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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Donate toiletries and personal care items

Donate toiletries and personal care items for the Invisible Needs Project now through March 6!

We’ve organized this drive to raise awareness of the need for toiletries and menstrual products at our INP pantry on campus. We’re proud to partner with our colleagues to support WMU students in need.

Drop off your donations with a participating partner:

Student Recreation Center
Sindecuse Health Center
College of Health and Human Services
Graduate College (Walwood Hall)
Education Library (Sangren Hall)
Music and Dance Library (Dalton Center)
Zhang Legacy Collection Center
Department of Gender & Women’s Studies
Waldo Library 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Mendeley, Free Reference Management Software Sessions

Introduction to Mendeley Desktop - Free Reference Management software
Learn to use the free reference management software Mendeley to save your references, annotate and take notes on your articles, and create bibliographies for your papers and articles. Participants are encouraged to create a Mendeley Web account ahead of time at so that they are ready to begin working in the workshop. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops. Several sessions are scheduled this semester.

Participants will learn how to:          
  • Import references from library databases into their Mendeley Desktop accounts           
  • Create new references by importing research articles in PDF format            
  • Organize references using folders and tags            
  • Annotate PDFs by highlighting and taking notes            
  • Create bibliographies in MS Word            
  • Create research groups for sharing references and notes with colleagues
Related LibGuide: Mendeley at WMU by Edward Eckel

Session 1 was January 28.

Session 2  

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Classroom B (Waldo 0152)
Waldo Library
Edward Eckel, Engineering Librarian
  Digital Literacy     Information Literacy Instruction   

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Open Textbooks Workshops

For faculty and instructors: 

Friday, Jan 25, 2019,10:00-11:30                        
Friday, Feb 22, 2019 10:30-12
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 2:30-4

Help Lower Textbook Costs for Students

Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending a workshop and writing a short textbook review. Receive $200 incidental pay for your efforts! 

Did You Know...

  • The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success.
  • The College Board estimates that the average undergraduate can budget $1,220 - $1,420 for textbooks and supplies in 2017–18.
  • The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation.
  • 7 out of 10 students don’t purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.
  • 60% of students have delayed purchasing textbooks until they’ve received their financial aid.
Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. 

What You Can Do 

Attend the Open Textbook Workshop — an hour and a half session where you can discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you’ll be asked to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library to receive the $200. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. WMU is part of the Open Textbook Network

Registration for: 

Location: Swain Education Library, Western Michigan University, Groups Study Room D in Sangren Hall 
Contact Maira Bundza, Associate Professor, ScholarWorks Librarian, Waldo Library
Western Michigan University, 269-387-5207

Friday, January 11, 2019

Cafe coming to Waldo Library !

We are excited to announce a Cafe is coming to Waldo Library this semester. It will be on the first floor and open to all.

More info to come !


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Protecting Your Digital Footprint Seminar

We constantly share information about ourselves online every time we post a selfie, watch a video, or even just buy a pair of shoes. This session will talk about how our personal information can be used by others – sometimes in helpful ways but other times in ways we don’t fully realize. Join us to learn techniques and tools to make good decisions about your online presence and how to secure your personal information. 

Two Sessions: Tuesday, February 19 or Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 7:00pm - 8:00pm, Waldo Library, Classroom A, Room 1070.

Mark your calendar, no registration needed.

Presenters: Joshua Enos, Scooter Russell, Dianna Sachs


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Extended Hours for Exams (snacks and stress relievers)

Waldo Library is open until 2 am today and Thursday, Dec. 5 - 6. 

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 - 8 extended hours start as Waldo is open until midnight each night.

24 hours start on Sunday at 10 am and continue through Thursday at midnight!

The gearing up for helping students succeed is happening. Throughout the week:
  • Coffee and snacks will be provided intermittently by Western Student Association during the 24 hour open period.
  • First floor will have a graffiti wall
  • Monday will be finals themed buttons with fun phrases.
  • Tuesday will be coloring books and board games for taking a break on first floor.
  • Wednesday - selfies with former President Waldo; show at service desk for a treat.
  • Thursday am, students can stop at Service Desk for a granola bar on way to last exam. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts

Book Features WMU Special Collections Manuscripts

Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms,
Revised Edition (2018), features three items from WMU Libraries Special Collections and Rare Book Department as illustrations of terms defined in the work. The items included illustrate the terms chained book (Ms. 177), gloss (Ms. 141), and marginalia (Ms. 170). The WMU items in this edition are included with materials from important collections at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the British Library, and the Huntington Library. The revised edition was prepared by Dr. Elizabeth C. Teviotdale, Assistant Director of the Medieval Institute, and Nancy K. Turner, Conservator of Manuscripts in the Department of Paper Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum. The images in the book are a part of WMU’s digitized Medieval Document Collection which were photographed and processed by Cecelia Moore and student assistants in Research Services at WMU Libraries.

Individuals interested in using these images for instruction or research, or in digital services provided by WMU Libraries, should contact Amy Bocko, Digital Projects Librarian.