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Summit Now Available; Returning Library Materials; Due Dates 

Posted on: September 18, 2020

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Western Libraries Update: Summit Now Available; Returning Library Materials; Due Dates 

Requesting & Borrowing Books and Materials

In addition to being able to request library materials for on-site pickup or mail delivery, all current Western Washington University students, staff, and faculty may now place requests for items from participating Summit libraries. The on-site pick up times are still Tuesdays and Fridays between 10 a.m. and noon, and items that are selected for mail delivery are mailed each Wednesday. 

The Orbis Cascade Alliance has reinstituted sharing materials on an opt-in basis as libraries are able to safely resume onsite services. At this time, not all libraries have been able to rejoin, which means materials you may have requested through Summit in the past may not be currently available. Also, due to quarantine requirements and reduced staffing at our partner libraries, delivery of Summit materials will take longer than normal—likely 10-14 days for on-site curbside pickup, and longer for postal mail delivery. 

Once your request is filled, we will send you an email letting you know that your item is ready for pickup or that it has been mailed. For more information about requesting and borrowing library materials, please see: Requesting Materials for On-Site Pickup or Mail Deliveryor contact us at library.circulation@wwu.edu.  

Due Dates and Returning Books & Materials

In order to ensure that those who are unable to return items due to COVID-19 do not accrue late fees, the due dates for materials currently checked out have been extended to January 8, 2021

However, if you are able to return materials before that date, please do so. You may use the book return drop located outside beneath the skybridge that connects the Wilson and Haggard buildings. This book return drop  is now open all hours. You may also return items by mail to:  Western Libraries / 516 High Street / Bellingham, WA 98225-9103.

To find out if there is an Orbis Cascade Alliance (Summit) library in your areas where you may be able to return materials, or if you have other questions about returning library materials, please email: library.circulation@wwu.edu.


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Tutoring Center and Hacherl Research & Writing Studio Fall Hours

Posted on: September 3, 2020

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Fall Hours: Tutoring Center / Hacherl Research & Writing Studio 

hands typing on the keyboard of a laptop computer Beginning September 23, 2020, the Tutoring Center and the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio will be open online and available to assist all WWU students with their tutoring, research, and writing needs.

The Tutoring Center will provide all of its tutoring support services online, including support to students for their math and science GURs. During the Tutoring Center’s regular hours, students can connect with a peer advisor by clicking on the “Chat with the TC'' link, found on the left side of the Tutoring Center’s main page. Tutoring Center peer advisors are available to answer general questions, match a student up with a tutor, connect students with additional online resources, or make referrals to other services.

Peer advisors have made sure that all of the resources that the Tutoring Center offers are available online, and they can also assist with answering study skills questions. Students who want more in-depth study skills support will have the option of joining a Zoom room where they can utilize video, audio, white board, or screenshare options.

Additionally, students can access a PDF drop-in card, which provides a full list of tutoring-supported courses, on the Tutoring Center drop-in page.  Online study groups for specific courses are in the process of being scheduled, and more information about those groups can be found on the study group section of the Tutoring Center’s website, and will also be emailed directly to students enrolled in those particular courses.

The Hacherl Research & Writing Studio offers students support in research, writing, and other related areas. Students can connect live to an online meeting, initiate a chat using “Ask us,” or submit a draft paper for email response. Chat is available in real-time online during open hours, and you can also text the Studio with a question to 360-797-5910. Students can also browse and use the many online guides and resources that cover all steps of the research & writing process.

Fall 2020 hours for both the Tutoring Center and the Studio are:

  • Monday - Thursdays: 10am to 9pm 
  • Fridays: 10am to 5pm
  • Sundays: 5pm to 9pm.

 

We hope you will come chat or Zoom with us!


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Update: Library Access & Services for Fall Quarter

Posted on: July 31, 2020

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Update: Library Access & Services for Fall Quarter

--Last Updated 9/16/2020--

Western Libraries buildings are currently closed but the Libraries remains open online. All current WWU students, faculty, and staff can place online requests for materials from Western Libraries, or for items from Summit libraries, and may choose either on-site pickup or mail delivery options. Western Libraries also offers 24/7 online access to online tutorials, e-books, articles and databases, and other video resources. All course reserve materials are electronic and available online. Course instructors, faculty members, or their representatives may submit course reserve requests for their classes, and students can access these resources via Canvas.

