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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

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Thanks to a generous donation 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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Spring Hours: Tutoring Center / Hacherl Research & Writing Studio 

Posted on: March 5, 2021

Topic(s): Updates

Spring Hours: Tutoring Center / Hacherl Research & Writing Studio 

During spring quarter, the Tutoring Center and the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio will be 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.

Spring 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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Update - Library Access & Services for Spring 2021

Posted on: March 5, 2021

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Update - Library Access & Services for Spring 2021

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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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WWU Subscriptions Review Process - Winter 2021 Update

Posted on: February 12, 2021

Topic(s): Updates

Western Washington University's Subscription Review Process

Over the last several months, the Libraries has been engaging with university stakeholders to prepare for a projected subscriptions budget shortfall in FY2022. We are working actively through governance channels to explore sustained mitigation strategies. However, without predictable and sustained financial solutions to cover next year’s deficits and beyond, we will need to plan for subscription reductions of approximately $60,000. To that end, the Libraries is asking for university-wide feedback on two lists of potential cancellations

We strongly encourage all students, faculty, and staff to review these lists and submit any retention requests or requests for new subscriptions. Visit the Libraries Subscription Review webpage to see the Draft Cancellation and Package Review lists, more information on how the lists were generated, and instructions on how to submit your input. Individuals have until March 8 to submit feedback.  

To help guide the university through this process, the Western Libraries Subject Teams will be available to meet with any interested department, institute, or group, to answer questions and hear your feedback. We hope you will take every opportunity--individual or departmental--to communicate your needs.

As we receive and review university input, the Libraries will strive to work transparently and consultatively, and will continue to communicate updates via the Subscription Review site, the Library News and Western Today, department chairs and faculty governance, leadership groups like the AS Senate and the Graduate Student Advisory Council, all-faculty emails, and the Libraries’ Subject Teams.

If you have questions, please reach out to your Subject Team or contact the Libraries’ Collection Services division


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