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Western Libraries’ Heritage Resources is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2012-2013 James W. Scott Research Fellowship Awards. The fellowships are awarded in honor of the late Dr. James W. (Jim) Scott, a founder and first Director of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region. Awards are granted to two scholars who will undertake significant research in the historical collections of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Libraries Special Collections or the WWU Archives and Records Center.
The Senior Fellow for 2012-13 is Dr. Polly Myers. Dr. Myers is a History Instructor at Western Washington University. She is presently conducting research about the employment of women at the Boeing Company in the postwar period, and has a secondary project examining women’s roles in anti-nuclear protest in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Myers will be in residence during Fall 2012, and will deliver a presentation on the topic of anti-nuclear protest in Spring 2013.
The Junior Fellowship has been awarded to Dr. Mary Erickson, an Instructor in the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Dr. Erickson is expected to be in residence on Western's campus in Spring or Summer 2013, and will pursue research about the history of audio-visual media production in the Pacific Northwest.
We offer hearty congratulations to both Fellows, and look forward to welcoming them to campus. For more information, please contact Heritage Resources at Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu.
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.
This issue of 3 Things is a bit of a technology issue. As access to digital content managed by Western Libraries continues to grow we bring you stories about a new streamed video package as well as tips on how to use the thousands of EBL ebooks in our catalog. Best thing is you don’t have to shell out even a penny for a dedicated ebook reader! And, read about using the HathiTrust in your work and research.
Learn Something New!
Boxing Cats & More! Streaming Video Comes to Western Libraries
This Issue's Greatest Tip:
HathiTrust: Just a Click Away...The largest digital archive on the Internet!
Did You Know?
Oh, I Got Those, I Ain’t Got No eBook Reader, Blues!
Academic Video Online brings together on a single
cross-searchable platform a completely integrated online repository of video titles. Includes newsreels, award-winning documentaries, field recordings, interviews, lectures, training videos, and exclusive primary footage becoming a collection of 22,000 full-length videos by 2013.
Videos are in many languages, with the majority in English; those not in English have subtitles in English. Transcripts in English.
The Way I Saw It
Art Exhibit Gallery 2
Debbi Kenote is a senior, majoring in art.
Her Gallery 2 exhibit is of stone lithographic prints.
For the last few years I have been creating art centered on the notion of the viewer versus the work of art, and the relationship that is formed when they meet. I like to believe that every piece of art embodies the fingerprint of its creator, a shadow of their emotion, their perspective of it during the time of its creation. As every fingerprint is different, the viewer is allowed his or her own unique interpretation. Formal qualities can be analyzed, color, tone, shade, composition, subject matter, but it becomes difficult to explain a feeling towards a work when its roots are from something other than its formal qualities. I believe this void is filled with what the viewer brings to the piece.
My work in The Way I Saw It series introduces myself in figurative representation. The mirror then becomes a window, a transparent wall between the outside world and myself. By showing the viewer what it is I see, I bring the fingerprint to the forefront, allowing it to boldly reach out and speak for itself.
This series in particular draws attention to the idea of memory, the ability to hold in mind. Moving from left to right, the series of prints tell a story of reflection, hinting at the idea that as humans, we are defined by our memory and our ability to reflect. By collectively organizing and analyzing our experiences, we utilize our cognition to recognize our individual make up and story. Yet, when we attempt to recall a particular memory, we find it to have slowly frayed and transformed from its original content. Furthermore, the works in this series attempt to explore where this blurred piece would fit back into the puzzle, and its affect on the makeup of our individuality.
"Don't shoot! I am your interpreter!"
Check out our 2 latest database trials:
PsycCRITIQUES®, produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), is a database of full-text book reviews featuring current scholarly and professional books in psychology. It also publishes reviews from a psychological perspective of popular films and trade books. PsycCRITIQUES includes approximately 40,000 reviews dating back to 1956 and is indexed with controlled vocabulary from APA's Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms®.
PsycEXTRA®, produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), is a bibliographic and full-text companion to the scholarly PsycINFO® database. The document types included in PsycEXTRA consist of technical, annual and government reports, conference papers, newsletters, magazines, newspapers, consumer brochures and more.
This database complements PsycINFO and the other APA databases with extensive coverage of gray literature relating to psychology and the behavioral sciences; it contains around 200,000 records that are not indexed in any other APA database. Furthermore, content from the Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) collection is expected to increase the number of records substantially. PsycEXTRA is indexed with controlled vocabulary from APA's Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms®.
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)