Updates

Homemade Music Oral Histories Now Online

Posted on: Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 2:53pm

Topic(s): Resources, Updates

Interested in folk music and the local folk scene? The Whatcom County Homemade Music Society has supported musicians and music in Bellingham for over thirty years. Between 2005 and 2007, then Fairhaven College student Coty Hogue interviewed founders and members of the Society, who shared many music-related memories dating from the 1960s to the present day.  

Interview transcripts can now be accessed and enjoyed online as part of Western Librares Digital Collections - a complete guide to transcripts and audio recordings archived at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies is also available here.

Curious to learn more about other oral history collections available at Western Libraries? Check out this Library Guide for more information. 


LibQUAL Summit Report on Library Future Released

Posted on: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 9:46am

Topic(s): Updates

On February 22, 2011, faculty, students and administrators were invited to participate in a discussion sponsored by the Western Libraries.  This event, Building the Future of the Library: A Dialogue, was developed based on so called “LibQUAL+ Summits” conducted by other university libraries.  The event was as an opportunity for the Western Libraries to gather stake-holder comments and concerns by asking them to address questions relating to data gathered by the 2010 LibQUAL+ Survey of user perceptions and expectations.

The 50+ participants were broken out into 7 small groups.  These groups were provided with three discussion questions connected by the over-arching theme that students and faculty have different expectations of the library.  Given the difficult fiscal future the university and library faces the Libraries believes that this type of candid conversation can inform planning and future directions.

Comments made by student and faculty participants alike indicated a great deal of appreciation for the opportunity to speak with each other and to the Libraries about the discussion questions that were provided as well as other concerns.

A summary report that contains excerpts from the dialogues was distributed to the participants, Senate Library Committee and library staff on April 15th.  That document is now available to the campus community on the Western Libraries web site.

Building the Future of the Library - Summary Report


"Dogs and Other Poems"

Posted on: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 12:51pm

Topic(s): Updates

Paul Piper, a professor and librarian at the Western Libraries, has had a new book of poetry published. Piper's book "Dogs and Other Poems" was published by Bird Dog Press on April 1, 2011.

A copy of his current book is available in the libraries' "Western Collection" in Special Collections. 


Uncle Sam Wants Your Opinion

Posted on: Friday, December 3, 2010 - 1:37pm

Topic(s): Updates

Western receives free publications from the federal government (almost half a million since 1964.) The Government Printing Office wants to know what you think of their work - and ours.

Please take a few minutes to complete a survey, click the link below!


Up Western! Special Collections Book of the Month

Posted on: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 12:23pm

Topic(s): Resources, Updates

As Western faces strenuous fiscal challenges,
it may help to remember that
the institution has met and  surmounted such situations before, notably  in the mid-1970s. At that time, budgetary cutbacks resulted in invocation of the dread Reduction in Force (RIF) policy resulting in numerous lay-offs.

Western’s faculty engaged in vigorous debate with then-President Jerry Flora, a peppery leader with a distinctly confrontational style. Out of this environment came Up Western, a slim volume illustrating the viewpoint of the then-faculty union (AFT Local 2084) through cartoons and sharp caricatures of Flora created by faculty members Bob Balas and Bob Urso, professors of French and Art, respectively.

Balas, who taught from 1969 to 2001, passed away in 2006; Urso came to Western in 1969 and retired in 2008. Together, they created indelible images of the interactions between equally passionate parties at a pivotal moment in Western’s history. As Up Western demonstrates, a little humor at such times never hurts.

Author: Robert Balas
Publication Information:Bellingham, Wash. : AFT Local 2084, 197-?
Location:Special Collections -- The Western Collection
Call Number: Balas, R.
December, 2010

~Marian Alexander, Special Collections


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