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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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Daughter of the Nile at Pickford Film Center, June 4

Posted on: May 24, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Daughter of the Nile at Pickford Film Center, June 4

Masters of Asian Cinema at Pickford Film Center: "Daughter of the Nile"The last Masters of Asian Cinema film of the 2018-2019 season is Hou Hsiao-hsien’s 1987 feature Daughter of the Nile, which screens on Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay Street in Bellingham.  

Sandwiched in between two of Hou's greatest films, Daughter of the Nile has often been overlooked. According to series curator and WWU librarian Jeff Purdue, while the title comes from a Japanese manga, the story is pure Hou: a young woman in Taipei charts a path to adulthood while trying to keep her splintered family together and resist the pull of the criminal underworld that her charismatic older brother is involved with. The result is a haunting film about the loneliness behind the constant activity of a city.

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Asian Cinema series features some of the best films in World Cinema.  Each film in the series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. Daughter of the Nile will be introduced by series curator Jeff Purdue.


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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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The Future of Access to Library Resources

Posted on: May 15, 2019

Topic(s): Updates

The Future of Access to Library Resources

This past winter, Western Libraries convened a new Western Libraries Subscription Task Force in response to potential upcoming budget shortfalls. The group, which includes library and non-library personnel, is charged with developing sustainable strategies and methods for managing the Libraries’ subscriptions moving forward.

On May 14, as a first step toward this sustainable future, the Task Force distributed a letter to all Western faculty outlining emerging trends in scholarly publishing and library collections, and introducing a process by which the university community can provide feedback on Open Access and subscription evaluation criteria. The letter was followed by a survey, the results of which will inform outreach and Open Access initiatives, subscription evaluation methods, and collection development strategies. The more input the Task Force gets from the university, the stronger and more representative the group’s subsequent work can be. Ultimately, this feedback has the potential to shape the future of library collections at Western.

The survey consists of 12 questions and is intended to take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Respondents are asked to provide a departmental affiliation, but are not required to submit their name or any other identifying information. All responses will remain confidential and any data shared will be in aggregate form only. The survey will remain open through Sunday, June 2. Faculty should check their inboxes for a link to the survey; all additional members of the university community who would like to provide their input may contact the Libraries’ Director of Collections for access to the survey.

In addition to this survey, the Task Force will be reaching out to department chairs and offering to attend department or college-level meetings for more in-depth discussion or Q&A sessions. If you would like the Task Force to visit your department or college, please work with your chair and the Libraries’ Director of Collections to coordinate.

For more information on how the Libraries manages subscriptions, please consult the Subscription Management Glossary and FAQ. For more information on Open Access and the scholarly publishing ecosystem, you can also review the SPARC Open Access page, which includes a downloadable Open Access fact sheet. If you have any questions, please contact the Libraries’ Collection Services division or the Director of Collections.


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Melissa Rice to Speak May 28 about Mapping Mars

Posted on: May 13, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Melissa Rice to Speak May 28 about Mapping Mars

Melissa Rice

Melissa Rice, Assistant Professor of Planetary Science at Western Washington University,  will give a talk called “Mapping Mars: Our Evolving Vision of the Red Planet - Part II” on Tuesday, May 28 at 4 p.m. at Western Washington University in the Map Collection, located in Wilson Library Room 290. This event is free and open to the public.

In recent decades, mapping efforts by sophisticated spacecraft at Mars have revolutionized our vision of the Red Planet.  Rice will discuss the mapping, science, and exploration of Mars. Once thought by scientists to be a living world covered with vegetation that changed with the seasons, the Space Age brought a new view of Mars as a dry, cratered and barren planet.

This talk picks up where Rice left off in 2015 when she was the inaugural speaker for the “Speaking of Maps” lecture series. Rice will explore new maps by NASA's Curiosity Rover, and talk about plans for the next big mission launching to Mars in July 2020.

Rice is an Assistant Professor of Planetary Science at WWU, where she teaches in the Geology Department and the Physics & Astronomy Department. Her research focuses on the geology and habitability of ancient environments on Mars. She is a team member on the NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission and is part of the team building the Mastcam-Z cameras for the NASA Mars-2020 rover. Dr. Rice received her Ph.D. in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University in 2012 and was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology until starting at WWU in 2014.

This event is sponsored by Western Libraries, The Planetary Society, WWU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, and WWU’s Geology Department. It is offered as part of the Western Libraries “Speaking of Maps” lectures, designed to highlight the use and value of maps in research, in teaching and learning, and in daily life.

For more information about this event, please contact Dennis Matthews, Dennis.Matthews@wwu.edu, 360-650-3272.


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Spring 2019 Heritage Highlights

Posted on: May 6, 2019

Topic(s): Updates

Heritage Resources is pleased to share our Spring 2019 edition of Heritage Highlights. This newsletter, distributed to over 600 recipients locally and around the world, is our way of thanking the many individuals who have visited our repositories and used Students examining copies of the local alternative newsletter Northwest Passage at the Archives Building.our collections or services. These community relationships are central to the mission of Western Libraries and Heritage Resources, and fundamental to the growth and development of our collections, our financial sustainability, and the success of our programming efforts. 

As you will learn in this edition of Heritage Highlights, we are continuing to grow and change in ways that enhance our mission to bring quality research and teaching opportunities to our staff, faculty, students, and the broader community.

Western Libraries Heritage Resources consists of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and University Archives & Records Management. Contact Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu for more information.


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New Exhibit: "Nobody Goes Home Sad"

Posted on: March 15, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

New Exhibit at Western Libraries Featuring Beat Poets

Allen Ginsberg reading "Howl," Nov. 1955, from the Walter Lehrman Collection at Utah State University.

Western Libraries Heritage Resources will host a new exhibition beginning April 1, 2019, featuring several important figures of the Beat Generation, including Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, and Jack Kerouac.

“Nobody Goes Home Sad: Photographs of the Gallery 6 Poets, 1955-2015,” is a traveling exhibition on loan to Western from Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections & Archives Division.

On display through June 28, 2019, the exhibit will be available for viewing Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed weekends and holidays) in Western Washington University Libraries’ Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor). It is free and open to the public.

“Nobody Goes Home Sad” features black-and-white portraits and performance shots of Beat poets Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Michael McClure, Philip Lamantia, and Jack Kerouac. The photographic material comprises the work of two photographers, Walter Lehrman and John Suiter, who captured images of several of the Bay Area poets from the mid-1950s to around the 1990s.

In addition to 36 framed photographs, the show includes rare first editions, chapbooks, broadsides, and ephemera selected from Utah State’s extensive Beat Poetry and Little Magazine collection. Remastered audio-recordings of the poets reading at Berkeley’s Town Hall Theatre in 1956 are also featured.

For more information, please contact Tamara Belts, Special Collections Manager, Tamara.Belts@wwu.edu, (360) 650-3193.


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