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"The Day After," Nov. 13

Posted on: November 1, 2018

Topic(s): Events

Masters of Asian Cinema: “The Day After,” Nov. 13

photo of a woman's face, from the film "The Day After"The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is The Day After, which screens at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13,  2018 at the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street.)

The Day After is one of three films the prolific Hong Sang-soo released in 2017.  Like many Hong films, this movie focuses on characters in creative professions, in this case a famous author and publisher who hires a new employee, played by Kim Min-hee (who starred in The Handmaiden). Over the course of the film, more is learned about the publisher’s former employee, his wife, and Kim’s character. In typical Hong style, there are subtle games within this narrative that keep the audience guessing throughout the film.  The result is a lighthearted film with serious undertones.

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Asian Cinema series continues the rich tradition that began with the Masters of Japanese Cinema series, one of the Pickford's longest running and most popular series. Each film in the Masters of Asian Cinema series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. Series curator and librarian from Western Washington University, Jeff Purdue, will introduce The Day After.

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Map Collection Open House Nov. 14

Posted on: October 30, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Western Libraries hosts Map Collection Open House Nov. 14

In partnership with Huxley College of the Environment and to celebrate Geography Awareness Week, the Western Libraries will host an Open House for the Map Collection in its new location in Wilson 2 East on Wednesday, November 14, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

After seven years on the first floor of Wilson Library, the Map Collection has moved to a more prominent location alongside the Tutoring Center and the Daylight Lounge on the main floor of Wilson. The move was part of a larger project to relocate the Disability Access Center and Veterans Services to the first floor of Wilson Library.  Work on the maps portion of the relocation took place primarily over the summer and during the first part of fall quarter. Western Libraries staff and faculty express their appreciation to all library users for their patience and understanding during this period.

Open as of early November, the Map Collection invites users to engage with the Libraries’ 75,000 maps, globes, and atlases. The location also offers a new enhanced and improved destination study space and event space. During the Open House celebration, guests can explore the new area, enjoy light refreshments, and learn about some of the resources and services available in the Map Collection, including one-on-one consultations and research help, instruction sessions, workshops, and tours of the Map Collection.

The Map Collection houses a wide variety of resources, including topographic maps of the western United States and Canada, nautical and aeronautical charts, globes, and gazetteers. While maps are available for most geographic areas, the collection is particularly focused on maps of the Pacific Northwest.

For information about this event, please contact: Madeline Kelly (Madeline.Kelly@wwu.edu) or Dennis Matthews (Dennis.Matthews@wwu.edu).

For information about other Geography Awareness Week events, please contact Aquila Flower, Aquila.Flower@wwu.edu (360) 650-6487.

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Join us for TUEx: User Experience Tuesdays

Posted on: October 8, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events, Resources

TUEx Returns to Western Libraries

Have you ever had a frustrating time navigating a website? Maybe the site didn’t make sense and you couldn’t find what you needed? Western Libraries is trying to avoid those problems by improving our website users’ experiences through usability and design testing. And you can help us!

On Tuesdays between noon and 2:00 p.m., we are inviting volunteers to run through some short exercises designed to inform the Libraries on the learnability, effectiveness, and efficiency of various online resources. We need input from students, staff, and faculty, and if you can give us 5 to 10 minutes of your time, you can help us improve your (and everyone’s!) library experience. Think of it as fine-tuning. Our table will be near the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio on the second floor of Haggard Hall, next to the “TUEx User Experience Tuesdays” sign.  

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New Questions from TLA

Posted on: September 28, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Fall Quarter TLA Begins Oct. 3 & 4

How do we create a trusting learning environment? Is political correctness a form of censorship, or is it an ideal for creating fairness? Does the grading system and standardized testing help or hurt student learning? Join students, faculty, staff, and community members as they consider questions like these during this quarter’s Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) dialogue sessions. 

The TLA meets from 12-12:50 p.m. every other Wednesday and Thursday beginning October 3 and 4. No registration is required, and participants are free to drop in and join the groups even if they cannot stay for the entire session.

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.


TLA 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 goals of each dialogue session are to share well-rounded views related to teaching and learning while encouraging the use of listening to understand and appreciate differences, and promoting open-mindedness and mutual respect for diverse perspectives.  

For more information, see http://library.wwu.edu/tla.  To sign up for the TLA listserv, 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, contact:  Shevell.Thibou@wwu.edu.)

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Librarian Margaret Fast to Retire from Western

Posted on: September 27, 2018

Topic(s): Updates

Librarian Margaret Fast to Retire from Western

Margaret Fast will retire from Western Libraries On October 1, 2018 after twenty-two years of service as a librarian at Western Washington University.

Margaret joined Western Libraries in 1996, and soon thereafter became Assistant Professor and also one of three new college-based librarian positions (Arts and Sciences). 

During her time at Western, she participated in a number of university service opportunities, including the Graduate Council, International Programs Advisory Committee, and Scholars Week. She has also served on the steering and organizing committees as the first Library Steward for the United Faculty of Western Washington University. 

