Christian-Jacob Johnson recently joined the SIS team as E-Learning Specialist. In this role, Christian provides support to SIS faculty and students as they use the various e-learning tools, including the new learning management system, Canvas.

Christian assists and supports faculty with online course design, development and delivery. He also provides instruction and training to SIS faculty, staff and students. Additionally, Christian assists in planning and managing the school’s Information Technology infrastructure; assists in the supervision of the SIS digital media projects lab; installs and tests SIS hardware and software.

Christian is a Wayne State Warrior, graduating in May 2018 May, with a Masters of Education in Learning Design and Technology through Wayne State.  He also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications through Oakland University.

The School of Information Sciences is home to one of the largest online programs at Wayne State. The program relies heavily on the successful implementation of online learning methods and Christian will be active in ensuring a positive experience for students and faculty alike.

Welcome to the School of Information Sciences, Christian. We are glad you are part of our team!




Jul 24 / Christine Illichmann

SIS Alumna Responds to Forbes Article With a Dose of Reality


Image by via Unsplash

This week Forbes Magazine posted (and subsequently removed) an article in which the author stated that public libraries could be replaced by Amazon stores. Many library professionals and library supporters wrote responses to the piece, including SIS alumna Michelle Williamson (MLIS ’02), a librarian at the Ferndale Public Library in Ferndale, Michigan.

Michelle wrote a Facebook post detailing a recent interaction she had with patron. The phone call was one of many she probably had that day, but it demonstrates the resources and customer service library users receive, the likes of which would be unmatched by an Amazon store. Here’s what Michelle wrote:

“In light of the very terrible Forbes article, I appreciated this interaction I had on the phone yesterday.

Patron: I’m looking on the catalog for this book but I don’t see it. I can’t imagine no TLN libraries have it. 

Me: Ok, let me take a look…you’re right, I don’t see it at all. Let me check on Amazon to make sure we have the title correct.

(finds the book on Amazon in Kindle and hardcover formats)

Ohhh, this is probably why no libraries have it. The hardcover version is $91.

Patron: *flustered incredulity about ridiculous prices*

Me: You know, since there is a Kindle version, I can check and see if it’s available on Hoopla or Overdrive. Are you familiar with those?

Patron: I had Hoopla for a while, but I deleted it. It didn’t seem useful.

Me: Well, I will check for it, but it might take me a minute. Can I call you back?

A few minutes later-

Me: Ma’am, they do have it on Hoopla. Would you like to sign up for it again?

Patron: Yes! What do I need to do? How much will it cost?

Me: It’s free with your library card! It will take maybe five minutes.”

Thank you, Michelle, for sharing this moment of your day and for providing an example of just why libraries are unmatched in the resources, services, and spaces they provide!

Jul 17 / Christine Illichmann

Shatha Baydoun Reflects on ALA Student-to-Staff Experience

Shatha Baydoun (far right) is seen here with ALA president Loida Garcia-Febo and fellow Student-to-Staff participants.

Shatha Baydoun is an MLIS student in the School of Information Sciences. Her projected graduation is May 2018. In this post, Shatha shares her recent experience in the ALA Student-to-Staff program.

There are few occasions in one’s career that are ground-breaking and being selected to represent WSU as a Student-to-Staff (S2S) at ALA’s annual conference was such an occasion for me. Between June 21-26, I partook in my first conference as an information science student at New Orleans. I was surprised that some ALA members did not know about the S2S program. Briefly, the program was designed in 1973 as an opportunity for students to network and interact with professionals in the field. I was assigned to the International Relations Office (IRO), a division of ALA, devoted to global communities and libraries.

True to its mission, my experience with the S2S program was very informative and productive. At times, the sheer breadth and size of the conference was overwhelming, but the adage about librarians being the most helpful bunch is true. I was supported, mentored, and directed by all the wonderful librarians at the conference who were happy to welcome a recently-graduated librarian to the fold.

Despite my short trip, I also saw and met amazing people. I witnessed Michelle Obama officially open the ALA ceremony and I met the newly-elects ALA president Loida Garcia-Febo. I also take part in some of ALA’s Job Placement workshops like the ones on salary negotiation and resume-writing. As a new MIS graduate, these workshops were very useful to me. On a personal note, I got to savor New Orleans’ local flavors such as the famous beignets and chicory coffee. I also got to party with my S2S fellow students. In short, I learned a lot but got to have tons of fun in the process.


Jun 13 / Christine Illichmann

INF 6000 Students Share Information Management Insights

Students in Dr. Timothy Bowman’s INF 6000 recently created a video answering questions about information management and associated topics. If you’ve been curious about the Master of Science in Information Management or wondered about information science and information management, check out this helpful video.

Thanks to Dr. Bowman and Jodi Coalter, Heather Kolf, Jane Montgomery, Paula Montgomery, and Sushila Srinivasan for your work on this video!

View the full video on the WSU School of Information Studies Youtube Channel:

Jun 12 / Christine Illichmann

Call for Proposals: Network Detroit 2018 Conference

The Network Detroit 2018 Conference Call for Proposals closes on June 30, 2018. This year’s conference is entitled “Digital Humanities and Activism: Communities in Motion”.

Network Detroit 2018 will be a one day conference dedicated to bringing together DH scholars and practitioners, coders, humanists, activists, students, and community members.

Read the full Call for Proposals and submit your idea(s) for lightning talks, papers/presentations, panels, posters, and workshops today!

Jun 5 / Christine Illichmann

Miss the 2018 Career Fair? Recording and presentations are available!

Did you miss the 2018 Career Fair? Don’t worry! We have the information you need to recap what you missed out on.

Catch up on the panel discussion: A Library and Information Science Show and Tell, as well as Career Advisor Kim Schroeder’s presentation on Professional Branding, plus Networking for your Future presented by Gail Madziar, Executive Director, Michigan Library Association and Steven Bowers, Michigan Library Association President-Elect and Executive Director at DALNET.

All three sessions can be seen here:

PowerPoint slides from the presentations are available on the SIS Career Advising Page at: