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Records Retention Schedules Now Available

Updated Records Retention Schedules Now Available

University Archives and Records Management is pleased to announce that on April 4, the State Records Committee approved updates to the University’s records retention schedules.

You can find the updated versions of the University’s general records retention schedules on the University Archives and Records Management website:

University General Records Retention Schedule

College and Academic Department General Records Retention Schedule

For copies of unique, office-level retention schedules (or to determine if your office has a unique schedule), contact University Records Management (x6654) or email Rachel Thompson.

In addition, University Archives and Records Management is holding two trainings this month, in honor of April being Records and Information Management Month. For more information about the trainings, or to sign-up for them, you can visit the WWU Training Portal. The next training will be about  Digital Records Management and will be held on April 24 at 10AM.

For more information about retention schedules or other services offered by University Archives and Records Management, please contact us at x6654 or email

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University-Wide Resource Trial: Scopus

Trial Access to Scopus Now Available

This spring, Western students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to participate in a quarter-long trial of the abstract and citation database, Scopus.

An alternative to Web of Science, Scopus (published by Elsevier) includes citation data for over 70 million journal articles, books, conference proceedings, and patents in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. It also provides a variety of journal and article metrics to help institutions and researchers track the impact of their—and others’—scholarly work. More in-depth information about Scopus can be found on the Scopus content page or in the content coverage guide. Recent comparisons of Scopus to Web of Science are available from Iowa State University and Boston College.

The Libraries is negotiating a contract with Elsevier to renew Western’s current journal package and is considering a university-wide Scopus subscription as one way to secure more favorable and sustainable licensing costs. Were the Libraries to proceed with a subscription to Scopus, the current subscription to Web of Science would be phased out at the end of 2020, resulting in a significant cost savings long term for the University.

In order to make the best decision for Western as a whole, the Libraries is calling for broad participation in—and feedback on—the Scopus trial. The trial will last for the duration of Spring Quarter, beginning on April 18 and ending on June 30. It can be accessed from both on- and off-campus, via the Libraries websiteOneSearch, or directly. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate and provide feedback via survey form.

Elsevier is also providing Western with a trial of SciVal, a sophisticated tool for tracking an institution’s research performance. Western users are encouraged to explore the SciVal trial and provide feedback here. (NOTE: Users must create an account before using SciVal.)

Explore Scopus and SciVal today and let us know what you think!

Scopus trial & feedback survey | SciVal trial & feedback survey

Questions? Contact your subject librarianCollections Services or the Director of Collections

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7th Annual Grad Student Symposium

Graduate Student Symposium to be held May 10

Discover and celebrate the exciting research, scholarship, and creative work of graduate students at Western Washington University on May 10, 2018 at the 7th annual Graduate Student Symposium. 

The Symposium will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Western Libraries Reading Room (Wilson Library 4th Floor Central), and will feature students from a variety of disciplines and programs. The schedule for the day includes lightning sessions, and also oral and poster presentations.

The lightning session challenges participants to present their research, scholarship, and creative projects in just 180 seconds in an engaging format that can be understood by an intelligent audience with no background in the presenter’s field of interest. Presenters will address the questions and motivations framing their academic interests with the goal of provoking conversations that matter.

Oral presentations will be allotted 10-minute time slots, with an additional 5 minutes for questions and transition.

Posters will be displayed throughout the day, but there will also be a designated poster session scheduled from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., which will allow attendees to view displays and interact with student presenters.

The Graduate Student Symposium is free and open to everyone, and you can find more information here: or by contacting Trista Truemper at

This event is sponsored by Western Libraries, Western’s Graduate School, the GSAC, the WWU Foundation, and Enrollment and Student Services at Western.

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Supporting Language Diversity in Writing

New Reading Group Event April 18th

Writing Instruction Support and the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio at Western Libraries are hosting an informal reading group on the topic of "Supporting Language Diversity in Writing" on Wednesday, April 18 from noon to 1 p.m. in Wilson Library Room 268. This event is open to faculty, graduate students, and staff with an interest in teaching writing. Please RSVP to

The group will discuss Laura Greenfield's “The Standard English Fairy Tale,” and identify ways  to better support learners from diverse language backgrounds. This topic is particularly timely given next year’s implementation of the Global Pathways program, which will greatly increase the presence of international students at Western.

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Western Libraries Responds

WWU holds event to replace vandalized books

This article is written by Mary Gallagher and is courtesy of the Office of Communications and Marketing at Western. It originally appeared in Western Today on April 10, 2018 and can be viewed here.

Members of the Western community who have responded to the destruction and vandalism of books in Western’s Jewish Studies Collection have replaced the books and grown the collection, illustrating the community’s resolve against acts of antisemitism and other forms of hate, bigotry and violence, said speakers at a Western Libraries event Tuesday morning.

