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Late Opening 9/19 & Library Hours

Posted on: September 17, 2019

Topic(s): Updates

Updated Library Hours Information

On Thursday, September 19, Western Libraries will open to the public at 10:30 a.m. This delayed opening is in order to allow as many library employees as possible to participate in Western's annual Fall Convocation events.

Western Libraries intersession hours will continue through September 24. Normal Library hours will resume on September 25. 

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Settler Violence and Colonialism in the Pacific Northwest

Posted on: September 9, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Panelists to Discuss Settler Violence and Colonialism in the Pacific Northwest

**Please Note - Due to high interest in the event, attendance may be high and seating may be limited. Please arrive early to secure your spot.**

A panel of historians and educators will engage in a facilitated discussion entitled “Making and Unmaking Histories of Settler Violence and Colonialism in the Pacific Northwest,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2019 in Special Collections (Western Libraries, Wilson 6). This event is free and open to the public.

How have communities, indigenous, and non-indigenous peoples narrated and contested stories of settler colonialism in the Pacific Northwest? What are the responsibilities of historians and educators as they explore and present these narratives? Panelists Marc Carpenter (PhD candidate, University of Oregon History Department), Dr. Josh Cerretti (WWU Departments of History, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies), and Michelle Vendiola (community organizer, educator, and member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe of Nevada) will engage in a facilitated conversation about past, present, and future approaches to the telling of local and regional history. Dr. Jennifer Seltz (WWU Department of History) will moderate.

Marc Carpenter holds a BA and an MA in History, and is currently a PhD candidate in the University of Oregon’s Department of History. His research interests are U.S. History, Native American History, and the History of Memory, and he is currently working on a dissertation provisionally titled, “Memory and Erasure of Settler Violence in the Early Northwest, 1849-1929.” This research explores the violence of American conquest and colonization in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the mechanics of mythmaking that followed.

Dr. Josh Cerretti is an Associate Professor of History and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Western. His research interests include sexuality, race, and gender in modern U.S. history. In 2015, he was awarded a Diversity and Social Justice Committee Institutional Transformation grant to develop and guide the “Decolonizing Bellingham’s History Tour.” His monograph, “Abuses of the Erotic: Militarizing Sexuality in the Post-Cold War United States,” was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2019.

Michelle Vendiola is an enrolled member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe of Nevada who makes her home with her family on the Lummi Indian Nation near Bellingham. She is a community organizer with the Red Line Salish Sea, an indigenous-led organizing group focused on the protection of water, land, and air in the region. Vendiola has worked in education from Head Start through the university level as a teacher, faculty member, and administrator. She has always called herself an activist, and believes in empowering Native youth and community members with the tools to overcome historical trauma to bring about community change.

Dr. Jennifer Seltz is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Western and serves on the James W. Scott Fellowship Review Committee. Her research focuses on the environmental and cultural history of epidemic disease in the North American West.

This talk is co-sponsored by Western Libraries Heritage Resources and Western’s Department of History, and is offered as part of the Heritage Resources Distinguished Speakers program and the James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowship. The Scott Fellowship is awarded annually to scholars who conduct significant research using archival holdings at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS), a unit of Western Libraries Heritage Resources. Funds are 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. Carpenter and Cerretti are both recipients of the 2019 Scott Fellowship.

For more information about this event, please contact the Director of Western Libraries Heritage Resources, (360) 650-3283.

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Library Closed Sept.12 for Staff Development Day

Posted on: August 28, 2019

Topic(s): Updates

Western Libraries Closed Sept. 12 for Staff Development Day

Graphic with circles and a text overlay that reads: "Western Libraries Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion"

Western Libraries will hold its annual Staff Development Day on Thursday, September 12, 2019. In order to provide an opportunity for as many library staff members as possible to participate, (including the Libraries’ student employees), Western Libraries will be closed to the public on this day.

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.

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. Past years’ themes for Development Day have focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

As a continuation of this same work, 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.

For more information about the Libraries commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion or if you have any questions, please contact

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From Sabotage to Support

Posted on: August 26, 2019

Topic(s): Events

Joy Wiggins to speak about a New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace

Image of the bookcover of "From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace," by Kami J. Anderson and Joy L. Wiggins

Author, adjunct professor, and professional consultant Joy Wiggins will speak at Western Libraries on November 7, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. in the Reading Room (Wilson 4 Central) about a new vision for feminist solidarity in the workplace.

Wiggins’ latest book, co-written with Kami J. Anderson, investigates how the workplace’s patriarchal past defines its present, triggering women to work in opposition. Socialized behaviors and ideologies that influence implicit bias also keep women and people of color on the margins, setting them in competition. From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace, offers strategies not only for working women, but also for business leaders who want to understand the toll of patriarchy and explain how to create an inclusive, diverse and better working environment for everyone.

In this book, Wiggins and Anderson share research, interviews, actions, and tools, with chapters featuring candid conversations between the authors on the ways race, privilege, and power play out in their own lives, work, and friendship. During this talk, Wiggins will examine the intersections of power and privilege, looking at feminist history for milestones as well as missteps, and plotting a course for true inclusion. 

Joy L. Wiggins, PhD, teaches Elementary Education at Western, and is the founder and executive director of a consulting company that focuses on equity, inclusion, and social justice. She received her doctorate in multicultural education, with a focus on social justice in children’s literature, from Ohio State University.

This talk is part of the Western Libraries Reading Series, dedicated to featuring the scholarly and creative work of Western faculty and staff by featuring diverse speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who are engaged in research, writing, and teaching at Western. For more information about this event, please contact Jenny Oleen, Scholarly Communications Librarian at Western Libraries, at

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Drop-In Summer Tutoring Options at the Tutoring Center

Posted on: July 1, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Summer Drop-In Options at the Tutoring Center

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This summer there are a number of drop-in options available to Western students at the Tutoring Center.

Located at Western Libraries in Wilson 280, the Tutoring Center is open twenty hours per week and offers support for Chemistry, Math, Biology, Physics, and Econ. 

Summer Quarter hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with course specific support listed during the dates and times below:*

CHEM 161/162, 163, 251, 351/352 

  • Mon-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CHEM 471 

  • Mon/Wed. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tues/Thurs 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

MATH 107-115, 156, 157

  • Mon-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MATH 240 (Statistics) / DSCI 205

  • Mon/Wed/Thurs noon to 4 p.m.
  • Tues 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

ECON 206 - 207

  • Mon/Wed 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tues/Thurs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BIO 101

  • Mon-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

BIO 321, 323

  • Mon/Wed 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Tues/Thurs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PHYS 114, 161/162, 163

  • Mon-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


*This schedule is subject to change when unavoidable (e.g. due to tutor absence). 

The Tutoring Center provides free peer-assisted tutoring for the math and science GURs and they also have on hand a wide variety of materials for student use, including calculators, textbooks, and solution manuals.

Questions? Please contact us at (360) 650-3855 or email