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Library Survey Results

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
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CPNWS has research fellowships

The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS)
is offering two research fellowship opportunities
for the 2012-2013 academic year
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More information @ http://library.wwu.edu/internships_cpnws#fellowships.

Applicants do not have to be affiliated with Western. 

For more information, contact:
Ruth Steele, Archivist, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Archives Building, Western Washington University
Bellingham WA 98225-9123, Tel: 360 650 7747
http://library.wwu.edu/cpnws 

The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies is a Heritage Resources program of Western Libraries, located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building. Regular Research Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-12noon and 1pm-4.30pm

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"Accessing Primary Sources through Western Libraries' Heritage Resources Programs" web tutorial now available online

Do your studies at Western require you to conduct research? Does some of that research involve using primary sources? Did you know there are places right here at Western where you can find and work with original primary source documents?

Check out this online tutorial for locating and accessing unique, archival material on campus through Western Libraries’ Heritage Resources programs. You may also use these handy, subject-based research guides to find additional primary source material available at Western and beyond.

Heritage Resources programs include the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and the University Archives and Records Center, who work together to document the culture and history of Western, the local community and Pacific Northwest, and to promote public and scholarly access to holdings.

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Celebrating Pride Month

Did you know? June is Pride Month, designated in 2000 by President Bill Clinton to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, New York. 

Western Libraries and its Heritage Resources programs provide access to wide variety of resources relating to LGBTQ h(i/er)story, activism and experience here on Western’s campus and beyond. These include:

To find out more, visit this research guide at http://libguides.wwu.edu/lgbtq_research or contact Libraries’ staff for more assistance. A selection of LGBTQ-related materials from Western Libraries Heritage Resources collections will be on display throughout June next to the Libraries’ main Reference Desk in Haggard Hall.

         Poster for a Gala Ball hosted by Fairhaven College and the Gay People's Alliance, 1975. From the Robert Ashworth Collection, CPNWS.

 Left: Poster advertising a 1975 Gala Ball at Western's Viking Union, sponsored by Fairhaven College and the Gay People's Alliance [Robert Ashworth Collection on the Union of Sexual Minorities Center]; Below: Buttons from the Hands Off Washington (Whatcom County Coalition) Records, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Washington University. 

 

Images of buttons from the Hands Off Washington (Whatcom County Coalition) Records.

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Library 201: Online this Summer

Library 201 Online Class:  Summer 2012

Looking for 2 credits in a class you can take from anywhere? 
Do you want to develop skills that will help make your life easier in other classes? 
Or maybe you just want to learn how to conduct research better? 

Then consider taking the online Introduction to Library Strategies (LIBR 201) during Summer 2012!
This class will introduce students to:

  • The nature of research with emphasis on strategies for carrying out inquiry
  • How to locate electronic and print sources
  • How to assess sources for authority
  • How to manage the research process and write citations
  • And how to select and incorporate material from sources into your writing.  

When: 6 week session, 6/19 -- 8/17
Where: Online (CRN 31031)

 

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Teaching Learning Academy visits Special Collections

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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Library 3Things Newsletter

Library 3Things Newsletter now online.

Welcome to our fifth issue of 3 Things! Included you’ll find information about 4 librarians who will be speaking in May as part of the Western Libraries' series, "Redefining the Academic Library." Additionally, this issue offers a great tip about working with two of our Learning Commons partners to hammer out an awesome research paper and you can read about the Western Front digitization project currently underway.

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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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