“Whether campus is your home, or you live in Bellingham or beyond, we are all one community,” said President Sabah Randhawa. “We are united in opposition against these acts of antisemitic vandalism, and against all such acts of hatred and bigotry. This kind of cowardly action perfectly illustrates the nature of hate and bigotry, because it flourishes in darkness and withers when exposed to the light of reason and intellectual scrutiny.”

More than 250 students, faculty, staff and community members crowded into the Wilson Library Reading Room for the event, which was a response to acts of destruction and vandalism of books in Western’s Jewish Studies collection.

“The deliberate destruction of library books, along with hateful slurs written in them, constitutes a reprehensible, criminal act that will not be tolerated,” said Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg. Tuesday's show of solidarity, along with replacing the books and adding to the collection, show that as a community, “we vigorously oppose acts of bigotry and hate against the Jewish community and against all minoritized and marginalized groups,” Greenberg said.

The destruction of the books was appalling and upsetting, Randhawa said, in part because “this particular activity occurred in our library, the heart of our institution – of any academic institution – and involved the destruction of the very objects of knowledge itself.”

As outlined in last year’s report from Western’s Taskforce on Preventing and Responding to Antisemitism, Randhawa said, all forms of racism, bias and hate are interconnected and must be fought on a united front.

“Democratic institutions and values are not automatically sustained,” he said. “One of the central mandates of education is to examine what it means to be a responsible citizen and to ensure that human values are appreciated, nurtured and protected. Silence and indifference to the suffering of others, or to the infringements of civil rights in any society, can perpetuate these problems.”

German Professor Sandra Alfers, director of the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, said that as someone who grew up in post-war West Germany, the destruction of books “conjures up particularly disturbing ghosts from the past.”

“Thanks to the support of many, our shelves in Wilson Library do not remain empty, and so we have replaced books that were destroyed and added traditional and new formats in written, oral and visual form to enhance our collection,” Alfers said. “More than 120 items have been added thus far, some of them not held by any other library in the state.”

But more work needs to be done, Alfers said. Hate crimes and violence against minority groups are on the rise in the U.S. as islamophobia, antisemitism, anti-immigrant sentiment and Holocaust distortion and denial are becoming more common around the globe.

“Reports can be shelved and forgotten,” Alfers said. “So, commit yourself to being engaged, to actively thoughtfully, and respectfully be building bridges, not walls, and creating much-needed change. To seek knowledge and to apply it. Therein lies your – our – responsibility as we stand up in unity to antisemitism, hate and bigotry.”

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Neil Hilborn Poetry Performance 4/12

Poetry Event @WWU: PALS & Neil Hilborn

Western Washington University Associated Students Club PALS: Poets and Lyricists Society are hosting Neil Hilborn at Western Washington University on Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Miller Hall 138.

This event is free and open to the public.

Hilborn is currently one of the most prominent spoken word poets in the world. He is a National College Poetry Slam champion and a best-selling author, as well as a member of the Button Poetry collective. He is also the most watched slam poet of all time as his poetry performances have been viewed over 150 million times on YouTube. 
Western Libraries is a co-sponsor of this event through contributions made possible via support for the Poetry CHaT collection, which strives to acquire, provide, and preserve a national and international comprehensive collection of poetry written and published from 1920 to present, aimed at children and teens.  Sylvia Tag, Librarian and curator of the  Children’s Literature Interdisciplinary Collection at Western Libraries, recognized a natural affinity between the upcoming PALS event and Poetry CHaT.
“This event is a wonderful opportunity for Western Libraries PoetryCHaT  to help celebrate poetry, particularly lyrical performance and spoken word," said Tag. "We are thrilled to co-sponsor and support this great student club.”
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Sign Up Now for Connecting Communities Volunteer Days

Connecting Communities Volunteer Days April 21 & 22

In celebration of National Volunteer Week and Earth Day, the Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) and the Center for Service-Learning invite students, faculty, staff, and community members to participate in another “Connecting Communities Volunteer Days” event by volunteering in a group activity at an off-campus location of their choosing.

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 local organizations, this event also offers Western employees, students, and community members an opportunity to develop and sustain ongoing relationships by connecting people through service to the community. This year, the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County is coordinating and managing all of the volunteer opportunities, and Whatcom Community College is another sponsor supporting this effort.

Everyone is invited to sign up to volunteer on one or both days during a time of their choosing.   (Note to WWU staff: this is a great opportunity to use all or part of your “Community Service Day” benefit!)

Volunteer projects include:

  • The Bellingham Sock Monkey Project
  • Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association Work Party Projects
  • Salvation Army Thrift Store Work Party
  • Volunteer Chore Program
  • And more!


