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Western Libraries Hosts Event in Memory of Dr. Jeanne Armstrong

Posted on: Monday, January 8, 2018 - 10:19am

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Event in Memory of Dr. Jeanne Armstrong, Jan. 18, 2018

Western Libraries is hosting a farewell gathering in memory of Dr. Jeanne Armstrong who passed away on November 17, 2017. The event will be held in the Solarium (Old Main 590) at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018.

Dr.  Armstrong arrived at Western in 1997 as a college-based Librarian for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS). Over the past twenty years, she played a number of significant roles at Western Libraries.

She was an early advocate for the value of open access publishing and the development of an institutional repository at Western. In 2009, under the direction of the then-Dean of Libraries, she helped investigate an institutional repository, which culminated in a document to the Provost. Western hired a consultant and created a Digital Assets Task Force, on which Dr. Armstrong sat. Later, her professional and committee service in support of an institutional repository continued, and she co-chaired the faculty search that hired the Western Libraries first Scholarly Communications Librarian.

Dr. Armstrong was a founding member of the Western Libraries Reading Series and the Libraries’ Undergraduate Student Research Award. She served on Western’s Internationalization Committee, and for two years she sat on the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Committee, where she helped bring consultants to Bellingham to advise on the creation of what would become the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity.  She was also a driving force behind bringing a noted historian and genocide scholar from UCLA to speak at Western early in 2017.

Dr. Armstrong had a master's degree in Library Science and a doctorate in Comparative Cultural Studies from University of Arizona. She was also an accomplished editor, researcher, and writer, and she described her teaching and scholarship as being “diverse and interdisciplinary, encompassing librarianship, women studies, cultural studies and Irish studies.”  Her book, Demythologizing the Romance of Conquest, connected her interest in post-colonial theory, gender, and comparative literature. Her English translation of Maisie Renault’s concentration camp memoir, Great Misery, is an eloquent testimony to her commitment to social justice, which was consistently at the center of her research.

Dr. Armstrong’s most recent research engaged complex aspects of genocide theory, Raphael Lemkin and the UN Genocide Convention, and specific cases of genocide, including comparative analysis of the conquest of the first peoples of the Americas and the Irish.  Her research encompassed the postcolonial psychology of American Indians and Irish and the transgenerational PTSD resulting from genocide and from the denigration and ongoing dehumanization of colonized populations perpetrated on certain peoples to justify the conquest.

Her previous employment includes Seattle Central Community College, Seattle Pacific University, Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona, and Chicago Public Library. At the Arizona State Museum, she worked as the archivist and special collections curator. Her doctorate and her work at the Chicago Public Library involved diversity programming and post-colonial studies in Irish and American ethnic literatures.

For more information about this event, please contact LibraryAdministration@wwu.edu.


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Masters of Asian Cinema: 'Drug War'

Posted on: Friday, December 1, 2017 - 2:44pm

Topic(s): Updates, Events

'Drug War' at the Pickford Film Center Dec. 5th

The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is Johnnie To’s 2012 feature Drug War, which screens Tuesday, December 5th at 6:30pm at the Pickford Film Center, (1318 Bay Street). 

According to series curator and Western Washington University librarian Jeff Purdue, Johnnie To has built one of the most prolific and varied film careers in contemporary cinema.  He has reinvigorated traditional popular genres -- policiers, romantic comedies, and even martial arts films -- with astonishing inventiveness, specializing in twisty narratives that innovate while maintaining clarity and reveal surprising depths.

Drug War follows mainland detective Zhang as he tries to crack a gang of Hong Kong drug smugglers. The result is a breathless account of an investigation that ratchets up the tension beyond what seems possible.

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Asian Cinema series continues the rich tradition that began with the Masters of Japanese Cinema series, one of the Pickford's longest running and most popular series.

Each film in the Masters of Asian Cinema series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. Purdue will introduce Drug War, and looks forward to talking about one of his favorite contemporary directors.

To learn more about upcoming films featured in this series, contact Jeff.Purdue@wwu.edu.


