Welcome. I hope you had an enjoyable summer and are excited for the start of a new academic year.
As we begin the Fall Quarter, I want to share the Libraries recent accomplishments and to let you know of exciting things to come.
The Libraries (in partnership with the Graduate School, Office of the Provost, and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs) launched Western CEDAR a year ago. The new online Institutional Repository advances Western’s commitment to enriching academic inquiry and strengthening communities by sharing the expertise and creativity of its students, faculty, and staff worldwide via the Web. Over the past year, content in CEDAR has grown to include 104 faculty research pages located in the SelectedWorks Author Gallery, 26 departmental pages, 430 theses, 111 Scholars Week poster sessions, the 2014 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, and the Journal of Educational Controversy. At the end of July, scholarship contained in CEDAR had been downloaded worldwide nearly 54,000 times. All campus units are invited to disseminate reports, papers, datasets, conference proceedings, and the like. People interested in open access publishing can manage the editorial process and publish the final product. The Libraries has taken an active leadership role in managing CEDAR day to day, teaching interested faculty, staff, and students about the software’s many capabilities, and educating them on their intellectual property rights and responsibilities. To learn more about CEDAR and how you can get involved, don’t hesitate to contact the Libraries’ scholarly communications librarian, Jenny Oleen or CEDAR project manager Kim Marsicek.
OneSearch (the Libraries online resource discovery system) underwent a significant redesign over the summer to improve functionality, clarity, and to add new features. The changes address user feedback provided over the past two years, including in three recent faculty and student surveys. Specific enhancements include better search filters for more refined results, clearer information about an item’s availability, better display of the item’s catalog details, and more intuitive language and descriptions. I hope the ability to search items available at Western, via Summit, and in electronic journals and databases all at once is proving useful. You still can narrow your search to just WWU or WWU + Summit and use your favorite databases just like you did in the past. For tips on making the most of OneSearch, check out OneSearch Tips. Also, any of the Libraries’ research consultation professionals can assist you with using OneSearch. To make suggestions for improvements or to learn more about the Orbis Cascade Alliance partnership behind OneSearch, don’t hesitate to contact Rebecca Marrall, head of the Libraries’ resource discovery unit.
In addition to developments in the Libraries’ virtual space, there are exciting physical changes underway as well. I am pleased to announce the merger of Research Consultation and the Writing Center into the new Research-Writing Studio, now located on Haggard Hall 2 behind the Student Technology Center service desk. The Studio integrates academic support in a vibrant learning environment staffed by research consultants and writing assistants. It features flexible furnishings and mobile technologies to support core academic literacies such as researching, reading, and writing. Students can work on their academic projects individually, with peers, or with consultants. A private donation from a Western alumna fully funded the project. To accommodate the new Research-Writing Studio, the banks of public computers behind the STC desk now occupy an area that previously housed oversize books, and the oversize book collection has moved to Wilson 267 and 174.
Finally, to meet growing demand for the integration of visual literacies into Western’s curriculum, a new Digital Media Center (DMC) will open later this year on the second floor of Haggard Hall. The modern, million-dollar capital project was designed with input from faculty in five colleges and consists of a fully equipped sound stage, control room, and editing lab to support media production and post-production projects. Under the management of ATUS, the DMC consolidates teaching and learning resources related to new media and serves as a program partner in the Learning Commons. Stay tuned for the grand opening of this transformational project.
As always, I encourage you to stop by to see me in Haggard Hall 231 or to send me an email if there is anything I can do to improve the Libraries.
Mark I. Greenberg
Dean of Libraries