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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: http://fox17online.com/2015/11/24/wmu-students-helped-by-library-robot/

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.
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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.