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Display Cases Available

Western Libraries provides access to display cases to departments and organizations at Western as part of its service to the academic community.  Exhibit cases are available to any Western-affiliated organization, and may be reserved for one to two months. 

Exhibits in the Libraries are created to direct attention to the materials, services, and aims of the Libraries, or to reflect the aims, goals, and services of departments and organizations at Western.  Past exhibits have included examples from the Children’s Literature Conference, the Students for Sustainable Water Associated Students club and their water bottle recycling program, and the Transportation Services promotion of the “May is Bike Month” campaign.  The Libraries’ exhibit cases are also an excellent forum for showcasing student work. 

If you are interested in making a request for a display, please make your reservation by submitting the online application form at least one month before the date you wish to begin your exhibit. Request approval is subject to case availability. For more information about current exhibits or exhibit policies, see the Display Case Exhibits web page

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How OneSearch Can Help You

OneSearch is Western’s new search interface that retrieves results from databases and catalogs found in academic libraries across the Pacific Northwest. In OneSearch, content owned by Western is immediately accessible by our students, staff, and faculty; all other content from neighboring institutions can be requested and quickly delivered. OneSearch will continue to evolve and improve this year when all 37 Orbis Cascade Alliance libraries complete the migration of their catalog and database records into the new shared system.

OneSearch is Western’s name for the Primo™ search engine product developed by the international information systems vendor Ex Libris. This product has been adopted by academic libraries around the world, including California State University at Sacramento, George Mason University, Cardiff University, University of Cape Town, and Harvard University Library. Note: You can find a comprehensive list of academic libraries that have implemented Primo as their institutional catalog here.

How can OneSearch serve you? Here is an overview of what OneSearch can offer Western faculty and students:

For Western’s Faculty & Staff:

  • Browse Searching: Browse by author, title, subject heading, SUDOC number, and Library of Congress call number within OneSearch.
  • Known Journal Title Searching: Need access to a specific journal? Search by journal title in the A-Z Journals interface.
  • Languages: Filter search results by several languages.
  • Heritage Resources: Search for, and retrieve, item records that detail holdings within Western Washington University’s Heritage Resources Department, including Western Libraries Special Collections, University Records & Archives, and the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.
  • Library of Congress Classification Facet: Filter search results through a new LC Classification facet, which can enhance the disciplinary relevance of your results.
  • Research & Library Services Management: Manage your research and library services experience through the My Account functionality. Save items, searches, and more to your e-Shelf.

For Western’s Students:

  • Breadth of Resources from a Single Search Interface: Using the ‘Books, Articles + More’ scope, students can search for content across databases and catalogs. For a full list of data sources, please refer to this list.
  • Research & Library Services Management: OneSearch allows students to manage their research and library services experience through the My Account functionality, where they can save items, searches, and more to their e-Shelf.

Future Directions

During this academic year, the OneSearch Management Team will continue the transition from the Libraries old catalog system to a fully implemented shared catalog that draws upon data sources from the Orbis Cascade Alliance’s 37 member libraries. During this time of transition, the Team (a taskforce devoted to improving OneSearch) will continue to actively seeking faculty and student feedback. If you have experienced particular benefits or limitations with the product, or have suggested improvements or enhancements, we very much want to hear from you. Please contact Rebecca Marrall to set up a time for her to visit you. And for one-stop information about OneSearch functionality and examples of continuing product improvements, please see http://libguides.wwu.edu/onesearch.

For more information, contact:

Rebecca M. Marrall / Diversity & Disability Services Librarian, Asst. Professor / Western Libraries, WL275 / (360) 650 – 4493 rebecca.marrall@wwu.edu

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The Tale of Corally Crothers

Author: 
Romney Gay
Publication Information: 
Cleveland: Harter Publishing Company, 1932.
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Special Collections Children's Collection
Call Number: 
PZ8.3.G39 Cort 1932
November, 2014

The Tale of Corally Crothers is a charming story of an only child in search of a friend. She arose one morning, bathed, dressed, packed and determinedly went off to find her friend -- which turns out to be you! The story is written in rhyme and includes lovely Art Deco illustrations created by the author. 

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New Heritage Resources Speaker Series



Western Libraries Heritage Resources is pleased to announce that it will host its first annual Speaker Series during the 2014-2015 academic year. Featured presenters are authorities in their respective fields who have used Heritage Resources collections significantly in their research. All programs are free and open to the public. Please email Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu or phone (360) 650-7534 for more information.

