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Summer Projects

Summertime is Project Time @ Western Libraries

 

As usual, summer offers Western Libraries time to improve spaces and services for all of you! In the coming weeks, projects underway in Haggard Hall include:

 

Hacherl Research & Writing Studio:

Following the successful completion of the Research-Writing Studio’s first phase last fall, Western Libraries will begin construction of a new instructional space in the southeast corner of Haggard 2. When completed in December, the new enclosed workshop space will support the Libraries’ growing schedule of research and writing workshops. Outfitted with instructional technology, flexible furnishings, and improved lighting, this inviting space will be open for general study when not scheduled for instructional use. Additionally, the space currently occupied by the Student Technology Center (STC) desk will become a re-imagined “living room,” with upholstered furniture and casual tables. This comfortable workspace can be used for collaborative conversation or individual work, while positioning users within easy reach of staff assistance from both the Studio and the STC. Generous gifts from the Hacherl family made the Studio construction projects possible.

 

Relocation of the Student Technology Center (STC) Service Desk:

The relocation of the STC help desk on Haggard 2 will position this important instructional and technology support service in closer proximity to patrons utilizing its computers, editing rooms, and other technology. This redesigned service point will also include infrastructure to accommodate next-generation laptop check-out, coming Fall Quarter. 

 

Relocation of some computers and the installation of four study pods:

The STC’s desk relocation will also require the relocation of printers, guest computers, and student computer workstations currently in that space. Next to the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio, four “study pods” will be installed. These semi-enclosed upholstered works areas will provide space for one-to-one consultations with Studio staff, as well as workspaces for those who want less distraction from surrounding activities.

 

Improvements to Zoe’s Bookside Bagels:

Aramark will fund an enlarged food preparation area in Zoe’s, along with new cabinetry and points of sale. The upgraded space will enable food services staff to provide more food choices and shorter payment lines without reducing café seating.

 

With the exception of the Studio workshop space, these projects are scheduled for completion before the start of Fall Quarter.  So please excuse the dust and noise while we improve Western Libraries!

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Help with Citations!

Summer Citation Clinic July 27th

While it is true that any time is citation time in the Research-Writing Studio, you can also pick up handouts and get some extra help with all of your citation needs during the Summer Quarter Citation Clinic! 

 
 
Having trouble with difficult online citations? Wondering how to cite a source within a source?
 
 
Stop by the Citation Clinic which will be held near the Learning Commons Info Desk (Wilson Library, 2nd Floor) any time between 9am and 4pm on Wednesday, July 27th for answers to all of your citation questions!
 
 
Join us to learn some tips and tricks, or just drop in for one-on-one assistance with your citation needs. We can help you with APA, Chicago/Turabian, MLA, or any other citation style.
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Subscriptions Review Update

Subscriptions Reduction Review Process - Update

As part of the Subscriptions Reduction Review process, Western Libraries has finalized the list of subscription cancellations. More information about this process and the list can be found here: http://www.library.wwu.edu/sites/library.wwu.edu/files/satf/final-list-of-subscription-cancellations-memo-june-2016.pdf
 
Subscription cancellations will not take effect until January 1, 2017. There will be no disruption to cancelled subscriptions during summer and fall quarters. Beginning in winter quarter, content from cancelled journals will be accessible via interlibrary loan request.  The Libraries strives to deliver an electronic copy of desired items to a patron’s email account within a day or two of request.
 
If you have any questions about the subscription reduction review process, please contact Director of Scholarly Resources and Collection Services at Mike.Olson@wwu.edu.
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Intersession & Summer Hours

Western Libraries Intersession & Summer Hours

  • Western Libraries will be open during the intersession June 11th - June 20th M-F from 8:30am to 4:30pm, closed weekends.

  • The Wilson North entrance to the library will be closed during this period, but the library will remain accessible via the Haggard Hall entrance.

  • The Map Collection will be open during intersession and summer quarter, M-F from 11am to 3pm.

  • Special Collections and Zoe’s Bookside Bagels will be closed during the intersession and will re-open on the first day of summer classes, Tuesday, June 21st.

  • During the summer session, Western Libraries will be open M-F from 7:30am to 5:00pm, closed weekends.
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Undergraduate Research Award Winners

Announcing the 2016 Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award Winners!

(L to R): Rachel Redjou, Alex Johnston-Thomas, Dillon van Rensburg, Karima Boumatar, Emma Hefton, and  Marissa Hall

 

Here at Western, undergraduate students have unparalleled access to research opportunities which are supported by faculty mentors. Western Libraries views the research work of undergraduate students as being tremendously valuable, both in terms of the teaching and learning experience the research process creates, and also because of the research outputs students themselves generate.

