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Intersession Hours & Closures

Intersession Hours & Entrance Information 

Western Libraries will be open during the intersession August 24, 2015 – September 23, 2015 Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, (closed weekends). Please note that the Wilson Library north entrance to the library will be closed during intersession, but the library will be accessible via the Haggard Hall entrance. Western Libraries will re-open the north doors on Tuesday, September 15th, and resume regular hours when fall quarter classes begin on Thursday, September 24, 2015.

 

Special Closures

Special Collections: Closed August 31st – September 11th

Map Collection: Closed August 24th – September 18th

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies: Closed August 25th – September 8th

Music Library: Closed August 31st - Sept 18th

Zoe’s Bookside Bagels: Closed August 22nd - September 20th

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Special Collection Donated to Western

New Collection Features Doris Burn Artwork & Manuscripts

Siblings Skye, Lisa, and Mark Burn introduce Librarian Sylvia Tag to a portfolio of Doris Burn's drawings that now form part of the collection donated to Western Libraries.

 

Western Libraries has received a new collection of materials from noted children’s author and illustrator Doris Burn. A long-time resident of the San Juan Islands, Doris (Wernstedt ) Burn authored and illustrated the 1965 classic Andrew Henry’s Meadow, which won the Washington Governor’s Art Award. Burn also wrote The Summerfolk and The Tale of Lazy Lizard Canyon, and served as illustrator for a range of children’s works that are included in and documented through this donation.

 

Examples of some of the books and materials that are now part of the new collection.

 

The collection is a gift from the Burn family to Western Washington University via the Doris Burn Legacy LLC, and contains first-edition copies of children’s works written or illustrated by Burn, manuscripts and original artwork prepared for titles including Andrew Henry’s Meadow, and a number of unpublished and hitherto unseen manuscripts and drawings.

 

“This donation allows us to preserve the work and legacy of a noted children’s author and illustrator,” said Archivist Ruth Steele. “These materials are an important addition to the unique and rare collections held by Western Libraries.”

 

Skye, Lisa, and Mark Burn share memories of their mother's work with librarian Sylvia Tag and Archivist Ruth Steele.

 

These materials help document the cultural and artistic history of the Pacific Northwest region and were created by an artist and writer who sought specifically to engage with the needs, interests, and creativity of a younger audience. Burn’s work continues to speak to readers of all ages, and since her death in 2011, Andrew Henry’s Meadow has been reissued by Penguin’s Philomel Books. The title has also been published and is presently available in translation in Korea, China and Japan.

 

The collection of materials from the Burn family will be preserved and made available for research and use through Western Libraries Heritage Resources, in association with the Children’s Literature Interdisciplinary Collection, and is a valuable addition to the Libraries’ holdings. The Libraries promotes active use of these holdings by faculty, staff and students and also welcomes community members who may be interested in exploring these and other collections.

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2016 James W. Scott Research Fellowships

2016 James W. Scott Research Fellowships

Western Washington University’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies welcomes applications for the James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships, established to promote awareness and use of archival collections at Western and to forward scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. The fellowships are awarded in honor of the late Dr. James W. (Jim) Scott, a founder and first Director of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region. The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies is a program of Western Libraries Heritage Resources, located in the Goltz-Murray Archives Building.

About the Fellowships

Up to $1000 funding is available in 2016 to scholars who propose to undertake significant research using archival holdings at CPNWS. The number and size of awards granted annually will be determined by the application review committee. Applications are accepted from graduate students (who may be new to the field of historical research and writing) as well as those pursuing or who have complete the Ph.D. (who may be published authors).

Fellowship Requirements

  • Fellows will be expected to spend at least one week examining CPNWS holdings in support of their research, and to be in residence prior to October 31, 2016. Additional information about CPNWS collections is available at http://library.wwu.edu/hr/cpnws.
  • Fellows will be asked to give a presentation about some aspect of their research during the course of their scheduled visit. The audience will vary depending on the time of the year, but may include Western students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the general public.
  • After completing their residency, Fellows will be asked to provide a brief (300-500 word) written statement describing their research and use of CPNWS holdings to support scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. This statement may be quoted from and/or otherwise published by Western Washington University.