The Tutoring Center will provide tutoring support services online, including support for math and science GURs. During the Tutoring Center’s regular hours, students can connect with a peer advisor by clicking on the “Chat with the TC'' link, found on the left side of the Tutoring Center’s main page. Tutoring Center peer advisors are available to answer general questions, match students up with a tutor, or make referrals to other services. 

The Hacherl Research & Writing Studio offers students support in research, writing, and other related areas. Students can connect live to an online meeting, initiate a chat using “Ask us,” or submit a draft paper for email response. Chat is available in real-time online during open hours, and students can also text the Studio with questions to 360-797-5910. There are also many online guides and resources that cover all steps of the research & writing process.There are also Library Information Tutorials and resources about learning with archives and special collections materials which focus on: starting a research project, finding and evaluating sources (including local and unique materials), as well as drafting and revising your text.

To learn more about accessing library services, materials, and programs online, please check out the Library Resources for Teaching and Learning webpage.  You can also take a virtual tour of the library by clicking on this link.

We recognize how difficult and disruptive the COVID-19 pandemic and global response have been in people’s personal and professional lives. We appreciate your understanding as conditions rapidly change and we strive to deliver a wide range programs and services. As we struggle to adapt to the challenges of operating in an unpredictable environment, we are not always able to provide as much advance notice as we would like. We will continue to share new information via Western Today, on the Libraries’ website, and our social media channels.

We ask that students, their parents, staff, faculty, and others in the Western community reach out to us with any questions about access to specific resources, services, or materials. We will do everything possible to answer your questions and to find methods and resources to meet your needs. Please see the complete directory of library personnel for more detailed contact information, and do not hesitate to contact us with your questions or concerns. If you have general questions or are not sure who to contact, please email LibraryCommunications@wwu.edu.  


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2019-2020 Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award Winners!

Posted on: July 27, 2020

Topic(s): Updates

Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award Winners, 2019-2020

Western Libraries is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 - 2020 Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award.  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.

Three people; Eleanor Young, Rowan Salton, & Hanna Estes

person, Jess Irvine

Each winner or winning team receives a cash award of $500.00, and publication of their prize-winning paper in Western CEDAR, Western Washington University’s institutional repository. Award applicants must demonstrate outstanding library research in their research and writing coursework at Western, and winners are selected by an award review committee consisting of a variety of faculty members from Western Libraries and other disciplines at Western.

person; Paige Toop

 

 

This year's winners are:

  • Eleanor Young, Rowan Salton, & Hanna Estes for their paper "Public Perceptions of #MeToo Gay Male Sexual Assault Disclosure: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Facebook Comments,” written for Psychology 451, Psychology of Trauma in Social & Cultural Context. Supporting faculty member: Brianna Delker.
  • Jessamyn (Jess) Irvine for their paper "Brutus the Usurper: Discordance and Resolution in Jacques-Louis David’s Roman Tableau" written for Art History 497, Early Modern Art, Gender, and Sexuality. Supporting faculty member: Javier Berzal de Dios
  • Paige Toop  for their paper "Beyond Thoughts and Prayers: Understanding Mass Violence through an Investigation of Masculinity in the White Nationalist Movement" written for Sociology 369, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. Supporting faculty member: Glenn Tsunokai

 

Congratulations to all three talented award winners! And a special thank you also goes out to the 2019-2020 Award Review Committee, and all of the supporting faculty members: Gabe Gossett (Western Libraries), Jenny Oleen (Western Libraries), and Christine Espina (Nursing), Javier Berzal de Dios, Glenn T. Tsunokai, and Brianna Delker.

[photo captions 1) Left to Right, Eleanor Young, Rowan Salton, & Hanna Estes; 2) Jessamyn (Jess) Irvine; 3) Paige Toop]

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Options for Borrowing Library Materials

Posted on: July 2, 2020

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Borrowing Library Materials: Requesting, Pickup, & Mailing

Western Libraries has been working to ensure we can comply with the necessary requirements outlined by both the university and by the State of Washington in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. During Phase 2 of the Governor’s “Safe Start” plan, libraries must remain closed to the public, but are allowed to provide limited access to materials when certain procedural and safety requirements are met. 

