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New Art Exhibit on Display Through Nov. 4th

There's a new art exhibit now on display in Wilson Library featuring the photographic work of Garth Amundson's Art 371 class. "Fast-Forward Reverse" was created by students at Western Washington University who worked with a traditional analog 4x5 view camera to learn the fundamentals of the camera while exploring issues of identity and portraiture.

 

After working in the lighting studio and processing their own negatives, they scanned the images and printed them with the Art Department’s 9800 large format printer. The class also had the added benefit of working with Quinton Maldonado, a recent WWU BFA alum and artist. 

 

 

At night the images are particularly striking as the light from the inside of the library shines through the images creating a lightbox effect. This exhibit will be on display in the windows of Wilson Library East from now through November 4th.

 

Special thanks to Garth Amundson and his talented students for displaying their work here at Western Libraries!

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Visit from Award-Winning Author

Kwame Alexander to Speak @Bellingham High School 

Western Libraries and PoetryCHaT are sponsoring a special event featuring award-winning writer Kwame Alexander.

 

Alexander, recipient of the 2015 Newbery Medal and a Coretta Scott King Author Honor for his novel in verse, The Crossover,  will appear from 6:30-7:30 pm on Wednesday, October 21st at Bellingham High School. Doors will open at 5:45pm for poetry displays and live readings by area youth.

 

This presentation is free and open to the public.

 

During the presentation, Alexander will talk about The Crossover, which tells the story of the complicated relationship between twin brothers who share a love for basketball. A question and answer session will follow, and copies of Alexander’s books will be available for sale and signing.

 

Alexander is a poet, educator, and bestselling author of 21 books. He regularly travels the world as a literacy advocate and expert, and has owned several publishing companies. He has also written for both stage and television, recorded a CD, produced jazz and book festivals, hosted a radio show and taught high school English.

 

The talk is being offered in celebration of the newly-established PoetryCHaT collection, an initiative at Western Washington University to create a distinctive collection of children and teen poetry books, curricular resources for educators and information about poetry events and programming.

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TLA begins October 7th & 8th

Fall Quarter 2015 TLA

The Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA), the campus-wide dialogue forum to study and enhance the learning environment at Western Washington University, begins Wednesday, October 7th.  TLA welcomes faculty, staff, students and community members and offers four dialogue group options to accommodate busy schedules: Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1:20pm or from 2pm to 3:20pm.

Dialogue groups begin meeting Oct. 7th or 8th and then meet every other week in the Learning Commons (Wilson Library 2 West) for a total of five times during the quarter. Fall quarter is when TLA designs its BIG question to study for the rest of the year, so it’s a great time to participate.

While the sessions last officially for 80 minutes, attendees are welcome to come for whatever time they have available. Many faculty and staff, stay for the first 50 minutes as there is a logical break then.

Participants report that the TLA is a great place to connect with others outside 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 report delight in being able to advance real action steps in making Western an even better place to teach and learn.

For more information, see http://library.wwu.edu/tla. For more information or to sign up for a regular dialogue group, email shevell.thibou@wwu.edu.

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Laura Laffrado & Ella Higginson

The Beginnings of PNW Literature

Laura Laffrado, an award-winning Professor of English at Western Washington University, will discuss her recent research project focused on early-twentieth century author Ella Higginson on Tuesday, October 27th,  from 4:00pm-5:30pm in Special Collections at Western Libraries.

 

During this presentation, Laffrado will explain how her project to recover the fascinating writings of forgotten Pacific Northwest writer Ella Rhoads Higginson began in Western Libraries Heritage Resources’ collections and ultimately led to the publication of her recent book, Selected Writings of Ella Higginson: Inventing Pacific Northwest Literature.

 

Noted writer and Washington state Poet Laureate Ella Higginson (1861-1940) moved to the town of Sehome (now Bellingham) in 1888, at which time her writing career began to flourish. Higginson was deeply concerned with community and civic affairs, including issues affecting women such as female education and the institution of marriage, and she helped establish Bellingham’s first public reading room and library.

