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Summer Construction @Western Libraries

While there may be fewer students on campus during the summer, things are still busy at Western Libraries! You may have noticed that two construction projects are currently underway in Haggard Hall that will affect some spaces and services.

 

Project 1: Digital Media Commons

When completed the Digital Media Commons will provide an interdisciplinary teaching & working broadcast studio featuring new walls, finishes & cabinets, as well as new broadcast & media equipment.  ATUS will manage this new resource which will be accessible to authorized students and faculty.  This public works project is in the midst of heavy construction work on the second floor of Haggard Hall.

As a result:

  • The Mac Lab (HH 245A-B) is currently unavailable.  

  • The computer lab in HH233 remains available for use during library hours and can be accessed, with caution, through the hallway adjacent to the construction site.  

  • Users of Lab 233 will experience intermittent construction noises, vibrations, and possible dirt and dust in the space.

  • The 24 hour study space outside of the library, HH250, is currently being utilized by contractors.

  • Other occupants of spaces in Haggard Hall may also experience intermittent construction noises and vibrations.

  • Completion of work on this project is currently expected around the start of Fall Quarter.

 

Project 2: Research-Writing Studio

This project, funded by a generous private gift, will repurpose space behind the Student Tech Center (STC) service desk on Haggard 2 to create a collaborative studio environment which will integrate services and staff of Research Consultation with those of the Writing Center.  This integrated service concept was piloted during Spring Quarter.  Upon completion of this project the Studio space will have the capacity to serve a larger number of students who can receive feedback and assistance while they work. Research consultants and writing assistants will offer incremental, strategy-based consultations while students work individually or collaboratively within this new space.

As a result of this project:

  • The open use computers and printers, currently located behind the STC desk, are being relocated to a more visible location previously occupied by the oversize book stacks and adjacent to the STC lab.  

  • Oversize books have been moved to Wilson Library 267 across from Zoe’s.

  • During the coming weeks work will be underway upgrading power and data required to support the computers and printers.  

  • Staging of the various phases of this project will result in some service disruptions including periods when computers being relocated will be unavailable for use.  Library staff will be working to minimize these disruptions as much as possible.

  • Users of the affected areas may experience intermittent construction noise and related activity.

  • Completion of work on this project is expected to be in mid-September.

 

All of us at Western Libraries and the Learning Commons appreciate your patience and understanding during this construction period as work progresses on these exciting new projects.

For more information about summer construction at Western Libraries, contact Frank.Haulgren@wwu.edu.

 

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Western Libraries & Bellingham Pride

This past Sunday July 12, Western Libraries’ faculty, staff, friends, and family came together in celebration of “Bellingham Pride,” something they have done each year since 2013. Representing Western Libraries in the parade and hosting a table at the festival has become an annual tradition that many at the Libraries look forward to and enjoy.

 

“Three years ago, the Western Libraries Diversity Committee felt it was important for us to have a presence at Bellingham Pride to show our support of our students and our community as a whole,” explained Western Libraries Circulation staff member, Amy Sedovic. Sedovic first marched in the parade with her friends in the Whatcom County Library System back in 2009. She noted that this was during the budget crisis, and that they carried a banner that read “Yes Libraries.”

 

“I was so amazed and happy to hear people cheering specifically for libraries, shouting things like, ‘I love the library!’” said Sedovic. She explained how libraries are seen as “open, welcoming, and affirming places,” and that she feels honored to be a part of that tradition.

 

As explained by the American Libraries Association (ALA), Libraries can serve LGBTQ people by ensuring that they are represented in library collections and provided with library services. They also note that as a population which frequently faces discrimination and harassment, LGBTQ people can benefit from access to information and the sense of community libraries provide. Librarian Rebecca Marrall explained that she looks forward to the festival every year because of the chance to connect with the community and raise awareness about the Libraries’ historical and archival collections that feature regional LGBTQ narratives.

 

“I love this event because we meet community members who can see themselves in our collections. Plus, we’re celebrating happiness. Who doesn’t love that?”  Marrall asked.

 

Archivist at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies Ruth Steele agreed with Marrall that Bellingham Pride is a wonderful occasion to showcase some of the unique materials that many people are unaware exist or are unsure of how to access.  

 

“I love the opportunity to help represent Western and Western Libraries at Bellingham Pride,” explained Steele. “Heritage Resources houses some rich LGBTQ archival collections, and every year, we get to connect with individuals who are interested to find out more about these collections, and who later visit the archives as researchers, or contact us about LGBTQ records they would like to donate and see preserved for future generations.”

 

In addition to connecting with new community members, the festival also offers the Libraries a chance to see some familiar faces and reaffirm current connections.

 

“It’s also always a pleasure to revisit with long-time friends of the archives who stop by the Libraries’ table, and we are ever grateful for their support in helping to build and promote awareness of our collections,” Steele said.

