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I Am Black History, Herstory, Hxstory Photo Gallery

Posted on: February 6, 2020

Topic(s): Updates, Events, Exhibits

New Photo Exhibit in Celebration of Black History Month

A new exhibition of photographs in celebration of Black History Month will be on display beginning February 6 through March 2, 2020 in multiple locations throughout Western Washington University. The exhibition is entitled, I Am Black History, Herstory, Hxstory, and features students, staff, and faculty of Western.

Portrait from the "I Am Black History, Herstory, Hxstory" exhibitBlack History Month is an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments and challenges overcome by those within the African American and Black community. In celebration of the students, staff, and faculty of African descent at Western, black and white photographic portraits will be displayed in select galleries throughout Western Libraries, the Multicultural Center, and Carver Gym through the month of February.

The exhibition offers an opportunity to recognize the collective excellence among us by featuring some of the many unsung scholars and heroes who are part of Western’s community. Each image is accompanied by a quote chosen by the individual featured in the photo. This exhibition is free and open to the public, and available for viewing during the open hours of the various locations.

This project is the result of a collaboration among multiple partners at Western, including the Ethnic Student Center, the Black Student Union, the African-Caribbean Club, the Viking Union, Western Libraries, Student Outreach Services, Men’s Resiliency, and the Digital Media Center.

Special thanks to Victoria Matey and Adam Haizlip for initiating and leading the project, to the Associated Students Publicity Center for printing the photographs, to photographer Thomas Meade, and to the members of the Western community who are featured in this exhibition.

If you have questions or need more information about this exhibit, please contact Adam Haizlip at haizlia@wwu.edu, Victoria Matey at mateyv@wwu.edu, or Eric Alexander at alexane6@wwu.edu.



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Special Collections Manager Tamara Belts to Retire

Posted on: February 3, 2020

Topic(s): Updates

Tamara Belts, Special Collections manager at Western Libraries, will retire on April 1st after working at Western Washington University for over 42 years. Belts got her start at Western as a transfer student in 1974, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1976. Picture of Tamara Belts in the Special Collections stacks.

She has worked for Western Libraries since October 1977 in many roles, including positions in Circulation, Serials, Cataloging, Acquisitions, Government Information, and her current position in Special Collections.

For more about Belts, the many positions she has held, and the myriad changes she witnessed throughout her tenure at Western Libraries, please see the full Western Today story (link below).



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Upcoming Grad Studio Re-location & Digital Access to Collections

Posted on: January 30, 2020

Topic(s): Updates

Upcoming Graduate Studio Re-location, Collections Moves, and Ensuring Digital Access to Journals & Periodicals

Next summer, Western Libraries will re-locate the Graduate Research & Writing Studio from the 5th floor of Wilson to the 2nd floor of Haggard. In its new location, the Graduate Studio will be better situated to provide Western’s graduate students with the academic support—and community—they need.

JSTOR logo design In order to accommodate this move, and to make best use of library spaces, the collections on the second floor of Haggard will be consolidated with those on the third floor. As part of this process, the Libraries will conduct a targeted review of print periodicals with the goal of withdrawing volumes duplicated in digital format on the JSTOR platform. 

JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization that hosts journal content and ensures long-term access and preservation. JSTOR content is complete, high quality, and guaranteed in perpetuity, allowing the university to reduce its periodicals footprint strategically without losing any content or sacrificing the researcher experience.

Reviewing the duplicate periodicals is part of an ongoing effort to meet the needs of library users more effectively. Digital periodicals—particularly those on stable platforms like JSTOR—provide a convenient and accessible researcher experience, and in the past two decades the format has rapidly overtaken print as the standard for scholarly journals.

The Libraries will be reviewing, moving, and staging duplicated periodicals for review throughout winter quarter. Librarians will manually check the highest-use titles to verify the completeness of JSTOR copies. In late February, university faculty will be invited to review the titles as well, and will have until the end of the quarter to suggest titles for further vetting. Librarians will review these requests and ensure that only titles and volumes with complete, high-quality online duplicates are withdrawn. The actual, physical withdrawal process will begin during spring break.

The review process will not result in any loss of content in the short- or long term. The Libraries is only considering withdrawing volumes that the university owns permanently. JSTOR guarantees its content in perpetuity, via either the platform itself or the trusted third-party repository, Portico. JSTOR content is high quality, downloading at 600 DPI, and the company will re-scan journals as needed to remedy any errors users do encounter.

The Libraries welcomes feedback about this project and will work as transparently as possible, sharing updates here and via Western Today, faculty governance channels, and department chairs. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to your Subject Team, the Collection Services division, or the Director of Collections.



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John Scurlock to Speak on Feb. 26 about Aerial Photography

Posted on: January 30, 2020

Topic(s): Updates, Events

John Scurlock to Speak on Feb. 26 about Aerial Photography in the Remote Western Ranges of North America 

Photo of John ScurlockRenowned aerial photographer John Scurlock will give a talk entitled, "Mapping Mountains: Aerial Photography in the Remote Western Ranges of North America," on February 26, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Map Collection at Western Washington University Libraries. This event is free and open to the public.

John Scurlock has been photographing mountains and glaciers across western North America since 2002. During his presentation, Scurlock will talk about the difficulties he has encountered in photographing alpine terrain in regions that have been poorly mapped and seldom visited, with few named features.

Scurlock has covered terrain from Alaska to California and from the Coast Mountains and Cascades to the Rockies of Canada and the United States. He has provided images for the Washington State Department of Transportation, the US Geological Survey, Department of the Interior/National Park Service, US Forest Service, Parks Canada, BC Parks, Western Washington University, University of Washington, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Northern British Columbia.  In 2018, he completed an eleven-year project (in cooperation with Portland State University) to photograph every glacier in the lower forty-eight states. His images have appeared in numerous books and publications such as Adventure Journal, The American Alpine Journal, Canadian Alpine Journal, Journal of Glaciology, Alpinist Magazine, Rock& Ice, Ski Journal, and Climbing Magazine.   His ground-breaking book, Snow & Spire: Flights to Winter in the North Cascade Range, was published in November, 2011.

This talk is part of the “Speaking of Maps” program, which are quarterly talks designed to highlight the use and value of maps in research, in teaching and learning, and in daily life. For more information, please contact Dennis Matthews, Map Collection Manager, at Dennis.Matthews@wwu.edu.



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What is our role in creating a just and equitable census?

Posted on: January 22, 2020

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Off-Campus TLA Dialogue on Feb. 13th: "What is our role in creating a just and equitable census?"

Aerial view looking downward at people standing in a circle with only the shoes and legs of the people in the circle visibleWhat is our role in creating a just and equitable census? Participants from the Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) at Western Libraries invite you to explore this question during the upcoming off-campus dialogue which will be held at the Fairhaven Branch of the Bellingham Library (1117 12th St.) on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

A brief informational panel featuring members of the Bellingham community will be followed by small group discussion among all participants.

The TLA Community Dialogues are a chance for students, faculty, staff, and community members 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 this event series, the TLA is partnering with the WWU Center for Community Learning and the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County. Events are open to everyone, and participation offers a way to get involved, meet new people, and make connections outside of the typical academic setting. No advanced registration is required, but faculty and staff wishing to participate in this dialogue as part of their Employee Development Plan can sign up through PageUp via the online training portal

For more information, please contact Nathan.Romond@wwu.edu  or call (360) 650-3740.



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