 

Winners of this year’s Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award were honored at a small reception in the library at the Research-Writing Studio on Friday, June 3, 2016, during which Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg publicly recognized the award-winning students and presented each awardee with a certificate. Also in attendance were friends and family members of the award-winning students, the students’ faculty mentors, and members of the 2016 Undergraduate Research Award review committee.

 

Every spring, a review committee consisting of a variety of faculty members from the Libraries and other departments at Western selects from among the submissions three papers which demonstrate excellence in the creation of research papers for courses taught across the colleges. Papers must be based on significant inquiry using library resources and collections, and they must demonstrate originality or the potential to lead to subsequent original research. 

 

Members of the 2016 award review committee, with Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg, (L to R):  Javier Berzal de Dios (Art History), Tim Kowalczyk (Chemistry), Elizabeth Stephan (Western Libraries), Mark Greenberg,  and Jeff Purdue (Western Libraries).
 
 

This year was a little unusual because for the very first time, one of the award-winning submissions was actually written by a team of students. Four students in the Community Health major in the Department of Health and Human Development created a program plan called “Preventing Anorexia in Adolescents through Empowerment and Education (PAATEE).”

 

Members of the  first group to ever win the Libraries Undergraduate Research Award 

 

“The paper is reflection of how group and collaborative work are becoming more common,” explained librarian and review committee member Elizabeth Stephan. “Together with the other papers by Rachel Redjou and Marissa Hall, this year’s winners are excellent examples of the different formats research-based writing can take.”

 

Each of the six winners received a cash award, a printed certificate, and publication of their prize-winning paper in Western CEDAR, Western Washington University’s institutional repository.

 

Publishing the research papers in Western CEDAR makes them available to anyone in the world, enabling students to contribute to the scholarship of their chosen fields while also participating in the growing global movement to provide open access to scholarship and creative works. You can find the winning papers at this link: http://cedar.wwu.edu/library_researchaward/

 

 

 

 

Marissa Hall for “Feminist Identification within the White Supremacy Movement”

Faculty Mentor: Glenn Tsunokai, Sociology

 

 

 

 

Rachael Redjou for “Shunga: Erotic Art in the Tokugawa Era”

Faculty Mentor: Massimiliano Tomasi, East Asian Studies

 

 

 

 

Karima Boumatar, Alex Johnston-Thomas, Dillon van Rensburg, Emma Hefton, for “Preventing Anorexia in Adolescents through Empowerment and Education (PAATEE)”

Faculty Mentor: Senna Towner, Health and Human Development

 

Congratulations to these remarkable students for all of their accomplishments!

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Faculty Working Retreat

Backwards by Design 2016 - A Working Retreat for Faculty

The Writing Instruction Support (WIS) program at Western Washington University offers new and returning WWU faculty a chance to gain ideas and new practices on teaching and assessing writing at a working retreat held annually. This year’s retreat is scheduled for Aug. 29-31 at Western’s Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes. 
 
This working retreat utilizes the “backwards by design” approach, which begins with participants identifying discipline-based threshold concepts before working back to instructional practices and activities for teaching. Participants will also have the opportunity to work on their own course materials in the company of colleagues from across the University community who share a commitment to supporting students’ learning with an emphasis on advancing writing proficiency.
 
Space is limited, so if you are interested, please pre-register by emailing writinginstructiosupport@wwu.edu.  All expenses (lodging for a shared room, meals, and materials) are covered, and transportation will be arranged.
 
Topics covered are listed by day below:
  • Day 1 - Design: disciplinary concepts, course syllabus, evaluation schemes
  • Day 2 - Enactment: responding to writing, creating assignments, engaging practices
  • Day 3 - Results: Learning activities, show & tell demos
 
The WIS program provides direct assistance to faculty who are teaching writing courses or who incorporate writing into their courses, and is a program of Western Libraries and the Learning Commons. 
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Student Celebration 2016

Western Libraries Celebrates its Student Employees

On Friday May 13, 2016, students, staff, and faculty from Western Libraries  gathered in the Reading Room for the Libraries' annual celebration held in recognition of our wonderful student employees who help make the library all that it is each and every day. We were also honored to be joined by members of the Hearsey family, who helped us celebrate and recognize the fifteen recipients of the Herb and Beth Hearsey Scholarship.

The Herb and Beth Hearsey Scholarship is awarded annually to current full-time students who are employees of Western Libraries and who demonstrate merit on the basis of their scholarship applications and letters of reference. Herb Hearsey was a reference librarian at Western in 1941, and while working at Wilson Library he was charged with developing an effective program of library instruction for students. In 1995, Herb Hearsey, together with his wife Beth Hearsey, established an endowment to ensure that future generations of library student assistants are recognized for their important work.

Student staff have always been an essential part of Western Libraries. When Wilson Library’s namesake and Western’s first librarian Mabel Zoe Wilson first began working at Western, she was the only full time library employee for 10 years, and all additional library staffing needs were met by student employees. Today, Western Libraries has over 60 full time staff members, but during this past academic year, we also employed 112 students.

