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Western Libraries is saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. James (Jim) Scott, Professor Emeritus of Western’s Department of Geography and a founder and first Director of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.
Dr. Scott joined the faculty at Western Washington State College in 1966, and as an historical geographer became a noted and prolific scholar of the Pacific Northwest region. His interdisciplinary interests and expertise were evidenced in his wide range of professional achievements. In addition to his teaching, research and writings, he was chair of the Department of Geography and Regional Planning (1974-1982), and in 1971 established the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies as a regional research institute and manuscript repository. Under Dr. Scott’s leadership, CPNWS grew to operate a successful series of academic publications and conferences, and archived a host of key historical collections that form the foundation of its present-day holdings.
Dr. Scott’s contributions to Western, the community and to regional scholarship were remarkable. He authored, co-wrote and edited a wide variety of publications, including Whatcom County in Maps, Early Industries of Bellingham Bay and Whatcom County (both with Daniel Turbeville III), an Historical Atlas of Washington (with Roland L. DeLorme) and the award-winning Washington: A Centennial Atlas. He served on the Washington State Historical Records Advisory Board, co-founded the Association of Washington Geographers, was active in the Pacific Coast Geographers’ Association, and was also a founding member of the Northwest Archivists Association. Following retirement in 1993, Dr. Scott and his wife Barta resided in Aberdeen for many years, and had recently returned to Whatcom County.
Dr. Jim Scott (right) pictured at Huxley Map Library, circa 1974-1977.
Image courtesy of Western Libraries Special Collections.
The Fly Fishing Advisory Group met in the Special Collections Research Room on Friday, July 15.
In the meeting members discussed a charge for the group, including the following, "The Western Washington University Libraries Fly Fishing Advisory Group exists to further the development of the Fly Fishing Collection so that it may become a premier resource for fishers and scholars alike in the Northwest."
From left to right are: Danny Beatty, Chris Cox, Dean of Libraries, Steve Raymond, Marian Alexander, Head of Special Collections Emeritus, Abe Lillard, Paul Piper, Librarian for Colleges/Depts/Programs. Members Paul and Mary Ann Ford, and Bela Foltin, also attended.
The White Cascade: The Great Northern Railway Disaster and America’s Deadliest Avalanche by Gary Krist.
This riveting book provides a wide-ranging historical perspective of the most tragic avalanche in our country’s history, and it took place in Western Washington’s Steven Pass during the late winter of 1910.
Choi Young Jin, a television producer for the Korea Fishing Channel, visited Special Collections today.
With the help of an interpreter, Kevin Shin Sul, he interviewed Tamara Belts and took video of the Research Room Fly Fishing Exhibits, realia from the collection, and books in the storage area.
After it has been on television, Special Collections will receive a copy of the segment.
Watch for it on this page in November!
Students from a journalism class who are working for the Western Front visited Special Collections to ask questions and take photographs about the Western Front digitization project.
Sandy Celec is photographed at her workstation in Special Collections today.
The story may appear in the new student edition of the Western Front later this summer.
Fly fishing is an ancient and contemporary sport with a passionate following. Many anecdotal, philosophical, travelogue, and how-to books are written each year, but few books delve into its rich history. Paul Schullery writes the exceptions. He has written several books on the history and culture of fly fishing, the first and most comprehensive being, American fly fishing: a history.
Just as the Library prides itself on providing information resources to users in a timely manner, preserving rare manuscripts, and offering information literacy education - it is also dedicated to preparing a collaborative space where learning can happen.
That’s why the Learning Commons is coming to the second floor of the Library. This dynamic environment will be a special place where learning is facilitated by interactive spaces, informed by diverse materials, mediated by innovative technology, and supported by peer and faculty guides. Watch for the Tutoring Center joining other partners to launch this exciting new place at WWU come fall.
The WWU Libraries are now members of the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), a distributed retrospective print journal repository program serving research libraries, college and university libraries, and library consortia in the Western Region of the United States.
WEST is a collaborative and sustainable journal archiving program that will transform the manner in which legacy print journal collections are housed and managed.
WEST will provide secure access to backfiles, increased access to titles never previously held, and value-added services (digital access), providing a robust framework that supports a long-term, distributed print repository. The program will preserve the scholarly record through a coordinated system of persistent archives and will make visible those archives and retention commitments at the national/international level.
Current partners include libraries from the University of California system, Stanford, Arizona State, University of Washington, the University of Oregon, members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC). Additional academic libraries plan to join the project as it moves into implementation.
Additional information at: http://www.orbiscascade.org/index/west
“My Community” Library Exhibit in Gallery 2
(Located on the 3rd floor balcony area overlooking the Skybridge)
The theme of the group show is “My Community” and seeks to stretch the sense of the word from the small to the large, from family and friends, pets, being online, favorite places, landmarks in your memory to hometown, a different country or the world. Students from area high schools, including Ferndale, Winward and Sehome, participated.
The Group show was curated by four WWU students as part of their “Art in the Community”, Art History class 308, taught by Carol Janson.
Their goal was to give high school students an opportunity to submit to a juried show.
This is the first exhibit showing in the newly identified exhibit spaces.
Exhibit Space Goals:
- Nourish intellectual, aesthetic, and creative growth
- Encourage individuals to contribute to the expansion of public art
- Promote university and community relations
Exhibit spaces are made available, in accordance with these Guidelines, to all members of the WWU community and also to off-campus exhibitors.
The following criteria apply as exhibit proposals are considered, with the understanding that not all exhibits will meet all criteria. The Libraries reserves the right to approve or disapprove all exhibit requests, to have final approval for the layout of the exhibit, and to make all decisions regarding length of exhibit duration and the placement of the exhibit within the library.
- Broadness of appeal
- Relation to events or exhibits in the community
- Does not promote the partisan political, religious, or social doctrines of any single person or group
- Reflects vitality, originality, artistic expression, and experimentation
- Does not promote the financial profit of any individual, organization, or commercial enterprise
- Satisfies public safety considerations
- Exhibitor agrees to sign an exhibit proposal with the Libraries