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Friday, August 23, 2019

The Libraries Have Many Textbooks

Check to see if your textbook is at the Libraries. Use Library Search from the home page to look for the exact title you need: or call the service desk at (269)-387-5059.

To support students University Libraries has over 100 current textbooks for many high enrollment classes on 2 hour reserve. Check it out to see if this is a good option for you.

Most textbooks are located at Waldo Library Service Desk. There are some at Swain Education Library in Sangren Hall.

Library Late-night, WMU-only Hours

This fall the University Libraries will debut new late-night hours at Waldo Library that are reserved for only WMU users.

Waldo Library’s late-night hours will be available Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. However, only WMU students, faculty and staff can access Waldo Library after 9 p.m. The facility will continue to be open to the public during all other hours, including weekends. The new hours will begin on September 3.

To help control access to the facility, WMU users must swipe their Bronco Cards to enter the library after 9 p.m. Students who lose or forget their cards can also sign in at the service desk. Library staff will be available to help late-night users enter the building.

Students flock to the library for quiet study and to meet with groups throughout the day, but especially after classes end in the evenings. Waldo Library is one of the few academic spaces open late on campus and is a popular choice for students who need space to study.

“We’ve found that a lot of students study or work in groups during the late evening hours,” said Jonathan Scherger, User Services Librarian. “We want to provide a safe, quiet and comfortable place for them to work.”

Over the years, user demand and changing traffic patterns lead to adjustments in Waldo Library’s operating hours. Last fall, the Libraries extended Friday evening hours for Waldo Library on based on staff observations and student requests.

For more information about WMU-only hours, please contact the University Libraries’ Office of the Dean, (269) 387-5201.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Welcome Daria Orlowska

Please help us welcome our new Data Librarian to University Libraries.

Before coming to Western Michigan, Daria earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and began coordinating human subject research at Rush University Medical Center. 

 After a brief stint working reference, she decided to combine her research management experience with the service aspect of librarianship by attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she worked as a graduate assistant at the Research Data Service. Daria is looking forward to assessing data needs on campus and developing services to better support the research community.

In her free time, Daria enjoys bird watching, trying out different art techniques, and incorporating new recipes into her baking repertoire.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Service Desk temporarily relocating during construction

The service desk in Waldo Library will be relocated due to construction from the First Floor Project. All services will continue to be available from temporary spaces in Waldo Library.

Library service staff will be available at an information desk near the entrance on the first floor to provide directions, answer questions, and check out materials. Additional staff will be available on the second floor to help patrons with their library needs. The second-floor bridge to Computing Services Lab will also be available for entry and assistance Monday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm.
The temporary relocation is expected to last up to three weeks. The target schedule is to re-open the service desk on the first floor early August. 

We look forward to re-opening our service desk very soon. Thank you for your patience while we refresh Waldo Library.

Services Desk services have moved for construction for most of July.

User Services staff will be in Waldo Lobby to help get you to the
services you need.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Welcome Luke Conklin

Please help us welcome our new User Services Coordinator to the Waldo Service Desk.
Luke brings a wealth of higher education and customer service experience, along with a rich background in education and creative artistic performance. 

A native of central New York, He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College, a Master of Arts from The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in chant and ritual song, a Master of Music in historical performance (oboe) from The Juilliard School, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in historical performance from Case Western Reserve University. He has performed on dozens of instruments ranging from modern and historical oboes to Medieval and Celtic harps.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Welcome Juliana Espinosa

Please meet Juliana Espinosa, the new Librarian in Residence for Engagement and Inclusion. 

Juliana is excited to work with the University Libraries staff on developing inclusive community engagement programs with the Western Michigan University campus and the greater Kalamazoo area. 

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University and joins us with ten years of higher education experience from the University of California, Santa Barbara, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Utah. 

She is completely new to the Midwest and would love to have suggestions on fun places to visit in the region.

Join us in welcoming her to WMU Libraries.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Exhibition of Medieval Manuscripts

Waldo Library's Rare Book Room will host an exhibit of thirteenth century and onward manuscripts during the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Waldo Library, third floor, Edwin and Mary Meader Room. Open to all, the showings are May 8 - 11, 2019, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., closed Sunday, and Monday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Here is what a recent host of this exhibition said of this collection, University of Iowa Libraries: "These manuscripts are on loan from Les Enluminures, a company with locations in Paris, New York and Chicago. Les Enluminures was created to offer a large and wide-ranging inventory of text manuscripts on the market. They developed a program that allows educational institutes in North America to borrow some manuscripts, giving more people the opportunity to see these wonderful books. The program is called “Manuscripts in the Curriculum.”  . . .  These allow students to gain a broader understanding of the Middle Ages. . .
De miseria humanae conditionis (On the Misery of the Human Condition)
The manuscripts were written throughout Europe from the 13th century to the 19th century, and each manuscript has a diverse subject including the lives of the saints, school books, humanism, liturgy and canon law.
One of the manuscripts, Lotario Dei Segni’s De miseria humanae conditionis (On the Misery of the Human Condition), has been cited by famous authors, including Chaucer and Christine de Pizan. This medieval manuscript is a reflection on the Middle Ages. 
Choir Psalter

Saint Benedict’s Regula sancti Benedicti and Saint Augustine’s Regula sancti Augustini episcopi are pocket-sized manuscripts containing foundation documents of early Western monasticism. Even though monks were not allowed any personal property of their own, there is still evidence that a Benedictine monk or abbot had owned the manuscript in the 15th century.
Along with these manuscripts, there may be some that have missing leaves. However, those missing leaves add more to the story than if they were still bound with the manuscript.
An incomplete Noted Choir Psalter and Hymnal is bound out of order and is missing numerous leaves; however, it still represents the opportunity to acquire a liturgical manuscript from Northern Italy.
There is so much to learn from these manuscripts. . . ."
WMU Libraries is pleased to exhibit these to the public and Congress attendees.