Western Libraries - Fall 2011 Issue 1

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With this issue we begin providing the Western community with regular updates on services, interesting highlights, new resources and useful tips from your library. Our goal is to provide you, in just a few concise paragraphs, with information and tips that you can use right away. Enjoy!
  Something New!

Building a Learning Commons Together

"a dynamic, interactive environment"

The Learning Commons

Western Libraries has launched a new Learning Commons across the main floor of its Haggard Hall and Wilson Library wings that will support teaching and learning.

Like many academic libraries across the country, we seek to develop a space where collaboration and face-to-face interaction are the hallmarks. At a time when social learning spaces have never been more important, the libraries offers compelling possibilities that few other campus locations can. 

In its first phase, Western Libraries is pleased to bring together several programs committed to developing a synergistic supportive approach. Check out:

For more information about the Learning Commons vision and partners, visit our website. If you have a suggestion about what you'd like to see in the Commons, please do tell because we really do want to build it together. Contact carmen.werder@wwu.edu.

  This Issue's Great Tip

How do I add or check my print balance? Where are the e-reserves? How do I search for place names by latitude and longitude? Each of these questions and many more have answers that you can find using our growing Ask Us service.

Ask Us service

You can ask a librarian your questions directly through live chat, text message (360-797-5910), and Twitter (@Ask_WWU_Lib), or you can search our database of past answers to other people’s questions to find the one you are looking for. The more questions we get from you the more answers we will have in our database so you can get answers when you want them.

You can find Ask Us by clicking on the button to the left side of most library pages. Or you can ask a question now by going to: http://askus.library.wwu.edu/.

TLA meets bi-weekly in Wilson 270

  Did You Know?

Bellingham Public Library WWU ConnectionDid You Know? Bellingham Public Library and your Western Libraries are like...this. Really, really close. It’s almost like having a branch of BPL right on campus.

Here are the details. Through the Bellingham Public Library WWU Connection you can now search the BPL catalog, place holds on loanable materials like books & videos, and have them delivered to Western Libraries for pickup. Books and videos are delivered twice a week to the Bellingham Public Library pickup shelf located in the lounge area just across the way from the Wilson Media Desk along with a BPL self check-out machine.

And if that’s not sweet enough you can also use your BPL or Whatcom One card to download audio books and e-books offered through the BPL catalog to your MP3 player, e-reader, or computer.

To use BPL’s collections for research or recreation you’ll need to have either a BPL library card or visit the downtown branch at 210 Central Ave. to establish your Whatcom One borrowing privileges.

Questions? Have a talk with the staff at the Circulation Desk on Haggard 2.

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