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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Seeing McCracken Hall Coming Down

It is amazing and a little mesmerizing to see a building being knocked down. Right next to Waldo Library, McCracken Hall (old chemistry bldg.) the east wing is coming down this summer and this week it is in full swing - literally, they are swinging the wrecking ball. 

Viewing is good from the Library, parking lot 28, but be careful - trucks are moving, most of the lot is blocked off, and the street down to the railroad tracks is closed. Below is insight for where to view from safely inside Waldo. (it is quieter, too)

McCracken Hall connector is pulled down
McCracken connector bridge between wings
is a pile of rubble.

View from Waldo parking lot. Library is on the left.

Some of the best viewing is from inside Waldo. Third floor is great to see the second piece of machinery tearing apart the brick wall from the west side. Lower level at the back corner windows gets you even closer to this parking lot view. Below is a time lapse video of what is happening outside our windows (Tuesday, May 31). Link to Waldo Library Facebook page for more:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sexuality & Gender, Women's Studies: New Databases from Your Libraries

WMU users have access to the following two NEW collections through the University Libraries:

Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940
This database focuses on the collective experience of the LGBTQ community while illuminating the personal experiences of individuals of different races, ethnicities, ages, religions, political orientations, and geographical locations that constitute this community. The archive contains personal correspondence and interviews with numerous LGBTQ individuals, gay and lesbian newspapers from more than 35 countries, reports, policy statements, and other documents related to gay rights and health, including the worldwide impact of AIDS, materials tracing LGBTQ activism in Britain from 1950 through 1980, and more.

Women’s Studies Archive: Women’s Issues and Identities
Focuses on the social, political, and professional achievements of women throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century.  Topics include the History of Feminist Theory and Activism; domestic culture; lay and ordained church women; women in industry; women's sexuality and gender expression; women’s education; women’s movement; women’s health and mental health; women and law; women and the control of their bodies; and women’s roles and interactions within society.

These collections are linked on the A-Z list and marked as new.  You can also cross-search these collections with others available on the Gale Primary Sources platform, Including Archives Unbound and Eighteenth Century Collections. 

Ask Us if you have questions about using these and other databases: Live chat, email, voice phone, or text. Gender and women's study 'libguide' for more information.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

If you are coming to Waldo Library - construction

Construction is affecting parking and street traffic at Waldo Library. The parking lot at the end of Waldo Library, lot 28 and lot 67 along Arcadia Rd., are closed for most of the summer due to construction and the demolition of McCracken Hall’s east wing.

Maintenance to Waldo is also happening on the north side to tile, windows, and trim strips. 
  • Metered parking is unavailable in lot 28 beside Waldo
  • Handicap parking spots have been added to the parking lot behind Moore Hall
  • Arcadia street may be blocked. Plan to use Vande Giessen Rd.
  • Library loading dock will have limited access from Vande Giessen Rd.
  • North and east sides of Waldo are closed to pedestrian traffic

Suggested solutions are parking in the Miller Auditorium ramp or between Sangren and Bernhard Center – metered parking for guests is $1.50/hr. Staff parking is most likely available at the Sangren lot, Recreation Center lot or Miller ramp with an R sticker.