 

Higginson’s poetry and short stories were published nationally by journals including McClures, Harper's Monthly, and Colliers, and her best known work, a poem entitled "Four Leaf Clover," was published by West Shore Magazine in 1890. Laffrado’s book shines a spotlight on this once widely-known and celebrated author, helping to restore Higginson as a significant voice in American Literature.  

 

This special talk is being offered as a “Heritage Resources Distinguished Speakers” program. These quarterly events are free and open to the public, and  feature presenters who are authorities in their respective fields who have used Heritage Resources collections significantly in their research.

 

For more information about this event, please contact Western Libraries Special Collections Manager, Tamara.Belts@wwu.edu

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Exhibition: Canada's Arctic

Canada's Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving

Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving, a traveling exhibition of contemporary photographs of the Canadian Arctic, is now open at Western Libraries. This unique exhibition offers audiences a brief glimpse into the lives of Northerners, while showing a perspective of the environment and activities that help shape and influence this vibrant region.

 

Canada’s North is a region as vast as it is diverse. Modern conveniences exist alongside thriving traditional cultures in a region that faces both challenges and opportunities. Canada and its partners in the Arctic Council face the challenge of trying to ensure sustainable economic and environmental development throughout the circumpolar region with lasting benefits to the health and well-being of Northerners and Northern communities. 

 

The exhibition is open for public viewing Monday through Friday (excluding holiday closures) from 11:00am to 4:00pm in Western Libraries Special Collections (6th floor Wilson Library) from now through December 11th. A special selection of maps related to this region will also be on display in Western Libraries’ Map Collection (1st floor Wilson Library).

 

Exhibition sponsors are Western Libraries Heritage Resources, Western Washington University’s Center for Canadian-American Studies; Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada; and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

 

For more information about this exhibition, contact Western Libraries Special Collections Manager, Tamara.Belts@wwu.edu; (360) 650-3193

 

 

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Intersession Hours & Closures

Intersession Hours & Entrance Information 

Western Libraries will be open during the intersession August 24, 2015 – September 23, 2015 Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, (closed weekends). Please note that the Wilson Library north entrance to the library will be closed during intersession, but the library will be accessible via the Haggard Hall entrance. Western Libraries will re-open the north doors on Tuesday, September 15th, and resume regular hours when fall quarter classes begin on Thursday, September 24, 2015.

 

Special Closures

Special Collections: Closed August 31st – September 11th

Map Collection: Closed August 24th – September 18th

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies: Closed August 25th – September 8th

Music Library: Closed August 31st - Sept 18th

Zoe’s Bookside Bagels: Closed August 22nd - September 20th

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Special Collection Donated to Western

New Collection Features Doris Burn Artwork & Manuscripts

Siblings Skye, Lisa, and Mark Burn introduce Librarian Sylvia Tag to a portfolio of Doris Burn's drawings that now form part of the collection donated to Western Libraries.

 

Western Libraries has received a new collection of materials from noted children’s author and illustrator Doris Burn. A long-time resident of the San Juan Islands, Doris (Wernstedt ) Burn authored and illustrated the 1965 classic Andrew Henry’s Meadow, which won the Washington Governor’s Art Award. Burn also wrote The Summerfolk and The Tale of Lazy Lizard Canyon, and served as illustrator for a range of children’s works that are included in and documented through this donation.

 

Examples of some of the books and materials that are now part of the new collection.

 

The collection is a gift from the Burn family to Western Washington University via the Doris Burn Legacy LLC, and contains first-edition copies of children’s works written or illustrated by Burn, manuscripts and original artwork prepared for titles including Andrew Henry’s Meadow, and a number of unpublished and hitherto unseen manuscripts and drawings.

 

“This donation allows us to preserve the work and legacy of a noted children’s author and illustrator,” said Archivist Ruth Steele. “These materials are an important addition to the unique and rare collections held by Western Libraries.”