2014-2015 Heritage Resources Speaker Series Line-Up:

  • Wednesday, November 12th at 4:00 p.m. in Special Collections: Sylvia Tag, WWU Librarian and Associate Professor/Curator of the Children’s Literature Interdisciplinary Collection. What are the aims, ideals, and desires that we impart upon our children and youth? Tag's presentation will explore this question by examining the language, illustration, and composition of early readers, primers, and historical textbooks dating from 1866-1973.
  • Wednesday, December 3rd at 4:00 p.m. at the Goltz-Murray Archives Building: Helen Morgan Parmett, WWU Communication Studies Professor and 2013-2014 James W. Scott Research Fellow, will discuss how KVOS - Bellingham's first radio and television station - helped constitute a sense of "local" identity and culture in the 1930s-1970s.
  • Tuesday, January 13th at the Goltz-Murray Archives Building: Michael Vendiola, doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington, will present on his research related to the College of Ethnic Studies at Western Washington State College (now WWU).
  • Tuesday, February 3rd at 4:00 p.m. in Special Collections: Seth Norman, Pulitzer-nominated author and renowned fly fisherman, will disucss the art and craft of writing about fly fishing.
  • Tuesday, April 7th at 4:00 p.m. in Special Collections: Sandra Kroupa, Book Arts and Rare Book curator at the University of Washington Special Collections, will examine how artists' books are received when they are viewed in person versus as visual images or through exhibition.
  • Tuesday, May 5th at 4:00 p.m. in the Wilson 4 Central Reading Room: Ron Judd, Seattle Times reporter and WWU Journalism Instructor, will explore the history and context surrounding a mid-1930s "Red Scare" in Bellingham and how it potentially impacted the campaign to remove Western Washington College of Education (now WWU) President Charles H. Fisher from office.

 

Heritage Resources is a division of Western Libraries which includes the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and the University Archives & Records Management. Together these programs provide for responsible stewardship of unique and archival materials in support of teaching, learning, and research.

 

 

 

 

Invitation to TLA

TLA Invites You to its 14th Year at Western

 

The Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) started in 2000 as a temporary structure primarily for bringing in student voices and ideas on the learning environment at Western.  But it has stuck.  After fourteen years, it’s become a mainstay with an opportunity for faculty and staff across campus to enter into dialogue with students as well as with interested community members. 

 

During fall quarter, the TLA collectively develops a BIG question to study for the rest of the academic year so if you join this quarter, you will have a chance to influence that question.

 

Dialogue groups meet every OTHER week in the Learning Commons TLA area (Wilson Library 270) with four different options: (W12-1:20, W2-3:20, R12-1:20, R2-3:20).  Groups begin meeting Oct. 1/2 and continue every OTHER week after that (Oct. 15/16, Oct. 29/30, Nov. 12/13, and Dec. 3/4) for a total of five sessions for the quarter.

 

While the sessions last officially for 80 minutes, faculty and staff can come and participate for whatever time they have.

 

TLA participants say it’s a great place to interact with students and colleagues outside their programs/Departments and hear what they really think.  Many also say that they enjoy the interaction and appreciate the chance to take action and make good differences in the way we teach and learn at WWU. 

 

To find out more, see http://library.wwu.edu/tla . To sign up for a dialogue group and get on the list serve, email Shevell Thibou shevell.thibou@wwu.edu  Or just stop by the Learning Commons on Oct. 1st or 2nd at noon or at two and try it out. 

 

If you know of any students who might be interested in participating in TLA including the opportunity to earn a Communication practicum credit, please refer them to Carmen Werder, carmen.werder@wwu.edu

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Western Libraries Welcomes New Hires

In order to meet Western Libraries' longstanding commitment to teaching and research, Mike Olson was hired this past August into a newly created position –Director of Scholarly Resources and Collection Services.

Olson has been a senior-level library administrator for nearly 25 years at Harvard, UCLA, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Clark University and most recently as Dean of Libraries and Professor at Loyola University New Orleans. Olson has collaborated successfully with the U.S. Department of State, embassies and consulates around the world, a former chancellor of Germany, four Nobel Laureates in Literature, and numerous alumni clubs in Europe, the U.S., and Asia. He has written two books and produced more than one hundred articles or conference presentations. To date he has raised over $3 million for libraries. Olson has received awards from the American Library Association, Harvard University, the Librarians Association of the University of California, UCLA, the Goethe-Institut, and the Association of the German Book Trade. Olson is a 2014 UCLA Senior Fellow. Olson’s academic credentials include an M.A. and Ph.D. in Germanic Languages, a Masters in Library and Information Science from UCLA, and a B.A. in Germanics from the University of Washington.

