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New Exhibit: "Hello Dear Enemy!"

Posted on: January 8, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

New Exhibit:  “Hello, Dear Enemy! Picture Books for Peace and Humanity”

An exhibit of printed posters featuring images and text from picture books that provide an international perspective on conflict, peace, and humanity, will be on display in Galleries 2, 3, and 4 at Western Washington University Libraries from January 7 through March 22, 2019.
An opening celebration reception with refreshments will be held on Wednesday, January 23 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Wilson Library Reading Room. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. The exhibit is available for viewing during all hours Western Libraries is open.

Conceived by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany, the exhibit offers an international selection of unique and striking picture books that explore themes such as: Experiences of War, Destruction, and Displacement; Power Struggles and the Origin and Escalation of Violence; Prejudice, Ostracism, and Imagined Enemies; Utopias of Peace and Anti-War Books. In addition to the powerful exhibit posters, classroom response work and projects will be on display.

Among the books featured are a few classics of children’s literature, but the majority of the titles were published in the last fifteen years. They tell stories about everyday life in conflict zones, about suppression, displacement, and persecution, about borders that turn people away, about threats and injuries. They reveal the sources of war and violence, such as xenophobia, prejudice, and the abuse of power.

At the same time, many of these picture books ultimately open the door to a better future in which dividing walls topple, enemies reconcile, and war gives way to peace. Many of these books communicate the message that openness, curiosity, and empathy are prerequisites for a more peaceful and humane coexistence between cultures and peoples.

This exhibit was made possible by Western Libraries, Woodring College of Education, Western’s Department of English, and The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity. For more information about the exhibit, please see: If you have questions, or if you would like to arrange a class or large group visit, please contact: (360) 650 – 2339 & (360) 650 – 7992.

* Image Citation/Credit Information: ​Mario Ramos, from: "Le petit soldat qui cherchait la guerre" L’École des Loisirs: Paris, 1998.

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New TLA Questions & Dialogue Sessions

Posted on: December 20, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

TLA Dialogue Questions for Winter 2019

How does safety influence our educational experiences? Is obtaining an education a political act? How does resistance to change and fear of the unknown influence academia and impact our own lives?  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 January 16 and 17.

No registration is required, and participants are free to drop in and join the groups even if they cannot stay for the entire session.

Two of the dialogue questions this quarter are offered in affiliation with the Western Reads program, and are designed to complement specific selections from the book, Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements.

Dates and questions are listed below:

  • Jan 16 & 17: How does safety influence our educational experiences?

  • Jan 30 & 31: How does resistance to change and fear of the unknown influence academia and impact your own life? (affiliated with the chapter “Small and Bright” from the 2018 Western Reads book, Octavia’s Brood).

  • Feb 13 & 14: Is obtaining an education a political act?

  • Feb 27 & 28: In what ways do we as an institution, community, and individuals both uphold and combat systems of racial inequality and "token"ization? (affiliated with the chapter “The Token Superhero,” from the  2018 Western Reads book, Octavia’s Brood)

  • Mar 13 & 14: What takes priority, a learner's creativity or the institution's expectations?

Participants in TLA consistently report that the 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 (Students: 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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OneSearch New Interface Jan. 4

Posted on: December 7, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

New OneSearch Interface Enhancements 

The latest version of the OneSearch catalog at Western Libraries was released on January 4, 2019. As announced during spring 2018, this latest version will replace the existing OneSearch interface and offers some improvements to how information is displayed within the library catalog. Additionally, changes to the appearance of various navigation options should improve patrons’ experience using the catalog.

OneSearch is a shared catalog that searches library holdings at Western Washington University and at 37 neighboring Orbis Cascade Alliance-member libraries throughout the Pacific Northwest. Students, staff, and faculty affiliated with any of these institutions have access to materials from all member libraries, and having a shared catalog makes this access possible.

A beta version of the latest OneSearch catalog has been available to the university community at Western since the beginning of spring quarter 2018. Since that time, Western Libraries has been gathering and incorporating feedback about the new interface and has shared the results of this user testing in several reports.

In all testing efforts, participants who used the new interface reported that the new catalog was more attractive and more user-friendly than the existing version. The test results also showed that users were better able to complete basic tasks (such as conducting a keyword search and navigating search results) in the new catalog.

The OneSearch upgrade will not compromise existing functionality and will not change the capabilities that currently exist. In other words, everything library users are used to doing should still be available, and it might even be easier than before!

The Libraries will make sure to communicate via the Libraries’ website any service interruptions, should they occur. Additionally, all systems will be tested to ensure that library operations can continue uninterrupted.

If you have feedback, questions, or information you would like to share, you can email, call (360) 650-4493, or submit a feedback form online here.  

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James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships - 2019 Applications

Posted on: November 26, 2018

Topic(s): Updates

The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS) is currently accepting applications for the James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships. The Fellowships promote awareness and innovative use of archival collections at Western Washington University, and seek to forward scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. Fellowship funds are awarded in honor of the late Dr. James W. Scott, a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region and a founder and first Director of CPNWS.

Up to $1000 in funding is offered in 2019 to support significant research using archival holdings at CPNWS. Applications are accepted from individuals in doctoral programs as well as individuals who have finished the Ph.D. Successful applicants are expected to spend approximately one week examining CPNWS holdings in support of their research, and will be asked to give a presentation about some aspect of their research during the course of their scheduled visit. Funds will be awarded after a Fellow(s) has conducted research at CPNWS and delivered their presentation. 

Applications for the award will be reviewed after January 31, 2019. Applications must be submitted by email to (please include "Scott Fellowship Application" in the subject line), and include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research plan outlining on-site use of CPNWS holdings and proposed presentation topic
  4. Two letters of recommendation

​Detailed guides to archival collections at CPNWS can be accessed and searched at: For more information about collections or the application process, please contact CPNWS Archivist Ruth Steele at or (360) 650-7747. 

Images: James W. Scott Research Fellows Dr. Kendra Howard-Smith (2016) and Matthew Carr (2017)

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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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