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Supporting Language Diversity in Writing

Posted on: April 16, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events, Resources

New Reading Group Event April 18th

Writing Instruction Support and the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio at Western Libraries are hosting an informal reading group on the topic of "Supporting Language Diversity in Writing" on Wednesday, April 18 from noon to 1 p.m. in Wilson Library Room 268. This event is open to faculty, graduate students, and staff with an interest in teaching writing. Please RSVP to

The group will discuss Laura Greenfield's “The Standard English Fairy Tale,” and identify ways  to better support learners from diverse language backgrounds. This topic is particularly timely given next year’s implementation of the Global Pathways program, which will greatly increase the presence of international students at Western.

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Intersession Hours

Posted on: March 22, 2018

Topic(s): Updates

Western Libraries Interession Hours

Western Libraries will be open during the intersession, March 24th - April 2nd, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, (closed weekends). The north doors to Wilson Library will be closed during intersession but the library will remain accessible via the Haggard Hall entrance. 

The Map Collection will be closed March 24th - April 2nd, and will re-open Tuesday, April 3rd.

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Undergraduate Teaching & Learning Unconference

Posted on: March 15, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Unconference

A group of people in  a classroom sitting at tables and talking with two people in the background writing on a whiteboard.Western Libraries and the Learning Commons invite you to the Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Unconference on Friday, April 13 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This unconference is a casual and informally structured opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices for engaging undergraduate students in research and co-inquiry.

This event is free but space is limited and registration is required. Please use the following link to register:

Students are encouraged to participate and share insights into how faculty and staff can better support them in their personal and academic research. Faculty and staff who support undergraduate research or other teaching and learning related programs are also encouraged to attend (e.g. librarians, writing center personnel, tutorial center staff).

A loose agenda will be provided, but attendees will participate in determining the topics of discussion for the day. The overall goal is to foster collaboration and inquiry.  

The following questions will guide the focus of the Unconference:

  • What are the many ways we define student research?
  • How do undergraduate students contribute to professional practice?
  • How do we collaborate with each other to facilitate and support student agency and leadership?

Why should I attend?

Unlike formal conference structures, this unconference will bring together professionals from various areas (e.g., libraries, tutorial centers, writing centers) to share their expertise and knowledge related to undergraduate research and leadership. This is an opportunity to network with other scholars and hear from student co-inquirers about how we can improve the current learning culture.

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Masters of Asian Cinema: 'Maborosi'

Posted on: March 12, 2018

Topic(s): Events

Masters of Asian Cinema: 'Maborosi' March 13

The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is Maborosi, which screens at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street).

Maborosi movie poster featuring a woman in the foreground with the word 'Maborosi' stretched across the bottom of the posterMaborosi, Kore-eda Hirokazu's first feature, has gained a reputation as one of the greatest films of the 1990s. Employing an austere yet beautiful visual style, Kore-eda tells the story of a young woman navigating a new life in a new town while trying to come to terms with unresolved issues from the past that threaten to undo her present happiness.

Each film in the Masters of Asian Cinema series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. Maborosi will be preceded by an illustrated slide presentation about Kore-eda by film scholar Dr. Linda Ehrlich. Ehrlich has introduced films at the Guggenheim Museum, various universities in North America and Europe, and at the Japan Society in New York City. Her commentary appears on two internationally distributed DVDs and she has written three books and over fifty articles about world cinema.

Dr. Ehrich's presentation is made possible through generous support from Western Libraries, East Asian Studies, the Institute for Global Engagement, the Departments of Modern and Classical Languages, History, Art and Art History, and also the Pickford Film Center.

The remaining films for this year’s series includes Taiwanese filmmaker Chen Kuo-fu’s 2001 The Personals, and also another feature by Taiwanese director Edward Yang, Yi Yi.

For more information about this series, please contact

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Canines & Cats on Campus Return!

Posted on: March 9, 2018

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Canines & Cats on Campus Program Visits WWU

Student petting a dog during a past Canines on Campus visitWestern Libraries will once again be joined by members of the “Canines & Cats on Campus” registered therapy animal program from Monday, March 12th through Tuesday, March 20th. 

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 Monday, March 12th. You can also see a list of specific visit times on Facebook

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!