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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Showing two unique items, Frau Mauro Map and The Deep pop-up book

Two unique items Frau Mauro Map and The Deep pop-up book will be shown in the Rare Book Room, Waldo Library on two separate afternoons in November. Due to their large size, this is a rare opportunity for easy viewing of these newer acquisitions.

Two of their largest works, the Frau Mauro Map facsimile and The Deep by Kevin Steele, called the Land and Sea exhibit, will be in the Special Collections reading room for patrons and staff. The graphic below furnishes a glimpse into these special works.

The Frau Mauro Map will be on display on Monday, November 7 from noon - 4:30pm. It was made around the year 1450 in Venice (Italy) in the renaissance style. It is one of the most precious and well known works preserved in the Biblioteca Marciana in Venice. Unusual for medieval European maps, Fra Mauro map is oriented with South at the top. It is full of details and inscriptions about explorers’ discoveries of the era. Impressive at 98 inches square (250 cm).

The Deep by Kevin Steele will be on Monday, November 14 from noon - 4:30pm.
It is an accordion-bound pop-up book, which unfolds to an oversized eight-point compass rose. The author describes the piece: "The Deep is a tribute to maritime folklore and tradition developed over centuries of nautical exploration. The ocean, which remains immense and mysterious in our own time, was all the more enchanting and terrifying to sailors in an era when being at sea meant a profound isolation from civilization in oft uncharted waters and dangerous passages ... The lore presented here represents a small fraction of the nautical traditions that sailors looked to for guidance and protection in a dangerous profession." -  a great example of an art book in the Special Collections and Rare Books room at WMU.

Contact Susan Steuer, Head, Special Collections and Rare Books Room, (269) 387-5221

Amazing New / Trial Databases for WMU Users

There are new digital resources available to you each month at the University Libraries website. They are under review for usability or future subscriptions. Digital Concert Hall, LGBT Studies Online, Independent Voices, Women's Magazine Online, BBC Video Collection, Black Studies in Video are a few of the large range of new titles that may be added to our current 400 digital databases. See the right column on this page:  Or click on the databases and guides link on the library homepage, black bar area. Visit often to see what is being considered.

Doing Research with Your Library

A research project on your list? University Libraries is here to help:
  • - 4.5 million items,
  • - 0ver 15 librarians who are research experts,
  • - Librarians that focus on each major on campus,
  • - Assistance 5 ways: text, email, call, chat, or drop-in,
  • - Make an appointment with your areas' librarian - they know the databases that will help you the most.
Our academic librarians and assistants can help you with narrowing/defining a topic, finding on-target books and peer reviewed articles, organizing your paper/project, proper citing of resources, and more. Even though our Research Night in late October is past, you can get assistance. The event only highlighted our ongoing services to all students, instructors, and faculty. You can get help any day. Come to the Waldo reference desk on first floor and get your research on-track!  (269) 387-5178.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Research Night Returns to the Libraries

Students bring in your project for assistance.

Save the date, Tuesday, October 25, 4 - 9 p.m. for research night. Even though research night is one night in the fall, there is always help at the Library.

Come to Waldo Library: WMU Libraries wants to help students succeed in their research assignments. "Night of the Research Paper” is a fall-themed event on Tues., October 25, 2016 from 4-9 p.m. at Waldo Library. Get help with your research! Getting started early can lead to greater success.
Flier inviting all students to individual research help

Students will receive help through all or part of the process of a research project by librarians, Writing Center staff, and Bronco Study Zone staff. Help will be available on narrowing/defining a topic, finding reliable and/or scholarly information, organizing the paper, and appropriately citing sources. Participants are asked to bring a hard copy of the research assignment to these one-on-one consultations. We want to help our students do their best work and learn about the great materials available through the library.

Also to note: Research assistance and writing help are always available at Waldo Library's Research and Instruction Desk, 387-5178, and the Writing Center, 387-4615.

More information:

NEVER FEAR! Even though research night is one night in October, you can get one-on-one help with your research project anytime. Come to the Research and Instruction Desk with your research questions, or make an appointment another time with the librarian for your major or topic. 269-387-5178


Friday, October 7, 2016

New Books Display Features Voting and Election Topics

Featured this month are recent books about the 2016 presidential election, voting behavior, the role of political parties, polarization, politics and traditional and social media, the electoral college, gender roles, and many more related titles. Waldo, first floor display is to the right from the lobby as you enter.