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Award for Undergraduate Research Now Available

Posted on: April 21, 2020

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Now Accepting Submissions for the Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award 

Western Libraries is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award. Awards are given annually to students who demonstrate outstanding library research in the writing of papers for college credit courses taught at Western. Each Undergraduate Research Award winner receives $500.00 and publication in Western CEDAR, Western’s institutional repository. Applications are due by May 18, 2020.

Three people standing near a "Congratulations" sign whole holding awards certificates for the Libraries Undergraduate Research AwardStudents must be enrolled at Western during spring 2020 in order to apply, and are encouraged to enter research and writing projects that they completed either in the spring, summer, or fall of 2019, or from the winter and spring quarters of 2020.

Undergraduate research at Western is a significant way students connect with and explore the world around them. Collaboration between faculty and students is integral to teaching and learning, which Western Libraries encourages by providing the resources and support students need to complete their research. 

“Despite the turmoil around Covid-19 that has resulted in many cancellations, we wanted to make sure this award was still available,” explained librarian and chair of the award committee Gabe Gossett. “We know students are dealing with a lot right now, which is all the more reason for us to recognize and celebrate their hard work. We want the award and the recognition that comes with it to still be possible for students, and we extended the deadline in the hopes that will help.”

Now in its seventh year, the Libraries Undergraduate Research Award has grown to honor research from an array of disciplines. In the past, awards have been given to student research in the areas of Chemistry, Economics, Journalism, and Linguistics and Community Health.  If you are a student who would like to apply for this award, or a faculty member who wishes to nominate a student, please see the full award guidelines and details here.

This year, the Libraries Undergraduate Research Award winners will be announced on June 19, 2020. Questions? Contact us here.


Photo caption: the 2018-2019 winners of the Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award: Tyler Bunker (History),  Samia Saliba (History), and Maggie Newhouse (Political Science).

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Western Libraries Closed to the Public and Accessible Online

Posted on: March 11, 2020

Topic(s): Updates

Western Libraries Closed to the Public & Accessible Online

Western Libraries has been working diligently to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with the university and public health mandates, guidelines, and practices. We have prioritized the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and community members, while trying to sustain regular operations as much as possible.  

In light of the most recent recommendations from the CDC to limit the size of all social and public gatherings, along with the Governor’s March 23 “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order for the State of Washington, Western Libraries will be closed to the public until further notice.

We recognize the importance of library collections to Western’s teaching, learning, and research missions. However, at least for the duration of the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, it will not be possible to loan items from the Western Libraries’ circulating collection. Likewise, the Orbis Cascade Alliance has suspended Summit borrowing until further notice.  

Once it is again safe to do so, circulation of physical materials will resume, and Libraries will communicate new information as soon as it becomes available. Please also know that the due date for all materials checked out to patrons will be extended to June 15 (except for items already due after that date).  Recalls will not be possible during this period.

While the Libraries’ physical buildings and collections are not accessible at this time, the Libraries is committed to providing as much online access to collections, services, and support as possible. Please see the web pages: Library Services and Access to Materials FAQs and the Teaching and Learning FAQs for more information. 

Additionally, If you would like to request a title in electronic format, please submit a purchase request via ILLiad and specify e-book as the format. We are happy to purchase electronic copies of books if they are available, meet other standard purchase criteria, and are financially feasible. If you have a specific question, please contact

We understand how difficult and disruptive the COVID-19 pandemic and global response have been in people’s personal and professional lives, and we recognize that this situation is constantly evolving.  We will continue to post updates as plans change and details are confirmed, and as Western continues to share its evolving university-wide plans, the Libraries will also evaluate and identify evolving needs and adjust operations accordingly. 

We are actively working to identify actions we can take to prepare for a variety of needs, while prioritizing the health and well-being of library users and staff. We appreciate your understanding as conditions rapidly change and Western Libraries reevaluates its ability to deliver established programs and services. We are not always able to provide as much advance notice as we would like, as we also struggle to adapt to the challenges of operating in this unpredictable and uncertain environment. 

Western Libraries appreciates all library users and all library personnel, and we value and rely on each other as a community. We want to stay connected to each other during these difficult times, and we encourage you to reach out to us and share any questions, concerns, and comments you may have, (or even if you just want to say hello!).  Please remember we are still here with you, even if we are not all in the same building. You can always email us at, or check out our full staff directory for more customized contact information. And above all, please take care of yourselves and each other.

Additional information about Western's planning and response can be found on the coronavirus information website,  which features Frequently Asked Questions; has links to campus, regional and national resources; an archive of campus messaging and media stories about coronavirus; a new toll-free campus coronavirus information line, and more. The site is a living document, and will get frequent updates as the coronavirus situation evolves.

