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Monday, July 24, 2017

WMU Librarian Nominated for Prestigious Award

Western Michigan University professor Maira Bundza was recently recognized for her work on behalf of Latvian and Baltic libraries and archives and for inspiring young people and students about Latvia, its culture and history among Latvians, Americans and Europeans. The Laiks Ziedonim Award is a prestigious award in honor of Imants Ziedonis, a highly celebrated Latvian author known for his poetry and his love for Latvia. Imants Ziedonis fund “Viegli” was established to support creativity, to inspire and encourage Latvians worldwide, and to develop important cultural and intellectual values and skills to enhance Latvian identity and character. The fund developed the Laiks Ziedonim Award, which can be translated as Time for Imants Ziedonis, as it is celebrated on his birthday – May 3 or as Time for the spring awakening - time when things start to flower.

Maira is the ScholarWorks Librarian and Associate Professor of University Libraries here at WMU. She has a M.L.S. is Library Science from Western Michigan University and a B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University. She moved to Kalamazoo in 1982 to work at the Latvian Studies Center, and in fifteen years she created the largest Latvian library in the continent at that time. Maira has produced important publications and presentations on Latvia and the Baltic States that have been published or presented throughout America, Canada and Europe. Maira has held leading positions in the Kalamazoo Latvian Association, Latvians in the World (LaPa) Museum and Research Center, Latvian Family Camps in Catskills and Garezers, as well as when she was young in various American Latvian youth organizations and camps. She has been on the International Education Council for nine years as secretary, chair and vice-chair. 

Out of approximately 250 candidates for the award, Maira and 22 others were recognized on Latvian national television as top nominees in five categories.  The nomination "Kedas" rewards people or organizations who are passionately and creatively engaged in promoting, studying and developing Latvian culture traditions outside of Latvia. The award ceremony was held in Rēzekne, a city in the eastern region of Latvia. Maira enjoyed meeting the fellow nominees and other famous icons in Latvia such as the lead singer of a popular Latvian rock band called Prāta Vētra/Brainstorm. We are very proud to have Maira representing Western Michigan University Libraries not only in the United States, but across the globe.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Learn Spanish in your bathing suit this summer with WMU Libraries

Yes, you can sign-up for a Mango account through WMU Libraries. The WMU community can get a free personal account in the Mango learning system but they need to start with this proxied library link below. After account set up one can download apps for portable devices like phones and use as traveling or for more lesson downloads. We are urging all students, instructors, and staff to sign up,use, and enjoy this summer no matter what you are wearing. 
See the 'Mango Languages Premiere', click 'more' to see the steps for sign up. Click the heading to go to the sign-up page, then 'create one' for an account. If there are any issues in returning to the site on a computer, please click through from this library page and your login should work.

Features are:

Lessons in 71+ languages (tracks your progress)
Instant translation utility
Movies in different languages
Available as an app. for mobile devices (lesson downloads)
Ideal for study abroad prep or learning English as a second language. 

Adobe Flash Player is needed to use the website.
If there are problems:

More to come soon on Waldo Library Facebook, Instagram and across campus.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Get a free NY Times subscription via WMU Libraries

The University Libraries are now providing access to the New York Times Digital Edition to the active WMU community through an Academic Pass subscription. It works like an individual subscription that you can use on your desktop, tablet, and mobile device. Features are quality news, videos, optional email news, archives back to 1880s, elections app, virtual reality content, even NY Times in Education for instructors which includes teaching tools. (no pay-wall with the University Libraries provision of this resource for you) Links are below and more info. is on the libguide page:
Your WMU email is required.

Academic Pass:  
- allows access from any device for 364 days
- are available to WMU students, faculty, and staff ONLY
- requires a valid address and account
- are available from any location 
- does not include Crosswords and Times Insider.
To register your account: 
- Go to the WMU Library home page, then Databases,and Guides, click on ‘N’ and scroll down to New York Times Digital edition, and use those links to create an account, or click here for the database login pg:  
- Enter your WMU email address.
- Create a new password (do not use your BroncoNet password).

Another route is to use this link via the WMU proxy to set up an account:
Already registered using a WMU email address? To receive a new WMU Academic Pass:  
- Go to the WMU Library home page, then Databases,and Guides, click on ‘N’ and scroll down to New York Times Digital edition, and use those links to create an account, or click here for the database login pg:
- Enter your WMU email address and the password that you created for this site.
- Your Academic Pass is good for 364 days from the date you activate it; after it expires you can register as above for a new pass for 364 days.  

