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Zombies in the Library!

Posted on: Friday, April 29, 2016 - 10:57am

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Humans VS. Zombies Building Clear April 30th

The Moderator staff of Western Washington University’s Humans VS Zombies partnered with Western Libraries and co-sponsored by AS production special events to host a building clear event for the FIRST TIME EVER at Western Libraries on Saturday April 30th.


The Building Clear event is modeled like an interactive haunted house, in which teams use rolled up socks and Nerf blasters to navigate through the building past zombies. Participants are able to volunteer to play as zombies when they are not running through in their team.

Players are free to come with a team, or form a team on site. Zoe's Bookside Bagels will be used as a headquarters for check in and staging.Check in begins at 9 p.m. and the event starts at 10 p.m. Building Clear is open to everyone and will be free to play. Space is limited so be sure and arrive early!

Speaking of Maps: Andy Bach

Posted on: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 9:56am

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Andy Bach to Discuss Environmental History of the Ozette Prairies

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Environmental Geography Andy Bach will discuss his research exploring the relationship between historical vegetation changes in the Ozette Prairies, Olympic National Park, and human use of this region. “Archival Evidence for Historical Changes in Lowland Wilderness Meadows, Ozette Prairies, Olympic National Park,” will be held in the Map Collection (Wilson Library 170) at Western Libraries from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wed., May 11, 2016.  This presentation is free and open to the public.


Using a multi-media archival approach to understand the environmental history of the area, examining repeat air and ground photography, maps, and written records, Bach determined that the prairies originally began as natural wetlands before fire was used by indigenous peoples and European settlers to expand and maintain them. Later, in the absence of disturbance, they eventually began to revert to forest cover.


Bach’s research combines the use of historical maps with field methods of soil science, ecology, and geomorphology, to understand how natural landscapes of Washington have changed over time.


This event is being offered as part of the “Speaking of Maps” lectures, and is co-sponsored by Western Libraries and WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment.


“Speaking of Maps” are quarterly talks designed to highlight the use and value of maps in research, in teaching and learning, and in daily life. 

Rick and Barbara Osen Endowment

Posted on: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 1:33pm

Topic(s): Updates, Feature Stories

Osens Establish Endowment for the Advancement of Western Libraries

               Rick and Barbara Osen at the endowment signing celebration, April 5, 2016


Earlier this year, Rick and Barbara Osen expressed their wish to make a gift to Western Libraries that would have a lasting impact. On April 5, 2016, members of Western Libraries joined the Osens in recognition and celebration of the establishment of the “Rick and Barbara Osen Endowment for the Advancement of Libraries.”


The endowment’s purpose is especially significant for Rick Osen, who worked at Western Libraries for 35 years, holding managerial and administrative positions that involved virtually every area of the organization, including acting Dean of Libraries from 2012 through 2013.  Osen’s decades of dedication and leadership positively impacted the Libraries’evolution and helped shape its future.


“It is particularly meaningful that Rick and Barbara should wish to create an endowment to support the professional and organizational development of staff and faculty,” explained Dean of Libraries, Mark Greenberg. “During his long career in the Western Libraries, Rick saw firsthand how advancing people’s skills and understanding advances their careers and improves library services to the Western community.  I am grateful to Rick and Barbara for helping Western Libraries to invest in people.”


While at Western, Osen was a strong proponent of professional and organizational development, and he worked to ensure that Libraries personnel had opportunities to advance their knowledge and skills.  Since his retirement in early 2014, Osen has stayed in close touch with his colleagues and has remained a strong supporter of Western Libraries. 

Rick and Barbara Osen joined by their son-in-law Robert and daughter Justyna at the endowment signing celebration.
“Rick was always on top of ongoing developments in academic librarianship and provided countless opportunities for library staff to stay current so that we could make use of the best of these ideas,” said Jeff Purdue, Learning Commons and Media Librarian.  “Through this endowment, he has found an ideal way of continuing that focus and demonstrating that though he is retired, his commitment to Western Libraries and the role it plays in the intellectual life of the University continues unabated.”


 Proceeds from the Rick and Barbara Osen Endowment for the Advancement of Libraries may be used to pay expenses related to professional and organizational development for Western Libraries faculty and staff through workshops, seminars, and other similar programs.  At their request, preference will be given to professional and organizational development activities that occur at Western.


“With an emphasis on funding training or workshops on campus, it allows all staff to benefit from engaging ideas that enhance work performance and facilitate a shared vision for Western Libraries,” said Special Collections Manager Tamara Belts. She added that the expansion of opportunities for individual staff training and development also benefits the Libraries as a whole, because recipients are able to bring back and share what they learn with the organization.


Western Libraries Administration looks forward to working together collaboratively and in consultation with Libraries faculty and staff, to identify professional and organizational development opportunities that maximize participation and positive outcomes for individuals and for the Libraries as a whole. 

Candidate Open Forums

Posted on: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 11:55am

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Three strongly qualified candidates for the Director of Teaching and Learning and the Learning Commons position at Western Libraries have been invited to Western Washington University for interviews beginning April 25th.


Each candidate will host an open forum and anyone interested is invited to attend. During this forum, candidates will facilitate a professional development session using pedagogy which clearly reflects their personal teaching philosophy.  


The schedule and locations for the open forums and candidate information are listed below:

  • April 25th  from 4 to 5pm  -  Library Presentation Room (Wilson Library 164f) - Carol Wittig, Head of Research and Instruction at Boatwright Library, University of Richmond. 
  • May 2nd  from 4 to 5pm - Haggard Hall Room 253 - Brett Bodemer, Coordinator of General Reference at Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University.
  • May 12th from 4:30 to 5:30 pm Library Presentation Room (Wilson Library 164f) - Sarah McDaniel, Consultant & Associate Lecturer at the School of Library & Information Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Heritage Resources Newsletter

Posted on: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 11:33am

Topic(s): Newsletters

The Spring 2016 edition of Heritage Highlights is now available! In this issue, we explore themes of social justice and activism on campus and in the community, including anti-racism campagins, peace advocacy, care for the environment, and more.

Heritage Resources is a division of Western Libraries which includes the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and University Archives & Records Management.

Image: Joining Hands Against Hate symbol and slogan, courtesy of Arbeit Graphics, available in the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force records at CPNWS.


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