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Fall 2019 Teaching-Learning Academy Dialogues Begin Oct. 16

Posted on: October 7, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Teaching-Learning Academy Dialogues Begin Oct. 16 

Image of students' hands touching a row of books about teaching and learning. Text: "Use your voice in the library; Teaching-Learning Academy: What skills are necessary for us to be successful in society?"

What skills are necessary for us to be successful in society?  When is it appropriate to ask for help? What circumstances discourage us from seeking support?   

Join students, faculty, staff, and community members as they consider questions like these during fall 2019 Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) dialogue sessions.  

The TLA meets on campus for three different sessions this quarter, continuing the new dialogue format adopted last year with a different question as the focus of each session. This quarter there will also be a co-hosted TLA event offered in partnership with the Western Gallery.  

TLA participants include students, faculty, staff, and community members, and everyone is welcome. 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 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. 

The goal of each dialogue session is to share well-rounded views related to teaching and learning, while encouraging the use of listening to promote open-mindedness and mutual respect for diverse perspectives. These events also offer a great way to explore difficult topics, practice and refine productive communication strategies, and develop skills in interpersonal communication and collaboration.  

On October 16 and November 13, the TLA will meet at noon in the west wing of the Wilson side of the library on the second floor. On October 30 the Western Gallery will co-host a special TLA collaborative event exploring the question “What does it mean to support refugees?" This event will include a fishbowl dialogue on this subject featuring a panel of authors and members of the WWU community. 

For more information, please see http://library.wwu.edu/tla.  To sign up for the TLA listserv, please email TLA@wwu.edu.  Students: there is also an opportunity to participate in the TLA for LIBR 340 “Speaking and Listening” practicum credit. For more information about the practicum, contact Shevell.Thibou@wwu.edu.


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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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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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