News from the Dean

Mark I. Greenberg, Dean of Libraries

Happy New Year. I hope you had a wonderful winter break and are excited for the start of 2018. As we begin Winter Quarter, I want to share information about important activities underway in the Western Libraries as well as recent accomplishments.

Exciting physical changes in the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio on the second floor of Haggard Hall are now complete. The Studio integrates academic support for research, writing, and reading literacies in a vibrant learning environment staffed by experts. The third and final phase of the project – a glass-walled workshop and group project area – was installed last year. Less than two years old, the Studio welcomed over 60,000 repeat visitors in 2016-2017. Students come to use the flexible furnishings and mobile technologies, to work on academic projects by themselves or with others, and to seek academic support from the Studio’s expert staff. The Libraries is grateful to Cindy, Don, and Adam Hacherl; Dave and Ann Mann; and Dick, Melinda, and Laura Hearsey for the generous financial support that made the new Studio possible.

This past fall, the Libraries opened a dedicated space for graduate students in Wilson Library 562/564. The new Graduate Research and Writing Studio offers innovative, peer-to-peer teaching and learning services aimed at enhancing academic literacies and graduate student success. The new space supports collaborative work for research and assessment, outreach, and curriculum planning. It allows Studio staff to meet with graduate students, their advisors, and campus partners. The Graduate Studio accommodates consultations with graduate student groups and online and phone consultations with graduate students studying in other locations. I am extremely pleased with this latest phase in the Libraries teaching and learning services, and I look forward to sharing more news about the Graduate Research and Writing Studio in future messages.

Also in Fall Quarter, the Mann Family Skybridge received a much-needed facelift. Thanks to a generous gift from Dave and Ann Mann and Ann’s mother, Sally Thompson, the Libraries replaced all of the furniture in the Skybridge. In keeping with other library facilities projects, Western students consulted on the furniture’s selection.

In an effort to improve access to research collections, Western Washington University recently purchased perpetual, full-text, electronic access to Early English Books Online, the U.S. Serials Set, and an assortment of heavily used newspapers -- much of which was previously available only on microfilm in the Western Libraries. Enhanced access to this content now permits patrons to search and read these materials online at any time. Access is provided as fully searchable full-page views. The decision to purchase perpetual electronic access to these resources and to reduce the microfilm footprint advances Western’s plans to relocate disAbility Resources for Students and Veteran’s Services from Old Main into the first floor of Wilson Library. This larger, modern, highly visible location has increased the quality and capacity of services provided to students and faculty. The plan also offers the Libraries the opportunity to relocate the Map Collection from the Wilson Library first floor to a more visible location on the second floor and to improve adjoining learning spaces.

The new digital content currently includes:

  • Early English Books Online, 1473-1700 with enhanced (subject searching) individual catalog records (130,000 titles from 200 libraries)
  • Globe and Mail, 1844-2014
  • Los Angeles Times, 1881-1993
  • New York Daily Times, 1851-1857
  • New York Times, 1857-2014
  • Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985
  • U.S. Serial Set 1 Digital Collection, 1789-1969
  • Wall Street Journal, 1889-2000
  • Washington Post, 1877-2000

To access this content, search for your title in OneSearch or visit Don’t forget to “Sign in for Full Access.”

The Libraries (in partnership with the Graduate School, Office of the Provost, and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs) is pleased to provide Western CEDAR. The 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. Since its launch almost three years ago, content in CEDAR has grown to include 141 individual research pages located in the SelectedWorks Author Gallery, 32 departmental pages, 58 Honors Program Senior Projects, 626 graduate student theses, 2015 and 2016 Scholars Week poster sessions, the 2014 and 2016 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conferences, the Journal of Educational Controversy, and the new Huxley College of the Environment journal Summit to Salish Sea: Inquiries and Essays. At the end of December 2017, just over 4,864 documents contained in CEDAR had been downloaded worldwide 323,000 times. All campus units are invited to disseminate reports, papers, datasets, conference proceedings, and the like. People interested in open access publishing can manage the editorial process and publish the final product. The Libraries has taken an active leadership role in managing CEDAR day to day, helping faculty, staff, and students with the software’s many capabilities, and educating authors on their intellectual property rights and responsibilities. To learn more about CEDAR and how to get involved, don’t hesitate to contact Scholarly Communications Librarian Jenny Oleen or CEDAR Project Manager Kim Marsicek.

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
January 2018