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Transitions and New Leadership at Western Libraries & the Learning Commons

(L to R) Carmen Werder, Sarah McDaniel,  and Shevell Thibou / photos by Bri Schlemmer, courtesy of Western Libraries 

As Western moves into a new academic year, the Libraries and the Learning Commons are gaining significant new leadership, with changes precipitated by the retirement of Carmen Werder, who began working at Western in 1984, and who served as the Director of the Learning Commons, the Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA), and Writing Instruction Support (WIS).

“It’s difficult to see such a valued colleague leave Western,” said Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg. “I wish Carmen a long, happy, and healthy retirement.”

Western Libraries will host a retirement celebration in Werder’s honor and in appreciation for her many contributions later in November—details and date to be announced soon. In the meantime, the Libraries and the Learning Commons are preparing for what lies ahead. 

Coming from University of Wisconsin, Madison, Sarah McDaniel has assumed the new position of Director of Teaching & Learning and the Learning Commons. Shevell Thibou, now Assistant Director of the Learning Commons, will also head the Teaching-Learning Academy, and Julie Dugger, who is also faculty in the Department of English, has accepted the position of Director of Writing Instruction Support.

“We make this transition with amazing new leadership,” said Greenberg. “Sarah, Shevell, and Julie each bring incredible expertise and energy to their new roles advancing teaching and learning in Western Libraries.”

 

Sarah McDaniel

Prior to coming to Western, Sarah McDaniel’s work focused on partnerships to transform libraries’ educational roles. She led the University of Wisconsin, Madison Libraries’ Teaching & Learning Programs for nine years, and partnered with the Chancellor’s Office, faculty, and campus and community organizations to establish the Go Big Read campus-community reading program, now in its eighth year.

In addition to leading a twenty-library information literacy program, she expanded the scope of the program to incorporate faculty development and instructional design partnerships, secured campus funding for library e-learning initiatives and co-chaired an Educational Innovation team focused on development of new service models.

As the Director of Teaching & Learning and the Learning Commons here at Western, McDaniel will bring her experience in faculty development, instructional design, and assessment to develop, implement, and assess an integrated teaching and learning program for Western Libraries that engages students and instructors from across the university. She is also a member of the Libraries’ senior leadership team, and will work collaboratively with librarians, staff, student employees, Learning Commons partners, and external stakeholders toward shared goals to advance new teaching and learning initiatives related to the online learning environment, student learning outcomes, and research-writing instruction in support of academic colleges’ curricula.

“I’m looking forward to leading the rich variety of education and outreach programs that library staff at Western are engaged in,” said McDaniel. “I’m particularly excited about the innovative integration of writing and research that’s underway in our teaching and services to students and faculty,” said McDaniel, mentioning as examples both the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio and the Integrated Research & Writing Workshops.

 

Shevell Thibou

Shevell Thibou is no stranger to the Learning Commons or the TLA, having served as the coordinator over the past four years. The TLA is a dialogue forum engaged in studying the intersections between teaching and learning, with the mission of creating a community of scholars who work together to better understand the existing learning culture, to share that understanding with others, and to enhance the learning environment for everyone.

Werder explained that although the TLA began in 2001 as a temporary structure related to Western’s affiliation with the Carnegie Academy’s Campus Conversations program, it has endured as a place where students, faculty, staff, and community members can come to together to talk about what matters to them, and what matters in the world of teaching and learning, adding that she is optimistic about the future of the TLA. 

“I have been truly blessed to be involved with the TLA since its beginnings up to the present, and I am absolutely thrilled to know that Shevell Thibou will be leading it from now on,” said Werder upon her retirement. “In mind, heart, and spirit - Shevell embodies all that is the TLA, and I predict that the best is yet to come.”

Thibou explained she appreciates how much the TLA emphasizes the importance of community, and she is excited about continuing to build community and to advance teaching and learning at Western.

“At times in higher education, we can sometimes create divides between faculty, staff, students, and community members, but in the TLA, the emphasis is on how we are all one,” explained Thibou. “To embody exceptional teaching and learning, everyone has to be a part of that process. The TLA looks at all points of views and perspectives, and that helps us advance teaching and learning, which can only strengthen Western and our community.”

Thibou invites anyone interested in learning more about the TLA to participate in the sessions that begin on Oct. 5th and 6th, adding that fall is a particularly great time to get involved because it is when the TLA will choose its study question, which will be the focus of the TLA’s work the rest of the year. She is also interested in expanding the reach of the TLA by finding a way to meet people where they are.