Mobile Apps: Your Academic Pass includes access to The New York Times via the NYTimes smartphone and tablet apps.; these are included as part of the Academic Pass and are available through the Apple and Android app stores.

Also new is access to New York Times in Education 
It provides both educators and students the ability to make the most of’s digital 24/7 content. faculty contributions, curated New York Times articles , custom news alerts, co-curricular activities, and weekly digests in several major subject area, including Biology, Business, Criminal Justice, Economics, and more.

How do you access
- visit and click link “Register ” at the upper right hand corner. From there, follow the instructions
to create an account using your school email address as your username. (Note: This is not the same logon credentials that are used to access the New York Times Digital edition. Use your email addresses to register. )
For additional information: contact Geri Rinna, Electronic Resources Librarian, , For instructional information Ed Eckel, engineering librarian,

Additional databases: WMU Libraries provides over 400 electronic databases for your research and information. The list/links to the alphabetical list are here:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Seeing McCracken Hall Coming Down

It is amazing and a little mesmerizing to see a building being knocked down. Right next to Waldo Library, McCracken Hall (old chemistry bldg.) the east wing is coming down this summer and this week it is in full swing - literally, they are swinging the wrecking ball. 

Viewing is good from the Library, parking lot 28, but be careful - trucks are moving, most of the lot is blocked off, and the street down to the railroad tracks is closed. Below is insight for where to view from safely inside Waldo. (it is quieter, too)

McCracken Hall connector is pulled down
McCracken connector bridge between wings
is a pile of rubble.

View from Waldo parking lot. Library is on the left.

Some of the best viewing is from inside Waldo. Third floor is great to see the second piece of machinery tearing apart the brick wall from the west side. Lower level at the back corner windows gets you even closer to this parking lot view. Below is a time lapse video of what is happening outside our windows (Tuesday, May 31). Link to Waldo Library Facebook page for more:


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sexuality & Gender, Women's Studies: New Databases from Your Libraries

WMU users have access to the following two NEW collections through the University Libraries:

Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940
This database focuses on the collective experience of the LGBTQ community while illuminating the personal experiences of individuals of different races, ethnicities, ages, religions, political orientations, and geographical locations that constitute this community. The archive contains personal correspondence and interviews with numerous LGBTQ individuals, gay and lesbian newspapers from more than 35 countries, reports, policy statements, and other documents related to gay rights and health, including the worldwide impact of AIDS, materials tracing LGBTQ activism in Britain from 1950 through 1980, and more.

Women’s Studies Archive: Women’s Issues and Identities
Focuses on the social, political, and professional achievements of women throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century.  Topics include the History of Feminist Theory and Activism; domestic culture; lay and ordained church women; women in industry; women's sexuality and gender expression; women’s education; women’s movement; women’s health and mental health; women and law; women and the control of their bodies; and women’s roles and interactions within society.

These collections are linked on the A-Z list and marked as new.  You can also cross-search these collections with others available on the Gale Primary Sources platform, Including Archives Unbound and Eighteenth Century Collections. 

Ask Us if you have questions about using these and other databases: Live chat, email, voice phone, or text. Gender and women's study 'libguide' for more information.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

If you are coming to Waldo Library - construction

Construction is affecting parking and street traffic at Waldo Library. The parking lot at the end of Waldo Library, lot 28 and lot 67 along Arcadia Rd., are closed for most of the summer due to construction and the demolition of McCracken Hall’s east wing.

Maintenance to Waldo is also happening on the north side to tile, windows, and trim strips. 
  • Metered parking is unavailable in lot 28 beside Waldo
  • Handicap parking spots have been added to the parking lot behind Moore Hall
  • Arcadia street may be blocked. Plan to use Vande Giessen Rd.
  • Library loading dock will have limited access from Vande Giessen Rd.
  • North and east sides of Waldo are closed to pedestrian traffic

Suggested solutions are parking in the Miller Auditorium ramp or between Sangren and Bernhard Center – metered parking for guests is $1.50/hr. Staff parking is most likely available at the Sangren lot, Recreation Center lot or Miller ramp with an R sticker.