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Library Closed to the Public September 11th

Posted on: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 9:44am

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Library Closed to the Public September 11th for Staff Development Day

Western Libraries will hold its annual Staff Development Day on Monday, September 11, 2017. In order to provide an opportunity for as many of our staff members as possible to participate, (including the Libraries’ student employees), Western Libraries will close to patrons on this day.

During the past several years, employees within the Libraries have actively engaged in conversations and planning in order to create a more inclusive environment, to give student employees a stronger voice in the library, and to serve patrons better.

Last year’s Development Day theme was entitled “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” This year’s Development Day is  a continuation of this work and the professional development activities planned for the day are intended to continue important conversations, build a better understanding about diversity and inclusion, and improve Libraries staff members’ daily interactions with their colleagues and the community they serve.

Western Libraries is committed to creating and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for its employees and patrons. Recognizing that effective implementation of organizational and professional development must also be inclusive, the Libraries one-day closure will enable all of its students, staff, and faculty to participate in the professional development opportunities planned for this day.

For more information about the Libraries commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion or if you have any questions, please contact Andrea.Peterson@wwu.edu.


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Origins of the Culture War

Posted on: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 8:03am

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Origins of the Culture War: Social Issues in State Party Platforms, 1960-2016

The recipient of the 2017 James W. Scott Research Fellowship, Matthew Carr, will give a talk entitled “Origins of the Culture War: Social Issues in State Party Platforms, 1960-2016,” at noon on Thursday, July 27 in Western Libraries Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor). The presentation is free and open to the public.

During the late-20th century, social issues that previously had played little role in party division came to separate one party from the other. Republican and Democratic elites staked out opposing positions on a range of issues – including abortion, gay rights, the role of religion in the public sphere, and gun control – and party electorates today are sharply polarized over these issues. In his talk, Carr will explore Democratic and Republican political party platforms from 1960 to the present day, especially the emergence of abortion and gay rights as partisan issues.

Matthew Carr is a doctoral candidate in the political science PhD program at Columbia University. His areas of interest include American Political Institutions, Political Parties, and Policy Development. As part of the Fellowship program, Carr will participate in a week-long residency at Western, during which he will examine archival collections at CPNWS including the papers of former Washington-State Congressmen Al Swift, Jack Metcalf, and Frank Atwood; records of the American Civil Liberties Union – Whatcom County Chapter; and local and regional Democratic and Republican Party records.

The James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowship is offered annually to scholars who conduct significant research using archival holdings at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (a unit of Western Libraries Heritage Resources). Funds are awarded in honor of the late Dr. James W. Scott, a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region, and a founder and first director of CPNWS.


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Paper & Scissors Rock!

Posted on: Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 10:44am

Topic(s): Updates, Feature Stories, Exhibits

New Art Exhibit by Leslie Hall

A new art exhibit entitled “Paper and Scissors Rock!” by Leslie Hall is now on display in Western Libraries Gallery 1, located at the end of the Mann Family Skybridge. This exhibit will remain on display through September 15, 2017 and is available for viewing during the hours the library is open.  

Hall’s art has previously exhibited in other venues, including the Murray-Goltz Archives Building lobby and reading room, the annual WWU Employees Arts and Crafts Show, and Western’s Small Business Development Center conference room.

Hall has been interested in art since she was a child, and throughout her life she has worked with a variety of mediums, including batik, silkscreen, and fiber.

“What I like to do is play with color, shape and texture using various kinds of papers, pens, gouache, scissors and glue,” Hall explains in her artist’s statement. “I might start out with a small idea from something I have seen or read that in some way hooks me. Other times I doodle or mess around with paper scraps and see what happens. I try to show what positive energy might look like, be it of the natural or spiritual world, and to create a sense of the place it inhabits.”

In addition to being an artist, Hall is also a full-time staff member of Western Libraries. In 2006, she committed to spending as much of her free time as possible to creating art, mainly working with paper, and this current exhibit shows some of that work. At the end of July and after a 31–year career at Western Libraries, Hall will retire and will have even more time to devote to her art.

Hall first began working in the library in 1982 as a temporary cataloger, and then returned as a full-time employee in 1986.  She has since worked in the Music Library, and at Western Libraries in interlibrary loan and also in cataloging. Hall was also a founding member of the library’s Art Exhibits Committee, which formed in 2009 and began exhibiting in 2011. Currently, the library has four art galleries, which showcases the art of faculty, staff, students and community members. In addition to her many contributions during her time at Western Libraries, Hall is also leaving Western a legacy she helped create of ensuring that there will always be a place for art in the library.

 For more information about art exhibits at Western Libraries, please see: https://library.wwu.edu/exhibits_art. For questions or comments about Hall’s art, you can contact her via email at: ha5ll@hotmail.com. 


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Intersession & Summer Hours

Posted on: Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 4:14pm

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Library Hours for Intersession and Summer Quarter

Western Libraries will be open during the intersession (August  19 - September 26) Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed weekends and also, Monday, September 11th (for its annual Staff Development Day).

The north doors in Wilson Library will also close on August 21, but the library will remain accessible via the Haggard Hall entrance. The Wilson doors will re-open on September 18, and regular hours will resume when fall quarter classes begin on September 27. 

The Map Collection area of the Libraries will be closed August 19 - September 11.

Heritage Resources will be open throughout the summer intersession with a few posted exceptions. Hours of operation for each of the three units (Special Collections, the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and University Archives & Records Management) can be found here.


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Jack Berryman to Speak About Fly Fishing Pioneers

Posted on: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 1:38pm

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Jack Berryman to Speak About Northwest Fly Fishing Pioneers: Ralph Wahl, Ralph Olson, and Alfred Knudson

 
Noted fly fishing writer and photographer Jack Berryman will give a talk entitled “Three Steelhead Fly Fishing Pioneers in the Northwest: Wahl, Olson and Knudson, 1900-1990” on Tuesday, July 11th at 2:00 p.m. in Western Libraries Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor).
 
The event is free and open to the public.
 
In his talk, Berryman will present a biographical summary of the career and contributions of three renowned Northwest steelhead fly fishing pioneers, Ralph Wahl and Ralph Olson (who are featured in Berryman’s book, Fly-Fishing Pioneers & Legends of the Northwest) and Alfred Knusdon (who was the subject of one of Berryman’s past columns in Northwest Fly Fishing). Berryman will detail the contributions of each individual to the sport and culture of fly fishing, illustrating his talk with slides. 
 
Jack Berryman grew up in central Pennsylvania fishing trout and bass, and hunting both small and large game. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and was hired by the University of Washington’s School of Medicine in 1975. After moving to the Pacific Northwest, he became even more enamored with fishing, spending many summers guiding on Alaska’s Kenai River. In 1986, he began a freelance writing and photography career, ultimately publishing over 300 articles and numerous photographs in a wide variety of adventure, travel and outdoor magazines. 
 
Berryman is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and a past columnist for Salmon Trout Steelheader and Northwest Fly Fishing. His most recent book, Fly-Fishing Pioneers & Legends of the Northwest (2006) won the 2007 Outdoor Writers Association of America’s Excellence in Craft Award for best book. 
 
For more information about the event, please contact Tamara Belts, Special Collections Manager, at (360) 650-3193 or Tamara.Belts@wwu.edu. 

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