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Library Intersession Hours & Entrance Info

Posted on: December 13, 2019

Topic(s): Updates

Intersession Hours & Library Entrance Information 

Western Libraries will be open during the intersession Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed weekends and holidays (December 25, 2019 and January 1, 2020). 

Please note that the Wilson north entrance to the library will be closed beginning December 16, 2019, but the library will be accessible via the Haggard Hall entrance.

Special hours for areas within the Libraries are listed below:

  • The Map Collection will be closed Monday, December 23, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020.
  • The Hacherl Research & Writing Studio will be available via online “Chat,” (which is accessible from the following link: https://library.wwu.edu/rws/connect) between 9: 00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed weekends and holidays.
  • Special Collections will be closed Monday, December 23, 2019 through Friday, December 27, 2019. 
  • The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies will be closed on Monday, December 23, 2019 through Friday, January 3, 2020. 

 

Western Libraries will re-open the Wilson north doors on Monday, January 6, 2020. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.


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James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships - 2020 Applications

Posted on: November 22, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Now Accepting Fellowship Applications

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.

Image of Dr. Kendra Howard-Smith, the 2016 James W. Scott Research Fellow

Up to $1000 in funding is offered in 2020 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. 

Image of Matthew Carr,  the 2017  James W. Scott Research Fellow

Applications for the award will be reviewed after January 31, 2020. Applications must be submitted by email to Ruth.Steele@wwu.edu (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: https://library.wwu.edu/hr/cpnws. For more information about collections or the application process, please contact CPNWS Archivist Ruth Steele at Ruth.Steele@wwu.edu or (360) 650-7747. 

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


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James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships - 2020 Applications

Posted on: November 19, 2019

Topic(s): Updates

The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS) is currently accepting applications for the James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships which 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 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. Fellows are expected to spend approximately one week examining CPNWS holdings and will be asked to give a presentation about some aspect of their research during the course of their scheduled visit.

Applications will be reviewed after January 31, 2020. Applications must be submitted by email to Ruth.Steele@wwu.edu (please include "Scott Fellowship Application" in the subject line), and include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research plan outlining on-site use of CPNWS holdings and proposed presentation topic
  • Two letters of recommendation

Detailed guides to archival collections at CPNWS can be accessed and searched at: https://library.wwu.edu/hr/cpnws. For more information about collections or the application process, please contact CPNWS Archivist Ruth Steele at Ruth.Steele@wwu.edu or (360) 650-7747. 


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New Exhibition at Western Libraries about Jewish Books and Printing

Posted on: September 16, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Exhibits

As Far As Their Books Reach - Jewish Printing and the Global Jewish Diaspora

Image depicts two children in a quasi-Biblical landscape learning about the holidays of the Jewish calendar at the feet of an older relative or teacher. The image is typical of the Bezalel school’s decorative art nouveau style.

Western Libraries Heritage Resources hosts a new exhibition tracing the journeys of the Jewish people through their books and printing. “As Far As Their Books Reach: Jewish Printing and the Global Jewish Diaspora,” will be on display September 23, 2019 through March 20, 2020, in Western Libraries Special Collections (Wilson 6th floor).

This exhibit is free and open to the public, and will be available for viewing Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment (closed weekends and holidays).

Heinrich Heine described the Bible as the Jews’ “portable homeland.” The same could be said for Jewish books more broadly, which bear witness to the long and remarkable history of the global Jewish diaspora. Through a survey of historical Judaica, this exhibition traces the physical, intellectual, and cultural journeys of the Jewish people, and explores the traditions that have earned the Jews the description “People of the Book.”

Featured materials are from the recently acquired Judaica / Holocaust & Genocide Studies Collections located in Western Libraries Special Collections, and the exhibition is co-sponsored by Western Libraries Heritage Resources and The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity. Numbering more than 3,000 titles, the collection spans 500 years and six continents.

For more information about the exhibit, or to request a group or class visit, please contact Judaica Project Archivist David Schlitt, David.Schlitt@wwu.edu, (360) 650-3193. 


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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: https://mabel.wwu.edu/
  • 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 grp.mabel.training@wwu.edu  to learn more. 
  •  Interested in helping us improve the display and function of MABEL? Contact us.

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