Requesting Materials

Western Washington University students, staff, and faculty may place online requests for items from Western Libraries or for items from the Summit libraries. These items will later be available for curbside on-site pickup, or they can be mailed directly to you.  Music Library materials and books or other physical items from interlibrary loan services are not yet available. (For questions about access to materials in the Music Library, please contact Marian.Ritter@wwu.edu.)

Requests for materials must be submitted online via the OneSearch catalog on the Libraries’ website. Please use Firefox or Chrome browsers to sign in and place your request.  Due to health and safety requirements, including quarantining of materials receieved from other libraries, it will typically take 2 - 3 days to process requests for items from Western Libraries, and 10 - 14 days for Summit requests. Please allow for additional delivery time if requesting delivery via postal mail. Once your request is filled, we will send you an email letting you know that your item is ready for pickup or that it has been mailed.

Picking Up Your Items

  • Currently, the only available dates and time for picking up materials will be on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to noon, and appointments are not necessary.
  • Pickup services are completely “no contact,” meaning we will not be able to have face-to-face conversations or physically interact with you. When picking up materials, please bring your own bag if you are picking up multiple items. Staff are unfortunately not able to help bring materials to your vehicle. 
  • Once you have received an email notification that your requested material is ready for pickup, please park in one of the 4 parking spots reserved for curbside pickup, either in one of the two spots in 11G, (marked with sandwich boards that say "This space reserved for Western Libraries curbside pickup,”) or in one of the two 20 minute loading spaces available on High Street in front of the Wilson Library building, (see map here).
  • After you have parked, please call (360) 650-3084 to let the library staff know you have arrived, (no texting), and library personnel will confirm over the phone your name, W#, and the number of items expected for pickup. Library personnel will check the materials out to you and then place them on the designated table located outside of the Haggard library entrance beneath the skybridge. Once library personnel have stepped back into the Haggard building, you may pick up your materials. 

Requesting Mailing of Items

If the curbside pickup option does not work for you, you may also request items be mailed to you. When requesting your materials online, select “Mail to address” as your delivery method and enter your mailing address. You will receive an email when your requested item is being sent. Items will be mailed each Thursday.

Due Dates and Returning Materials

In order to ensure that those who are unable to return items due to COVID-19 do not accrue late fees, the due dates for materials currently checked out have been extended to January 8, 2021. If you are able to return materials before that date, the book return drop located outside beneath the skybridge that connects the Wilson and Haggard buildings is now open all hours. You may also return items by mail to:  Western Libraries / 516 High Street / Bellingham, WA 98225-9103.

To find out if there is an Orbis Cascade Alliance (Summit) library in your areas where you may be able to return materials, or if you have other questions about returning library materials, please email: library.circulation@wwu.edu.  

Questions and Contact Information

If you have any questions about these services, or need to request an accommodation, please email library.circulation@wwu.edu, or leave a voicemail at (360) 650-3084 outside of curbside pickup hours. If we cannot accommodate your request, we will mail the materials to you.

For more information, please see: Requesting Materials for On-site Pickup and Mailing. Questions? Please email library.circulation@wwu.edu or call (360) 650-3084. (Please note, phone messages are checked several times per day. For faster responses, email is preferred.)


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Kristine Rex to Retire from WWU after 39 Years

Posted on: June 29, 2020

Topic(s): Updates, Feature Stories

Kristine Rex to Retire from WWU Libraries

Kristine (Kris) Rex will retire from Western Washington University after 39 years at Western Libraries on June 30, 2020. Kris has been a longtime member of the Cataloging and Metadata Services department of Western Libraries, and she began working as a temporary worker in Cataloging before becoming a fulltime cataloger. She has cataloged every format of material, including music, curriculum, documents, children’s books, serials, rare books, maps, and electronic resources.