 

Staff and faculty at Western Libraries anticipate increased participation in the Bellingham Pride events as enthusiasm for such an important and significant celebration grows. Sedovic encourages anyone at Western who is interested in joining the Libraries to walk with them in the parade next year and she reiterated that everyone is welcome.

 

For more information about the LGBTQ Archival and Primary Source Materials at Western Libraries, contact Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu.

 

Heritage Resources is a division of Western Libraries which includes the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and the University Archives & Records Management. Together the three units provide for responsible stewardship of unique and archival materials in support of teaching, learning, and research.

Summer & Research @Western

Faculty & Staff Research Pages in Western CEDAR

 

Summer quarter offers many of us at Western Libraries a chance to catch up on long-term projects and prepare for the beginning of the new academic year.

 

If you are seeking ways to showcase your research and scholarly work, or if you are interested in exploring new ways to connect with your colleagues about research and scholarly work happening at Western, don’t forget about Western CEDAR, Western’s own institutional repository.

 

CEDAR’s implementation team is available throughout the summer to help  build a research page (SelectedWorks) for you.  CEDAR’s Selected Works allows faculty and staff from Western to share their work and expand their readership. Articles published in peer-reviewed journals that are added to CEDAR are free to readers and search engine optimized for maximum exposure, meaning they have the potential to receive increased readership beyond the discipline-specific journal in which they were first published.

 

CEDAR makes scholarship available and accessible to anyone in the world, and SelectedWorks provides scholars at Western an opportunity to discover what their colleagues are researching and creating. Faculty and staff who create SelectedWorks pages can showcase their scholarly works by displaying them in  customized formats organized according to the categories they highlight, (such as: areas of research and expertise, awards and honors, publications, bibliographies, curriculum vitae, or lists of links to additional information).

 

Western CEDAR is a service of Western Libraries, in partnership with the Graduate School, Office of the Provost, and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. CEDAR advances Western Washington University’s commitment to enriching academic inquiry and strengthening communities by sharing the expertise and creativity of its students, faculty, and staff. If you have any questions about Western CEDAR or are interested in creating your own research page, please contact Western Libraries Scholarly Communication Librarian Jenny.Oleen@wwu.edu  or Western CEDAR Manager Kim.Marsicek@wwu.edu.

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Temporary Closure of Parking Lot 33G

The Goltz-Murray Archives Building parking lot (33G) will be closed for repair/re-sealing August 8th-12th. Alternative parking can be found in Lots 1R and 22G (see below):

Researchers may temporarily park in the loading zone in front of the building (by the bike racks) while collecting parking permits from the front desk. Please contact building staff if you have any questions (360-650-7534; cpnws@wwu.edu). We apologize for any inconvenience.

New OneSearch Design

One Search New Design - July 15 2015

Drawing upon feedback from the 2015 Library Use Surveys, usability sessions, and user analytics, the OneSearch Management Team at Western Libraries has redesigned the library catalog to improve the functionality and clarity of OneSearch and also introduce new features designed to enrich the research experience. This new and improved design will replace the current OneSearch design on July 15, 2015.

 

Some examples of the improvements made include:

  • Refine Your Results Menu: You will be able to combine search filters to better refine your search results.

  • MyAccount: You will be able to access your OneSearch MyAccount in new menus (located in the upper right hand corner), which were designed for ease of access and use.

  • Search Results Display: You will be able to access availability information at a glance.

  • Item Display: We improved the display of item details for ease of use.

  • Improved Language: We changed the catalog language to better communicate item availability.

  • Estimated Results per Scope: Each tab will correspond with a search scope and you will be able to see an estimated number of results, according to search scope and search query.

  • Chat with a Librarian Feature: You will be able to chat with a research professional while conducting searches.

 

OneSearch searches library holdings at Western Washington University and the holdings of 36 neighboring academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest. Students, staff, and faculty affiliated with any of these institutions may borrow a wide variety of materials from within the OneSearch interface.

 

For more information about OneSearch at Western, go to: libguides.wwu.edu/onesearch or contact onesearch@wwu.edu

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Women Photojournalists Exhibit - Extended!

Women Photojournalists of Washington

Originally scheduled to end July 27th, this show has been extended through  Friday, August 14th!

 

Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW), an annual juried exhibition made possible by a grant from the National Press Photographers Association featuring the work of women photographers is currently available for viewing at Western Libraries.  A new show is curated each spring and exhibited in a D.C. gallery during the fall before travelling to universities nationwide the following winter and spring. This year’s exhibit, curated by National Geographic’s Elizabeth Krist, features the work of fifteen WPOW members, including the Best in Show image by world-renowned photographer Ami Vitale.

