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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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Winter Used Book Sale - Judaica & More

Posted on: December 13, 2019

Topic(s): Events

Used Book Sale on Jan. 11 & 12 at Congregation Beth Israel

Several rows of books laying on tablesWestern Libraries Heritage Resources is partnering with Congregation Beth Israel for a Used Book Sale. The sale will be at the Congregation Beth Israel (751 San Juan Boulevard, Bellingham) on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

A large selection of Judaic books and media will be available, including fiction and non-fiction, children’s titles, Jewish life and religion, Torah commentary, reference and art books, Jewish history and the Holocaust, records and CDs, and more. The sale is to be held in the downstairs nursery school. Most books will be priced at $1.00 and cash or check only will be accepted as payment. Proceeds will benefit the Beth Israel Library and the Western Libraries Heritage Resources Judaica Collection.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Joan Wayne at jawayne2@gmail.com or David Schlitt at schlitd@wwu.edu


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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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Fall 2019 Heritage Highlights

Posted on: November 21, 2019

Topic(s):

Heritage Resources is pleased to share the Fall 2019 edition of our quarterly newsletter, Heritage HighlightsScreenshot from MABEL's landing page that lists “Featured” and “Recently Added” options. In this issue you will read about how we are working to improve and enhance online access to our collections through the MABEL and OMEKA platforms. MABEL will greatly increase access to a range of digitized content, including photographs, audio-visual materials, and oral histories, and we use OMEKA to host carefully selected and curated exhibitions featuring content from our holdings. 

We hope you enjoy and as always, please reach out if you have questions or comments about our collections and programming. 


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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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