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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Student Success

Student Success Campaign: Go Beyond Google - Make a Research Appointment with your Librarian

With the goal of greater student success, University Libraries is promoting an awareness campaign for students. It works to help them understand that a better research paper/project can result by making a librarian appointment to get help finding better sources; speed research along with help in knowing where to look for on-target articles, and help with understanding citations and more.

A new system is in place to make booking an appointment especially easy. It is incorporated directly into a subject listing and librarians’ open time schedules. So, pick a subject, then pick an available time with your email and it is set. Using the software over the last semester has brought a greater convenience to both students and librarians.

Fourteen librarians are available for these research consultations on 57 WMU subjects. One can get started here:

For students to better understand the complexities of library research, quotes from previously helped students are used to help them relate to the ‘hows and whys’ of talking to a librarian. ‘ “My research went so much faster” – Alena, education major,’ is an example. More are shared throughout the campaign of eBulletin boards, flyers, bookmarks, and instructor syllabus. 

Librarian appointments are available as each librarian schedule allows. Calling the library service desk, (269) 387-5059 will get you help for making an appointment or any other information question. Open all hours that Waldo Library is open. Appointments are also available to WMU instructors and staff.

WMU libraries have over 4.5 million items – a librarian can help you find the ones you need.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Welcome Paul Gallagher

University Libraries is pleased to announce that Paul Gallagher is joining Western Michigan University in the new role of Associate Dean for Resources and Digital Strategies. Mr. Gallagher will collaborate across campus and throughout the community to build partnerships and leverage WMU Libraries collections, technology, and specialized services to support research activities at WMU and beyond. He will provide leadership to three library departments that oversee library resource management, IT services, archives, digital projects, GIS and data services, institutional repository, scholarly communications, and special collections.

Since 2016, Mr. Gallagher has served as Assistant Dean of Wayne State University Libraries, providing direct oversight of significant fiscal and human resources and a wide-array of library operations including user experience, collections, acquisitions, technology, reference services, and scholarly communications and digital publishing. Mr. Gallagher began his career at Wayne State University as the Developer Librarian in 2009 and progressively moved into leadership roles of Associate Director of Discovery Services and Director of Operations and User Services before moving into the Assistant Dean role. Mr. Gallagher earned a Master of Library and Information Science and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from Wayne State University in 2009 and 2003 respectively.

Mr. Gallagher is actively engaged with library profession and serves as the president of the Michigan Academic Librarian Association and a board member for the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS). Mr. Gallagher scholarly interests include library technology and information architecture, collections management, and the digital initiatives, including the Michigan hub of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Mr. Gallagher has also successfully secured several grants for archival and digital projects, including a $267,000 grant funded by the Library of Michigan and Institute for Library and Museum Services. Join us in welcoming him to WMU.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Welcome, Stephanie Chapman

We are pleased to welcome Stephanie Chapman to the position of Metadata Digital Resource Specialist at University Libraries. Stephanie has worked as a Digitization and Metadata Specialist at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum since January 2017. Stephanie previously worked as a Library Serials Assistant at WMU and a Circulation Clerk and Cataloging Assistant at Ransom Public Library in Plainwell, MI.  In addition, Stephanie earned an MLIS from Wayne State University in 2015. Stephanie’s knowledge and experience with metadata, digitization, and electronic resources will be assets in her new role at WMU. Please join us in welcoming Stephanie to the University Libraries.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Makerspace at Waldo Library

New in Waldo Library is a collaborative space to create and learn by doing. The Makerspace is operated by the Western Michigan University Innovation Club. It is dedicated to providing a free space where people can collaborate, experiment and learn. Open to the WMU community; second Floor, Room 2030, open Monday-Thursday, 10 am - 10 pm.

Using the tools and technology available in the Makerspace, you can create something out of nothing, prototype concepts and take your idea to the next level. Don’t have an idea of your own? We have projects you can jump in on and help develop.
Stop by the Makerspace and explore the possibilities. The 3-D printer is a great thing to see. More tools and information:

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Libraries fall semester hours, special services

Longer fall semester hours at WMU Libraries are now in place at all 4 locations. Hours are posted on the web for Maybee Music and Dance Library in Dalton Center, Swain Education Library in Sangren Hall, Zhang Legacy Center; Archives and Regional History on East Campus, and the main library, Waldo in the center of campus.

Waldo is open most days at 7:30 a.m., convenient for the early morning printing. Also open until 2 a.m. 5 nights a week. Holidays and break hours do vary. Quiet zones are to the back of all floors and all of third floor.

Rare Books Room on the third floor has their own set of open hours.

The Virtual Reality Lab has unique hours and tournaments. It is a joint program of the Office of Information Technology and University Libraries with over 25 titles to try and play at no charge.

New this year is the MakerSpace in Waldo. Run by the student Innovation Club it is a free space for the WMU community to invent, build, prototype, and inspire. Second floor location hours:

Each location is only open their specific hours if Waldo Library is open.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Welcome to Waldo Event

Monday, August 27, 2 - 3:30 pm

Come visit Waldo Library and lead yourself on a journey you didn't get to see on your campus tour. You'll discover a virtual reality lab, very rare books, interesting collections, and more! Enjoy activities or a treat at each stop. Make yourself a button. Pose with our WMU photo wall. Complete your journey map and collect a prize.

