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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Extended Hours for Exams (snacks and stress relievers)

Waldo Library is open until 2 am today and Thursday, Dec. 5 - 6. 

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 - 8 extended hours start as Waldo is open until midnight each night.

24 hours start on Sunday at 10 am and continue through Thursday at midnight!

The gearing up for helping students succeed is happening. Throughout the week:
  • Coffee and snacks will be provided intermittently by Western Student Association during the 24 hour open period.
  • First floor will have a graffiti wall
  • Monday will be finals themed buttons with fun phrases.
  • Tuesday will be coloring books and board games for taking a break on first floor.
  • Wednesday - selfies with former President Waldo; show at service desk for a treat.
  • Thursday am, students can stop at Service Desk for a granola bar on way to last exam. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts

Book Features WMU Special Collections Manuscripts

Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms,
Revised Edition (2018), features three items from WMU Libraries Special Collections and Rare Book Department as illustrations of terms defined in the work. The items included illustrate the terms chained book (Ms. 177), gloss (Ms. 141), and marginalia (Ms. 170). The WMU items in this edition are included with materials from important collections at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the British Library, and the Huntington Library. The revised edition was prepared by Dr. Elizabeth C. Teviotdale, Assistant Director of the Medieval Institute, and Nancy K. Turner, Conservator of Manuscripts in the Department of Paper Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum. The images in the book are a part of WMU’s digitized Medieval Document Collection which were photographed and processed by Cecelia Moore and student assistants in Research Services at WMU Libraries.

Individuals interested in using these images for instruction or research, or in digital services provided by WMU Libraries, should contact Amy Bocko, Digital Projects Librarian.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Libraries Hours for the Semester

Holidays, usage, and students needs for finals study time all affect the schedule of our 4 libraries on the WMU campus.

To keep up on the latest University Libraries, our webpages for hours is the prime source. Each library has a page of details.
  • There is also a recorded phone line to hear the hours; (269) 387-5155
  • Hours are posted at Waldo Library front doors.
  • We keep Google updated for when you do a simple search for any of our library hours.
  •  Final Exam Hours start Friday, December 7.
It is good to stay informed for the home stretch of the semester.

Libraries assist in Award for Innovation in Education Abroad

Dr. Timothy Palmer, management, and Dr. Jennifer Harrison, social work, were recently awarded the inaugural New York Times inEducation Award for Innovation in Education Abroad. The award recognizes the innovative incorporation of The New York Times into the curriculum of their study  abroad trip to India, which takes place in December. 
University Libraries congratulates them and is pleased to facilitate this outstanding work by providing the digital NYTimes subscription and NY Times inEducation to the WMU Community in support of student success.

Subscribe with your email through WMU Libraries here:

The Forum on Education Abroad in partnership with The New York Times, began the Award for Innovation in Education Abroad this year. The award recognizes the most innovative incorporation of The New York Times into an education abroad curriculum. This submission will be featured in The Forum’s
Education Abroad Digital Resource Center and on The New York Times inEducation website, and receive a $500 cash prize. 
Applicants shared their original, creative examples of how The New York Times news, content, and archives can be used to enhance education abroad learning before, during, or after the education abroad experience. Submissions were judged based on innovation, as well as adherence to the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad and best practices in education abroad. 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Day of the Dead Exhibit

This years exhibit was just completed in Waldo Library. The display is a collaboration between the Department of Spanish and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and is a featured event in the Real Talk Diversity Series. This year the altar honors Michael Braun, a recent past professor at WMU. It is hosted by Waldo Library to promote maximum accessibility and greater understanding of this cultural event.
This exhibit will celebrate El Día de Los Muertos, Day of the Dead, a multi-day celebration most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated and pre-dates the arrival of Europeans. 

Volunteers finish the installation of the altar with sand mosaic on Waldo's second floor

Observers of El Día de Los Muertos honor friends and family members who have died and offer support for their spiritual journeys. Many families set up these 'altars' in their homes as they remember important people in their lives. The first day is set aside to remember the children, and the second day is to honor the memory of adult relatives. Each year the celebration is marked by preparation of foods in honor of those relatives who have departed. 

Today, El Día de Los Muertos is acknowledged and celebrated internationally and among a range of cultures. Campus Partners: WMU Department of Spanish and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The exhibit contains a brochure with questions for viewers and is part of some WMU class visits. It is available October 27 through November 8 at the 2nd floor rotunda area. It can be seen all the hours that Waldo Library is open.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Get your Library Research On Track

Student Success Campaign: Go Beyond Google -
‘Make a Research Appointment with your Librarian’

With it being past midterms, now is the time to get that research project on track.
A better research paper/project can result by: 
  • making a librarian appointment to get help finding better sources; 
  • speed research along with help in knowing where to look for on-target articles within Library Search; 
  • help with understanding citations and more.

There are 14 librarians who know the 57 WMU majors/subject areas. They know which databases hold what you need. One can get started here:

A new system is in place to make booking an appointment especially easy. It is incorporated directly into a subject listing and librarians’ open time schedules. So, pick a subject, then pick an available time with your email and it is set. 

Using the software over the last semester has brought a greater convenience to both students and librarians. Also, calling the library service desk, (269) 387-5059 will get you help for making an appointment or any other information question.