“My favorite things are anything that really challenges me, and anything electronic,” stated Kris. “I, along with Tamara Belts, Ruth Steele, and Peter Smith, were the ones who started working with CONTENTdm and metadata standards. With the help of David Bass, I moved the electronic theses from CONTENTdm to CEDAR, which was the first collection in Western CEDAR. And of course, we have moved the rest of the CONTENTdm collections into MABEL now.”

In recent years, Kris has served as the interim Tech Services Representative to the Orbis Cascade Alliance, represented cataloging/metadata interests on the Alma Management Team at Western Libraries, and served as lead cataloger for WWU’s theses, (both electronic and physical).

Members of the WWU MABEL Team, recipients of the WWU 2019 Team Recognition AwardKris also took the lead on the Western CEDAR metadata remediation project, and played a key role in the metadata crosswalking component during the migration of digital collections from CONTENTdm to MABEL. She was a member of the MABEL Team, which received the 2019 Team Recognition Award at Western, and she has spearheaded countless metadata development projects, many of her own devising.

“It has been exciting to me to be able to be at the forefront of all of the digital initiatives and to see them grow, be used and preserved for the future,” explained Kris, adding, “Who would have known that digital assets would be so important during this pandemic?”

Any accounting of Kris’s contributions to the success of Western Libraries and its users will be incomplete, but it must be stated that she has without a doubt had an immense impact on the library and on Western.  Kris has said that a favorite part of her job has been the people she has worked with over the years, and we at Western Libraries will miss her very much. We know that as an organization, we will not be the same without her kind spirit, industrious work ethic, and keen institutional memory. As we are unable to celebrate with her in person at this time, we hope you will join us in wishing Kris all the best in her well-earned retirement.


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Kim Marsicek to Retire from WWU after 35 Years at Western Libraries

Posted on: June 24, 2020

Topic(s): Updates, Feature Stories

Kim Marsicek to Retire from WWU after 35 Years 

Kim MarsicekKim Marsicek will retire from Western Washington University on June 30, 2020 after working at Western Libraries for over 35 years. Kim started her career at Western Libraries on January 2, 1985 in Circulation Services. As the years passed, Kim’s leadership role in the library grew as she accepted more responsibility, and she eventually became the Circulation Services Manager. She also became the Access Services Manager, and her leadership of Access Services overlapped with several significant changes within the Libraries, many of which impacted the circulation and media desks, the Return Room, and the course reserves program.

One of the milestones changes that occurred in the Libraries during this period was the transition away from the card catalog system to an online catalog system. Also during this period, the Libraries physical footprint expanded as the Mann Family Skybridge was constructed and the library grew to include a large portion of the Haggard Hall building. Additionally, Western Libraries joined the Cascade regional resource sharing program, which became the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the consortium responsible for the Summit borrowing and lending program.

In 2014, Kim transitioned away from her leadership role in Access Services to a leadership role as the first manager of Western’s new institutional repository, Western CEDAR. Western CEDAR is part of a global movement to promote open access to information, research, and scholarly and creative work, and it advances Western’s commitment to enriching academic inquiry and strengthening communities by sharing the expertise and creativity of WWU students, faculty, and staff worldwide.  

When Kim took on the new and unprecedented role of managing Western’s institutional repository, she had an opportunity to shape, inform, and implement best practices, procedures, and operations for this valuable teaching, learning, and scholarly communications tool. Her effective leadership in this area will continue to yield dividends for the university community (and beyond!) for years to come.

Kim has expressed profound appreciation for the opportunity to work with many wonderful colleagues, and noted that many of them have also become cherished friends. She also shared how much she has enjoyed working with student colleagues, and how she has appreciated seeing them grow throughout their journey at Western. Upon retirement, Kim plans to travel the States from coast to coast with her husband, Jerry, and she also hopes to visit several locales in Europe. In addition to frequent travels, Kim plans to spend time with family and friends, and to continue to beautify her home and garden.

Kim’s leadership and service throughout these past 35 years, combined with her remarkable work ethic, her attention to detail, her thoughtful problem-solving, and her delightful sense of humor, are strengths and gifts that will be sorely missed. We at Western Libraries hope you will join us in thanking Kim for everything she has done for Western, and wish her well in her retirement.


