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Join theTLA Dialogue this Thurs.

Help decide how to implement the 2011-12 BIG Question:

"How can we engage and connect multiple voices to strengthen Western
as a 21st-century liberal arts university?"

Winter 2012 TLA Session Dates are:
Wednesdays 12-1:20 and 2-3:20 p.m.
Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Feb. 22, and March 7. 

And on Thurs. 12-1:20 and 2-3:20 p.m.
Jan. 12, Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, and March 8.

Visit the new TLA website for additional information

Western's Teaching-Learning Academy meets every-other-week in dialogue groups to study and enhance the teaching and learning environment at WWU. In an effort to bring in more voices from across campus - especially students - TLA members makes regular postings on Viking Village, Western's online forum. Here's hoping you'll join the conversation.

To sign up, just email TLA Program Coordinator Shevell Thibou,

Students: Remember... You may be able to earn Communication 339 practicum credit for participating. Interested? Contact Dr. Carmen Werder,

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Tonight! Masters of Japanese Cinema-Harakiri

Harakiri movie poster



Date: January 10, 2012, Pickford Film Center

Time: 6:30 
Go to
Pickford Film Center website for listed show time

This well-regarded Japanese drama follows an aging samurai as he attempts to regain his family's honor. In 17th century Japan, a shift in the country's political structure has thrown the feudal Shogun system into disuse. Impoverished samurai wander the countryside, asking wealthy estate owners if they can commit hara-kiri, a grisly form of suicide, on their property.

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The Masters of Japanese Cinema series @ the Pickford Film Center, shines a light on the rich history of Japanese cinema, from old masters such as Ozu, Akira Kurosawa and Naruse, to modern masters such as Miyazaki, Kore-eda, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa. The series is co-sponsored by Western Washington University Libraries, and curated by Jeff Purdue, a librarian and professor at Western Washington University.

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Coffee in the Commons Wed. @ 3

Coffee in the Commons this Wed. @ 3pm

The Library’s Learning Commons closes the term with Coffee in the Commons
during finals week – Dec. 7, Wed, at 3 p.m. in Wilson Library 265 (next to the Media Circulation Desk  – hosted by the Writing Instruction Support program. 
Come check out the print/video resources on teaching writing as well as sample writing assignments/activities and find out more about the Writing Proficiency requirement. 

And, of course, enjoy free coffee/tea!

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Masters of Japanese Cinema-Sansho the Bailiff - Dec. 6

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Masters of Japanese Cinema is a new series for Pickford Film Center, shining a light on the rich history of Japanese cinema, from old masters such as Ozu, Akira Kurosawa and Naruse, to modern masters such as Miyazaki, Kore-eda, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Curated by Jeff Purdue, a librarian and professor at Western Washington University.

   Sancho the Bailiff Movie Poster



Sansho the Bailiff

Kenji Mizoguchi's masterpiece opens in 11th-century Japan with an aristocratic woman Tamaki traveling through the woods with her daughter Anju, son Zushio, and maid. Through flashbacks, we learn that her husband, Taira no Masauji, was a local governor who was exiled because of his honesty and integrity. Before he leaves, he gives his son an amulet of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, and tells him, "Without mercy, man is like a beast. Men are created equal, everyone is entitled to happiness."




Date: December 6, 2011

Time: 6:30  Visit

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Local Poet Paul Piper to read @ Village Books July 28

 Local Poet Paul Piper will read from his new work
Dogs and Other Poems

Thursday, July 28, 7:00 pm.
at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Fairhaven




"Dogs and Other Poems by Paul S. Piper is a collection of poems written over the past two years. The poems are whimsical, funny, philosophical and spiritual, and are influenced by the great Japanese poet Kobayashi Issa, and the persona of poems of Robert Aitken (Zen Master Raven), as well as numerous others.  He is currently a librarian at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

Village Books is pleased to carry copies of Paul's latest book, Dogs & Other Poems, as well as copies of his poetry book Now & Then. Please call 360-671-2626 to obtain copies.

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Records Retention Schedules Now Available

Updated Records Retention Schedules Now Available

University Archives and Records Management is pleased to announce that on April 4, the State Records Committee approved updates to the University’s records retention schedules.

You can find the updated versions of the University’s general records retention schedules on the University Archives and Records Management website:

University General Records Retention Schedule

College and Academic Department General Records Retention Schedule

For copies of unique, office-level retention schedules (or to determine if your office has a unique schedule), contact University Records Management (x6654) or email Rachel Thompson.

In addition, University Archives and Records Management is holding two trainings this month, in honor of April being Records and Information Management Month. For more information about the trainings, or to sign-up for them, you can visit the WWU Training Portal. The next training will be about  Digital Records Management and will be held on April 24 at 10AM.

For more information about retention schedules or other services offered by University Archives and Records Management, please contact us at x6654 or email

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University-Wide Resource Trial: Scopus

Trial Access to Scopus Now Available

This spring, Western students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to participate in a quarter-long trial of the abstract and citation database, Scopus.

An alternative to Web of Science, Scopus (published by Elsevier) includes citation data for over 70 million journal articles, books, conference proceedings, and patents in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. It also provides a variety of journal and article metrics to help institutions and researchers track the impact of their—and others’—scholarly work. More in-depth information about Scopus can be found on the Scopus content page or in the content coverage guide. Recent comparisons of Scopus to Web of Science are available from Iowa State University and Boston College.

The Libraries is negotiating a contract with Elsevier to renew Western’s current journal package and is considering a university-wide Scopus subscription as one way to secure more favorable and sustainable licensing costs. Were the Libraries to proceed with a subscription to Scopus, the current subscription to Web of Science would be phased out at the end of 2020, resulting in a significant cost savings long term for the University.

In order to make the best decision for Western as a whole, the Libraries is calling for broad participation in—and feedback on—the Scopus trial. The trial will last for the duration of Spring Quarter, beginning on April 18 and ending on June 30. It can be accessed from both on- and off-campus, via the Libraries websiteOneSearch, or directly. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate and provide feedback via survey form.

Elsevier is also providing Western with a trial of SciVal, a sophisticated tool for tracking an institution’s research performance. Western users are encouraged to explore the SciVal trial and provide feedback here. (NOTE: Users must create an account before using SciVal.)

Explore Scopus and SciVal today and let us know what you think!

Scopus trial & feedback survey | SciVal trial & feedback survey

Questions? Contact your subject librarianCollections Services or the Director of Collections

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7th Annual Grad Student Symposium

Graduate Student Symposium to be held May 10

Discover and celebrate the exciting research, scholarship, and creative work of graduate students at Western Washington University on May 10, 2018 at the 7th annual Graduate Student Symposium. 

The Symposium will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Western Libraries Reading Room (Wilson Library 4th Floor Central), and will feature students from a variety of disciplines and programs. The schedule for the day includes lightning sessions, and also oral and poster presentations.

The lightning session challenges participants to present their research, scholarship, and creative projects in just 180 seconds in an engaging format that can be understood by an intelligent audience with no background in the presenter’s field of interest. Presenters will address the questions and motivations framing their academic interests with the goal of provoking conversations that matter.

Oral presentations will be allotted 10-minute time slots, with an additional 5 minutes for questions and transition.

Posters will be displayed throughout the day, but there will also be a designated poster session scheduled from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., which will allow attendees to view displays and interact with student presenters.

The Graduate Student Symposium is free and open to everyone, and you can find more information here: or by contacting Trista Truemper at

This event is sponsored by Western Libraries, Western’s Graduate School, the GSAC, the WWU Foundation, and Enrollment and Student Services at Western.

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