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Western Libraries are excited to announce the completion of the Learning Commons renovations which began this past spring. Thanks to a generous donation from WWU alumni Dave and Ann Thomson Mann, and one-time funding from the Provost’s office, the Learning Commons has been transformed into an inviting, modern, interactive space for everyone on campus to enjoy.
During spring quarter, WWU students sampled demo furniture and voted on the pieces they preferred, and the Learning Commons program partners helped select the colors in shades of purple and green to provide a sense of relaxation. With its new furniture, carpet, and freshly painted walls, the renovated area in the Wilson entrance will serve as the central hub for the Learning Commons activities.
The Western Libraries’ Learning Commons brings together resources and programs to advance teaching and learning at Western. This space has been designed to promote collaborative opportunities in a flexible, functional, and attractive space geared towards student learning.
We hope you will stop by to see these changes for yourself and will find them as exciting as we do!
Big changes are coming to the Western Libraries this summer—changes that will improve the ability of students, faculty, and staff to find just what they’re looking for when it comes to information and research materials at the Library.
Starting June 18th, Western Libraries will replace its current, separate catalog and database interfaces with a new integrated discovery layer, OneSearch, which will return search results from the catalog, databases, journals, and other collections regardless of material format. OneSearch makes it easy to find resources and more at Western’s Libraries or through any of the 37 university libraries that are part of the Orbis Cascade Alliance. Think of it as the Google search for the Western Libraries.
Western, along with the University of Washington, is in the first group of Alliance members to launch the new system, with the others to follow over the next 18 months. Once complete, this shared library system will give users access to 8.8 million titles and more than 26 million resources that are held by the Orbis Cascade Alliance members. All of that will be right at users’ fingertips.
The upcoming changes are significant and won't be without some bumps along the way, especially during the summer. A large and dedicated group of Library faculty and staff will regularly be testing and improving functionality day by day. OneSearch is quite the transition for us, but we’re excited for the improved experience it will bring to our users once the new system is fully tested and implemented. Much more information and training on OneSearch will be available by Fall Quarter.
If you have any questions about how OneSearch will help meet the Libraries' strategic goals to advance teaching and research, please contact Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg.
Woman Reading in a Rocking Chair is a carving about four inches high, created by Hermania Anslinger (1915-2011) of Spokane, Washington. Ms. Anslinger was born in Haubstadt, Indiana, lived in North Dakota and Montana before coming to Spokane in 1942. She began carving miniatures out of wood and later created carvings from precious stones and ivory.
Dr. Greenberg, who will start as Western’s new Dean of Libraries on June 1, was hired following a national search. As Dean of Libraries, Greenberg will be responsible for the overall leadership, management and direction of Western Libraries and their programs.
"I am very excited to join such a talented group of faculty and staff at the Western Libraries as the new dean. Working together with the entire university community, I am confident the Libraries will continue to thrive as an essential component in Western's national reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and learning,” Greenberg said.
Special Collections holds many treasures, each with its own special story. Some of these stories we know, some we can only guess at. One of these is the Valentine's Manual of Old New York, no. 6, New Series 1922, edited by Henry Collins Brown. What makes this volume particularly "special" to Special Collections is the inscription on one of the prelimiinary pages, "To our friend, Dr. C. H. Fisher, from Mr. and Mrs. J.
Gender neutral restrooms are now available at Western Libraries! The two restrooms are located on the Sixth Floor of Wilson Library, and are available from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Other gender neutral restrooms are available at locations including:
- Old Main, Fifth Floor
- Bond Hall, Mezzanine
- Wade King Recreation Ctr., First Floor
The gender neutral restrooms in Western Libraries are a product of the partnership between Western Libraries and the Equal Opportunity Office. Furthermore, the decision was informed by the May 2012 Resolution Regarding Gender Neutral Restrooms signed by the Board of Directors of the Associated Students of Western Washington University. If you have questions, please contact Rebecca Marrall at email@example.com or visit the Western Libraries Diversity Guide here.
Few visitors to Special Collections can resist the magnetic attraction of the marvelously decorated "Chinese Chair" that lends an exotic air to the otherwise sober Research Room.
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.
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.