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Records Retention Schedules Now Available

Posted on: April 19, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events, Resources

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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7th Annual Grad Student Symposium

Posted on: April 18, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

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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Western Libraries Responds

Posted on: April 11, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events, Feature Stories

WWU holds event to replace vandalized books

This article is written by Mary Gallagher and is courtesy of the Office of Communications and Marketing at Western. It originally appeared in Western Today on April 10, 2018 and can be viewed here.

Members of the Western community who have responded to the destruction and vandalism of books in Western’s Jewish Studies Collection have replaced the books and grown the collection, illustrating the community’s resolve against acts of antisemitism and other forms of hate, bigotry and violence, said speakers at a Western Libraries event Tuesday morning.

“Whether campus is your home, or you live in Bellingham or beyond, we are all one community,” said President Sabah Randhawa. “We are united in opposition against these acts of antisemitic vandalism, and against all such acts of hatred and bigotry. This kind of cowardly action perfectly illustrates the nature of hate and bigotry, because it flourishes in darkness and withers when exposed to the light of reason and intellectual scrutiny.”

More than 250 students, faculty, staff and community members crowded into the Wilson Library Reading Room for the event, which was a response to acts of destruction and vandalism of books in Western’s Jewish Studies collection.

“The deliberate destruction of library books, along with hateful slurs written in them, constitutes a reprehensible, criminal act that will not be tolerated,” said Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg. Tuesday's show of solidarity, along with replacing the books and adding to the collection, show that as a community, “we vigorously oppose acts of bigotry and hate against the Jewish community and against all minoritized and marginalized groups,” Greenberg said.

The destruction of the books was appalling and upsetting, Randhawa said, in part because “this particular activity occurred in our library, the heart of our institution – of any academic institution – and involved the destruction of the very objects of knowledge itself.”

As outlined in last year’s report from Western’s Taskforce on Preventing and Responding to Antisemitism, Randhawa said, all forms of racism, bias and hate are interconnected and must be fought on a united front.

“Democratic institutions and values are not automatically sustained,” he said. “One of the central mandates of education is to examine what it means to be a responsible citizen and to ensure that human values are appreciated, nurtured and protected. Silence and indifference to the suffering of others, or to the infringements of civil rights in any society, can perpetuate these problems.”

German Professor Sandra Alfers, director of the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, said that as someone who grew up in post-war West Germany, the destruction of books “conjures up particularly disturbing ghosts from the past.”

“Thanks to the support of many, our shelves in Wilson Library do not remain empty, and so we have replaced books that were destroyed and added traditional and new formats in written, oral and visual form to enhance our collection,” Alfers said. “More than 120 items have been added thus far, some of them not held by any other library in the state.”

But more work needs to be done, Alfers said. Hate crimes and violence against minority groups are on the rise in the U.S. as islamophobia, antisemitism, anti-immigrant sentiment and Holocaust distortion and denial are becoming more common around the globe.

“Reports can be shelved and forgotten,” Alfers said. “So, commit yourself to being engaged, to actively thoughtfully, and respectfully be building bridges, not walls, and creating much-needed change. To seek knowledge and to apply it. Therein lies your – our – responsibility as we stand up in unity to antisemitism, hate and bigotry.”

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Neil Hilborn Poetry Performance 4/12

Posted on: April 10, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Poetry Event @WWU: PALS & Neil Hilborn

Western Washington University Associated Students Club PALS: Poets and Lyricists Society are hosting Neil Hilborn at Western Washington University on Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Miller Hall 138.

This event is free and open to the public.

Hilborn is currently one of the most prominent spoken word poets in the world. He is a National College Poetry Slam champion and a best-selling author, as well as a member of the Button Poetry collective. He is also the most watched slam poet of all time as his poetry performances have been viewed over 150 million times on YouTube. 
Western Libraries is a co-sponsor of this event through contributions made possible via support for the Poetry CHaT collection, which strives to acquire, provide, and preserve a national and international comprehensive collection of poetry written and published from 1920 to present, aimed at children and teens.  Sylvia Tag, Librarian and curator of the  Children’s Literature Interdisciplinary Collection at Western Libraries, recognized a natural affinity between the upcoming PALS event and Poetry CHaT.
“This event is a wonderful opportunity for Western Libraries PoetryCHaT  to help celebrate poetry, particularly lyrical performance and spoken word," said Tag. "We are thrilled to co-sponsor and support this great student club.”

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Sign Up Now for Connecting Communities Volunteer Days

Posted on: April 6, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Connecting Communities Volunteer Days April 21 & 22

In celebration of National Volunteer Week and Earth Day, the Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) and the Center for Service-Learning invite students, faculty, staff, and community members to participate in another “Connecting Communities Volunteer Days” event by volunteering in a group activity at an off-campus location of their choosing.

In 2014, the TLA proposed the creation of a trust-building event in response to that year’s BIG question: How do we ignite individual passion, purpose, and potential to co-create a culture of trust?  The result was an annual spring day of service as part of National Volunteer Week.

Besides providing some important service hours to local organizations, this event also offers Western employees, students, and community members an opportunity to develop and sustain ongoing relationships by connecting people through service to the community. This year, the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County is coordinating and managing all of the volunteer opportunities, and Whatcom Community College is another sponsor supporting this effort.

Everyone is invited to sign up to volunteer on one or both days during a time of their choosing.   (Note to WWU staff: this is a great opportunity to use all or part of your “Community Service Day” benefit!)

Volunteer projects include:

  • The Bellingham Sock Monkey Project
  • Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association Work Party Projects
  • Salvation Army Thrift Store Work Party
  • Volunteer Chore Program
  • And more!


To reserve your volunteer spot, go to:  or email: You can also learn more at an upcoming Volunteer Information Session on April 17, 2018 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Bellingham Public Library, (210 Central Avenue).

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