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Posted on: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 8:20am
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
Posted on: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 12:02pm
E-books at Western Libraries
Thousands of E-Books available 24/7!
Over the last several months Westerns’ library has been quietly participating in a very successful pilot program with our Summit partners to make thousands of e-book titles instantly available to you. The coolest thing about all these recently published titles is that there is no limit to the number of simultaneous users that can have access to these books. In essence they are never checked out and always available to you! 3 a.m. and you’re hammering away at that paper? No worries. Always available!
Need help locating or downloading an ebook? There are a few different ways in which you might find and access ebooks at Western.
Get help from the guide E-book Readers and E-books
Posted on: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 9:55am
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.
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.
Posted on: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 11:00am
Topic(s): Event - Library Sponsored
Steve Raymond, a life-long fly fisher and author, visited Special Collections and gave a presentation about Roderick Haig-Brown, fly fisher, author, and conservationist.
The event attracted fly fishers from around the Northwest, who came to hear Mr. Raymond's insights into the literary works of Roderick Haig-Brown.
Before the presentation, Bruce Shepard, WWU President, presented a book about Western to Tobey Ishii-Anderson, niece of David Ishii, to honor the memory of David Ishii and his gift to Special Collections.
|Steve Raymond with guests|
After Steve Raymond's presentation, he answered questions about Roderick Haig-Brown and his own writing career. Then everyone browsed the Fly Fishing Collections in the Special Collections storage area and the books exhibited in the Research Room.
|Marian Alexander and Joan Raymond|
Posted on: Monday, July 2, 2012 - 10:15am
Visiting students use maps to
help learn about Salmon migration
Korean students visited the map collection as part of the University Experience program sponsored by Extended Ed. 40 students, and 2
student teachers from Woodring use
the collection to study various aspects
of salmon migration. The groups took
a tour of the area followed by a presentation on the various types of maps in the collection before breaking up into small groups to work on their assignments.