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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Medieval Book, special course

A two-week immersion into the study of the medieval manuscript, with a focus on the material qualities of the books and materials, and with attention also to their characteristic texts and contexts.

A unique opportunity for study of 21 manuscripts through Les Enluminures and the holdings of WMU Libraries. May 1, application deadline.

June 10 - 21, 2019, 9 - 5 pm at Waldo Library, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, sponsored by WMU University Libraries and the Medieval Institute.

The course can be taken for professional or personal development (no credit), or, with a writing requirement, as a course for graduate credit (two credit hours). more

Friday, March 22, 2019

WMU Virtual Reality TV Article

Virtual Reality is a future teaching and learning tool that we can work with now. WWMT TV3 has done a "Forward Focus" series article on just that. Interviews took place last week in Waldo Library's Virtual Reality Lab with a student employee, the directors of the lab and a nursing professor who is using a WMU created VR project in the classroom.

It is planned to air early in the week of March 25 at 5:33 am and 6:33 am and also will appear on the series webpage:

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Waldo Cafe is Open

Director of Dining Services, Judy Gipper, on left and Library Dean, Julie Garrison celebrate the opening of the Bookmark Cafe in Waldo Library this week. The evening cafe fills the needs of students later in the day from Waldo's first floor. There are plenty of comfortable flexible seating areas and work spaces. All are welcome to come and enjoy.

Open Sunday through Thursday 4 pm - 10 pm.

Bookmark Café offers an assortment of beverages and snacks to fuel studying and conversations, including:

  • Water Street Coffee and Numi Organic tea
  • Stok Cold Brew coffee
  • Grab'n Go sandwiches, fresh salads
  • Hunan Gardens sushi – fresh made daily
  • Gold'n Brown Bakery items
  • Bottled Pepsi products, Pure Leaf Tea, Naked Juice
  • An assortment of chips, health bars, candy
Cash, Dining Dollars, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay will be accepted.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Many Great March Seminars & More: Fake News, Google Like a Bad@$$

WMU Libraries have 4+ open to all seminars and activities this month where you can learn a variety of topics. Some are part of the Signature Program and on calendars around campus. They are summarized here for expediency.

Protecting Your Digital Footprint

Wednesday, March 20, 7 p.m., Waldo Library
We constantly share information about ourselves online every time we post a selfie, watch a video, or even just buy a pair of shoes. This session will talk about how our personal information can be used by others – sometimes in helpful ways but other times in ways we don’t fully realize. Join us to learn techniques and tools to make good decisions about your online presence and how to secure your personal information.

Coping with Fake News 

Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 pm, Waldo Library Classroom A 
How can we avoid getting caught by a fake news story? What impact does misinformation, spin, and bias have on our democracy? Why do fake stories spread so easily and how can we help stop it? Join us as we discuss fact, fiction, and their impact on the news. We will develop strategies for recognizing misinformation and combating it when we see it.
Register here for WMU Signature credit:

Google Like a Bad@$$  

Thursday, March 28, 7 p.m., Waldo Library Classroom A
Do you ever wonder about the results you get from Google searches? Do you worry about errors, biases, or even where the information comes from? If not, maybe you should! Join us as we discuss the unspoken assumptions and limitations of search engines, and explore tips and techniques to build stronger searches for finding more useful information. Let us show you how to Google like a bad@$$!

Human Library - Unjudge Someone 
Wednesday, March 27, 2:30 - 4 p.m. Waldo Library first floor
Don't judge a book by its cover. The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. You can check out human "books," learn about their experiences and listen to their stories. "Readers" are encouraged to ask questions during these one-on-one conversations. Difficult questions are expected and appreciated, and will be answered.

You must present a valid Bronco Card to borrow a "book." This event is a WMU Signature approved event. Come check out our human library, where you can borrow people instead of books. For more information, visit us on Facebook.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Help Shape WMU Libraries

Take the Survey by April 1 and help WMU Libraries shape the future for greater student success. has more information and a direct link to the national survey site, LibQUAL+.

Win a chance at 1 of 5 $100 gift cards just for participating. This survey is done every 3 years and we are working toward greater participation.

You asked, we listened: planned for a cafe at Waldo - opening this semester; added a Graduate Student Commons space in Waldo; increased check out times; opened Waldo Library for 24 hours during finals week; eliminated overdue fines; and added and improved group study spaces.

Please take our survey:

Teaching and Learning Technology Day

University Libraries will showcase recently developed teaching and learning spaces and tools including the Virtual Reality Lab, Makerspace, Learning Glass Studio, Graduate Student Commons. Other campus departments will host information tables showcasing their teaching and learning activities and services.

March 22, 10 am - 3 pm, Waldo Library, Lower Level with refreshments. Tours begin in first floor Rotunda on the hour. 

The goal is to introduce more campus faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants to new teaching and learning tools in Waldo Library that can be used in their classes.

Tours will start from the Waldo Rotunda at the top of each hour. At 2 p.m. in the lower level VR Lab space, Tim Greene and Susan Houtrow will describe their experiences incorporating the Learning Glass Studio and Virtual Reality Lab into their teaching and research. Expo style tables will be hosted by the Office of Faculty Development, OIT’s Faculty Services, and Extended University Programs, plus more.