To reserve your volunteer spot, go to:  or email: You can also learn more at an upcoming Volunteer Information Session on April 17, 2018 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Bellingham Public Library, (210 Central Avenue).

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Spring Quarter TLA New Format!

Spring Quarter TLA Begins April 11

What does diversity mean to Western? Do safe spaces really exist? What does it mean to be educated? Join students, faculty, staff, and community members as they consider questions like these during spring quarter’s Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) dialogue sessions. 

The TLA meets from 12-1:20 p.m. every other Wednesday and Thursday in Haggard Hall Room 222 beginning April 11 and 12.  This quarter, the TLA will explore a new dialogue format by asking a different question each week.

 TLA participants include students, faculty, staff, and community members, and everyone is welcome to participate. The TLA’s primary objective is to create a community of scholars who work together to enhance teaching and learning by providing:

  • a cross-disciplinary space for dialogue which explores how teaching and learning can be enhanced throughout the University and beyond.
  • a forum for fostering collaboration and bridging the gaps between students, staff, faculty, and community members.
  • a space that values diverse perspectives and works towards creating active communities.  
  • professional development resources and workshops that support both scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning.


Participants consistently report that the TLA dialogue sessions provide a great way to connect with others outside of their disciplines and departments, and to learn more about Western’s teaching and learning culture. Many say it also gives them a chance to take a breath and just listen to what others, especially students, really think. The goals of each dialogue session are to share well-rounded views related to teaching and learning while encouraging the use of  listening to understand and appreciate differences , and promoting open-mindedness and mutual respect for diverse perspectives.  

For more information, see  To sign up for the TLA listserv, email (Students: there is also an opportunity to participate in the TLA for LIBR 340 “Speaking and Listening” practicum credit. For more information, contact

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New Exhibition: 'The Global Book'

'The Global Book' Exhibition Open through August

Western Libraries Heritage Resources is hosting a new exhibition entitled “The Global Book,” which invites viewers to consider books as one point of departure for exploring our shared global heritage. 

The exhibit is free and open to the public, and will be available for viewing  through the end of August, Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed weekends and holidays) in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor).

How do books’ physical attributes reveal cross-cultural influences? Have the same creative impulses emerged in places hundreds of years and thousands of miles apart? Can juxtaposing one book with another tell us something about each that we cannot get by looking at just one? These are some of the questions that the exhibition raises.

Among the materials on display are examples of manuscript illumination from medieval Europe and the Middle East; a selection of illustrated bindings produced in Japan, Europe, and the United States; a Quranic writing board; a Roman wax tablet; two Buddhist sutras; an original palm leaf manuscript; and several highlights from Western Libraries’ prominent Mongolian Studies collection.

For more information about the exhibition, please contact Michael Taylor, Special Collections Librarian,, (360) 650-3097.

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Western Libraries Responds to Antisemitism, Book Vandalism

New Additions to Library Collections & Invitation to April 10 Event

Since mid-March, the Western Washington University community has been grappling with the discovery of vandalized (and in some cases, destroyed) books within the Libraries’ Jewish Studies collection. While libraries are havens for expression and intellectual freedom, the targeted destruction of Jewish Studies materials because of their subject matter crosses the line from free speech into hateful conduct.  University Police are actively seeking to identify the individual(s) involved in these crimes and to deter further incidents.

In response to these antisemitic acts, the Libraries has replaced the damaged items and added new books to the collection. The University will hold an event at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 10 to showcase the collection and to come together in a public display of solidarity and support for the rights of readers to access information. This public event will take place in the Wilson Library Reading Room and precedes Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, which begins at sunset on April 11.

Western Libraries is proud to restore the vandalized content and to continue efforts to acquire new resources supporting Jewish Studies. These efforts reflect the Libraries’ ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and its mission to ensure that historically marginalized voices are well represented within our collections.

To that end, and prior to these antisemitic incidents, the Libraries has been actively acquiring content related to Jewish and Holocaust Studies in order to support both The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity,  and Jewish Studies coursework at Western. Recent acquisitions include print books, e-books, digital primary source archives, children’s books, and special collections materials. Also of particular note is a donation from what was formerly the Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education, and is now The Ray Wolpow Institue. These materials are discoverable through the Libraries’ OneSearch interface. Users can also browse the virtual Holocaust and Genocide Studies collection, a selection of materials that has been curated over the last several years.

To support the Libraries’ efforts to build and maintain diverse and inclusive collections, please consider donating funds (specify “for Jewish Studies materials”—or another subject area, if desired—in the additional gift instructions) and/or suggesting a specific title for purchase.

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