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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens first appeared in 1843, and 170 years later, it's still a popular tale, ever subject to adaptations, as this miniature book testifies. The story line is simple, a "tight-fisted, mean-spirited mercenary," is forced to face who he was, is, and will become, all on the night before Christmas.
Western Washington University is closed on state holidays and the Goltz-Murray Archives Building is closed to the public between 12 noon and 1pm. In addition to those regular closures, the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies will also be closed on the following days:
- Tuesday, December 17th (Western Libraries Staff Development Day)
- Monday, December 23rd and Tuesday, December 24th (Winter Break)
We apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 650-7534 if you wish to set up an appointment. Detailed information about CPNWS hours and scheduled closures is available here.
Beginning Monday, December 2, 2013 Pet Partners will be available to help you relax and de-stress as you make your way through dead week and finals week. Stop by the library between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm from now through December 12th to visit some of your favorite pairs of humans and dogs (and don't forget Smokey the cat!).
Pet Partners will be located in the gallery space at the beginning of the Skybridge on the Wilson side of the library. Stop by to say hi and learn more about the Libraries' partnership with Whatcom Therapy Dogs Pet Partner Program!
The holiday season is a great time to for us to think about how we can share what we have with those in need. Western Libraries was recently asked to participate in the Bellingham Food Bank Food Drive and we answered with an enthusiastic "YES!"
The Food Bank Drive began the week of November 15th, and will continue through December 20th. Donations can be any non-perishable food item, or baby food, formula, and diapers.
There is a collection box near the Wilson Library North door, next to the clothing donation barrel. All donations made at Western Libraries will be collected each week or as needed and delivered to the Food Bank. This Food Bank Drive is sponsored by disAbility Resources for Students, and Western's Registrar's Office.
Beginning the week of November 18, 2013, Western Libraries will be moving the microform collections (Wilson 2 West) and the general reference collection (Wilson 2 East). These collections will remain intact, but will be switching places on the main library floor plate so that we can utilize existing space more effectively. This activity is being scheduled to minimize impact on users with the most disruptive work taking place over the winter break.
Western Libraries has been working diligently to explore how we can create more “people-friendly” spaces for teaching and learning by effectively utilizing our existing space at a minimal cost. In doing so we discovered that relocation of the Reference Collection from Wilson 2 East into the north half of Wilson 2 West and the relocation of the microform collection from Wilson 2 West to Wilson 2 East can accomplish a number of much-needed improvements:
- The Wilson 2 East stacks which currently hold the Reference Collection have the narrowest aisles in the library complex and do not meet ADA accessibility requirements. Moving the Reference Collection to the north half of Wilson 2 West will create wider ADA-accessible aisle sizes.
- Alternating full-height with counter-height shelving in the new location will allow easier access to these materials. The size and use of the Reference Collection is better suited to sharing space with TLA and other types of programs and presentations that take place on 2 West, and its relocation will also have the benefit of being positioned closer to the Research Consultation Desk. The full-height stacks will serve as a noise buffer for the student study spaces along the north windows.
- Moving the microform collections and equipment to Wilson 2 East will provide a better defined and more conducive area for their use. While the video collection will remain on 2-East, the rest of the shelving will be dis-assembled to provide plenty of room for the entire microform collection and the equipment for its use.
While we are excited about the benefits to our library patrons that will ultimately result from this rather complicated flip-flop, we also understand that the process itself will have its noise and disruptions. We will do our best to minimize this by scheduling the most disruptive tasks to take place during winter intersession with the goal of completing all work prior to the start of Winter Quarter. However, some initial work will begin on Monday November 18, 2013, which is when the microfiche collection will be temporarily moved to the north end of Wilson 2 West in order to make way for the reference collection shelving installation during the week of November 25-27. The reference collection will then be relocated by the end of Fall Quarter, with the microform collection moving to 2 East over the break. For questions about this project, please contact Frank Haulgren at Frank.Haulgren@wwu.edu or (360) 650-7641.
Western Libraries and the Student Technology Center have partnered in providing a next generation book scanner to the Learning Commons. This joint purchase was funded through Student Technology Fees to provide scanning capabilities and ease of use not previously readily available to students and faculty.
Known as the Zeta, this awesome-looking and awesome-performing scanner is perfectly designed for scanning content from bound volumes, but also accommodates flat sheets of up to 19x14 inches making it great for smaller maps.
