Welcome. I hope you had an enjoyable summer and are excited for the start of a new academic year.
As we begin the Fall Quarter, I want to share the Libraries recent accomplishments and to let you know of exciting things to come.
During the summer, the Libraries (in partnership with the Graduate School, Office of the Provost, and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs) launched Western CEDAR. The new online Institutional Repository advances Western’s commitment to enriching academic inquiry and strengthening communities by sharing the expertise and creativity of its students, faculty, and staff worldwide via the Web. Over the last several months, content in CEDAR has grown to include a sample of faculty and department research pages as well as student theses. This is just the beginning. All campus units are invited to disseminate reports, papers, datasets, conference proceedings, and the like. People interested in open access publishing will have an outstanding tool to manage the editorial process and to publish the final product. The Libraries will take an active leadership role in managing CEDAR day to day, teaching interested faculty, staff, and students about the software’s many capabilities, and educating them on their intellectual property rights and responsibilities. In conjunction with International Open Access Week, CEDAR will launch officially with presentations and hands on workshops the week of October 20-26. To learn more about CEDAR and how you can get involved, don’t hesitate to contact the Libraries’ new scholarly communications librarian, Jenny Oleen or CEDAR project manager Kim Marsicek.
OneSearch (the Libraries online resource discovery system) celebrated its first birthday back in June, and most of the initial bugs have been worked out. I hope you’re finding the ability to search “Books, Articles + More” to be a useful tool. Remember, you can narrow your search to just WWU or WWU + Summit, and you still can use your favorite databases just like you did in the past. For lots of great tips on making the most of OneSearch or to see known issues and product improvement plans, check out Search Tips. Also, any of the Libraries’ research consultation professionals can assist you with using OneSearch. To make suggestions for improvements or to know more about the Orbis Cascade Alliance partnership behind OneSearch, don’t hesitate to contact Rebecca Marrall.
In addition to improvements in the Libraries’ virtual space, there have been positive physical changes as well. Over the summer, Zoe’s got a major facelift with new tables and chairs and comfortable seating. An extension of the Learning Commons, Zoe’s particular environment attracts students seeking to study individually or in groups and places them in close proximity to learning support services and library research collections that can aid in their academic work. Special thanks to Director of University Residences Leonard Jones and Western’s District Manager for Dining Services Stephen Wadsworth for making this upgrade possible. Right outside Zoe’s, you may notice that the Info Desk has been relocated closer to the Wilson entryway in order to better serve patrons. The Research Consultation desk, previously in the back corner by the Writing Center, was removed in an effort to increase “just in time” interactions between the Libraries research consultation staff and students working in the adjacent areas.
As always, I encourage you to stop by to see me in Haggard Hall 231 or to send me an email if there is anything I can do to improve the Libraries.
Mark I. Greenberg
Dean of Libraries