Western Libraries - Spring 2017

Spring 2017 Issue

In this spring 2017 issue, we offer faculty some great tips from the Writing Instruction Support program, tell everyone about a few events in May you won't want to miss, and include "something new" - reference books you can now check-out! We hope you enjoy the final issue of 3Things for this academic year, and we invite you to share your comments via email to LibraryCommunications@wwu.edu.


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Borrow Books in the Reference Collection
By Gabe Gossett
Head of Research

Gabe Gossett

"Books are for use." That's been a core principle of libraries, even before Ranganathan codified it as one of the Five Laws of Library Science in 1931. At Western Libraries, when we see declines in usage of our collections we naturally ask ourselves, "Why aren't these books being used?" In recent years there has been a significant decline in the usage of our Reference Collection, a trend reflected among libraries worldwide. After examining options, Western Libraries has made the decision to change our policies so that Reference Collection books can circulate for seven days, with the option for one renewal.

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Writing Instruction Support for Faculty
By Julie Dugger
Director of Writing Instruction Support

Julie Dugger

You've just been assigned to teach or invent your program's Writing Proficiency course. Or you've got a student who needs more assistance than a tutoring session will cover. Maybe you'd like a research and writing presentation for your class, or some ideas for helping undergrads nail that part of the assignment half of them always seem to miss. Resources to meet all of these needs and more are available on the newly redesigned website for Writing Instruction Support (WIS).

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Western Libraries Connections
By Clarissa Mansfield
Library Communications

Clarisa Mansfield

How did the Pacific Crest Trail come to be what it is today? Is watching television a political act? How can maps be used to track the trajectories of Nazism in the 18th and 19th centuries? What's it like climbing some of the tallest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest? These are just a few of the questions raised during last quarter's Western Libraries Connections events. And just wait until you see what we have in store for May!

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