Welcome from the Dean
For those of you who are new to Western, welcome. For others, welcome back for another academic year. As always, the Western Libraries look forward to advancing your teaching and research.
You may already have noticed the new OneSearch resource discovery tool. As part of the prestigious 37-member Orbis Cascade Alliance, Western was pleased to join the first of four cohorts to launch this state-of-the-art search engine back in June. Over the summer, we have continued to refine the product, though more work remains to ensure full and seamless operability for our users. Ultimately, when all Alliance member libraries are on board in early 2015, OneSearch will enable immediate access, or interlibrary loan and document delivery, to a significantly expanded universe of print and electronic resources. In addition to regular, advertised training sessions this fall, please do not hesitate to contact any of the Reference and Instruction librarians or staff for more information and personal assistance with OneSearch.
Also new for Fall 2013, the Learning Commons has received a major facelift, thanks to a generous gift from Dave and Ann Mann. The Learning Commons’ physical upgrades coincide with its growth in campus partners. Joining Circulation Services, Research and Instruction, the Student Technology Center, Teaching-Learning Academy, Tutoring Center, Viking Village, Writing Center, and Writing Instruction Support, new members include the Center for Service-Learning and the Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment. Together, the Learning Commons offers integrated services and collaborative spaces where students (and faculty) can receive support with research, writing, technology, teaching, and learning.
A few helpful tips and reminders as you start the year. Please contact Circulation Services in Haggard Hall if you have documents or readings you would like to share with your students. We will help resolve any copyright issues and will put the readings on physical reserve or will facilitate electronic access through Canvas. Think of the Libraries when you or your students have a research problem that is proving tough to solve or if your students require some additional assistance with the coursework. Visit us when you are looking for research materials, a quiet place to work (try the Wilson Library’s Reading Room), or want to grab a cup of coffee at Zoe’s with your colleagues or students. I encourage you to stop by to see me in Haggard Hall 231 or to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if there is anything I can do to help.
I wish you every success in your teaching and research.
Mark I. Greenberg
Dean of Libraries