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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.