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Drop-In Summer Tutoring Options at the Tutoring Center

Posted on: July 1, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Summer Drop-In Options at the Tutoring Center

Two people at a table with an open laptop and phone on top of a notebook on the table.

This summer there are a number of drop-in options available to Western students at the Tutoring Center.

Located at Western Libraries in Wilson 280, the Tutoring Center is open twenty hours per week and offers support for Chemistry, Math, Biology, Physics, and Econ. 

Summer Quarter hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with course specific support listed during the dates and times below:*

CHEM 161/162, 163, 251, 351/352 

  • Mon-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CHEM 471 

  • Mon/Wed. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tues/Thurs 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

MATH 107-115, 156, 157

  • Mon-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MATH 240 (Statistics) / DSCI 205

  • Mon/Wed/Thurs noon to 4 p.m.
  • Tues 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

ECON 206 - 207

  • Mon/Wed 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tues/Thurs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BIO 101

  • Mon-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

BIO 321, 323

  • Mon/Wed 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Tues/Thurs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PHYS 114, 161/162, 163

  • Mon-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


*This schedule is subject to change when unavoidable (e.g. due to tutor absence). 

The Tutoring Center provides free peer-assisted tutoring for the math and science GURs and they also have on hand a wide variety of materials for student use, including calculators, textbooks, and solution manuals.

Questions? Please contact us at (360) 650-3855 or email

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Western Libraries Summer, Holiday, & Intersession Hours

Posted on: June 27, 2019

Topic(s): Updates

Summer, Holiday, and Intersession Hours

Photo of the exterior entrance to the Wilson Library Building

Western Libraries will be open during the summer session (June 25 – August 23) Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The library will be closed on weekends and on July 4. Support for the Map Collection area will not be available on July 4-5.

Western Libraries will be open during the intersession between summer and fall quarters (August 24 - September 24) Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.., closed weekends. The library will also be closed Monday, September 2 (Labor Day) and Thursday, September 12 (for its annual Staff Development Day).

The north doors in Wilson Library will close on August 26, but the library will remain accessible via the Haggard Hall entrance. Support for the Map Collection will not be available August  26 - September 16.

The Wilson doors will re-open on September 16, and regular hours will resume when fall quarter classes begin on September 25. 

Heritage Resources will be open throughout the summer intersession with a few posted exceptions. Hours of operation for each of the three units (Special Collections, the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and University Archives & Records Management) can be found here.

For more information about library summer hours, please see:

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Western’s Multimedia Archives Based Electronic Library (MABEL) Now Available!

Posted on: June 26, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Western’s Multimedia Archives Based Electronic Library (MABEL) Now Available

On June 25, 2019, the beta version of Western’s Multimedia Archives Based Electronic Library (MABEL) will be available to the university community. This central repository will allow for the discovery, sharing, and preservation of Western's digital assets, which includes images, video and sound recordings, and textual documents.

Screenshot image of MABEL's landing page header; text that reads: MABEL: Multimedia Archives Based Electronic Library; placed over a search box with options to browse the collections or browse by format.

MABEL was developed to provide access to digital content in support of communications, research, and teaching & learning activities at Western, while also allowing for the responsible stewardship of unique materials and valuable digital assets created or managed by Western.


What’s the difference between Western CEDAR and MABEL? 

Western CEDAR provides open access to scholarship and creative works produced by the Western community, making the research, scholarship, and creative works of WWU faculty, staff, and students easily discoverable to anyone in the world. 

These two platforms have separate purposes and different kinds of content, and can be used together in complementary ways to support the wide array of teaching, learning, and research activities at Western. 

Screenshot from MABEL's landing page that lists the "Browse by Format" options, which include image, video, audio, newspaper, and text.

Content in MABEL can be used to support and enable:

  • Academic and scholarly research
  • Primary source instruction
  • Preservation of digital assets
  • Marketing & outreach activities


Western employees who work with digital assets on behalf of their organizational units will be able to use MABEL to manage and share those assets. Although access permissions for content in this platform will vary, members of the larger university community (employees, students, and beyond), will also be able to use MABEL for search and discovery of public-facing collections. 

MABEL is the result of an intensive, multi-year cross-campus university partnership involving numerous stakeholders, content creators, archivists, and library professionals.

Black and White photo of Mabel Zoe WilsonThe name MABEL is in part an homage to Mabel Zoe Wilson, Western's first full-time librarian and the namesake of the Wilson Library building, which is still part of Western Libraries’ main complex. Mabel Zoe Wilson served as librarian from 1902-1945. Tasked with creating a library from virtually nothing, she worked through four decades to grow, catalog, and organize the collections, initiate services, and teach students effective library use.

Work to improve and further develop MABEL will continue throughout the summer as a team of web developers and content experts will make additional improvements. The goal is to replace the beta version with the launch of an improved version in the fall of 2019.  

  • How to find MABEL: You may visit MABEL here:
  • Content Contributors: If you are a member of Western’s University Community, and you are interested in hosting your unit’s content in MABEL, please email  to learn more. 
  •  Interested in helping us improve the display and function of MABEL? Contact us.

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2018-2019 Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award Winners!

Posted on: May 25, 2019

Topic(s): Updates

2018-2019 Award Winners Announced

Western Libraries is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018-2019 Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award.

  • Samia Saliba, for “Regendering Iraq: State Feminism, Imperial Feminism, and Women’s Rights Under Sanctions.”
  • Maggie Newhouse, for “American Political Culture and Sarah Palin: Motherhood, Femininity, and Masculinity in the 2008 Presidential Election”
  • Tyler Bunker, for “Chinese Roots, Foreign Branches: Forestry as Self-Strengthening in the Late Qing”


Three awards are given annually to Western Washington University undergraduate students in recognition of their excellence and originality in creating research papers for courses taught across the colleges based on significant inquiry using library resources and collections.

Each winner of the Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award receives a certificate, a cash award of $500.00, and publication of their prize-winning paper in Western CEDAR, Western Washington University’s institutional repository. Winners will also be recognized at a reception hosted by Western Libraries on a date still to be determined before the end of spring quarter.

Award applicants must demonstrate outstanding library research in the writing of their research papers, and winners are selected by an award review committee consisting of a variety of faculty members from Western Libraries and other disciplines at Western.

Congratulations to all three talented award winners! And a special thank you also goes out to the 2019 Award Review Committee: Gabe Gossett (Western Libraries), Jenny Oleen (Western Libraries), Christine Espina (Nursing), Niall O’Murchu (Fairhaven), and Troy Abel (Environmental Studies) and the students' faculty mentors: Charles Anderson, Rachel Paul, and Roger Thompson.

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Journal Cancellations for 2019-2020

Posted on: May 22, 2019

Topic(s): Updates

AY2019-20 Journal Cancellations

Western Libraries has completed its annual journal evaluation (as described in our Subscription FAQ) and identified 18 high cost-per-use titles for cancellation in 2020. These titles, with a cost-per-use over $100, will be cancelled effective January 1, 2020, but will remain available through interlibrary loan and per-article purchasing, and may also be accessible through full-text databases like Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, or JSTOR. Collectively, the titles cost the Libraries $9,235 in 2019. Our goal is that savings from high cost-per-use subscriptions will help mitigate any budget-related cancellations moving forward and, ideally, enable the Libraries to consider new subscriptions in the future.

If you have any questions about these cancellations, please contact Collections Services or the Director of Collections. Cancellation decisions will be finalized in early June, so if you have specific feedback please contact us before June 1. We welcome your perspective and will strive to respond to all queries within five business days.

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