“As a suggestion from last year’s TLA dialogue sessions and to continue Carmen’s extraordinary work, we will be taking TLA on the road this year,” said Thibou. “We want as many people as possible to come to the TLA sessions, but we also want to reach those who can’t attend so we can get their insights, so that when we say we come from a community of teachers and learners, we are being as inclusive as possible.”

 

Julie Dugger

Julie Dugger has accepted a one-year appointment to serve as Director of WIS, and will be working with McDaniel and Thibou throughout the year to direct and further develop support for the program.  Dugger has taught writing, literature, and humanities full time for sixteen years as a professor and instructor at four-year universities. She has also taught in the Academic and Professional Writing Program at the University of Chicago, the Young Scholars Program at the Oregon Council for the Humanities, and the English for Speakers of Other Languages curriculum at Crossroads Student Center.  She is a former Director of the Core Curriculum at Benedictine University, and her publications include work on literature and politics, utopianism, and popular fiction.

“Julie also holds a long-time teaching appointment in the English Department. We are fortunate to have someone with such a wealth of experience in this important role.” stated McDaniel.

The WIS program is a Learning Commons partner, and provides direct assistance to faculty who are teaching writing intensive courses within their discipline.  As Director of WIS, Dugger will be available to offer personalized consultations to faculty on a variety of topics, including writing course syllabi, assignments, response methods, evaluation schemes, and Writing Proficiency (WP) Course requirements. 

“Not only is good writing an essential professional and civic skill in itself, but a skilled writer is also a better communicator and critical thinker more generally.  I'll be working in this position to ensure that when students look back on their time at WWU, they'll point to writing instruction as one of the most important parts of their education.” said Dugger.

Werder, who was involved with the Learning Commons from its earliest stages in 2010, stated she is very pleased with how things have developed and evolved over the years.

“For my part, I am retiring a very happy person to have been a part of this splendid adventure, and I send my best wishes to all the people that make up the treasure that is the Learning Commons at Western Washington University,” said Werder.

For more information about the Learning Commons, the TLA, WIS, or teaching and learning at Western Libraries and the Learning Commons, please see:   https://library.wwu.edu/learning_commons or email learningcommons@wwu.edu.  

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TLA Dialogue Sessions

Teaching-Learning Academy dialogues begin Oct. 5 & 6

The Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA), the campus-wide dialogue forum to study and enhance the learning environment at Western Washington University, begins the third week of fall quarter. Whether student, staff, faculty, or community member, everyone is invited to participate!

Grounded in the scholarship of teaching and learning, the TLA's central mission is to create a community of scholars who work together to better understand the existing learning culture, to share that understanding with others, and to enhance the learning environment for everyone. Engaged in studying the intersections between teaching and learning, TLA members include faculty, students, administrators, and staff from across the University, as well as several alumni and community members.

The TLA is now in its sixteenth year, and participants continue to report that it’s a great place to connect with others outside of their 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. Others express satisfaction in being able to advance real action steps in making Western an even better place to teach and learn.

Fall quarter is when TLA designs its “BIG” question to study for the rest of the year, so it’s a great time to get involved. The TLA welcomes everyone and offers four dialogue group options to accommodate busy schedules: Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1:20 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 3:20. Dialogue groups begin meeting Oct. 5 or 6, and meet every other week in the Learning Commons (Wilson Library 2 West) for a total of five sessions during the quarter.

While the sessions are 80 minutes long, attendees are welcome to come for whatever time they have available. Many faculty and staff who cannot stay the entire time will participate for the first 50 minutes as there is a logical break then.

For more information, see http://library.wwu.edu/tla.  To sign up for a regular dialogue group and get on the listserv, email TLA@wwu.edu. (Students: there is also an opportunity to participate in the TLA for LIBR practicum credit. For more information, contact Shevell.Thibou@wwu.edu.)

The Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) at Western Libraries is a Learning Commons partner and the central forum for the scholarship of teaching and learning at Western Washington University. 

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Nelly Trocmé Hewett

Nelly Trocmé Hewett to Speak at WWU Sept. 23, 2016

Nelly Trocmé Hewett will speak about Plateau Vivarais-Lignon and the village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a place of safety and shelter for Jewish refugees during WWII, from 3-4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 in Academic West 204 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

From December 1940 to September 1944, the inhabitants of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and the surrounding villages provided refuge for an estimated 3,500 Jews, the majority of whom were children. Le Chambon-sur-Lignon became widely known due to the 1989 documentary film Weapons of the Spirit by Pierre Sauvage. In 1990 Le Chambon-sur-Lignon became the first community to be honoured as Righteous Gentiles by the Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem.