Application Information

To apply for Fellowship funds, please submit the following information by October 31, 2015:

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

To apply via email, please send application materials to Ruth.Steele@wwu.edu and enter “Scott Research Fellowship Application” in the subject line of the message. To apply by postal mail, please send materials to Ruth Steele, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Libraries Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, 516 High St. MS 9123, Bellingham, WA 98225-9123.

Applications will be reviewed in November and awards will be announced by December. Funds will be awarded after a Fellow(s) has conducted their research at CPNWS, and delivered their presentation and written statement. Fellowship awards may be subject to taxation in accordance with the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, and applicants are advised that they may need a U.S. Taxpayer Identification Number (i.e. SSN or ITIN) to receive funds.

Construction Updates

Summer Construction @Western Libraries

While there may be fewer students on campus during the summer, things are still busy at Western Libraries! You may have noticed that two construction projects are currently underway in Haggard Hall that will affect some spaces and services.

 

Project 1: Digital Media Commons

When completed the Digital Media Commons will provide an interdisciplinary teaching & working broadcast studio featuring new walls, finishes & cabinets, as well as new broadcast & media equipment.  ATUS will manage this new resource which will be accessible to authorized students and faculty.  This public works project is in the midst of heavy construction work on the second floor of Haggard Hall.

As a result:

  • The Mac Lab (HH 245A-B) is currently unavailable.  

  • The computer lab in HH233 remains available for use during library hours and can be accessed, with caution, through the hallway adjacent to the construction site.  

  • Users of Lab 233 will experience intermittent construction noises, vibrations, and possible dirt and dust in the space.

  • The 24 hour study space outside of the library, HH250, is currently being utilized by contractors.

  • Other occupants of spaces in Haggard Hall may also experience intermittent construction noises and vibrations.

  • Completion of work on this project is currently expected around the start of Fall Quarter.

 

Project 2: Research-Writing Studio

This project, funded by a generous private gift, will repurpose space behind the Student Tech Center (STC) service desk on Haggard 2 to create a collaborative studio environment which will integrate services and staff of Research Consultation with those of the Writing Center.  This integrated service concept was piloted during Spring Quarter.  Upon completion of this project the Studio space will have the capacity to serve a larger number of students who can receive feedback and assistance while they work. Research consultants and writing assistants will offer incremental, strategy-based consultations while students work individually or collaboratively within this new space.

As a result of this project:

  • The open use computers and printers, currently located behind the STC desk, are being relocated to a more visible location previously occupied by the oversize book stacks and adjacent to the STC lab.  

  • Oversize books have been moved to Wilson Library 267 across from Zoe’s.

  • During the coming weeks work will be underway upgrading power and data required to support the computers and printers.  

  • Staging of the various phases of this project will result in some service disruptions including periods when computers being relocated will be unavailable for use.  Library staff will be working to minimize these disruptions as much as possible.

  • Users of the affected areas may experience intermittent construction noise and related activity.

  • Completion of work on this project is expected to be in mid-September.

 

All of us at Western Libraries and the Learning Commons appreciate your patience and understanding during this construction period as work progresses on these exciting new projects.

For more information about summer construction at Western Libraries, contact Frank.Haulgren@wwu.edu.

 

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Western Libraries & Bellingham Pride

This past Sunday July 12, Western Libraries’ faculty, staff, friends, and family came together in celebration of “Bellingham Pride,” something they have done each year since 2013. Representing Western Libraries in the parade and hosting a table at the festival has become an annual tradition that many at the Libraries look forward to and enjoy.

