The news @ Western Libraries
Reflective Garden Coming – Just in Time for Spring
Two years ago, the Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) addressed a BIG question around reflective learning. As a result of that dialogue, they proposed the creation of a Reflective Garden on campus that would serve as a reminder to pause and consider during our learning lives here at Western and an actual spot for pausing.
The result was a grant of $10,000 from Wayne and Anne Gittinger to support it. An Art Department alumna – Janelle Gavin – who owns Garden Oasis (a garden design company in Bellingham), then did an overall design. This week, the grounds crew has begun installation! Watch for the Garden to grow in the plot between Carver Gym and College Hall.
While the TLA, Western Libraries, have sponsored the Garden,
it belongs to Western and all of you.
Art Installation in Gallery 1 March 1-31
Anne Albosta, artist
Anne Albosta’s 95% recycled mixed media installation represents her experience with grief. This is accompanied by her powerful artist’s statement as well as helpful information on what anyone might expect as they go through their own grieving process.
“Salmon have been my helpers, my healers and my guides as I navigate the grief and death in my life…
As a survivor, it is essential to my healing to exhibit my story, to make the invisible oppression I have faced visible. Reclaiming Grief is my journey of acknowledging and shedding the grief I have been carrying”
The Educator is a distinctive portrayal in oils of Charles H. Fisher (1880-1964), president of Western from 1924 to 1939. Measuring about 40 x 32 in., the portrait shows Fisher at age 65, several years after his contentious dismissal from the college.
Did you know? Western Libraries’ Heritage Resources programs provide access to a vast array of unique and historical materials about women’s history. These include:
- Photographs and oral histories (selections available online)
- Campus history collections and institutional records documenting experiences of women students and faculty
- Records of local and regional women’s organizations
- Personal papers documenting the lives and achievements of women from Whatcom County and the Pacific Northwest.
Interested to learn more? Thinking about a research project relating to women’s history? We invite you to explore our digital collections and online research guide, and to visit and contact Heritage Resources with any questions. A sample of images and other "women's history" documents from Center for Pacific Northwest Studies collections is presently on display near the Reference Desk in Western Libraries (Haggard Wing 2).
Poster advertising a protest at the Boeing Cruise Missile Plant in Kent, WA. circa 1985. From the Gay and Lesbian Miscellaneous Manuscript Collection, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.
Thousands of E-Books Here & Now!
Over the last several months Westerns’ library has been quietly participating in a very successful pilot program with our Summit partners to make thousands of e-book titles instantly available to you. The coolest thing about all these recently published titles is that there is no limit to the number of simultaneous users that can have access to these books. In essence they are never checked out and always available to you! 3 a.m. and you’re hammering away at that paper? No worries. Always available!
Find out how to access in our library on the latest Library 3 Things Newsletter!
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“Light on dark: exploring negative space”
Gallery 2, Feb 9-April 8
by Melissa Terszakowec
Community artist Melissa Terszakowec has on exhibit 3 paintings which focus on “negative” spaces and “positive” forms.
The task she set herself with each of these works was to create a singular entity, not just a subject with a background, and through this balance offer a scene of serenity. Her method was to paint each canvas black, then add white to create the foundation of the spaces around and between, and lastly add the color.
The Western Library has the federal tax forms & instruction books you need - in paper!
For paper copies of tax forms and instructions, ask at the Reference Desk in Haggard Hall.
It’s everyone’s favorite time of year, the period between the end of January and the middle of April, when many of us should really be thinking about filing our taxes. We certainly aren’t tax experts, but here are a few online resources you might find useful.
IRS.gov – Find the federal form(s) you need through the Internal Revenue Service web site. Many forms can be printed from the web directly.
Do I Need to File a Federal Tax Return? - An excellent question, and one that really should be answered before you start filling out that 1040! This section of the IRS site should provide the answer.
Taxable Income for Students – If you’re wondering whether the scholarship you received this year counts as taxable income, this article from the IRS may be some assistance. You can also find information about other common tax questions students have here.
Students.gov – There is also a great deal of helpful information on this site to guide you in the right direction.
The Writing Center can help!
Learning Commons, Wilson, Across from Zoe's Bookside Bagels
Days: Monday - Thursday: 10-4; Friday 10-2
Evenings: Sunday: 6-9; Monday - Thursday: 6-8
Students who wish to inquire about our face to face or online services should contact us by phone or email at Writing.Center@wwu.edu. Unfortunately we don't have an online scheduler, so if you wish to make an appointment, please drop by or call us at 360-650-3219.
You can set up a Writing Conference
"In writing conferences, writers and writing assistants work together to identify patterns of strength and possible areas for revision and editing in drafts. As each conference is a collaborative dialogue, we do not explicitly instruct writers how to revise; rather, writing assistants act as a responsive audience, enabling writers to see the possibilities for revising their work."
Find online help for:
Strategies for Starting:
Analyzing Assignments - Figuring out what your professor wants
Getting Started Strategies - Choose and focus your topic
Twenty Questions - Use these questions to get started writing
Strategies for Revising:
Revising for Style - Find and eliminate the "lard" in your prose
Thesis Statements - Write strong and effective thesis statements
NEW! Correctness Matters - Proofreading strategy video
Editing Strategies - Proofread your own work
Top Ten Conventions - See which errors are most serious
Grammar, Punctuation & more!
The constellation Orion which is in the night sky in February, a detail from an engraving that is a map of the heavens. The entire map is 17" high and 14" wide, one of 10 pages that have become brown and fragile with age (158 years old).