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Digital Divide: LIBR 397C

Posted on: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 8:20am

Topic(s): Workshops

This Fall 2012, learn about the Digital Divide and take LIBR 397C!

What is the Digital Divide?  A phenomenon occurring across the world, this four-credit general undergraduate course will examine issues around information inequity found within, and between, different populations.  Students will participate in service-learning opportunities in local libraries and organizations in attempt to better understand the same issues they will be learning in class.  Potential projects include – but are not limited to – workshops on tech literacy, bilingual workshops or pathfinders for ESL library patrons, working with prison populations, or K-12 schools. 

 

When: Tues/Thurs, 10:30 to 11: 50 a.m. 

Where: Haggard Hall 233

CRN: 43708

 


Guide to Aerial Photograph Collection Available

Posted on: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 9:55am

Topic(s): Resources, Updates

Among the wealth of historic photographs available through Western Libraries’ Heritage Resources is the collection of over 30,000 aerial images archived at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. Ranging in date from 1935-2001, these images were generated through numerous aerial surveys around the region, including the northwest counties and National Forest lands of Washington State. Formerly housed at Huxley Map Library, these valuable resources were transferred to the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS) in 2011.

Following extensive work by Eric Mastor to further organize and describe the collection, a detailed guide to available flight indices and accompanying sets of images can be accessed online. CPNWS staff welcome inquiries from the public about access and use of the collection, and recommend that interested researchers contact us for an advance appointment to view materials at the archives.  

Stereoscope used to view aerial flight images.

A stereoscope, as pictured above, provides a means to view overlapping, vertical images and obtain a magnified, 3D effect (useful for assessing the depth of terrain). Stereoscopes are available at CPNWS for use by researchers.

The majority of photographs in the collection result from aerial surveys conducted by US government agencies, including the USDA Forest Service and Washington Department of Natural Resources. These include coverage of Whatcom County, the Mt. Baker National Forest and other National Forest and Parks lands in Washington. The collection also includes some coverage of other Washington counties and U.S. states. For example, a small group of images document survey work conducted for the Alaska-Canada Highway during the 1930s. The collection is a valuable resource for researchers interested in environmental history and change (including forestation, glaciation and waterways), and supports fields of inquiry relating to habit restoration, urban growth studies and property history. All are welcome to contact or visit CPNWS to find out more.


Library Survey Results

Posted on: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 1:20pm

Topic(s): Updates

Faculty & Student  Responses to the Western Library Survey Now Available

 During Winter and Spring Quarters 2012 Western Libraries surveyed the university’s faculty and students with regards to their use of library resources and services.  Of those surveyed 59% of tenure and tenure track faculty, and 21% (959) of students sent the survey link, responded.

Data summaries of the faculty survey and the student survey, as well as the executive summary document, can be found on the Library Assessment webpage under Western Libraries Local Survey Cycle.  Western Libraries is committed to ongoing assessment in support data driven decision making and maintaining the highest level of service to the university.

Frank Haulgren, Collection Services Manager & Assessment Coordinator

Teaching Learning Academy visits Special Collections

Posted on: Friday, April 20, 2012 - 11:43am

Topic(s): Workshops

The Teaching Learning Academy (TLA) visited Special Collections this week, two sessions on Wednesday, April 18 and another two sessions on Thursday, April 29.  TLA is interested in the question, "How can we engage and connect multiple voices to strengthen Western as a 21st-century liberal arts university?" TLA in Special Collections
To investigate the history of the liberal arts at Western, TLA members examined several exhibits from the Campus History Collection in Special Collections, including the Annual Catalogue of the Washington State Normal School (an early name for Western), The Self-Starter: Women's League Guide-Book for Freshman Girls, and A Long Range Plan: Perspective of the Future, from 1968. Carmen Werder
The researchers found many references to broad-based, liberal arts, and civilization through the years, including an early reference to a required liberal arts class in a 1926 issue of the student newspaper of the Washington State Normal School, The Weekly Messenger, which was found by searching the new online WWU Student Newspaper Collection, in the library's Digital Collections.  Openers

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