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Posted on: June 28, 2018
Films on the Kanopy Platform Available for Request
In winter 2017, the Western Libraries began a pilot program to provide access to over 20,000 films on the Kanopy streaming platform. Films were free to the Western community until the fourth view, at which point they were automatically purchased for one year at a flat fee.
Over the 18 months that the Libraries piloted this patron-driven acquisition (PDA) approach, Western users watched more than 6,000 hours of content from more than 3,000 unique films, and triggered the purchase of over 200 titles. While the expansive access provided by the Kanopy PDA program has been valuable to our users, the financial impact and unpredictability of these unmediated film purchases has put a strain on the Libraries’ limited resource access budget. In order to pace spending and better steward university funds, the Libraries will be switching from the unmediated PDA model to a mediated, request-driven approach.
Effective July 1, Western faculty, staff, and students will be able to request Kanopy films for purchase (similar to the Libraries’ current practice of accepting book and DVD purchase requests). As before, Kanopy films will be discoverable via OneSearch, which will then direct users to an online request form. The Libraries will accept requests from faculty, staff, and students until the budget for each quarter has been expended. Because funding is limited, requests will be evaluated based on their relevance to specific coursework.
This new approach to Kanopy films is part of a broader library effort to revise and clarify media acquisition policies and guidelines. This fall, Western users can expect a new webpage summarizing the results of this work, including any changes from current practice.
 One Kanopy “view” was equivalent to watching thirty seconds of a film.
Posted on: June 28, 2018
Map Collection Open by Appointment Only as Staff Prepare for Move
The Map Collection will be open by appointment only throughout the summer, as library faculty and staff prepare the collection to move to its new home in Wilson Library 2 East. Anyone interested in using the collection prior to fall quarter should contact Madeline Kelly for assistance.
When it opens, the Map Collection space will feature an area for programming, new map cases and furnishings, and ample study space for all library users. The necessary renovations to Wilson 2 East will begin in late June and will disrupt collections and services previously housed there; a synopsis of anticipated changes can be found in a May 31st story in the library news.
The map move is part of a larger university project to move disAbility Resources for Students (DRS) and Veteran Services into the first floor of Wilson Library.
The Map Collection will reopen for fall quarter in its new location.
Read more: Map Collection Open by Appointment
Posted on: May 31, 2018
DRS / Veterans Services / Map Collection Project (Public Works Project 719) Moves Forward
Plans are moving forward for the long anticipated project to move both disAbility Resources for Students (DRS) and Veteran Services to the first floor of Wilson Library.
The project will allow the Libraries and Learning Commons to further collaborate with these services to better meet student needs and to make progress in their efforts to provide equal access to educational opportunities to students at Western.
To accommodate the DRS / Veteran Services relocation, the Libraries’ Map Collection will move to the second floor of Wilson Library. Once renovated, the Wilson 2 East wing will support the Map Collection and its programming, microforms, and it will also provide an exciting new destination study space for all users. The relocation of microform scanners, cabinets, and other items currently located in Wilson Library 2 East will begin during the week of June 4, 2018.
These changes will involve some disruption. Wilson 2 East will become unavailable for use when contractors begin work to refurbish the space beginning the week of June 4th. Changes include:
- Temporary relocation of the microform scanners and supporting indexes to the area known as “the Corner” on the second floor of Wilson Library
- Temporary relocation of microfilm cabinets to Wilson 283 (the area across from the Tutoring Center) Please note this space will be unavailable for use while cabinets are being moved.
- Permanent relocation of The New York Times and Times (London) print indexes to Wilson 3 West
- Permanent relocation of microfiche cabinets from Wilson 2 East to Wilson 180.
Permanent relocation of some computers and printers currently located in Wilson 2 East to Wilson 283 and 461
As part of this University-funded project, Western Libraries received funds to purchase full-content digital access (which includes fully searchable full-page views) to much of the most frequently used microform series currently located in Wilson 2 East. This means library users have improved access to this content from anywhere online at any time. To access the new digital content, search by title in OneSearch (remember to “Sign in for Full Access,” or see: http://libguides.wwu.edu/az.php?a=all.
