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Library Closed Sept.12 for Staff Development Day

Western Libraries Closed Sept. 12 for Staff Development Day

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Western Libraries will hold its annual Staff Development Day on Thursday, September 12, 2019. In order to provide an opportunity for as many library staff members as possible to participate, (including the Libraries’ student employees), Western Libraries will be closed to the public on this day.

Western Libraries is committed to creating and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for its employees and patrons. Recognizing that effective implementation of organizational and professional development must also be inclusive, the Libraries one-day closure will enable all of its students, staff, and faculty to participate in the professional development opportunities planned for this day.

During the past several years, employees within the Libraries have actively engaged in conversations and planning in order to create a more inclusive environment, to give student employees a stronger voice in the library, and to serve patrons better. Past years’ themes for Development Day have focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

As a continuation of this same work, the professional development activities planned for the day are intended to continue important conversations, build a better understanding about diversity and inclusion, and improve Libraries staff members’ daily interactions with their colleagues and the community they serve.

For more information about the Libraries commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion or if you have any questions, please contact

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Late Opening 9/19 & Library Hours

Updated Library Hours Information

On Thursday, September 19, Western Libraries will open to the public at 10:30 a.m. This delayed opening is in order to allow as many library employees as possible to participate in Western's annual Fall Convocation events.

Western Libraries intersession hours will continue through September 24. Normal Library hours will resume on September 25. 

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New Exhibition at Western Libraries about Jewish Books and Printing

As Far As Their Books Reach - Jewish Printing and the Global Jewish Diaspora

Image depicts two children in a quasi-Biblical landscape learning about the holidays of the Jewish calendar at the feet of an older relative or teacher. The image is typical of the Bezalel school’s decorative art nouveau style.

Western Libraries Heritage Resources hosts a new exhibition tracing the journeys of the Jewish people through their books and printing. “As Far As Their Books Reach: Jewish Printing and the Global Jewish Diaspora,” will be on display September 23, 2019 through March 20, 2020, in Western Libraries Special Collections (Wilson 6th floor).

This exhibit is free and open to the public, and will be available for viewing Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment (closed weekends and holidays).

Heinrich Heine described the Bible as the Jews’ “portable homeland.” The same could be said for Jewish books more broadly, which bear witness to the long and remarkable history of the global Jewish diaspora. Through a survey of historical Judaica, this exhibition traces the physical, intellectual, and cultural journeys of the Jewish people, and explores the traditions that have earned the Jews the description “People of the Book.”

Featured materials are from the recently acquired Judaica / Holocaust & Genocide Studies Collections located in Western Libraries Special Collections, and the exhibition is co-sponsored by Western Libraries Heritage Resources and The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity. Numbering more than 3,000 titles, the collection spans 500 years and six continents.

For more information about the exhibit, or to request a group or class visit, please contact Judaica Project Archivist David Schlitt,, (360) 650-3193. 

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Settler Violence and Colonialism in the Pacific Northwest

Panelists to Discuss Settler Violence and Colonialism in the Pacific Northwest

A panel of historians and educators will engage in a facilitated discussion entitled “Making and Unmaking Histories of Settler Violence and Colonialism in the Pacific Northwest,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2019 in Special Collections (Western Libraries, Wilson 6). This event is free and open to the public.

How have communities, indigenous, and non-indigenous peoples narrated and contested stories of settler colonialism in the Pacific Northwest? What are the responsibilities of historians and educators as they explore and present these narratives? Panelists Marc Carpenter (PhD candidate, University of Oregon History Department), Dr. Josh Cerretti (WWU Departments of History, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies), and Michelle Vendiola (community organizer, educator, and member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe of Nevada) will engage in a facilitated conversation about past, present, and future approaches to the telling of local and regional history. Dr. Jennifer Seltz (WWU Department of History) will moderate.

Marc Carpenter holds a BA and an MA in History, and is currently a PhD candidate in the University of Oregon’s Department of History. His research interests are U.S. History, Native American History, and the History of Memory, and he is currently working on a dissertation provisionally titled, “Memory and Erasure of Settler Violence in the Early Northwest, 1849-1929.” This research explores the violence of American conquest and colonization in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the mechanics of mythmaking that followed.

Dr. Josh Cerretti is an Associate Professor of History and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Western. His research interests include sexuality, race, and gender in modern U.S. history. In 2015, he was awarded a Diversity and Social Justice Committee Institutional Transformation grant to develop and guide the “Decolonizing Bellingham’s History Tour.” His monograph, “Abuses of the Erotic: Militarizing Sexuality in the Post-Cold War United States,” was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2019.

Michelle Vendiola is an enrolled member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe of Nevada who makes her home with her family on the Lummi Indian Nation near Bellingham. She is a community organizer with the Red Line Salish Sea, an indigenous-led organizing group focused on the protection of water, land, and air in the region. Vendiola has worked in education from Head Start through the university level as a teacher, faculty member, and administrator. She has always called herself an activist, and believes in empowering Native youth and community members with the tools to overcome historical trauma to bring about community change.

