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Subscriptions Review Update - March 2021

Posted on: March 12, 2021

Topic(s): Updates

Thanks to a recent commitment from the Provost’s Office to provide full, one-time funding for next fiscal year, Western Libraries will no longer be forced to pursue subscription cancellations this year. This recent change allows us to move from a reactionary stance into a more deliberate, strategic review of our subscriptions portfolio.

It is a great relief not to have to cancel subscriptions for next year. However, this financial reprieve does not include sufficient funding for new subscriptions.  Having received many faculty requests for new journals and databases over the years, the Libraries still wishes to better align subscription content with Western’s current teaching and research needs. Through the 2020-21 subscription review process, some departments requested new subscriptions in place of existing ones. To honor these requests and ensure that the university’s subscription portfolio remains dynamic and relevant, the Libraries will be working with these departments to explore the possibility of voluntary subscription swapping. Our net subscription spending will remain the same, but the content itself will shift into closer alignment with the curriculum. 

As the 2020-21 subscription review process has proceeded, the Libraries has also been preparing an operating budget request to UPRC as part of the biennial budgeting process. If this proposal is fully funded, the Libraries expects to avoid reactionary cancellations next year as well and instead will work with departments who wish to add new content in lieu of titles they find less relevant to their work.  If the biennial operating request is not fully funded, the Libraries again will need to pursue large-scale subscription cancellations.

The Libraries is grateful for the university’s engagement with the subscription review process and appreciates the university-wide conversations that have taken place regarding the resource access budget. We look forward to working with the university community toward sustainable solutions in the coming years. In the meantime, we will continue to curate and develop library collections as best we can with the resources we have. 

Don’t hesitate to contact your Subject Team or the Collection Services division if you or your department have questions, concerns, or library needs. We are here for you!


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Spring Hours: Tutoring Center / Hacherl Research & Writing Studio 

Posted on: March 5, 2021

Topic(s): Updates

Spring Hours: Tutoring Center / Hacherl Research & Writing Studio 

During spring quarter, 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 offers 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  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 available by request, and more information about how to request a study group 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.

Spring 2021 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 Spring 2021

Posted on: March 5, 2021

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Update - Library Access & Services for Spring 2021

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Western Libraries continues to follow recommended and required precautions to support the health and safety of WWU students, staff, and faculty while still providing access to library services and collections. 

While the library buildings remain closed to the public during spring quarter, Western Libraries offers WWU students its full suite of services online. The only thing the library is unable to offer at this time is access to the library buildings themselves, but we have partnered with the Viking Union by providing library study carrels and other furniture for use in the Multi-Purpose Room study area. During the regular quarter, that space is open for student use Mon.-Fri., 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

Students can also use the computer labs located in Haggard Hall HH 101 and HH 112, Mon.-Fri. from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and printing is available in those labs as well. Additionally, Haggard 153 is open during the lab hours for study space and Wi-Fi access.

All current WWU students, faculty, and staff can place online requests for materials from Western Libraries, or for items from participating Summit libraries, and may choose either on-site pickup or mail delivery options. Western Libraries also offers 24/7 online access to online tutorials, ebooks, 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 is providing 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 studio open hours, and students can also text questions to the studio at 360-797-5910. There are also many online guides and resources and Library Information Tutorials that cover all steps of the research & writing process including: starting a research project, finding and evaluating sources (including local and unique materials), and 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 to the Western Libraries virtual tour.

As things change, 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, WWU 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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WWU Subscriptions Review Process - Winter 2021 Update

Posted on: February 12, 2021

Topic(s): Updates

Western Washington University's Subscription Review Process

Over the last several months, the Libraries has been engaging with university stakeholders to prepare for a projected subscriptions budget shortfall in FY2022. We are working actively through governance channels to explore sustained mitigation strategies. However, without predictable and sustained financial solutions to cover next year’s deficits and beyond, we will need to plan for subscription reductions of approximately $60,000. To that end, the Libraries is asking for university-wide feedback on two lists of potential cancellations

We strongly encourage all students, faculty, and staff to review these lists and submit any retention requests or requests for new subscriptions. Visit the Libraries Subscription Review webpage to see the Draft Cancellation and Package Review lists, more information on how the lists were generated, and instructions on how to submit your input. Individuals have until March 8 to submit feedback.  

To help guide the university through this process, the Western Libraries Subject Teams will be available to meet with any interested department, institute, or group, to answer questions and hear your feedback. We hope you will take every opportunity--individual or departmental--to communicate your needs.

As we receive and review university input, the Libraries will strive to work transparently and consultatively, and will continue to communicate updates via the Subscription Review site, the Library News and Western Today, department chairs and faculty governance, leadership groups like the AS Senate and the Graduate Student Advisory Council, all-faculty emails, and the Libraries’ Subject Teams.

If you have questions, please reach out to your Subject Team or contact the Libraries’ Collection Services division


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Winter Hours: Tutoring Center / Hacherl Research & Writing Studio 

Posted on: January 6, 2021

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Winter Hours: Tutoring Center / Hacherl Research & Writing Studio 

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

The Tutoring Center offers 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  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 available by request, and more information about how to request a study group 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.

