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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

New Digital Project Announced: Western Herald

WMU Archives Digitizing the Student Newspaper from 1916 to 2009
Western Herald will be available to public and searchable

Western Michigan University Libraries and Archives are announcing a new project. It will digitize WMU student newspapers from 1916 to 2009, and when the project is finished, all issues will be made available to the public and searchable online through the Digital Reel interface.

Instead of currently browsing through the microfilm, scanning it and sending it through email, having digitized student newspapers will streamline the ability to answer questions about the University’s history because they will be searchable.

“The digital version will open up access to the newspaper and especially make researching the last fifty years of the Herald much easier,” said Sharon Carlson, Director of WMU Archives.

The University Libraries’ is working with BMI Imaging to scan 91 reels of microfilm to an online format, over 10,000 total pages.  Project completion is estimated for later 2016.

Once scanned, the original newspaper and microfilm will continue to be preserved at Zhang Legacy Collections Center. Though the digital format will allow visitors to conduct their own searches in the archived student newspapers, the University Archives will continue to assist people with their queries.

In addition to the student newspapers, yearbooks and course catalogs were added to WMU Libraries’ digital collections and can also be found at the following  websites:

WMU Yearbooks (1906-1975):
WMU publications:
WMU Course Catalogs (1964-2016):

WMU Archives at the Zhang Legacy Collections Center, (269) 387-8490:
List of WMU Libraries digitized collections:

Western Herald from 1963, December

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

TV reporter comes to Waldo for article on the robot project.

The Telepresence Robot in Waldo Library was interviewed this afternoon by FOX TV 17 News. May Chang, Associate Dean of Information Technology, and librarians Pat VanderMeer and LuMarie Guth of University Libraries assisted in the discussion of the collaborative program to test the social interaction of the robot with students and assist in answering reference questions. An article may be on the 5pm, 6pm or online news today. Here is now the online video article:

They shot video of the robot roaming and interacting with patrons. The reporter tried the controls himself, by being the face of the robot. This collaborative project looks at human robot interaction by the Communication and Social Robotics Lab in the WMU College of Arts and Sciences and goes through November. Project news release link.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Typography, broadsides, Native American Exhibits in Waldo

Guest Exhibit on the Second Floor
Currently, around the Upjohn Rotunda, on the Second Floor of Waldo Library, are exhibit cases curated by WMU Design students enrolled in this semester’s Typography II course. On display are serial publications and books from Special Collections that the students selected for an assignment which involved the exploration of themes in typography or tracing a particular typographical style over time. Each student also created 18” x 24” poster which highlights the typographic element depicted in each exhibit case.  These posters rotate throughout the work week and will be displayed through the end of the semester.

Native American History Month Exhibit on the First Floor
Special Collections celebrates Native American Heritage Month with a two-case exhibit on the First Floor of Waldo Library, near the stairwell in the Upjohn Rotunda.

Also displayed are highlights from Special Collections including pop-up books and broadsides, poem posters with graphics; all on third floor, Waldo until December 1.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Libraries Help the New Heritage Hall Shine !

The new facility, East Campus alumni center, is a beautiful renovation. There are 2 ways that the Libraries helped make it shine even brighter by telling the WMU story in images. Historical photographs from the Archives line many of the hallways and lounge spaces. WMU artifacts in the displays were also curated at the branch library.

  Selection and scanning of historical photographs from the Archives was a behind the scenes project for many months. Student employee, Michaela Penberthy, scanned about 550 images for consideration by the interior design team. John Winchell and Sharon Carlson selected, researched, and wrote text for hundreds of WMU images that appear throughout Heritage Hall.

Many of the photography groupings are themed to tell special stories of an aspect of WMU student life and touch upon points of pride.  

Photo groupings also depict current student learning and 3 of the Libraries' recent student employees are included as shown in the two later photographs. Kyle Chipps, systems assistant and Nivedita Bhadarka, tech. services assistant are sharing information from a book. Courtney Holsworth, reference assistant, is shown in silhouette in the stacks alongside text about University Libraries. These 2 are by Mike Lanka, photographer, in Waldo Library.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Marker boards at Waldo Library

The white marker boards are used for many learning experiences at Waldo. Now there are more of them.  Here are recent views: 

Mobile marker boards are versatile:

- for use by anyone, anytime
- great for diagrams
- great way to work out a problem
- a visual way to converse on homework
- study/share with your group
- over 8 mobile boards for use
- variety of sizes, heights, gridlines
- markers/erasers
check out at Circulation

University Libraries, Engineering College partner in Embedded Tech Venture

University Libraries is partnering with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences on an Embedded, Mobile and Real-time Systems Venture program.

Beginning with the spring 2016 semester, undergraduate students in the computer science and the electrical and computer engineering programs can engage in practical projects to gain professional experience developing embedded, mobile, and real-time systems.

