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Friday, November 10, 2017

Library Double Monitors and Special Software

Yes, now in Waldo Library.
Over 25 public computers in Waldo Library now have two monitors. Your work can be spread out to view more whether you are doing spreadsheets or multiple documents. Look for them on the first and second floors.
Also, special software is now available on some of the dual-monitor computers. Some have the Statistical packages SPSS, Minitab, and Maple. Other dual-monitor computers have the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite, which includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and much more. Look for the labels or ask for directions at the Waldo Service Desk.
Remember to save often to a flash drive, cloud location, or send in email especially on a public computer. (they wipe clean after 15 minutes of inactivity)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

November, Native American Heritage Month

Much of the Native American art at WMU is centered in Waldo Library. Displays throughout the building of Native American culture are highlighted for November, Native American Month.

President Emeriti, Dwight B. Waldo in the 1930s supported a movement to establish a museum collection at Western State Teachers College for the benefit of students and staff. He had a career-long interest in historical and antiquarian materials and began assembling pieces for this collection. Mr. and Mrs. Waldo had secured an unusual collection of rock specimens, American Indian items, and a collection of Alaskan pieces that were gifted towards the museum collection effort. Today, you can view Native American culture in three locations in Waldo.



A permanent display of Native American artifacts shows the artistry of glass beadwork on leather in clothing of the Plains Indians - Lakota and Sioux Nation. Located on first floor near Classroom A are seven beaded items.

An exhibit case that displays books, prints, pottery and other artifacts of Native Americans is a collaboration of the Division of Multicultural Affairs and Special Collections and Rare Books Room of University Libraries. Located on third floor near rotunda this display continues through November.

The Kiowa Five Painters are mentioned in a wall display on second floor near stairwell 3. They combined traditional and modern techniques to produce images of current ceremonies as well as their historic past. The Kiowa painters were prominent in the development of contemporary Indian painting, and led the early 'Oklahoma school' of work. The three artists featured are Jack Hokeah, Stephen Mopope, and Monroe Tsatoke.

Over eighteen paintings, works from the 1937, and 3 weavings, including a basket are part of the  Dwight B. Waldo Collection on second floor.

The beautiful Native American pieces that are on exhibit at Waldo Library are from the WMU Permanent Art Collection and serve as tribute to many Native American cultures.

University Libraries have many resources to research Native Americans history and culture. Use Library Search on the Library home page: wmich.edu/library and consult with a subject librarian at Ask Us http://wmich.libanswers.com

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

5 Million Downloads of WMU Research

ScholarWorks at WMU, the scholarly institutional repository of Western's research and creative works has reached a major milestone. People from over 230 countries around the world have downloaded over 5 million documents since its implementation in 2011. 

The repository contains many items produced by the WMU community: 15 journals published at WMU, student dissertations, master’s theses, honor theses, and posters, conference schedules and proceedings, journal articles, reports, projects, music recital programs, information about books published by WMU authors, university, college and department magazines and newsletters. Administered by University Libraries more works are added daily to the current 26,700+ items including digitization projects completed by the Libraries’ Digitization Center. 

Browse from the repository homepage scholarworks.wmich.edu by type of item or department or use the search box to look for authors or topics. An interesting real time map shows current activity – who is downloading what from where. The graphic below is an example of activity when the 5 million event occurred.  

The goals of ScholarWorks are to increase visibility and global discoverability of WMU's intellectual output, facilitate scholarly communication and preserve and provide long term access to the work of WMU faculty, students and staff. Submission information is online. Maira Bundza, the ScholarWorks librarian, is available for questions, 269-387-5207.







Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Large 15 Century Maps, Unique Artists Book Exhibit

The Special Collections and Rare Book Room is hosting an exhibition for one day for each of these unusually large items, November 7th and 8th entitled Land and Sea Exhibit.

The fold-out 'artist's book', The Deep by Kevin Steele covers 4 tables. Its concept is about many aspects of the sea. Tuesday, November 7 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

On Wednesday, November 8, the other large works on exhibit are the Fra Mauro Map (a large Italian map facsimile from the 15th century), as well as a 15th century Giovanni Leardo Map facsimile. Also open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Both exhibits are on the third floor rotunda of Waldo Library in the Special Collections and Rare Book Room and are part of the permanent collection.





Day of the Dead Altar in Waldo

A Mexican Tradition around All Saints' Day, Nov., 1, is celebrated in most of Latin America.The dia de los muertos is a very festive holiday in which relatives who have passed on are honored. The holiday is marked by setting up an altar which includes flowers, candy skulls, and candles. The custom predates pre-Columbian times.

You can see the altar display on the second floor of Waldo Library where a pictorial floor mosaic of dried seeds is included. The display is sponsored by the Department of Spanish, division of Multicultural Affairs and University Libraries. It will be on display through November 6 during regular library hours.

Day of the Dead Altar in Waldo Library is typical of a family's home altar set up
to honor their ancestors

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Open Access Week Event

Presentation and Discussion
Open Education Resources (OER), affordable textbooks, affordable learning, OER degrees are terms that are becoming familiar to educators across the country. Come find out how these help student success and how we can start working on them at WMU. Presentation and discussion by Maira Bundza at Waldo Library will be Friday, October 27, 3 pm in Classroom A.
 
Learn more during Open Access Week, October 23-29, 2017. There are many benefits to faculty and students and we can all play a part in this movement.
Work for Open Access to information in
order to share and educate more easily.


See the display in Bernhard Center, first floor. Contact Maira Bundza for more information: http://wmich.edu/library/directory/bundza

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Not Secure - Internet Message


Beginning in Mid-October Google Chrome will start displaying a Not Secure message on any webpage where information can be entered in any kind of form using HTTP instead of the encrypted HTTPS protocol. Library Search will be affected on the current home page and in Advanced search.

WMU Libraries plans to default to the new secure version of Library Search by mid-December. Try the new secure Library Search or continue to use the classic version.