Winter 2021 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!


Read more: Winter Hours: Tutoring Center / Hacherl Research & Writing Studio 


Due Date Reminders & Returning Library Materials

Posted on: January 5, 2021

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Due Date Reminders & Returning Library Materials

You may have already received emails reminding you about upcoming due dates for library materials due as early as January 8, 2021. Returning materials you have borrowed will allow others to access these items, and is especially important if an item has been requested by another patron or belongs to another library. 

To see a list of your current loans and their due dates, log in to your Western Libraries account If you are unable to return materials by their due date, please contact the Circulation Desk at library.circulation@wwu.edu or (360) 650-3084 to talk about other possible options. We are offering an extended grace period before items are charged to “Lost” status to accommodate extenuating circumstances, so let us know if you need to make arrangements. 

Please note that due to quarantining procedures, it may take several days for materials returned to the library to be checked in and cleared from your account. You may return materials at any time to the book drop under the Libraries’ skybridge. You may also mail materials back to the library at the address below:

Western Libraries / Western Washington University / 516 High St. / Bellingham, WA 98225-9103

Please contact Classroom Services at 360-650-3300 or classroomservices.forms@wwu.edu with questions about due dates for materials checked out from their Haggard 114 loan desk or the Student Technology Center.


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Subscriptions Review Process - Fall 2020 Update

Posted on: November 18, 2020

Topic(s): Updates

Western Washington University's Subscriptions Review Process

Throughout the 2019-20 academic year, the Western Libraries--working in conjunction with the Western Libraries Subscription Task Force--led the university through the challenging process of cancelling 187 journal, database, and e-book subscriptions. These reductions were in response to a significant budget shortfall caused by ever-rising subscription costs. Without annual increases to the collections budget, inflation on subscriptions makes it impossible to sustain all existing commitments.

This year, the Libraries is working actively with the Provost’s Office to explore a variety of financial mitigation strategies that would lessen the extent of cancellations. However, without a sustainable solution to cover FY22 deficits and beyond, we project the need for continuing subscription reductions in the coming years. To address the FY2022 deficit, the Libraries will be reviewing all subscriptions except for a handful of resources funded by recent decision packages and a small number of packages on multi-year contracts. This will include subscriptions that were selected for retention last year and several major journal packages from prominent academic publishers.

The 2020-21 subscription review process will follow a similar timeline and structure to the 2019-20 process and will include opportunities throughout fall and winter for students, faculty, and staff to provide input. More detailed information about the process, including specific subscription evaluation criteria, stages, and timelines, can be found on the Libraries’ Subscription Review site. Faculty can expect outreach and support from Western’s faculty librarians throughout the year to help navigate this difficult undertaking.

As we move through the year, refer to the Libraries’ Subscription Review site to get the latest information. You can also reach out to the Libraries Subject Teams or contact Library.Collections@wwu.edu.


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On-site Pickup & Mail Delivery Now Includes Interlibrary Loan Materials

Posted on: November 17, 2020

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

open book in foreground with blurred backgroundInterlibrary loan for physical items is now once again available from Western Libraries. This means that in addition to requesting materials from Western Libraries or from Summit libraries for on-site pickup or mail delivery, all WWU students, staff, and faculty can now use ILLiad to place requests for physical items, such as books and other media, via interlibrary loan. The time it takes to fulfill these requests may vary, but we will work to get your requested items to you as quickly as possible. 

For more information about interlibrary loan, please see: Interlibrary Loan at Western Libraries, or contact: ILLiad@wwu.edu. For more information about requesting library materials for on-site pickup or mail delivery, please see: Requesting Library Materials for On-Site Pickup or Mail.


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Expansion of On-Site Pickup Services to Include Sundays

Posted on: November 3, 2020

Topic(s): Updates

Expansion of On-Site Pickup Services to Include Sundays

Western Libraries has implemented recommended and required precautions to support the health and safety of WWU students, staff, and faculty while still providing access to library services and collections. The latest guidance from the State of Washington gives libraries permission to open their buildings to the public at reduced capacity if specific health and safety requirements are met, but also advises libraries to: “continue to facilitate services through the mail or via curbside pickup where possible to limit interaction between staff and customers within enclosed space." 

Western Libraries is complying with the state’s advice and is providing online access to services and collections while also offering on-site pickup options and mail delivery of library materials. The Libraries remains open online and will continue to offer on-site pickup and mail delivery of library materials for the foreseeable future. Beginning Nov. 15, 2020, on-site pickup service days will also include Sundays.

Requesting & Borrowing Books and Materials

  • All current WWU students, faculty, and staff can place online requests for materials from Western Libraries, or for items from participating Summit libraries, and may choose either on-site pickup or mail delivery options. 
  • The on-site pick up times are Tuesdays and Fridays between 10 a.m. and noon*, and items that are selected for mail delivery are mailed weekly. Beginning Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, you will also have the option of picking up library materials between the hours of noon and 3 p.m. on Sundays (*excluding holidays).
  • 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 Delivery, or 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 at least 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 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 area 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!


Read more: Tutoring Center and Hacherl Research & Writing Studio Fall Hours


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