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Monday, December 11, 2017

New Library Search Interface

An updated and more secure version of WMU Libraries Library Search will be rolled out on Monday, December 18. The search box on the home page will be unchanged but the search results will have a slightly different look along with increased security. Clicking the Advanced or Simple search links will take users to updated search screen layouts but the same search functionalities as now. If you have any questions, please ask the Service Desk, (269) 387-5059.
Try it now

The new version Search Results page is more secure and you can use
the drop down to narrow results by type.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Special Christmas Books Exhibit

Christmas Books Exhibit for Children and Adults, from the Special Collections in the Rare Book Room, Waldo Library. Pieces by Dickens, Warhol, and others - pop-ups, classics, and miniatures. Waldo Lobby cases on first floor. During Waldo open hours until Jan 2.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Open 24 hrs for Finals - Waldo

To support students in their study needs, Waldo Library will be open extended hours.

Starting on Sunday, Dec., 10 at 10 am. Waldo will stay open for 24 hours a day until Thursday, Dec., 14 at midnight.

Previous to that on Friday and Saturday, Dec., 8 and 9, Waldo will be open until midnight.

For safety Bronco Card door-swipe is requested for entry at late night during the 24 hr period, 2 am - 7:30 am.

Informational image promoting the 24 Hours Open of Waldo Library

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Summary of Libraries' Accomplishments

Libraries Year in Review is a publication showcasing the progress and achievements of University Libraries.

Student success and employment are a large part of our year. Revitalized spaces and facility usage are expanding. The support of research and scholarship along with services is highlighted. Responsive programs and a rare acquisition are points of pride. A library collections summary and usage are also noted. 

University Libraries is a four library system: Waldo Library; Maybee Music and Dance Library, Dalton; Swain Education Library, Sangren; and Zhang Legacy Collection Center, Archives and Regional History. 

It has been a good year.

The 8 panel brochure is in the 'about' section of the website as a pdf file:

The colorful 8 panel publication showcases the Libraries' accomlishments

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: and consult with a subject librarian at Ask Us

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 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:

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.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Love the Libraries . . .

Summary of the giving event. It was a good run for WMU, over 1300 donors in one day! Thanks to all who joined in. 

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017. #WMUGivingDay will kick off at midnight with a goal to encourage 1,903 Broncos to make a gift to WMU in 24 hours. Help the Libraries reach for the gold in supporting students!

Text givegold42 to 71777 to support the WMU Libraries or go to the WMU website: and choose University Libraries as we compete for participation points to help more students. Get ready to join in during Homecoming Week.

 . . .and Thanks!

Open Access Week, What it Means for Faculty/Students

The international event is promoting a concept that is becoming more important to students and faculty. Open Access of information will:
  • increase access to knowledge
  • promote a new publishing model, open to all
  • improve collaboration
  • reduce textbook costs
  • raise your research visibility
A global event now in its 10th year, promoting Open Access as the new default in scholarship and research is what the week of awareness is all about. During October 23 - 29, 2017 University Libraries is helping promote awareness of the concept by bringing a display to the Bernhard Center that week. Information from the Open Education 2017 conference will be shared by the ScholarWorks librarian, Maira Bundza.

The WMU institutional repository, ScholarWorks at WMU, is an Open Access repository to showcase the scholarly and creative efforts of our faculty and students. It contains thousands of items: books, conference proceedings, department and unit publications, journals, dissertation and theses. Over 4.5 million items have been downloaded worldwide since it began in 2011.

Disney, Kalamazoo, Book Signing!

Walt Disney's connections to Kalamazoo and WMU are substantial. Walts travels are now chronicled in a book by Christopher Tremblay, a recent WMU instructor/administrator. This topic was also the basis of a class for the Study in the States program for students through the Lee Honors College.

Tremblay, an avid Disney fan, penned the book Walt's Pilgrimage and will have a book signing at the Zhang Legacy Collection Center - Archives and Regional History Library on Wednesday, November 8, 4 - 6 pm at WMU's Oakland Drive Campus. There will be an overview by the author at 4:30 pm. Part of his research for the Kalamazoo chapter was facilitated by the Archives and Regional History staff.

Cover photo and description are from

"The original place-based comprehensive biographical travel guidebook of Walt Disney. While designed as a travel guide, non-travelers and Disney history buffs will also enjoy this sense of place in Walt's life. This book is part history, part adventure. . . "

Here is new Facebook Page about the course 'Study in the States' on Walt Disney,

More history:

The author will donate 10% of the gross book sales to the Tremblay Endowment for Study in the States Fund at WMU.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Graphic Design Art Hop Show at Zhang Legacy Center

"West Michiganders have Designed Some Cool Stuff !" quoted from the website:

So now there is a physical show of the original printed designs for the October Art Hop here at Western Michigan University, Zhang Legacy Center - Archives and Regional History Collections Library.

The site continues to state: "The Archives makes both physical artifacts and digital representations available to design professionals, educators, students, business people, researchers, and others interested in the rich legacy of graphic design, paper manufacturing, and printing in West Michigan. You can be inspired, inspire others, understand how design has helped successful businesses achieve their goals, and appreciate the leaders who influenced the world of graphic design– from right here in West Michigan."

