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- Web-based catalog and databases that you can access anytime, anywhere
- Comfy chairs, quiet study areas, work tables and group study rooms
- The Skybridge
- Librarians with subject expertise to assist you with class assignments and papers
- Online course reserves
- Over 100 computers that connect to the Internet and printers including laptops for checkout
- Popular reading collection in the Daylight Lounge
- Feature and foreign films available for checkout
- Citation clinics, Reading Series, Study Breaks, Knitting Circle, art exhibits, events for one and all
- Your needs and suggestions matter to us!
The Libraries is excited to announce that it has developed a Research Mentoring class (LIBR 397) that is now on the schedule for Fall 2010. This class will give upper-division students the opportunity to help newer students learn how to do research and connect them to resources that will help them academically succeed. Woodring students, in particular, will get relevant hands-on experience in this class.
There is a longstanding need to increase mentoring connections between students of different academic levels on campus. Students in lower-division courses will benefit from interactions with upper division students who can encourage and assist in the navigation of academic support services on campus. This course will help create a network of people that better connects students to research resources.
• To train student mentors so that they can play an integral part in the learning process for the students they mentor.
• To create meaningful and relevant networks that help students connect to resources and engage in scholarly research and writing.
• To create understanding, through hands-on experience, about the role of service-learning and peer mentoring within an academic community.
Interested? Want to know more? Contact,
Sun's out! Enjoy the lazy days of summer in the Northwest ...
time to slow down & bike the county!
Whatcom County offers great scenic biking. Check out the links for city & county route maps, safety
videos, local events, tips on commuter biking, and much more!
The books (A-BJ) in HH 233 have been moved to Wilson 4-West in order to make room for a 24 hour study area and a relocated computer lab. The relocation of general university computer lab HH 155 will take place over Spring Quarter and the new 24 hour space should be ready by the beginning of Summer Quarter.
If you need assistance locating any of the books that were moved please feel free to ask for help at the Reference Desk.
Special Collections Re-opens February 16
WWU Libraries Special Collections is pleased to announce that starting Tuesday, February 16, 2010, we will be open for business in our new home on the 6th floor of Wilson Library.
Hours will be 11 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday, or by appointment.
Access to Wilson 6th floor is by the southwest elevator or stairs, located near the south entrance to the microforms collections—if accessing from the Haggard side of the library, turn left down the hallway immediately after crossing the Skybridge; from the north entrance into Wilson, turn right immediately after passing the Media/Circulation Desk.
We look forward to welcoming all visitors to our new space!
Collaborative Study/Presentation Space Planned for Wilson Library 279
A collaborative study/presentation space is planned for Wilson 279, the former home of Special Collections on Wilson 2. With the move of Special Collections to new, more generous and more secure space on Wilson 6, Wilson 279 will be reconfigured to meet student demands for additional study space for group work and interaction, as well as additional presentation and performance space for the fruits of student and faculty research.
New carpet and windows have already been installed. New furniture, including upholstered chairs, study tables, and study booths will be installed later this year. The tables will be foldable so that the space can be reconfigured to easily accommodate presentations of faculty and student research, author readings, and other performances.
The Libraries have also been working with University Dining Services to install an Einstein Brothers’ Bagel kiosk in the space. While the menu and hours are still under discussion, the installation would serve coffee, freshly baked bagels, and other grab-and-go items. Wilson 279 will be open briefly during winter quarter and will close again in spring quarter for painting and installation of infrastructure needed for the Einstein Brothers’ Bagel kiosk. The newly renovated space will open officially beginning fall quarter, 2010.
The space fulfills a number of student and campus needs. Students have long asked for additional collaborative study spaces to work together on projects and study in groups. The presentation space offers an alternative to the popular Skybridge for faculty lectures, student research presentations and performances. It also provides a communal gathering place for the campus, creating a forum for students, faculty and staff to come together for intellectual discussion and debate – with food as a catalyst. We expect this will become a vibrant hub of activity.
