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Library Intersession & Summer Hours

Posted on: June 8, 2018

Topic(s): Updates

Library Intersession & Summer Session Hours

Western Libraries will be open M- F from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, closed weekends, during Intersession (June 16 - 25).  The library will also be open M-F from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed weekends, during Summer Session (June 26 - August 24).

In preparation for the move to its new location in Wilson Library 2 East, the Map Collection will be open by appointment only from June 18 through September 25.  If you need assistance during this time, please contact Rob Lopresti (360) 650-3342 rob.lopresti@wwu.edu or Madeline Kelly (360) 650-4320 madeline.kelly@wwu.edu.

Special Collections will be closed June 18 -22. The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies will also be closed July 2- 6.

The Hacherl Research & Writing Studio staff will be available on call via chat M - F between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm during the intersession, and M - F between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm during the summer session. Please text “STUDIO” to (360) 797-5910 or use the online chat interface.

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A Fly Fisher's Passions

Posted on: June 8, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Art Lingren to Present “A Fly Fisher’s Passions” July 11 

Fly fishing enthusiast and historian Art Lingren will give a talk entitled “A Fly Fisher’s Passions” on July 11 at 2:00 in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor). The event is free and open to the public.

Western Libraries Heritage Resources’ 2018 Summer Fly Fishing Speaker Art Lingren will share photographs and stories about his passions for fly fishing activities, including his antique tackle collection, fly tying, fly fishing books and the lovely fly fishing spots in which he practices his craft. Lingren has fly fished in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and throughout his home province of British Columbia.

Throughout most of his adult life, Lingren has been actively involved in the fly fishing community. He is a member and past president of the Totem Fly Fishers, British Columbia’s oldest fly fishing club, and is an honorary member of the Loons Fly Fishing Club. He has served three years as president of the British Columbia Federation of Fly Fishers and stands as their unofficial BC fly fishing historian. He has additionally served as director of the Steelhead Society of BC for many years.

In 1995, Lingren was awarded the BCFFF’s Angul Award which is granted to British Columbian fly fishers who show an appreciation for the ancestry of fly fishing heritage and the excellence surrounding its development as both an Art and Science. In 1999, the Federation of Fly Fishers selected him as the 6th recipient of their prestigious Roderick Haig-Brown award.

For more information about this event, please contact Tamara Belts, Special Collections Manager, at (360) 650-3193 or Tamara.Belts@wwu.edu

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Place Matters: Understanding Sense of Place for Communities, Policy, & Planning

Posted on: June 7, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

David J. Trimbach to Present “Place Matters” June 28 

The recipient of the 2018 James W. Scott Research Fellowship, Dr. David J. Trimbach, will give a talk entitled “Place Matters: Understanding Sense of Place for Communities, Policy, and Planning,” at Western Washington University from noon-1:00pm on Thursday, June 28 in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor). The presentation is free and open to the public.

Do you feel attached to your hometown or to your grandparents’ country of origin? What characteristics come to mind when you think about your favorite city or your ideal natural landscape? Does your neighborhood pride influence your likelihood to move or engage in stewardship? These questions, among others, reflect what scholars call “sense of place,” which refers to identification, attachment, belonging, and meaning associated with place, as developed through embodiment, discourse, experience, and engagement. Sense of place provides the ability to assess shared understandings, and the potential to predict perceptions and behaviors. As such, sense of place offers a creative language and approach to unravel an individual’s relationship with their environment.

In his talk, Dr. David J. Trimbach will discuss sense of place and how it relates to communities, policy, and planning. He will highlight examples pulled from various pertinent case studies and his research on minority Russian speakers in post-Soviet Estonia, and his current collaborative regional ecosystem recovery work with the Puget Sound Partnership, particularly the agency’s use of sense of place as a social measure or metric of human wellbeing in the Puget Sound region.

Trimbach is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. He received his PhD in Geography from the University of Kansas in 2016. He is currently housed at and works in close collaboration with the Puget Sound Partnership in Washington State. His work focuses on sense of place, identity, governance, citizenship, human-environment interactions, and public policy. As a community-engaged, place-based, and policy-driven scholar, he seeks to better understand and create more equitable and vibrant communities.

