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Connecting Communities Through Service April 28

The Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) invites students, faculty, staff, and community members to come together for a day of service on Friday, April 28, 2017. Sign up to volunteer during a time of your choosing for one of four different organizations, located both on and off campus.  (Note to WWU staff: this is a great opportunity to use all or part of your “Community Service Day” benefit!)

In 2014, the TLA proposed the creation of a trust-building event in response to that year’s BIG question: How do we ignite individual passion, purpose, and potential to co-create a culture of trust?  The result was an annual spring day of service as part of National Volunteer Week. Besides providing some important service hours to the chosen organization, this event also offers Western employees, students, and community members an opportunity to develop and sustain ongoing relationships by connecting people to local organizations through service to the community.

Volunteer projects include:

  • Lend a Helping Hand: Harriet Spanel Park in the York Neighborhood (off-campus)
  • Comfort Kids Project: The Bellingham Sock Monkey Project (on-campus)
  • Volunteer Chore Program (off-campus)
  • Kitchen Items Drive for House 2 Home (off-campus)


Sign up online to reserve your spot! For more information, go to: or email

Here’s hoping you’ll join us in service and show how we are all Active Minds Changing Lives!

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'Old Stone' @Pickford Film Center 4/11 + Q&A 4/13

Masters of Asian Cinema: Old Stone, April 11 @Pickford Film Center + Q&A with Director Johnny Ma April 13

The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is Johnny Ma’s 2016 debut feature, Old Stone.  It will screen on Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30pm at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay Street in Bellingham.
Ma began his film career as a documentarian and studied and worked extensively throughout the US and Canada. Old Stone, winner of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television's Best First Feature Award,  is an assured first feature, often described as a “neo-noir.”
The story features a taxi driver named  Lao Shi who accidentally hits a motorcyclist.  When emergency services are slow to respond, he tries to help out by taking the victim to a nearby hospital, unleashing a series of terrifying consequences.  
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.Old Stone will be introduced by Baozhen Luo, who teaches in WWU's Sociology Department and who introduced Jia Zhangke's Mountains May Depart for the series last November.
Additionally, Professor Luo and  series curator Western Washington University librarian Jeff Purdue have been in contact with Ma, and as a complement to this screening, Ma will be available for a  Q&A session via Skype on Thursday, April 13 at 4pm at WWU in Miller Hall 152.  Ma is currently in Beijing doing pre-production on his next feature, and is looking forward to talking with students and others about Old Stone.  
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Calling WWU Undergrads!

Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award

At Western, undergraduate students have unparalleled access to research opportunities that are supported by faculty mentors. Western Libraries views the research work of undergraduate students as being tremendously valuable, both in terms of the teaching and learning experience the research process creates, and also because of the research outputs students themselves generate.

Western Libraries seeks submissions for its Undergraduate Research Award, which is given annually to three students (or student research project groups) who demonstrate outstanding library research in the writing of papers for Western Washington University college credit courses that were taught during either fall or winter quarters of the current academic year. 

Each award winner will receive $500.00 and publication in Western CEDAR, Western’s institutional repository. Western Libraries invites all undergraduate students enrolled at Western to submit their research papers for consideration by April 17, 2017. Submissions can be representative of any discipline, as long as they include an original thesis supported by ample research and demonstrate exceptional ability in identifying, evaluating, and synthesizing sources.

For submission details, please see the Undergraduate Research Award page.

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Intersession & Holiday Hours

Intersession Hours December 10 - January 3

Western Libraries will be closed weekends but open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm beginning December 10th through January 3rd. The Libraries will also be closed for holidays on Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd.

Additional areas with special intersession hours are listed below:


Map Collection

Open M-F 11am to 3pm Dec. 12th -16th  (closed weekends)

Closed Dec. 19th – Jan. 3rd


Special Collections

Open M-F 11am to 4pm Dec. 12th – 23rd  (closed weekends)

Closed Dec. 24th – Jan. 2nd


Center for Pacific Northwest Studies

Open M-F 8:30am - noon/1:00 - 4:30p.m. Dec. 12th - 23rd (closed noon-1:00pm & weekends).

Closed Dec. 24th – Jan. 2nd


University Archives

Open M-F 8:30a.m.-4:30p.m. Dec. 12th - 23rd (closed weekends, archival research by appointment only).

Closed Dec. 24th – Jan. 2nd


Canines on Campus!

Canines on Campus Return to Western Libraries

Beginning Monday, November 28 through Thursday, December 8, Western Libraries will once again be joined by members of the “Canines on Campus” registered therapy animal program. Teams of our favorite humans and animals (which still include Smokey the cat!) will be located in the gallery space at the end of the 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. 

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 the morning of Monday, November 28. 

During this two-week period, this space will be reserved exclusively for the registered Canines on Campus therapy animal program, and animals who are not official Canines on Campus volunteers are not permitted in this area. Additionally, Western Libraries would like to remind everyone that while service animals are welcome in the library, pets are not permitted inside library facilities.

Therapy animals have a special aptitude for interacting with people, providing affection and comfort during their visits with the public. The therapy animals who are part of the Canines on Campus program are registered through several different agencies and have met certain standards of skills and aptitude. Whatcom Therapy Dogs and Dogs on Call are the two organizations which provide volunteers to the Canines on Campus program.

Stop by the library to say hi and 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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Mountains May Depart - 11/15

Masters of Asian Cinema Tonight @Pickford Film Center

The next film in the Masters of Asian Cinema series (formerly known as the “Masters of Japanese Cinema” series) is Jia Zhangke’s 2015 Mountains May Depart.  It screens today, Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30 pm at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay Street.  

