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Canines & Cats on Campus Return!

Posted on: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 12:25pm

Topic(s): Updates, Events

"Canines & Cats on Campus" Program Visits Western Libraries

Western Libraries will once again be joined by members of the “Canines & Cats on Campus” registered therapy animal program from Tuesday, May 30th through Wednesday, June 7th. 

Teams of humans and animals will be located in the gallery space at the end of the 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.

The therapy animals who are part of the Canines & Cats on Campus program are registered through several different agencies and have met certain standards of skills and aptitude required for their acceptance into the program. Whatcom Therapy Dogs and Dogs on Call are the two organizations which provide volunteers to the Canines & Cats on Campus program.

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 Tuesday, May 30th.

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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How do YOU search?

Posted on: Monday, May 22, 2017 - 12:18pm

Topic(s): Updates

Call for Participants - May 23rd-25th

Western Libraries is currently evaluating how library users search for materials in the online catalog, and we would love your input! We are seeking participants for a brief exercise that should only take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.

On May 23, 24, and 25, Western Libraries will host a table in Haggard Hall, 2nd floor, (near the Circulation Services Desk) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty & staff from outside of the Libraries are all invited to participate.

We hope you can stop by and we appreciate you taking the time to help us improve our systems and services. Want to participate but can’t make it during the scheduled times? Please contact us via our website, or call Rebecca Marrall, Discovery Services Librarian (360-650-4493).

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Undergraduate Research Award Winners

Posted on: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 10:16am

Topic(s): Updates

Announcing the 2016-2017 Western Libraries Undergraduate Award Winners!

Winners of this year’s Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award will be honored at a small reception in the library on June 9th, during which Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg will publicly recognize the award-winning students and present each awardee with a certificate. Friends, family members of the award-winning students, the students’ faculty mentors, and members of the 2016-2017 Undergraduate Research Award review committee will also be invited. This year's winners are:

  • Christina Becker,  "Framing the Frat Boy: an analysis of frames used in coverage of campus rape by The New York Times," (Faculty Mentor: Brian J. Bowe, Journalism).
  • Nicole Carroll, "A New Look at the Constitutional Convention and State Ratifying Conventions: How Reason and Interest Played a Role," (Faculty Mentor: Johann Neem, History).
  • Jeffrey Guptil, "The Grammaticalization of because in Standard English," (Faculty Mentor: Janet Xing, Linguistics).

 

Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award is given annually to three 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. Each winner of the Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award receives a certificate, a cash award of $500.00, and publication of their prize-winning paper in Western CEDAR, Western Washington University’s institutional repository. 

Every spring, a review committee consisting of a variety of faculty members from the Libraries and other departments at Western selects from among the submissions three papers which demonstrate excellence in the creation of research papers for courses taught across the colleges. Papers must be based on significant inquiry using library resources and collections, and they must demonstrate originality or the potential to lead to subsequent original research. 

Congratulations to this year's winners on their excellent work and their award-winning research! 

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Heritage Resources Temporary Closures

Posted on: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 11:46am

Topic(s): Updates

Heritage Resources' regular hours of operation will be modified slightly through the month of June.

Special Collections:

  •     Wed. May 24 - open 11:00am-2:00pm (closed 2:00-3:30pm)
  •     Thurs. May 25 - open noon-4:00pm (closed 11:00am-12:00pm)
  •     Mon. June 5 - open 11:00am-2:00pm (closed 2:00-3:30pm)
  •     Tues. June 6 - open 11:30am-4:00pm (closed 11:00-11:30am)
  •     Thurs. June 15 - open 11:00am-2:00pm (closed 2:00-3:30pm)
  •     Fri. June 16 - open noon-4:30pm (closed 11:00am-12:00pm)
  •     Mon. June 19 - open 11:00am-2:00pm (closed 2:00-3:30pm)

 

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies:

  •     Wed. May 24 - open 8:30am-noon and 3:30-4:30pm (closed noon-3:30pm)
  •     Thurs. May 25 - open 8:30-10:30am and 1:00-4:30pm (closed 10:30am-1:00pm)
  •     Mon. June 5 - open 8:30-noon and 3:30-4:30pm (closed noon-3:30pm)
  •     Tues. June 6 - open 8:30-10:00am and 1:00-4:30pm (closed 10:00am-1:00pm)
  •     Thurs. June 15 - open 8:30am-noon (closed noon-4:30pm)
  •     Fri. June 16 - open 8:30-10:30am and 1:00-4:30pm (closed 10:30am-1:00pm)
  •     Mon. June 19 - CLOSED

 

This information is also available on our "Hours and Locations" page.

