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Friday, April 20, 2018

Student Employee Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to the 4 student employees who were awarded scholarships recently from University Libraries! Full time students who work at University Libraries wrote an essay as part of their applications where they were judged on creativity, originality, and enthusiasm. 

The winners are: 
Hadlee Robinson from the Office of the Dean and Business Services,  with Sara Volmering supervisor. They are pictured here near her submitted essay.

Lindsey Hammel from the Swain Education Library, Brandon Meissner supervisor. (Not Pictured)

Ogden Wright from the Waldo Service Desk, Scott Smith supervisor. (Not pictured)

Yizhou Chen from the Waldo Service Desk, with Megan Brown supervisor. (below)

Each of the student awardees receive $1000. toward their next year college expenses and a certificate honoring their submission.

The third photo shows the staff scholarship committee along with supervisors and some awardees. From the left is Malissa Minnema, Khanh Hoang, Sarah Volmering,
Hadlee Robinson, Joshua Enos, Yizhou Chen, Megan Brown, LuMarie Guth, and in the back row is Brandon Meissner. 

Thanks to all for the great work on this project.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Additional Workshop added: Virtual Reality Workshops

New WMU Workshops Offered on Virtual Reality: Learn. Create. Play.

NEW WORKSHOP ADDED: Friday, April 20, 12 - 1:30 p.m., Creating an Exterior VR Environment in Unity.

VR offers significant potential in the areas of teaching, learning and research. Now you can explore the educational potential of this popular technology here at WMU. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend at the new Waldo Library VR Lab in the Lower Level.

Four different workshops are offered with limited seating. Daytime and nighttime offerings are available to fit your schedule. Workshop titles:

Intro to VR
Get your first look at Virtual Reality and learn about the different types of VR content. 

Getting Started with VR in Unity
Learn how to start making your own Virtual Reality content using the Unity development environment.  

Creating 3D Objects for VR
Virtual Reality isn’t very engaging without objects to interact with. Learn the basics of creating 3D models. 

Creating Art in VR with Quill, Medium, and Blocks
Creating art is an amazing experience in Virtual Reality thanks to the many creative applications available

Software tutorials are also suggested, see the links at the bottom of the Learning VR page: Unity, Unreal Engine, Blender

Thursday, April 12, 2018

VR Lab Extends Hours - Finals

Waldo Virtual Reality Lab extends hours for finals time. Extra hours have been added for April 20 - 22, Friday - Sunday for a break from finals stress. The Lab will be open through Thursday, April 26 at its regular hours which include late night times.

Come take a break and try one of 20 different titles in VR. 

Note: Lab will be closed break week, week of April 30.

Late Night Hours

Sunday - Thursday9 p.m. to midnight

Daytime Hours

Monday - Thursday2 to 6 p.m.

Final Exam Hours (April 20-29, 2018)

Friday, April 206 to 9 p.m
Saturday, April 216 to 9 p.m.
Sunday, April 226 p.m to midnight
Monday, April 232 to 6 p.m.
9 p.m. to midnight
Tuesday, April 242 to 6 p.m.
9 p.m. to midnights
Wednesday, April 252 to 6 p.m.
9 p.m. to midnight
Thursday, April 262 to 6 p.m.
9 p.m. to midnight
Friday, April 27Closed
Saturday, April 28
Sunday, April 29Closed

Waldo Library Open 24hrs for Finals

Starting on Sunday, April 22, at 10 a.m., Waldo Library will be open 24 hours a day for finals. The Service Desk will also be open 24 hours for assistance. For access during the late night hours, please swipe your Bronco Card. The Library will remain open until Thursday, April 26, midnight. 

To help you cross the finish line, we're making sure that the WMU students and employees have top priority access to all the computers in the libraries. Starting Friday, April 20, guest logins will be turned off during finals time. Guests are welcome to use wifi on their own  portable devices.

More details here:

Finals at Waldo Library, Open Late: April 20-21 'til midnight & Very Late: April 22-26, 24 hours,
starting at 10 am Sunday - Thursday midnight. Use your Bronco ID for late access.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Welcome Jonathan Kirkwood

University Libraries welcomes Jonathan Kirkwood to the position of Archival Storage Coordinator. Mr. Kirkwood has joined the Libraries Research Services Department and will be located at the Zhang Legacy Center, Archives and Regional History Collections.

He brings considerable archives experience in processing and preservation with dedication to excellent service. Kirkwood as been with University Libraries for more than 4 years as a student assistant and temporary employee in the branch library. He's performed a range of duties including managing the ingest of thousands of items into the archival system; training students and coworkers; and providing patron assistance. He combines many qualities with a commitment to continuous development that currently includes pursuing an Masters in Library Information Services (MLIS) focused on archives and digital content management from Wayne State University.

Jonathan earned a BA and an MA in Public History from WMU. He has worked as a preservation intern at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, an archival intern at the National Archives in Chicago, and was employed as an Archival Consultant at Kingman Museum Battle Creek.

Zhang Legacy Center, Archives and Regional History Collections building