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Subscriptions Review Process - Spring 2021 Update

Posted on: June 1, 2021

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Subscriptions Review Process Spring 2021 Update

In response to a recent commitment from the Provost’s Office to provide full, one-time funding for next fiscal year, the Libraries will no longer be forced to pursue subscription cancellations this year. The much-needed funds allow us to move from a reactionary stance into a more deliberate, strategic review of our subscription portfolio.

It is a great relief not to have to cancel subscriptions for next year. However, this financial reprieve does not include funding for new subscriptions.  Having received many faculty requests for new journals and databases over the years, the Libraries still wishes to better align subscription content with Western’s current teaching and research needs. During the 2020-21 subscription review process, some departments requested new subscriptions in place of existing ones. To honor these requests and ensure that the university’s subscription portfolio remains dynamic and relevant, the Libraries will be moving forward with a small number of request-driven subscription swaps. Our net subscription spending will remain the same, but the content itself will shift into closer alignment with the curriculum.

The titles being cancelled effective January 1, 2022 include:

  • Econometrics Journal (Oxford University Press)
  • Economic Journal (Oxford University Press)
  • Journal of Marketing Research (SAGE)
  • Merrill Palmer Quarterly
  • Early Music (Oxford University Press)
  • Musical Quarterly (Oxford University Press)

 

New titles to begin January 1, 2022 include*:

  • Representations
  • Philippine Studies Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints
  • Caribbean Studies
  • Speculum
  • Journal of Financial Education
  • Financial Management
  • Ethnomusicology

 

*This is in addition to new titles being added using decision package funds in early childhood education, marine and coastal sciences, and STEM (engineering and design, energy studies, chemistry, and biology).

Western Libraries intends to proactively review subscriptions in 2021-22 and explore additional title swaps in order to better meet the university’s ever-changing needs. We intend to maintain net subscription spending; however, if in future biennia the subscription budget is not adequately funded, the Libraries will again need to pursue large-scale subscription cancellations. The Libraries is grateful for the university’s engagement with the subscription review process this year. We look forward to working with the university community on a long-term and predictable budgeting model that allows for more strategic, sustainable subscriptions in the future.

Don’t hesitate to contact your Subject Team or the Collection Services division if you or your department have questions, concerns, or library needs. We are here for you!


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Western Libraries Implements HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service

Posted on: May 5, 2021

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Western Libraries Implements HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service

Thanks to a generous donation from the Hacherl family, Western Libraries is pleased to announce that it is now a HathiTrust member. Included with its HathiTrust membership, Western joins more than 200 other libraries that have implemented the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). Temporary online access is available only during an emergency, such as a pandemic, when a library is suddenly forced to close to patrons. ETAS provides Western students, faculty, and staff with online reading access to approximately 230,000 copyright-restricted titles from the library’s collection that otherwise would be available only through on-site pickup services or mail delivery. Western Libraries made the decision to implement ETAS in light of reduced access to physical collections during the pandemic, which has resulted in a severe decline in collections use and the resulting negative impacts on Western students, faculty, and staff.

By providing temporary online access to approximately one-third of Western Libraries’ physical collections, HathiTrust is helping us continue to support teaching and research while the library buildings are closed to patrons. In compliance with current copyright law, access to Western’s physical copy of a title offered online as part of ETAS will be suspended; however, patrons may request a physical copy of the item via Summit or Interlibrary Loan services. Once the library buildings are safely reopened to the public, we will restore full access to the Libraries' physical collections, and the online access to copyright-restricted titles provided by HathiTrust ETAS will end.

More About HathiTrust Membership

Founded in 2008, HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items. HathiTrust offers reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law, computational analysis of the entire collection for scholarly research, an accessible text request service for users who are blind or print disabled, and other emerging services. HathiTrust members steward the collection — the largest set of digitized books managed by academic and research libraries — under the aims of scholarly, not corporate, interests.

While anyone with an internet connection can access most HathiTrust content in the public domain (currently just under 7,000,000 volumes published prior to 1926) as HathiTrust members, Western Washington University researchers can also download these materials. Additionally, WWU students, faculty, and staff have access to additional public domain titles not otherwise accessible to the general public. Users can keyword search the entire HathiTrust Digital Library, both public domain and in-copyright titles, to facilitate information discovery. Metadata are far richer and more consistently applied than in Google Books. HathiTrust can therefore be used to facilitate textual analyses and other digital humanities projects (for more information about computational analysis, see the HathiTrust Research Center). As members, the Western community can also use the My Collections tool, which makes it possible for users to aggregate works into permanent collections either for private use or to share publicly with others.

For more information about Western Libraries membership in HathiTrust, please see  Western Libraries HathiTrust guide, or contact Jeff Purdue at purduej@wwu.edu.


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Donation to Western Libraries Expands WWU's Access to Digital Content via HathiTrust

Posted on: April 19, 2021

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Donation to Western Libraries Enables HathiTrust Membership

HathiTrust logo

Thanks to a generous gift from the Hacherl Family, Western Libraries is now a member library of HathiTrust, which means Western Washington University's access to digital content is now expanded. HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaborative that offers online access to the largest set of digitized books managed by academic and research libraries for scholarly, not corporate, interests.

