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Candidate Open Forums

Three strongly qualified candidates for the Director of Teaching and Learning and the Learning Commons position at Western Libraries have been invited to Western Washington University for interviews beginning April 25th.


Each candidate will host an open forum and anyone interested is invited to attend. During this forum, candidates will facilitate a professional development session using pedagogy which clearly reflects their personal teaching philosophy.  


The schedule and locations for the open forums and candidate information are listed below:

  • April 25th  from 4 to 5pm  -  Library Presentation Room (Wilson Library 164f) - Carol Wittig, Head of Research and Instruction at Boatwright Library, University of Richmond. 
  • May 2nd  from 4 to 5pm - Haggard Hall Room 253 - Brett Bodemer, Coordinator of General Reference at Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University.
  • May 12th from 4:30 to 5:30 pm Library Presentation Room (Wilson Library 164f) - Sarah McDaniel, Consultant & Associate Lecturer at the School of Library & Information Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison.
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A Lifetime of Humor 4/13

Western Libraries Reading Series presents Lou Lippman


WWU Emeritus Professor of Psychology Louis Lippman will present “A Lifetime of Humor: Puns Meet Science,” as part of the Western Libraries Reading Series from 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13th in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th Floor). 


The presentation is free and open to the public.


What do a high school essay, the USA bicentennial, Edward L. Stratemeyer, and “Worm Runner’s Digest” have to do with the development of a collection of original stories? Get answers to those questions and more when Lippman discusses his book, Wince A Pun  on Thyme, a unique collection of 176 original vignettes, each culminating in a pun or spoonerism.


The stories are unrelated to one another and with few exceptions, are not longer than a single page, making the book ideal for people with limited reading time or for those who seek small doses of levity. The book also features a foreword that describes how an intuition about enhancing the humor value of fables led to a series of empirical studies.


Lippman taught experimental psychology courses at Western for 42 years, and his research focuses included learning, sports psychology and humor. He wrote articles for Worm Runner’s Digest and the Journal of Irreproducible Results (science humor), and is on editorial boards for the Annals of Improbable Research and the Journal of Irreproducible Results.


This event is being offered as part of the Western Libraries Reading Series, 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.

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Ruth Ozeki @WWU 3/5/16

The Art and Craft of Writing with Ruth Ozeki

Bestselling author, Zen Buddhist priest, and filmmaker Ruth Ozeki will speak about "The Art and Craft of Writing" at 1pm on Saturday, March 5th in the Reading Room (Wilson Library 4 Central).  Join us to gain a deeper understanding of the writing process as Ozeki shares her own insights and experiences, and offers tips and inspiration for writers of all levels.

This event is free and open to the public, and is being offered as part of the Whatcom READS! author events. Whatcom READS! is Whatcom County's community-wide reading program, encouraging all Bellingham and Whatcom County residents to read and discuss the same book.  this year's chosen book was Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being
Now in its eighth year, Whatcom READS! is organized by all the public and academic libraries of Whatcom County and our community partner, Village Books. The program receives significant funding from Friends of the Bellingham Public Library and the Whatcom County Library Foundation, as well as support from other local businesses and organizations. 
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Woman of Tokyo & Wayne Horvitz

Pickford Film Center and WWU Presents a Live Score by Wayne Horvitz to the Japanese Classic, Woman of Tokyo


The next film in the Pickford Film Center’s beloved Masters of Japanese Cinema series will be presented with a live music score performed by Wayne Horvitz here at Western Washington University! Join us in the Performing Arts Center (PAC 155) at 5pm on Sunday, February 14th for this unique and unforgettable event.


Woman of Tokyo, directed by Yasujirō Ozu and starring 1930’s film star Okada Yoshiko and famed actress Tanaka Kinuyo, will be presented as both a live concert and film in one night. The 1933 silent film focuses on Chikako (Yoshiko) who works tirelessly at an office job to support her brother, Ryoichi, as he completes school. However, through all of her sacrifices and work, Chikako holds a deep secret that could threaten everything.


This special screening will offer its audience an opportunity to experience this film like never before as accompanied by Horvitz’s score which originally premiered at the Northwest Film Forum in 2005 and in New York City at the Winter Garden. Horvitz’s score for Woman of Tokyo is only one of his many works. Horvitz has performed and recorded music for a number of video, film, television and other multimedia projects.


The performance will be held at Western to accommodate Horvitz’s stunning Grand Piano and acoustic needs. Horvitz will be accompanied by his quintet in the PAC’s Concert Hall. 

Tickets are $15 General Admission, $12 for PFC Members, and $10 for Students and are available at the box office of Pickford Film Center or at the PAC box office.


Horvitz is a composer, pianist and electronic musician who has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. He is the leader of the Gravitas Quartet, Sweeter Than the Day, Zony Mash, The Four plus One Ensemble and co-founder of the New York Composers Orchestra. He has performed and collaborated with Bill Frisell, Butch Morris, John Zorn, George Lewis, and Robin Holcomb, among others. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including two MAP grants and the NEA American Masterpiece award. He is the music programmer for The Royal Room, a performance venue in Seattle, , and a professor of composition at the Cornish College of the Arts.


