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Friday, April 20, 2018

Student Employee Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to the 4 student employees who were awarded scholarships last week from University Libraries! Full time students who work at University Libraries wrote an essay as part of their applications where they were judged on creativity, originality, and enthusiasm. 

The winners are: 
Hadlee Robinson from the Office of the Dean and Business Services,  with Sara Volmering supervisor. They are pictured here near her submitted essay.

Lindsey Hammel from the Swain Education Library, Brandon Meissner supervisor. (Not Pictured)

Ogden Wright from the Waldo Service Desk, Scott Smith supervisor. (Not pictured)

Yizhou Chen from the Waldo Service Desk, with Megan Brown supervisor. (below)

Each of the student awardees receive $1000. toward their next year college expenses and a certificate honoring their submission.

The third photo shows the staff scholarship committee along with supervisors and some awardees. From the left is Malissa Minnema, Khanh Hoang, Sarah Volmering,
Hadlee Robinson, Joshua Enos, Yizhou Chen, Megan Brown, LuMarie Guth, and in the back row is Brandon Meissner. 

Thanks to all for the great work on this project.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Additional Workshop added: Virtual Reality Workshops

New WMU Workshops Offered on Virtual Reality: Learn. Create. Play.

NEW WORKSHOP ADDED: Friday, April 20, 12 - 1:30 p.m., Creating an Exterior VR Environment in Unity.

VR offers significant potential in the areas of teaching, learning and research. Now you can explore the educational potential of this popular technology here at WMU. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend at the new Waldo Library VR Lab in the Lower Level.

Four different workshops are offered with limited seating. Daytime and nighttime offerings are available to fit your schedule. Workshop titles:

Intro to VR
Get your first look at Virtual Reality and learn about the different types of VR content. 

Getting Started with VR in Unity
Learn how to start making your own Virtual Reality content using the Unity development environment.  

Creating 3D Objects for VR
Virtual Reality isn’t very engaging without objects to interact with. Learn the basics of creating 3D models. 

Creating Art in VR with Quill, Medium, and Blocks
Creating art is an amazing experience in Virtual Reality thanks to the many creative applications available

Software tutorials are also suggested, see the links at the bottom of the Learning VR page: Unity, Unreal Engine, Blender

Thursday, April 12, 2018

VR Lab Extends Hours - Finals

Waldo Virtual Reality Lab extends hours for finals time. Extra hours have been added for April 20 - 22, Friday - Sunday for a break from finals stress. The Lab will be open through Thursday, April 26 at its regular hours which include late night times.

Come take a break and try one of 20 different titles in VR. 

Note: Lab will be closed break week, week of April 30.

Late Night Hours

Sunday - Thursday9 p.m. to midnight

Daytime Hours

Monday - Thursday2 to 6 p.m.

Final Exam Hours (April 20-29, 2018)

Friday, April 206 to 9 p.m
Saturday, April 216 to 9 p.m.
Sunday, April 226 p.m to midnight
Monday, April 232 to 6 p.m.
9 p.m. to midnight
Tuesday, April 242 to 6 p.m.
9 p.m. to midnights
Wednesday, April 252 to 6 p.m.
9 p.m. to midnight
Thursday, April 262 to 6 p.m.
9 p.m. to midnight
Friday, April 27Closed
Saturday, April 28
Sunday, April 29Closed

Waldo Library Open 24hrs for Finals

Starting on Sunday, April 22, at 10 a.m., Waldo Library will be open 24 hours a day for finals. The Service Desk will also be open 24 hours for assistance. For access during the late night hours, please swipe your Bronco Card. The Library will remain open until Thursday, April 26, midnight. 

To help you cross the finish line, we're making sure that the WMU students and employees have top priority access to all the computers in the libraries. Starting Friday, April 20, guest logins will be turned off during finals time. Guests are welcome to use wifi on their own  portable devices.

More details here:

Finals at Waldo Library, Open Late: April 20-21 'til midnight & Very Late: April 22-26, 24 hours,
starting at 10 am Sunday - Thursday midnight. Use your Bronco ID for late access.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Welcome Jonathan Kirkwood

University Libraries welcomes Jonathan Kirkwood to the position of Archival Storage Coordinator. Mr. Kirkwood has joined the Libraries Research Services Department and will be located at the Zhang Legacy Center, Archives and Regional History Collections.

