Western Libraries - Spring 2016

Spring 2016 Issue

In the Libraries’ Spring 2016 issue of “3Things,” we bring you exciting news in the Something New category: you can now pay your library fines online! Next, ever wonder how an ancient artifact can be used to enrich the teaching and learning experience? Check out This Issue’s Great Tip. And lastly, if you have ever thought that the Learning Commons is only for students, we ask you to think again! Read Did You Know? to learn more about some of the great resources available to faculty offered by Western Libraries and the Learning Commons.


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You Can Now Pay Your Library Fines Online!
By Michelle Becker
Circulation Services Manager

Michelle Becker

Library fines, they happen! Sometimes you simply forget to turn your book in on time, or maybe you have temporarily misplaced the item. We charge fines for overdue materials as an incentive for their timely return and to help make library collections reasonably available to you and the rest of the WWU community. We at Western Libraries do understand, though, that people don’t like receiving fines. Many of us have accrued fines here ourselves!

We also understand that in the past, paying fines may have seemed inconvenient because you either had to come to the Circulation Desk in person to pay them, or you had to find the time to call us and make payment over the phone. We are happy to announce that in an effort to make the fine payment process easier for everyone, Western Libraries has implemented a new service. Through the library website, there is now an online payment option, so you can pay your fine when and where you want, from anywhere you happen to be online!

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Unique Collections In Teaching & Learning
By Rozlind Koester and Paul Piper 
Heritage Resources

Rozlind Koester Paul Piper

Imagine holding a book that was written in the seventeenth century, or think of a letter from one family member to another written during World War II. Imagine all the hands that touched that book or all the places that letter traveled, and what the lives of the people who created those items may have been like. Engaging with archival collections and historical artifacts enriches our lives and allows us to connect more deeply to our past, while inspiring curiosity about the present.

Western Libraries Heritage Resources houses a treasure trove of unique and wide-ranging primary source materials that convey stories about where we have been, who we are, and where we are going. There are stories of the University, stories of early Whatcom County, stories of the original inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest, and stories far older.

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What's in the Learning Commons for Faculty?
By Shevell Thibou | Learning Commons Coordinator

Shevell Thibou

Did you know the Learning Commons isn't just for students? We offer a number of resources to support writing instruction for Western faculty, including workshops, events, personalized consultations, and more!

The Learning Commons-sponsored Integrated Research & Writing Workshop Series is offered to support faculty teaching writing courses. Faculty can have their students attend three workshop options: Getting Started, Finding & Using Sources, and Revising & Editing. For more information or if you are interested in scheduling a session for this spring quarter or a future quarter, email LearningCommons@wwu.edu.

The Director of Writing Instruction Support (WIS), Carmen Werder, is also available for personalized consultations on various topics including designing syllabi for writing courses, assignments, response methods, evaluation schemes, and WP course requirements. To schedule a consultation, email Carmen.Werder@wwu.edu.

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