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Elwha: A River Reborn

Western Libraries and Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment will host Elwha: A River Reborn, a new traveling exhibit from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, from Oct. 6 through Dec. 30 in Western Libraries Special Collections on the 6th Floor of Wilson Library.

 

Based on a Mountaineers book of the same name by Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes and photographer Steve Ringman, the exhibit takes viewers to the Northwest’s legendary Elwha River Valley to discover the people, places, and history behind a remarkable regional story – and the largest dam removal project ever undertaken. Through first-person accounts, stunning photographs, and informative text printed on free-standing banners, follow the Elwha’s journey from abundant wilderness to economic engine – to an unprecedented experiment in restoration and renewal that has captured global attention.

 

In conjunction with this exhibit, a variety of events will be offered throughout fall quarter, including two Huxley College Speaker Series events and two screenings of the film “Return of the River” (with director John Gussman in attendance), one on campus and one at Bellingham’s Pickford Film Center (PFC), The PFC screening of this film is being co-sponsored by the Pickford on SaturdayOctober 4th at 6:30 pm, with a reception scheduled for the film beginning at 5:30 pm and offered as part of their "Doctober" month-long celebration of documentaries showcased throughout the month of October. the on-campus screening of this film will be on November 13th at 4:00 pm in the Academic West building, room 204. 

 

Elwha: A River Reborn  was developed by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in collaboration with The Seattle Times, Mountaineers Books, and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe.  National touring sponsor is The Snoqualmie Tribe. Sponsorship of the local presentation of Elwha is provided by Western Libraries and Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

The exhibit is on display in Western Libraries Special Collections, Wilson Library 6th Floor, Monday through Friday between 11am and 4pm (excluding holidays), with a special Saturday opening on October 25th, from 11am to 4 pm. 

 

For more information about this exhibit or accompanying programming and events, please contact Western Libraries Communications Coordinator Clarissa Mansfield at Clarissa.Mansfield@wwu.edu or (360) 650-3052.

Special Collections is a program of Western Libraries division of Heritage Resources, which also includes the University Archives and the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. The three programs support teaching, learning, and research by providing responsible stewardship of unique and archival materials, specifically those that document the culture and history of Western, the local community, and Pacific Northwest region.  

Western’s Huxley College of the Environment is one of the oldest environmental colleges in the nation and a recognized leader in producing the next generation of environmental stewards. Huxley’s distinctive, interdisciplinary curriculum reflects a broad view of the physical, biological, social, and cultural world, and has earned international recognition for quality.

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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

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Romney Gay
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Cleveland: Harter Publishing Company, 1932.
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Special Collections Children's Collection
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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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Writing Resources for Grad Students

Did you know the Writing Center offers resources and info sessions specifically for graduate students? Beginning this Thursday, October 30th, there will be a number of opportunities throughout the quarter for you to get assistance, tips, and information to help you with your research and writing projects.

Questions? Email grad.writing.center@wwu.edu for more information, or go to http://libguides.wwu.edu/gradwritingcenter

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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 Special Collections, the University Archives and the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. Together the three programs provide for responsible stewardship of unique and archival materials in support teaching, learning, and research.

 

 

 

 

Fall 2014 Research Clinics

Western Libraries now offers Research Clinics!

Research Clinics are half-hour inquiry-and-activity sessions designed to teach research skills. Each Clinic focuses upon a specific library resource or research tool, and attendees can ask questions about search strategies, research management, and more. Students, staff, and faculty are welcome to join us, and learn how to use:

  • OneSearch, the Libraries Catalog
  • Article Databases
  • Google Search + Scholar (Tips & Tricks)
  • Heritage Resources
  • And much more!

Research Clinics are offered every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, from 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. During Fall Quarter 2014, the Libraries will also offer Clinics on Wednesday, 11:15 a.m.   All sessions will take place at the Media Table in the Learning Commons.

Interested in learning more? Please visit this guide for further information: http://libguides.wwu.edu/rc_clinics.

Questions? Please contact Rebecca Marrall, rebecca.marrall@wwu.edu, 360-650-4493.

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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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