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New OneSearch Design

One Search New Design - July 15 2015

Drawing upon feedback from the 2015 Library Use Surveys, usability sessions, and user analytics, the OneSearch Management Team at Western Libraries has redesigned the library catalog to improve the functionality and clarity of OneSearch and also introduce new features designed to enrich the research experience. This new and improved design will replace the current OneSearch design on July 15, 2015.

 

Some examples of the improvements made include:

  • Refine Your Results Menu: You will be able to combine search filters to better refine your search results.

  • MyAccount: You will be able to access your OneSearch MyAccount in new menus (located in the upper right hand corner), which were designed for ease of access and use.

  • Search Results Display: You will be able to access availability information at a glance.

  • Item Display: We improved the display of item details for ease of use.

  • Improved Language: We changed the catalog language to better communicate item availability.

  • Estimated Results per Scope: Each tab will correspond with a search scope and you will be able to see an estimated number of results, according to search scope and search query.

  • Chat with a Librarian Feature: You will be able to chat with a research professional while conducting searches.

 

OneSearch searches library holdings at Western Washington University and the holdings of 36 neighboring academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest. Students, staff, and faculty affiliated with any of these institutions may borrow a wide variety of materials from within the OneSearch interface.

 

For more information about OneSearch at Western, go to: libguides.wwu.edu/onesearch or contact onesearch@wwu.edu

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Women Photojournalists Exhibit - Extended!

Women Photojournalists of Washington

Originally scheduled to end July 27th, this show has been extended through  Friday, August 14th!

 

Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW), an annual juried exhibition made possible by a grant from the National Press Photographers Association featuring the work of women photographers is currently available for viewing at Western Libraries.  A new show is curated each spring and exhibited in a D.C. gallery during the fall before travelling to universities nationwide the following winter and spring. This year’s exhibit, curated by National Geographic’s Elizabeth Krist, features the work of fifteen WPOW members, including the Best in Show image by world-renowned photographer Ami Vitale.

 

The WPOW exhibit is co-sponsored by Western Libraries Heritage Resources and the Bellingham Visual Journalism Conference and is on display in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th Floor) Monday through Friday, from 11:00am-4:00pm through July 27th, August 14, 2015.

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Engaging Student Research

Research Strategies Class Poster Session

Almost every day at Western there is a chance to engage in the distinctive and dynamic teaching and learning environment of which we are each a part.

One such opportunity recently took place here in the library as students in Rob Lopresti’s Library 201 "Introduction to Library Research Strategies" class hosted a poster session to showcase the results of their research, thereby giving students, staff, and faculty an opportunity to engage in the learning experience with them.

Each student in the class selected a subject to explore, which they then researched in stages, applying their individual questions to the scholarly literature and then traveling from inquiry to thesis.

Research topics included: the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone Area, the implications of shark fin trade on culture and environment, an exploration of the decline in local Orca whale populations, the psychological benefits of writing about loss or trauma, the effects of river dams and on the salmon population, and an exploration of some of the cultural, gender, and social messages reinforced by Disney films.

These are just a few of the fascinating topics that students researched and then ultimately shared at the special poster session event  during which everyone was welcome to view the students’ posters and also talk with the students about their projects. Special thanks to Rob and his Library 201 class for sharing with all of us!

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Undergraduate Research Award Winners

Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award Winners for 2015 Announced!

Winners of the Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award were honored at a small reception held in Western Libraries Special Collections on Friday, June 5, 2015, during which Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg publicly recognized each student for their work and presented the awardees with their award certificates. Also in attendance were members of the 2015 Undergraduate Research Award review committee, friends and family members of each of the award-winning students, and the students’ faculty mentors.

 

Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award is given annually to three Western Washington University undergraduate students in recognition of their excellence and originality in creating research papers for courses taught across the colleges based on significant inquiry using library resources and collections. Each winner of the Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award receives a certificate, a cash award of $500.00, and publication of their prize-winning paper in Western CEDAR, Western Washington University’s institutional repository.

 

Award applicants must demonstrate outstanding library research in the writing of their research papers, and winners are selected by an award review committee consisting of a variety of faculty members from Western Libraries and other disciplines at Western. Members of the 2015 award review committee included: Jeanne Armstrong (Libraries), Javier Berzal de Dios (Art), Amanda Eurich (History), Margaret Fast (Western Libraries), and Jeff Purdue (Western Libraries).

