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Library Intersession Hours

Posted on: March 15, 2019

Topic(s): Updates

Western Libraries Intersession Hours

Photo of the exterior of Wilson Library from a distance with a tree in blossom in the foreground

Western Libraries will be open during the intersession, March 25 through April 1, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, closed weekend.

Normal library hours will resume on the first day of spring quarter, April 2, 2019.


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Library Seeks Undergraduate Submissions

Posted on: March 15, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award

Western Libraries is currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award.  This year, we are expanding the submission period to allow eligible students to submit work completed during the spring and summer quarters of the previous year. Each Undergraduate Research Award winner receives $500.00 and publication in Western CEDAR, Western’s institutional repository.

For the past five years, awards have been given annually to students who demonstrate outstanding library research in the writing of papers for college credit courses that were taught at Western during either fall or winter quarters of the current academic year. With the new expanded submission period, you can now enter research projects that you completed in the spring and summer of 2018, as long as you will be enrolled as a student at Western during the spring of 2019.

Winners of the 2018 Undergraduate Research Award: (L to R) Matthew Horn, Madelyn Merritt, and Asia FieldsNow in its sixth year, the Libraries Undergraduate Research Award has grown to honor research from an array of disciplines. In the past, awards have been given to student research in the areas of ChemistryEconomics, Journalism, and Linguistics and Community Health. We encourage students to apply and faculty to consider nominating one of their outstanding students.

If you are a student who would like to apply for this award, or a faculty member who wishes to nominate a student, please see the full award guidelines and details here.

Applications are due by April 16, 2019. This year, the Libraries Undergraduate Research Award winners will be announced on May 14, 2019, the first day of Westerns Scholars Week. Questions? Contact us here.


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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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"Canines & Cats on Campus" Return!

Posted on: March 8, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Canines & Cats on Campus Program Visits WWU

photo of students visiting with two of the dog volunteers with the Canines and Cats on Campus program.Western Libraries will once again be joined by members of the “Canines & Cats on Campus” registered therapy animal program from Monday, March 11 through the morning of Thursday, March 21. 

Teams of humans and animals will be located in the gallery space at the end of the Mann Family Skybridge on the Wilson side of the library off and on between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. during both the week preceding and the week of final exams. 

During this two-week period, this space will be reserved exclusively for the registered Canines & Cats on Campus therapy animal program, and animals who are not official volunteers with this program are not permitted in this area. 

Additionally, Western Libraries would like to remind everyone that while ADA service animals are welcome in the library, pets may not be brought into library facilities at any time.

For more information about the upcoming Canines & Cats on Campus visit, a schedule which includes the names of the volunteers, photos of the animals, and the times when they will be available for visiting, will be posted on an easel in the designated gallery area beginning Monday, March 11.

Remember to stop by the library to say hi or de-stress when you are in need of a break from studying for finals, working on projects, or writing those last few papers!  


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New Exhibit: "Hello Dear Enemy!"

Posted on: January 8, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

New Exhibit:  “Hello, Dear Enemy! Picture Books for Peace and Humanity”

An exhibit of printed posters featuring images and text from picture books that provide an international perspective on conflict, peace, and humanity, will be on display on the 3rd & 4th floors of the Wilson Library building at Western Washington University Libraries from January 7 through March 22, 2019.
 
An opening celebration reception with refreshments will be held on Wednesday, January 23 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Wilson Library Reading Room. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. The exhibit is available for viewing during all hours Western Libraries is open.
 

Conceived by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany, the exhibit offers an international selection of unique and striking picture books that explore themes such as: Experiences of War, Destruction, and Displacement; Power Struggles and the Origin and Escalation of Violence; Prejudice, Ostracism, and Imagined Enemies; Utopias of Peace and Anti-War Books. In addition to the powerful exhibit posters, classroom response work and projects will be on display.

Among the books featured are a few classics of children’s literature, but the majority of the titles were published in the last fifteen years. They tell stories about everyday life in conflict zones, about suppression, displacement, and persecution, about borders that turn people away, about threats and injuries. They reveal the sources of war and violence, such as xenophobia, prejudice, and the abuse of power.

At the same time, many of these picture books ultimately open the door to a better future in which dividing walls topple, enemies reconcile, and war gives way to peace. Many of these books communicate the message that openness, curiosity, and empathy are prerequisites for a more peaceful and humane coexistence between cultures and peoples.

This exhibit was made possible by Western Libraries, Woodring College of Education, Western’s Department of English, and The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity. For more information about the exhibit, please see: http://libguides.wwu.edu/clic/hello-dear-enemy. If you have questions, or if you would like to arrange a class or large group visit, please contact:  Desiree.Cueto@wwu.edu (360) 650 – 2339 & Sylvia.Tag@wwu.edu (360) 650 – 7992.

* Image Citation/Credit Information: ​Mario Ramos, from: "Le petit soldat qui cherchait la guerre" L’École des Loisirs: Paris, 1998.


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New TLA Questions & Dialogue Sessions

Posted on: December 20, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

TLA Dialogue Questions for Winter 2019

How does safety influence our educational experiences? Is obtaining an education a political act? How does resistance to change and fear of the unknown influence academia and impact our own lives?  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 January 16 and 17 in Haggard Hall Room 222.

No registration is required, and participants are free to drop in and join the groups even if they cannot stay for the entire session.

Two of the dialogue questions this quarter are offered in affiliation with the Western Reads program, and are designed to complement specific selections from the book, Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements.

Dates and questions are listed below:

  • Jan 16 & 17: How does safety influence our educational experiences?

  • Jan 30 & 31: How does resistance to change and fear of the unknown influence academia and impact your own life? (affiliated with the chapter “Small and Bright” from the 2018 Western Reads book, Octavia’s Brood).

  • Feb 13 & 14: Is obtaining an education a political act?  Update: Please note the Feb. 13 & 14 sessions have been cancelled due to inclement weather.

  • Feb 27 & 28: In what ways do we as an institution, community, and individuals both uphold and combat systems of racial inequality and "token"ization? (affiliated with the chapter “The Token Superhero,” from the  2018 Western Reads book, Octavia’s Brood)

  • Mar 13 & 14: What takes priority, a learner's creativity or the institution's expectations?

Participants in TLA consistently report that the 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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