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Did you know? June is Pride Month, designated in 2000 by President Bill Clinton to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, New York.
Western Libraries and its Heritage Resources programs provide access to wide variety of resources relating to LGBTQ h(i/er)story, activism and experience here on Western’s campus and beyond. These include:
- The Associated Students Sexuality Awareness Collection (titles housed by AS programs including the Sexuality Awareness Center and Queer Resource Center)
- Archival collections documenting LGBTQ experience and activism
To find out more, visit this research guide at http://libguides.wwu.edu/lgbtq_research or contact Libraries’ staff for more assistance. A selection of LGBTQ-related materials from Western Libraries Heritage Resources collections will be on display throughout June next to the Libraries’ main Reference Desk in Haggard Hall.
Left: Poster advertising a 1975 Gala Ball at Western's Viking Union, sponsored by Fairhaven College and the Gay People's Alliance [Robert Ashworth Collection on the Union of Sexual Minorities Center]; Below: Buttons from the Hands Off Washington (Whatcom County Coalition) Records, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Washington University.
take LIBR 397C & learn
about the Digital Divide!
This four-credit general undergraduate course will examine the Digital Divide phenomenon in the United States, and address some of the underlying issues. 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
Last year, as part of budget reductions and the rebasing effort, the Libraries cut $180,000 from acquisitions, after several years of cutting the operations and personnel budgets more heavily. The Libraries chose to avoid making a permanent decision regarding this cut so that there was time for faculty input. Instead, we eliminated the amount of money we typically spent on one-time purchases (primarily books), backfilled that with one-time only Foundation funds, and piloted demand-driven acquisitions. Now the time has come to make the final decisions regarding how we will
James Mey Exhibit in the Library
Gallery 1 Wilson (near Skybridge)
thru June 2012
Exhibiting works throughout Seattle and Bellingham for ten years, twenty-eight year old South-African born artist, James Richard Mey brings diverse and dynamic work that challenges the way we view the effects of our instant culture. Influenced by Grant Ko Takemura, Jackson Pollock, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol.
These are a few works in a series of paintings that began with two pieces entitled, "Gun," and "Lipstick," designed and transferred onto McDonalds wrappers on wood.
James Mey calls his work, "Controlled Frustration."
The world is always in the present.
My work has become more controlled.
My work has controlled my frustrations.
New works have been recently added to the display, come check them out.
This past week brought a compelling presentation by John Popko, University Librarian at Seattle University, explaining the process by which the Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons came to be realized. I wanted to share my thoughts and reactions.
In order to spur conversation, I wanted to share my reactions to Doug Way’s presentation last week. You can view it at http://library.wwu.edu/library_speakers.
COMMUNITY IN BLOOM
Spring Art Show 2012
Gallery 2 Wilson Library
May 7 - June 1, 2012
This year's student led community based show features work from Ferndale High School students. The work was submitted by the following eight students: Angela Stringfield, Eli Owen, Galina Shulga, Brad Vario, Samantha Johnson, Jennifer Nestle, Alyssa Peterson, and Maleenia Huntley. They all worked within the mediums of photography and digital art. Some of the themes within their work is the cycle of life, and rebirth in Spring, the growth and blooming of plants and animals in Spring, as well as the focus on contrast and light.
Western's Art History 308 students wanted to create a show that allowed the local high school and middle school students the freedom and honor of displaying their work in a show that will be open and up for the entire community to view. We really wanted to encourage students to be involved and active in their community and to display their creativity as much as possible, while also allowing us to be involved in that process.
Kate McKee, Chelsea Madura, Jourdan Hinkle & Angie Larrabee
Designated by President Barack Obama in 2009, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebrates the cultures and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Come by the Western Libraries, and check out the display on Asian and Pacific Islander resources, which include books, films, and more!
Library 201 Online Class: Summer 2012
Looking for 2 credits in a class you can take from anywhere?
Do you want to develop skills that will help make your life easier in other classes?
Or maybe you just want to learn how to conduct research better?
Then consider taking the online Introduction to Library Strategies (LIBR 201) during Summer 2012!
This class will introduce students to:
- The nature of research with emphasis on strategies for carrying out inquiry
- How to locate electronic and print sources
- How to assess sources for authority
- How to manage the research process and write citations
- And how to select and incorporate material from sources into your writing.
When: 6 week session, 6/19 -- 8/17
Where: Online (CRN 31031)
For more information contact the course instructor:
Today marks the beginning of the “Redefining the Academic Library” speakers series. Some have asked me why we’re bringing these speakers in. I thought I’d share a little more of the context.