 

 

The three 2014-2015 winners listed below with their paper titles and faculty mentors are:

 

 

 

Andrew Hoffman

Title: Computational Chemistry in Rational Material Design for Organic Photovoltaics

Mentor:  Tim Kowalczyk, Assistant Professor, Chemistry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corena Sharp

Title: Responding to Sex Workers’ Rights as Workers’ Rights: Reducing Sex Trafficking in the Dominican Republic

Mentor:  Babafemi Akinrinade, Associate Professor of Human Rights, Fairhaven College

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Weyers

Title: Taking Back Birth: Alternative Birth Professionals Empowering Women in Childbirth

Mentor:  Jen Lois, Professor of Sociology

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to these three remarkable students for all of their accomplishments!

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Zoe's Summer Hours

Zoe's Bookside Bagels Open for Summer!

Western Libraries is pleased to help spread the news that Zoe’s Bookside Bagels will be open for business during the upcoming summer quarter! They will close briefly during intersession, and then reopen on the first day of classes, June 23rd.  Open hours will be Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm, and closed on the weekends, as is Western Libraries. They will close again at the end of summer quarter on August 21st for the summer intersession. A special thank you to Zoe’s from all of us at Western Libraries for staying open this summer! You will be seeing a lot of us there every day!

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Student Celebration 2015

Western Libraries Celebrates its Student Employees 

This past Friday May 29, 2015, staff, faculty, and students from Western Libraries  gathered in the Reading Room for the Libraries' annual student celebration held in recognition of our wonderful, hard-working, and amazing student employees who help make the library all that it is each and every day. We were also honored to be joined by members of the Hearsey family, who helped us celebrate and recognize the twelve recipients of the Herb and Beth Hearsey Scholarship.  

 

Every year, Western Libraries chooses one student employee from among the graduating seniors who has distinguished themselves from their peers by demonstrating unusual imagination, interest, and capability in providing outstanding service. This year’s Mabel Zoe Excellence in Student Service Award was presented to beloved student employee Kali Legg in recognition of the numerous ways she has provided outstanding service as a Learning Commons Liaison, a Writing Center Assistant, and a Research-Writing Assistant.

 

Graduating seniors were also recognized for their dedication and hard work while student supervisors spoke about their seniors’ unique contributions to the Libraries as well as the students’ aspirations and hopes for their lives following graduation.

In addition to the speeches and award presentations, the celebration also included dinner, cake, quite a bit of laughter, lots of hugs (and maybe even a few tears), before concluding with the much-loved tradition of the gift basket give-away.

Always a special night for us at Western Libraries, we wanted to share with you some images from that memorable evening, and take this opportunity to thank all of our students once again for all they do and all they are.

The Herb and Beth Hearsey Scholarship is awarded annually to current full-time students who demonstrate merit on the basis of their scholarship applications and letters of reference. Awardees must also be student employees at Western Libraries for a minimum of 8 hours a week for at least one quarter prior to applying. Herb Hearsey was a reference librarian in Wilson Library in 1941 who was charged with developing an effective program of library instruction for students, and in 1995, he and his wife Beth Hearsey established an endowment to ensure that future generations of library student assistants are recognized for their important work.

 

In 1998, Miriam Snow Mathes, a professor of library science at Western, established an endowment to fund both the Western Libraries annual student recognition event and also the Mabel Zoe Wilson Excellence in Student Service Award. The first Western Libraries Student Celebration was held in 1999, and have been held annually every spring since then. 

 

For more photos from this special evening, see Western Libraries' Facebook page.

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Libraries' Role in Publishing

Rebecca Marrall & ALA 2015 Emerging Leaders Project: Libraries' Role in Publishing

Western Washington University’s Rebecca Marrall was recently selected as one of the American Library Association's (ALA) 2015 Emerging Leaders. According to the American Libraries magazine, the Emerging Leaders program recognizes the “library world’s rising stars” by annually selecting 50 of the “best and brightest” library professionals and paraprofessionals with fewer than five years of library experience to participate in project-planning groups and serve in  leadership roles in their profession.

 

“It’s an incredible honor to participate in this program,” said Marrall. “I was one of only two people selected from the Pacific Northwest region, and the topic I get to explore with my project group is timely, fun, exciting, and challenging.”

 

Marrall’s project is sponsored by RUSA (Reference & User Services Association), and in addition to Marrall, the team consists of four other Emerging Leaders. Since January 2015, the team has collaborated online and across time zones to explore their project topic: an examination of the role of libraries in the publishing cycle. Marrall explained that although their project title was originally “Library as Publisher,” as the team delved deeper into the research process, it became clear that libraries engage in a wide range of publishing-related activities.

 

“Once we began working, we discovered that the phrase ‘Library as Publisher’ was actually too limiting because it did not fully address all the roles that libraries fulfill in the publishing cycle,” said Marrall.

