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Western Libraries Access & Services for Summer Quarter 2021

Posted on: June 3, 2021

Topic(s): Updates

Western Libraries Access & Services for Summer 2021

Western Libraries will continue to offer its full suite of services to WWU students, staff, and faculty online during summer quarter. Library buildings will remain closed to the public, but on-site pickup and mail delivery of library materials remains available, as does online access to the Tutoring Center, and the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio.

Items from library collections are available for Western students, faculty, and staff to request, borrow, or access online. Western Libraries has joined more than 200 other libraries that have implemented HathiTrust  Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS), which means all Western students, faculty, and staff will also have online reading access to approximately 230,000 titles. If you need to borrow books or other items from the Libraries’ physical collections, or via the Summit borrowing or Interlibrary Loan systems, you can place your requests online, and select either mail delivery to an address of your choosing, or on-site pickup. Beginning June 8, 2021, the days and times for on-site pickup services will be Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Tutoring Center offers all its tutoring support services online, including support for math and science GURs. During summer session, the Tutoring Center’s hours are Monday through Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., or by appointment.  When open, 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. 

The Hacherl Research & Writing Studio  offers students support in research, writing, and other related areas. For summer quarter, the Studio will be open online Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to  5:00 p.m. During open hours, students can connect live for an online consultation, initiate a chat using “ask us,” or submit a draft paper for email response. There are also many online guides and resources that cover all steps of the research & writing process that you can browse and use at your convenience.

For students searching for a place to study on campus this summer, beginning June 14, 2021, the Viking Union will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Academic Technology and User Services (ATUS) will be updating information about computer lab locations and open hours for summer quarter in the coming weeks, so check their website for more details about campus computer lab access.

Western Libraries looks forward to being able to re-open our buildings once again when WWU reopens in the fall. If you have questions about library services, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can email us at LibraryCommunications@wwu.edu, or submit a Feedback Form with your questions and contact information.


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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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Subscriptions Review Update - March 2021

Posted on: March 12, 2021

Topic(s): Updates

Thanks to a recent commitment from the Provost’s Office to provide full, one-time funding for next fiscal year, Western Libraries will no longer be forced to pursue subscription cancellations this year. This recent change allows us to move from a reactionary stance into a more deliberate, strategic review of our subscriptions portfolio.

It is a great relief not to have to cancel subscriptions for next year. However, this financial reprieve does not include sufficient 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. Through 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 working with these departments to explore the possibility of voluntary subscription swapping. Our net subscription spending will remain the same, but the content itself will shift into closer alignment with the curriculum. 

As the 2020-21 subscription review process has proceeded, the Libraries has also been preparing an operating budget request to UPRC as part of the biennial budgeting process. If this proposal is fully funded, the Libraries expects to avoid reactionary cancellations next year as well and instead will work with departments who wish to add new content in lieu of titles they find less relevant to their work.  If the biennial operating request is not fully funded, the Libraries again will need to pursue large-scale subscription cancellations.

The Libraries is grateful for the university’s engagement with the subscription review process and appreciates the university-wide conversations that have taken place regarding the resource access budget. We look forward to working with the university community toward sustainable solutions in the coming years. In the meantime, we will continue to curate and develop library collections as best we can with the resources we have. 

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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