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OneSearch New Interface Jan. 4

Posted on: December 7, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

New OneSearch Interface Enhancements 

The latest version of the OneSearch catalog at Western Libraries was released on January 4, 2019. As announced during spring 2018, this latest version will replace the existing OneSearch interface and offers some improvements to how information is displayed within the library catalog. Additionally, changes to the appearance of various navigation options should improve patrons’ experience using the catalog.

OneSearch is a shared catalog that searches library holdings at Western Washington University and at 37 neighboring Orbis Cascade Alliance-member libraries throughout the Pacific Northwest. Students, staff, and faculty affiliated with any of these institutions have access to materials from all member libraries, and having a shared catalog makes this access possible.

A beta version of the latest OneSearch catalog has been available to the university community at Western since the beginning of spring quarter 2018. Since that time, Western Libraries has been gathering and incorporating feedback about the new interface and has shared the results of this user testing in several reports.

In all testing efforts, participants who used the new interface reported that the new catalog was more attractive and more user-friendly than the existing version. The test results also showed that users were better able to complete basic tasks (such as conducting a keyword search and navigating search results) in the new catalog.

The OneSearch upgrade will not compromise existing functionality and will not change the capabilities that currently exist. In other words, everything library users are used to doing should still be available, and it might even be easier than before!

The Libraries will make sure to communicate via the Libraries’ website any service interruptions, should they occur. Additionally, all systems will be tested to ensure that library operations can continue uninterrupted.

If you have feedback, questions, or information you would like to share, you can email, call (360) 650-4493, or submit a feedback form online here.  

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'Canines & Cats on Campus' Return!

Posted on: November 30, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Canines & Cats on Campus Program Visits WWU

students visiting with a dog from the 'Canines & Cats on Campus' programWestern Libraries will once again be joined by members of the “Canines & Cats on Campus” registered therapy animal program from Monday, December 3rd through the morning of Thursday, December 13th. 

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, December 3rd.

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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Masters of Asian Cinema: 'The Music Room'

Posted on: November 29, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Masters of Asian Cinema: “The Music Room,” Dec. 3

The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is The Music Room, which screens at 6:30pm on Monday, December 3,  2018 at the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street.)

The Music Room was the fourth feature by Satyajit Ray, made just before the last film in The Apu Trilogy.  It stars the great actor Chhabi Biswas as a zamindar whose wealth once funded his reigning passion as a music lover.  Now that his wealth has faded, he resolves to scrape together funds so that he can once again host performances in his grand music room for other connoisseurs such as himself.  This effort reveals both current conflicts with a newly wealthy neighbor, and the deeper costs of his hobbies, revealed in flashbacks to the past.

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Pickford Film Center, each film in the Masters of Asian Cinema series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. The Music Room will be introduced by David Curley, Professor Emeritus in the Liberal Studies department at Western, where he taught South Asian cultural history.  He learned Bengali at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Chicago, where he obtained a PhD in South Asian History. His research is on early modern social history and literature in Bengal.

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James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships - 2019 Applications

Posted on: November 26, 2018

Topic(s): Updates

The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS) is currently accepting applications for the James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships. The Fellowships promote awareness and innovative use of archival collections at Western Washington University, and seek to forward scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. Fellowship funds are awarded 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.

Up to $1000 in funding is offered in 2019 to support significant research using archival holdings at CPNWS. Applications are accepted from individuals in doctoral programs as well as individuals who have finished the Ph.D. Successful applicants are expected to spend approximately one week examining CPNWS holdings in support of their research, and will be asked to give a presentation about some aspect of their research during the course of their scheduled visit. Funds will be awarded after a Fellow(s) has conducted research at CPNWS and delivered their presentation. 

Applications for the award will be reviewed after January 31, 2019. Applications must be submitted by email to (please include "Scott Fellowship Application" in the subject line), and include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research plan outlining on-site use of CPNWS holdings and proposed presentation topic
  4. Two letters of recommendation

​Detailed guides to archival collections at CPNWS can be accessed and searched at: For more information about collections or the application process, please contact CPNWS Archivist Ruth Steele at or (360) 650-7747. 

Images: James W. Scott Research Fellows Dr. Kendra Howard-Smith (2016) and Matthew Carr (2017)

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TLA Hosts Off-Campus Dialogue Session Nov. 27

Posted on: November 19, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Teaching-Learning Academy Hosts Off-Campus Dialogue Session Nov. 27

Group of people at a table talkingWhat is our role in creating just and equitable housing? Participants from the Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) at Western Libraries invite you to explore this question during the upcoming off-campus dialogue group co-hosted by the Opportunity Council and held in the Community Food Co-Op Connections Building (405 E. Holly St. Suite 103), on Tuesday, Nov. 27th from 4 to 5 p.m.

This academic year, the TLA is partnering with the WWU Center for Community Learning, the Opportunity Council, and the Whatcom Volunteer Center to host one off-campus dialogue session each quarter. The beginning of each session will feature a particular local non-profit organization, followed by small break-out groups facilitated by TLA students.  The goal of these dialogues is to connect with people on topics that affect the Western community, as well as the local Bellingham community. Lack of housing and increase in costs affect students, staff, and community members in many ways.

“Over the years, many people have requested that the TLA host off-campus sessions to better engage students, faculty, staff, and community members,” explained Shevell Thibou, Head of the TLA. “Taking the dialogues off-campus also demonstrates that Western and the local community are not two separate circles, but rather one collective dedicated to creating an inclusive and equitable community.”

For more information about the TLA, please contact (360) 650-7368.