The news @ Western Libraries
Reading Room Experiment Spring 2012
Based on feedback from students and faculty in a recent Facilities survey,
we are experimenting with some new configurations in 4 Central Spring 2012.
Suggestions included flattening the tables in the Reading Room for easier use with laptops, & adding more soft seating and outlets throughout the building. Since several events are scheduled in the Reading Room this quarter which require a lot of furniture moving, we have decided to capitalize on this and use this time to experiment.
We moved in some tables and soft seating from the area outside the CLIC, as well as a couple of other upholstered pieces in the library, into the center of the Reading Room, and moved the tables and chairs housed there near the CLIC space.
There is a Comment Box by the door in 4C.
Please tell us what you think of the new arrangement.
National Library Week
April 8 - 14, 2012
YOU BELONG @ your library
Like Western Libraries on Facebook
& tell us how you belong @ your library!
by sharing what you like best!
Events in the Skybridge Wed. noon - 2pm
Learn about the Whatcom
County One Card,and how
the Bellingham Public
Library and your Western
Libraries are connected!
It’s almost like having a branch of BPL right on campus!
You belong @ your library Six Word Story Sweepstakes
Share your story of why you belong at your library by composing a six word story for National Library Week! Tweet your story at #nlw6words.
Check out the six word story sweepstakes for more information and examples.
Share Your Library Story
You belong @ your library. Do you have a story about how the library has impacted your life? Share your story!
Show support for your library during National Library Week by uploading one of several Facebook cover images available on atyourlibrary.org.
How can we engage and connect multiple voices to strengthen Western as a 21st-century liberal arts university?
Spring TLA Dialogue Groups start next week, April 4 & 5 & meet every OTHER week after that.
- Spring 2012: Apr 4, 5, 18 & 19; May 2, 3, 16 & 17
- Time: 12-1:20 & 2-3:20 pm on both Wed & Thur
WWU Libraries Heritage Resources Presents
Return to the River: Steve Raymond explores the literary legacy of Roderick Haig-Brown
August 3, 2012
Wilson Library 6th Floor
Save the Date!
Roderick Haig-Brown is known internationally for his writing on fly fishing. Born in England, he came to British Columbia, Canada, and lived on the banks of the Campbell River, Vancouver Island. He published many books and articles, and is known for his writing on fly fishing.
Steve Raymond was born in Bellingham, Wash. Raymond has been a major contributor of articles and book reviews to angling magazines, and served as an editor of The flyfisher and Fly fishing in salt waters. He has won many awards including the Roderick Haig-Brown Award of the Federation of Fly Fishers and the Letcher Lambuth Angling Craftsman Award of the Washington Fly Fishing Club.
Photo: Ledge Pool. Image taken at the Grand Ronde River, October 15, 1964. Ralph E. Wahl Photograph Collection, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, a department of Heritage Resources, Western Libraries.
"Wild About Whatcom" Exhibit
Whatcom County Washington,
February 15th – September 12th, 2012
The exhibit will be rotating
through Library exhibit spaces thru mid-September.
Allied Arts of Whatcom County is hosting its second traveling art show; Wild About Whatcom! The goal with Wild About Whatcom, is to increase exposure of Whatcom county’s many talented artists by displaying works in publically accessible buildings throughout Whatcom County. Works for this year’s show were selected from the entries to the Allied Arts Annual Member’s Show in January.
This show consists of 5 groups, with 10 pieces of work in each group, making for a total of 50 pieces. The groups will rotate between the locations every 6 weeks. The art in each group is tied together by a common theme or subject matter ranging from land and sea to animals to abstract works.
At the end of their travels, the works will make their way to the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle for a 3 month long exhibit. For more information visit www.alliedarts.org or contact:
Katy Borden, Artist Services Coordinator at 676-8548 x5 or email@example.com.
2012 marks the 50 year anniversary of the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair) of 1962. Held on the site of the present-day Seattle Center, the Fair’s theme and exhibitions emphasized the role of science and technology in paving the way to an improved future way of life. Among the notable attractions were the newly-constructed Space Needle and the Alweg monorail.
Although the Space Needle frequently dominates memories of the Fair, visitors were presented with many and varied spectacles, including exhibitions of science, commerce, industry and art. Among the less orthodox and more adult attractions was Gracie Hansen’s “Paradise International Club” featuring Las Vegas style revue shows. In an August 1962 interview with KVOS-TV (see footage below), Hansen described her “pet theory that science will never replace sex or cotton candy,” and subsequent journey to the stage at the Century 21 Exposition.
Clips from this KVOS interview (archived at WWU’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies) will appear in a new KCTS 9 documentary about the history and impact of the Exposition, entitled “When Seattle Invented The Future” (air-date March 24). Footage from the same “Girls, Glitter and Gracie” interview is also featured in an online trailer for Don Horn/Triangle Production’s musical “Gracie,” opening in Portland, Oregon in the Spring.
For more information about World’s Fair related materials available through Western Libraries and its Heritage Resources programs, please contact us and/or visit this online research guide at: http://libguides.wwu.edu/worldsfairs. A selection of KVOS Channel 12 Films (including “Girls, Glitter and Gracie” and an earlier Jack Webster Report about the 1962 Exposition) can be accessed online as part of Western Libraries’ Digital Collections.
Reflective Garden Coming – Just in Time for Spring
Two years ago, the Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) addressed a BIG question around reflective learning. As a result of that dialogue, they proposed the creation of a Reflective Garden on campus that would serve as a reminder to pause and consider during our learning lives here at Western and an actual spot for pausing.
The result was a grant of $10,000 from Wayne and Anne Gittinger to support it. An Art Department alumna – Janelle Gavin – who owns Garden Oasis (a garden design company in Bellingham), then did an overall design. This week, the grounds crew has begun installation! Watch for the Garden to grow in the plot between Carver Gym and College Hall.
While the TLA, Western Libraries, have sponsored the Garden,
it belongs to Western and all of you.
Art Installation in Gallery 1 March 1-31
Anne Albosta, artist
Anne Albosta’s 95% recycled mixed media installation represents her experience with grief. This is accompanied by her powerful artist’s statement as well as helpful information on what anyone might expect as they go through their own grieving process.
“Salmon have been my helpers, my healers and my guides as I navigate the grief and death in my life…
As a survivor, it is essential to my healing to exhibit my story, to make the invisible oppression I have faced visible. Reclaiming Grief is my journey of acknowledging and shedding the grief I have been carrying”
The Educator is a distinctive portrayal in oils of Charles H. Fisher (1880-1964), president of Western from 1924 to 1939. Measuring about 40 x 32 in., the portrait shows Fisher at age 65, several years after his contentious dismissal from the college.
Did you know? Western Libraries’ Heritage Resources programs provide access to a vast array of unique and historical materials about women’s history. These include:
- Photographs and oral histories (selections available online)
- Campus history collections and institutional records documenting experiences of women students and faculty
- Records of local and regional women’s organizations
- Personal papers documenting the lives and achievements of women from Whatcom County and the Pacific Northwest.
Interested to learn more? Thinking about a research project relating to women’s history? We invite you to explore our digital collections and online research guide, and to visit and contact Heritage Resources with any questions. A sample of images and other "women's history" documents from Center for Pacific Northwest Studies collections is presently on display near the Reference Desk in Western Libraries (Haggard Wing 2).
Poster advertising a protest at the Boeing Cruise Missile Plant in Kent, WA. circa 1985. From the Gay and Lesbian Miscellaneous Manuscript Collection, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.