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TUEx – User Experience Tuesdays

Posted on: January 24, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

TUEx Returns to Western Libraries - Volunteers Needed

Have you ever had a frustrating time navigating a website? Maybe the site didn’t make sense and you couldn’t find what you needed? Western Libraries is trying to avoid those problems by improving our website users’ experiences through usability and design testing. And you can help us!

Once again, we will be located near the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio on Tuesdays between noon and 2:00 p.m. from now through February 26 for User Experience Tuesdays (TUEx). We need input from students, staff, and faculty, and if you can give us 5 to 10 minutes of your time, you will help us improve your (and everyone’s!) library experience.

Volunteers will run through short exercises designed to inform the Libraries on the learnability, effectiveness, and efficiency of various online resources. Topics change from week to week, so if you have already participated once, please don’t hesitate to join us again the next week.  We need and value your feedback, and we appreciate you taking the time to help us. You can find our table on the second floor of Haggard Hall near the Studio, next to the “TUEx User Experience Tuesdays” sign.

For more information about Usability at Western Libraries, please see:

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Pacific Northwest Insects with Dr. Merrill A. Peterson

Posted on: January 22, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Dr. Merrill A. Peterson to Speak about Pacific Northwest Insects, February 21 

Image of the book cover of Pacific Northwest Insects by Merrill A. PetersonWestern Washington University Professor of Biology Merrill A. Peterson will speak about his new book, Pacific Northwest Insects, on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Reading Room at Western Washington University Libraries. This event is free and open to the public.

For this field guide, Peterson traveled throughout the Pacific Northwest to photograph live insects. He hiked snowfields, waded through swamps, and crawled through fields and forests in pursuit of particular species. During this talk, he will speak about why he devoted more than 10,000 hours over the last decade to write and produce this book.

Peterson began studying insects while growing up in Seattle, received his B.S. in Zoology from the University of Washington, and his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University. He is Professor and Chair of Biology and also the Insect Collection Curator at Western Washington University, where he has taught various courses in entomology, ecology, and evolutionary biology since 1997.  

He has also authored numerous papers on insect ecology, evolution, and diversity, and oversaw the development of the Pacific Northwest Moths website. His natural history photographs have been published in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Butterflies of Cascadia, Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies, and many other places.

This special talk is offered as part of the Western Libraries Reading Series, which is dedicated to showcasing the scholarly and creative work of faculty and staff who are engaged in research, writing, and teaching at Western. For more information about this event, please contact abby koehler,, 360-650-3342.

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New Exhibit: "Hello Dear Enemy!"

Posted on: January 8, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

New Exhibit:  “Hello, Dear Enemy! Picture Books for Peace and Humanity”

An exhibit of printed posters featuring images and text from picture books that provide an international perspective on conflict, peace, and humanity, will be on display on the 3rd & 4th floors of the Wilson Library building at Western Washington University Libraries from January 7 through March 22, 2019.
An opening celebration reception with refreshments will be held on Wednesday, January 23 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Wilson Library Reading Room. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. The exhibit is available for viewing during all hours Western Libraries is open.

Conceived by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany, the exhibit offers an international selection of unique and striking picture books that explore themes such as: Experiences of War, Destruction, and Displacement; Power Struggles and the Origin and Escalation of Violence; Prejudice, Ostracism, and Imagined Enemies; Utopias of Peace and Anti-War Books. In addition to the powerful exhibit posters, classroom response work and projects will be on display.

Among the books featured are a few classics of children’s literature, but the majority of the titles were published in the last fifteen years. They tell stories about everyday life in conflict zones, about suppression, displacement, and persecution, about borders that turn people away, about threats and injuries. They reveal the sources of war and violence, such as xenophobia, prejudice, and the abuse of power.

At the same time, many of these picture books ultimately open the door to a better future in which dividing walls topple, enemies reconcile, and war gives way to peace. Many of these books communicate the message that openness, curiosity, and empathy are prerequisites for a more peaceful and humane coexistence between cultures and peoples.

This exhibit was made possible by Western Libraries, Woodring College of Education, Western’s Department of English, and The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity. For more information about the exhibit, please see: If you have questions, or if you would like to arrange a class or large group visit, please contact: (360) 650 – 2339 & (360) 650 – 7992.

* Image Citation/Credit Information: ​Mario Ramos, from: "Le petit soldat qui cherchait la guerre" L’École des Loisirs: Paris, 1998.

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New TLA Questions & Dialogue Sessions

Posted on: December 20, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

TLA Dialogue Questions for Winter 2019

How does safety influence our educational experiences? Is obtaining an education a political act? How does resistance to change and fear of the unknown influence academia and impact our own lives?  Join students, faculty, staff, and community members as they consider questions like these during this quarter’s Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) dialogue sessions.

The TLA meets from 12-12:50 p.m. every other Wednesday and Thursday beginning January 16 and 17 in Haggard Hall Room 222.

No registration is required, and participants are free to drop in and join the groups even if they cannot stay for the entire session.

Two of the dialogue questions this quarter are offered in affiliation with the Western Reads program, and are designed to complement specific selections from the book, Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements.

Dates and questions are listed below:

  • Jan 16 & 17: How does safety influence our educational experiences?

  • Jan 30 & 31: How does resistance to change and fear of the unknown influence academia and impact your own life? (affiliated with the chapter “Small and Bright” from the 2018 Western Reads book, Octavia’s Brood).

  • Feb 13 & 14: Is obtaining an education a political act?  Update: Please note the Feb. 13 & 14 sessions have been cancelled due to inclement weather.

  • Feb 27 & 28: In what ways do we as an institution, community, and individuals both uphold and combat systems of racial inequality and "token"ization? (affiliated with the chapter “The Token Superhero,” from the  2018 Western Reads book, Octavia’s Brood)

  • Mar 13 & 14: What takes priority, a learner's creativity or the institution's expectations?

Participants in TLA consistently report that the dialogue sessions provide a great way to connect with others outside of their disciplines and departments, and to learn more about Western’s teaching and learning culture. Many say it also gives them a chance to take a breath and just listen to what others, especially students, really think.

The goals of each dialogue session are to share well-rounded views related to teaching and learning, while encouraging the use of listening to understand and appreciate differences, and promoting open-mindedness and mutual respect for diverse perspectives.  

For more information, see  To sign up for the TLA listserv, email (Students: there is also an opportunity to participate in the TLA for LIBR 340 “Speaking and Listening” practicum credit. For more information, contact:

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Intersession Hours & Entrance Information

Posted on: December 10, 2018

Topic(s): Updates

Intersession Hours & Library Entrance Information 

Western Libraries will be open during the intersession Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, closed weekends and holidays (December 25, 2018 and January 1, 2019). 

Please note that the Wilson Library north entrance to the library will be closed from December 17, 2018 through January 2, 2019 but the library will be accessible via the Haggard Hall entrance.

Special area hours are listed below:

  • The Map Collection will be closed December 21, 2018 – Tuesday, January 1, 2019.
  • Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th Floor) will be closed on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. 
  • The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies and University Archives will be closed to research (except by advance appointment) Monday, December 24, 2018 - Friday, January 4, 2019.


Western Libraries will re-open the Wilson north doors on Wednesday, January 3, 2019. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.