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Friday, July 19, 2019

Welcome Daria Orlowska

Please help us welcome our new Data Librarian to University Libraries.

Before coming to Western Michigan, Daria earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and began coordinating human subject research at Rush University Medical Center. 

 After a brief stint working reference, she decided to combine her research management experience with the service aspect of librarianship by attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she worked as a graduate assistant at the Research Data Service. Daria is looking forward to assessing data needs on campus and developing services to better support the research community.

In her free time, Daria enjoys bird watching, trying out different art techniques, and incorporating new recipes into her baking repertoire.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Service Desk temporarily relocating during construction

The service desk in Waldo Library will be relocated due to construction from the First Floor Project. All services will continue to be available from temporary spaces in Waldo Library.

Library service staff will be available at an information desk near the entrance on the first floor to provide directions, answer questions, and check out materials. Additional staff will be available on the second floor to help patrons with their library needs. The second-floor bridge to Computing Services Lab will also be available for entry and assistance Monday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm.
The temporary relocation is expected to last up to three weeks. The target schedule is to re-open the service desk on the first floor early August. 

We look forward to re-opening our service desk very soon. Thank you for your patience while we refresh Waldo Library.

Services Desk services have moved for construction for most of July.

User Services staff will be in Waldo Lobby to help get you to the
services you need.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Welcome Luke Conklin

Please help us welcome our new User Services Coordinator to the Waldo Service Desk.
Luke brings a wealth of higher education and customer service experience, along with a rich background in education and creative artistic performance. 

A native of central New York, He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College, a Master of Arts from The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in chant and ritual song, a Master of Music in historical performance (oboe) from The Juilliard School, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in historical performance from Case Western Reserve University. He has performed on dozens of instruments ranging from modern and historical oboes to Medieval and Celtic harps.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Welcome Juliana Espinosa

Please meet Juliana Espinosa, the new Librarian in Residence for Engagement and Inclusion. 

Juliana is excited to work with the University Libraries staff on developing inclusive community engagement programs with the Western Michigan University campus and the greater Kalamazoo area. 

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University and joins us with ten years of higher education experience from the University of California, Santa Barbara, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Utah. 

She is completely new to the Midwest and would love to have suggestions on fun places to visit in the region.

Join us in welcoming her to WMU Libraries.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Exhibition of Medieval Manuscripts

Waldo Library's Rare Book Room will host an exhibit of thirteenth century and onward manuscripts during the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Waldo Library, third floor, Edwin and Mary Meader Room. Open to all, the showings are May 8 - 11, 2019, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., closed Sunday, and Monday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Here is what a recent host of this exhibition said of this collection, University of Iowa Libraries: "These manuscripts are on loan from Les Enluminures, a company with locations in Paris, New York and Chicago. Les Enluminures was created to offer a large and wide-ranging inventory of text manuscripts on the market. They developed a program that allows educational institutes in North America to borrow some manuscripts, giving more people the opportunity to see these wonderful books. The program is called “Manuscripts in the Curriculum.”  . . .  These allow students to gain a broader understanding of the Middle Ages. . .
De miseria humanae conditionis (On the Misery of the Human Condition)
The manuscripts were written throughout Europe from the 13th century to the 19th century, and each manuscript has a diverse subject including the lives of the saints, school books, humanism, liturgy and canon law.
One of the manuscripts, Lotario Dei Segni’s De miseria humanae conditionis (On the Misery of the Human Condition), has been cited by famous authors, including Chaucer and Christine de Pizan. This medieval manuscript is a reflection on the Middle Ages. 
Choir Psalter

Saint Benedict’s Regula sancti Benedicti and Saint Augustine’s Regula sancti Augustini episcopi are pocket-sized manuscripts containing foundation documents of early Western monasticism. Even though monks were not allowed any personal property of their own, there is still evidence that a Benedictine monk or abbot had owned the manuscript in the 15th century.
Along with these manuscripts, there may be some that have missing leaves. However, those missing leaves add more to the story than if they were still bound with the manuscript.
An incomplete Noted Choir Psalter and Hymnal is bound out of order and is missing numerous leaves; however, it still represents the opportunity to acquire a liturgical manuscript from Northern Italy.
There is so much to learn from these manuscripts. . . ."
WMU Libraries is pleased to exhibit these to the public and Congress attendees.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Linda Rolls retires from University Libraries

After serving WMU for 50 years, Linda Rolls retires at the close of Spring Semester. She served in many roles at the Libraries: head of reference services, head of science reference, associate dean, and interlibrary loan librarian.

She was the first African-American librarian on campus and became the first African-American professor at WMU. She took on many new tasks with great commitment. She will be missed around the libraries.

Here is a photo collage of some of her times at WMU.


1993 Symphony supporter
2017 University photo


Friday, April 19, 2019

Libraries Finals Week Activities

Waldo Rotunda: WSA Coffee, Fruit Tray, & Doughnut giveaways (in partnership with the Bookmark CafĂ©) will be: 
  • Sunday, April 21: 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 22: 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 23: 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 24: 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 25: 8:00 a.m.

Graduate College treat giveaway in the Graduate Student Commons, 3rd floor Waldo

  •    For graduate students, Monday - Thursday, April 22 - 24, 9 am - 2 p.m.

Waldo Graffiti Wall - Easels with paper will be setup on the first floor near the New Books with crayons to allow students to express their inner artist


Mini playdoh and treats to the other branch libraries - Playdoh cans, treats, bookmarks, and crayons will be available at the branch libraries while supplies last


Nightly at Waldo
  • Sunday - Stress buster giveaway. Stress balls and treats (including allergen free) available while supplies last 
  • Monday - Button night. Finals themed buttons with fun phrases are back by popular demand, while supplies last 
  • Tuesday – Cookie night. Stop by the desk for a sweet treat (gluten free option available) Wednesday – Bubble night. Stop by the desk at Waldo and pick up a mini bottle of bubbles or bubble wrap and pop/blow your stress away, while supplies last 
  • Thursday AM - Students can stop by the desk on the way to their exams starting at 7:30 am, to pickup a granola bar on their way to their last exam (gluten free option available). While supplies last
Best to all of you on exams