Welcome to Western Libraries! We are a staff of experts in two libraries dedicated to providing you with the information resources and services you need when and where you need them.
Our collection consists of over 1.4 million volumes, all of which can be searched from these pages using our online catalog. We also offer access to a dizzying array of online periodical databases and other resources, many with full text access, available from campus or from home 24x7. All are purchased in consultation with academic faculty to ensure that they serve the research needs of our students. Our collection is supplemented by resources you can acquire through Summit, a consortium of academic libraries in Washington and Oregon, and interlibrary loan.
The Libraries fulfill a variety of campus roles. We are the campus’ intellectual center, offering materials and experiences to stimulate learning and discussion. We partner with faculty and other campus organizations to provide exhibits and public programming. Our Special Collections department is the caretaker of the campus’ historical consciousness and collections of unique research interest to students, faculty and community members. Our construction project to move the department to the sixth floor of Wilson demonstrates our pride in this role. We are also a social center where students come to engage in intellectual discourse with faculty and with their peers. We accommodate this need by offering a variety of study spaces, from more traditional study carrels to the comfy, upholstered furniture on our popular Skybridge. We also have newly designated quiet study spaces on Wilson 5 and 4 Central.
In response to students’ technology needs, we offer computers and wireless access as well as provide a popular laptop checkout service. We offer group study rooms newly equipped with technology so students can work collaboratively to create and rehearse their presentations.
Our most important role is encouraging lifelong learning and the development of research skills. We do this through credit instruction, instruction in academic courses and at the reference desk where we answer queries and assist users in finding materials at the point of need.
In fulfilling these roles, our main focus is you, whether you are a student, faculty member, staff member, or a member of the Bellingham community. We urge you to explore everything we have to offer - both in person and online. Tell us what you think and share suggestions of how we might make your research lives better. You can use our online form or e-mail me directly. We’re here to help you succeed and we value your input!
Dean of Libraries
Western Libraries is pleased to offer full access to The Chronicle of Higher Education Online. The Chronicle online is the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators.
Faculty and staff on campus can link to the Chronicle online either by going directly to http://chronicle.com, by going to the library's home page and choosing the Chronicle from the alphabetical databases list, or by searching for the title in the library catalog.
Off-campus access is also available to WWU affiliated students, staff, and faculty with a Universal Login Username and Password.
Highlights from ‘The Chronicle Online’ include:
- Web site updated throughout the day (NO EMBARGO) with the latest news in academe
- The text from the current print edition, posted every Monday morning
- A searchable archive of every issue published since September 1989
- All the commentary and essays from the weekly magazine, The Chronicle Review
- All the data from the annual Almanac and other special, single-topic reports in easy-to-search databases
- Online "extras" such as slide shows, podcasts, and video
- A number of free e-mail newsletters to help administrators and faculty stay up to date, including Academe Today, The Chronicle's popular Daily Report
This subscription is made possible by the Orbis Cascade Alliance.
The Library Maniacs is a new advisory group of students who not only appreciate the library but want to get involved in a fun way to help the library become even better. During club meetings we'll have fun brain storming sessions for ideas for events and services that would help you the student make better use of the library and your time. I'll pass all of the ideas we generate on to the library faculty and staff to see what we can do to make your ideas come to life.
You can find us on Facebook at either firstname.lastname@example.org or "fi spooner".
Ruth Steele and Roz Koester have joined the Libraries team. The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies collection includes private papers, organizational and institutional records documenting economic, social, cultural and polticial trends significant to the Pacific Northwest.
The collection is located in the Goltz-Murray Building on the corner of Bill McDonald Parkway and 25th street.
The Center Pacific Northwest Studies seeks to enhance public and scholarly understanding of the region's past and present through expansion of its archival holdings, public programming, and publications. Call 650-7747 or email Ruth Steele (Ruth.Steele@wwu.edu) for information.
This is an exciting opportunity to bring University Archives & Records, Western Libraries Special Collections, and the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies together for the first time.