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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Journal of College Access – New Journal Born on ScholarWorks at WMU Libraries

Journal of College Access published its first issue January 6, 2015 on the Western Michigan University’s institutional repository, ScholarWorks at WMU.

The Journal is a collaborative effort of the Michigan College Access Network and WMU. The
Image of the online journal's home page
Online journal's opening page - first issue in ScholarWorks
editors Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D. and Christopher Tremblay, Ed.D. saw a need across Michigan and the nation for a journal focused on how students aspire to, gain access to, enroll in and persist in higher education institutions.

It is an open access, academic, peer-reviewed, digital only journal made easier to launch through the online platform, ScholarWorks, managed by Western's University Libraries. This complex tool supports journal publishing from the submission and reviewing of article to the final step of publishing an issue. One can sign up for email notices or RSS feeds from the journal. 

A digital showcase of the research, scholarly and creative output of members of the Western Michigan University community, ScholarWorks holdings including over 13,000 papers that have been downloaded over 1.3 million times since its inception in 2011.

The journal's first issuance is celebrated with cake at
Western Michigan University Libraries;
l to r, Brandy Johnson, Chris Tremblay, Maira Bundza.
Submissions to the Journal of College Access are welcome from a wide community of practitioners including, but not limited to college and university faculty, graduate students, administrators, college access professionals, and others with an interest in the college access movement. Browse the first issue published at http://

Also helping celebrate the rollout was the executive director of the Michigan College Access Network; Brandy Johnson and ScholarWorks at WMU librarian and repository manager, Maira Bundza.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WMU Library Student Advisory Group Forming

The University Libraries would like to invite WMU students to become a member of the inaugural Student  Advisory Group. Serving on this committee will provide an opportunity to share feedback with Library Administration about current library resources and services and insights on how the library may better support your educational experience at Western Michigan University. As a participant, you will advocate for the University Libraries and engage other students about how the library may better serve their needs. Not only will this experience enhance your resume and provide connections for future references, but food will be provided! 
More information:

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cool New Databases:

Highlighting How New WMU Library Resources get to you

 The University Libraries provides access to hundreds of database and thousands of online journals, newspapers, e-books, streaming music and videos, and more for WMU students, faculty, and staff.  The Libraries' collection, which you search from the home page, is continually updated with new electronic resources that support the WMU curriculum.  The Electronic Resources and Serials Unit within the Technical Services Department coordinates the acquisition, management, and payment for these resources. Many library professionals help make them findable, searchable, and usable for the WMU community.

Recently the University Libraries have arranged for access to Privco, a private company information database; a physics e-book collection; Rock'sBackPages, a database of articles on popular music; and the World Cinema Collection, a streaming video database highlighting films from all over the globe. 

A list of the new databases, including a fuller description and a link to the resource added to the collection is at: or from the Library home page click on Databases A-Z, then click on New Databases for the newest acquisitions.

Librarian Laurel Grotzinger celebrates 50 years with WMU

She was presented with a crystal Bronco sculpture at a recent 25 year club event. University Libraries Dean Joe Reish congratulates her on the great accomplishment!

She started her career teaching in the School of Library and Information Science, rising from assistant to full professor in just four years. Known for her research on women in librarianship she also became the school's director, chair of the Graduate Studies Council, Graduate College Dean, and president of the Faculty Senate among other positions.

"I've served under six of the University's eight presidents. But I tell people I started at WMU when I was in kindergarten," Grotzinger says with a laugh. "The University has obviously been my life in many ways and has always presented opportunities to grow and to learn."

She was also recently honored at University Libraries for her service. More on her career is in this news release in which another 50 year employee is also honored. More

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Food for Hungry Students

University Libraries is joining in the WMU Invisible Need Project's food pantry for students.
The increase in students going hungry is a national trend and several Michigan universities have set up food banks for those in need.

All four libraries at Western will be drop off locations for the program. Faculty, staff, community members, and students are invited to bring in non-perishable food to help stock the cupboards in Faunce Student Services into the next semester. Thirty other units across campus are also drop off locations. The drop box location for Waldo Library is at the back of the lobby. Please consider bringing in a food donation, (suggestions).