Jia Zhangke is often described as one of the most exciting filmmakers working today.  Starting in 1997, his first three features were made without official approval but garnered increasing attention on the international festival circuit.  Mountains May Depart is reminiscent of his 2000 masterpiece Platform in that it looks at a changing China over the span of several years.

The story charts the lives of several characters from 1999 to 2025, most notably Shen Tao, played by the luminous Zhao Tao, Jia’s wife, who has appeared in every one of his films since Platform.  Also featured (in the 2025 storyline) is the legendary Taiwanese actress/director Sylvia Chang.  As with all of Jia’s films, Mountains May Depart manages to combine a sympathetic but unsentimental focus on the lives of ordinary people with gorgeous cinematography and formal inventiveness.

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Japanese Cinema series was one of the Pickford's longest running and most loved series, featuring some of the best films in World Cinema with movies that span both decades and genres. The Masters of Asian Cinema series promises to continue that rich tradition.  As series curator and WWU librarian Jeff Purdue explains,

“Far from living in a time of the death of cinema, as some film writers seem to love to claim, we’re in a golden age of film, though you might have to haunt film festivals and other out of the way places in order to find the good stuff.  And that’s just what this series aims to do – to bring several films to town during the course of the year that might otherwise not come here.”  

Each film in the series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. This film will be introduced by Baozhen Luo, an associate professor of Sociology at Western and an ardent film lover. She was born and raised in China and came to the U.S. over 13 years ago to pursue her graduate degrees.  She studies and teaches culture, community and citizenship in contemporary Chinese society and in the U.S.  She uses films frequently in her teaching and research. Baozhen also hosts a column in Chinese for a digital news magazine based in Shanghai discussing social issues related to population aging. She has also given a TEDx talk exemplifying the impact of the intersectionality of classism, sexism, and racism on her personal journey of self-searching in China and the United States.  

For more information about this series or to learn about upcoming featured films, please, contact 

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Help with Citations!

Fall 2016 Citation Clinic Nov. 14-18

While it is true that any time is citation time in the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio, you can also pick up handouts and get some extra help with all of your citation needs during the Fall Quarter Citation Clinic.  


Having trouble with difficult online citations? Wondering how to cite a source within a source?


Stop by the Citation Clinic held in the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio  any time between 2pm and 4pm  during the week of November 14th through the 18th for answers to all of your citation questions!


Join us to learn some tips and tricks, or just drop in for one-on-one assistance with your citation needs. We can help you with APA, Chicago/Turabian, MLA, or any other citation style.

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Retirement Celebration for Carmen Werder

Retirement Celebration for Carmen Werder to be held Nov. 16

Western Libraries is hosting a retirement celebration in honor of Carmen Werder on Wednesday, November 16th, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Old Main Solarium. Everyone who has known and worked with her is invited to attend.

Werder worked at Western from 1984 until her retirement in September 2016. She began her career here as an academic counselor and Upward Bound Program instructor before becoming a lecturer in the Department of English. Werder also served in leadership roles in the areas of writing instruction, the scholarship of teaching and learning, curriculum development and assessment, the First-year Interest Group Program, and as the Director of the Learning Commons, the Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA), and Writing Instruction Support (WIS).

During her many years of service to Western, Werder received a number of awards, including the Carl Simpson Bridging Award, the Carnegie Scholar Certificate of Excellence, the Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship, and the first Presidential Scholarship of Teaching Award.

“Carmen’s expertise has positively impacted a wide variety of Western programs and initiatives over the past 32 years,” said Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg. “It’s difficult to see such a valued colleague leave. I wish Carmen a long, happy, and healthy retirement.”

For more information about Carmen Werder’s retirement celebration, or if you would like to contribute to the memory book or a gift, please contact

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Is Watching Television a Political Act?

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.

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Fall Family Open House 2016

Western Libraries is pleased to be a part of WWU's Fall Family Open House on Saturday, October 22 by offering the following:

Pick up a map for a self-guided tour at either the Learning Commons Info Desk in Wilson Library or the Circulation Desk in Haggard Hall (HH), and explore the Libraries’ many wonderful spaces and collections. Learn about the various resources and services provided by the Learning Commons, which include: the Student Technology Center, the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio, the Tutoring Center, and the Teaching-Learning Academy. Stop by HH 246 between 11am and 2 pm to learn more about the Digital Media Center (DMC), WWU’s newest Learning Commons partner. Designed to serve Western with a facility for new media instruction and production, the Center includes a TV studio with a green screen and cyclorama wall, cameras, control room, and a lighting grid.

Check out the special exhibit, “Plenty of Things to Do,” featuring original manuscripts and artwork created by renowned artist, illustrator, and long-time resident of the San Juan Islands, Doris (Wernstedt) Burn, (who authored and illustrated the 1965 classic Andrew Henry’s Meadow), on display in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th Floor) between 11am & 2 pm.

Explore the Map Collection (Wilson Library 170) and its many maps, globes, and other cartographic resources, (including trail maps and topographic maps of the Pacific Northwest), between 11am & 2:00.

Gather with families and students near the Wilson Library side of the Mann Family Skybridge to enjoy cider and donuts from 4 to 5pm.

And last but certainly not least, members of the “Canines on Campus” program will also be available at the Wilson Library end of the Mann Family Skybridge from 10am to 6pm, so drop by to meet some of the loyal animals who provide comfort to students before and during finals week!

There will also be LOTS of other fun activities taking place all around Western between October 21-23rd. Check out the Fall Family Open House website for more info! 

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