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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Digital New York Times, free WMU subscription via the Libraries

The New York Times digital edition will continue to be provided to members of the WMU community by University Libraries through June 2021.

The new three year agreement will provide stability for those professors who want to develop class assignments around this resource. The New York Times in Education will continue to be a part of this subscription with an additional sign up.

For access you must sign up for a Group Pass using your e-mail.

Additional instructions are available at

Passes expire every 364 days so you may need to sign up for a new pass if you signed up last year.

Gems and Precious Metals Exhibit

New exhibit in Waldo Library lobby, the symbolic significance, power, and beauty of gems and precious metals.

Information through books from the Rare Books Room, for example:

A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European treasures from the Hillwood Museum

Five Centuries of Jewellery

The Headley Treasure of Bibelots and Boxes

Some properties historically attributed to precious and semiprecious stones:

  • Amethyst – protection, cleansing, intuition
  • Diamond – purity, fidelity, love
  • Emerald – love, compassion, abundance
 Enjoy more in the display cases, through mid-July.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Presentation: Michigan, My Michigan

A History of this State - From Territory to Statehood is a talk from WMU Regional History Curator, Lynn Houghton. She is part of the Zhang Legacy Center, Archives and Regional History Collections.

It is a Monday, May 21 event, 7 - 8:30 pm, downtown at the Kalamazoo Public Central Library, Van Deusen Room.

The history of Michigan is interesting, fascinating and filled with twists and turns. Join Houghton for a journey looking at all aspects of Michigan’s growth and development through events, topics, trends, themes and people, all of which have shaped this State. Along with being the Regional History Curator for the WMU Archives and Regional History Collections, Lynn taught Michigan History for Western’s Department of History from 2002 to 2017 and also does the Gazelle Sports Historic Walks.

Early Michigan map, 1838, half of the area does not yet have
county designations.
The Archives and Regional History Collections consist of historical University, regional, and local governmental records. It is the largest facility of its type in southwestern Michigan. The library holds letters, diaries, and records of area people, businesses and organizations. It also has several large photographic collections, area newspapers, and electronic resources documenting the story of southwestern Michigan. #ZhangLegacyCenter

Monday, May 7, 2018

WMU libraries medieval collections are renown

Special Collections and Rare Books at Waldo are closely connected to the World Medieval Congress that comes to WMU each spring. They house medieval manuscripts and facsimiles of books covering the Middle Ages that scholars use in their research. Students at WMU's Medieval Institute use these special historical documents in their classes throughout year.

Also, the unit supports the needs of the Medieval Institute, especially in terms of class instruction - particularly medieval history classes that use primary sources and help graduate students conduct research through document work.

The Medieval Institute and Special Collections and Rare Books esteemed collections are two of the reasons the medievalists have come to Kalamazoo for 53 years.

See several medieval exhibit cases in the third floor rotunda area of Waldo Library: new acquisitions, Beowulf materials, and a historical costume collection sampling.

More about the conference:


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Waldo Library Road Construction

If you are driving to Waldo Library this summer, please be aware of construction directly in front of Waldo on the Arcadia Loop curve. The parking lot behind the library is available but restricted (Lot 28). Access from the east, Arcadia road (near Elmwood Apts A or French Hall direction) The lot across the street is closed (by Moore Hall lot 27). The steam pipe work will last through early August.

Some of the sidewalks and road crossings are also restricted. Some days there will be additional dust and noise. The Library will remain open its regular hours through the summer:

Welcome Lori Kison

University Libraries welcomes Lori Kison to the position of Special Collections Coordinator. Ms. Kison has joined the Research Services Department and will be located in the Special Collections and Rare Book Reading Room.

Lori brings more than 25 years of experience of working with the WMU community including more than 20 years at WMU Libraries, mostly working in technical services/Resource Management and with additional experience in resource sharing and circulation. She has strong organizational skills, customer service experience, and enthusiasm, all of which will be invaluable in her new role.

Her BSC is from WMU in history with a public history/art history minor and an emphasis on archival and museum studies. This established an understanding of the importance of primary sources and their curation, and an enduring respect for and love of libraries.  We are delighted to welcome her back to WMU Libraries in the role of special collections coordinator within the Research Services department.