A sampling of West Michigan Graphic Design Archives from the website

Friday, October 6, 2017, 5 - 8 p.m. is the opening showing 50 designs from the larger Archives. Most items will remain on exhibit through November 22. Location is 1650 Oakland Dr.

The Zhang Legacy Center houses the larger Graphic Design Archives of West Michigan. Part of the University Libraries system its mission is to preserve the WMU Archives and thousands of regional history collections from a 12 county area in southwest Michigan. The state of the art facility is one of the largest in the state. In addition to the manuscript collections, the unit has oral histories, census records, a research collection of books, magazines, and newspapers, and several large photographic collections.

Special Collections Cosponsors Pop-Up Book Artist

A Chicago-based paper engineer and pop-up book artist, Shawn Sheehy, is coming to WMU in early October for workshops, lecture and exhibit. The Libraries Special Collections and Rare Books Department is a cosponsor with the Frostic School of Art and the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center.

The free lecture is Thursday, October 5, 6 p.m. in 2008 of the Richmond Center. His show is part of Art Hop on Friday, October 6 at the downtown Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, 6 - 9 pm. and continues through the month. The workshops for creating pop-ups are on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8 and require registration at and .

'Bestiaries & Herbiaries: The Pop-Ups of Shawn Sheehy' is the title of the event series and is supported by a grant from the WMU Visiting Scholars and Artists Program.

"You will not want to miss seeing his work and the opportunity to learn from one of the best." said a book arts center representative.

The Libraries Special Collections and Rare Books unit in Waldo Library has an extensive collection of pop-up books from many artists and are best viewed by appointment, 269) 387-5221.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Waldo Service Desk

Starting in August 2017 Waldo Library will have one main service point for users, located in the atrium (first floor entrance) of Waldo Library. So now, instead of going to 2, 3 or more desks in Waldo for reserves, research questions, inter-library loan, or check out, etc., there is one Service Desk for all services. Subject librarians will continue to be available for consultation and instruction as in the past.

Contact them by email or phone with research questions or to schedule information literacy instruction. Link to subject librarians for faculty or student assistance:

The Services Desk will be open longer hours - as long as Waldo is open - until 2 am most nights during the fall and spring semesters. Staff are crossed trained to assist with research questions, interlibrary loan, reserves, and more. 'Ask Us' service is also available via phone, chat, email, text:

Waldo Library Service Desk  (269) 387-5059. News about other improvements at Waldo:

Friday, August 18, 2017

Libraries home page is redesigned

University Libraries home page is newly designed for greater functionality. 'Library Search' which provides access to all our holdings is prominent in the main section of the page.

Choices to narrow your searches to the main categories of Books and Media, Articles, or Textbooks are easy to use. Prominent categories of resource materials are linked in the gold band: Databases and Guides, Journals, Course Reserves, and Ask Us contact information.

Driven by usage patterns the page layout makes it easier to find the pages you already go to. There is a shorter link set. Also, the designs functionality includes the University's responsive design parameters to work with smaller screens, especially phones. So you can take your library with you and use on all portable devices.

Another feature is that news and graphics for the libraries now appear on the home page with event information posted on the lower right. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Welcome to Waldo Library Bash

Get to know what Waldo Library has for you. There will be games, ice cream, photo wall, learn your librarian, new furniture, even a paper airplane toss from the third floor. It all starts at 2:30 p.m. with the airplane toss at 3:30, Friday, September 1.

. . . and Oh Yeah, BOOKS:  

ebooks, popular reading, graphic novels, magazines, newspapers, videos, documentaries, new books, WMU Authors section, 14 WMU Journals, 1,000s of scholarly journals, 400+ databases of information for your next research paper. Bring your Bronco card for item checkout.  

We are the 4th largest academic library in the state:
  • Textbooks on reserve
  • ScholarWorks at WMU, insititutional repository of 22,000 items
  • 202,000 maps and atlases
  • custom map creation for your research
  • Federal Depository of government documents
  • Primary history materials: regional to medieval
  • 20+ WMU digital collections: Civil War Diaries, WWII propaganda, historical photography
  • Medieval manuscripts in Rare Books room
  • Pop Up books collection
  • Women's  Poetry collection 
  • Books for Teachers: ERIC (Educational Resource Information Center)
  • Curriculum enrichment for teachers: children, young adult, and picture books
  • Textbooks and series currently in U.S. schools
  • Regional History Manuscripts and government documents
  • Michilimackinac Research and Translation Project Collection
  • WMU Yearbooks, digital
  • Books on music and dance
  • Musical scores for many instruments
  • and . . . 4.5 million more items

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Welcome New Associate Dean

August 15, 2017 

Mary O’Kelly is the new Associate Dean of Education and User Services at University Libraries. As a librarian Mary is known for her work on assessing the impact of library instruction on student retention and developing library peer-research programming. She comes to us from the Grand Rapids area. Her contact and location information is in the website directory. Please make her feel welcome.