 

The WPOW exhibit is co-sponsored by Western Libraries Heritage Resources and the Bellingham Visual Journalism Conference and is on display in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th Floor) Monday through Friday, from 11:00am-4:00pm through July 27th, August 14, 2015.

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Engaging Student Research

Research Strategies Class Poster Session

Almost every day at Western there is a chance to engage in the distinctive and dynamic teaching and learning environment of which we are each a part.

One such opportunity recently took place here in the library as students in Rob Lopresti’s Library 201 "Introduction to Library Research Strategies" class hosted a poster session to showcase the results of their research, thereby giving students, staff, and faculty an opportunity to engage in the learning experience with them.

Each student in the class selected a subject to explore, which they then researched in stages, applying their individual questions to the scholarly literature and then traveling from inquiry to thesis.

Research topics included: the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone Area, the implications of shark fin trade on culture and environment, an exploration of the decline in local Orca whale populations, the psychological benefits of writing about loss or trauma, the effects of river dams and on the salmon population, and an exploration of some of the cultural, gender, and social messages reinforced by Disney films.

These are just a few of the fascinating topics that students researched and then ultimately shared at the special poster session event  during which everyone was welcome to view the students’ posters and also talk with the students about their projects. Special thanks to Rob and his Library 201 class for sharing with all of us!

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Undergraduate Research Award Winners

Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award Winners for 2015 Announced!

Winners of the Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award were honored at a small reception held in Western Libraries Special Collections on Friday, June 5, 2015, during which Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg publicly recognized each student for their work and presented the awardees with their award certificates. Also in attendance were members of the 2015 Undergraduate Research Award review committee, friends and family members of each of the award-winning students, and the students’ faculty mentors.

 

Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award is given annually to three Western Washington University undergraduate students in recognition of their excellence and originality in creating research papers for courses taught across the colleges based on significant inquiry using library resources and collections. Each winner of the Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award receives a certificate, a cash award of $500.00, and publication of their prize-winning paper in Western CEDAR, Western Washington University’s institutional repository.

 

Award applicants must demonstrate outstanding library research in the writing of their research papers, and winners are selected by an award review committee consisting of a variety of faculty members from Western Libraries and other disciplines at Western. Members of the 2015 award review committee included: Jeanne Armstrong (Libraries), Javier Berzal de Dios (Art), Amanda Eurich (History), Margaret Fast (Western Libraries), and Jeff Purdue (Western Libraries).

 

 

The three 2014-2015 winners listed below with their paper titles and faculty mentors are:

 

 

 

Andrew Hoffman

Title: Computational Chemistry in Rational Material Design for Organic Photovoltaics

Mentor:  Tim Kowalczyk, Assistant Professor, Chemistry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corena Sharp

Title: Responding to Sex Workers’ Rights as Workers’ Rights: Reducing Sex Trafficking in the Dominican Republic

Mentor:  Babafemi Akinrinade, Associate Professor of Human Rights, Fairhaven College

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Weyers

Title: Taking Back Birth: Alternative Birth Professionals Empowering Women in Childbirth

Mentor:  Jen Lois, Professor of Sociology

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to these three remarkable students for all of their accomplishments!

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Zoe's Summer Hours

Zoe's Bookside Bagels Open for Summer!

Western Libraries is pleased to help spread the news that Zoe’s Bookside Bagels will be open for business during the upcoming summer quarter! They will close briefly during intersession, and then reopen on the first day of classes, June 23rd.  Open hours will be Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm, and closed on the weekends, as is Western Libraries. They will close again at the end of summer quarter on August 21st for the summer intersession. A special thank you to Zoe’s from all of us at Western Libraries for staying open this summer! You will be seeing a lot of us there every day!

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Student Celebration 2015

Western Libraries Celebrates its Student Employees 

This past Friday May 29, 2015, staff, faculty, and students from Western Libraries  gathered in the Reading Room for the Libraries' annual student celebration held in recognition of our wonderful, hard-working, and amazing 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 twelve recipients of the Herb and Beth Hearsey Scholarship.  

 

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 beloved student employee Kali Legg in recognition of the numerous ways she has provided outstanding service as a Learning Commons Liaison, a Writing Center Assistant, and a Research-Writing Assistant.

 

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 also included 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.

The Herb and Beth Hearsey Scholarship is awarded annually to current full-time students who demonstrate merit on the basis of their scholarship applications and letters of reference. Awardees must also be student employees at Western Libraries for a minimum of 8 hours a week for at least one quarter prior to applying. Herb Hearsey was a reference librarian in Wilson Library in 1941 who was charged with developing an effective program of library instruction for students, and in 1995, he and his wife Beth Hearsey established an endowment to ensure that future generations of library student assistants are recognized for their important work.

 

In 1998, Miriam Snow Mathes, a professor of library science at Western, established an endowment 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 have been held annually every spring since then. 

 

For more photos from this special evening, see Western Libraries' Facebook page.

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