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Western Libraries Hosts Event in Memory of Dr. Jeanne Armstrong

Posted on: Monday, January 8, 2018 - 10:19am

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Event in Memory of Dr. Jeanne Armstrong, Jan. 18, 2018

Western Libraries is hosting a farewell gathering in memory of Dr. Jeanne Armstrong who passed away on November 17, 2017. The event will be held in the Solarium (Old Main 590) at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018.

Dr.  Armstrong arrived at Western in 1997 as a college-based Librarian for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS). Over the past twenty years, she played a number of significant roles at Western Libraries.

She was an early advocate for the value of open access publishing and the development of an institutional repository at Western. In 2009, under the direction of the then-Dean of Libraries, she helped investigate an institutional repository, which culminated in a document to the Provost. Western hired a consultant and created a Digital Assets Task Force, on which Dr. Armstrong sat. Later, her professional and committee service in support of an institutional repository continued, and she co-chaired the faculty search that hired the Western Libraries first Scholarly Communications Librarian.

Dr. Armstrong was a founding member of the Western Libraries Reading Series and the Libraries’ Undergraduate Student Research Award. She served on Western’s Internationalization Committee, and for two years she sat on the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Committee, where she helped bring consultants to Bellingham to advise on the creation of what would become the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity.  She was also a driving force behind bringing a noted historian and genocide scholar from UCLA to speak at Western early in 2017.

Dr. Armstrong had a master's degree in Library Science and a doctorate in Comparative Cultural Studies from University of Arizona. She was also an accomplished editor, researcher, and writer, and she described her teaching and scholarship as being “diverse and interdisciplinary, encompassing librarianship, women studies, cultural studies and Irish studies.”  Her book, Demythologizing the Romance of Conquest, connected her interest in post-colonial theory, gender, and comparative literature. Her English translation of Maisie Renault’s concentration camp memoir, Great Misery, is an eloquent testimony to her commitment to social justice, which was consistently at the center of her research.

Dr. Armstrong’s most recent research engaged complex aspects of genocide theory, Raphael Lemkin and the UN Genocide Convention, and specific cases of genocide, including comparative analysis of the conquest of the first peoples of the Americas and the Irish.  Her research encompassed the postcolonial psychology of American Indians and Irish and the transgenerational PTSD resulting from genocide and from the denigration and ongoing dehumanization of colonized populations perpetrated on certain peoples to justify the conquest.

Her previous employment includes Seattle Central Community College, Seattle Pacific University, Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona, and Chicago Public Library. At the Arizona State Museum, she worked as the archivist and special collections curator. Her doctorate and her work at the Chicago Public Library involved diversity programming and post-colonial studies in Irish and American ethnic literatures.

For more information about this event, please contact LibraryAdministration@wwu.edu.

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Masters of Asian Cinema, "Charlulata," Jan. 9, 2018

Posted on: Friday, January 5, 2018 - 9:36am

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Masters of Asian Cinema: “Charulata”  Jan. 9th

The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is Charulata, which screens at 6:30pm on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street.)

Based on a story by Rabindranath Tagore, renowned filmmaker Satyajit Ray's Charulata is a stirring depiction of a woman named Charulata (Madhabi Mukherjee) in late 19th-century Calcutta who is neglected by her busy husband, Bhupati (Shailen Mukherjee), a politically active newspaper publisher. When his cousin arrives for a visit after finishing university, Charulata discovers new resources and emotions within herself. While about the kindling of romantic feelings, this film is even more movingly about Charulata's realization of her intellectual and creative power. 

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Asian Cinema series continues the rich tradition that began with the Masters of Japanese Cinema series, one of the Pickford's longest running and most popular series. Each film in the Masters of Asian Cinema series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. David Curley, Professor Emeritus from Western Washington University’s Department of Liberal Studies, will introduce Charulata.

This year’s remaining film series lineup includes Maborosi, the first feature by Kore-eda Hirokazu, which will be here in March in a newly restored print.  Later in the spring will screen Taiwanese filmmaker Chen Kuo-fu’s 2001 The Personals.  And finally, three features by Taiwanese director Edward Yang will be shown: his last feature, Yi Yi, his second feature Taipei Story (written by – and starring! – director Hou Hsiao-hsien), and, in a special presentation, his remarkable 4-hour film A Brighter Summer Day, (which will screen on a Saturday morning because of its runtime).  

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Library Intersession Hours

Posted on: Friday, December 15, 2017 - 8:04am

Topic(s): Updates

Western Libraries Intersession Hours

Western Libraries will be closed weekends but open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning December 16, 2017 through January 8, 2018. The Wilson north entrance to the library will be closed through January 2, but the library will be accessible via the Haggard Hall entrance.  

Western Libraries will also be closed for holidays on Monday, December 25, 2017 and Monday, January 1, 2018.

