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Monday, October 29, 2018

Day of the Dead Exhibit

This years exhibit was just completed in Waldo Library. The display is a collaboration between the Department of Spanish and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and is a featured event in the Real Talk Diversity Series. This year the altar honors Michael Braun, a recent past professor at WMU. It is hosted by Waldo Library to promote maximum accessibility and greater understanding of this cultural event.
This exhibit will celebrate El Día de Los Muertos, Day of the Dead, a multi-day celebration most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated and pre-dates the arrival of Europeans. 

Volunteers finish the installation of the altar with sand mosaic on Waldo's second floor

Observers of El Día de Los Muertos honor friends and family members who have died and offer support for their spiritual journeys. Many families set up these 'altars' in their homes as they remember important people in their lives. The first day is set aside to remember the children, and the second day is to honor the memory of adult relatives. Each year the celebration is marked by preparation of foods in honor of those relatives who have departed. 

Today, El Día de Los Muertos is acknowledged and celebrated internationally and among a range of cultures. Campus Partners: WMU Department of Spanish and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The exhibit contains a brochure with questions for viewers and is part of some WMU class visits. It is available October 27 through November 8 at the 2nd floor rotunda area. It can be seen all the hours that Waldo Library is open.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Get your Library Research On Track

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

With it being past midterms, now is the time to get that research project on track.
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 within Library Search; 
  • help with understanding citations and more.

There are 14 librarians who know the 57 WMU majors/subject areas. They know which databases hold what you need. One can get started here:

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. Also, calling the library service desk, (269) 387-5059 will get you help for making an appointment or any other information question.

Makerspace Opening

Many people enjoyed the Grand Reopening of Makerspace in Waldo Library last week. Innovation Club moved here from OIT space early in semester. There is now more space for the student club to explore, invent, build, inspire. An announcement was made on their next big project which is to design portable internet access units to be used in disasters like Florida's hurricane aftermath. More on Makerspace,

Congrats to the Innovation Club. All students are welcome to use the lab and join the club. Makerspace is located on second floor.

Waldo Library is working to be the place for collaborative, creative, open and flexible learning spaces. Located in the heart of campus and open late most days:

Friday, October 12, 2018

Makerspace Grand Reopening in Waldo

The student Innovation Club has relocated to Waldo Library this semester. Their Grand Re-Opening is Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 3 - 5 p.m. The Makerspace is open to the WMU Community. The Makerspace at Waldo Library has the space, equipment and people to help you tinker, test and try out your ideas. 
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. 
The Makerspace is operated by the Western Michigan University Innovation Club. The Innovation Club is dedicated to providing a free space where people can collaborate, experiment and learn.

Details of Event:

When — Wed Oct 17, 3pm - 5pm

Where — Makerspace, Waldo 2nd floor

Who — Anyone interested in building or making and prototyping.  Students and instructors from all majors are welcome.


- Several Arduinos will be available to play with.

- Play Giant Connect 4!  (The board stands about 3 feet tall.  Different color soda cans are the pieces.  This was the very first Innovation Club project.)

- 3-D printers will be running.
- See all the types of objects that have been made.  

Welcome Emma Kate Morgan

Emma Kate Morgan is the new Evening Circulation Assistant at Waldo Library. She comes to us from Portage Public Schools as a Special Education Paraprofessional and from Kalamazoo College’s Upjohn Library Commons. Emma Kate has also been a professional librarian substitute at Kalamazoo Public Library, a youth services intern, a technology intern, and an aide in the MeLCat, material processing, audiovisual, and circulation departments. 

Originally from Mississippi, Emma Kate graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in English Studies (focusing in creative writing and post-colonial theory) and a Spanish minor. She then went on to receive a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. In her free time, you can find her reading books, experimenting in the kitchen, and creating custom jewelry.

Join us in welcoming her to WMU Libraries.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Welcome Alex Dark

We are pleased to welcome Alex Dark to University Libraries in the position of Network Administrator Senior. 

Dark has worked as a Systems Administrator at Streamline Healthcare Solutions since 2012, where he was responsible for customer-facing infrastructure such as web servers, database servers, VPN servers, and VPN tunnel gateways. He was also responsible for planning, acquiring, set-up and maintenance of all internal technology functions. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Western Michigan University in 2012. Alex’s experience and knowledge with servers, VPN and databases will be an asset to the Libraries. 

Please join us in welcoming Alex to the University Libraries!

Dedication and Film, Local History

A new regional history collection is being dedicated along with a film it inspired.

The Zhang Legacy Center, Archives and Regional History Collections is having a dedication ceremony and film showing of " The Abandoned Bride" on Sunday, October 14, 2018.

The film is a documentary by Dev Havens and Lynette Doele with Traveling Moon Productions. The summary for The Abandoned Bride is, "A young American soldier in occupied Europe at the end of WWI - A mysterious Austrian woman and a century-old love affair"

Dedication of the Roselle Haven Artifacts Collection and the film viewing is taking place at the Zhang Legacy Collections Center, 1650 Oakland Drive, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI 49008. Refreshments begin at 2 p.m., dedication at 2:30, and film starts at 3 p.m.

This is a unique event around our local history of southwest Michigan. 

The Archives and Regional History Collections consists of historical University, regional, and local governmental records. It is the largest facility of its type in southwestern Michigan and one of the largest in the state. In addition to the manuscript collections, the unit has oral
histories, census records, a research collection of books, magazines, and newspapers, and several large photographic collections.