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.

This talk is offered as part of the Heritage Resources Distinguished Speakers program at Western Libraries. For more information about this event, please contact Ruth Steele, CPNWS Archivist, Ruth.Steele@wwu.edu, (360) 650-7747.

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Canines & Cats on Campus Return!

Posted on: June 4, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Canines & Cats on Campus Return to WWU, June 5 - 13

Group of three students with a human and a dog volunteer during a visit from the Canines and Cats program. Western Libraries will once again be joined by members of the “Canines & Cats on Campus” registered therapy animal program from Tuesday, June 4th through Wednesday, June 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 this period.

For the duration of these visits, 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 Tuesday, June 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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Gender Neutral Restrooms at Western Libraries

Posted on: June 1, 2018

Topic(s): Updates

Gender Neutral Facilities Update

In response to a pressing need and in the spirit of the University’s Guidelines for Gender Neutral Facilities, Western has designated the Wilson Library 5th floor women’s restroom as gender neutral for the period June 1 through June 15, 2018.

This is a temporary solution to a long-term need.  Western Libraries is actively working with the Equal Opportunity Office, the Provost’s Office, and Facilities Management on a permanent solution to add gender neutral restrooms in Wilson Library and / or Haggard Hall.

Over the next several days, signage will be placed in multiple locations regarding this temporary change.  

There are also two single-occupancy gender neutral restrooms on the 6th Floor of Wilson Library that are available Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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DRS / Veterans Services / Map Collection Project Update

Posted on: May 31, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

DRS / Veterans Services / Map Collection Project (Public Works Project 719) Moves Forward

Plans are moving forward for the long anticipated project to move both disAbility Resources for Students (DRS) and Veteran Services to the first floor of Wilson Library.

The project  will allow the Libraries and Learning Commons to further collaborate with these services to better meet student needs and to make progress in their efforts to provide equal access to educational opportunities to students at Western.  

To accommodate the DRS / Veteran Services relocation, the Libraries’ Map Collection will move to the second floor of Wilson Library. Once renovated, the Wilson 2 East wing will support the Map Collection and its programming, microforms, and it will also provide an exciting new destination study space for all users. The relocation of microform scanners, cabinets, and other items currently located in Wilson Library 2 East will begin during the week of June 4, 2018.

These changes will involve some disruption. Wilson 2 East will become unavailable for use when contractors begin work to refurbish the space beginning the week of June 4th.  Changes include:

  • Temporary relocation of the microform scanners and supporting indexes to the area known as “the Corner” on the second floor of Wilson Library
  • Temporary relocation of microfilm cabinets to Wilson 283 (the area across from the Tutoring Center) Please note this space will be unavailable for use while cabinets are being moved.
  • Permanent relocation of The New York Times and Times (London) print indexes to Wilson 3 West
  • Permanent relocation of microfiche cabinets from Wilson 2 East to Wilson 180.
    Permanent relocation of some computers and printers currently located in Wilson 2 East  to Wilson 283 and 461

As part of this University-funded project, Western Libraries received funds to purchase full-content digital access (which includes fully searchable full-page views) to much of the most frequently used microform series currently located in Wilson 2 East. This means library users have improved access to this content from anywhere online at any time. To access the new digital content, search by title in OneSearch (remember to “Sign in for Full Access,” or see: http://libguides.wwu.edu/az.php?a=all.

Beginning the week of June 25th, project work will occur in Wilson 2 East making the area unavailable to library users.  This includes some minor demolition, construction of staff offices, and the replacement of carpet and light fixtures. This work will be followed by new paint, new map cabinetry, and furniture. The Map Collection portion of the project is expected to be completed by the start of Fall Quarter 2018.  

Once the Map Collection is complete, construction will begin on the first floor of Wilson Library in preparation for the DRS and Veteran Services move, which is expected to take place during the Spring 2019.

Western Libraries staff and faculty appreciate your patience and understanding during this exciting transition.