The Zeta’s intuitive and interactive touch screen interface allows anyone to produces great color, grey scale and black & white images in a variety of file types that can be uploaded to the campus network or taken away on a USB thumbdrive. Files can also be named and added to a shopping cart for holding until finished scanning. Then load them all at once!
The articulated book carriage allows for face up scanning of thick bound volumes without damage to the binding. It also positions both the left and right pages the same distance from the scan lens for perfect clarity. Face-up scanning makes it incredibly easy to scan your way through journal articles or a book chapter without constant flip flopping the after each page turn.
Drop by the Student Technology Center on Haggard 2 and try out the Zeta. The STC staff can answer your questions or help you get started…but that probably won’t be necessary!
Western Libraries Heritage Resources offers an exciting opportunity for highly motivated and intellectually curious students to pursue an in-depth course of study that is not offered elsewhere in the curriculum. Through independent study students have an opportunity to conduct research in primary and secondary sources such as manuscripts, archives, and rare books managed by the University Archives, Library Special Collections, and/or the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. Project proposals may involve the creation of an online exhibit, documentary film, archival finding aid, annotated bibliography, biography, specialized curriculum or specialized teaching/learning tools, a research paper, or other topics or resources as proposed. A prospectus/plan for the work should be submitted in advance of registration.
Independent study proposals are developed in consultation with a WWU full-time faculty member and/or the Director of Heritage Resources. Interested students should begin consulting with their faculty mentors well in advance in order to develop a feasible project proposal. Priority will be given to thoughtful, structured topics that are not offered elsewhere in the undergraduate or graduate curriculum. Independent study requires that students design their own courses, create their own syllabi, and work closely with faculty mentors. Supervising professors will donate a great deal of time and effort, so students applying for independent study should be similarly committed to the project. Students must be in residence in order to undertake independent study projects. A three-credit independent study should involve at least one hour of student-faculty contact plus an additional eight hours of work per week. It is also possible to elect two or four credit hours with appropriate changes in workload. The number of candidates accepted each quarter will vary, based on available resources and supervisory capacity.
- Pick up a Directed Independent Study Permit from Connie Mallison in the Library Administration Office, 231 Haggard Hall.
- Working with your faculty member and member of the Heritage Resources staff, complete the permit form and attach a one-page abstract that describes goals and objectives of the Independent Study, the desired projected learning outcomes and your qualifications to undertake the proposed project, any required resources, the expectations of the faculty supervisor, and proposed evaluation criteria.
- Submit your proposal to the Director of Heritage Resources and your faculty mentor for final approval.
- Have the supervising faculty member sign the application permit. The student will submit the permit form to the Registrar.
All proposals submitted by the Add/Drop deadline will be considered.
Recommendation of an instructor from the student’s department; permission from the chair of student’s department and the Director of Heritage Resources.
For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Joffrion, Director of Heritage Resources, Western Libraries (360-650-3283 or Elizabeth.Joffrion@wwu.edu ).
Welcome to the first issue of 3 Things for the new academic year. We’re going to bring you up to date on some significant changes. OneSearch has arrived as we promised in our last Spring Quarter issue! Course Reserves are now embedded in Canvas making access to electronic content for courses virtually seamless for students and faculty. And we are celebrating Western Libraries’ 50th anniversary as a documents depository for federal government. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!
Get The Most From OneSearch!
This Issue's Great Tip:
Course Reserves Comes to Canvas!
Did You Know?
Western Libraries Celebrates 50 Years as Depository
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.
Whether you want comfortable, easy going places to relax between classes, collaborative spaces to work on group projects, computers to research & write papers, or, if you prefer a quiet study space…the Library offers spaces to fit your every need or mood.
Need Quiet Study?
Wilson 5 West is designated a Quiet Study Area,
or visit the "Harry Potter Room" on 4 Central
for a quiet, traditional library experience.
Or, if you prefer private study spaces..
Or prefer more active & collaborative spaces...
Need a computer?
Group Projects? Reserve a group study room
& practice presentations, or use the Plasma screens
with inte ractive whiteboards to collaborate on
projects... you can even save your work to your laptop!
or, if you just want a space to chill between classes, or take a break from studying...
find your space @ the library.