Beginning the week of June 25th, project work will occur in Wilson 2 East making the area unavailable to library users. This includes some minor demolition, construction of staff offices, and the replacement of carpet and light fixtures. This work will be followed by new paint, new map cabinetry, and furniture. The Map Collection portion of the project is expected to be completed by the start of Fall Quarter 2018.
Once the Map Collection is complete, construction will begin on the first floor of Wilson Library in preparation for the DRS and Veteran Services move, which is expected to take place during the Spring 2019.
Western Libraries staff and faculty appreciate your patience and understanding during this exciting transition.
Questions? Please contact Frank.Haulgren@wwu.edu
Posted on: April 3, 2018
Partnership Results in New Service for Students with Disabilities
Beginning spring 2018, Western Washington University students, staff, and faculty will have a new service available to them. SensusAccess is a conversion service that makes documents searchable and accessible for individuals who use text-to-speech technology. This service allows users to convert inaccessible documents, such as course readings or assignments, into accessible versions at any time. You can learn more about and begin using this service by going here: https://access.wwu.edu/sensus.
In order to access documents used in everyday life, such as syllabi or admissions paperwork, individuals with specific kinds of disabilities may need to employ text-to-speech technology to read the document. However, the document first needs to be formatted to ensure that the assistive technology can read and deliver a coherent report of its contents to the person with a disability.
Historically, all requests for document conversion for accessibility purposes had to go through Western’s disAbility Resources for Students. But now with SensusAccess, students, staff, and faculty can create accessible versions of their documents as needed. Typical conversion rates vary due to a variety of factors but the usual turnaround time is less than 24 hours -- and the service is free for Western users! SensusAccess is intended as a self-service solution and complements existing accessibility services at Western.
Everyone at Western is encouraged to use this service when creating or reformatting educational or informational documents. Here are a few examples of how SensusAccess can be used:
● Faculty and Instructors: When you assign course readings that are formatted as scanned articles or PDFs, you can create an accessible version using SensusAccess. You can also learn more about PDF accessibility principles here: https://wp.wwu.edu/webtech/accessible-pdf/ and available training here: https://access.wwu.edu/.
● Staff: When you create informational documents, or if you need to convert an existing document into an accessible version, you can e-mail the newly accessible document to the student or colleague upon the completed conversion.
● Students: If you ever need an accessible version of your course materials, you may use the SensusAccess service.
Prospective users should know that SensusAccess is perfect for documents under thirty pages or so. However, if there are print-impaired individuals who require the conversion of large texts into accessible versions, these individuals should contact the disAbility Resources for Students office for assistance and support [insert hyperlink: http://www.wwu.edu/drs/contact.shtml]
SensusAccess services at Western are made possible through an innovative partnership between Western Libraries, Web Communication Technologies (WebTech), and the disAbility Resources for Students office. SensusAccess is one example of several University-wide efforts dedicated to improving accessibility at Western in order to co-create an inclusive educational environment by providing a new tool to address a common problem. For more information, please see: Western Digital Accessibility.
Read more: New SensusAccess Service Now Available
Posted on: September 27, 2017
Graduate Students Utilize Archival & Primary Source Materials
A new cohort of Environmental Education graduate students visited Western’s campus earlier this month and spent time working with archival and primary source collections at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS), a unit of Western Libraries’ broader division of Heritage Resources. CPNWS staff pulled together a selection of materials representing various perspectives of place – including environmental, economic, recreational, and indigenous views – for students to explore and analyze.
In the Archives Building Research Room, students divided into groups and reviewed the maps, photographs, pamphlets, letters, and other materials, considering issues related to the construction of cultural and regional identity, the evolution of policy, perceptions of concepts such as “conservation” and “wilderness,” and the significance of place names in determining cultural values.
The class concluded with a discussion about how students and educators can use primary source materials to explore the relationship between how meaning is constructed, how cultural values are expressed, the impact this can have on policy and information creation, and how this in turn affects our own assumptions about both people and place.
If you would like to learn more about the materials in Heritage Resources and at the CPNWS, arrange a class visit, or find out about how Western Libraries can support your teaching and learning needs, please contact us at Library.Communications@wwu.edu.
Read more: Grad Students Visit CPNWS