The news @ Western Libraries
Special Collections Opens February 16!
We are nearing the final completion of this project after many years of planning, funding requests, funding adjustments, and design.
Construction itself began in June, 2009. The city inspectors have officially signed off on the project, thus allowing us to totally occupy the space.
This week Transport Services will be here to help relocate furniture items that are already stored on the 6th floor and to move other items up from lower floors.
The plan is to open the space to our users on Tuesday, February 16th. A gala grand opening is being targeted for April.
What can you do with Oxford Language Dictionaries Online?
New @ the Western Libraries!
The innovative Oxford Language Dictionaries Online site offers essential language resources never before available online: fully searchable, completely comprehensive bilingual dictionaries, and unique study materials that provide extra help with learning and using an expanding range of languages.
* get accurate, up-to-date translations
* use contextual clues and examples to find the "right" word
* find translations fast
* search the full text, or limit search specific parts of speech, subject area, or language
* browse the dictionary
* get explanations of phonetic symbols & parts of speech
* insert accented characters (or letters from a different alphabet) using a handy virtual keyboard
* insert Chinese characters using a helpful pop-up Radical and Character Index
* use the "Did you mean" feature to help you find the entry you're looking for
* print, email, cite, or link all entries
* Find language learning and usage tools and resources
* Get access to hundreds of correspondence templates including sample letters, emails, and CVs and
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The main stairwell in Wilson is getting a makeover and the transformation will soon be completed! A fresh coat of paint, some new light fixtures and the removal of some old ugly tiles is really livening up the place wonderfully.
In addition to the updated stairwells, new light fixtures have been put in place on the landings on the upper floors of the Wilson side and the ceilings have also been repainted. More light fixtures will be replaced on the 2nd floor of Wilson in the very near future.
These much needed updates will really help to brighten up the formerly dark passageways on the Wilson side of the Library and help provide a safer environment for all of our patrons!
This project was funded out of the Capital Budget for the University. With all of the work done by Western's own crew of painters and electrians; this job is a completely "in-house" project. Thanks to the wonderful crew of hardworking campus folks who are doing a great job on this project!
Naxos Music Library is a comprehensive collection of classical music available online. It includes the complete Naxos, Marco Polo and Dacapo catalogues of over 85,000 tracks, including Classical music, Blues, contemporary Jazz & Jazz legends, Pop & Rock, World, Folk and Chinese music. While listening, you can read notes on the works being played as well as biographical information on composers or artists in Naxos's extensive database. Find this database in the library's alphabetical list of databases on the Western Libraries homepage (see link below).
Important Change to the Naxos Music Library:
As of January 15th 2010, the Naxos Music Library will stream exclusively with Adobe Flash Player! If Adobe Flash Player 10 is not installed on your computer, please take a moment and install it (see link below).
GenderWatch is a full text database of unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. GenderWatch is a repository of important historical perspectives on the evolution of the women's movement, men's studies, the transgendered community, and the changes in gender roles over the years. Publications include scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books, and NGO, government and special reports. Some archived material dates back to the 1970’s.
Find this database in the library's alphabetical list of databases on the Western Libraries homepage (see link below).
WWU Libraries Special Collections is now closed and in the process
of re-locating from Wilson Library 279 to its new home on Wilson 6th floor.
During the move, our ability to provide research assistance will be limited.
Visit us in our new home starting in January 2010!
The McNaughton bestseller collection has arrived and is now shelved in the Daylight Lounge! The McNaugton Collection features bestsellers, popular fiction, current interest books and more. Students have been requesting this type of recreational reading collection for a long time, particularly in the 14 Days to Have Your Say blog. Well, you asked and we listened; now you can visit the Daylight Lounge, kick back in your spare time and enjoy new books all year long!
The plan we're currently funding for 2009-2010 will give us:
--100 books in our core collection
--an additional 10 books per month (with 5 in December and July) for a total of 210 new popular books in a year!
Funding for this collection comes from the money earned at the Library's book sales.
What has the library staff been up to over the summer? We took your comments from the 14 Days To Have Your Say blog and have taken some significant steps to address the concerns raised and ideas floated.
And there will be more to come. All summer long we’ve been using the 14 Days blog as a touchstone for ideas and initiatives.
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