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The Less Subdued Excitement

Western Libraries Spring 2014 Reading Series presents "The Less Subdued Excitement: A Century of Jazz in Bellingham & Whatcom County." Milt Krieger, Emeritus Professor in Liberal Studies, shares stories from the first book to cover local jazz from its pioneer World War I times to mid-2012, distilling 100 interviews and 150 photographs into a fascinating story of the rich local jazz scene. In addition to The Less Subdued Excitement: A Century of Jazz in Bellingham and Whatcom County, Washington, his latest book is Cameroon’s Contemporary Culture and Politics: Prospects and Problems, published in 2014. 

Please join us on Thursday, April 24th from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th Floor) for this fascinating presentation. This event is free and open to the public. 

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Map Giveaway 4/23 & 4/24

Western Libraries is consolidating its map collection and will be giving away surplus maps and atlases on April 23rd and 24th. These maps were received through depository or similar agreements, and therefore Western cannot sell them, but they are free for the taking. They already have been offered to other libraries.

The giveaway will be held April 23rd from noon to 11 pm and April 24th from 9 am to 9 pm in the Reading Room, (Wilson Library, 4th floor Central), 516 High Street.

Members of the public who plan to attend the event will need to purchase a parking permit at Parking Services (www.wwu.edu/ps/parking) in the Campus Services Facility at 2001 Bill McDonald Parkway. Permits can be purchased until 4:30 pm each day of the event. After 4:30 pm parking is available through pay stations on campus.

The giveaway event is free and open to the public. For more information about the giveaway, contact Map Collection staff at (360) 650-3272 or mapcollection@wwu.edu.

Western Libraries permanent Map Collection is located in Wilson Library 170 and is open to the public from 11 am to 3 pm, Monday through Thursday. It contains more than 100,000 maps with an emphasis on the Pacific Northwest.  

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Rare Books at Western Libraries

Many students and grads spend ample time in Western Libraries, unaware that it is home to a Rare Book Collection with some rather eclectic treasures lingering on the uppermost floor. Rare Books are housed in a climate-controlled storage facility on the 6th floor of the Wilson Library, adjacent to a well-lit, comfortable reading and research room.

Western Libraries seeks to increase both size and awareness of the collection, and has recently formed an advisory group comprised of faculty from the library and several other departments. This group will guide future purchases and acquisitions, assist in identifying donors, and perhaps most importantly, help integrate the collection into the University’s curriculum. The collection’s scope includes art books, regional letterpress and small press, 19th century women’s literature and children’s literature.

Recent acquisitions include an edition of Jorge Luis Borges Book of Sand with woodcuts by local artist Tom Wood. The uniqueness and multidimensionality (book as text, book as object, book as art) of works like this make them rich in teaching and research opportunities. The Rare Book Collection also boasts a luxurious facsimile of Ellesmere’s Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, original journals of Vancouver, Cook and Lewis and Clark, and numerous rare works of art and literature.

Western Washington is home to several nationally renowned letterpresses that produce books of exceptional quality. Presses like Copper Canyon, Co-op, Brooding Heron, Grey Spider, Wood Works, Egress Studio Press and others are creating books that by their choice of paper, type, binding, size, and content are themselves works of art. Western’s evolving rare book criteria have been enhanced to include vigorous collection of such items. These are often extremely small print runs that go out of stock quickly, and are often poorly preserved. Preserving these books and making them available for instruction are two of the primary goals.

Rare books located in the general circulating shelves are being discovered and relocated into the Rare Book Collection where handling and climate can be regulated. Anyone  who would like to help grow this collection either through gifts that include books that fit our collecting criteria, or through monetary donations may contact Paul Piper at 360-650-3097 or paul.piper@wwu.edu.

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Learn Zotero. Research Better.

TODAY (4/7)  is the first of several workshops and drop-in sessions where you can learn more about Zotero. What is Zotero? It's a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. Zotero collects all your research in a single searchable interface and automatically indexes the full-text content of your research, enabling you to find out exactly what you're looking for with just a few keystrokes. Join us in the Writing Center today from 4:00pm to 5:30pm for "Getting Ready with Zotero," or check out these other great sessions coming soon!

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The Speed of Trust

What do you know about the “speed of trust?” In Stephen Covey’s book, The Speed of Trust, he states:

“Nothing is as inspiring as an offering of trust. Trust truly is the one thing that changes everything. And there has never been a more vital time for people to establish, restore, and extend trust at all levels than in today’s new global society.”

With that said, the Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) would like to welcome faculty, staff, students, and community members to join in on this quarter’s dialogue surrounding trust on our campus and within our community. The spring 2014 dialogue group options include Wednesdays@12 or Wednesdays@2 on these dates: Apr. 9, 23, May 7, 21.  Also on Thursdays@12 and Thursdays@2 on these dates: Apr. 10, 24, May 8, 22. TLA begins meeting the second week of the quarter and continues every other week after that for a total of four sessions.  All sessions are held in Wilson Library 2 West.