Dr. Jennifer Seltz is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Western and serves on the James W. Scott Fellowship Review Committee. Her research focuses on the environmental and cultural history of epidemic disease in the North American West.

This talk is co-sponsored by Western Libraries Heritage Resources and Western’s Department of History, and is offered as part of the Heritage Resources Distinguished Speakers program and the James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowship. The Scott Fellowship is awarded annually to scholars who conduct significant research using archival holdings at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS), a unit of Western Libraries Heritage Resources. Funds are 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. Carpenter and Cerretti are both recipients of the 2019 Scott Fellowship.

For more information about this event, please contact the Director of Western Libraries Heritage Resources, (360) 650-3283.

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From Sabotage to Support

Joy Wiggins to speak about a New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace

Image of the bookcover of "From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace," by Kami J. Anderson and Joy L. Wiggins

Author, adjunct professor, and professional consultant Joy Wiggins will speak at Western Libraries on November 7, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. in the Reading Room (Wilson 4 Central) about a new vision for feminist solidarity in the workplace.

Wiggins’ latest book, co-written with Kami J. Anderson, investigates how the workplace’s patriarchal past defines its present, triggering women to work in opposition. Socialized behaviors and ideologies that influence implicit bias also keep women and people of color on the margins, setting them in competition. From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace, offers strategies not only for working women, but also for business leaders who want to understand the toll of patriarchy and explain how to create an inclusive, diverse and better working environment for everyone.

In this book, Wiggins and Anderson share research, interviews, actions, and tools, with chapters featuring candid conversations between the authors on the ways race, privilege, and power play out in their own lives, work, and friendship. During this talk, Wiggins will examine the intersections of power and privilege, looking at feminist history for milestones as well as missteps, and plotting a course for true inclusion. 

Joy L. Wiggins, PhD, teaches Elementary Education at Western, and is the founder and executive director of a consulting company that focuses on equity, inclusion, and social justice. She received her doctorate in multicultural education, with a focus on social justice in children’s literature, from Ohio State University.

This talk is part of the Western Libraries Reading Series, dedicated to featuring the scholarly and creative work of Western faculty and staff by featuring diverse speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who are engaged in research, writing, and teaching at Western. For more information about this event, please contact Jenny Oleen, Scholarly Communications Librarian at Western Libraries, at

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Drop-In Summer Tutoring Options at the Tutoring Center

Summer Drop-In Options at the Tutoring Center

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This summer there are a number of drop-in options available to Western students at the Tutoring Center.

Located at Western Libraries in Wilson 280, the Tutoring Center is open twenty hours per week and offers support for Chemistry, Math, Biology, Physics, and Econ. 

Summer Quarter hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with course specific support listed during the dates and times below:*

CHEM 161/162, 163, 251, 351/352 

  • Mon-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CHEM 471 

  • Mon/Wed. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tues/Thurs 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

MATH 107-115, 156, 157

  • Mon-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MATH 240 (Statistics) / DSCI 205

  • Mon/Wed/Thurs noon to 4 p.m.
  • Tues 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

ECON 206 - 207

  • Mon/Wed 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tues/Thurs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BIO 101

  • Mon-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

BIO 321, 323

  • Mon/Wed 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Tues/Thurs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PHYS 114, 161/162, 163

  • Mon-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


*This schedule is subject to change when unavoidable (e.g. due to tutor absence). 

The Tutoring Center provides free peer-assisted tutoring for the math and science GURs and they also have on hand a wide variety of materials for student use, including calculators, textbooks, and solution manuals.

Questions? Please contact us at (360) 650-3855 or email

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Western Libraries Summer, Holiday, & Intersession Hours

Summer, Holiday, and Intersession Hours

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Western Libraries will be open during the summer session (June 25 – August 23) Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The library will be closed on weekends and on July 4. Support for the Map Collection area will not be available on July 4-5.

Western Libraries will be open during the intersession between summer and fall quarters (August 24 - September 24) Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.., closed weekends. The library will also be closed Monday, September 2 (Labor Day) and Thursday, September 12 (for its annual Staff Development Day).

The north doors in Wilson Library will close on August 26, but the library will remain accessible via the Haggard Hall entrance. Support for the Map Collection will not be available August  26 - September 16.

The Wilson doors will re-open on September 16, and regular hours will resume when fall quarter classes begin on September 25. 

Heritage Resources will be open throughout the summer intersession with a few posted exceptions. Hours of operation for each of the three units (Special Collections, the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and University Archives & Records Management) can be found here.

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Western’s Multimedia Archives Based Electronic Library (MABEL) Now Available!

