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Origins of the Culture War

Posted on: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 8:03am

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Origins of the Culture War: Social Issues in State Party Platforms, 1960-2016

The recipient of the 2017 James W. Scott Research Fellowship, Matthew Carr, will give a talk entitled “Origins of the Culture War: Social Issues in State Party Platforms, 1960-2016,” at noon on Thursday, July 27 in Western Libraries Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor). The presentation is free and open to the public.

During the late-20th century, social issues that previously had played little role in party division came to separate one party from the other. Republican and Democratic elites staked out opposing positions on a range of issues – including abortion, gay rights, the role of religion in the public sphere, and gun control – and party electorates today are sharply polarized over these issues. In his talk, Carr will explore Democratic and Republican political party platforms from 1960 to the present day, especially the emergence of abortion and gay rights as partisan issues.

Matthew Carr is a doctoral candidate in the political science PhD program at Columbia University. His areas of interest include American Political Institutions, Political Parties, and Policy Development. As part of the Fellowship program, Carr will participate in a week-long residency at Western, during which he will examine archival collections at CPNWS including the papers of former Washington-State Congressmen Al Swift, Jack Metcalf, and Frank Atwood; records of the American Civil Liberties Union – Whatcom County Chapter; and local and regional Democratic and Republican Party records.

The James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowship is offered annually to scholars who conduct significant research using archival holdings at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (a unit of Western Libraries Heritage Resources). Funds are awarded in honor of the late Dr. James W. Scott, a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region, and a founder and first director of CPNWS.

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Paper & Scissors Rock!

Posted on: Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 10:44am

Topic(s): Updates, Feature Stories, Exhibits

New Art Exhibit by Leslie Hall

A new art exhibit entitled “Paper and Scissors Rock!” by Leslie Hall is now on display in Western Libraries Gallery 1, located at the end of the Mann Family Skybridge. This exhibit will remain on display through September 15, 2017 and is available for viewing during the hours the library is open.  

Hall’s art has previously exhibited in other venues, including the Murray-Goltz Archives Building lobby and reading room, the annual WWU Employees Arts and Crafts Show, and Western’s Small Business Development Center conference room.

Hall has been interested in art since she was a child, and throughout her life she has worked with a variety of mediums, including batik, silkscreen, and fiber.

“What I like to do is play with color, shape and texture using various kinds of papers, pens, gouache, scissors and glue,” Hall explains in her artist’s statement. “I might start out with a small idea from something I have seen or read that in some way hooks me. Other times I doodle or mess around with paper scraps and see what happens. I try to show what positive energy might look like, be it of the natural or spiritual world, and to create a sense of the place it inhabits.”

In addition to being an artist, Hall is also a full-time staff member of Western Libraries. In 2006, she committed to spending as much of her free time as possible to creating art, mainly working with paper, and this current exhibit shows some of that work. At the end of July and after a 31–year career at Western Libraries, Hall will retire and will have even more time to devote to her art.

Hall first began working in the library in 1982 as a temporary cataloger, and then returned as a full-time employee in 1986.  She has since worked in the Music Library, and at Western Libraries in interlibrary loan and also in cataloging. Hall was also a founding member of the library’s Art Exhibits Committee, which formed in 2009 and began exhibiting in 2011. Currently, the library has four art galleries, which showcases the art of faculty, staff, students and community members. In addition to her many contributions during her time at Western Libraries, Hall is also leaving Western a legacy she helped create of ensuring that there will always be a place for art in the library.

 For more information about art exhibits at Western Libraries, please see: https://library.wwu.edu/exhibits_art. For questions or comments about Hall’s art, you can contact her via email at: ha5ll@hotmail.com. 

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Bellingham Pride 2017

Posted on: Monday, July 10, 2017 - 1:34pm

Topic(s): Updates, Events, Feature Stories

Western Libraries & Bellingham Pride

Western Libraries’ staff, friends, and family came together in celebration of “Bellingham Pride” on Sunday, July 9, 2017. Since 2013, participating in  Pride has grown into an annual tradition that many library employees look forward to and enjoy. For the past couple of years, Western Libraries has also walked in the parade and shared a festival table with members of the Bellingham Public Library and the Whatcom County Library System.

"I really do look forward to this every year," said staff member Amy Sedovic. "It is such a family-friendly event and a wonderful way to connect with the wider Bellingham community as a whole.  And the cheers of, 'we love our libraries!' from friends and neighbors along the parade route is very hopeful and heartwarming." Sedovic explained how libraries are seen as “open, welcoming, and affirming places,” and that she feels honored to be a part of that tradition.

As explained by the American Library Association, libraries can serve LGBTQ people by ensuring that they are represented in library collections. Additionally, as a population frequently subjected to discrimination and harassment, LGBTQ people can benefit from access to information and the sense of community libraries provide.  