 

Skye, Lisa, and Mark Burn share memories of their mother's work with librarian Sylvia Tag and Archivist Ruth Steele.

 

These materials help document the cultural and artistic history of the Pacific Northwest region and were created by an artist and writer who sought specifically to engage with the needs, interests, and creativity of a younger audience. Burn’s work continues to speak to readers of all ages, and since her death in 2011, Andrew Henry’s Meadow has been reissued by Penguin’s Philomel Books. The title has also been published and is presently available in translation in Korea, China and Japan.

 

The collection of materials from the Burn family will be preserved and made available for research and use through Western Libraries Heritage Resources, in association with the Children’s Literature Interdisciplinary Collection, and is a valuable addition to the Libraries’ holdings. The Libraries promotes active use of these holdings by faculty, staff and students and also welcomes community members who may be interested in exploring these and other collections.

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Construction Updates

Summer Construction @Western Libraries

While there may be fewer students on campus during the summer, things are still busy at Western Libraries! You may have noticed that two construction projects are currently underway in Haggard Hall that will affect some spaces and services.

 

Project 1: Digital Media Center

When completed the Digital Media Center will provide an interdisciplinary teaching & working broadcast studio featuring new walls, finishes & cabinets, as well as new broadcast & media equipment.  ATUS will manage this new resource which will be accessible to authorized students and faculty.  This public works project is in the midst of heavy construction work on the second floor of Haggard Hall.

As a result:

  • The Mac Lab (HH 245A-B) is currently unavailable.  

  • The computer lab in HH233 remains available for use during library hours and can be accessed, with caution, through the hallway adjacent to the construction site.  

  • Users of Lab 233 will experience intermittent construction noises, vibrations, and possible dirt and dust in the space.

  • The 24 hour study space outside of the library, HH250, is currently being utilized by contractors.

  • Other occupants of spaces in Haggard Hall may also experience intermittent construction noises and vibrations.

  • Completion of work on this project is currently expected around the start of Fall Quarter.

 

Project 2: Research-Writing Studio

This project, funded by a generous private gift, will repurpose space behind the Student Tech Center (STC) service desk on Haggard 2 to create a collaborative studio environment which will integrate services and staff of Research Consultation with those of the Writing Center.  This integrated service concept was piloted during Spring Quarter.  Upon completion of this project the Studio space will have the capacity to serve a larger number of students who can receive feedback and assistance while they work. Research consultants and writing assistants will offer incremental, strategy-based consultations while students work individually or collaboratively within this new space.

As a result of this project:

  • The open use computers and printers, currently located behind the STC desk, are being relocated to a more visible location previously occupied by the oversize book stacks and adjacent to the STC lab.  

  • Oversize books have been moved to Wilson Library 267 across from Zoe’s.

  • During the coming weeks work will be underway upgrading power and data required to support the computers and printers.  

  • Staging of the various phases of this project will result in some service disruptions including periods when computers being relocated will be unavailable for use.  Library staff will be working to minimize these disruptions as much as possible.

  • Users of the affected areas may experience intermittent construction noise and related activity.

  • Completion of work on this project is expected to be in mid-September.

 

All of us at Western Libraries and the Learning Commons appreciate your patience and understanding during this construction period as work progresses on these exciting new projects.

For more information about summer construction at Western Libraries, contact Frank.Haulgren@wwu.edu.

 

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Western Libraries & Bellingham Pride

This past Sunday July 12, Western Libraries’ faculty, staff, friends, and family came together in celebration of “Bellingham Pride,” something they have done each year since 2013. Representing Western Libraries in the parade and hosting a table at the festival has become an annual tradition that many at the Libraries look forward to and enjoy.

 

“Three years ago, the Western Libraries Diversity Committee felt it was important for us to have a presence at Bellingham Pride to show our support of our students and our community as a whole,” explained Western Libraries Circulation staff member, Amy Sedovic. Sedovic first marched in the parade with her friends in the Whatcom County Library System back in 2009. She noted that this was during the budget crisis, and that they carried a banner that read “Yes Libraries.”

