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Heritage Resources contributes to "Grit" exhibit at Seattle's Wing Luke Museum

Western Libraries Heritage Resources is pleased to be a Project Contributor on a new exhibition from the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, WA. The exhibit, entitled Grit: Asian Pacific Pioneers Across the Northwest, “uncovers the true stories of the men and women who migrated to the region from the Asia Pacific,” and “reminds us of Asian Pacific Americans’ long history of fortitude and resilience as they established communities in the Pacific Northwest.” One of the featured stories is that of Lummi/Hawaiian fiddler Charley Kahana and the exhibit includes images of Kahana drawn from the Howard E. Buswell collection at Heritage Resources’ own Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.

Grit poster

Grit opened on December 12, 2013 and runs through October 19, 2014. The Wing Luke is a Smithsonian Affiliate in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution

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Jeanne Armstrong's translation of 'La grand misere' is published

Jeanne Armstrong, a professor at Western Libraries, recently published her translation of La grand misère ("Great Misery") with the University of Nebraska Institutional Repository Zea Press as an open access e-book available in print on demand.

Great Misery is Maisie Renault’s story, as the editor's cover note relays, of her nine months in this “man-made hell, where brutality, starvation, sickness, filth, and degradation took a daily toll on women whose principal offense was having opposed the Nazi regime. Maisie’s story, however, is one of loyalty, devotion, faith, endurance, and the loving and self-sacrificing support that her circle of women gave each other, allowing some of them to survive the horribly cruel and inhumane conditions."

This work was originally published in French in 1948, and Professor Armstrong's translation is the first available published English version of Maisie Renault's compelling account of how she survived life inside an SS concentration camp,  "and the indomitable spirit that bound these women together and allowed them to emerge hurt, sick, battered, but unbroken and unafraid to testify about what they saw.”  For more information about this book, see the DigitalCommons@University of Nebraska here. 

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The Zeta Book Scanner is Here!

Student using new STC scanner

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!

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Heritage Resources offers Directed Independent Study

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.

To apply: 

  • 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.

Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes:
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 ).

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Library 3 Things Newsletter

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!

Something New!
Get The Most From OneSearch!

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Course Reserves Comes to Canvas! 

Did You Know?
Western Libraries Celebrates 50 Years as Depository

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"The Owl & the Woodpecker" Exhibit is Here!

Pileated Woodpecker by Paul Bannick

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. 

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Study Crunch? Find YOUR space

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.

 

We offer places to fit your need
or your mood…
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Learning Commons New Look!

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. 

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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!

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Western Libraries Launching New, Improved Search System

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.

The future is OneSearch

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.

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Woman Reading in a Rocking Chair

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Hermania Anslinger
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ca. 1940s
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Mathes Reading Figurines Collection
March, 2013

Woman in Rocking ChairWoman 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.

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