Some people are first drawn to Western because of Bellingham, others are often attracted to Bellingham because of Western, and then there are those of us who originally came here for a combination of both reasons. Whatever your own reason may be, one thing is for sure, if you are part of this community, you will more than likely encounter people in your daily life who have a connection to Western, be it as alumni, retirees, staff, faculty, or current students.
Artist and Western alumna Jessica Lynn Bonin explains that she has always felt a strong connection to Bellingham, and that she feels her college experience at Western was part of that connection. Bonin graduated from Western a decade ago with a B.A. in painting. She now lives in the unique little town of Edison, Washington, where she creates art and co-manages a shop called The Lucky Dumpster, which features handmade goods from other local crafters and artists.
Currently, Bonin is exhibiting some of the illustrations she created for the book, A Commonplace Book of Pie, in Western Libraries Special Collections. Her illustrations, which will remain on display through early April, were created as part of a collaborative project with the book’s author, writer and Western alumna, Kate Lebo.
“Kate and I met five or so years ago when she was passing through my shop in Edison. We hit it off right away and realized we had led parallel lives, growing up in the same hometown and both being graduates of WWU at the same time, with overlapping friend circles and similar sensibilities in life and with our art. The collaboration on Kate's book was a natural evolution of our friendship,” explains Bonin.
Bonin’s watercolor illustrations originated from an afternoon that Bonin spent at Lebo’s house in Ballard, where Bonin photographed each step in the process of Lebo making a pie, and it was on the basis of these photographs that Bonin later created her paintings.
“The paintings were done in a linear fashion, telling the story of making a pie from beginning to end, using Kate's hands and kitchen ephemera. There are 27 illustrations in total, and the exhibit at WWU Special Collections is just a portion. Paul Brower and I curated this selection based on groupings that made conceptual and aesthetic sense, since we had limited space,” says Bonin.
Bonin’s selection of watercolor illustrations will be available for viewing in Special Collections through early April. After the exhibit closes here, the entire series of water colors will then be on display and for sale at the Edison Eye Gallery with a reception held on April 19, 2014.
Calling all WWU undergrads! Did you know that you could win an award of $500 for a paper you have already written? Western Libraries is pleased to announce the new Undergraduate Research Award!
You have until April 15, 2014 to submit your paper, and on May 15, 2014 we will announce the winners of three separate $500 awards honoring the students whose papers are selected as best demonstrating excellence in research.
Papers must have been written for WWU credit classes during this past fall or winter quarter, and should include an application cover sheet, a 500-750 word reflective essay describing your research strategies and use of library tools, a bibliography, and a letter of support from the WWU faculty member for whose class the research was completed.
For more details about this exciting opportunity, see: http://libguides.wwu.edu/undergradaward
Beginning Monday, March 10, 2014 Pet Partners will be available to help you relax and de-stress as you make your way to the end of the quarter in through finals week. During various times between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm from now through March 20th, you will be able to visit some of your favorite pairs of humans and dogs (and don't forget Smokey the cat!).
Pet Partners will be located in the gallery space at the beginning of the Skybridge on the Wilson side of the library. Stop by to say hi and learn more about the Libraries' partnership with Whatcom Therapy Dogs Pet Partner Program!
Read about recent and upcoming events, the latest news and other features from Western Libraries Heritage Resources.
Western Libraries is pleased to announce that the library website will be getting a fresh new look starting March 21, 2014! You will quickly realize that although things may look different, the underlying functionality remains the same. The services you are used to will still be available, but they will be easier to find. The terminology you are familiar with will not change. The menus and overall navigation of the site will continue to focus on Research, Collections, Services, and information About the Library.
The changes we are making will help us better serve the entire WWU community by aligning Western Libraries with an institutional graphic identity. The Western Repositioning Initiative established a set of style and branding guidelines in order to provide a more consistent experience for users exploring the university’s webpages.
Additionally, the Western Libraries website will migrate from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7. Drupal 7 is the current, stable version of the popular CMS. This move creates opportunities to work with other campus web developers to harness the power of Drupal to deliver content in new and exciting ways. Likewise, the new Libraries website will deliver content to users regardless of what type of device is used to access the site, whether content is displayed on a large monitor or a smaller mobile device.
For more information about Western Libraries new website, contact Jon.Dillon@wwu.edu
Western Washington University students have a reputation for contributing to scholarship, research, collaboration, and service, and we here at Western are particularly proud of how they exemplify Western’s motto of “active minds changing lives.” Recently, Western Libraries very own Learning Commons student liaison Kali Legg received recognition for her significant contribution to research and scholarship when she was awarded the title of “Best Student Presentation” at the 2013 International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL) conference.
Kali is an Environmental Science major who has also been actively involved with the Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) here at Western as both a student participant and also through her role as Learning Commons student liaison. Incorporating voices from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, TLA was established at Western in 2001 with the mission of creating a community of scholars who could work together to better understand the existing learning culture, share that understanding with others, and enhance the learning environment by exploring multiple views of teaching and learning. It was partly because of her involvement with TLA that Kali was selected to attend the ISSOTL conference and act as a representative of the many exceptional students at Western who are actively engaged in exploring the research and scholarship of teaching and learning. Kali both appreciated and recognized the value of this tremendous opportunity.
“This conference helped me further realize that I have a passion for education—well more for learning. I have a passion for learning. And I felt incredibly fortunate to be able to share and receive ideas about learning from some very brilliant and kind individuals from all over the world…” Kali stated.