 

“Three years ago, the Western Libraries Diversity Committee felt it was important for us to have a presence at Bellingham Pride to show our support of our students and our community as a whole,” explained Western Libraries Circulation staff member, Amy Sedovic. Sedovic first marched in the parade with her friends in the Whatcom County Library System back in 2009. She noted that this was during the budget crisis, and that they carried a banner that read “Yes Libraries.”

 

“I was so amazed and happy to hear people cheering specifically for libraries, shouting things like, ‘I love the library!’” said Sedovic. She explained how libraries are seen as “open, welcoming, and affirming places,” and that she feels honored to be a part of that tradition.

 

As explained by the American Libraries Association (ALA), Libraries can serve LGBTQ people by ensuring that they are represented in library collections and provided with library services. They also note that as a population which frequently faces discrimination and harassment, LGBTQ people can benefit from access to information and the sense of community libraries provide. Librarian Rebecca Marrall explained that she looks forward to the festival every year because of the chance to connect with the community and raise awareness about the Libraries’ historical and archival collections that feature regional LGBTQ narratives.

 

“I love this event because we meet community members who can see themselves in our collections. Plus, we’re celebrating happiness. Who doesn’t love that?”  Marrall asked.

 

Archivist at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies Ruth Steele agreed with Marrall that Bellingham Pride is a wonderful occasion to showcase some of the unique materials that many people are unaware exist or are unsure of how to access.  

 

“I love the opportunity to help represent Western and Western Libraries at Bellingham Pride,” explained Steele. “Heritage Resources houses some rich LGBTQ archival collections, and every year, we get to connect with individuals who are interested to find out more about these collections, and who later visit the archives as researchers, or contact us about LGBTQ records they would like to donate and see preserved for future generations.”

 

In addition to connecting with new community members, the festival also offers the Libraries a chance to see some familiar faces and reaffirm current connections.

 

“It’s also always a pleasure to revisit with long-time friends of the archives who stop by the Libraries’ table, and we are ever grateful for their support in helping to build and promote awareness of our collections,” Steele said.

 

Staff and faculty at Western Libraries anticipate increased participation in the Bellingham Pride events as enthusiasm for such an important and significant celebration grows. Sedovic encourages anyone at Western who is interested in joining the Libraries to walk with them in the parade next year and she reiterated that everyone is welcome.

 

For more information about the LGBTQ Archival and Primary Source Materials at Western Libraries, contact Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu.

 

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 the three units provide for responsible stewardship of unique and archival materials in support of teaching, learning, and research.

Summer & Research @Western

Faculty & Staff Research Pages in Western CEDAR

 

Summer quarter offers many of us at Western Libraries a chance to catch up on long-term projects and prepare for the beginning of the new academic year.

 

If you are seeking ways to showcase your research and scholarly work, or if you are interested in exploring new ways to connect with your colleagues about research and scholarly work happening at Western, don’t forget about Western CEDAR, Western’s own institutional repository.

 

CEDAR’s implementation team is available throughout the summer to help  build a research page (SelectedWorks) for you.  CEDAR’s Selected Works allows faculty and staff from Western to share their work and expand their readership. Articles published in peer-reviewed journals that are added to CEDAR are free to readers and search engine optimized for maximum exposure, meaning they have the potential to receive increased readership beyond the discipline-specific journal in which they were first published.

 

CEDAR makes scholarship available and accessible to anyone in the world, and SelectedWorks provides scholars at Western an opportunity to discover what their colleagues are researching and creating. Faculty and staff who create SelectedWorks pages can showcase their scholarly works by displaying them in  customized formats organized according to the categories they highlight, (such as: areas of research and expertise, awards and honors, publications, bibliographies, curriculum vitae, or lists of links to additional information).

 

Western CEDAR is a service of Western Libraries, in partnership with the Graduate School, Office of the Provost, and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. CEDAR advances Western Washington University’s commitment to enriching academic inquiry and strengthening communities by sharing the expertise and creativity of its students, faculty, and staff. If you have any questions about Western CEDAR or are interested in creating your own research page, please contact Western Libraries Scholarly Communication Librarian Jenny.Oleen@wwu.edu  or Western CEDAR Manager Kim.Marsicek@wwu.edu.