Western Libraries Heritage Resources will be open throughout the break with a few posted exceptions. Hours of operation for each of the three units (Special Collections, the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and University Archives & Records Management) can be found here. The Map Collection will be closed Thursday, December 21, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018. 

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James W. Scott Research Fellowship Awards - 2018 Applications

Posted on: Friday, December 8, 2017 - 2:08pm

Topic(s): Updates

About the Awards

The James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowships promote awareness and innovative use of archival collections at Western Washington University, and seek to forward scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. Fellowship funds are awarded in honor of the late Dr. James W. Scott, a founder and first Director of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region. Up to $1000 funding is offered in 2018 to support significant research using archival holdings at WWU’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS), a unit of Western Libraries Heritage Resources.

Fellowship Requirements

Applications are accepted from individuals in doctoral programs as well as individuals who have finished the Ph.D.

Successful applicants will be expected to spend approximately one week examining CPNWS holdings in support of their research, and to be in residence prior to October 31, 2018. Additional information and detailed guides to collections may be accessed on the CPNWS website.

Fellows will be asked to give a presentation about some aspect of their research during the course of their scheduled visit. The audience will vary depending on the time of the year, but may include members of the general public as well as students, faculty and staff from WWU.


Applications for the award will be reviewed after April 1, 2018. The number and size of awards granted annually is determined by the application review committee.
Applications may be submitted via mail or electronically and should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research plan outlining on-site use of CPNWS holdings and proposed presentation topic
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Please send applications via email to Ruth.Steele@wwu.edu or by mail to Ruth Steele, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Libraries Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123. Please enter “Scott Research Fellowship Application” in the subject line of email applications.

Funds will be awarded after a Fellow(s) has conducted research at CPNWS and delivered their presentation.

Fellowship awards may be subject to taxation in accordance with the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Applicants are advised that they may need a U.S. Taxpayer Identification Number (i.e. SSN or ITIN) to receive funds.

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Heritage Resources Fall Newsletter

Posted on: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 9:51am

Topic(s): Newsletters

The Fall 2017 edition of Heritage Highlights is now available! This issue explores continuity and change as we congratulate our outgoing Special Collections Librarian on his retirement, and look forward to welcoming a new hire in the coming year. The theme is also reflected in our current and ongoing exhibit, "Germany: Integrating Immigrants," which is featured in this issue. We are also pleased to share our faculty and staff "Raves & Faves," featuring selections and testimonials from the Heritage Resources team.

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

Image: Bellingham Bay Improvement Company Records, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Libraries Heritage Resources.

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Canines & Cats on Campus Return!

Posted on: Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 1:25pm

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Canines & Cats on Campus Program Visits WWU

Western Libraries will once again be joined by members of the “Canines & Cats on Campus” registered therapy animal program from Monday, December 4th through Wednesday, December 13th. 

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, December 4th.

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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Welcome Madeline Kelly

Posted on: Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 9:26am

Topic(s): Updates

Western Libraries Welcomes New Director of Collections

Western Libraries has hired Madeline Kelly as the Director of Collections. Madeline comes to Western from the University Libraries at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA., where she served as Head of Collection Development.

In her new position at Western, Madeline leads units responsible for acquisitions, course reserves, interlibrary loan and resource sharing, cataloging, circulation, collections assessment, and maps.

As a member of the Libraries’ senior leadership team, Madeline works collaboratively to shape the Libraries’ strategic priorities. As the Director of Collections, she oversees the Libraries’ $2.2 million collections budget, and works collaboratively to develop, implement, and promote a vision for user-centered collections and services at Western Libraries.

Madeline has experience in public services, preservation, and collection development, and she is particularly interested in finding practical and sustainable ways to assess the quality and value of library collections and make sure they best support the needs of the students, faculty, and staff. Before assuming her management role, Madeline developed and implemented a comprehensive collection assessment program for George Mason University. Her article, “Applying the Tiers of Assessment: A Holistic and Systematic Approach to Assessing Library Collections,” describes the Mason approach.

Since 2014, Madeline has given numerous presentations on holistic collections assessment, including a half-day workshop at the 2017 NASIG conference in Indianapolis. She continues to explore ways to assess and manage library collections sustainably, and her other professional interests include preservation and emergency planning, workplace mentoring, and social justice and equity issues.

Prior to working at Mason, Madeline worked at Trinity Washington University (Washington, DC), Wheelock College Library (Boston, MA), and the Watertown Free Public Library (Watertown, MA). She has also worked in retail and agriculture. She holds a BA in English and Spanish from the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA), and received her MLS from Simmons College (Boston, MA).

Outside of the library, Madeline enjoys all things food (growing, cooking, eating) and all things outdoors (running, hiking, paddling). She relocated from the DC area to Bellingham in October with her husband and two cats.

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