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Monday, July 31, 2017

Many Improvements at Waldo Library

University Libraries are working to improve the Waldo Library user experience in multiple ways: updating the service model, introducing flexible furniture, re-purposing spaces. 

Starting in August 2017 there will be one main service point for users, located in the atrium (first floor entrance) of Waldo Library. This Service Desk will be staffed by the User Services team and will provide convenient and efficient library services. Whether the need is to check out a book, find an article, reserve a group study room, request or retrieve an interlibrary loan, ask for technical help or get reference assistance, the inquiry will start there. If more in-depth help is needed User Services will connect the person with the appropriate resource. This new service model will simplify and streamline support for all user needs.

Your subject librarian will continue to be available for consultation as in the past. Please feel free to contact by email or phone to discuss your library research, to schedule information literacy instruction.
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To create more flexible study and work spaces, a large area of the first floor in Waldo has been designed with modern, movable furniture units that can be configured to accommodate many tasks. Whether an individual is looking for a comfortable chair to quietly read a book or review notes before a test or a group needs a table and task chairs to collaborate together on a class assignment, users can choose from a variety of options. Couches with charging ports, moveable easy-chairs, portable desk chairs, a variety of table units, upholstered seating units with plugins, and colorful foot rest units are all conveniently available.

The maps collection will be moving to the south side of the second floor of Waldo near the government documents collection. As a result, access to maps and atlases will be available to users during all the open hours of the library. Services for locating and working with maps will also move to the second floor. The open user space on the third floor is being redesigned for graduate student use.

These changes are reflective of the University Libraries’ goals to improve the user experience and design physical spaces that adapt to users’ changing needs.

A large area of the first floor in Waldo has been designed with modern, comfy furniture units

Monday, July 24, 2017

WMU Librarian Nominated for Prestigious Award

Western Michigan University professor Maira Bundza was recently recognized for her work on behalf of Latvian and Baltic libraries and archives and for inspiring young people and students about Latvia, its culture and history among Latvians, Americans and Europeans. The Laiks Ziedonim Award is a prestigious award in honor of Imants Ziedonis, a highly celebrated Latvian author known for his poetry and his love for Latvia. Imants Ziedonis fund “Viegli” was established to support creativity, to inspire and encourage Latvians worldwide, and to develop important cultural and intellectual values and skills to enhance Latvian identity and character. The fund developed the Laiks Ziedonim Award, which can be translated as Time for Imants Ziedonis, as it is celebrated on his birthday – May 3 or as Time for the spring awakening - time when things start to flower.

Maira is the ScholarWorks Librarian and Associate Professor of University Libraries here at WMU. She has a M.L.S. is Library Science from Western Michigan University and a B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University. She moved to Kalamazoo in 1982 to work at the Latvian Studies Center, and in fifteen years she created the largest Latvian library in the continent at that time. Maira has produced important publications and presentations on Latvia and the Baltic States that have been published or presented throughout America, Canada and Europe. Maira has held leading positions in the Kalamazoo Latvian Association, Latvians in the World (LaPa) Museum and Research Center, Latvian Family Camps in Catskills and Garezers, as well as when she was young in various American Latvian youth organizations and camps. She has been on the International Education Council for nine years as secretary, chair and vice-chair. 

Out of approximately 250 candidates for the award, Maira and 22 others were recognized on Latvian national television as top nominees in five categories.  The nomination "Kedas" rewards people or organizations who are passionately and creatively engaged in promoting, studying and developing Latvian culture traditions outside of Latvia. The award ceremony was held in Rēzekne, a city in the eastern region of Latvia. Maira enjoyed meeting the fellow nominees and other famous icons in Latvia such as the lead singer of a popular Latvian rock band called Prāta Vētra/Brainstorm. We are very proud to have Maira representing Western Michigan University Libraries not only in the United States, but across the globe.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Learn Spanish in your bathing suit this summer with WMU Libraries

Yes, you can sign-up for a Mango account through WMU Libraries. The WMU community can get a free personal account in the Mango learning system but they need to start with this proxied library link below. After account set up one can download apps for portable devices like phones and use as traveling or for more lesson downloads. We are urging all students, instructors, and staff to sign up,use, and enjoy this summer no matter what you are wearing. 
See the 'Mango Languages Premiere', click 'more' to see the steps for sign up. Click the heading to go to the sign-up page, then 'create one' for an account. If there are any issues in returning to the site on a computer, please click through from this library page and your login should work.

Features are:

Lessons in 71+ languages (tracks your progress)
Instant translation utility
Movies in different languages
Available as an app. for mobile devices (lesson downloads)
Ideal for study abroad prep or learning English as a second language. 

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More to come soon on Waldo Library Facebook, Instagram and across campus.