The news @ Western Libraries
As fall settles in it’s a great time to take your fly-fishing indoors and curl up in a chair with a great read. One of my favorites is Steve Raymond’s, Rivers of the Heart: a Fly-Fishing Memoir; illustrated by August C. Kristoferson. A contemplative book, Mr. Raymond shares those things that matter most: the people, places, and things vital to his sport and to him.
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 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 simplify the process so you can excel!
Save research time and frustration - come to the Reference Desk & let subject specialists be your partners in research - we help you get the resources you need, quick! We can help you locate the perfect articles in databases, locate great background reference sources to help you develop your topic, & help you find the perfect materials, quickly.
Need help & you're on the 5th floor?
On a computer & need research advice?
Get help without packing up & coming to Reference.
Via SMS: TXT your question to (360) 797-5910
Tweet your question to @refdesk_wwu
Need Study Help? Help writing your paper?
Let the Writing Center help you - from start to finish!
Located in Wilson 2, next to the Media Desk.
As a free resource for students, the Writing Center welcomes writers engaged in all stages of writing, from brainstorming topics to polishing final drafts. Writers may conference with qualified writing assistants first to clarify ideas (thesis and organization) and then to identify patterns of error.
Not sure what your professor wants? Let the Writing Center help you analyze assignments, learn strategies for writing effective essay exams, or how to develop reading strategies for understanding dense texts.
Call for appointments 650-3219 or just drop by - in person or online.
Drop by the after hours Tutoring Center
Evenings: Sunday-Thursday, 6-9pm
in Wilson Library 290 (Wilson 2 East)
The Fall Quarter 2010 edition of Connected: News from the Western Libraries is now available! Be sure to check it out to stay connected to all of the exciting things happening in your Western Libraries.
In this issue: learn about all the changes we've made to enhance access and service for our users, celebrate the archives, meet the new services that have joined the library, learn about how Whatcom County Libraries are collaborating and more.
Thanks from the Western Libraries!
New 24 Hour Computer Lab in Haggard 233
This is a new 40-seat lab and is open 24/7!
During library hours, access is through the library. After library hours, access is from the west end of Haggard, abutting a 24-hour study area.
The Haggard 245 Dual-Boot Mac/PC Lab has been retrofitted so that it can be divided into two smaller labs when the need arises. If a class is in session, be sure to go around the corner & check to see if the other section is open for general use. Also, check out the STC schedule of classes @ http://www.wwu.edu/techcenter/workshops/ for workshops in Adobe programs , Powerpoint, & more!
Student computers in the Western Libraries have been updated.
The library & STC provide over 100 workstations in Haggard 2 & Wilson for research, class projects, & general use. For additional computer & new software information, go to: http://library.wwu.edu/news/4649
The circulation desks have wireless computers available for students to check out. They may be checked out for a maximum of two hours at the Haggard Circulation Desk and four hours at the Wilson Circulation Desk at no cost.
Group Study Rooms
- Choose a room that best meets your group's size and equipment needs
- Maximum period 2 hours. Total hours limited to 4 hours per group per day.
- Reservations can be made up to 14 days in advance
- Keys are checked-out at the Wilson Circulation Desk on Wilson 2
- Display Equipment: 7 rooms are equipped with large screen LCD monitor and interactive whiteboard - Whiteboard Help Documents and Videos
- Need a room for 1 person only? Consult with the Wilson Circulation Desk: 650-4767
New Mediated Presentation, Audio/Video Suites, operated by the Student Technology Center, provide a quiet, sound-proofed location for audio recording, video post-production, and presentation practice. Use the presentation practice room to make presentations, or to practice using media equipment similar to that which is installed in classrooms, and to video-record presentations for later review. The audio and video suites will also allow for advanced work in audio recording and video editing in a quiet facility. These rooms, which are soon to be available for use, will directly benefit you in producing your class projects.
If you've ever checked anything out in the library, reserved a group study room or accessed your course reserves, you've probably interacted with the friendly and helpful folks that run our Circulation Services. The folks at the Circulation Desk, on Haggard 2, and the Wilson Circulation Desk, on Wilson 2, are happy to help you with a plethora of services including:
- Managing holds from our collection
- Using Summit and ILLiad
- Resolving problems concerning library records
- Taking fines
- Opening and closing the library buildings
- Taking care of Lost and Found items
In addition to the above functions, the folks at the Wilson Circulation Desk also:
- Manage the video and microform collections
- Help with group study room reservations and video bookings
Circulation Services also includes those hardworking folks in Stacks Maintenance, who are in charge of shelving and keeping the stacks in shape. You've probably seen them pushing carts full of books all around the library! The Stacks folks are also happy to help you find items or direct you to the right location. So if you see them wandering around in the stacks, feel free to ask them for help!
Over the summer library staff and student assistants were busily reorganizing the collection arrangement. All regularly circulating books are now in the Wilson building, arranged in one A-Z (Library of Congress classifications) run. This begins with A on 3 west & ending with Z on 5 East.
All print journals which are active subscriptions or have recently been active subscriptions are located on Haggard 3. New issues of scholarly journals will also be on display on Haggard 3 later this Fall. Back runs of journals to which the library previously subscribed are located in storage areas on the lower level of Wilson and may be requested through either circulation desk. We expect that the new arrangement will be easier for library users to locate collections, and will also provide some savings for library staffing during these times of budgetary restraint.
If you need help finding something, be sure to stop by one of the service desks and ask for help!
By now you will have examined the proposed budget reductions that were posted this morning on the Planning and Budgeting web site. As part of that cut, the Libraries are proposing to consolidate its two branch libraries – the Music Library and Huxley Map Library. It was the Provost who ultimately made the decision regarding this reduction; a decision that was made very late in the game but which I very much support.
What do we mean by consolidation? This means we would be moving the two branches collections into the main library. This decision was made for a number of reasons.
Introducing the new "From the Dean" Blog.
In an effort to share his views on a variety of library initiatives and trends and in order to continue to be transparent, the Dean of Libraries, Chris Cox, wanted to start a blog to better communicate with all of you, the Libraries' users, those we serve and care about. Each week or so he'll be making posts, and we urge you to visit every once in a while to see what's being said. As always, the Dean is interested in what you have to say. If you have comments on any of the postings to the blog, feel free to email Chris directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.