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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

Author: 
Hermania Anslinger
Publication Information: 
ca. 1940s
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Special Collections
Call Number: 
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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New Dean of Libraries at WWU!

New Dean of Libraries at WWU! Dr. Mark Greenberg
begins work on June 1.


Dr. Mark Greenberg

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.

FUll article at Western Today
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Valentine's Manual of Old New York

Author: 
Brown, Henry Collins (editor)
Publication Information: 
New York: Valentine's Manual Inc., 1922, c1921
Location: 
Special Collections -- Miscellany
Call Number: 
F128.3.V35 1922
February, 2013

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.

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Gender Neutral Restrooms available

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 rebecca.marrall@wwu.edu or visit the Western Libraries Diversity Guide here.

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The Chinese Chair

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Creation Information: China : probably between 1850-1900
Location: 
Special Collections--Research Room
December, 2012

Chinese Chair Full Size 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.

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