Collaboration is the main theme for our fall 2017 edition of 3Things. In this issue we share with you news about an exciting new partnership between Western Libraries and The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity. We also we invite you to explore with us what we mean by "? Authority," and we talk about how collaboration with faculty here at Western is helping us improve and enhance our services to you.
By Sandra Alfers
Director, The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity
The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at Western Washington University finally has a home! And it is right here in Western Libraries. After being without a space for the first year of its existence, the institute moved into their new office on the fifth floor of Wilson Library (rooms 571 & 572) this past September. The Wolpow Institute also welcomed a new administrative assistant, Sheila Pennell.
Beginning last summer, you may have noticed library staff sporting bright green T-shirts emblazoned with the phrase “? Authority.” At Summerstart, Transitions, Red Square Info Fair, and throughout the library on the first day of classes, many of us wore these T-shirts and hoped that the bright green color caught your attention. So, you may be wondering, “What’s this all about?”
By Sarah McDaniel
Director of Teaching & Learning and the Learning Commons
In February 2017, Western Libraries invited input from faculty in every department at Western Washington University about the services offered by subject librarians. The Libraries hosted a series of one-hour focus groups, during which participants shared stories about the value of their collaborations with library personnel, and explored ideas about what they would like to see improved. Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism, Brian J. Bowe (who is also a focus group expert) worked with a team of subject librarians to design the framework for the sessions. Faculty from throughout the university generously participated, providing a wealth of information and advice. These conversations are helping us better align the important services librarians provide with the changing curricular, research, and teaching & learning needs of the university.