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Temporary Closure of Parking Lot 33G

The Goltz-Murray Archives Building parking lot (33G) will be closed for repair August 10th-13th. Alternate parking can be found in Lots 1R and 22G (see below):

Researchers may temporarily park in the loading zone in front of the building (by the bike racks) while collecting parking permits from the front desk. Please contact building staff if you have any questions (360-650-7534; cpnws@wwu.edu). We apologize for any inconvenience.

New OneSearch Design

One Search New Design - July 15 2015

Drawing upon feedback from the 2015 Library Use Surveys, usability sessions, and user analytics, the OneSearch Management Team at Western Libraries has redesigned the library catalog to improve the functionality and clarity of OneSearch and also introduce new features designed to enrich the research experience. This new and improved design will replace the current OneSearch design on July 15, 2015.

 

Some examples of the improvements made include:

  • Refine Your Results Menu: You will be able to combine search filters to better refine your search results.

  • MyAccount: You will be able to access your OneSearch MyAccount in new menus (located in the upper right hand corner), which were designed for ease of access and use.

  • Search Results Display: You will be able to access availability information at a glance.

  • Item Display: We improved the display of item details for ease of use.

  • Improved Language: We changed the catalog language to better communicate item availability.

  • Estimated Results per Scope: Each tab will correspond with a search scope and you will be able to see an estimated number of results, according to search scope and search query.

  • Chat with a Librarian Feature: You will be able to chat with a research professional while conducting searches.

 

OneSearch searches library holdings at Western Washington University and the holdings of 36 neighboring academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest. Students, staff, and faculty affiliated with any of these institutions may borrow a wide variety of materials from within the OneSearch interface.

 

For more information about OneSearch at Western, go to: libguides.wwu.edu/onesearch or contact onesearch@wwu.edu

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Women Photojournalists Exhibit - Extended!

Women Photojournalists of Washington

Originally scheduled to end July 27th, this show has been extended through  Friday, August 14th!

 

Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW), an annual juried exhibition made possible by a grant from the National Press Photographers Association featuring the work of women photographers is currently available for viewing at Western Libraries.  A new show is curated each spring and exhibited in a D.C. gallery during the fall before travelling to universities nationwide the following winter and spring. This year’s exhibit, curated by National Geographic’s Elizabeth Krist, features the work of fifteen WPOW members, including the Best in Show image by world-renowned photographer Ami Vitale.

 

The WPOW exhibit is co-sponsored by Western Libraries Heritage Resources and the Bellingham Visual Journalism Conference and is on display in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th Floor) Monday through Friday, from 11:00am-4:00pm through July 27th, August 14, 2015.

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Engaging Student Research

Research Strategies Class Poster Session

Almost every day at Western there is a chance to engage in the distinctive and dynamic teaching and learning environment of which we are each a part.

One such opportunity recently took place here in the library as students in Rob Lopresti’s Library 201 "Introduction to Library Research Strategies" class hosted a poster session to showcase the results of their research, thereby giving students, staff, and faculty an opportunity to engage in the learning experience with them.

Each student in the class selected a subject to explore, which they then researched in stages, applying their individual questions to the scholarly literature and then traveling from inquiry to thesis.

Research topics included: the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone Area, the implications of shark fin trade on culture and environment, an exploration of the decline in local Orca whale populations, the psychological benefits of writing about loss or trauma, the effects of river dams and on the salmon population, and an exploration of some of the cultural, gender, and social messages reinforced by Disney films.

These are just a few of the fascinating topics that students researched and then ultimately shared at the special poster session event  during which everyone was welcome to view the students’ posters and also talk with the students about their projects. Special thanks to Rob and his Library 201 class for sharing with all of us!

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