Nelly Trocmé Hewett will speak about her father and mother, André  and Magda Trocmé, and the remarkable efforts of ordinary people as described in the book written by Peter Grose, (and on which she served as a consultant), A Good Place to Hide: How One French Community Saved Thousands Of Lives During World War II.

This event is co-sponsored by Western Libraries in collaboration with Western Washington University’s Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity; the Department of History; the Institute for Global Engagement; and the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

Photo of Magda and André Trocmé, courtesy of The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, Copyright © 2016 Yad Vashem.

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Intersession Hours

Western Libraries Summer Intersession Hours, Closures, & Entrance Information

Western Libraries will be open during the intersession August 20th - September 20th Monday - Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, closed weekends and holidays. Western Libraries will also be closed to the public on Wednesday, August 24th for the Libraries' Staff Development Day.

Additionally, the Map Collection will  be closed August 22nd through September 12th, and the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies will be closed until 11:00am on Monday, August 22, as well as all day Wednesday, August 24th, and all day September 12-13. 

The Wilson North entrance to the library will be closed during intersession, but the library will remain accessible via the Haggard Hall entrance.

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Welcome Sarah McDaniel

Western Libraries Welcomes New Director of Teaching & Learning and the Learning Commons

Western Libraries at Western Washington University has hired Sarah McDaniel as the Director of Teaching & Learning and the Learning Commons. Sarah comes to Western from University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her recent work focused on partnerships to transform libraries’ educational roles.

 

In her new position as the Director of Teaching & Learning and the Learning Commons, Sarah will develop, implement, and assess an integrated teaching and learning program for Western Libraries that engages students and instructors from across the University. As a member of the Libraries’ senior leadership team, she will work collaboratively with librarians, staff, student employees, Learning Commons partners, and external stakeholders toward shared goals, and she will help advance new teaching and learning initiatives, including the online learning environment, student learning outcomes, and research-writing instruction in support of academic colleges’ curricula.

 

Sarah led the University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries’ Teaching & Learning Programs for nine years. In addition to overseeing a twenty-library information literacy program, she expanded the scope of the program to incorporate faculty development and instructional design partnerships, secured campus funding for library e-learning initiatives, and co-chaired an Educational Innovation team focused on development of new service models. She also contributed to the leadership and facilitation of programs for early-career faculty, instructors involved in designing blended and online courses, and faculty visiting from partner universities outside the United States.

 

Sarah also worked in UW-Madison Provost’s Office, contributing to institutional efforts around accreditation and learning assessment. As consultant for a curricular redesign project in UW-Madison’s School of Library & Information Studies, she developed a communication plan for an upcoming name change for the school.  Sarah has also been Associate Lecturer for courses on pedagogy and learning assessment in the UW-Madison School of Library & Information Studies, and she partnered with the Chancellor’s Office, faculty, and campus and community organizations to found the “Go Big Read” campus-community reading program, now in its eighth year.  As a past Chair of both the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section and the ACRL Divisional Committee on Information Literacy, Sarah developed ACRL’s formal liaison relationship with the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI).

 

Previously, Sarah was Humanities Librarian, Assessment & Instructional Design Librarian, and Interim Director of the Teaching Library at University of California–Berkeley. At Berkeley, Sarah was appointed Assessment Consultant for the Mellon Faculty Fellowship for Undergraduate Research, where she co-facilitated a year-long curriculum for faculty fellows, assessed the impact of the program on student learning, and consulted with faculty redesigning assignments and courses. Sarah also partnered with Berkeley’s Graduate Student Instructor Teaching & Resource Center to develop programs on research-based learning for future faculty. Sarah’s academic credentials include a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), a M.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures (French) from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a B.A. in French from UW-Madison. 

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Library Closed August 24th

Library Closed to the Public August 24th for Staff Development Day

Western Libraries will hold its annual Staff Development Day on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. In order to provide an opportunity for as many of our staff members as possible to participate, (including the Libraries’ student employees), Western Libraries will be closed to the public on this day.

 

During the past year, 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.

 

This year’s Development Day theme is entitled “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.” The professional development activities planned for this 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.

 

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.

 

For more information about the Libraries commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion or if you have any questions, please contact Andrea.Peterson@wwu.edu.