As the Director of Scholarly Resources and Collection Services, Olson will provide leadership for the selection and management of collections, including oversight for the resource access budget, cataloging, acquisitions, ILL, circulation, and scholarly communication.  He will coordinate the development and promotion of sustainable models of scholarly communication, and he will work closely with library leadership, staff, and external stakeholders to develop other digital initiatives.

 

In a second strategic hire to foster research and creative activities, in June 2014, Jenny Oleen was hired as Western Libraries’ first Scholarly Communications Librarian. Oleen is involved with efforts to build and promote an Institutional Repository (Western CEDAR), and she will be working closely with the university community to promote open access publishing by encouraging and supporting faculty, staff, and students to share their research and scholarship in CEDAR. Oleen comes to Western from K-State Libraries at Kansas State University where she was employed as their Scholarly Communications Librarian.

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2014-2015 James W. Scott Research Fellowships

Western Washington University's Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS) welcomes applications for the James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships, awarded in honor of a founder and first Director of CPNWS, and a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region. Up to $1000 is available in 2014-2015 to scholars who propose to undertake significant research using archival holdings at CPNWS. Applications are accepted from individuals in graduate programs (and/or who are new to the field of historical research and writing), as well as individuals who have finished the Ph.D. and/or are published authors.

Fellowship Requirements

  • Fellows will be expected to spend approximately one week examining CPNWS holdings in support of their research, and to be in residence prior to September 1, 2015.
  • Fellows will be asked to give a presentation about some aspect of their research during the course of their scheduled visit.
  • Fellows will be asked to provide a brief (300-500 word) written statement describing their research.

Applications

Applications must be submitted via mail or electronically and should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research plan outlining on-site use of CPNWS holdings and proposed presentation topic
  • Two letters of recommendation

Applications are generally reviewed during Fall Quarter. Please contact CPNWS Archivist Ruth Steele (Ruth.Steele@wwu.edu) for more information. CPNWS is a program of Western Libraries Heritage Resources.

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The Gray Ghost Murders

Author: 
Keith McCafferty
Publication Information: 
Viking Press, 2013
Location: 
Fly Fishing Collectoin
Call Number: 
PS3613.C334 G73 2013
June, 2014

What do a couple of stolen trout flies have in common with two bodies buried up in the Gravelly Range near Ennis, Montana? That's for Sean Stranahan, part-time artist, fly fisherman, private detective and river guide to find out.

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Sustainability Wall Grand Opening

Last week marked the grand opening of the new Wilson Library Sustainability Wall.  A collaborative project between Western Libraries, the Office of Sustainability and the AS Environmental Center, this wall provides Western with a central and public location where the campus community can find out about environmental and sustainability events.  The Sustainability Wall is located near the north entrance to the Wilson Library between Zoe’s bagels and the Tutoring Center.  The wall which previously just held a water fountain, an unused radiator, and an AED station (which was relocated around the corner), now incorporates a non-electric water bottle refill station, a Western Sustainability calendar, an environmental and sustainability bulletin board, and a bookshelf highlighting various sustainability themes throughout the academic year. 

The idea for the wall came from a team composed of two students from the Students for Sustainable Water (SSW) club, and two Western Libraries staff.  Together, they submitted a Green Energy Fee Grant Program proposal to install a water bottle refilling station and educational kiosk in the Wilson Library to educate campus on the use of reusable water bottles as well as general information on sustainability at Western.   “Western's commitment towards the environment and sustainability is strongly ingrained in our campus culture, but up until this point it's been difficult to find an accessible resource for students to get involved and stay engaged. I'm excited for ‘The Sustainability Wall’ to be that hub of information, located in the heart of resources at WWU: the Wilson Library,” said Carolyn Bowie, student lead on the project.  The proposal was funded in the spring of 2013 and installation was completed in the spring quarter of this year. 

The project team is excited about the opportunity to educate campus on the value of Lake Whatcom as a water resource.  A sign above the water bottle refill station includes a stunning aerial photograph of Lake Whatcom and provides information on the value and issues with Lake Whatcom. Both of the student team members were also involved in the campaign to remove water bottle usage from campus.  “This project also serves the need of students to fill their water bottles on campus, especially after our recent victory in ending bottled water sales. I've heard that employees at Zoe's are already directing students to make use of the newly installed refill station!” said Bowie.

The Green Energy Fee (GEF) Grant Program exists to promote experiential learning opportunities and sustainable practices at Western Washington University.  The GEF is funded by Western students, managed by the Office of Sustainability, and grants are chosen by the Green Energy Fee Committee, composed of students, staff, and faculty representatives. 