 

“I was so amazed and happy to hear people cheering specifically for libraries, shouting things like, ‘I love the library!’” said Sedovic. She explained how libraries are seen as “open, welcoming, and affirming places,” and that she feels honored to be a part of that tradition.

 

As explained by the American Libraries Association (ALA), Libraries can serve LGBTQ people by ensuring that they are represented in library collections and provided with library services. They also note that as a population which frequently faces discrimination and harassment, LGBTQ people can benefit from access to information and the sense of community libraries provide. Librarian Rebecca Marrall explained that she looks forward to the festival every year because of the chance to connect with the community and raise awareness about the Libraries’ historical and archival collections that feature regional LGBTQ narratives.

 

“I love this event because we meet community members who can see themselves in our collections. Plus, we’re celebrating happiness. Who doesn’t love that?”  Marrall asked.

 

Archivist at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies Ruth Steele agreed with Marrall that Bellingham Pride is a wonderful occasion to showcase some of the unique materials that many people are unaware exist or are unsure of how to access.  

 

“I love the opportunity to help represent Western and Western Libraries at Bellingham Pride,” explained Steele. “Heritage Resources houses some rich LGBTQ archival collections, and every year, we get to connect with individuals who are interested to find out more about these collections, and who later visit the archives as researchers, or contact us about LGBTQ records they would like to donate and see preserved for future generations.”

 

In addition to connecting with new community members, the festival also offers the Libraries a chance to see some familiar faces and reaffirm current connections.

 

“It’s also always a pleasure to revisit with long-time friends of the archives who stop by the Libraries’ table, and we are ever grateful for their support in helping to build and promote awareness of our collections,” Steele said.

 

Staff and faculty at Western Libraries anticipate increased participation in the Bellingham Pride events as enthusiasm for such an important and significant celebration grows. Sedovic encourages anyone at Western who is interested in joining the Libraries to walk with them in the parade next year and she reiterated that everyone is welcome.

 

For more information about the LGBTQ Archival and Primary Source Materials at Western Libraries, contact Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu.

 

Heritage Resources is a division of Western Libraries which includes the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and the University Archives & Records Management. Together the three units provide for responsible stewardship of unique and archival materials in support of teaching, learning, and research.

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Summer & Research @Western

Faculty & Staff Research Pages in Western CEDAR

 

Summer quarter offers many of us at Western Libraries a chance to catch up on long-term projects and prepare for the beginning of the new academic year.

 

If you are seeking ways to showcase your research and scholarly work, or if you are interested in exploring new ways to connect with your colleagues about research and scholarly work happening at Western, don’t forget about Western CEDAR, Western’s own institutional repository.

 

CEDAR’s implementation team is available throughout the summer to help  build a research page (SelectedWorks) for you.  CEDAR’s Selected Works allows faculty and staff from Western to share their work and expand their readership. Articles published in peer-reviewed journals that are added to CEDAR are free to readers and search engine optimized for maximum exposure, meaning they have the potential to receive increased readership beyond the discipline-specific journal in which they were first published.

 

CEDAR makes scholarship available and accessible to anyone in the world, and SelectedWorks provides scholars at Western an opportunity to discover what their colleagues are researching and creating. Faculty and staff who create SelectedWorks pages can showcase their scholarly works by displaying them in  customized formats organized according to the categories they highlight, (such as: areas of research and expertise, awards and honors, publications, bibliographies, curriculum vitae, or lists of links to additional information).

 

Western CEDAR is a service of Western Libraries, in partnership with the Graduate School, Office of the Provost, and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. CEDAR advances Western Washington University’s commitment to enriching academic inquiry and strengthening communities by sharing the expertise and creativity of its students, faculty, and staff. If you have any questions about Western CEDAR or are interested in creating your own research page, please contact Western Libraries Scholarly Communication Librarian Jenny.Oleen@wwu.edu  or Western CEDAR Manager Kim.Marsicek@wwu.edu.

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