Fall quarter’s TLA members crafted the big study question for the rest of this year: How do we ignite passion, purpose, and potential to co-create a culture of trust? To sign up for a dialogue group and get on the list serve, please email Shevell.Thibou@wwu.edu

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Unexpected Artist: the Works of Eileen Reardanz Exhibit

Artist Eileen Reardanz is a self-described "unexpected artist." Some of her work created between 2010-2014 is currently on display in Western Libraries in Gallery 1 and Gallery 2

As she explains in her statement about this exhibit:

"My life took an unknown twist during my volunteer work that led to a discussion of oil paintings and, then, to art lessons from a fellow volunteer." 

Eileen also explains that each painting she creates becomes her favorite, and her most outstanding work is the one she is creating that day.

"The geometric abstracts developed as I painted landscapes and still lifes. Realism and impressionism became abstract; the distinctions among the three became clear. I could see the general shapes and colors... I first see a painting when I close my eyes. The shapes are there; the colors come later. The joy is working out what goes where. The 'how' and 'why' keep me going."

Eileen Reardanz colorful oil paintings will remain on display from now through April 30, 2014. 

For more information about this exhibit, or if you have other questions about art exhibits in the library, contact Leslie.Hall@wwu.edu or Michelle.Becker@wwu.edu.

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New Exhibit Featuring Paintings by Jessica Bonin

Some people are first drawn to Western because of Bellingham, others are often attracted to Bellingham because of Western, and then there are those of us who originally came here for a combination of both reasons. Whatever your own reason may be, one thing is for sure, if you are part of this community, you will more than likely encounter people in your daily life who have a connection to Western, be it as alumni, retirees, staff, faculty, or current students.

Artist and Western alumna Jessica Lynn Bonin explains that she has always felt a strong connection to Bellingham, and that she feels her college experience at Western was part of that connection. Bonin graduated from Western a decade ago with a B.A. in painting. She now lives in the unique little town of Edison, Washington, where she creates art and co-manages a shop called The Lucky Dumpster, which features handmade goods from other local crafters and artists.

Currently, Bonin is exhibiting some of the illustrations she created for the book, A Commonplace Book of Pie, in Western Libraries Special Collections. Her illustrations, which will remain on display through early April, were created as part of a collaborative project with the book’s author, writer and Western alumna, Kate Lebo.

“Kate and I met five or so years ago when she was passing through my shop in Edison.  We hit it off right away and realized we had led parallel lives, growing up in the same hometown and both being graduates of WWU at the same time, with overlapping friend circles and similar sensibilities in life and with our art. The collaboration on Kate's book was a natural evolution of our friendship,” explains Bonin.

Bonin’s watercolor illustrations originated from an afternoon that Bonin spent at Lebo’s house in Ballard, where Bonin photographed each step in the process of Lebo making a pie, and it was on the basis of these photographs that Bonin later created her paintings.  

“The paintings were done in a linear fashion, telling the story of making a pie from beginning to end, using Kate's hands and kitchen ephemera. There are 27 illustrations in total, and the exhibit at WWU Special Collections is just a portion. Paul Brower and I curated this selection based on groupings that made conceptual and aesthetic sense, since we had limited space,” says Bonin.

Bonin’s selection of watercolor illustrations will be available for viewing in Special Collections through early April. After the exhibit closes here, the entire series of water colors will then be on display and for sale at the Edison Eye Gallery with a reception held on April 19, 2014.

For more information about the exhibit in Special Collections, contact Tamara.Belts@wwu.edu. To learn more about artist Jessica Bonin, please see her website at http://www.jessicalynnbonin.com/.

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New Undergraduate Research Awards

Calling all WWU undergrads! Did you know that you could win an award of $500 for a paper you have already written? Western Libraries is pleased to announce the new Undergraduate Research Award!

You have until April 15, 2014 to submit your paper, and on May 15, 2014 we will announce the winners of three separate $500 awards honoring the students whose papers are selected as best demonstrating excellence in research.

Papers must have been written for WWU credit classes during this past fall or winter quarter, and should include an application cover sheet, a 500-750 word reflective essay describing your research strategies and use of library tools, a bibliography, and a letter of support from the WWU faculty member for whose class the research was completed.

For more details about this exciting opportunity, see:  http://libguides.wwu.edu/undergradaward

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A Fresh New Look for the Western Libraries Website!

Western Libraries is pleased to announce that the library website will be getting a fresh new look starting March 24, 2014! You will quickly realize that although things may look different, the underlying functionality remains the same. The services you are used to will still be available, but they will be easier to find. The terminology you are familiar with will not change. The menus and overall navigation of the site will continue to focus on Research, Collections, Services, and information About the Library.

The changes we are making will help us better serve the entire WWU community by aligning Western Libraries with an institutional graphic identity. The Western Repositioning Initiative established a set of style and branding guidelines in order to provide a more consistent experience for users exploring the university’s webpages.

Additionally, the Western Libraries website will migrate from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7. Drupal 7 is the current, stable version of the popular CMS. This move creates opportunities to work with other campus web developers to harness the power of Drupal to deliver content in new and exciting ways. Likewise, the new Libraries website will deliver content to users regardless of what type of device is used to access the site, whether content is displayed on a large monitor or a smaller mobile device.

UPDATE: Please see the summary report of the usability survey conducted in early February, 2014.

For more information about Western Libraries new website, contact Jon.Dillon@wwu.edu


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