--This page was last updated 3/25/2020

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Canines & Cats on Campus - CANCELED

Posted on: March 5, 2020

Topic(s): Updates, Events

UPDATE: 'Canines & Cats on Campus' Visit Canceled

students visiting with a dog from the 'Canines & Cats on Campus' programUPDATE: The Canines & Cats program regrets they must cancel this event and will not be visiting Western Libraries this quarter. They apologize for the inconvenience and added they hope to see everyone in June, and they wish students well on their finals.

Western Libraries will once again be joined by members of the “Canines & Cats on Campus” registered therapy animal program from Monday, March 9 through Thursday, March 19, 2020. 

Teams of humans and animals will be located in the gallery space at the end of the Mann Family Skybridge on the Wilson side of the library off and on between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. during both the week preceding and the week of final exams. 

During this two-week period, this space will be reserved exclusively for the registered Canines & Cats on Campus therapy animal program, and animals who are not official volunteers with this program are not permitted in this area. Additionally, Western Libraries would like to remind everyone that while ADA service animals are welcome in the library, pets may not be brought into library facilities at any time.

For more information about the upcoming Canines & Cats on Campus visit, a schedule which includes the names of the volunteers, photos of the animals, and the times when they will be available for visiting, will be posted on an easel in the designated gallery area beginning Monday, March 9.

Remember to stop by the library to say hi or de-stress when you are in need of a break from studying for finals, working on projects, or writing those last few papers!  


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How does the political context of art affect the way we consume it?

Posted on: February 24, 2020

Topic(s): Updates, Events

TLA On-Campus Dialogue: How does the political context of art affect the way we consume it?

Knowledge Bennett standing next to his art piece, Obama Cowboy, Six-Shooter (2012).Join faculty, staff, students, and members of the community as together we explore the question, “How does the political context of art affect the way we consume it?” On March 4, 2020 in the WWU Gallery, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., a panel presentation will be followed by small group conversation in the WWU Gallery.

This Teaching-Learning Academy dialogue-based event complements the Western Gallery’s current exhibition, "Knowledge Bennett: Road to Damascus." Knowledge’s work appropriates pop culture imagery to address and critique American idealism, political corruption, and systematic racial stratification from past to the present.

The TLA dialogue events offer students, faculty, staff, and community members a chance to come together and explore questions and issues that affect us all. These dialogues also give participants a way to explore difficult topics, practice and refine productive communication strategies, and develop interpersonal communication and collaboration skills.

For more information, please contact  or call (360) 650-3740.

Caption/Credit info for the image: Knowledge Bennett with his Obama Cowboy, Six-Shooter (2012); photo credit: Aaron Lacey/Courtesy KNOW

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Cinema East Film Series continues Feb. 11 with ‘Early Spring’

Posted on: February 7, 2020

Topic(s): Events

Cinema East Film Series continues Feb. 11 with ‘Early Spring’

Theatrical release poster for Yasujirō Ozu's film 'Early Spring'

The next film in the Cinema East series is Ozu Yasujiro’s 1956 feature Early Spring, which screens at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street).

Early Spring was Ozu’s first film after Tokyo Story, and his next-to-last black and white film.  Quietly, the film builds a rich story about the lives of young office workers, infidelity, the lingering effects of the war, dissatisfaction with work, and other topics. 

“It’s become one of my favorite Ozu films, with a wonderful ensemble cast headed by Awashima Chikage, Ikebe Ryo, and Kishi Keiko,” explained series curator and librarian from Western Washington University Libraries Jeff Purdue, adding “I’ve seen this film quite a bit, including several times in theatres, and I can’t wait to see it again at the Pickford.” 

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Pickford Film Center, each film in the Cinema East series, (formerly known as the Masters of Asian Cinema series), begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators.

Early Spring will be introduced by Dr. Colleen A. Laird (PhD), who is Assistant Professor of Japanese Popular Culture in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia where she teaches classes on Japanese cinema and media. She has written several articles on Japanese cinema, ranging in topics from Japanese celebrities like Kikuchi Rinko and contemporary directors such as Nishikawa Miwa and Ogigami Naoko, to historical analysis of Japanese film posters in the postwar era and the concept of “home” in Japanese cinema.  She is currently working on a monograph on Japanese women film directors, but is often distracted by smaller projects including works on Netflix Japan, the HBO show Westworld, and the role of haptics and gameplay in Japanese video games.

For more information about this film event, please see the following link:  or contact