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Canines on Campus!

"Canines on Campus" Program Visits the Library

Western Libraries will again be joined by members of the “Canines on Campus” registered therapy animal program from Monday March 7th - Thursday March 17th. 


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. Teams of 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. 

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 ADA service animals are welcome in the library, animals that are pets may not be brought into library facilities at any time.


For more information about the upcoming Canines on Campus visit, a schedule which includes the names of the volunteers, photos of the animals, and the times when they will be available for visiting, has been posted on an easel in the designated gallery area. Stop by the library to say hi or 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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Magnificent Miss Wilson

Magnificent Miss Wilson's Library Hide-and-Seek


Mabel Zoe Wilson was born on March 3, 1878. She was a strong advocate for the library and worked as a librarian from 1902-1945. Her legacy lives on here at Western Libraries.


During the month of March we are celebrating the birthday of Mabel Zoe Wilson, Wilson Library's namesake, with the launch of  “Magnificent Miss Wilson’s Library Hide and Seek.” Check out the Library display cases (located throughout the second floor of both Haggard and Wilson) to see if you can find Magnificent Miss Wilson’s cameo image.  If you do find her, stop by the Circulation Desk to tell the staff where you saw her and they just might have a special treat for you!


“Magnificent Miss Wilson’s Library Hide and Seek” will continue even after her birthday  month of March ends as we relocate her cameo image to a new display case each month.  We hope you will partake in the search and find some time to enjoy the engaging displays here in the library!


And while we are on the subject of displays in the library, did you know Western Libraries provides access to our display cases to departments and organizations at Western as part of its service to the academic community?  Exhibit cases are available to any Western-affiliated organization, and may be reserved for one to two months.  Exhibits in the Libraries are created to direct attention to the materials, services, and aims of the Libraries, or to reflect the aims, goals, and services of departments and organizations at Western.  


If you are interested in making a request for a display, please make your reservation by submitting the online application form at least one month before the date you wish to begin your exhibit. Request approval is subject to case availability. For more information about current exhibits or exhibit policies, see the Display Case Exhibits web page

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"Flowing" @PFC March 1st

Masters of Japanese Cinema Series:  Flowing

The next movie in the Masters of Japanese Cinema series is Naruse Mikio’s 1956 masterpiece Flowing. It will screen on Tuesday, March 1st at 6:30pm at the Pickford Film Center.


In Flowing, Naruse brings his sympathetic but unsentimental approach to a story of a geisha house that is facing closure. Described by series curator and WWU librarian Jeff Purdue as a beautifully photographed film, Flowing provides the platform for one of Naruse’s sensitive character studies of women struggling against the odds to maintain their independence and dignity.  Purdue, who will also introduce the film, places Flowing among his “Top Ten” picks, stating that the ending “is one of the most remarkable in any film I’ve seen.”


The drama plays out in quiet conversations and muted glances, with the occasional outburst, demonstrating what Akira Kurosawa said about Naruse’s style: “like a great river with a calm surface and a raging current in its depths.” Flowing features a remarkable cast, including three leads who are widely considered to be some of the greatest actors in Japanese history: Takamine Hideko, Tanaka Kinuyo, and Isuzu Yamada, each of whom headlined numerous films on their own.

The film also includes a very strong supporting cast of veterans and up-and-comers, including Sugimura Haruko, memorable from many character roles in Ozu films, and Okada Mariko, who was still fairly new in her career. Kurishima Sumiko, who was one of the first female actors in Japan and one of their biggest stars during the1920s, is another supporting actresses with a powerful presence.


Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Japanese Cinema is 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. Each film in the series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators.


To learn more about upcoming films featured in this series, click on this link. If you have questions about the Masters of Japanese Cinema series, contact

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Help with Citations Available!

Winter Quarter 2016 Citation Clinics

While it is true that any time is citation time in the Research-Writing Studio, you can also pick up handouts and get some extra help with all of your citation needs during the Winter Quarter Citation Clinics! 


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


Stop by the Research-Writing Studio between 2pm and 4pm Monday - Friday during the week of February 29 - March 4 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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Scholarship Essay Workshop

A Hands-On Workshop: March 3rd

Scholarship applications, especially the essay portion, can be daunting. How do you write an essay that committees want to read? What if you need help just getting started?


Get answers to these questions and more by attending "The Scholarship Essay: A Hands-On Workshop" at 4 p.m. March 3 in Haggard Hall Room 222. Hosts for the event are the Research-Writing Studio and the Scholarship Center.


Come prepared to analyze the components of a scholarship application, draft or revise your scholarship essays, get hints to overcome “writer’s block” and develop effective proofreading strategies.


Please come with working materials, such as a laptop (you can check one out at the Student Technology Center located in Haggard Hall, 2nd floor), specific scholarships you want to apply to, and any writing/notes that you have been working on. Reserve your spot here.

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Brian Griffin @WWU 2/23

Adventures in Historical Research


Western Libraries will host local historian Brian Griffin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Goltz-Murray Archives Building, 808 25th St. for a talk about exploring Bellingham’s history through archival research.  The event is free and open to the public.


During his talk, titled “Adventures in Historical Research,” Griffin will share his experiences and present a series of historic photographs, including several from the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, a unit of Western Washington University Libraries Heritage Resources.


“Brian Griffin has brought so much richness and depth to our understanding of local history through the work he has done utilizing archival materials,” said Director of Heritage Resources Elizabeth Joffrion. “We are so pleased to provide an opportunity for showcasing some of the wonderful stories he has discovered.”


Griffin has devoted much of his retirement to researching and writing books about the history of our community, including his most recent publication, “Fairhaven.”