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In Memoriam: Dr. Jeanne Armstrong

Posted on: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 11:51am

Topic(s): Updates

In Memoriam: Dr. Jeanne Armstrong

Dr. Jeanne Armstrong passed away at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center on Friday, November 17, 2017 following a brief illness.

Dr. Armstrong arrived at Western Washington University in 1997 as a college-based Librarian for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS). Over the past twenty years, she played a number of significant roles at Western Libraries.

She was an early advocate for the value of open access publishing and the development of an institutional repository at Western. In 2009, under the direction of the then-Dean of Libraries, she helped investigate an institutional repository, which culminated in a document to the Provost. Western hired a consultant and created a Digital Assets Task Force, on which Dr. Armstrong sat. Later, her professional and committee service in support of an institutional repository continued, and she co-chaired the faculty search that hired the Western Libraries first Scholarly Communications Librarian.

Dr. Armstrong was a founding member of the Western Libraries Reading Series and the Libraries’ Undergraduate Student Research Award. She served on Western’s Internationalization Committee, and for two years she sat on the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Committee, where she helped bring consultants to Bellingham to advise on the creation of what would become the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity.  She was also a driving force behind bringing a noted historian and genocide scholar from UCLA to speak at Western early in 2017.

Dr. Armstrong had a master's degree in Library Science and a doctorate in Comparative Cultural Studies from University of Arizona. She was also an accomplished editor, researcher, and writer, and she described her teaching and scholarship as being “diverse and interdisciplinary, encompassing librarianship, women studies, cultural studies and Irish studies.”  Her book, Demythologizing the Romance of Conquest, connected her interest in post-colonial theory, gender, and comparative literature. Her English translation of Maisie Renault’s concentration camp memoir, Great Misery, is an eloquent testimony to her commitment to social justice, which was consistently at the center of her research.

Dr. Armstrong’s most recent research engaged complex aspects of genocide theory, Raphael Lemkin and the UN Genocide Convention, and specific cases of genocide, including comparative analysis of the conquest of the first peoples of the Americas and the Irish.  Her research encompassed the postcolonial psychology of American Indians and Irish and the transgenerational PTSD resulting from genocide and from the denigration and ongoing dehumanization of colonized populations perpetrated on certain peoples to justify the conquest.

Her previous employment includes Seattle Central Community College, Seattle Pacific University, Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona, and Chicago Public Library. At the Arizona State Museum, she worked as the archivist and special collections curator. Her doctorate and her work at the Chicago Public Library involved diversity programming and post-colonial studies in Irish and American ethnic literatures.

Western Libraries Administration will host an event in Dr. Armstrong’s memory on Western’s main campus in January -- details forthcoming. 


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Children's & YA Book Sale

Posted on: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 9:29am

Topic(s): Events

Children's & Young Adult Literature Book Sale

Western Washington University will host a Children’s and Young Adult Book Sale from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 on the 4th floor of Wilson Library.

Over a thousand new children’s and young-adult books will be available for purchase, including hardbacks for $5 and paperbacks for $2. Teachers, community members, WWU students, faculty, staff, and readers of all ages are invited to discover and enjoy award-winning titles.

Proceeds from the books sold will support student scholarships to Western’s 15th Annual Children’s Literature Conference, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2018. 

For more information about this year's conference and registration, please visit wwuclc.com.


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Digital Media Center Open House

Posted on: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 10:54am

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Digital Media Center Open House Nov. 16th: Visit WWU's TV Studio!

Western Washington University now has a fully functional TV Studio on campus! You are invited to the fall 2017 Open House to tour the facilities and meet the staff. Join us on Thursday November 16 from noon to 2 p.m. in Haggard Hall 246.

Come and watch the wonders of virtual reality broadcasting live, and learn more about what the studio can do for you. 

There will be free food, hands-on activities, and lots of fun! 

The Digital Media Center is located on the second floor of Haggard Hall. To get there walk down the hall past the Circulation Services desk towards the Library Administration Office, and then turn right. 


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