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Invitations for Workshops

Posted on: Monday, May 8, 2017 - 10:41am

Topic(s): Updates, Events, Resources

Invitation to Apply: Backward by Design & SoTL

Western Libraries is now accepting applications for two summer teaching and learning workshops: Backward by Design Retreat and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Residency. Each of these multi-day facilitated workshops offers a mix of individual and collaborative work times in a beautiful natural setting. Both workshops include all meals and lodging, and are sponsored by Western Libraries and the Learning Commons as part of their mission to foster collaborations that enhance teaching, learning, and scholarship.

 

Backward by Design Retreat: This working retreat gives new and returning faculty and instructional staff a chance to design or revise courses, and takes place August 28-30 at the Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes.
 

Focused on applying the backward design framework, the retreat includes discussion of best practices for teaching and assessing writing and research and offers consultations and peer feedback on course design.  

Space is limited and priority is given to participants interested in ideas and instructional practices that improve the teaching of writing in their courses. To apply for one of the 18 spots, please complete the Backward by Design interest form by May 31, 2017.

SoTL Residency: This program gives students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to advance individual and collective research projects, (especially those that include students as co-inquirers), and takes place at the North Cascades Institute September 5-7.

The SoTL Residency includes facilitated dialogue sessions focused on teaching and learning issues, workshops focused on applying the SoTL framework across disciplines, and consultations and peer response on research projects.

Participants will also have time to work on either individual or collaborative research projects, and will be expected to share the results of their research with the Western community during the 2017-18 academic year. There are only 20 spots available, and applications are open to all students, faculty, and staff. To apply for the residency, please complete the SoTL Residency interest form by May 31, 2017.  

Questions? Please contact Sarah McDaniel, Director of Teaching & Learning and the Learning Commons, sarah.mcdaniel2@wwu.edu.

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Get Help with Citations

Posted on: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 10:03am

Topic(s): Updates, Events, Resources

Spring Citation Clinic: May 22nd-26th

Having trouble with difficult online citations? Wondering how to cite a source within a source? Stop by the Citation Clinic held in the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio, any time between 2-4 p.m.  Monday through Friday from May 22 through May 26 for answers to all of your citation questions.

While it is true that any time is citation time in the Studio, you can also get some extra help with all of your citation needs during the Fall Quarter Citation Clinic. Join us to learn some tips and tricks, or just drop in for one-on-one assistance. We can help you with APA, Chicago/Turabian, MLA, or any other citation style.

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Artistic Culture on Campus and in the Community

Posted on: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 1:49pm

Topic(s): Newsletters

The Spring 2017 edition of Heritage Highlights is now available! In this issue you will learn about a variety of Heritage Resources' collections which document local and regional artistic culture, including the digitized correspondence of Skagit County artists, photographs and oral histories related to campus sculpture, and a recent donation of valuable photography books.

Heritage Resources consists of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and University Archives & Records Management.

Image: Isamu Noguchi at the dedication ceremony for Skyviewing Sculpture, 1969, Campus History Collection, Special Collections.

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'Rising Tide in Cascadia' & 'Street Life, Kolkata India'

Posted on: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 11:21am

Topic(s): Updates, Exhibits

Western Libraries Hosts Two New Art Exhibits 

"Rising Tide in Cascadia" (Galleries 2 & 4) was created to promote awareness of the effects of climate change and recently appeared at the Mindport Museum on Holly Street in Bellingham.

This exhibit features framed and matted pairs of photographs of local landmarks with the first photo of each pair showing a recognizable local landmark in its current state combined with a second photo that shows what landmark will look like if we fail to take action against climate change. This exhibit will be on display from now through May 20, 2017. 

The creators of this exhibit are Alan Sanders and Warren Sheay. Sanders has been a professional photographer for the past 4 decades and has taught at the University of Alaska and Western Washington University. Sanders currently conducts workshops at Whatcom Community College and performs digital imaging at the Quicksilver Photo Lab in Bellingham.  By undertaking the significant technical challenges of this project, Sanders demonstrated his firm commitment to help educate people about climate change.  

Sheay has also been an educator for many years and is also a self-described “average citizen concerned about climate change.”  After reading Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, he was inspired to help create a local statement that would foster awareness about “our planet’s precarious condition.”  

"Street Life, Kolkata India," is also on display now through June 1, 2017 (Gallery 1). This exhibit was created by WWU Design Professor, Darby Roach, who recently traveled to India as part of an international bicycle trip.  Roach wrote a book about this trip and included excerpts from the chapter on Kolkata to create a linear narrative to go with the 'street' photography that is featured in this exhibit. 

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