Together with Western Libraries staff and faculty Shevell Thibou and Carmen Werder from the Teaching-Learning Academy, along with Tim Costello from the Center for Service Learning, Kali introduced and co-led the session entitled “Transforming Teaching and Learning Cooperatives.” Together they explored a number of “partnering” models and examined the concepts of “co-location,” “collaboration,” and “co-inquiry,” posing the questions: “To what extent are these partnering models distinct and yet interrelated relationships on a continuum? And how might understanding this cooperative continuum model facilitate institutional change for teaching and learning?”
Using case studies, this group was able to provide an analytical model that defined co-location as referring to shared space, collaboration as sharing an interest in reaching a common outcome, and co-inquiry as sharing an interest in addressing a common question. One of the case studies used focused specifically on the Learning Commons, and illustrated how co-location has actually led to collaboration and co-inquiry. Such research is often inspired by the work that is being done in the TLA, which serves as the hub for the study of teaching and learning at Western, and engages student participants in its ongoing dialogue with faculty, staff, and community members.
The annual ISSOTL conference includes faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students from a number of institutions located throughout the world. This international audience responded enthusiastically to Kali’s award-winning presentation, and Kali later explained how this conference was also valuable for her in that it affected her own views about education and the learning experience.
“I have come to realize that learning and learning theory should be present in every discipline. I would like to make what I've learned at the ISSOTL conference present in my learning experience and that of my peers whenever I can, no matter what kind of classroom or working environment I'm in,” Kali explained.
ISSOTL was founded in 2004 by a group of 67 scholars from several different countries, to recognize and promote scholarly communication on teaching and learning, to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and the integration of “discovery, learning and public engagement.” Each year, members of this organization come together to share research and experiences related to the scholarship of teaching and learning. This most recent conference was held October 2-5, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and focused on the theme of “Critical Transitions in Teaching and Learning.”
Western Libraries Heritage Resources is pleased to be a Project Contributor on a new exhibition from the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, WA. The exhibit, entitled Grit: Asian Pacific Pioneers Across the Northwest, “uncovers the true stories of the men and women who migrated to the region from the Asia Pacific,” and “reminds us of Asian Pacific Americans’ long history of fortitude and resilience as they established communities in the Pacific Northwest.” One of the featured stories is that of Lummi/Hawaiian fiddler Charley Kahana and the exhibit includes images of Kahana drawn from the Howard E. Buswell collection at Heritage Resources’ own Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.
Grit opened on December 12, 2013 and runs through October 19, 2014. The Wing Luke is a Smithsonian Affiliate in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution.
Jeanne Armstrong, a professor at Western Libraries, recently published her translation of La grand misère ("Great Misery") with the University of Nebraska Institutional Repository Zea Press as an open access e-book available in print on demand.
Great Misery is Maisie Renault’s story, as the editor's cover note relays, of her nine months in this “man-made hell, where brutality, starvation, sickness, filth, and degradation took a daily toll on women whose principal offense was having opposed the Nazi regime. Maisie’s story, however, is one of loyalty, devotion, faith, endurance, and the loving and self-sacrificing support that her circle of women gave each other, allowing some of them to survive the horribly cruel and inhumane conditions."
This work was originally published in French in 1948, and Professor Armstrong's translation is the first available published English version of Maisie Renault's compelling account of how she survived life inside an SS concentration camp, "and the indomitable spirit that bound these women together and allowed them to emerge hurt, sick, battered, but unbroken and unafraid to testify about what they saw.” For more information about this book, see the DigitalCommons@University of Nebraska here.
Western Libraries and the Student Technology Center have partnered in providing a next generation book scanner to the Learning Commons. This joint purchase was funded through Student Technology Fees to provide scanning capabilities and ease of use not previously readily available to students and faculty.
Known as the Zeta, this awesome-looking and awesome-performing scanner is perfectly designed for scanning content from bound volumes, but also accommodates flat sheets of up to 19x14 inches making it great for smaller maps.
The Zeta’s intuitive and interactive touch screen interface allows anyone to produces great color, grey scale and black & white images in a variety of file types that can be uploaded to the campus network or taken away on a USB thumbdrive. Files can also be named and added to a shopping cart for holding until finished scanning. Then load them all at once!
The articulated book carriage allows for face up scanning of thick bound volumes without damage to the binding. It also positions both the left and right pages the same distance from the scan lens for perfect clarity. Face-up scanning makes it incredibly easy to scan your way through journal articles or a book chapter without constant flip flopping the after each page turn.
Drop by the Student Technology Center on Haggard 2 and try out the Zeta. The STC staff can answer your questions or help you get started…but that probably won’t be necessary!
Western Libraries are excited to announce the completion of the Learning Commons renovations which began this past spring. Thanks to a generous donation from WWU alumni Dave and Ann Thomson Mann, and one-time funding from the Provost’s office, the Learning Commons has been transformed into an inviting, modern, interactive space for everyone on campus to enjoy.
During spring quarter, WWU students sampled demo furniture and voted on the pieces they preferred, and the Learning Commons program partners helped select the colors in shades of purple and green to provide a sense of relaxation. With its new furniture, carpet, and freshly painted walls, the renovated area in the Wilson entrance will serve as the central hub for the Learning Commons activities.
The Western Libraries’ Learning Commons brings together resources and programs to advance teaching and learning at Western. This space has been designed to promote collaborative opportunities in a flexible, functional, and attractive space geared towards student learning.
We hope you will stop by to see these changes for yourself and will find them as exciting as we do!