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Posted on: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 8:08am
Fall 2015 Citation Clinics
It's that time of the quarter again when students are busy with research and writing projects! If you need help with citations, remember we are here to help!
This week we are hosting drop-in hours for help with citations between 2pm and 4pm in the Research-Writing Studio, so stop by when you can and bring your questions.
We can assist you with MLA, APA, Chicago, or any other style.
Posted on: Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:19am
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Western Libraries Reading Series: Rob Lopresti
What do New Jersey mobsters have to do with climate change?
Environmental Science librarian at Western Washington University, Rob Lopresti will explore this question when he presents “Crime Against Nature: Writing an Environmental Crime Novel,” on November 19 at 4 p.m. at Western Libraries in Special Collections.
In addition to being a librarian, Lopresti is also an award-winning author of more than fifty mystery short stories. In his latest comic crime novel, Greenfellas, he combines his interest in environmental science with his mystery-writing skills to create a story about a mobster who decides to save the environment for his granddaughter. Lopresti will read from Greenfellas and explain how he picked the brains of three Huxley College professors in writing the book, which one reader described as "about ethics as a last resort."
This event is being offered as part of the Western Libraries Reading Series, dedicated to showcasing the scholarly and creative work of Western faculty by featuring diverse speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who are engaged in research, writing, and teaching at Western. These quarterly talks are free and open to the public, and take place in Western Libraries Special Collections.
Posted on: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 1:36pm
This past Sunday July 12, Western Libraries’ faculty, staff, friends, and family came together in celebration of “Bellingham Pride,” something they have done each year since 2013. Representing Western Libraries in the parade and hosting a table at the festival has become an annual tradition that many at the Libraries look forward to and enjoy.
“Three years ago, the Western Libraries Diversity Committee felt it was important for us to have a presence at Bellingham Pride to show our support of our students and our community as a whole,” explained Western Libraries Circulation staff member, Amy Sedovic. Sedovic first marched in the parade with her friends in the Whatcom County Library System back in 2009. She noted that this was during the budget crisis, and that they carried a banner that read “Yes Libraries.”
“I was so amazed and happy to hear people cheering specifically for libraries, shouting things like, ‘I love the library!’” said Sedovic. She explained how libraries are seen as “open, welcoming, and affirming places,” and that she feels honored to be a part of that tradition.
As explained by the American Libraries Association (ALA), Libraries can serve LGBTQ people by ensuring that they are represented in library collections and provided with library services. They also note that as a population which frequently faces discrimination and harassment, LGBTQ people can benefit from access to information and the sense of community libraries provide. Librarian Rebecca Marrall explained that she looks forward to the festival every year because of the chance to connect with the community and raise awareness about the Libraries’ historical and archival collections that feature regional LGBTQ narratives.
“I love this event because we meet community members who can see themselves in our collections. Plus, we’re celebrating happiness. Who doesn’t love that?” Marrall asked.
Archivist at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies Ruth Steele agreed with Marrall that Bellingham Pride is a wonderful occasion to showcase some of the unique materials that many people are unaware exist or are unsure of how to access.
“I love the opportunity to help represent Western and Western Libraries at Bellingham Pride,” explained Steele. “Heritage Resources houses some rich LGBTQ archival collections, and every year, we get to connect with individuals who are interested to find out more about these collections, and who later visit the archives as researchers, or contact us about LGBTQ records they would like to donate and see preserved for future generations.”
In addition to connecting with new community members, the festival also offers the Libraries a chance to see some familiar faces and reaffirm current connections.
“It’s also always a pleasure to revisit with long-time friends of the archives who stop by the Libraries’ table, and we are ever grateful for their support in helping to build and promote awareness of our collections,” Steele said.
Staff and faculty at Western Libraries anticipate increased participation in the Bellingham Pride events as enthusiasm for such an important and significant celebration grows. Sedovic encourages anyone at Western who is interested in joining the Libraries to walk with them in the parade next year and she reiterated that everyone is welcome.
For more information about the LGBTQ Archival and Primary Source Materials at Western Libraries, contact Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu.
Heritage Resources is a division of Western Libraries which includes the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and the University Archives & Records Management. Together the three units provide for responsible stewardship of unique and archival materials in support of teaching, learning, and research.
Posted on: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 11:01am
One of the advantages of being at Western is that we have daily opportunities to engage in the learning experience, which reminds us how integral teaching and learning is to all that we do.
On March 11, 20015 as part of a Learning Commons "Conversations in Common," students, staff, and faculty had the opportunity to learn from students in Peter Smith's "Introduction to Research Strategies" class, who generously hosted a poster session to showcase the results of their research. Here is just a small sample of some of the students and their posters from yesterday's session.
Each student in the class selected a unique subject to explore, which they then researched in stages, applying their individual questions to the scholarly literature and then traveling from inquiry to thesis. Research topics included civil disobedience, sports imagery, careers in Communications, alpine ecosystems, art therapy, media issues, and much, much more. Special thanks to Peter and his Library 201 class for sharing with all of us!
Posted on: Friday, October 24, 2014 - 1:45pm
Topic(s): Event - Library Sponsored
Western Libraries Heritage Resources was pleased to host its first annual Speaker Series during the 2014-2015 academic year. The program featured scholars who have used Heritage Resources collections significantly in their research.
2014-2015 Heritage Resources Speaker Series Line-Up:
- Wednesday, November 12th at 4:00 p.m. in Special Collections: Sylvia Tag, WWU Librarian and Associate Professor/Curator of the Children’s Literature Interdisciplinary Collection. What are the aims, ideals, and desires that we impart upon our children and youth? Tag's presentation will explore this question by examining the language, illustration, and composition of early readers, primers, and historical textbooks dating from 1866-1973.
- Wednesday, December 3rd at 4:00 p.m. at the Goltz-Murray Archives Building: Helen Morgan Parmett, WWU Communication Studies Professor and 2013-2014 James W. Scott Research Fellow, will discuss how KVOS - Bellingham's first radio and television station - helped constitute a sense of "local" identity and culture in the 1930s-1970s.
- Tuesday, January 13th at the Goltz-Murray Archives Building: Michael Vendiola, doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington, will present on his research related to the College of Ethnic Studies at Western Washington State College (now WWU).
- Tuesday, February 3rd at 4:00 p.m. in Special Collections: Seth Norman, Pulitzer-nominated author and renowned fly fisherman, will disucss the art and craft of writing about fly fishing.
- Tuesday, April 7th at 4:00 p.m. in Special Collections: Sandra Kroupa, Book Arts and Rare Book curator at the University of Washington Special Collections, will examine how artists' books are received when they are viewed in person versus as visual images or through exhibition.
- Tuesday, May 5th at 4:00 p.m. in the Wilson 4 Central Reading Room: Ron Judd, Seattle Times reporter and WWU Journalism Instructor, will explore the history and context surrounding a mid-1930s "Red Scare" in Bellingham and how it potentially impacted the campaign to remove Western Washington College of Education (now WWU) President Charles H. Fisher from office.
An announcement about the 2015-2016 Heritage Resources Speaker Series will be made in late-summer.
Heritage Resources is a division of Western Libraries which includes the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and the University Archives & Records Management. Together these programs provide for responsible stewardship of unique and archival materials in support of teaching, learning, and research.