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Map Collection Open House Nov. 14

Posted on: October 30, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Western Libraries hosts Map Collection Open House Nov. 14

In partnership with Huxley College of the Environment and to celebrate Geography Awareness Week, the Western Libraries will host an Open House for the Map Collection in its new location in Wilson 2 East on Wednesday, November 14, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

After seven years on the first floor of Wilson Library, the Map Collection has moved to a more prominent location alongside the Tutoring Center and the Daylight Lounge on the main floor of Wilson. The move was part of a larger project to relocate the Disability Access Center and Veterans Services to the first floor of Wilson Library.  Work on the maps portion of the relocation took place primarily over the summer and during the first part of fall quarter. Western Libraries staff and faculty express their appreciation to all library users for their patience and understanding during this period.

Open as of early November, the Map Collection invites users to engage with the Libraries’ 75,000 maps, globes, and atlases. The location also offers a new enhanced and improved destination study space and event space. During the Open House celebration, guests can explore the new area, enjoy light refreshments, and learn about some of the resources and services available in the Map Collection, including one-on-one consultations and research help, instruction sessions, workshops, and tours of the Map Collection.

The Map Collection houses a wide variety of resources, including topographic maps of the western United States and Canada, nautical and aeronautical charts, globes, and gazetteers. While maps are available for most geographic areas, the collection is particularly focused on maps of the Pacific Northwest.

For information about this event, please contact: Madeline Kelly ( or Dennis Matthews (

For information about other Geography Awareness Week events, please contact Aquila Flower, (360) 650-6487.

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Join us for TUEx: User Experience Tuesdays

Posted on: October 8, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events, Resources

TUEx Returns to Western Libraries

Have you ever had a frustrating time navigating a website? Maybe the site didn’t make sense and you couldn’t find what you needed? Western Libraries is trying to avoid those problems by improving our website users’ experiences through usability and design testing. And you can help us!

On Tuesdays between noon and 2:00 p.m., we are inviting volunteers to run through some short exercises designed to inform the Libraries on the learnability, effectiveness, and efficiency of various online resources. We need input from students, staff, and faculty, and if you can give us 5 to 10 minutes of your time, you can help us improve your (and everyone’s!) library experience. Think of it as fine-tuning. Our table will be near the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio on the second floor of Haggard Hall, next to the “TUEx User Experience Tuesdays” sign.  

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New Questions from TLA

Posted on: September 28, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Fall Quarter TLA Begins Oct. 3 & 4

How do we create a trusting learning environment? Is political correctness a form of censorship, or is it an ideal for creating fairness? Does the grading system and standardized testing help or hurt student learning? Join students, faculty, staff, and community members as they consider questions like these during this quarter’s Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) dialogue sessions. 

The TLA meets from 12-12:50 p.m. every other Wednesday and Thursday beginning October 3 and 4. No registration is required, and participants are free to drop in and join the groups even if they cannot stay for the entire session.

The TLA’s primary objective is to create a community of scholars who work together to enhance teaching and learning by providing:

  • a cross-disciplinary space for dialogue which explores how teaching and learning can be enhanced throughout the University and beyond.
  • a forum for fostering collaboration and bridging the gaps between students, staff, faculty, and community members.
  • a space that values diverse perspectives and works towards creating active communities.  
  • professional development resources and workshops that support both scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning.


TLA participants consistently report that the TLA dialogue sessions provide a great way to connect with others outside of their disciplines and departments, and to learn more about Western’s teaching and learning culture. Many say it also gives them a chance to take a breath and just listen to what others, especially students, really think. The goals of each dialogue session are to share well-rounded views related to teaching and learning while encouraging the use of listening to understand and appreciate differences, and promoting open-mindedness and mutual respect for diverse perspectives.  

For more information, see  To sign up for the TLA listserv, email there is also an opportunity to participate in the TLA for LIBR 340 “Speaking and Listening” practicum credit. For more information, contact:

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Librarian Margaret Fast to Retire from Western

Posted on: September 27, 2018

Topic(s): Updates

Librarian Margaret Fast to Retire from Western

Margaret Fast will retire from Western Libraries On October 1, 2018 after twenty-two years of service as a librarian at Western Washington University.

Margaret joined Western Libraries in 1996, and soon thereafter became Assistant Professor and also one of three new college-based librarian positions (Arts and Sciences). 

During her time at Western, she participated in a number of university service opportunities, including the Graduate Council, International Programs Advisory Committee, and Scholars Week. She has also served on the steering and organizing committees as the first Library Steward for the United Faculty of Western Washington University. 

In the Libraries, her service has included the Criteria for Tenure and Promotion Committee, the Faculty Personnel Committee, the Digital Assets Task Force, the Western Libraries Reading Series planning group, and the Undergraduate Research Award Committee.  In January 2016, Margaret was elected Chair of Faculty and has advanced numerous faculty issues, most notably revision of the Unit Evaluation Plan. 

Margaret’s librarianship includes teaching Library Strategies 201 (linked with several college courses) and the Research Paper Tutorial 302 (linked with East Asian Studies). She has served as adjunct professor in the East Asian Studies Program, and as the subject specialist and librarian for the Department of History, Modern and Classical Languages, Art and Design, as well for numerous other departments and programs.  Most recently, Margaret served as Acting Director of Heritage Resources during Elizabeth Joffrion’s professional leave.  

Margaret has also enjoyed an active research agenda, including her recent monograph, The Great War from the German Trenches:  A Sappers Memoir, 1914-1918.  She is a National Endowment for the Humanities grant recipient for “Muslim Journeys,” and a Sasakawa Fellow from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

“For more than two decades, Margaret has exemplified outstanding library service to Western faculty and students,” said Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg. “As a subject librarian, her expertise and focus on meaningful and effective student research has made her a valued instructor for numerous courses across the curriculum.  I wish her a long and happy retirement.”

A retirement celebration for Margaret will be held on November 13, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Special Collections. For more information, please contact

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Edward S. Setchko Collection

Posted on: September 27, 2018

Topic(s): Updates

New Addition to WWU: the Edward S. Setchko Collection 

Western Libraries Heritage Resources has recently negotiated the transfer of the Edward S. Setchko collection from the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, to Western Washington University. 

This important collection of over 1000 books and other rare monographs represents critical post-war scholarship on the Holocaust, including documentation of antisemitism, the ghettos and camps, survivor accounts, and other post-war memoirs. 

This collection will become part of Western Libraries Special Collections. Although cataloging these materials will be an ongoing process, those interested in browsing the collection are welcome to contact Special Collections staff at, or you may also contact the Director of Heritage Resources, Elizabeth Joffrion at / (360) 650-3283.

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