 

The Emerging Leaders team started their work by conducting an environmental scan to create a snapshot of how a variety of different libraries (including public, government, academic, or archival libraries) have been participating in the publishing process. Whether through supporting author research and content creation, publishing both printed and online content, disseminating and curating publications, or promoting best practices by educating content creators about both Open Access and copyright, libraries have become increasingly involved in the publishing process.

 

“We identified four main aspects of the publishing cycle and realized that many libraries have some sort of role in this cycle. The ubiquity of libraries’ publishing activities is quite profound,” said Marrall.

 

According to Marrall and her team members, the four service areas where libraries play a role in publishing are: education and instruction; development and editing; product design and production; and marketing and dissemination. Marrall and her team members also conducted a national survey among library professionals about their information needs and library publishing services. The team intends to host a poster session about the Emerging Leaders experience at an upcoming national conference, and then will also share both the results of the national survey and the environmental scan with the Reference & User Services Association Board, who will use the information to determine future directions within the organization. Marrall explained how this project not only provides an opportunity to share information with libraries on a national level, but that it will also be useful locally here at Western.

 

“I definitely see some overlap with some of the work my Emerging Leaders team is doing and with the work we are doing here at Western Libraries; the findings thus far are certainly relevant to things like CEDAR,” stated Marrall, referring to Western’s institutional repository. “This really is an evolving phenomenon. The 21st-century library is not merely a storehouse for information. It doesn’t mean libraries no longer have that role; rather, it means that libraries have expanded to include so much more.”

 

Marrall and her team members plan to present their findings to RUSA by July 10, 2015, and then hope to share their results with a wider audience shortly thereafter.

 

For more information about this project, contact Rebecca.Marrall@wwu.edu.

 

Rebecca M. Marrall is the Discovery Services Librarian at Western Libraries. In addition to participating in credit instruction and in the Research-Writing Studio, she leads the Resource Discovery Unit and chairs the OneSearch Management Team (the latter being the Libraries catalog interface management working group). After graduating with her MLISc from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa in 2010, Marrall accepted the Diversity Resident Librarian position at Western Libraries. Research interests include: diversity and inclusion practices in LIS settings, library instruction, and user experiences.

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'1812' Exhibit Extended

 

Western Libraries is pleased to announce the compelling 1812 exhibit originally scheduled to end May 29th has been extended. Heritage Resources and the Center for Canadian-American Studies have co-sponsored a traveling exhibit commemorating the recent Bicentennial of the War of 1812.

 

The exhibit will be available for viewing during the hours the library is open from Monday, June 15th through Thursday, August 20th in the Wilson Library 4th Floor Rotunda area.

 

Curated by the Canadian War Museum and delivered to Western through the Canadian Consulate in Seattle, ‘1812’ presents a new and dramatic account of the War of 1812 as seen through the eyes of its Canadian, American, British, and First Peoples participants, giving viewers a broad overview of these multiple perspectives using text, images, and graphic design.

 

For more information on the exhibit, please contact Special Collections Manager Tamara Belts at Tamara.Belts@wwu.edu or (360) 650-3193.

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Heritage Resources Newsletter

The Spring/Summer 2015 "Outdoor Recreation" edition of Heritage Highlights is now available! This issue features stories about rich and engaging resources from all three Heritage Resources programs, including Associated Students documentation on the history of several of Western's recreational facilities, books and artifacts in the Fly Fishing Collection, and photographs and newsletters from the Mount Baker 'Hiking' Club.

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 these programs provide for responsible stewardship of unique and archival materials in support of teaching, learning, and research.

Images - top: Mount Baker 'Hiking' Club records, CPNWS; right: Viking Union Facilities Office records, UARM.

 

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Osaka Elegy June 2nd

Masters of Japanese Cinema Series

On Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:30 pm, the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street) will wrap up this season’s Masters of Japanese Cinema series with one of two films that Mizoguchi Kenji directed in 1936 starring the great Yamada Isuzu, Osaka Elegy.

 

This film tells the story of a young woman who sacrifices herself in order to save her father and brother from financial difficulties, and pays the consequences.  Osaka Elegy shocked audiences when it came out for its portrayal of a moga (modern girl) who refuses to apologize for her choices. It made the reputations of both director and star, who would both go on to significant careers.

 

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Japanese Cinema series is one of the Pickford's longest running and most loved series. Each film in the series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators.  Osaka Elegy will be introduced by film series curator Jeff Purdue, who is also a librarian at Western Libraries.

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