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Summer Projects

Posted on: Monday, July 18, 2016 - 8:07am

Topic(s): Updates

Summertime is Project Time @ Western Libraries

 

As usual, summer offers Western Libraries time to improve spaces and services for all of you! In the coming weeks, projects underway in Haggard Hall include:

 

Hacherl Research & Writing Studio:

Following the successful completion of the Research-Writing Studio’s first phase last fall, Western Libraries will begin construction of a new instructional space in the southeast corner of Haggard 2. When completed in December, the new enclosed workshop space will support the Libraries’ growing schedule of research and writing workshops. Outfitted with instructional technology, flexible furnishings, and improved lighting, this inviting space will be open for general study when not scheduled for instructional use. Additionally, the space currently occupied by the Student Technology Center (STC) desk will become a re-imagined “living room,” with upholstered furniture and casual tables. This comfortable workspace can be used for collaborative conversation or individual work, while positioning users within easy reach of staff assistance from both the Studio and the STC. Generous gifts from the Hacherl family made the Studio construction projects possible.

 

Relocation of the Student Technology Center (STC) Service Desk:

The relocation of the STC help desk on Haggard 2 will position this important instructional and technology support service in closer proximity to patrons utilizing its computers, editing rooms, and other technology. This redesigned service point will also include infrastructure to accommodate next-generation laptop check-out, coming Fall Quarter. 

 

Relocation of some computers and the installation of four study pods:

The STC’s desk relocation will also require the relocation of printers, guest computers, and student computer workstations currently in that space. Next to the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio, four “study pods” will be installed. These semi-enclosed upholstered works areas will provide space for one-to-one consultations with Studio staff, as well as workspaces for those who want less distraction from surrounding activities.

 

Improvements to Zoe’s Bookside Bagels:

Aramark will fund an enlarged food preparation area in Zoe’s, along with new cabinetry and points of sale. The upgraded space will enable food services staff to provide more food choices and shorter payment lines without reducing café seating.

 

With the exception of the Studio workshop space, these projects are scheduled for completion before the start of Fall Quarter.  So please excuse the dust and noise while we improve Western Libraries!


Help with Citations!

Posted on: Monday, July 11, 2016 - 4:26pm

Topic(s): Updates, Events, Resources

Summer Citation Clinic July 27th

While it is true that any time is citation time in the Research-Writing Studio, you can also pick up handouts and get some extra help with all of your citation needs during the Summer Quarter Citation Clinic! 

 
 
Having trouble with difficult online citations? Wondering how to cite a source within a source?
 
 
Stop by the Citation Clinic which will be held near the Learning Commons Info Desk (Wilson Library, 2nd Floor) any time between 9am and 4pm on Wednesday, July 27th for answers to all of your citation questions!
 
 
Join us to learn some tips and tricks, or just drop in for one-on-one assistance with your citation needs. We can help you with APA, Chicago/Turabian, MLA, or any other citation style.

Subscriptions Review Update

Posted on: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 9:46am

Topic(s): Updates

Subscriptions Reduction Review Process - Update

As part of the Subscriptions Reduction Review process, Western Libraries has finalized the list of subscription cancellations. More information about this process and the list can be found here: http://www.library.wwu.edu/sites/library.wwu.edu/files/satf/final-list-of-subscription-cancellations-memo-june-2016.pdf
 
Subscription cancellations will not take effect until January 1, 2017. There will be no disruption to cancelled subscriptions during summer and fall quarters. Beginning in winter quarter, content from cancelled journals will be accessible via interlibrary loan request.  The Libraries strives to deliver an electronic copy of desired items to a patron’s email account within a day or two of request.
 
If you have any questions about the subscription reduction review process, please contact Director of Scholarly Resources and Collection Services at Mike.Olson@wwu.edu.

Intersession & Summer Hours

Posted on: Friday, June 10, 2016 - 10:34am

Topic(s): Updates

Western Libraries Intersession & Summer Hours

  • Western Libraries will be open during the intersession June 11th - June 20th M-F from 8:30am to 4:30pm, closed weekends.

  • The Wilson North entrance to the library will be closed during this period, but the library will remain accessible via the Haggard Hall entrance.

  • The Map Collection will be open during intersession and summer quarter, M-F from 11am to 3pm.

  • Special Collections and Zoe’s Bookside Bagels will be closed during the intersession and will re-open on the first day of summer classes, Tuesday, June 21st.

  • During the summer session, Western Libraries will be open M-F from 7:30am to 5:00pm, closed weekends.

Undergraduate Research Award Winners

Posted on: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 2:28pm

Topic(s): Updates, Feature Stories

Announcing the 2016 Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award Winners!

(L to R): Rachel Redjou, Alex Johnston-Thomas, Dillon van Rensburg, Karima Boumatar, Emma Hefton, and  Marissa Hall

 

Here at Western, undergraduate students have unparalleled access to research opportunities which are supported by faculty mentors. Western Libraries views the research work of undergraduate students as being tremendously valuable, both in terms of the teaching and learning experience the research process creates, and also because of the research outputs students themselves generate.

 

Winners of this year’s Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award were honored at a small reception in the library at the Research-Writing Studio on Friday, June 3, 2016, during which Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg publicly recognized the award-winning students and presented each awardee with a certificate. Also in attendance were friends and family members of the award-winning students, the students’ faculty mentors, and members of the 2016 Undergraduate Research Award review committee.

 

Every spring, a review committee consisting of a variety of faculty members from the Libraries and other departments at Western selects from among the submissions three papers which demonstrate excellence in the creation of research papers for courses taught across the colleges. Papers must be based on significant inquiry using library resources and collections, and they must demonstrate originality or the potential to lead to subsequent original research. 

 

Members of the 2016 award review committee, with Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg, (L to R):  Javier Berzal de Dios (Art History), Tim Kowalczyk (Chemistry), Elizabeth Stephan (Western Libraries), Mark Greenberg,  and Jeff Purdue (Western Libraries).
 
 

This year was a little unusual because for the very first time, one of the award-winning submissions was actually written by a team of students. Four students in the Community Health major in the Department of Health and Human Development created a program plan called “Preventing Anorexia in Adolescents through Empowerment and Education (PAATEE).”

 

Members of the  first group to ever win the Libraries Undergraduate Research Award 

 

“The paper is reflection of how group and collaborative work are becoming more common,” explained librarian and review committee member Elizabeth Stephan. “Together with the other papers by Rachel Redjou and Marissa Hall, this year’s winners are excellent examples of the different formats research-based writing can take.”

 

Each of the six winners received a cash award, a printed certificate, and publication of their prize-winning paper in Western CEDAR, Western Washington University’s institutional repository.

 

Publishing the research papers in Western CEDAR makes them available to anyone in the world, enabling students to contribute to the scholarship of their chosen fields while also participating in the growing global movement to provide open access to scholarship and creative works. You can find the winning papers at this link: http://cedar.wwu.edu/library_researchaward/

 

 

 

 

Marissa Hall for “Feminist Identification within the White Supremacy Movement”

Faculty Mentor: Glenn Tsunokai, Sociology

 

 

 

 

Rachael Redjou for “Shunga: Erotic Art in the Tokugawa Era”

Faculty Mentor: Massimiliano Tomasi, East Asian Studies

 

 

 

 

Karima Boumatar, Alex Johnston-Thomas, Dillon van Rensburg, Emma Hefton, for “Preventing Anorexia in Adolescents through Empowerment and Education (PAATEE)”

Faculty Mentor: Senna Towner, Health and Human Development

 

Congratulations to these remarkable students for all of their accomplishments!


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