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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

World News Reels, mid 1900s: featured new database

World Newsreels Online: 1929–1966 captures full runs of many of the key international newsreels produced during the early twentieth century in this database of moving pictures. Key collections include: Universal Newsreels, Universal Studios, Les Actualites Francaises, Nippon News and The March of Time. Produced from 1929 through the early post-war period, these films provide a unique—and until now largely neglected—resource that will give scholars real insight into how people learned about and lived through the events that occurred during this period of history. Searchable.

This new trial database is brought to you through Western Michigan University Libraries and may become part of the ongoing library holdings.     see right column, bottom link.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Waldo will be Open 24 Hours for Finals

 24 hour opening schedule is starting Dec. 11 at Waldo Library through Dec. 15. To help students at finals time Waldo will go to a 24 hours schedule for most of 5 days starting Sunday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.

News on the wmich,edu/news page:

 The libraries 4 schedules for all of the upcoming holidays are here:

Extended Service Hours at Waldo and Swain Education Libraries in December

Starting December 9 Waldo and Swain Education Libraries will have extended hours for the end of the semester. Also, the service desks of circulation and reference will be staffed longer to assist students until closing time.

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, hours are extended to midnight closing at Waldo.
Sunday, Waldo opens earlier at 10 a.m.

Sunday December 11, at the Swain Education Library in Sangren, open hours are extended to midnight.

NOTE: 24 hour opening schedule is coming to Waldo for finals, starting Dec 11 - 15, see next article.

The libraries 4 schedules for all of the upcoming holidays are here:

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Books for Native American Heritage Month

There is a large selection of books on the topic of Native Americans grouped on the first floor kiosk (to the right of front elevator) in celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

Culture, history, and heritage are presented from our collections for easy browsing. There is a display of special Native American items from the Special Collections and Rare Book Room in the Waldo lobby.

Also, be sure to check out our Library Guide on the topic featuring popular films on this theme:

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Only Weeks Until Finals! Quiet Study Spaces

Whoa. Only a short time left in this semester! The libraries are here to help. There are quiet study zones on each floor in Waldo Library, a quiet room in Swain Education Library, and group study rooms to study with team or friends in both libraries. Also, don't forget about the Bronco Study Zone on second floor - help with study skills and tutors.

Quiet Study Zones in Waldo are toward the back on each floor. Look for the aqua tape band or words on the upper walls. Third floor is entirely a quiet zone.

Swain Education Library on the second floor of Sangren has a large quiet room of study booths that is separated from the rest of the library. Also, there are 5 group study rooms; some will accommodate up to 8 and others up to 14 people, all 5 with large monitors for projection from your laptop. You can reserve by calling the Education Library: 387-5223 or walk in, subject to availability.

Group study rooms are available in Waldo on the lower level. One of four can be reserved for your group of 2 or more by calling the circulation desk in Waldo, 387-5156.

Bronco Study Zone information is here:

Best to you on getting that studying done!

Waldo Library will open later on Sat. Nov. 19: 1 pm

Instead of opening at 10 am, Waldo will be open at 1 pm on Saturday  after the ESPN show because of crowds and parking challenges. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Campus Turkey Trot run moved to Sunday Nov. 20, food donations requested

Due to ESPN College Game Day logistics, the Turkey Trot has been rescheduled to Sunday, November 20 at 8:30 a.m. 

This month the Student Recreation Center (SRC) is in partnership with WSA and United Way with a Food Collection drive. Your donation will help the WMU Invisible Need project and local food pantries.

There will be a drop box for non-perishable food at the SRC right up until the day of the Turkey Trot 5K which is moved to Saturday, Nov. 20.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Amazing pop-up art book-Waldo exhibit-one day

A limited edition art book is on exhibit Monday, Nov. 14, noon - 4:30 p.m. in Special Collections and Rare Book room, Waldo Library. As a very large and fragile piece at 64 inches it is not exhibited often - one of ten in the world. It is a tribute to maritime folklore and tradition developed over centuries of nautical exploration laid out in the form of an eight-point compass rose. It was designed and constructed by Kevin Steele for his Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University, in 2012.

More information, photos, and video:

Friday, November 11, 2016

Help with Your Research Project

Research Project? Librarians are here to help in many ways. Think of them as an advisor but for research. We have 20 librarians that specialize in many of the major areas of study. They know the databases and resources you need and can get you there faster whether you are researching cement or Shakespeare, online shopping or a playwright. Start with the research desk, "Need Help, Ask Us" desk, first floor, Waldo. Or connect one of 4 ways by Ask Us; phone, instant message, walk-in, or email, from the Library home page.

Welcome visitors to Waldo !

Students are competing in WMUs Global Ambassador Scholarship competition across campus. The Admissions Office has 84 potential new students coming in this Friday to take part in a type of scavenger hunt.  These students will be visiting a series of stations around campus, Waldo Library being one of them. Welcome to all of them.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Rare Latin 12th century manuscript now at Waldo

Page from De Corpore et Sanguine Domini manuscript.

Rare 12-century Latin manuscript is a copy of "De Corpore et Sanguine Domini"
KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A rare 12th-century manuscript that is a copy of a work first produced some 300 years earlier is now at home in Western Michigan University's Special Collections and Rare Book Department, thanks to a grant from the New York City-based B.H. Breslauer Foundation.

The manuscript's Latin title is "De Corpore et Sanguine Domini," which means "On the Body and Blood of the Lord." The influential writing was widely disseminated during the Middle Ages and was considered groundbreaking and controversial in its argument for the Eucharist transforming into the body and blood of Christ.

Teaching and research significance

Purchased using both endowed funds for the rare book collection and a $70,000 grant from the Breslauer Foundation, the small 12th-century manuscript is expected to play a major role in graduate and undergraduate teaching and research at WMU. The University is home to an internationally known Medieval Institute as well as two renowned research centers—the Richard Rawlinson Center for Anglo-Saxon Studies and Manuscript Research and the Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies.

"The manuscript will be used primarily for research and teaching," Steuer says, noting that library staff will digitize the work to extend access to the manuscript even more widely.

Steuer says the new manuscript will become a pillar of the medieval manuscript collection, and it is of interest because it represents some typical features of manuscripts of its date, but also because it has a number of unusual characteristics, such as its small size—about 3 by 4.5 inches—and the author's citation of sources. Link to full news release.

Special Collections and Rare Book Department

Located on the third floor of Dwight B. Waldo Library, Special Collections is one of the repositories of primary resources and research materials in the WMU Libraries. It has more than 41,000 books. There are about 40 medieval manuscripts, modern and early modern printed editions, archives of modern writers, and fine press edition books. For more information on WMU's Special Collections, visit

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Day of the Dead Altar Tradition

It continues at Waldo Library, co-sponsored by Dept. of Spanish and the Division of Multicultural Affairs at WMU. Come see this Mexican tradition through November 4 on second floor, atrium area and better understand its origins. The hours are same as Waldo open hours, Mon-Thur, 7:30 a.m. - 2 a.m. The Altar will close about noon on Friday, Nov, 4. It is interesting to note that the Google home page honored this tradition on Wednesday, Nov. 2.