For more information on the Green Energy Fee Grant Program, visit wwu.edu/gef 

(This press release was written by and courtesy of Regan Clover, Green Energy Fee Grant Program Coordinator, Office of Sustainability. Photo by Patrick Schmidt; featured in photo are GEF Team Members Rob Lopresti, Clarissa Mansfield, Gerald Kitsis and Carolyn Bowie).

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Medieval Manuscripts Support Learning

Professor Katie Vulić has been bringing her medieval literature classes to Western Libraries Special Collections ever since she first began teaching at Western. For the first several years, Vulić taught students exclusively from copies of original works; Special Collections owns a number of facsimile reproductions of medieval manuscripts that helped her students gain an understanding of the original context and culture of their class texts.

At the same time that she was using these facsimile materials, Vulić was also very interested in finding an opportunity to introduce original materials into her courses so that her students could engage directly with original manuscripts and learn from them firsthand about medieval literary culture.

“One of the goals in using original manuscripts is for students to recognize how hugely different their reading practices are between reading mass-produced, cheap, clean texts versus hard-to-produce medieval luxury goods, the kind where every letter written is its own work of art,”  explained Vulić. "Additionally, with the facsimile materials, I could say ‘Here is what is known, here is what has already been discovered.’ With the original materials, I can do that too, but then I can also come back and ask, ‘What can we learn from these materials that is not yet known? What are the differences between medieval reading practices and our own?’”

Last year, Vulić was able to pose these questions to some of her graduate students after she made arrangements to borrow some original manuscript fragments and incunables (early printed books) from Washington State University’s Special Collections for her class to use. These materials were kept in Western Libraries Special Collections, and her graduate students were then able to spend a number of hours over a two-week period working directly with the borrowed materials.

“I had them go the whole nine yards with the manuscript fragments: transcribe passages, prepare a thorough description of their features, and check the existing databases in order to identify what they were. Students did say it was a lot of work but they also really enjoyed it and said I should keep the project going,” stated Vulić.

Though all of the medieval items loaned from Washington State were just individual leaves of parchment separated from their full original manuscripts, students can learn a lot from scraps and fragments. “If a book was taken apart like that, it was often because it was considered commonplace, outdated, or not valuable. Old manuscripts could be used for scrap, or for reinforcing the binding of other more current books. What that means is most of the scraps we can afford and that we see tend to be in Latin and church-related, but one advantage of that is they also tend to be searchable,” explained Vulić.

While some of the manuscript fragments have cataloged information as part of their records, other fragments have very little documented information accompanying them. However, for the fragments that are not searchable, there is still a lot that can be discovered.

“It’s hard to make a huge discovery in just one day, but sometimes we could use context clues to figure things out. And students come away with a real appreciation for the unique methods, challenges and experiences of this profession. They also gain firsthand experience with archival practices and discovering something ‘new’ in an archive, sometimes even contributing quite a lot to existing knowledge. Students are surprised by how hard these materials are to read, but they seem to have a lot of fun with it, as if they are working out puzzles. It’s an opportunity that undergraduates don’t usually have—a chance for them to see and interact with materials that are usually kept behind glass.”

This experience with her graduate students made her think of piloting a similar project in her undergraduate classes, and one year later,  Dean of Western Libraries Mark Greenberg helped facilitate another loan of original materials from a rare book dealer with whom he has worked in the past.

Vulić has since used these original manuscript fragments this past quarter in two of her undergraduate classes. She synthesized the highlights of what her graduate class did over a two week period into two days, and Vulić thinks her classes have enjoyed the experience. She noted that access to these materials gives students an enhanced sense of the culture, can correct misinformation from movies, video games, and popular culture, and can help students become more grounded in the time period from which the pieces were produced, while simultaneously creating opportunities for interaction with the original materials about which there might not be a lot of known information.

Vulić explained that while she wished Western Libraries would someday have its own collection of original manuscripts, she also wanted her colleagues to know about the resources available to them that Western Libraries can help provide. She stated that she is always surprised when she meets someone who teaches at Western who has not visited Special Collections.

“It would be lovely if more of our colleagues would take advantage of these resources. I have found it to be fantastic working with library staff. They are always so willing to work with me and to meet my teaching needs. They have always been the best partners in just the best possible ways. I cannot say enough good things about them. For faculty thinking about setting up a new class and using some of these resources, it may take a little work to get things going, but it will be worth it in the long run, and you will always get the support you need from the library!” 

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