Western Libraries - Fall 2011 Issue 2

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Welcome to issue two of Western Libraries’ 3 Things newsletter bringing you timely articles about your library’s relocated map collection, the library’s new mobile interface which brings what you need to your hand-held device, and more! We think you’ll find it all interesting and useful. Watch for more next quarter.
  Something New!

Mt. Everest compassDo you know where you're going? You can find some help in Wilson 1 West, in the form of more than 100,000 maps.

The Huxley College Map Library changed its name when it moved across campus, but it still has an amazing assortment of topographical maps (U.S. and Canada), nautical and aeronautical charts, relief maps, geologic maps, and current and historic maps from all over the world. 

The Map Collection is open Tuesday to Friday, 11-2, and by appointment. Maps may be checked-out for a maximum of 4 hours with scanning and printing services available at the Student Technology Center (STC) in Haggard Hall. Faculty can now place maps on reserve for classes at the Circulation Desk. 

For questions, or to schedule a tour, please contact the Map Collection staff at 360-650-3272 or mapcollection@wwu.edu.

  This Issue's Great Tip

Got a smart phone or mobile device? Wondering what you can do with it? Western Libraries has some ideas for you!

Smart device example

  • Search the Library Catalog   
  • Place holds    
  • See what you have checked out    
  • Renew items    
  • Get library hours    
  • Browse news and events   
  • Ask a question    
  • Discover other mobile services (e.g. EBSCO, Ask Us!, Library Guides)

Get Started Now!

Pretty cool right? Look for more mobile apps coming soon!  

  Did You Know?

Did you know that the Western Libraries saved you over $17 million last year? How’s that possible you might ask?

During FY-2010 the library paid for, managed and provided access to journals and databases paying more than $1,650,000. That seems like a lot of money until you consider what our students and faculty got for it - namely, 602,515 downloaded journal articles and access to subscribed print journals. Downloads alone accounted for more than 40 articles per faculty member and enrolled student!   

Library cost comparison graph

But here’s the truly awesome part. If we didn’t have those subscriptions it would have cost faculty and students an average of $29.01 (per article) to buy access. To buy all those articles individually would have cost $17,478,960. Overall library subscriptions provided you with a 10 fold cost savings. It’s a really good deal if you don’t think about the air miles you could have racked up.

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