Event - Library Sponsored
We at the Libraries are guided by our mission: “Western Libraries connects—people to people, people to place, and people to learning.” One of the many ways in which we make such connections is through collaborating with students, staff, and faculty to create educational proposals that have meaningful impacts. As such, Western Libraries has participated in several Green Energy Fee (GEF) Grant Program sponsored projects, including one during winter quarter that emphasizes the importance of social equity as an integral component of sustainability. The GEF Grant Program supports projects that are designed to increase student involvement and education, reduce the University's environmental impact, and create an aware and engaged campus community.
This coming Wednesday, February 26th at 5:00 pm in the Library Presentation Room, (Wilson Library 164F), we will host a viewing of the film The Economics of Happiness, followed by a panel-led dialogue that explores the topic of social equity as an important aspect of sustainability while asking the question: how can we create and sustain happiness as a community? Environmental Studies Associate Professor of Natural Resource Policy Dr. Grace Wang, Leadership Development Specialist in Western's Leadership Advantage Program Dr. Joanne DeMark, and Fairhaven student concentrating on social justice and education, Andrew Eckels, are the three main panelists who will lead this conversation as a complement to the themes featured in the film.
“The film touches on the social equity piece of sustainability. It asks: what is true happiness? Can we get happiness from material things? Or is it through building networks of support and community, and through bonding with other individuals?” explained project co-sponsor, Phi Kappa Phi member, and Learning Commons Program Coordinator Shevell Thibou. “Basically, the relationships we build with one another are what’s most important, and this project focuses on community—both building and supporting community.”
There is another component of this project that may surprise you. While the connection between sock moneys and sustainability may not seem like an obvious one, here at Western and thanks to Office of Sustainability (OS) staff member Carol Berry, sock monkeys and sustainability do have a special relationship. Berry gifted the Libraries Mathes Figurine Collection with the sock monkey Hans Wholebean after the Circulation Department received their Sustainable Office Certification. Hans quickly became the Libraries’ institutional symbol of sustainability, as he demonstrates on the Libraries’ sustainability blog, The Green Shelf. Since Hans has a loyal following around the library, and as one thing frequently leads to another, Thibou, Berry, and others began considering how they might do more to highlight the social equity piece of sustainability, and in doing so discovered another connection between social equity and sock monkeys.
“We started talking about how sweet the sock monkeys are and how the small little stuffed animal can brighten up your day. Earlier, I had talked with a middle-schooler who needed help with a project about child abuse, and she explained what those kids have to go through when they are transferred to a different home,” explained Thibou. “I was thinking about how comforting the sock monkey could be and I brought this up at the OS ‘Lunch & Learn,’ and then we stumbled upon an idea of finding a way to make sock monkeys for these children.”
Thibou pitched the idea of forming a group that could make personalized sock monkeys (using re-claimed materials for all of the monkeys’ clothing), to give to children who are transitioning into foster care. Thibou contacted Bellingham’s Children Administration Office to gauge their thoughts on this proposal, and they responded with support.
“The children who are served by the Bellingham Children’s Administration Office often come to our office en route to foster or relative care with only the clothes they are wearing and no toys or personal items,” explained Laurie Alexander from Bellingham Children’s Administration. “I am sure they would be very excited to receive a sock monkey and it would be a bright spot for them in the midst of a very challenging time.”
After Thibou received approval from the Children’s Administration office, University Residences employee June Fraser-Thistle grew very excited about this idea, and immediately organized students, staff, faculty, and community members to get together for the monkey-making workshops.
“I couldn't have led this project if it wasn't for all of the work and motivation received from June and all the others in the ‘Stitch and Munch’ group that have put their heart and hard work into this project,” stated Thibou. The “Stitch and Munch” group began work during spring quarter 2013, and since then have created about 32 monkeys. Ultimately, 50 handmade sock monkeys will be given to Child Protection services for young children as they are being placed in new homes.
This past fall quarter, Thibou and her team members, Learning Commons student liaisons Caroline Dallstream and Simon Bakke, officially applied for a GEF grant in order to plan an event that focused on the “human” side of sustainability, and then also arrange to work with Phi Kappa Phi to jointly host two more monkey-making workshops, which is also what led to the film event this coming Wednesday.
The film event and monkey-making workshops are jointly sponsored by Western Libraries, The Learning Commons, the Green Energy Fee Grant Program, Phi Kappa Phi, and Associated Students. As Thibou explained, the goal of this project is to explore how we can build and nurture sustainable communities, and how we can learn from each other. “It’s all about caring for ourselves and for each other, and making the world brighter and better,” said Thibou. In other words, it’s about making meaningful connections, to people, to place, and to learning.