Most HathiTrust content in the public domain can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection, but with the Western Libraries’ membership in HathiTrust, there are also some additional benefits. WWU students, faculty, and staff now have full viewing and downloading abilities for HathiTrust materials that are in the public domain, in addition to a small number of public domain titles not otherwise accessible to the general public. Access to other materials for which HathiTrust has received permission is now also available.

There are several ways to search and use the resources in HathiTrust. Full-text content in HathiTrust can be found through Western Libraries OneSearch. You can also search HathiTrust's catalog by Title, Author, and Publication Date, or, you can use keywords to search the full-text of all works in HathiTrust. Metadata are far richer and more consistently applied than in Google Books, an important distinction and consideration for academic researchers. HathiTrust can therefore be used to facilitate textual analyses and other digital humanities projects.

For more information about Western Libraries membership in HathiTrust, please see Western Libraries HathiTrust guide, or contact Jeff Purdue at purduej@wwu.edu


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Update - Library Access & Services for Spring 2021

Posted on: March 5, 2021

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Update - Library Access & Services for Spring 2021

Cherry Blossoms

Western Libraries continues to follow recommended and required precautions to support the health and safety of WWU students, staff, and faculty while still providing access to library services and collections. 

While the library buildings remain closed to the public during spring quarter, Western Libraries offers WWU students its full suite of services online. The only thing the library is unable to offer at this time is access to the library buildings themselves, but we have partnered with the Viking Union by providing library study carrels and other furniture for use in the Multi-Purpose Room study area. During the regular quarter, that space is open for student use Mon.-Fri., 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

Students can also use the computer labs located in Haggard Hall HH 101 and HH 112, Mon.-Fri. from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and printing is available in those labs as well. Additionally, Haggard 153 is open during the lab hours for study space and Wi-Fi access.

All current WWU students, faculty, and staff can place online requests for materials from Western Libraries, or for items from participating Summit libraries, and may choose either on-site pickup or mail delivery options. Western Libraries also offers 24/7 online access to online tutorials, ebooks, articles and databases, and other video resources. All course reserve materials are electronic and available online. Course instructors, faculty members, or their representatives may submit course reserve requests for their classes, and students can access these resources via Canvas.

The Tutoring Center is providing tutoring support services online, including support for math and science GURs. During the Tutoring Center’s regular hours, students can connect with a peer advisor by clicking on the “Chat with the TC'' link, found on the left side of the Tutoring Center’s main page. Tutoring Center peer advisors are available to answer general questions, match students up with a tutor, or make referrals to other services. 

The Hacherl Research & Writing Studio offers students support in research, writing, and other related areas. Students can connect live to an online meeting, initiate a chat using “Ask us,” or submit a draft paper for email response. Chat is available in real-time online during studio open hours, and students can also text questions to the studio at 360-797-5910. There are also many online guides and resources and Library Information Tutorials that cover all steps of the research & writing process including: starting a research project, finding and evaluating sources (including local and unique materials), and drafting and revising your text. 

To learn more about accessing library services, materials, and programs online, please check out the Library Resources for Teaching and Learning webpage.  You can also take a virtual tour of the library by clicking on this link to the Western Libraries virtual tour.

As things change, we will continue to share new information via Western Today, on the Libraries’ website, and our social media channels. We ask that students, their parents, WWU staff, faculty, and others in the Western community reach out to us with any questions about access to specific resources, services, or materials. We will do everything possible to answer your questions and to find methods and resources to meet your needs. 

Please see the complete directory of library personnel for more detailed contact information, and do not hesitate to contact us with your questions or concerns. If you have general questions or are not sure who to contact, please email LibraryCommunications@wwu.edu


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Winter Hours: Tutoring Center / Hacherl Research & Writing Studio 

Posted on: January 6, 2021

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Winter Hours: Tutoring Center / Hacherl Research & Writing Studio 

hands typing on the keyboard of a laptop computer The Tutoring Center and the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio are open online and available to assist all WWU students with their tutoring, research, and writing needs.

The Tutoring Center offers all of its tutoring support services online, including support to students for their math and science GURs. During the Tutoring Center’s regular hours, students can connect with a peer advisor by clicking on the “Chat with the TC'' link, found on the left side of the Tutoring Center’s main page. Tutoring Center peer advisors are available to answer general questions, match a student up with a tutor, connect students with additional online resources, or make referrals to other services. Peer advisors  can also assist with answering study skills questions. Students who want more in-depth study skills support will have the option of joining a Zoom room where they can utilize video, audio, white board, or screenshare options.

Additionally, students can access a PDF drop-in card, which provides a full list of tutoring-supported courses, on the Tutoring Center drop-in page.  Online study groups for specific courses are available by request, and more information about how to request a study group can be found on the study group section of the Tutoring Center’s website, and will also be emailed directly to students enrolled in those particular courses.

The Hacherl Research & Writing Studio offers students support in research, writing, and other related areas. Students can connect live to an online meeting, initiate a chat using “Ask us,” or submit a draft paper for email response. Chat is available in real-time online during open hours, and you can also text the Studio with a question to 360-797-5910. Students can also browse and use the many online  guides and resources that cover all steps of the research & writing process.

Winter 2021 hours for both the Tutoring Center and the Studio are:

  • Monday - Thursdays: 10am to 9pm 
  • Fridays: 10am to 5pm
  • Sundays: 5pm to 9pm

We hope you will come chat or Zoom with us!


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