The Libraries’ student staff work in every area of the library and are engaged in a number of indispensable duties, such as scanning materials for interlibrary loan, special collections, and electronic reserves, as well as helping us manage our service desks. Library student employees  shelve, retrieve, and deliver books and other materials, and they create and contribute to the design of our outreach and promotional materials. They help facilitate the Teaching-Learning Academy dialogue sessions, and they work as peer advisors in the Research-Writing Studio. Individually and collectively, student employees enrich the library’s teaching and learning environment with their valuable insights, experiences, and perspectives.

Every year, Western Libraries chooses one student employee from among the graduating seniors who has distinguished themselves from their peers by demonstrating unusual imagination, interest, and capability in providing outstanding service. This year’s Mabel Zoe Excellence in Student Service Award was presented to Simon Bakke in recognition of the number of ways he has provided outstanding service tot he Libraries, both as a Learning Commons Liaison and as the Libraries' Graphic Artist. 

Graduating seniors were also recognized for their dedication and hard work while student supervisors spoke about their seniors’ unique contributions to the Libraries as well as the students’ aspirations and hopes for their lives following graduation.In addition to the speeches and award presentations, the celebration includes dinner, cake, quite a bit of laughter, lots of hugs (and maybe even a few tears), before concluding with the much-loved tradition of the gift basket give-away. Always a special night for us at Western Libraries, we wanted to share with you some images from that memorable evening, and take this opportunity to thank all of our students once again for all they do and all they are.
 

Miriam Snow Mathes, a professor of library science at Western, established an endowment  in 1998 to fund both the Western Libraries annual student recognition event and also the Mabel Zoe Wilson Excellence in Student Service Award. The first Western Libraries Student Celebration was held in 1999, and  they have been held annually every spring since then. 

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Chair Collection Special Exhibition

Western Libraries & the Western Gallery Partnership 

Western Libraries has partnered with the Western Gallery to exhibit pieces from the Gallery’s substantial 65 piece collection of original chairs, benches, and tables all by prominent designers from the mid-19th century to 1980s.

Photo caption: Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg, Western Gallery Director Hafthor Yngvason, and Western Libraries Art Committee: Michelle Becker, Leslie Hall, and Amy Stefany, (May 2016)

 

The chairs on display at Western Libraries are examples of mid-century design and include works by Hans Wegner, Isamu Noguchi, Charles and Ray Eames, Harry Bertoia, and Arnie Jacobsen. 

The installation is located on the third floor of Haggard and is strikingly displayed along the windows circling the rotunda. Stop by the library to find out more and take a look at some pieces from this remarkable collection.

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Fathnamah-i Sind : being the original record of the Arab conquest of Sind

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Baloch, N. A., editor
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Islamabad, Pakistan: Institute of Islamic History, Culture, and Civilization, Islamic University, 1983
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DS392.S58 K83 1983
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The Fathnamah-i-Sind, also known as the Chach Nama, describes the invasion of the Indic subcontinent, specifically Sindh and adjacent areas, by the Arab forces in 712-715 CE.

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James W. Scott Fellowships - Applications for 2017

James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships - Now Accepting Applications for 2017

About the Awards

The James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships promote awareness and innovative use of archival collections at Western Washington University, and seek to forward scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. Fellowship funds are awarded in honor of the late Dr. James W. Scott, a founder and first Director of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region. Up to $1000 funding is offered in 2017 to support significant research using archival holdings at WWU’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS), a unit of Western Libraries Heritage Resources.

Fellowship Requirements

  • Applications are accepted from individuals in doctoral programs as well as individuals who have finished the Ph.D.
  • Successful applicants will be expected to spend approximately one week examining CPNWS holdings in support of their research, and to be in residence prior to October 31, 2017. Additional information and detailed guides to collections may be accessed on the CPNWS website.
  • Fellows will be asked to give a presentation about some aspect of their research during the course of their scheduled visit. The audience will vary depending on the time of the year, but may include members of the general public as well as students, faculty and staff from WWU.

Applications

  • Applications will be reviewed after October 31, 2016, with announcements of awards expected in November 2016. The number and size of awards granted annually is determined by the application review committee.
  • Applications may be submitted via mail or electronically and should include:
    • Cover letter
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Research plan outlining on-site use of CPNWS holdings and proposed presentation topic
    • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Please send applications via email to Ruth.Steele@wwu.edu or by mail to Ruth Steele, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Libraries Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123. Please enter “Scott Research Fellowship Application” in the subject line of email applications.
  • Funds will be awarded after a Fellow(s) has conducted research at CPNWS and delivered their presentation.
  • Fellowship awards may be subject to taxation in accordance with the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Applicants are advised that they may need a U.S. Taxpayer Identification Number (i.e. SSN or ITIN) to receive funds.       
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