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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.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Libraries Expand WMU Presence in DPLA

Eighteen unique WMU-held historical collections are now part of a national digital library database completing a large library metadata project.

Images from WMU Libraries digital collections have been harvested into the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a major online national library initiative. This makes our local digital collections more widely available across the US and globally. Topics range from beer and food to Civil War diaries to Medieval Manuscripts and midcentury - midwest photos.

Western’s contributions include these 14 collections: Beer, Food, and Home Comfort: Domestic Collections at WMU, Caroline Bartlett Crane Everyman's House Collection, Cistercian Liturgy Series, Liturgy O.C.S.O. Journal of Gethsemani Abbey, Cistercian Reference Works, Costume History Collection, Medieval Document Collection, Medieval Manuscript Variants in Aelfric of Eynsham's Catholic Homilies, South Asia Map Collection, South Haven Michigan Lighthouse Logs, United States Civil War Collection, World War I and World War II: Personal Narratives, World War II Propaganda Collections, Ward Morgan Photography Collection.

Many are primary history documents only found at the local level in archives and rare book rooms where WMU has valuable contributions. These documents are available to the public eye, allowing students, researchers, or anyone who is curious to have access to historic documents from around the country. To accomplish this, the DPLA has stationed “hubs” in various areas of America. Each hub is comprised of participating surrounding libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies. The Michigan Service Hub is shared by the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Western Michigan University, the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, and the Library of Michigan.

WMU Libraries Metadata and Digital Resources Specialist, Marianne Swierenga stated that “The best thing about having [Western Michigan University’s] materials in the DPLA is that they are now in a shared space with many of our country's best digital collections, and a researcher can now make connections they may not have before or find something they didn't even know was out there. It's a serendipitous search experience. Hopefully it will allow new people to discover our local digital collections”. The Digital Public Library of America has over 16 million unique digital documents from 120 institutions.

WMU works are found here:

DPLA’s home page: