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Library Seeks Undergraduate Submissions

Posted on: March 15, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award

Western Libraries is currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award.  This year, we are expanding the submission period to allow eligible students to submit work completed during the spring and summer quarters of the previous year. Each Undergraduate Research Award winner receives $500.00 and publication in Western CEDAR, Western’s institutional repository.

For the past five years, awards have been given annually to students who demonstrate outstanding library research in the writing of papers for college credit courses that were taught at Western during either fall or winter quarters of the current academic year. With the new expanded submission period, you can now enter research projects that you completed in the spring and summer of 2018, as long as you will be enrolled as a student at Western during the spring of 2019.

Winners of the 2018 Undergraduate Research Award: (L to R) Matthew Horn, Madelyn Merritt, and Asia FieldsNow in its sixth 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 ChemistryEconomics, Journalism, and Linguistics and Community Health. We encourage students to apply and faculty to consider nominating one of their outstanding students.

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.

Applications are due by April 16, 2019. This year, the Libraries Undergraduate Research Award winners will be announced on May 14, 2019, the first day of Westerns Scholars Week. Questions? Contact us here.

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New Exhibit: "Nobody Goes Home Sad"

Posted on: March 15, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

New Exhibit at Western Libraries Featuring Beat Poets

Allen Ginsberg reading "Howl," Nov. 1955, from the Walter Lehrman Collection at Utah State University.

Western Libraries Heritage Resources will host a new exhibition beginning April 1, 2019, featuring several important figures of the Beat Generation, including Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, and Jack Kerouac.

“Nobody Goes Home Sad: Photographs of the Gallery 6 Poets, 1955-2015,” is a traveling exhibition on loan to Western from Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections & Archives Division.

On display through June 28, 2019, the exhibit will be available for viewing Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed weekends and holidays) in Western Washington University Libraries’ Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor). It is free and open to the public.

“Nobody Goes Home Sad” features black-and-white portraits and performance shots of Beat poets Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Michael McClure, Philip Lamantia, and Jack Kerouac. The photographic material comprises the work of two photographers, Walter Lehrman and John Suiter, who captured images of several of the Bay Area poets from the mid-1950s to around the 1990s.

In addition to 36 framed photographs, the show includes rare first editions, chapbooks, broadsides, and ephemera selected from Utah State’s extensive Beat Poetry and Little Magazine collection. Remastered audio-recordings of the poets reading at Berkeley’s Town Hall Theatre in 1956 are also featured.

For more information, please contact Tamara Belts, Special Collections Manager,, (360) 650-3193.

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"Canines & Cats on Campus" Return!

Posted on: March 8, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Canines & Cats on Campus Program Visits WWU

photo of students visiting with two of the dog volunteers with the Canines and Cats on Campus program.Western Libraries will once again be joined by members of the “Canines & Cats on Campus” registered therapy animal program from Monday, March 11 through the morning of Thursday, March 21. 

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 11.

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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"The World," March 12 at Pickford Film Center

Posted on: March 6, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Masters of Asian Cinema: "The World" at Pickford Film Center

Still image from the film "The World" of a woman walking in front of a structure of columns holding a tarp over her head. Text says: "Masters of Asian Cinema: The World, Pickford Film Center."

The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is Jia Zhangke’s 2004 feature The World, which screens on Tuesday, March 12th at 6:30pm at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay Street in Bellingham.  

The World is Jia’s fourth feature and the first to be officially approved for release in China.  Set and filmed in an actual theme park, The World explores the lives of young people working as everything from security guards to stage performers. This film is both about the rural-to-urban migrants who over the past few decades have formed an important part of China's story, and about working dead-end jobs while dreaming of a better life.

The World was the first of Jia’s films to be set outside his home province of Shanxi, and although this film operates on a somewhat wider stage, his realist focus on the lives of ordinary people from the provinces remains.  Before this film, Jia’s earlier work garnered him international attention on the festival circuit. His 2000 feature Platform  was the first to star Zhao Tao, who has appeared in every film since and who plays the lead in The World.  

“It is a deeply affecting film, anchored by Zhao Tao’s extraordinary range as an actor,” explained series curator and WWU librarian Jeff Purdue. “We’ll be screening Jia’s newest film Ash is Purest White in May, so this is a rare chance to see two wonderful films by one of the greatest of contemporary directors on the big screen here in Bellingham.”

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Pickford Film Center, the Masters  of Asian Cinema series continues the rich tradition that began with the Masters of Japanese Cinema series, one of the Pickford's longest running and most popular series. Each film in the Masters of Asian Cinema series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators.

The World will be introduced by Roger Thompson, Professor of History at Western.  Professor Thompson has used this film and others by Jia Zhangke in “Film as History: The People’s Republic of China,” a course he first taught in 2016.  Professor Thompson specializes in modern Chinese history, and has written extensively on Jia’s home province of Shanxi and its relationship with the West.