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Impact of SOPA -TODAY!

 What impact would bills and treaties such as SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA have on scholarly communication?

 

Watch for additional events in this series this Spring

  • April 24 : PIRATES!  The differences between disciplines and views on issues of copyright and plagiarism. What are the ethics of reusing other’s work?

  • May 1 online:TMI: how to use and evaluate information we need? Evaluating sources and what does it mean to find information in a time of information abundance.

  • May 8  MINE! Who owns your work? What are the copyrights faculty and students have to their own work and how they reuse other’s work?

  • May 15 online: FREE! I already paid for that!  What is open access and how does it work?

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Return to the River: Steve Raymond explores the literary legacy of Roderick Haig-Brown

WWU Libraries Heritage Resources Presents

Ledge PoolReturn to the River: Steve Raymond explores the literary legacy of Roderick Haig-Brown

August 3, 2012

1-3pm

Special Collections
Wilson Library 6th Floor

Save the Date!

Roderick Haig-Brown is known internationally for his writing on fly fishing. Born in England, he came to British Columbia, Canada, and lived on the banks of the Campbell River, Vancouver Island.  He published many books and articles, and is known for his writing on fly fishing. 

Roderick Haig-Brown article in the Wikipedia

Books by Roderick Haig-Brown available in the library

Steve Raymond was born in Bellingham, Wash.  Raymond has been a major contributor of articles and book reviews to angling magazines, and served as an editor of The flyfisher and Fly fishing in salt waters. He has won many awards including the Roderick Haig-Brown Award of the Federation of Fly Fishers and the Letcher Lambuth Angling Craftsman Award of the Washington Fly Fishing Club.

Photo: Ledge Pool.  Image taken at the Grand Ronde River, October 15, 1964.  Ralph E. Wahl Photograph Collection, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, a department of Heritage Resources, Western Libraries

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Back to the Future – Historic Films Capture Century 21 Exposition

2012 marks the 50 year anniversary of the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair) of 1962. Held on the site of the present-day Seattle Center, the Fair’s theme and exhibitions emphasized the role of science and technology in paving the way to an improved future way of life. Among the notable attractions were the newly-constructed Space Needle and the Alweg monorail.  

Although the Space Needle frequently dominates memories of the Fair, visitors were presented with many and varied spectacles, including exhibitions of science, commerce, industry and art. Among the less orthodox and more adult attractions was Gracie Hansen’s “Paradise International Club” featuring Las Vegas style revue shows.  In an August 1962 interview with KVOS-TV (see footage below), Hansen described her “pet theory that science will never replace sex or cotton candy,” and subsequent journey to the stage at the Century 21 Exposition.

Clips from this KVOS interview (archived at WWU’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies) will appear in a new KCTS 9 documentary about the history and impact of the Exposition, entitled “When Seattle Invented The Future” (air-date March 24). Footage from the same “Girls, Glitter and Gracie” interview is also featured in an online trailer for Don Horn/Triangle Production’s musical “Gracie,” opening in Portland, Oregon in the Spring.

For more information about World’s Fair related materials available through Western Libraries and its Heritage Resources programs, please contact us and/or visit this online research guide at: http://libguides.wwu.edu/worldsfairs. A selection of KVOS Channel 12 Films (including “Girls, Glitter and Gracie” and an earlier Jack Webster Report about the 1962 Exposition) can be accessed online as part of Western Libraries’ Digital Collections.

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The Educator

Author: 
Atkinson, Lucy (Artist)
Publication Information: 
1945
Location: 
Special Collections -- Research Room
March, 2012

The Educator is a distinctive portrayal in oils of Charles H. Fisher (1880-1964), president of Western from 1924 to 1939. Measuring about 40 x 32 in., the portrait shows Fisher at age 65, several years after his contentious dismissal from the college.

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Celebrate Women's History Month!

Did you know? Western Libraries’ Heritage Resources programs provide access to a vast array of unique and historical materials about women’s history. These include:

  • Photographs and oral histories (selections available online)
  • Campus history collections and institutional records documenting experiences of women students and faculty
  • Records of local and regional women’s organizations
  • Personal papers documenting the lives and achievements of women from Whatcom County and the Pacific Northwest.

Interested to learn more? Thinking about a research project relating to women’s history? We invite you to explore our digital collections and online research guide, and to visit and contact Heritage Resources with any questions. A sample of images and other "women's history" documents from Center for Pacific Northwest Studies collections is presently on display near the Reference Desk in Western Libraries (Haggard Wing 2). 

Poster for event protesting Cruise missiles at the Boeing Plant, circa 1985

Poster advertising a protest at the Boeing Cruise Missile Plant in Kent, WA. circa 1985. From the Gay and Lesbian Miscellaneous Manuscript Collection, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.

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E-Books here now!

Thousands of E-Books Here & Now!

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!

Find out how to access in our library on the latest Library 3 Things Newsletter!

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Tax Time! We have forms U need!

The Western Library has the federal tax forms & instruction books you need - in paper!

For paper copies of tax forms and instructions, ask at the Reference Desk in Haggard Hall.

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year, the period between the end of January and the middle of April, when many of us should really be thinking about filing our taxes. We certainly aren’t tax experts, but here are a few online resources you might find useful.

On campus help: (WWU Chapter) Theta Phi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi /Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

IRS.gov – Find the federal form(s) you need through the Internal Revenue Service web site. Many forms can be printed from the web directly.

Do I Need to File a Federal Tax Return? - An excellent question, and one that really should be answered before you start filling out that 1040! This section of the IRS site should provide the answer.

Taxable Income for Students – If you’re wondering whether the scholarship you received this year counts as taxable income, this article from the IRS may be some assistance. You can also find information about other common tax questions students have here.

Students.gov – There is also a great deal of helpful information on this site to guide you in the right direction.

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Frazzled writing your paper?

The Writing Center can help!

Location
Learning Commons, Wilson, Across from Zoe's Bookside Bagels

Hours
Days: Monday - Thursday: 10-4; Friday 10-2
Evenings: Sunday: 6-9; Monday - Thursday: 6-8

Contact Information

Students who wish to inquire about our face to face or online services should contact us by phone or email at Writing.Center@wwu.edu. Unfortunately we don't have an online scheduler, so if you wish to make an appointment, please drop by or call us at 360-650-3219.

You can set up a Writing Conference
"In writing conferences, writers and writing assistants work together to identify patterns of strength and possible areas for revision and editing in drafts. As each conference is a collaborative dialogue, we do not explicitly instruct writers how to revise; rather, writing assistants act as a responsive audience, enabling writers to see the possibilities for revising their work."

Find online help for:

Strategies for Starting:
ESSAYS/RESEARCH:
Analyzing Assignments - Figuring out what your professor wants
Getting Started Strategies - Choose and focus your topic
Twenty Questions - Use these questions to get started writing

Strategies for Revising:
Revising for Style - Find and eliminate the "lard" in your prose
Thesis Statements - Write strong and effective thesis statements

Proofreading:
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NEW! Correctness Matters - Proofreading strategy video
Editing Strategies - Proofread your own work
Top Ten Conventions - See which errors are most serious

Grammar, Punctuation & more!

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Atlas designed to illustrate Burritt's Geography of the Heavens

Author: 
Mattison, Hiram
Publication Information: 
Philadelphia : Sheldon, 1856
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Special Collections -- Rare Book Collection -- Extra Oversize
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G1000 .M3 1856
February, 2012

Orion the hunterThe constellation Orion which is in the night sky in February, a detail from an engraving that is a map of the heavens.  The entire map is 17" high and 14" wide, one of 10 pages that have become brown and fragile with age (158 years old). 

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