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Monday, March 26, 2018

Appointments with Your Librarian

It's easier than ever to get an appointment with your subject librarian. Students and faculty can get the help they need with a quick-schedule appointment through this service at WMU Libraries. There are over 4.5 million items available, let us help find the ones you need

Whether you need help getting more on-target search results, finding good digital databases for your research, or figuring out proper citations - a consultation can really help. 

We have over 12 librarians that specialize in over 50 subjects to assist you. Here's how:

  • Click the subject librarian listing:
  • Find the librarian that specializes in your subject
  • Choose a time
  • Put in your name and email, and you have an appointment!
  • Done. You will both get an email. (Please note the location of the librarian)
  • Options: can have a consultation by phone or Google Hangouts if the Librarian agrees

Here is also the directory listing of WMU Librarians:

Having a consultation with a librarian who knows your area is now an easier process and a better result for you. 

The Libraries want to help you succeed.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Presentations at Academic Library Conference

The MiALA conference will have five sets of presenters from WMU Libraries at their May conference. Topic tags include reorganization, technical services, critical librarianship, sustainable public computing and printing, engagement of student patrons, evolving the research consultation, and greater outreach.
Geri Rinna, Marianne Swierenga, and Emily Gross from the Resource Management department at University Libraries will present "Re: Structuring, Organizing, Inventing, and Imagining Technical Services". As the library system migrated to the cloud in 2015 with a new integrated library system (ILS) and discovery layer the adventure began. In 2016, the Libraries began a complete reorganization. Their presentation will outline the changes that occurred in WMU's Technical Services Department as a result of the ILS migration and new overall organizational structure in the Libraries, and how technical services faculty and staff have adapted and seized the opportunity to reinvent the department.

'You Are Welcome Here!: Academic libraries sustaining inclusive communities in a time of political and social divisiveness' is another presentation by
Dianna Sachs, and Carrie Leatherman, from the Instruction and Outreach department, Western Michigan University libraries. After hearing stories of minority and international students feeling insecure about their physical safety and their place in the university in this time of political and social divisiveness, the Libraries created a sticky note Welcome Board to help sustain the community's cohesion. Patrons communicated through anonymous messages of concern, hope, and encouragement. Their session will describe this project, the overwhelmingly positive response from library patrons, and other ways libraries can sustain their diverse communities.

Large white board was used to host the Welcome project

Three poster sessions will also present at the East Lansing conference. 
Creating More Sustainable Public Computing and Printing Services
The four branches of the University Libraries function as one of the most popular public computing and printing labs on WMU’s campus. In recognition of this status, the IT Services department has taken several steps to reduce the environmental impact of these resources.
Presenters: Scott Russell and Joshua Enos, Western Michigan University

Engaging Student Patrons via Traditional and Experimental Technology
The University Libraries recognizes that student patrons are seeking to be engaged differently than they have been. They are expecting more self-service and for services to be delivered at their point of need. The IT Services department within the University Libraries is tackling several projects to meet these newer needs.
Presenters: Scott Russell,  James Lane,  Joshua Enos, and Roy Zimmer, Western Michigan University

SPURing into Action: Evolving the Research Consultation into a Career Readiness Engagement
Information literacy skills are essential to building lifelong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  In Fall 2016 the library research consultation service was incorporated into a newly launched engagement program required of all business majors to develop career readiness competencies.  This project lead to improvements in service logistics and a rise in research consultations.  Outlook on the program and future efforts to integrate the IL Framework into the research consultation will be discussed.
Presenter: LuMarie Guth, Western Michigan University

Congratulations to these groups that are sharing their successful projects with the greater library community.

Monday, March 19, 2018

VR Lab exhibits at the IT Girl Conference

Waldo Library Virtual Reality Lab will be an exhibitor at the IT Girl Conference at Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL)-Central, downtown Kalamazoo, on Saturday, April 7. The IT (Innovator in Tech) Girl Conference is a one day event where middle and high school youth will learn ways to solve problems with technology and create ideas to close the gender gap in the tech industry.

University Libraries will be sending virtual reality (VR) workstations for the attendees to experience this technology. Over 20 titles will be available to choose from including immersive and game technology.

Girls That Can is a STEM Empowerment organization that provides events and programs to inspire, educate and train girls to become innovative leaders in the science, engineering and tech sectors. A speaker at the conference is co-founder, Sydney Davis, a Western Michigan University alum and tech entrepreneur who is passionate about youth and technology. Sydney founded Girls That Can in 2015 to inspire girls to pursue a career in the science, engineering and technology sectors to help close the gender and ethnicity gap. Sydney is a Tech Strategy Consultant and owner of Pop Up and Paint, a modern hip paint party company located in downtown Jackson, Michigan.

This event is coordinated by the Gurlz of Color.

More information is at the link. They are also looking for sponsors, volunteers, and donors.

The WMU Virtual Reality Lab is focused on sharing VR technology through exploration and workshops as it offers significant potential in the areas of teaching, learning and research.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Welcome Jonathan Scherger

University Libraries is pleased to announce that Jonathan Scherger is joining Western Michigan University as an Assistant Professor in the new role of User Services Librarian. Mr. Scherger will work with a team of professional staff and student employees in the Waldo, Swain, and Maybee libraries and will provide leadership for public services, including circulation, interlibrary loan, reserves, desk services, reference assistance, and front-line technical support.

Since 2011, Mr. Scherger worked as the Head of User Services for the Mardigian Library at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He previously held roles as interlibrary loan coordinator and evening circulation supervisor. Mr. Scherger earned a Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in Detroit and a Bachelor of Arts in film and video studies from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Mr. Scherger is actively engaged in professional service and has served on a range of campus and regional committees, including serving as an executive board member and chair of the Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries (SEMLOL) and as a representative on the Council of Library Deans (COLD) public services and resource sharing groups. His scholarly interests include "user experience" and "assessment."

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Upperclassmen, Grad Students: Signature, Citation Software Workshop

"Introduction to Mendeley" workshop from University Libraries is part of the Signature Program for WMU students. It is free and open to all WMU students, staff and faculty. Attendees will learn to use the free reference management software Mendeley Desktop

Wednesday, March 14, 1:30 - 3 p.m. in Waldo, lower level, Classroom B. Librarians will provide orientation to utilize this helpful tool for your research projects. You will learn how to save your references, to keep track of your citations, annotate and take notes on your articles, create bibliographies and collaborate with other researchers.

Please register for the workshop in advance:

Before the workshop registrants should create a Mendeley account: . If you want to use the Mendeley Desktop version, download it to your own device and bring it to the workshop.

This workshop will be useful to upperclassmen, graduate students, or anyone that has a lot of references to manage.

More information on the software:

Student credit in the Signature Program is available.

Contact is Carrie Leatherman.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Surrealism Exhibit

" A Glimpse into Surrealism" From the Rare Book Room. A second floor, rotunda, case exhibit of some amazing books on art.

'Surreality' is a modern take on Surrealism through photography.
Surrealism arose in France during the early 1920’s as a cultural movement and the style is characterized by dream-like and irrational images from the subconscious.

The art style was pioneered by Andre Brenton and modeled after his Surrealist Manifesto and Freudian theory. Here is a glimpse of the exhibit.

'POSE' is a modern day artist who uses an array of colors
and layered applications to portray simple human emotions
such as love, loss, and triumph.