Monthly Feature
Virtual Motor City:
Detroit News Newsreels
Wayne State University

As a part of the Virtual Motor City project, a number of 1920's Detroit News Newsreels have been digitized. There are currently over 400 available online through this website.  The videos are keyword searchable or can be browsed.

Detroit News Newsreels

Detroit News Newsreels

New Resources
  Access for Free Online!

The future of museums and libraries
View in Catalog

Walk this way: detailed steps for transferring born-digital content from media you can read in-house
View in Catalog

Younger Americans' library habits and expectations
View in Catalog

Kristy's Corrections

Corrections made this month for
commonly misspelled words in
the union catalog:

becuase / because (1 time)

/ folklore (2 times)

/ martyrdom (7 times)


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DALNET Details Newsletter
  The e-newsletter of the Detroit Area Library Network    

  august 2013

Upgrades and Server Migrations

Shared Systems
The Horizon server was migrated to a virtual machine on July 3rd.  HIP was virtualized on July 26th.  Horizon and HIP were also both upgraded to the latest releases on July 26th.  Our last anticipated upgrade for the summer will be for Enterprise on August 7th.  The WebReporter machine will also be migrated but no interruption to public service is expected.

Work is currently underway to move the Footprints help desk to a new virtual server.  This work also includes an upgrade of the software to the latest release.  Footprints will be installed on the new server and will provide some new useful features, as well as stability and speed.

Web Server
The DALNET Web Server will be migrated to a virtual machine later in the year.  Before this work is scheduled and completed, an assessment of services on the machine will be reviewed.  Members with digital collections hosted on the machine will be consulted.


This month, Project Managers will be sent a survey to set up profiles for the new Footprints help desk installation.  Previous accounts from the existing system will not carry over to the new installation.

Member institutions will also be asked to participate in a survey to assess what services are currently subscribed to for link resolvers, serials A to Z lists, and related services.  This important survey is intended to help plan future shared system needs and to gauge current member expenditures for these resources.

Participants will be sent direct links to surveys via e-mail.

Educational Forum and Annual Meeting

Lorcan Dempsey

Don't forget the DALNET Educational Forum and Annual Member Meeting on Friday, August 9, from 9:30AM - 4PM at Wayne State University's Undergraduate Library.  Lunch will be available from 12-1PM following the keynote speaker, Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, OCLC Research and Chief Strategist.  His topic will be "The Network Rebalances the Library: Patterns and Questions."

During the Annual Member Meeting there will be a DALNET annual update, breakout sessions, and a discussion of e-resource management.

Registration Fee of $15 includes parking, continental breakfast, and lunch.
Registration Open Until August 2nd

Library Spotlight Program

OCLC Library Spotlight
The new, free Library Spotlight Program gives your library an easy way to publicize your location, hours-of-operation, programs, links and photos across a variety of online sites and services. Just do a quick search for your library at www.worldcat.org/spotlight, and “claim it” to get started. OCLC pre-populates information about libraries from a variety of data sources, so you may find that half your work is done for you when your register. After that, make any corrections and additions you like, and in about 10 minutes…you’re done!

Did you know?
Members in the shared system have policies for creating patron records.  Specifications for name field format, second ID fields and more can be found here: Guidelines for Borrower Records [Member Login Required]
Events Calendar
Friday, August 9, 2013
DALNET Educational Forum & Annual Meeting
Location: WSU Undergraduate Library
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Register here

Monday, August 19, 2013
DALNET Training
Location: WSU Undergraduate Library, Lab C
1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Of Note
A Snapshot of Priorities & Perspectives: U.S. Library Consortia

A survey among U.S. library consortia leaders to understand the demographic make-up of their groups, strategic initiatives, their groups’ challenges and top methods for communicating with their members.

Click here to access

U.S. Library Consortia

Just For Fun
Ernest Hemingway's Baby Book

Grace Hall Hemingway created six scrapbooks to document her son Ernest’s first eighteen years of life.
They were digitized by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.

Scrapbook 1 - Birth to 23 months

Ernest Hemingway's Baby Book


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