Woman of Tokyo and Wayne Horvitz’ and his quintet’s performance are made possible by a generous grant from The Japan Foundation, and presented in partnership with Western Washington University’s Department of Music.


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. Jeff Purdue, who is both a librarian at Western and also the series curator, consistently selects some of the best films in World Cinema, featuring 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 or contact

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Not If But When

Books for Young People About Death & Loss

Western Washington University’s Palliative Care Institute is collaborating with Western Libraries and the Whatcom County Library System to share information about books that are available for children and youth on the topic of dealing with death and loss.


This event, “Not if But When: Books for Young People about Death and Loss,” is free and open to the public, and will take place at 7pm on Tuesday, February 2 at the Ferndale Public Library.


Children who have experienced a death in their family or are facing a serious illness can be reassured by stories of other children who have had a similar experience. The books being discussed at this event are a resource for helping children better understand their own experiences while offering the comforting knowledge that they are not alone in their feelings.


If you are concerned about discussing death with children or youth you’re not alone. Books provide a way to begin these conversations, giving the child permission to talk about death and communicating that we are interested in her feelings and questions.


The Palliative Care Institute, the Whatcom County Library System, and Western Washington University Libraries are collaborating to share information about some of the great books that open the doors for these conversations with children and youth.  


This event will be led by Thom Barthelmess, Whatcom County Library System’s Youth Services manager; Sylvia Tag, Western Libraries’ Children’s Literature Collection curator; and Marie Eaton, Western’s Palliative Care Institute director.

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When Local Becomes National

Panel to Discuss the Work of Renowned Photojournalist Wallie V. Funk

On Tuesday, February 2 from 4-5:30pm in Western Libraries Special Collections, three panelists familiar with the work of noted and prolific photographer Wallie V. Funk will discuss Funk's photography and the place his photographs have in the history of local and national photojournalism. Selections from Funk's work are currently on display in Special Collections and available for viewing from 11am to 4pm, excluding weekends and holidays. 


During his long career as a photographer, journalist, and co-owner of the Anacortes American, the Whidbey News-Times, and the South Whidbey Record, Funk photographed a diverse and eclectic range of subjects, including several U.S. presidential visits to Washington State; 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 Whidbey Island.


Panelists are: Paul Cocke, Director of WWU Office of Communications and Marketing and former employee of the Anacortes American, Theresa Trebon, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and Local Historian, and Scott Terrell, Photojournalist for theSkagit Valley Herald, WWU Journalism Instructor. 


This special presentation is sponsored by Western Libraries Heritage Resources, Western’s Office of University Communications and Marketing, and Western's Department of Journalism.

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Intersession & Holiday Hours

Western Libraries will be closed weekends but open  Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm beginning December 12 through January 4th. The Libraries will also be closed for holidays on both Friday, December 25th and Friday, January 1st.


The Wilson North entrance to the library will be closed from December 21st through December 24th, but the library will be accessible during open hours via the Haggard Hall entrance.  


Additional areas with special intersession hours are listed below:


  • Map Collection

    • Open M-F 11am to 3pm from 12/12-12/18 / closed weekends

    • Closed 12/19 - 1/3


  • Special Collections

    • Open M-F 11am to 4pm from 12/12-12/22 / closed weekends

    • Closed 12/23 - 12/25


  • Center for Pacific Northwest Studies

    • Open M-F 8:30am-noon/1:00-4:30pm (closed noon-1:00pm & weekends) 12/12 - 12/18

    • Closed 12/19 - 1/3


  • University Archives

    • Open M-F 8:30am-4:30pm (closed weekends, archival research by appointment only)

    • Closed 12/19 - 1/3 (Records Management services will be available during this time)


TLA's BIG Question

“How do we move beyond conversation to achieve self-sustaining equity and inclusivity at Western?”


That's the Teaching-Learning Academy’s BIG question for 2015-2016.


Faculty, staff, community members and more than 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. TLA participants will spend winter 2016 exploring and gathering data to address this question, and all students, faculty and staff are invited to participate.


The TLA dialogue sessions begin Jan. 13 and 14, and meets every other week for a total of five meetings for the quarter. There are four group options:


  • Wednesdays from noon to 1:20 p.m. (Jan 13, 27; Feb 10, 24; Mar 9)

  • Wednesdays from 2 to 3:20 p.m. (Jan 13, 27; Feb 10, 24; Mar 9)

  • Thursdays from noon to 1:20 p.m. (Jan 14, 28; Feb 11, 25; Mar 10)

  • Thursdays from 2 to 3:20 p.m. (Jan 14, 28; Feb 11, 25; Mar 10)


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 Communication practicum credit. For more information, contact

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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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Help with Citations

Fall 2015 Citation Clinics


It's that time of the quarter again when students are busy with research and writing projects! If you need help with citations, remember we are here to help!


This week we are hosting drop-in hours for help with citations between 2pm and 4pm in the Research-Writing Studio, so stop by when you can and bring your questions.


We can assist you with MLA, APA, Chicago, or any other style. 

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