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"The General" & Matt Phelan, Feb.23

Posted on: Friday, February 17, 2017 - 3:42pm

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Film Event Featuring Graphic Novelist Matt Phelan

 

As part of the WWU Children's Literature Conference, the Pickford Film Center will present a screening of the film The General, on Thursday, Feb. 23, starring Buster Keaton and with acclaimed graphic novel creator Matt Phelan, who will introduce the film and then also be available for a Q&A afterwards. 

The film itself screens at 6:30 p.m. at the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street), but a pre-screening reception  with champagne for the adults and sparking cider for the kids, begins at 5:30 p.m.

Representatives from Village Books will also be in attendance and available to sell copies of Phelan’s novels, including the graphic novel that inspired this evening, Bluffton: My Summer With Buster Keaton

 

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Speaking of Maps: Maps as Lenses on Nazism

Posted on: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 12:05pm

Topic(s): Updates, Events

WWU Professor Ed Mathieu to speak on Feb. 23 about “Maps as Lenses on Nazism, 1772-1945”  

Western Washington University will host Dr. Ed Mathieu for a presentation titled “Maps as Lenses on Nazism, 1772 to 1945” from 4-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Map Collection area of Western Libraries. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Edward Mathieu is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of History at Western. He earned his PhD in modern German history from the University of Michigan and has taught courses at Western in German history, the Holocaust, gender and sexuality, Western Civilization, and World History.

The Nazi movement emerged from European and global contexts that can be explored geographically. Through the consideration of geography and geographical change, Mathieu will explain how the Nazis imagined the problems of the world and their revolution in spatial terms, and how a geographic sensibility is essential to understanding the practices and effects of Nazism.

Mathieu’s talk will examine maps related to such issues as the German diaspora in Europe, the demography of the Jews in Europe, the partition of Poland in the eighteenth century, the developing space of a united Germany in the nineteenth century, the geography of the First World War and its aftermath, Nazism’s expansionism before and during the Second World War, the geographies of mass murder, and, finally, the geography of the defeat of Nazism.

This event is co-sponsored by Western Libraries, WWU’s Department of History, and the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity, and is part of the “Speaking of Maps” program, which are quarterly talks designed to highlight the use and value of maps in research, in teaching and learning, and in daily life.

For more information about the Map Collection or about this event, contact Dennis Matthews, WWU Map Collection Manager, at (360) 650-3272 or Dennis.Matthews@wwu.edu.

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Faculty Focus Groups

Posted on: Monday, January 30, 2017 - 3:14pm

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Faculty Focus Groups – Request for Participants

Western Libraries is seeking input from faculty at Western on how subject librarians can support teaching, learning, and research in departments and programs. 
 
The Libraries is currently examining the role of subject librarians and would like to align the important services librarians provide more effectively with the changing curricular, research, and teaching & learning needs of the university. 
 
As part of this effort, the Libraries invites feedback and advice from Western faculty, and is hosting a series of focus groups led by an experienced facilitator throughout the month of February. Faculty from every department at Western are invited to participate.
 
If you are interested in being a part of these focus groups, please submit this form to indicate your availability. You will be contacted within one week from the time of submission with an invitation to participate at a specific time selected from among the times you indicated.
 
Questions? Need more information? Please contact Sarah McDaniel, Director, Teaching & Learning and the Learning Commons, (360)650-7208  sarah.mcdaniel2@wwu.edu

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TLA Begins Jan 11 & 12

Posted on: Friday, January 6, 2017 - 7:51am

Topic(s): Updates, Events

“How do we learn from one another through meaningful dialogue that addresses and creates active communities?”

That's the Teaching-Learning Academy’s BIG question for 2016-2017. Faculty, staff, community members, and more than 60 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 2017 exploring and gathering data to address this year’s question, and all students, faculty and staff are invited to participate.

The TLA dialogue sessions begin January 11 and 12, 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 11, 25; Feb 8, 22; Mar 8)
  • Wednesdays from 2 to 3:20 p.m. (Jan 11, 25; Feb 8, 22; Mar 8)
  • Thursdays from noon to 1:20 p.m. (Jan 12, 26; Feb 9, 23; Mar 9)
  • Thursdays from 2 to 3:20 p.m. (Jan 12, 26; Feb 9, 23; Mar 9)

 

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 Library practicum credit. For more information, contact Shevell.Thibou@wwu.edu. Also contact Shevell Thibou to sign up for a TLA dialogue session.

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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Student Celebration 2016

Posted on: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 11:01am

Topic(s): Updates, Events, Feature Stories

Western Libraries Celebrates its Student Employees

On Friday May 13, 2016, students, staff, and faculty from Western Libraries  gathered in the Reading Room for the Libraries' annual celebration held in recognition of our wonderful 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 fifteen recipients of the Herb and Beth Hearsey Scholarship.

The Herb and Beth Hearsey Scholarship is awarded annually to current full-time students who are employees of Western Libraries and who demonstrate merit on the basis of their scholarship applications and letters of reference. Herb Hearsey was a reference librarian at Western in 1941, and while working at Wilson Library he was charged with developing an effective program of library instruction for students. In 1995, Herb Hearsey, together with his wife Beth Hearsey, established an endowment to ensure that future generations of library student assistants are recognized for their important work.

Student staff have always been an essential part of Western Libraries. When Wilson Library’s namesake and Western’s first librarian Mabel Zoe Wilson first began working at Western, she was the only full time library employee for 10 years, and all additional library staffing needs were met by student employees. Today, Western Libraries has over 60 full time staff members, but during this past academic year, we also employed 112 students.

The Libraries’ student staff work in every area of the library and are engaged in a number of indispensable duties, such as scanning materials for interlibrary loan, special collections, and electronic reserves, as well as helping us manage our service desks. Library student employees  shelve, retrieve, and deliver books and other materials, and they create and contribute to the design of our outreach and promotional materials. They help facilitate the Teaching-Learning Academy dialogue sessions, and they work as peer advisors in the Research-Writing Studio. Individually and collectively, student employees enrich the library’s teaching and learning environment with their valuable insights, experiences, and perspectives.

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 Simon Bakke in recognition of the number of ways he has provided outstanding service tot he Libraries, both as a Learning Commons Liaison and as the Libraries' Graphic Artist. 

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 includes 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.
 

Miriam Snow Mathes, a professor of library science at Western, established an endowment  in 1998 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  they have been held annually every spring since then. 

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