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Library 3Things Newsletter

This issue of 3 Things is a bit of a technology issue. As access to digital content managed by Western Libraries continues to grow we bring you stories about a new streamed video package as well as tips on how to use the thousands of EBL ebooks in our catalog. Best thing is you don’t have to shell out even a penny for a dedicated ebook reader!  And, read about using the HathiTrust in your work and research.

Learn Something New!
Boxing Cats & More! Streaming Video Comes to Western Libraries

This Issue's Greatest Tip:
HathiTrust: Just a Click Away...The largest digital archive on the Internet!

Did You Know?
Oh, I Got Those, I Ain’t Got No eBook Reader, Blues!

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Academic Online Video Resource!

Academic Video Online brings together on a single
cross-searchable platform a completely integrated online repository of video titles. Includes newsreels, award-winning documentaries, field recordings, interviews, lectures, training videos, and exclusive primary footage becoming a collection of 22,000 full-length videos by 2013.



Videos are in many languages, with the majority in English; those not in English have subtitles in English. Transcripts in English.

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Western Connections: Western Front Goes Digital, 110 Years of History

Peter Smith and Marian Alexander Marian Alexander, Head of Special Collections Emeritus, and Peter Smith, Special Collections Librarian, gave a presentation about the Western Front Historical Collection at the Village Books lunch time series, Western Connections, on October 9, 2012. 

Marian began the presentation by offering a view of historical Bellingham in 1899 when the student newspaper began.  From the first issue of the Normal Messenger, she compared the newspaper text, "graceful terraces" of Sehome hill, with historical photographs that revealed a rough landscape.  Marian also described the complete process of digitization from the planning stages to the final product. 

Peter displayed search strategies and helpful tips about using the Western Front Historical Collection.  There was a brief question and answer session following the presentation. 

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TLA Dialogue Groups

This fall quarter, the Teaching-Learning Academy at Western Washington University will work on creating their BIG Question for this 2012-13 academic year.

TLA is a central forum that engages students, faculty, staff and community members in the study of teaching and learning. Each fall quarter, the TLA develops a BIG Question focused on enhancing WWU's learning environment.

Four dialogue group options are available:

  • Wednesdays at noon - 1:20 or  2 - 3:20 p.m.
    Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31, Nov. 14 and Nov. 28
  • Thursdays at noon - 1:20 or  2 - 3:20 p.m
    Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15 and Nov. 29.

Group dialogues are held in Wilson Library Room 270, and the average running time per session is 80 minutes.

Students can receive communication practicum credit for participating in the TLA. For more information, contact Carmen Werder at carmen.werder@wwu.edu.

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Library 3 Things Newsletter

This year’s first issue of 3 Things is just for you, Western’s faculty! Check out pieces on leveraging electronic resources to save your students money, then a quick review of demand driven acquisitions' first year including a video showing how to submit a purchase request, and we wind up with some thoughts on why the Learning Commons should be as important to faculty as students. Note the quick survey link to gather your input.

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Digital Divide: LIBR 397C

This Fall 2012, learn about the Digital Divide and take LIBR 397C!

What is the Digital Divide?  A phenomenon occurring across the world, this four-credit general undergraduate course will examine issues around information inequity found within, and between, different populations.  Students will participate in service-learning opportunities in local libraries and organizations in attempt to better understand the same issues they will be learning in class.  Potential projects include – but are not limited to – workshops on tech literacy, bilingual workshops or pathfinders for ESL library patrons, working with prison populations, or K-12 schools. 


When: Tues/Thurs, 10:30 to 11: 50 a.m. 

Where: Haggard Hall 233

CRN: 43708


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E-books at Western Libraries

E-books at Western Libraries

Thousands of E-Books available 24/7!

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!

Need help locating or downloading an ebook?  There are a few different ways in which you might find and access ebooks at Western.
Get help from the guide  E-book Readers and E-books


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