Questions? Please contact Frank.Haulgren@wwu.edu

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Librarian Peter Smith to Retire from Western

Posted on: May 30, 2018


Librarian Peter Smith to Retire from Western

photo of Peter SmithPeter Smith will retire from Western Libraries at the end of spring quarter 2018 after twenty-eight years of service as a librarian at Western Washington University.

Peter joined Western Libraries in January 1990 as the Online Services Coordinator, and helped integrate internet access and online services into the library by participating in the development of the library’s first website and online catalog.

Over the years, Peter has held a number of important roles, including Electronic Services Librarian, Science and Technology Librarian, Librarian for the College of Arts and Sciences, Head of Reference and Instruction, Digital Initiatives Librarian, and Special Collections Librarian.

As the Special Collections Librarian, Peter worked with the Graduate School to digitize theses into the Content-DM platform, an initiative which continues today in Western  CEDAR. He also helped with the transformative move of Special Collections to the 6th floor of Wilson Library.

Since 2013, Peter has served as a research and instruction librarian with subject responsibilities for the College of Science and Engineering and the Department of Psychology.  Peter has also been a regular instructor of the credit-bearing courses LIBR 201 and LIB 125, using pedagogies for active learning. He developed the popular “Introduction to Research Strategies” poster session, which was regularly held on the final day of the class and allowed students an opportunity to discuss their research with faculty, staff, and students.

“In Peter’s nearly three decades at Western, he has contributed to the library and university in many ways,” said Dean of Libraries Mark Greenberg. “Though his leadership and expertise, he helped the library make the leap from the card catalog to the first online catalog – no small feat!  I wish Peter a long, happy, and productive retirement. He will be missed.”

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Summer Teaching & Learning Retreat

Posted on: May 22, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Resources

Summer Teaching & Learning Retreat

Western Libraries and the Learning Commons is now accepting applications for their summer teaching and learning retreat. This multi-day facilitated opportunity offers a mix of individual and collaborative work times in a beautiful natural setting, and includes all meals and lodging at the North Cascades Institute.

Photo of the North Cascades Institute Learning Center building

Sponsored by Western Libraries as part of their mission to foster collaborations that enhance teaching, learning, and scholarship, participants will discuss best practices and collaborate across disciplines through consultations, facilitated dialogue sessions, and peer response. The following two tracks are available for prospective participants:

  • Backward by Design (BbD) track: This track provides new and returning faculty and instructional staff an opportunity to design or revise courses. Focused on applying the backward design framework, this track includes discussion of best practices for teaching and assessing writing and research.
  • Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) track: This track provides students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to advance individual and collective research projects, (especially those that include students as co-inquirers). The SoTL track includes facilitated dialogue sessions focused on teaching and learning issues, and best practices for applying the SoTL framework across disciplines.


For both tracks, time will be allotted for participants to work individually or collaboratively with others, and participants will be expected to share their progress -- course design (BbD) or research (SoTL) --  with the Western community.

The retreat is scheduled for September 4-6 and participants must agree to attend all three days. Space is limited and fill every year. To apply please complete the registration form by June 17, 2018.

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

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Undergraduate Research Award Winners Announced!

Posted on: May 15, 2018

Topic(s): Updates

2018 Award Winners Announced

Western Libraries is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award.

  • Madelyn Merritt, for "Intention and Action: Facebook Unfriending Habits Following the 2016 Presidential Election." 
  • Asia Fields, for "Media Coverage of Transgender People Through Danica Roem’s Election Coverage."
  • Matthew Horn, for "Change in the Usage of 老 in Chinese Vernacular Literature."


Three 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. Winners will also be recognized at a reception hosted by Western Libraries on a date still to be determined before the end of spring quarter.

Award applicants must demonstrate outstanding library research in the writing of their research papers, and winners are selected by an award review committee consisting of a variety of faculty members from Western Libraries and other disciplines at Western.

Congratulations to all three talented award winners! And a special thank you also goes out to the Award Review Committee (Elizabeth Stephan, Gabe Gossett, Brian J. Bowe, Coleen Laird, Janet Xing) and the students' faculty mentors, (Glenn Tsunokai, Brian J. Bowe, and Janet Xing).

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