Embedded systems underpin the Internet of Things—IoT—where vast numbers of objects and devices embedded with sensors are interconnected over the Internet. These devices can gather almost any kind of data about their surrounding environment, including temperature, light, sound, time, movement, speed and distance. Classes will be held at the engineering college while the systems development will take place in the IoT Lab located in Waldo Library.

"Having our IoT Lab in Waldo Library is an opportunity for better interaction between CEAS and other colleges," says Dr. Ala Al-Fuqaha, a professor in the Department of Computer Science who is leading the embedded systems venture.

"Essentially, Waldo Library will serve as a melting pot for students and faculty from different colleges to meet, discuss ideas, and experiment with IoT solutions," he says.

Dr. Steven Carr, chair of the Department of Computer Science, says "The venture concept is being brought to CEAS to engage students in real-world projects throughout their undergraduate education. The goal is to get students to operate in a business-like environment where they take on different business roles during their time in the venture.”

Students will operate a full-scale consulting and development operation that specializes in IoT systems. It will offer research, design, development and technical documentation services to real world clients. The program provides a simulation of scenarios that students will encounter when they graduate.

“This is another opportunity for the University Libraries to help prepare success-ready students," says May Chang, associate dean of University Libraries.

"With the IoT Lab, we will also be an incubator for new and emerging technologies, and can work on developing and delivering smart IoT solutions for the libraries.”

For more information about this new venture, contact Al-Fuqaha at or Chang at

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Telepresence Librarian in University Libraries

A telepresence robot will soon be roaming Waldo Library, providing mobile research help to patrons. The robot is part of a collaboration between University Libraries and the Communication and Social Robotics Labs (CSRL).

The CSRL were founded in 2013 as a partnership with the School of Communication at Western Michigan University and University of Kentucky. Their research focuses on human-robot interactions, and interpersonal communication mediated by telepresence robots. The robot in Waldo Library will be experimental and aid in research on interactions between students and librarians when mediated by the telepresence robot.

Librarian Pat Vander Meer said, “This collaboration will allow us to learn more about the technology and its use for research and instruction services.”

“Telepresence robots are beginning to show up in organizational and educational settings. These robots can help facilitate social interaction when there is physical distance between people,” said Dr. Autumn Edwards, who is leading the CSRL. She continued, “Libraries are large, intricate, and sometimes intimidating spaces in which having easy access to assistance may really benefit users. We’ll be watching how our 'roaming librarians' and users of the library are able to navigate their interactions with one another.”

In addition, students will have the opportunity to test drive the telepresence robot on weekends. This will allow students to experience the robot firsthand, and understand robotic communication in greater detail.  The test drive sessions are on Saturdays, 1-3 p.m. and Sundays 4-6 p.m., Oct. 10 – Nov. 29, 2015.

May Chang, Associate Dean, Libraries IT, is excited about the collaboration, “We are creating a learning and discovery environment in Waldo Library, and the telepresence robot showcases an innovative technology for communication and mediated interactions.”

For more information, contact Dr. Autumn Edwards (, or May Chang (

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

WMU Libraries; Interviewing for the Next Dean

University Library dean finalist public presentations:

Brad Eden, M.A., M.S.L.S., Ph.D.; Dean of Library Services, Valparaiso University
Public Presentation: Wednesday, October 7, 2 p.m., Putney Lecture Hall, Fetzer Center

Mildred Jackson, M.A., M.I.L.S., Ph.D.; Associate Dean for Research & Instruction, University of Alabama
Public Presentation: Thursday, October 8, 2 p.m., Putney Lecture Hall, Fetzer Center

Lynn Baird, M.P.A., M.L.S., Ph.D.; Dean, University Libraries, University of Idaho
Public Presentation: Monday, October 12, 2 p.m., Putney Lecture Hall, Fetzer Center

Julie Garrison, M.L.I.S; Associate Dean for Research and Instructional Services, Grand Valley State University
Public Presentation: Wednesday, October 14, 2 p.m., Putney Lecture Hall, Fetzer Center

Candidate curricula vitae will be available from the Administrative Search page on the Office of the Provost website at the following link:

We hope you will be able to join us for the opportunity to meet the dean finalists.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Night of the Research Paper Returns

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 4-9 p.m.

Waldo Library

WMU Libraries wants to help students succeed in their research assignments. "Night of the Research Paper” is a drop-in event on Wed., November 4, 2015 from 4-9 pm at Waldo Library. Don’t be a research zombie! (Getting started early can help quell the fears)

Students will receive help through all or part of the sometimes scarey process of a research project by librarians, Writing Center staff, and other WMU experts. Help will be available on narrowing/defining a topic, finding reliable and/or scholarly information, organizing the paper, and appropriately citing sources. Participants are asked to bring a hardcopy of the research assignment to these one-on-one consultations. “We want to help our students do their best work and learn about the great materials available through the library.” said Sue Steuer,  event chairperson and librarian.