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Connie Mallison to Retire from WWU June 2020

Posted on: June 22, 2020

Topic(s): Updates, Feature Stories

Connie Mallison to Retire from Western June 24, 2020

Connie Mallison will retire from Western Washington University at the end of June after fifteen years working at Western Libraries. Connie began at Western on November 1, 2004 in an Administrative Assistant position reporting to then University Librarian Bela Foltin. During her first several years, the university librarian served as the university records officer, which meant Connie was also responsible for managing public records requests.  She worked closely with the assistant attorney general and departments all over campus, and she earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues.  To recognize her accomplishments, in 2007 she was awarded the President’s Exceptional Effort Award for her coordination of Western’s compliance with public records requests.

Over the years, there have been significant changes in Connie’s work, and for many years she also served as the events coordinator for the library.  In thinking about that work, Connie expressed how much she loved being able to help make the events in the library a success, and how she also enjoyed working with so many wonderful people from throughout the university and the community. Connie was also instrumental in developing and bringing the "Canines & Cats on Campus" program to Western. In 2012, Connie received a call from Whatcom Therapy Dogs asking if the library had ever considered allowing therapy animals to visit the students. She talked with then Dean of Libraries Chris Cox about the possibilities, and ultimately they decided to launch the program.  

Students visiting with 'Canines and Cats on Campus' dog and human volunteers“These visits to the Libraries by teams of dogs (and cats) and their owners to support our students during the stressful time at the end of the quarter have become very popular with the students,” Connie noted, adding “I’m happy to have helped make this special program possible.” 

During the time Connie worked at Western Libraries, she saw Special Collections move from the second floor of Wilson to its renovated space on the sixth floor, followed by the addition of  Zoe’s Bookside Bagel cafe into the former Special Collections space. The Learning Commons and Hacherl Research and Writing Studio were also created, and Copy Services relocated to the first floor of Haggard Hall to make room for the Digital Media Center. The Map Collection relocated from Huxley College, and ultimately moved to the renovated space on Wilson’s second floor.  

“It has been fascinating to watch,” she remarked. “The library has been a busy place the last fifteen years, and I don’t expect that to change either!”  As she looks toward the future, Connie shared that “even though I’m excited to take on my next ‘excellent adventure,’ the Libraries and everyone that I’ve had the privilege to work with over these last 15 years will always be very special to me.”

We at Western Libraries are grateful for the opportunity we have had to work with Connie, and she will be greatly missed. And while we are not able to celebrate with her in person at this time, we hope you will join us in wishing Connie all the best for a long, happy, and healthy retirement.


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Documenting Western's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on: June 9, 2020

Topic(s): Updates

Documenting Western's Response to COVID-19 

Western Libraries Heritage Resources is creating a digital archive to preserve documentation about Western Washington University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Material that is collected will be preserved and available for future generations to access and use. The COVID-19 documentation project will collect the experiences of Western students, staff, and faculty who have adjusted to working, teaching, and learning from home in response to the current public health crisis.

Western Libraries Heritage Resources consists of University Archives and Records Management, Special Collections, and the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, which work together to document the culture and history of Western, the community, state, region, and world. Over the next few months, Western Libraries Heritage Resources will be seeking stories, photographs, recordings of WWU-sponsored programming, official university memos and directives, art and poetry, and other documentation that chronicles the COVID-19 pandemic through the voices of the university and community. A project page with information about early collecting efforts is available at the following link: https://library.wwu.edu/hr/COVIDproject.

Interested individuals are invited to write a paragraph or two describing their personal COVID-19 experiences. Questions to consider: How are you transitioning to online classes? How is social distancing impacting your life and work? How has the pandemic changed your daily routines, and the ways you engage with your community and campus? What are some key challenges for the university community during the crisis? What do you miss the most about your lives on campus? What activities have you engaged in to help others, and how have you been helped during this time?

When ready, pieces may be submitted online via the form provided on the project website, which can be found at this link. https://library.wwu.edu/hr/COVIDproject. For more information, or to  learn about possible donation of other digital or physical records related to COVID-19 experiences, please contact Elizabeth Joffrion, Director of Heritage Resources, at Elizabeth.Joffrion@wwu.edu or (360) 650-3283.


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