Monday, August 27, 2 - 3:30 pm. The event will have a treasure map and some giveaways along the Library journey.

As part of Welcome Week, students are invited to explore Waldo Library as there are many treasures to be found for enjoyment and research through the year.

Come connect with University Libraries we are here for you.

Waldo VR Lab Nationally Recognized

The American Library Association (ALA) recognizes our Virtual Reality (VR) Lab in Waldo Library in an article about the Future of Libraries in the United States. The page on their website features 3 university libraries as they encourage other libraries to think about their future. . Thanks for showing our program!

More about the WMU VR lab:

Virtual reality offers significant potential in the areas of teaching, learning and research. The VR Lab at Western Michigan University Libraries was started to explore this revolutionary technology as a collaborative effort of the Office of Information Technology and Waldo Library at WMU. Opening the door to broad collaborative possibilities and feeding the curiosities of varied audiences, many people have experienced both the entertainment and educational side of VR content in the lab’s first semester.

Parks and Recreation kids explore Virtual Reality
Set up with 6 stations and supporting over 20 titles the lab is open late staffed with students which works to reach more types of people in a neutral, easily accessible space on campus -- the main library. Workshops on the concepts and technology were taught to millennials and baby boomers alike, fostering more cross-creativity.

Summer brought interest from the county Parks and Recreation ‘All Things Possible’ Program, IT Girl Conference, library staff doing competitions, an autism program, and the Girls Who Code Program at a nearby university.

Workshop for instructors, staff and students

The programs second semester will consist of more workshops (look for soon), recreation department expo visit, multiplayer tournaments, and a library research services department in-depth workshop series for its staff. “Imagine walking into a 14th century manuscript virtually, or a map growing into a 3D space that was just plotted from your research data in layering geospatial software. These are some of the possibilities for teaching and learning.” says Scott Russell, Library IT Director and co-director of the lab.

A Lee Honors College course focuses on technology in the arts and uses the VR Lab to create an experiential environment conveying a sense of place and emotion. A multimedia journalism course is utilizing 360-degree documentary video allowing viewers more interaction. “The potential is extremely broad . . .” says Kevin Abbott, Interactive Media Specialist and co-director of the lab.

VR is poised to be an important tool in teaching, learning and research.

Library staff explore with a friendly lunchtime contest

Lab staff consult with students on final team project

Monday, August 13, 2018

Welcome, Amy Bocko

Amy Bocko, Assistant Professor / Digital Projects Librarian
University Libraries is pleased to announce that Amy Bocko is joining Western Michigan University as an Assistant Professor in the new role of Digital Projects Librarian. Ms. Bocko will collaborate with librarians and other stakeholders to make informed decisions about the future of digitization in the University Libraries. She will provide leadership to digitization staff, coordinate cross-departmental digital project workflows and provide consultations, demonstrations and education to the WMU community about emerging trends in digital scholarship.

Since 2015, Ms. Bocko has worked as the Digital Initiative Librarian for the Iwasaki Library at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She previously held roles as Digital Asset Curator/ Digital Initiatives Librarian at Wheaton College and Visual Resources Specialist and Digital Initiatives team member at Vassar College. Ms. Bocko earned a Master of Library and 

Information Science from Rutgers State University of New Jersey and a Bachelor of Arts, with an emphasis on Art History and Art Studio, from State University of New York (SUNY) College at Geneseo.

Ms. Bocko is actively engaged in professional service and has served on a range of regional and professional committees, including serving as a member of the Digital Library Federation planning committee and as co-chair of the Oberlin 17 Unconference planning committee. Her scholarly interests include launching digital initiatives, digital project management, and developing personal digital archiving programming for librarians, archivists and information professionals. 

Friday, July 6, 2018

WMU Libraries Play a Part in National PBS Show

Regional History Curator, Lynn Houghton and the historical materials at the Zhang Legacy Collections Center regional history collections help tell the story of Kalamazoo's leadership in downtown development for a PBS show, "10 Streets that Changed America" 

The Chicago Public Broadcasting Service affiliate, WTTW, who produces the series "10 That Changed America", contacted Houghton in the spring then came to Kalamazoo and interviewed her for this 'Streets' project. She had researched the records of the pedestrian mall from materials in the WMU Regional History Collections archives.
Lynn Houghton, Regional
History Curator

It airs Tuesday, July 10 on PBS at 8 p.m.

As many natives know, the Kalamazoo Mall (the Burdick Street business district downtown) was the first pedestrian mall in the country. It was redesigned for pedestrians only in an effort to bring shoppers back to downtown. It was revolutionary for its time and it is why Kalamazoo was known as the Mall City for many years. Many cities copied the idea. Now it is the one-way street from the Radisson complex on Michigan Ave. south to the State Theater.

Kalamazoo's Burdick Street rates pretty favorably in the show with other well-known places like Broadway in New York, the National Road - Virginia to Illinois, and Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. The PBS trailer mentions how the street 'changed shopping in America'.

The mall designer hired by Kalamazoo is featured in this WWMT TV3 article.

The Zhang Legacy Center, Archives and Regional History Collections at WMU is the largest facility of its type in southwestern Michigan. It consists of historical university and regional records. The library holds letters, diaries, photography, and documents of area people, business and organizations. It also has several large photography collections, area newspapers, and electronic resources documenting Southwestern Michigan and beyond.