A traveling exhibit that explores the intertwined life histories of owls and woodpeckers and the unique roles that they play in defining and enriching their often-threatened habitats is now on display. This exhibit, featuring photographs by award-winning photographer and conservationist Paul Bannick, is housed in Special Collections space on the sixth floor of Wilson Library, and is open for viewing during regular Special Collections hours (closed on weekends and major holidays) from now until the end of December.
The Owl & the Woodpecker in Washington: Photographs by Paul Bannick was organized by the Burke Museum at the University of Washington, and created with Paul Bannick and Braided River, a partner of The Mountaineers Books. Sponsorship of this local presentation is provided by Western Libraries.
Polly Myers, a recipient of the 2012-2013 James W. Scott Research Fellowship Award, was the guest of honor at a reception in Special Collections, on Monday, November 26.
Dr. Meyers is a History Instructor at Western and is researching the employment of women at the Boeing Company after World War II.
|The fellowships are awarded in honor of the late Dr. James W. (Jim) Scott, founder and first director of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region.
Elizabeth Joffrion, Director of Heritage Resources, congratulated Dr. Myers on receiving the award and invited the guests to return in Spring 2013, when Dr. Myers will present on the topic of anti-nuclear protest.
The Western Libraries Reading Series invited Professor Steven Garfinkle, WWU History Department, to present his new book, Entrepreneurs and Enterprise in Early Mesopotamia: a study of three archives from the Third Dynasty of Ur. The presentation was in Special Collection's Research Room, on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Steven Garfinkle discussed the role played by entrepreneurs from four thousand years ago and their role in the economy at that time.
He studied thousands of clay tablets with cuneiform writing on them to gather evidence for the book, which is available in the library's circulating collection.
Marian Alexander, Head of Special Collections Emeritus, and Peter Smith, Special Collections Librarian, gave a presentation about the Western Front Historical Collection at the Village Books lunch time series, Western Connections, on October 9, 2012.
Marian began the presentation by offering a view of historical Bellingham in 1899 when the student newspaper began. From the first issue of the Normal Messenger, she compared the newspaper text, "graceful terraces" of Sehome hill, with historical photographs that revealed a rough landscape. Marian also described the complete process of digitization from the planning stages to the final product.
Peter displayed search strategies and helpful tips about using the Western Front Historical Collection. There was a brief question and answer session following the presentation.
Clara Weaver, Florence Pettibone, and Carrie Salvo on Pacific American Fisheries roof. (GB465)
Western Libraries Heritage Resources invites you to celebrate our rich documentary heritage by participating in a range of FREE events we're offering throughout the month:
- “Western Front Goes Digital: 110 Years of History” – Tuesday, October 9, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Village Books in Fairhaven (part of Village Books’ Western Connections series)
- Basics of Historical Research Workshop – Saturday, October 20, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Goltz-Murray Building (in partnership with the Washington State Archives, Northwest Branch)
- 2nd Annual Pecha-Kucha Presentation Event – Monday, October 22, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Goltz-Murray Building (for History and Archival graduate students and Archives/Records Management professionals)
- History Day Teachers’ Workshop – Tuesday, October 23, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Goltz-Murray Building (for educators interested in participating in National History Day)
- Open House – Saturday, October 27, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Goltz-Murray Building and Wilson Library 6th Floor (part of WWU’s Fall Family Open House)
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This fall quarter, the Teaching-Learning Academy at Western Washington University will work on creating their BIG Question for this 2012-13 academic year.
TLA is a central forum that engages students, faculty, staff and community members in the study of teaching and learning. Each fall quarter, the TLA develops a BIG Question focused on enhancing WWU's learning environment.
Four dialogue group options are available:
- Wednesdays at noon - 1:20 or 2 - 3:20 p.m.
Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31, Nov. 14 and Nov. 28
- Thursdays at noon - 1:20 or 2 - 3:20 p.m
Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15 and Nov. 29.
Group dialogues are held in Wilson Library Room 270, and the average running time per session is 80 minutes.
Students can receive communication practicum credit for participating in the TLA. For more information, contact Carmen Werder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Raymond, a life-long fly fisher and author, visited Special Collections and gave a presentation about Roderick Haig-Brown, fly fisher, author, and conservationist.
The event attracted fly fishers from around the Northwest, who came to hear Mr. Raymond's insights into the literary works of Roderick Haig-Brown.
Before the presentation, Bruce Shepard, WWU President, presented a book about Western to Tobey Ishii-Anderson, niece of David Ishii, to honor the memory of David Ishii and his gift to Special Collections.
|Steve Raymond with guests|
After Steve Raymond's presentation, he answered questions about Roderick Haig-Brown and his own writing career. Then everyone browsed the Fly Fishing Collections in the Special Collections storage area and the books exhibited in the Research Room.
|Marian Alexander and Joan Raymond|
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: