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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.