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What is our role in creating just & equitable healthcare?

Posted on: November 8, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Nov. 18 event to explore: “What is our role in creating just & equitable healthcare?”

North entrance to Wilson Library with blue filter and the words "Teaching-Learning Academy" overlayed on top.

"What is our role in creating just & equitable healthcare?" Participants from the Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) at Western Libraries invite you to explore this question during the upcoming off-campus dialogue group event co-hosted by the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County and the WWU Center for Community Learning.

This event will be held on Monday, November 18, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Giesecke Ballroom at the Bellingham YWCA, 1026 N. Forest St. The beginning of the session features panelists from various non-profit organizations, followed by small break-out groups facilitated by TLA students.

The goal of these dialogues is to connect with people on topics that affect both the Western community, and the local Bellingham community. Open to everyone, participation in these dialogues is a great way to get involved, meet new people.

Panelists for this event include:

• Monica Burke (Arc)

• Paige Sharpe (Planned Parenthood)

• Kim Sauter (NAMI)

For more information about TLA, please see this site: https://library.wwu.edu/use/tla or contact TLA@wwu.edu You can also check out this video: https://vimeo.com/344898179

More Information about our program partners is located here: https://www.whatcomvolunteer.org/ and here: http://ccl.wwu.edu/

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Speaking of Maps: The Story of the Salish Sea Map

Posted on: October 30, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Stefan Freelan to Speak About the “Story of the Salish Sea Map” Nov. 20

Image of the map "The Salish Sea & Surrounding Basin," by Stefan Freelan. Text on the map reads: "The Salish Sea extends from the north end of the Strait of Georgia to the south end of the Puget Sound and west to the mouth of the Straight of Juan de Fuca.Cartographer and geographer Stefan Freelan will discuss the process for the ‘Salish Sea’ to be recognized as an official name, and the role that the map “The Salish Sea and Surrounding Basin,” played in that process at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, in the Map Collection at Western Libraries.

Maps help us understand our environment, and they may also serve political and cultural agendas. In this talk, Freelan will present a collection of maps to compare, contrast, and discuss alongside the map he created, “The Salish Sea and Surrounding Basin,” as he explores how this map differs from other maps of the area, and talks about the choices and creative process that went into its creation. This event is free and open to the public.

Freelan began sailing the Salish Sea as a teenager and has called the Salish Sea region home ever since. He created “The Salish Sea and Surrounding Basin” map for Bert Webber in 2008 as part of a campaign asking for the governments of Washington State in the U.S. and British Columbia, Canada for official recognition of the name ‘Salish Sea.’  Freelan is also the Assistant Director of the Spatial Institute at Huxley College of the Environment at WWU, and he teaches courses in GIS (Geographic Information Systems), GPS (Global Positioning System) and Cartography.

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries, Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment, and The Spatial Institute, this talk is part of the “Speaking of Maps” program, which are quarterly talks designed to highlight the use and value of maps in research, in teaching and learning, and in daily life. For more information, please contact Dennis Matthews, Map Collection Manager, at Dennis.Matthews@wwu.edu or (360) 650-3272.

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TLA Collaborative Event: "What does it mean to support refugees?"

Posted on: October 17, 2019

Topic(s): Events

Upcoming TLA Collaborative Event Explores the Question: What Does it Mean to Support Refugees?

Text-based image: blue text on green background. Text is: What does it mean to support refugees?

New York Times Bestselling Young Adult author Alan Gratz will join a panel exploring the question “What does it mean to support refugees?” at Western Washington University from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30 in the Western Gallery (Fine Arts Building). 

This collaborative dialogue event, co-sponsored by the Teaching-Learning Academy and the Western Gallery, will include an observed fishbowl dialogue among the speakers, followed by small group dialogue among participants. The event is free and open to the public.

Gratz is the author of Refugee, a historical fiction novel that follows the life and separate stories of three refugee children. Gratz brings to the panel his expertise on communicating difficult stories to young adult audiences.  He will be joined by Desiree Cueto, and David Schlitt.

Desiree Cueto is an assistant professor of Elementary Education at Western and Director of the Pacific Northwest Children’s Literature Clearinghouse and will share her expertise on Young Adult Literature and the academic background that motivates its practitioners. David Schlitt is the Visiting Yiddish Instructor and Judaica Project Archivist for Western Libraries Heritage Resources. Prior to coming to Western, he directed the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

For more information about this event, please contact Nathan Romond at Nathan.Romond@wwu.edu, (360) 650-3740.