Western’s Multimedia Archives Based Electronic Library (MABEL) Now Available

On June 25, 2019, the beta version of Western’s Multimedia Archives Based Electronic Library (MABEL) will be available to the university community. This central repository will allow for the discovery, sharing, and preservation of Western's digital assets, which includes images, video and sound recordings, and textual documents.

Screenshot image of MABEL's landing page header; text that reads: MABEL: Multimedia Archives Based Electronic Library; placed over a search box with options to browse the collections or browse by format.

MABEL was developed to provide access to digital content in support of communications, research, and teaching & learning activities at Western, while also allowing for the responsible stewardship of unique materials and valuable digital assets created or managed by Western.


What’s the difference between Western CEDAR and MABEL? 

Western CEDAR provides open access to scholarship and creative works produced by the Western community, making the research, scholarship, and creative works of WWU faculty, staff, and students easily discoverable to anyone in the world. 

These two platforms have separate purposes and different kinds of content, and can be used together in complementary ways to support the wide array of teaching, learning, and research activities at Western. 

Screenshot from MABEL's landing page that lists the "Browse by Format" options, which include image, video, audio, newspaper, and text.

Content in MABEL can be used to support and enable:

  • Academic and scholarly research
  • Primary source instruction
  • Preservation of digital assets
  • Marketing & outreach activities


Western employees who work with digital assets on behalf of their organizational units will be able to use MABEL to manage and share those assets. Although access permissions for content in this platform will vary, members of the larger university community (employees, students, and beyond), will also be able to use MABEL for search and discovery of public-facing collections. 

MABEL is the result of an intensive, multi-year cross-campus university partnership involving numerous stakeholders, content creators, archivists, and library professionals.

Black and White photo of Mabel Zoe WilsonThe name MABEL is in part an homage to Mabel Zoe Wilson, Western's first full-time librarian and the namesake of the Wilson Library building, which is still part of Western Libraries’ main complex. Mabel Zoe Wilson served as librarian from 1902-1945. Tasked with creating a library from virtually nothing, she worked through four decades to grow, catalog, and organize the collections, initiate services, and teach students effective library use.

Work to improve and further develop MABEL will continue throughout the summer as a team of web developers and content experts will make additional improvements. The goal is to replace the beta version with the launch of an improved version in the fall of 2019.  

  • How to find MABEL: You may visit MABEL here:
  • Content Contributors: If you are a member of Western’s University Community, and you are interested in hosting your unit’s content in MABEL, please email  to learn more. 
  •  Interested in helping us improve the display and function of MABEL? Contact us.
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2018-2019 Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award Winners!

2018-2019 Award Winners Announced

Western Libraries is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018-2019 Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award.

  • Samia Saliba, for “Regendering Iraq: State Feminism, Imperial Feminism, and Women’s Rights Under Sanctions.”
  • Maggie Newhouse, for “American Political Culture and Sarah Palin: Motherhood, Femininity, and Masculinity in the 2008 Presidential Election”
  • Tyler Bunker, for “Chinese Roots, Foreign Branches: Forestry as Self-Strengthening in the Late Qing”


Three awards are given annually to Western Washington University undergraduate students in recognition of their excellence and originality in creating research papers for courses taught across the colleges based on significant inquiry using library resources and collections.

Each winner of the Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award receives a certificate, a cash award of $500.00, and publication of their prize-winning paper in Western CEDAR, Western Washington University’s institutional repository. Winners will also be recognized at a reception hosted by Western Libraries on a date still to be determined before the end of spring quarter.

Award applicants must demonstrate outstanding library research in the writing of their research papers, and winners are selected by an award review committee consisting of a variety of faculty members from Western Libraries and other disciplines at Western.

Congratulations to all three talented award winners! And a special thank you also goes out to the 2019 Award Review Committee: Gabe Gossett (Western Libraries), Jenny Oleen (Western Libraries), Christine Espina (Nursing), Niall O’Murchu (Fairhaven), and Troy Abel (Environmental Studies) and the students' faculty mentors: Charles Anderson, Rachel Paul, and Roger Thompson.

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Journal Cancellations for 2019-2020

AY2019-20 Journal Cancellations

Western Libraries has completed its annual journal evaluation (as described in our Subscription FAQ) and identified 18 high cost-per-use titles for cancellation in 2020. These titles, with a cost-per-use over $100, will be cancelled effective January 1, 2020, but will remain available through interlibrary loan and per-article purchasing, and may also be accessible through full-text databases like Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, or JSTOR. Collectively, the titles cost the Libraries $9,235 in 2019. Our goal is that savings from high cost-per-use subscriptions will help mitigate any budget-related cancellations moving forward and, ideally, enable the Libraries to consider new subscriptions in the future.

If you have any questions about these cancellations, please contact Collections Services or the Director of Collections. Cancellation decisions will be finalized in early June, so if you have specific feedback please contact us before June 1. We welcome your perspective and will strive to respond to all queries within five business days.

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