"I was really excited that the libraries were going to table at Pride," said Emma Winningham, who began working at Western Libraries a little under a year ago. "I knew I had to sign up to be there! It was a great opportunity to connect with our broader community and show that we can work together to support each other.”

Librarian Rebecca Marrall explained that she looks forward to the festival every year because of the chance to connect with the community and raise awareness about the Libraries’ historical and archival collections that feature regional LGBTQ narratives. A poster  featuring some of these collections was on display and served as a popular conversation piece at the festival.

“The Heritage Resources poster was a big hit,” said librarian Sylvia Tag. “Lots of folks commented on the amazing history within our region and community around LGBTQ organizations, artists, and activists as displayed on the poster.”

Western Libraries anticipates increased WWU participation  in the Bellingham Pride events as enthusiasm for such an important and significant celebration grows, and they invite anyone interested to join them next year!  

For more information about the LGBTQ Archival and primary source materials at Western Libraries, contact Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu.

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Intersession & Summer Hours

Posted on: Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 4:14pm

Topic(s): Updates

Library Hours for Intersession and Summer Quarter

Western Libraries will be open during the intersession (June 12th - June 19th) Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed weekends.

During the summer session, (June 20th – August 18th), Western Libraries will be open Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed weekends.

The Map Collection area of the Libraries will be closed June 12-16, and will be open Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19-August 18.

Heritage Resources will be open throughout the summer session 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 Hacherl Research & Writing Studio is open online during Summer Session from June 20th through August 18th. You can submit a draft online or chat with Studio staff by going to https://library.wwu.edu/rws/connect. If you would like to schedule an in-person meeting with Studio staff, please email rws@wwu.edu.

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Supporting Student Professional Development

Posted on: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 7:55am

Topic(s): Feature Stories

Supporting Student Employee Professional Development 

At Western Washington University, student employees play an integral role in helping the Libraries fulfill its teaching and learning mission. Whether through providing research and writing assistance in the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio, dialogue facilitation in the Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA), or by sharing their energy, expertise, and insights in the day-to-day activities that help the Libraries function effectively, the contributions and dedication of library student employees are essential to the successful advancement of Western Libraries' mission. 

In addition to their daily work, some students also engage in professional development and  research activities, which may include presentations at national and international conferences. For example, as part of their first year as assistants in the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio, student employees develop a research topic related to Studio scholarship and practice, which they later share in the form of “legacy projects.” They may also choose to submit their work as proposals for conference presentations.

Last fall, sixteen Studio student assistants attended the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW). Of those sixteen, fifteen students gave presentations where they spoke about their research and the results of their legacy projects with conference attendees.

“Studio assistants tell us that the seminar and the opportunity to design and present a research project to a broader community of practice  has a huge impact on their academic and professional skills and lives,” explained Pippa Hemsley, Assistant Director of the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio. While an undergraduate student at Western, Hemsley was herself  a student assistant in the former Writing Center.

Last fall, two additional library student employees presented at a different conference, the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), held in Los Angeles, California. Autumn Simmons and Nathan Romond, (who both work for the TLA), gave a joint presentation about the use of dialogue and the practice of intentionally flattening hierarchies to eliminate barriers in teaching and learning.

“Autumn and I were able to present our work to an audience of international scholars, many of whom were faculty,” explained Romond. He noted that their presentation embodied what they were speaking about, “underscoring the idea that students can engage more personally and deeply with work when operating in an environment that incorporates a flattened hierarchy among students and faculty.”

Both Simmons and Romond described their time at ISSoTL as one of the most memorable and significant experiences of their undergraduate education.

“As an undergraduate, the ability to meet with so many academic professionals and share work being done felt like a privilege,” stated Simmons. “This sharing of knowledge, and the connections made along the way is what makes this conference so special and necessary in order to maximize the benefits of higher education.”

Western Libraries relies on the generosity of its donors to make these life-changing opportunities possible. Philanthropic gifts help support library student employees by funding registration fees, travel expenses, and other associated costs of participating in conferences and other research opportunities that advance the libraries' teaching and learning mission"

 If you would like to help, please consider contributing to the Western Libraries Student Employee Opportunity Fund. And a special thank you goes out to everyone who has already contributed to this fund , whether on WWU Give Day or now!

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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 were honored at a small reception in the library on June 9th, during which Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg recognized the award-winning students for their accomplishments, and presented 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 were also in attendance. 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).

 

Three Western Libraries Undergraduate Research 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. 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! And thank you also to the Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award committee chair Elizabeth Stephan (Libraries) and committee members Gabe Gossett (Libraries), Tim Kowalczyk (Chemistry), Glenn Tsunokai (Sociology), and Colleen Laird (Modern Languages).

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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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