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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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From Sabotage to Support

Posted on: August 26, 2019

Topic(s): Events

Joy Wiggins to speak about a New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace

Image of the bookcover of "From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace," by Kami J. Anderson and Joy L. Wiggins

Author, adjunct professor, and professional consultant Joy Wiggins will speak at Western Libraries on November 7, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. in the Reading Room (Wilson 4 Central) about a new vision for feminist solidarity in the workplace.

Wiggins’ latest book, co-written with Kami J. Anderson, investigates how the workplace’s patriarchal past defines its present, triggering women to work in opposition. Socialized behaviors and ideologies that influence implicit bias also keep women and people of color on the margins, setting them in competition. From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace, offers strategies not only for working women, but also for business leaders who want to understand the toll of patriarchy and explain how to create an inclusive, diverse and better working environment for everyone.

In this book, Wiggins and Anderson share research, interviews, actions, and tools, with chapters featuring candid conversations between the authors on the ways race, privilege, and power play out in their own lives, work, and friendship. During this talk, Wiggins will examine the intersections of power and privilege, looking at feminist history for milestones as well as missteps, and plotting a course for true inclusion. 

Joy L. Wiggins, PhD, teaches Elementary Education at Western, and is the founder and executive director of a consulting company that focuses on equity, inclusion, and social justice. She received her doctorate in multicultural education, with a focus on social justice in children’s literature, from Ohio State University.

This talk is part of the Western Libraries Reading Series, dedicated to featuring the scholarly and creative work of Western faculty and staff by featuring diverse speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who are engaged in research, writing, and teaching at Western. For more information about this event, please contact Jenny Oleen, Scholarly Communications Librarian at Western Libraries, at Jenny.Oleen@wwu.edu.

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Western’s Multimedia Archives Based Electronic Library (MABEL) Now Available!

Posted on: June 26, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Western’s Multimedia Archives Based Electronic Library (MABEL) Now Available

On June 25, 2019, the beta version of Western’s Multimedia Archives Based Electronic Library (MABEL) will be available to the university community. This central repository will allow for the discovery, sharing, and preservation of Western's digital assets, which includes images, video and sound recordings, and textual documents.

Screenshot image of MABEL's landing page header; text that reads: MABEL: Multimedia Archives Based Electronic Library; placed over a search box with options to browse the collections or browse by format.

MABEL was developed to provide access to digital content in support of communications, research, and teaching & learning activities at Western, while also allowing for the responsible stewardship of unique materials and valuable digital assets created or managed by Western.


What’s the difference between Western CEDAR and MABEL? 

Western CEDAR provides open access to scholarship and creative works produced by the Western community, making the research, scholarship, and creative works of WWU faculty, staff, and students easily discoverable to anyone in the world. 

These two platforms have separate purposes and different kinds of content, and can be used together in complementary ways to support the wide array of teaching, learning, and research activities at Western. 

Screenshot from MABEL's landing page that lists the "Browse by Format" options, which include image, video, audio, newspaper, and text.

Content in MABEL can be used to support and enable:

  • Academic and scholarly research
  • Primary source instruction
  • Preservation of digital assets
  • Marketing & outreach activities


Western employees who work with digital assets on behalf of their organizational units will be able to use MABEL to manage and share those assets. Although access permissions for content in this platform will vary, members of the larger university community (employees, students, and beyond), will also be able to use MABEL for search and discovery of public-facing collections. 

MABEL is the result of an intensive, multi-year cross-campus university partnership involving numerous stakeholders, content creators, archivists, and library professionals.

Black and White photo of Mabel Zoe WilsonThe name MABEL is in part an homage to Mabel Zoe Wilson, Western's first full-time librarian and the namesake of the Wilson Library building, which is still part of Western Libraries’ main complex. Mabel Zoe Wilson served as librarian from 1902-1945. Tasked with creating a library from virtually nothing, she worked through four decades to grow, catalog, and organize the collections, initiate services, and teach students effective library use.

Work to improve and further develop MABEL will continue throughout the summer as a team of web developers and content experts will make additional improvements. The goal is to replace the beta version with the launch of an improved version in the fall of 2019.  

  • How to find MABEL: You may visit MABEL here: https://mabel.wwu.edu/
  • Content Contributors: If you are a member of Western’s University Community, and you are interested in hosting your unit’s content in MABEL, please email grp.mabel.training@wwu.edu  to learn more. 
  •  Interested in helping us improve the display and function of MABEL? Contact us.

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