He brings considerable archives experience in processing and preservation with dedication to excellent service. Kirkwood as been with University Libraries for more than 4 years as a student assistant and temporary employee in the branch library. He's performed a range of duties including managing the ingest of thousands of items into the archival system; training students and coworkers; and providing patron assistance. He combines many qualities with a commitment to continuous development that currently includes pursuing an Masters in Library Information Services (MLIS) focused on archives and digital content management from Wayne State University.

Jonathan earned a BA and an MA in Public History from WMU. He has worked as a preservation intern at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, an archival intern at the National Archives in Chicago, and was employed as an Archival Consultant at Kingman Museum Battle Creek.

Zhang Legacy Center, Archives and Regional History Collections building

Monday, March 26, 2018

Appointments with Your Librarian

It's easier than ever to get an appointment with your subject librarian. Students and faculty can get the help they need with a quick-schedule appointment through this service at WMU Libraries. There are over 4.5 million items available, let us help find the ones you need

Whether you need help getting more on-target search results, finding good digital databases for your research, or figuring out proper citations - a consultation can really help. 

We have over 12 librarians that specialize in over 50 subjects to assist you. Here's how:

  • Click the subject librarian listing:
  • Find the librarian that specializes in your subject
  • Choose a time
  • Put in your name and email, and you have an appointment!
  • Done. You will both get an email. (Please note the location of the librarian)
  • Options: can have a consultation by phone or Google Hangouts if the Librarian agrees

Here is also the directory listing of WMU Librarians:

Having a consultation with a librarian who knows your area is now an easier process and a better result for you. 

The Libraries want to help you succeed.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Presentations at Academic Library Conference

The MiALA conference will have five sets of presenters from WMU Libraries at their May conference. Topic tags include reorganization, technical services, critical librarianship, sustainable public computing and printing, engagement of student patrons, evolving the research consultation, and greater outreach.
Geri Rinna, Marianne Swierenga, and Emily Gross from the Resource Management department at University Libraries will present "Re: Structuring, Organizing, Inventing, and Imagining Technical Services". As the library system migrated to the cloud in 2015 with a new integrated library system (ILS) and discovery layer the adventure began. In 2016, the Libraries began a complete reorganization. Their presentation will outline the changes that occurred in WMU's Technical Services Department as a result of the ILS migration and new overall organizational structure in the Libraries, and how technical services faculty and staff have adapted and seized the opportunity to reinvent the department.

'You Are Welcome Here!: Academic libraries sustaining inclusive communities in a time of political and social divisiveness' is another presentation by
Dianna Sachs, and Carrie Leatherman, from the Instruction and Outreach department, Western Michigan University libraries. After hearing stories of minority and international students feeling insecure about their physical safety and their place in the university in this time of political and social divisiveness, the Libraries created a sticky note Welcome Board to help sustain the community's cohesion. Patrons communicated through anonymous messages of concern, hope, and encouragement. Their session will describe this project, the overwhelmingly positive response from library patrons, and other ways libraries can sustain their diverse communities.

Large white board was used to host the Welcome project

Three poster sessions will also present at the East Lansing conference. 
Creating More Sustainable Public Computing and Printing Services
The four branches of the University Libraries function as one of the most popular public computing and printing labs on WMU’s campus. In recognition of this status, the IT Services department has taken several steps to reduce the environmental impact of these resources.
Presenters: Scott Russell and Joshua Enos, Western Michigan University

Engaging Student Patrons via Traditional and Experimental Technology
The University Libraries recognizes that student patrons are seeking to be engaged differently than they have been. They are expecting more self-service and for services to be delivered at their point of need. The IT Services department within the University Libraries is tackling several projects to meet these newer needs.
Presenters: Scott Russell,  James Lane,  Joshua Enos, and Roy Zimmer, Western Michigan University

SPURing into Action: Evolving the Research Consultation into a Career Readiness Engagement
Information literacy skills are essential to building lifelong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  In Fall 2016 the library research consultation service was incorporated into a newly launched engagement program required of all business majors to develop career readiness competencies.  This project lead to improvements in service logistics and a rise in research consultations.  Outlook on the program and future efforts to integrate the IL Framework into the research consultation will be discussed.
Presenter: LuMarie Guth, Western Michigan University

Congratulations to these groups that are sharing their successful projects with the greater library community.