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Homemade Music Oral Histories Now Online

Posted on: Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 2:53pm

Topic(s): Resources, Updates

Interested in folk music and the local folk scene? The Whatcom County Homemade Music Society has supported musicians and music in Bellingham for over thirty years. Between 2005 and 2007, then Fairhaven College student Coty Hogue interviewed founders and members of the Society, who shared many music-related memories dating from the 1960s to the present day.  

Interview transcripts can now be accessed and enjoyed online as part of Western Librares Digital Collections - a complete guide to transcripts and audio recordings archived at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies is also available here.

Curious to learn more about other oral history collections available at Western Libraries? Check out this Library Guide for more information. 


LibQUAL Summit Report on Library Future Released

Posted on: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 9:46am

Topic(s): Updates

On February 22, 2011, faculty, students and administrators were invited to participate in a discussion sponsored by the Western Libraries.  This event, Building the Future of the Library: A Dialogue, was developed based on so called “LibQUAL+ Summits” conducted by other university libraries.  The event was as an opportunity for the Western Libraries to gather stake-holder comments and concerns by asking them to address questions relating to data gathered by the 2010 LibQUAL+ Survey of user perceptions and expectations.

The 50+ participants were broken out into 7 small groups.  These groups were provided with three discussion questions connected by the over-arching theme that students and faculty have different expectations of the library.  Given the difficult fiscal future the university and library faces the Libraries believes that this type of candid conversation can inform planning and future directions.

Comments made by student and faculty participants alike indicated a great deal of appreciation for the opportunity to speak with each other and to the Libraries about the discussion questions that were provided as well as other concerns.

A summary report that contains excerpts from the dialogues was distributed to the participants, Senate Library Committee and library staff on April 15th.  That document is now available to the campus community on the Western Libraries web site.

Building the Future of the Library - Summary Report


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