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Summer Projects

Summertime is Project Time @ Western Libraries

 

As usual, summer offers Western Libraries time to improve spaces and services for all of you! In the coming weeks, projects underway in Haggard Hall include:

 

Hacherl Research & Writing Studio:

Following the successful completion of the Research-Writing Studio’s first phase last fall, Western Libraries will begin construction of a new instructional space in the southeast corner of Haggard 2. When completed in December, the new enclosed workshop space will support the Libraries’ growing schedule of research and writing workshops. Outfitted with instructional technology, flexible furnishings, and improved lighting, this inviting space will be open for general study when not scheduled for instructional use. Additionally, the space currently occupied by the Student Technology Center (STC) desk will become a re-imagined “living room,” with upholstered furniture and casual tables. This comfortable workspace can be used for collaborative conversation or individual work, while positioning users within easy reach of staff assistance from both the Studio and the STC. Generous gifts from the Hacherl family made the Studio construction projects possible.

 

Relocation of the Student Technology Center (STC) Service Desk:

The relocation of the STC help desk on Haggard 2 will position this important instructional and technology support service in closer proximity to patrons utilizing its computers, editing rooms, and other technology. This redesigned service point will also include infrastructure to accommodate next-generation laptop check-out, coming Fall Quarter. 

 

Relocation of some computers and the installation of four study pods:

The STC’s desk relocation will also require the relocation of printers, guest computers, and student computer workstations currently in that space. Next to the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio, four “study pods” will be installed. These semi-enclosed upholstered works areas will provide space for one-to-one consultations with Studio staff, as well as workspaces for those who want less distraction from surrounding activities.

 

Improvements to Zoe’s Bookside Bagels:

Aramark will fund an enlarged food preparation area in Zoe’s, along with new cabinetry and points of sale. The upgraded space will enable food services staff to provide more food choices and shorter payment lines without reducing café seating.

 

With the exception of the Studio workshop space, these projects are scheduled for completion before the start of Fall Quarter.  So please excuse the dust and noise while we improve Western Libraries!

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Building a Collectible Angling Library

John Alevras to Speak at WWU on July 13 

 
Noted fly-fishing author and book collector John Alevras will speak at Western Libraries at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13 in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor) about building a collectible angling library.
 
This event is free and open to the public.
 
During this talk, Alevras will discuss lessons learned during the process of building his own collectible library, as well as tips and strategies for choosing which books to collect and knowing where to find them. He will also share items from his personal collection and the Western Libraries Fly Fishing Collection. Attendees will receive a collectible, limited-edition booklet created specifically for the event.
 
Alevras has been a passionate fly tier, angler and book collector for more than 50 years. He is the author of “Leaves from a Steelheader’s Diary” and numerous magazine articles, as well as three books on angling. After living for a number of years on the Olympic Peninsula, he currently resides in Broomfield, Colorado with his wife Barbara.
 
This special talk is sponsored by Western Libraries Heritage Resources.
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Subscriptions Review Update

Subscriptions Reduction Review Process - Update

As part of the Subscriptions Reduction Review process, Western Libraries has finalized the list of subscription cancellations. More information about this process and the list can be found here: http://www.library.wwu.edu/sites/library7x602.wwu.edu/files/satf/final-list-of-subscription-cancellations-memo-june-2016.pdf
 
Subscription cancellations will not take effect until January 1, 2017. There will be no disruption to cancelled subscriptions during summer and fall quarters. Beginning in winter quarter, content from cancelled journals will be accessible via interlibrary loan request.  The Libraries strives to deliver an electronic copy of desired items to a patron’s email account within a day or two of request.
 
If you have any questions about the subscription reduction review process, please contact Director of Scholarly Resources and Collection Services at Mike.Olson@wwu.edu.
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Intersession & Summer Hours

Western Libraries Intersession & Summer Hours

  • Western Libraries will be open during the intersession June 11th - June 20th M-F from 8:30am to 4:30pm, closed weekends.

  • The Wilson North entrance to the library will be closed during this period, but the library will remain accessible via the Haggard Hall entrance.

  • The Map Collection will be open during intersession and summer quarter, M-F from 11am to 3pm.

  • Special Collections and Zoe’s Bookside Bagels will be closed during the intersession and will re-open on the first day of summer classes, Tuesday, June 21st.

  • During the summer session, Western Libraries will be open M-F from 7:30am to 5:00pm, closed weekends.
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