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TLA Dialogue Sessions

Spring Quarter TLA Dialogue Sessions begin April 6th

“How do we move beyond conversation to achieve self-sustaining equity and inclusivity at Western?” is the Teaching-Learning Academy’s (TLA) BIG question for 2015-2016. Faculty, staff, community members, and over 70 students worked collectively throughout fall quarter to create a shared question that addresses how we can better enhance the teaching and learning environment at Western.


More than 90 TLA participants spent winter 2016 exploring and gathering data to address this question, and spring quarter will be spent finalizing action proposals that address the BIG question for this academic year.


The spring TLA sessions begin Apr. 6 and 7, and meet every other week for a total of four meetings for the quarter. There are four dialogue group options:


·        Wednesdays noon-1:20 pm (Apr. 6, 20, May 4, & 18)

·        Wednesdays 2-3:20 pm (Apr. 6, 20, May 4, & 18)

·        Thursdays noon-1:20 pm (Apr. 7, 21, May 5, & 19)

·        Thursdays 2-3:20 pm (Apr. 7, 21, May 5, & 19)


While the sessions run for approximately 80 minutes, attendees are welcome to stop by based on their availability. All dialogue groups meet in the Learning Commons in Wilson 2 West.


Students can also participate for Communications practicum credit. For more information, contact To sign up for a TLA dialogue session email


The Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) is the central forum for the scholarship of teaching and learning at Western Washington University and brings together a broad spectrum of perspectives from across campus. Engaged in studying the intersections between teaching and learning, TLA members include faculty, students, administrators, and staff from across the University, as well as community members.

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2016 Undergraduate Research Award

Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award Submissions Request - Applications Due April 15th

The Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award is given annually to three students who demonstrate outstanding library research in the writing of papers for Western Washington University college credit courses that were taught during either fall or winter quarters of the current academic year. The Award gives students the opportunity to showcase to their research skills and the valuable work they are doing here at Western!


Each award winner will receive $500.00 and publication in Western CEDAR, Western’s institutional repository. Western Libraries invites all undergraduate students enrolled at Western to submit their research papers for consideration by April 15, 2016. Submissions can be representative of any discipline, as long as they include an original thesis supported by ample research, and demonstrate exceptional ability in identifying, evaluating, and synthesizing sources.


At Western, undergraduate students have unparalleled access to research opportunities that are supported by faculty mentors. Western Libraries views the research work of undergraduate students as being tremendously valuable, both in terms of the teaching and learning experience the research process creates, and also because of the research outputs students themselves generate.


Publishing the winning research papers in Western CEDAR makes them available to anyone in the world, enabling students to contribute to the scholarship of their chosen fields while also participating in the growing global movement to provide open access to scholarship and creative works.


In order to apply, students must include with their research paper a 500-700 word reflective essay which explains their research strategies, and details how they used the collections and resources of Western Libraries. Submissions should also include a letter of support from the instructor of the class for which the research paper was completed.


If you are a faculty member who wants to recognize the work of your best students, or if you are a student with an exceptional research paper that you would love to showcase and share, we hope you will consider the Libraries Undergraduate Research Award.

Winners will be announced by May 15, 2016 and invited to attend a special reception with their faculty mentors hosted by Western Libraries.  For more information and submission guidelines, please see: or contact


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In Memoriam: Raymond George McInnis

Western Libraries Remembers Ray McInnis

Raymond George McInnis passed away peacefully at Whatcom Hospice House on February 25th, 2016 after spending many months being cared for at his home. Ray was a beloved retired faculty member of Western Libraries at Western Washington University, and will be greatly missed by all of his friends and colleagues.


Ray was a librarian at Wilson Library from 1965 until he retired in 2001. During his 36 years at Western, he taught and published extensively. An avid scholar with a passion for both instruction and research, Ray wrote numerous articles, served as the editor of many reference volumes in a variety of disciplines, and taught not only library instruction courses, but also served as an adjunct professor of history.


Ray published his first book in 1967, and went on to write numerous texts related to academic research. He also gained a very rewarding Editorship for a ten-volume set of “concept dictionaries” in the humanities and social sciences for Greenwood Press.


After his retirement in 2001, Ray continued to be a frequent visitor to the library as he actively continued his scholarship.  He combined his interest in woodworking and his love of research to begin building a website which delves into the cultural history of woodworking.  The website is still in use today.  


During his last few years at the Libraries, Ray chose to spend the majority of his time working with students at the reference desk.  He was known for his unparalleled familiarity with the reference collection, and would go to great lengths to find an answer or a resource for a researcher.


Ray’s contributions to scholarship, to teaching and learning, and to Western Libraries were significant.  He will be remembered with great fondness and gratitude for his service to his students, to his friends and colleagues, and to Western.


[Note: This article is offered on behalf of Western Libraries. Ray McInnis’ official obituary can be found at this link: ]

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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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