The event is sponsored by University Libraries, Writing Center, and the Friends of University Libraries. 

Entire classes are welcome but prior notice is requested so accommodations can be made.

Also to note: Research assistance and writing help are always available at Waldo Library's ‘Need Help?’ Desk, first floor, 387-5178, and the Writing Center, 387-4615.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Maybee Music and Dance Library Holding a Grad Research Readiness Lab

The music library in Dalton Center, 3rd floor is having a Music Graduate Student Research Readiness Lab, Tuesday, September 29, 4 - 7 pm. It is in conjunction with the overall graduate research lab at Waldo Library at the same time. An academic research librarian will help music and dance grad students become more familiar with the specific electronic databases, library search functions, and other music and dance resources available to them for research projects.

Please note that this information is available other times that the library is open, with a request.

For more information here is their Facebook page.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Library and Research Help for Graduate Students

Research librarians, Grad College professionals, Writing Center consultants, and CELCIS instructors are working together for a graduate student lab opportunity for graduate students. Individualized help from these research and writing professionals will help you build your graduate-level skills. 

Come anytime - it is a drop-in format for the library and research readiness lab.

Tuesday, September 29, 4-7 pm in Waldo Library. No rsvp necessary.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Drop-in Sessions for new Library Search

Library Search: New for 2015-16 academic year

WMU Libraries has introduced Library Search, a simplified and centralized way to conduct research from the ease of the Libraries home page. It combines the library catalog with hundreds of databases to provide expanded search results including books, articles, and audio visual materials. More information and details of drop-in learning sessions here.

Get research-ready. Attend a drop-in session to learn more about Library Search.
-Wednesday, September 9th, 3-5 p.m., Waldo Library, Classroom A.
-Tuesday, September 15th, 1-3 p.m., Education Library, Sangren Hall, Room 2809.
-Wednesday, September 23rd, 2-4 p.m., Education Library, Sangren Hall, Room 2809.
Contact: Michele Behr, (269) 387-5611

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New search interface and new digital databases at WMU Libraries

New digital databases are available for the WMU community: Business Economics and Theory Collection, Vocations and Careers Collection, Middle East and Africa Database, Popular Magazines Collection, Research in Context (aimed at middleschoolers),  - are just some of the new offerings available in August. They are full of up-to-date resources and contain many primary source materials beyond journal articles.

The new Library Search tool is available from the Libraries' home page. It debuted in early summer 2015 and contains updated and revised links to resources. This new search tool allows users to find books, articles, videos, and stream media across the University Libraries' collections. It has replaced the previous Books+, PowerSearch and Classic Catalog search tools. In addition, Library Search has taken the place of the previous Journals button on the homepage. Links to online library materials and catalog pages used in course syllabi may have changed.

Electronic databases in an A - Z listing are at .  New ones are listed on the right of that page. All existing databases continue to be available. Note that the W graphic next to a database indicates access for WMU active community members only, because of licensing agreements.  A registered computer or Bronco Net ID is needed to use these resources.

If you would like help with new links to resources or in knowing which of the 477+ databases are best for your research, you can contact a librarian in one of 4 ways: Chat, email, text from  or call (269) 387-5178 for Research and Instruction Services (reference desk). Of course, you can visit any of the 4 libraries to consult with a librarian:

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Faculty Research BOOTCAMP offered on two optional days

Got a research project to jumpstart? Too many distractions at the office? Need some guidance to good resources? 

This is the concept for boot camp sessions at Waldo Library - to help researching faculty get their project in shape. Providing space to get away to work or getting help from research advisers (librarians who really know the databases) is the basis of this non-workshop format held on two different Wednesdays, Sept. 23 and Oct. 21. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hosted by librarians and the Office of Faculty Development. Drop in  assistance is available from both units. This Post Card is mailed to faculty early September and reads:

“Faculty Research BOOTCAMP”

“WMU Libraries are ready to help get your research in shape. No drill sergeants, just research experts at ‘Camp Waldo’ who know their subjects, can help with external motivation, or provide a place to get down to it.”

“Boot Camp is a great way to launch your research and/or creative projects. It is NOT a workshop. It’s the environment and structure necessary to get you going and keep you going. Get time away from the distractions of the office for writing and research. We’ll be there with light snacks and coffee and as much ‘tough love’ as you need.”

“Wednesdays, September 23, and October 21, 2015, from 10am to 4pm. In Waldo’s popular reading area to the right of the entrance on the main floor. Subject librarians and members of the Office of Faculty Development will be there to help.”

“Join WMU colleagues in Waldo Library for research support and to help get that project in shape.”

Questions?, 387-5153

So if you need a little external motivation, or perhaps just a way to make space in your schedule to work on a project, Boot Camp is a great way to launch your research and/or creative projects.

No RSVP needed. Just calendar it and march over to Waldo Library.