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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Open Access Week Event

Presentation and Discussion
Open Education Resources (OER), affordable textbooks, affordable learning, OER degrees are terms that are becoming familiar to educators across the country. Come find out how these help student success and how we can start working on them at WMU. Presentation and discussion by Maira Bundza at Waldo Library will be Friday, October 27, 3 pm in Classroom A.
Learn more during Open Access Week, October 23-29, 2017. There are many benefits to faculty and students and we can all play a part in this movement.
Work for Open Access to information in
order to share and educate more easily.

See the display in Bernhard Center, first floor. Contact Maira Bundza for more information:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Not Secure - Internet Message

Beginning in Mid-October Google Chrome will start displaying a Not Secure message on any webpage where information can be entered in any kind of form using HTTP instead of the encrypted HTTPS protocol. Library Search will be affected on the current home page and in Advanced search.

WMU Libraries plans to default to the new secure version of Library Search by mid-December. Try the new secure Library Search or continue to use the classic version.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Love the Libraries . . .

Summary of the giving event. It was a good run for WMU, over 1300 donors in one day! Thanks to all who joined in. 

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017. #WMUGivingDay will kick off at midnight with a goal to encourage 1,903 Broncos to make a gift to WMU in 24 hours. Help the Libraries reach for the gold in supporting students!

Text givegold42 to 71777 to support the WMU Libraries or go to the WMU website: and choose University Libraries as we compete for participation points to help more students. Get ready to join in during Homecoming Week.

 . . .and Thanks!

Open Access Week, What it Means for Faculty/Students

The international event is promoting a concept that is becoming more important to students and faculty. Open Access of information will:
  • increase access to knowledge
  • promote a new publishing model, open to all
  • improve collaboration
  • reduce textbook costs
  • raise your research visibility
A global event now in its 10th year, promoting Open Access as the new default in scholarship and research is what the week of awareness is all about. During October 23 - 29, 2017 University Libraries is helping promote awareness of the concept by bringing a display to the Bernhard Center that week. Information from the Open Education 2017 conference will be shared by the ScholarWorks librarian, Maira Bundza.

The WMU institutional repository, ScholarWorks at WMU, is an Open Access repository to showcase the scholarly and creative efforts of our faculty and students. It contains thousands of items: books, conference proceedings, department and unit publications, journals, dissertation and theses. Over 4.5 million items have been downloaded worldwide since it began in 2011.

Disney, Kalamazoo, Book Signing!

Walt Disney's connections to Kalamazoo and WMU are substantial. Walts travels are now chronicled in a book by Christopher Tremblay, a recent WMU instructor/administrator. This topic was also the basis of a class for the Study in the States program for students through the Lee Honors College.

Tremblay, an avid Disney fan, penned the book Walt's Pilgrimage and will have a book signing at the Zhang Legacy Collection Center - Archives and Regional History Library on Wednesday, November 8, 4 - 6 pm at WMU's Oakland Drive Campus. There will be an overview by the author at 4:30 pm. Part of his research for the Kalamazoo chapter was facilitated by the Archives and Regional History staff.

Cover photo and description are from

"The original place-based comprehensive biographical travel guidebook of Walt Disney. While designed as a travel guide, non-travelers and Disney history buffs will also enjoy this sense of place in Walt's life. This book is part history, part adventure. . . "

More history:

The author will donate 10% of the gross book sales to the Tremblay Endowment for Study in the States Fund at WMU.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Graphic Design Art Hop Show at Zhang Legacy Center

"West Michiganders have Designed Some Cool Stuff !" quoted from the website:

So now there is a physical show of the original printed designs for the October Art Hop here at Western Michigan University, Zhang Legacy Center - Archives and Regional History Collections Library.

The site continues to state: "The Archives makes both physical artifacts and digital representations available to design professionals, educators, students, business people, researchers, and others interested in the rich legacy of graphic design, paper manufacturing, and printing in West Michigan. You can be inspired, inspire others, understand how design has helped successful businesses achieve their goals, and appreciate the leaders who influenced the world of graphic design– from right here in West Michigan."

A sampling of West Michigan Graphic Design Archives from the website

Friday, October 6, 2017, 5 - 8 p.m. is the opening showing 50 designs from the larger Archives. Most items will remain on exhibit through November 22. Location is 1650 Oakland Dr.

The Zhang Legacy Center houses the larger Graphic Design Archives of West Michigan. Part of the University Libraries system its mission is to preserve the WMU Archives and thousands of regional history collections from a 12 county area in southwest Michigan. The state of the art facility is 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.

Special Collections Cosponsors Pop-Up Book Artist

A Chicago-based paper engineer and pop-up book artist, Shawn Sheehy, is coming to WMU in early October for workshops, lecture and exhibit. The Libraries Special Collections and Rare Books Department is a cosponsor with the Frostic School of Art and the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center.

The free lecture is Thursday, October 5, 6 p.m. in 2008 of the Richmond Center. His show is part of Art Hop on Friday, October 6 at the downtown Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, 6 - 9 pm. and continues through the month. The workshops for creating pop-ups are on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8 and require registration at and .

'Bestiaries & Herbiaries: The Pop-Ups of Shawn Sheehy' is the title of the event series and is supported by a grant from the WMU Visiting Scholars and Artists Program.

"You will not want to miss seeing his work and the opportunity to learn from one of the best." said a book arts center representative.

The Libraries Special Collections and Rare Books unit in Waldo Library has an extensive collection of pop-up books from many artists and are best viewed by appointment, 269) 387-5221.