This talk is being offered as part of the Heritage Resources Distinguished Speakers program, which are quarterly events featuring presenters who are authorities in their respective fields and who have used Heritage Resources collections significantly in their research.

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The Miracle of Life at La Jolla

David Sattler and the Western Libraries Reading Series


Western Libraries had the honor and pleasure of hosting award-winning photographer and WWU Professor of Psychology David Sattler on February 18, 2016 as part of the Western Libraries Reading Series.


The Reading Series is dedicated to showcasing the scholarly and creative work of Western faculty by featuring diverse speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who are engaged in research, writing, and teaching at Western.


Sattler's talk was one of the most engaging and memorable events we have hosted as part of this series, and he not only captivated us with his stunning photographs, he spoke eloquently about the complexity of trying to find the balance between protecting animal habitats and the natural environment with the needs and wants of humans.


During his presentation, Sattler took us on a journey to La Jolla Cove, a picturesque cove and beach surrounded by cliffs in San Diego, California, and showed us a unique area where human activity takes place in close proximity to a small stretch of coastline inhabited by a variety of wild animals who live, eat, nest, and raise their young. 


 Sattler’s breathtaking photographs celebrate the interconnectedness of all life and the beauty of the land on which we live. "We take care of what we love," is an implied thesis of this work.


If you missed this talk, you can learn more about the compelling story of La Jolla Cove through Sattler’s book, The Miracle of Life at La Jolla Cove, which can be found here at Western Libraries, and which includes a wonderful introduction written by Jane Goodall, the world renowned primatologist and conservationist best known for her landmark study on the behavior of wild chimpanzees in Gombe National Park in Tanzania.


A special thank you goes out from Western Libraries to David Sattler for creating and sharing his inspiring work with all of us. 

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David Sattler Event

Western Libraries Reading Series: David Sattler

 "The Miracle of Life at La Jolla Cove"


Western Washington University professor of psychology David Sattler will share stunning photographs from his book, The Miracle of Life at La Jolla Cove, and speak about his vision as a photographer and his passion for preserving lands for wildlife on Thursday, February 18th from 4:00pm – 5:30pm in Western Libraries Special Collections. The presentation is free and open to the public.


From Bellingham, Washington to San Diego, California, the Pacific Ocean coastline is revered for spectacular seascapes, miraculous tide pools, diverse wildlife, and breathtaking colors that fill the sky at the edge of day. With more than 145 magnificent color images, award-winning wildlife and nature photographer David N. Sattler presents glorious images of marine creatures and landscapes along one portion of the coast: La Jolla Cove.


Sattler’s breathtaking photographs celebrate the interconnectedness of all life and the beauty of the land on which we live. Jane Goodall, the world renowned primatologist and conservationist best known for her landmark study on the behavior of wild chimpanzees in Gombe National Park in Tanzania, wrote the Foreword to The Miracle of Life at La Jolla Cove.


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 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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Wallie V. Funk & Community Journalism

When Local Becomes National

On Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in Special Collections we were honored to host the very special event "When local becomes national," during which panelists spoke about community journalism and the impact of the work of noted and prolific photographer, Wallie V. Funk. Wallie was also in attendance along with members of his family, and he made the event even more meaningful by sharing some of his memories enriching the conversation with his perspective.


Between 75 and 80 people were in attendance to listen to tales of Wallie's contributions and their place in the history of local and national photojournalism.


During his long career as a photographer, journalist and co-owner of the Anacortes American, the Whidbey News-Times, and the South Whidbey Record, Wallie V. Funk photographed a diverse and eclectic range of subjects, including several U.S. presidential visits to the state of Washington; the Beatles’ and Rolling Stones’ concerts in Seattle; the 1970 Penn Cove whale capture; local and regional accidents and disasters (both natural and man-made); and community events and military activities on Fidalgo and Whidbey islands.



Panelists spoke about the impact of Wallie's work on his community and its surrounding area, and talked about how he used his photography and storytelling talents to draw attention to important matters in order to benefit and improve the lives of those around him. Each panelist had personal ties to Wallie, having worked closely with him while developing an enduring friendship.



Panelists were Theresa Trebon, Swinomish Indian Tribal community and local historian; Paul Cocke, Director of Western’s Office of Communications and Marketing and former news editor of the Anacortes American; Elaine Walker, curator of collections at the Anacortes Museum and former news editor of the Anacortes American; and Scott Terrell, photojournalist for the Skagit Valley Herald and WWU journalism instructor.



The presentation was sponsored by Western Libraries Heritage Resources, the WWU Department of Journalism and Western’s Office of Communications and Marketing.


A photographic exhibit featuring Funk's images is available for viewing weekdays in Special Colelctions between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., (excluding weekends and holidays).  The photographs on display in the exhibit represent a small sample from a far larger collection of papers, prints, and negatives donated by Walle V. Funk to the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies in 2003. If you are interested in learning more about this collection, please contact



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Usability Study Participants Wanted

Western Libraries Usability Activity

Western Libraries Usability & Design Working Group is currently evaluating how the Library website organizes information about services and materials – and we would love your input! We are seeking participants for a brief usability exercise; the purpose of this exercise is to identify new ways to organize information and services on our website. Undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate. This activity shouldn’t take longer than 10-15 minutes.
Description & Purpose: Through an electronic sorting exercise, participant responses will help Western Libraries identify new ways to organize information and services on our website.
Duration: The activity shouldn't take longer than 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
Intended Audience: Undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff from outside of the Libraries are invited to participate.
Questions about the usability study? Please contact us via our website, or call Rebecca Marrall, Discovery Services Librarian (360-650-4493).
Ready to get started? You can participate in the study now.
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