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Is Watching Television a Political Act?

Posted on: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 8:08am

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Shirin Deylami to Discuss the Effect of Popular Culture on Political Power 

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Political Science Shirin Deylami will give a talk entitled “Is Watching Television a Political Act? How Popular Culture Shapes How We Understand Political Power,” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3 in Western Libraries Special Collections, (Wilson Library 6th Floor).

The presentation is free and open to the public.

During her talk, Deylami will use the film Zero Dark Thirty, and the television shows The Wire and Homeland, as examples of visual texts that influence our perceptions of gender, race, and sexuality in the context of state power and political discourse.

Deylami is an associate professor of Political Science at Western. Her research focuses on the intersections of politics and popular culture, feminist theory, and Islamic political thought. She recently co-edited the book,  The Politics of HBO’s The Wire: Everything is Connected.

This event is being offered as part of the Western Libraries Reading Series, dedicated to showcasing the scholarly and creative work of Western Washington University faculty and staff by featuring diverse speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who are engaged in research, writing, and teaching at Western.

The Salish Sea: What's in a Name?

Posted on: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 1:54pm

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Fall 2016 "Speaking of Maps" -  Bert Webber

(photo of Bert Webber courtesy of Bert Webber)

Bert Webber, founding fellow of Western’s Salish Sea Studies Institute and professor emeritus of Geography and Environmental Social Sciences, will give a presentation titled “The Salish Sea: What’s in a Name?” from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in the Map Collection area (Wilson Library 170) of Western Libraries. This event is free and open to the public.

Webber is a retired professor from Western’s Huxley College of the Environment who came to Western in 1970 with a particular interest in looking at estuaries as ecosystems. Webber will discuss the origin and meaning of the name “Salish Sea,” which recognizes the Salish Sea Estuarine Ecosystem, and refers to the combined waters of the Strait of Georgia, the Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Webber was involved in the process of naming the Salish Sea, which started in the late 1980s and was completed in 2010. Webber also assists in the program development of Western’s Salish Sea Studies Institute, which was established in the fall of 2015 in response to the need for dialogue and action regarding the health of the Salish Sea.

The Salish Sea crosses international and jurisdictional boundaries, and the Institute focuses on bringing together the efforts of Canada, the United States, the First Nations, and Lummi Nation to collectively learn more about the sea so it can be protected and restored. The Institute hosts the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference every other year in April, which offers participants an opportunity to present scientific research on the sea’s ecosystem that can be used to guide future actions. Conference proceedings are later shared and made freely accessible online via their publication in Western CEDAR, WWU’s institutional repository, (  

Home to 7 million people, the Salish Sea faces environmental and public health challenges from industrialization, climate variability, and human activity, and Webber will explore the role of the Salish Sea name in raising awareness of these issues. His talk will focus on the significance of recognizing the Salish Sea Estuarine Ecosystem, and will touch on the development and purpose of the Salish Sea Studies Institute.

This event is co-sponsored by Western Libraries and Huxley College of the Environment, and is offered as a “Speaking of Maps” program, which are quarterly talks held in the Map Collection area of Western Libraries and are designed to highlight the use and value of maps in research, in teaching and learning, and in daily life. 

Students, You Can Help Us!

Posted on: Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 2:25pm

Topic(s): Updates, Events, Resources

Please Help Us Improve the Library Website


Western Libraries is currently working to develop a new and improved website, and YOU can help!

We hope you can share a few minutes of your time and help us determine what changes we should make to improve the experience of using the Libraries’ website.  

The Libraries will host a "Usability Outreach Table" in the library on the second floor of Haggard Hall (near the Circulation Desk) from 1pm to 3pm on Oct. 19, 20, 25, & 26. 

Your feedback from participation in user testing will directly inform subsequent development decisions and will give us useful information that we will incorporate into the website design. So please consider dropping by to share your important feedback with us, or feel free to contact us to arrange another time that is convenient for you. 

We appreciate your help! For more information, please see  or email

Creating Open Education Resources

Posted on: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 3:01pm

Topic(s): Updates, Events, Resources

Interested in creating your own textbook which can be shared with students at no cost to them?  

Join the editors of the new textbook, The Research Process: Strategies for Undergraduate Students, as they discuss how they created an edited anthology, collaboratively written by specialists across the library, to support undergraduate student research.

This special event is being held as part of Open Access Week, and is geared towards faculty and instructors who may be interested in creating or collaborating on their own open access textbook. 

Join us at 4:00pm on Thursday, October 27th in Western Libraries Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th Floor) to learn more about publishing through WWU’s Institutional Repository, Western CEDAR, a service available to all faculty authors associated with Western. An electronic toolkit of resources, including templates, will also be provided during this session. 

Doris Burn Exhibit

Posted on: Friday, October 14, 2016 - 3:22pm

Topic(s): Updates, Exhibits

Special Exhibit: "Plenty of Things to Do" featuring the work of Northwest Children's Author Doris Burn

A long-time resident of the San Juan Islands, Doris (Wernstedt) Burn authored and illustrated the 1965 classic Andrew Henry’s Meadow, which won the Washington Governor’s Art Award. She also wrote the much-loved favorites The Summerfolk, and The Tale of Lazy Lizard Canyon, and served as illustrator for a range of other well-known children’s works. 

This special exhibit incorporates manuscripts and artwork, and explores some of the themes and aspects of Doris Burn’s work that have connected with readers across generations. The pieces on display were selected from a far larger collection of Burn’s original works, which were donated to Western Libraries Heritage Resources in 2015 as a gift of the Burn Family via the Doris Burn Legacy LLC. Additionallydigital version of the Doris Burn exhibit is now available online, as are detailed collection guides to the Doris Burn Artwork and Manuscripts and the South Burn Papers

The exhibit currently on display in the library is available for viewing weekdays in Special Collections, (Wilson Library 6th Floor) between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., (excluding weekends and holidays), and is also free and open to the public. There will also be one special Saturday viewing available as part of WWU's Fall Family Open House from 11am to 2pm on Saturday, October 22, 2016. 


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