In the Libraries, her service has included the Criteria for Tenure and Promotion Committee, the Faculty Personnel Committee, the Digital Assets Task Force, the Western Libraries Reading Series planning group, and the Undergraduate Research Award Committee.  In January 2016, Margaret was elected Chair of Faculty and has advanced numerous faculty issues, most notably revision of the Unit Evaluation Plan. 

Margaret’s librarianship includes teaching Library Strategies 201 (linked with several college courses) and the Research Paper Tutorial 302 (linked with East Asian Studies). She has served as adjunct professor in the East Asian Studies Program, and as the subject specialist and librarian for the Department of History, Modern and Classical Languages, Art and Design, as well for numerous other departments and programs.  Most recently, Margaret served as Acting Director of Heritage Resources during Elizabeth Joffrion’s professional leave.  

Margaret has also enjoyed an active research agenda, including her recent monograph, The Great War from the German Trenches:  A Sappers Memoir, 1914-1918.  She is a National Endowment for the Humanities grant recipient for “Muslim Journeys,” and a Sasakawa Fellow from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

“For more than two decades, Margaret has exemplified outstanding library service to Western faculty and students,” said Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg. “As a subject librarian, her expertise and focus on meaningful and effective student research has made her a valued instructor for numerous courses across the curriculum.  I wish her a long and happy retirement.”

A retirement celebration for Margaret will be held on November 13, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Special Collections. For more information, please contact Connie.Mallison@wwu.edu.

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Edward S. Setchko Collection

Posted on: September 27, 2018

Topic(s): Updates

New Addition to WWU: the Edward S. Setchko Collection 

Western Libraries Heritage Resources has recently negotiated the transfer of the Edward S. Setchko collection from the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, to Western Washington University. 

This important collection of over 1000 books and other rare monographs represents critical post-war scholarship on the Holocaust, including documentation of antisemitism, the ghettos and camps, survivor accounts, and other post-war memoirs. 

This collection will become part of Western Libraries Special Collections. Although cataloging these materials will be an ongoing process, those interested in browsing the collection are welcome to contact Special Collections staff at speccoll@wwu.edu, or you may also contact the Director of Heritage Resources, Elizabeth Joffrion at Elizabeth.Joffrion@wwu.edu / (360) 650-3283.

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Map Collection Project Update

Posted on: September 21, 2018

Topic(s): Updates

DAC / Veterans Services / Map Collection Project (Public Works Project 719) Update

Plans continue to move forward on the long anticipated project to move both DisAbility Access Center (DAC) and Veteran Services to the first floor of Wilson Library. The project will allow the Libraries and Learning Commons to further collaborate with these services to better meet student needs, and to make progress in their efforts to provide equal access to educational opportunities to students at Western.  

To accommodate the DAC / Veteran Services relocation, the Libraries’ Map Collection is moving to the second floor of Wilson Library. Once renovated, the Wilson 2 East wing will support the Map Collection and its programming, microforms, and it will also provide an exciting new destination study space for all users. 

These changes will involve some disruption. Work that began during the week of June 25th makes the area in Wilson 2 East unavailable to library users.  Over the next few weeks, the Map Collection staff will be finalizing its move and preparing to open its doors. 

Please note the Map Collection will continue to be available by appointment only until the Map Collection portion of the project is complete, which is currently expected to be by the end of October 2018.  

Once the new Map Collection space is complete, construction will begin on the first floor of Wilson Library in preparation for the DAC and Veteran Services move, which is expected to take place during the Spring 2019.

As part of this University-funded project, Western Libraries received funds to purchase full-content digital access (which includes fully searchable full-page views) to much of the most frequently used microform series currently located in Wilson 2 East. This means library users have improved access to this content from anywhere online at any time. To access the new digital content, search by title in OneSearch (remember to “Sign in for Full Access,” or see: http://libguides.wwu.edu/az.php?a=all.

Western Libraries staff and faculty appreciate your patience and understanding during this exciting transition.

For questions about this project, please contact Frank.Haulgren@wwu.edu. To make an appointment with the Map Collection, please contact Dennis.Matthews@wwu.edu or Madeline Kelly@wwu.edu

Read more: Map Collection Project Update

New Exhibit: To the Mountaintop

Posted on: September 17, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Exhibits

To the Mountaintop: A Social History of Mountaineering

Woman standing in front of a mountainWestern Libraries Heritage Resources hosts a new exhibition exploring the complex relationship between humans’ love of high altitudes and issues of gender, race, and class. “To the Mountaintop: A Social History of Mountaineering,” opens September 26 and will remain on display through March 22, 2019. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and will be available for viewing Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed weekends and holidays) in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor).

Mountains are as much a part of the human psyche as they are a part of the landscape. In his last speech, Martin Luther King spoke of having “been to the mountaintop” and seen a land of greater promise, and Americans proudly sing the lines, “From every mountainside, let freedom ring.” Literally and symbolically, mountains are a source of liberation. But in helping some reach new heights, mountains have also been the backdrop to past and present struggles that have left others feeling looked down on.

“To the Mountaintop” features rare books, historical photographs, and manuscript materials from Western Libraries’ division of Heritage Resources. Together, these unique resources reveal glimpses into the mountaineering history of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, providing background and context to support the study not only of climbing and outdoor recreation, but also topics including race, gender, class, culture, and climate change.    

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