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Friday, October 12, 2018

MakerSpace Grand Reopening in Waldo

The student Innovation Club has relocated to Waldo Library this semester. Their Grand Re-Opening is Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 3 - 5 p.m. The MakerSpace is open to the WMU Community. The Makerspace at Waldo Library has the space, equipment and people to help you tinker, test and try out your ideas. 
Using the tools and technology available in the Makerspace, you can create something out of nothing, prototype concepts and take your idea to the next level. Don’t have an idea of your own? We have projects you can jump in on and help develop. 
The Makerspace is operated by the Western Michigan University Innovation Club. The Innovation Club is dedicated to providing a free space where people can collaborate, experiment and learn.
Details of Event:
When — Wed Oct 17, 3pm - 5pm
Where — Makerspace, Waldo 2nd floor
Who — Anyone interested in building or making and prototyping.  Students and instructors from all majors are welcome.

- Several Arduinos will be available to play with.
- Play Giant Connect 4!  (The board stands about 3 feet tall.  Different color soda cans are the pieces.  This was the very first Innovation Club project.)
- 3-D printers will be running.
- See all the types of objects that have been made.  

Welcome Emma Kate Morgan

Emma Kate Morgan is the new Evening Circulation Assistant at Waldo Library. She comes to us from Portage Public Schools as a Special Education Paraprofessional and from Kalamazoo College’s Upjohn Library Commons. Emma Kate has also been a professional librarian substitute at Kalamazoo Public Library, a youth services intern, a technology intern, and an aide in the MeLCat, material processing, audiovisual, and circulation departments. 

Originally from Mississippi, Emma Kate graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in English Studies (focusing in creative writing and post-colonial theory) and a Spanish minor. She then went on to receive a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. In her free time, you can find her reading books, experimenting in the kitchen, and creating custom jewelry.

Join us in welcoming her to WMU Libraries.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Welcome Alex Dark

We are pleased to welcome Alex Dark to University Libraries in the position of Network Administrator Senior. 

Dark has worked as a Systems Administrator at Streamline Healthcare Solutions since 2012, where he was responsible for customer-facing infrastructure such as web servers, database servers, VPN servers, and VPN tunnel gateways. He was also responsible for planning, acquiring, set-up and maintenance of all internal technology functions. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Western Michigan University in 2012. Alex’s experience and knowledge with servers, VPN and databases will be an asset to the Libraries. 

Please join us in welcoming Alex to the University Libraries!

Dedication and Film, Local History

A new regional history collection is being dedicated along with a film it inspired.

The Zhang Legacy Center, Archives and Regional History Collections is having a dedication ceremony and film showing of " The Abandoned Bride" on Sunday, October 14, 2018.

The film is a documentary by Dev Havens and Lynette Doele with Traveling Moon Productions. The summary for The Abandoned Bride is, "A young American soldier in occupied Europe at the end of WWI - A mysterious Austrian woman and a century-old love affair"

Dedication of the Roselle Haven Artifacts Collection and the film viewing is taking place at the Zhang Legacy Collections Center, 1650 Oakland Drive, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI 49008. Refreshments begin at 2 p.m., dedication at 2:30, and film starts at 3 p.m.

This is a unique event around our local history of southwest Michigan. 

The Archives and Regional History Collections consists of historical University, regional, and local governmental records. It is the largest facility of its type in southwestern Michigan and one of the largest in the state. In addition to the manuscript collections, the unit has oral
histories, census records, a research collection of books, magazines, and newspapers, and several large photographic collections.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Giving Day at the Libraries

October 3 is Giving Day at WMU.

 Give to the University Libraries and help us do so much more for our students.
- Together we can provide access to free textbooks.
- Together we can make spaces to study, collaborate, and create.
- Together we can transform historic paper into digital objects that can be shared across the world.
- Together we can offer emerging learning technologies like virtual reality and 3D printing.


Together we can do it!
You can choose any WMU Library fund in the list.
Donations count all of Homecoming Week, Oct. 1-6, to our WMU donor numbers competition. THANKS!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Libraries' Annual Report is Published

University Libraries Annual Report is now available. The new summary report covers the 2017-2018 academic year. The digital publication summarizes program highlights, transformed spaces, improved accessibility, investment in libraries and employees along with statistics from the year.

More information is linked for the highlighted programs. The printed summary version will be available in October.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Go Beyond Google - Make an Appointment with Your Librarian

Student Success Campaign: Go Beyond Google -
Make a Research Appointment with your Librarian

With the goal of greater student success, University Libraries is promoting an awareness campaign for students. It works to help all understand that a better research paper/project can result by: 

  • making a librarian appointment to get help finding better sources; 
  • speed research along with help in knowing where to look for on-target articles within Library Search; 
  • help with understanding citations and more.

Your major is covered by 1 of 14 librarians who know the subject areas.

A new system is in place to make booking an appointment especially easy. It is incorporated directly into a subject listing and librarians’ open time schedules. So, pick a subject, then pick an available time with your email and it is set. Using the software over the last semester has brought a greater convenience to both students and librarians.

Fourteen librarians are available for these research consultations on 57 WMU subjects/majors. One can get started here:

For students to better understand the complexities of library research, quotes from previously helped students are used to help relate to the ‘hows and whys’ of talking to a librarian. ‘ “My research went so much faster” – Alena, education major, "I learned how Library Search can get great results on my topic" -- Sarah, psychology major,'  are examples. More are shared throughout the campaign of eBulletin boards, flyers, bookmarks, and instructors' syllabi. 

Librarian appointments are available as each librarian schedule allows. Calling the library service desk, (269) 387-5059 will get you help for making an appointment or any other information question. Open all hours that Waldo Library is open. Appointments are also available to WMU instructors and staff. 

WMU libraries have over 4.5 million items – a librarian can help you find the ones you need.