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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Presentation: Michigan, My Michigan

A History of this State - From Territory to Statehood is a talk from WMU Regional History Curator, Lynn Houghton. She is part of the Zhang Legacy Center, Archives and Regional History Collections.

It is a Monday, May 21 event, 7 - 8:30 pm, downtown at the Kalamazoo Public Central Library, Van Deusen Room.

The history of Michigan is interesting, fascinating and filled with twists and turns. Join Houghton for a journey looking at all aspects of Michigan’s growth and development through events, topics, trends, themes and people, all of which have shaped this State. Along with being the Regional History Curator for the WMU Archives and Regional History Collections, Lynn taught Michigan History for Western’s Department of History from 2002 to 2017 and also does the Gazelle Sports Historic Walks.

Early Michigan map, 1838, half of the area does not yet have
county designations.
The Archives and Regional History Collections consist of historical University, regional, and local governmental records. It is the largest facility of its type in southwestern Michigan. The library holds letters, diaries, and records of area people, businesses and organizations. It also has several large photographic collections, area newspapers, and electronic resources documenting the story of southwestern Michigan. #ZhangLegacyCenter

Monday, May 7, 2018

WMU libraries medieval collections are renown

Special Collections and Rare Books at Waldo are closely connected to the World Medieval Congress that comes to WMU each spring. They house medieval manuscripts and facsimiles of books covering the Middle Ages that scholars use in their research. Students at WMU's Medieval Institute use these special historical documents in their classes throughout year.

Also, the unit supports the needs of the Medieval Institute, especially in terms of class instruction - particularly medieval history classes that use primary sources and help graduate students conduct research through document work.

The Medieval Institute and Special Collections and Rare Books esteemed collections are two of the reasons the medievalists have come to Kalamazoo for 53 years.

See several medieval exhibit cases in the third floor rotunda area of Waldo Library: new acquisitions, Beowulf materials, and a historical costume collection sampling.

More about the conference:


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Waldo Library Road Construction

If you are driving to Waldo Library this summer, please be aware of construction directly in front of Waldo on the Arcadia Loop curve. The parking lot behind the library is available but restricted (Lot 28). Access from the east, Arcadia road (near Elmwood Apts A or French Hall direction) The lot across the street is closed (by Moore Hall lot 27). The steam pipe work will last through early August.

Some of the sidewalks and road crossings are also restricted. Some days there will be additional dust and noise. The Library will remain open its regular hours through the summer:

Welcome Lori Kison

University Libraries welcomes Lori Kison to the position of Special Collections Coordinator. Ms. Kison has joined the Research Services Department and will be located in the Special Collections and Rare Book Reading Room.

Lori brings more than 25 years of experience of working with the WMU community including more than 20 years at WMU Libraries, mostly working in technical services/Resource Management and with additional experience in resource sharing and circulation. She has strong organizational skills, customer service experience, and enthusiasm, all of which will be invaluable in her new role.

Her BSC is from WMU in history with a public history/art history minor and an emphasis on archival and museum studies. This established an understanding of the importance of primary sources and their curation, and an enduring respect for and love of libraries.  We are delighted to welcome her back to WMU Libraries in the role of special collections coordinator within the Research Services department. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Student Employee Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to the 4 student employees who were awarded scholarships recently from University Libraries! Full time students who work at University Libraries wrote an essay as part of their applications where they were judged on creativity, originality, and enthusiasm. 

The winners are: 
Hadlee Robinson from the Office of the Dean and Business Services,  with Sara Volmering supervisor. They are pictured here near her submitted essay.

Lindsey Hammel from the Swain Education Library, Brandon Meissner supervisor. (Not Pictured)

Ogden Wright from the Waldo Service Desk, Scott Smith supervisor. (Not pictured)

Yizhou Chen from the Waldo Service Desk, with Megan Brown supervisor. (below)

Each of the student awardees receive $1000. toward their next year college expenses and a certificate honoring their submission.

The third photo shows the staff scholarship committee along with supervisors and some awardees. From the left is Malissa Minnema, Khanh Hoang, Sarah Volmering,
Hadlee Robinson, Joshua Enos, Yizhou Chen, Megan Brown, LuMarie Guth, and in the back row is Brandon Meissner. 

Thanks to all for the great work on this project.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Additional Workshop added: Virtual Reality Workshops

New WMU Workshops Offered on Virtual Reality: Learn. Create. Play.

NEW WORKSHOP ADDED: Friday, April 20, 12 - 1:30 p.m., Creating an Exterior VR Environment in Unity.

VR offers significant potential in the areas of teaching, learning and research. Now you can explore the educational potential of this popular technology here at WMU. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend at the new Waldo Library VR Lab in the Lower Level.

Four different workshops are offered with limited seating. Daytime and nighttime offerings are available to fit your schedule. Workshop titles:

Intro to VR
Get your first look at Virtual Reality and learn about the different types of VR content. 

Getting Started with VR in Unity
Learn how to start making your own Virtual Reality content using the Unity development environment.  

Creating 3D Objects for VR
Virtual Reality isn’t very engaging without objects to interact with. Learn the basics of creating 3D models. 

Creating Art in VR with Quill, Medium, and Blocks
Creating art is an amazing experience in Virtual Reality thanks to the many creative applications available

Software tutorials are also suggested, see the links at the bottom of the Learning VR page: Unity, Unreal Engine, Blender

Thursday, April 12, 2018

VR Lab Extends Hours - Finals

Waldo Virtual Reality Lab extends hours for finals time. Extra hours have been added for April 20 - 22, Friday - Sunday for a break from finals stress. The Lab will be open through Thursday, April 26 at its regular hours which include late night times.

Come take a break and try one of 20 different titles in VR. 

Note: Lab will be closed break week, week of April 30.

Late Night Hours

Sunday - Thursday9 p.m. to midnight

Daytime Hours

Monday - Thursday2 to 6 p.m.

Final Exam Hours (April 20-29, 2018)

Friday, April 206 to 9 p.m
Saturday, April 216 to 9 p.m.
Sunday, April 226 p.m to midnight
Monday, April 232 to 6 p.m.
9 p.m. to midnight
Tuesday, April 242 to 6 p.m.
9 p.m. to midnights
Wednesday, April 252 to 6 p.m.
9 p.m. to midnight
Thursday, April 262 to 6 p.m.
9 p.m. to midnight
Friday, April 27Closed
Saturday, April 28
Sunday, April 29Closed