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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Makerspace at Waldo Library

New in Waldo Library is a collaborative space to create and learn by doing. The Makerspace is operated by the Western Michigan University Innovation Club. It is dedicated to providing a free space where people can collaborate, experiment and learn. Open to the WMU community; second Floor, Room 2030, open Monday-Thursday, 10 am - 10 pm.

Using the tools and technology available in the Makerspace, you can create something out of nothing, prototype concepts and take your idea to the next level. Don’t have an idea of your own? We have projects you can jump in on and help develop.
Stop by the Makerspace and explore the possibilities. The 3-D printer is a great thing to see. More tools and information:

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Libraries fall semester hours, special services

Longer fall semester hours at WMU Libraries are now in place at all 4 locations. Hours are posted on the web for Maybee Music and Dance Library in Dalton Center, Swain Education Library in Sangren Hall, Zhang Legacy Center; Archives and Regional History on East Campus, and the main library, Waldo in the center of campus.

Waldo is open most days at 7:30 a.m., convenient for the early morning printing. Also open until 2 a.m. 5 nights a week. Holidays and break hours do vary. Quiet zones are to the back of all floors and all of third floor.

Rare Books Room on the third floor has their own set of open hours.

The Virtual Reality Lab has unique hours and tournaments. It is a joint program of the Office of Information Technology and University Libraries with over 25 titles to try and play at no charge.

New this year is the MakerSpace in Waldo. Run by the student Innovation Club it is a free space for the WMU community to invent, build, prototype, and inspire. Second floor location hours:

Each location is only open their specific hours if Waldo Library is open.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Welcome to Waldo Event

Monday, August 27, 2 - 3:30 pm

Come visit Waldo Library and lead yourself on a journey you didn't get to see on your campus tour. You'll discover a virtual reality lab, very rare books, interesting collections, and more! Enjoy activities or a treat at each stop. Make yourself a button. Pose with our WMU photo wall. Complete your journey map and collect a prize.

Monday, August 27, 2 - 3:30 pm. The event will have a treasure map and some giveaways along the Library journey.

As part of Welcome Week, students are invited to explore Waldo Library as there are many treasures to be found for enjoyment and research through the year.

Come connect with University Libraries we are here for you.

Waldo VR Lab Nationally Recognized

The American Library Association (ALA) recognizes our Virtual Reality (VR) Lab in Waldo Library in an article about the Future of Libraries in the United States. The page on their website features 3 university libraries as they encourage other libraries to think about their future. . Thanks for showing our program!

More about the WMU VR lab:

Virtual reality offers significant potential in the areas of teaching, learning and research. The VR Lab at Western Michigan University Libraries was started to explore this revolutionary technology as a collaborative effort of the Office of Information Technology and Waldo Library at WMU. Opening the door to broad collaborative possibilities and feeding the curiosities of varied audiences, many people have experienced both the entertainment and educational side of VR content in the lab’s first semester.

Parks and Recreation kids explore Virtual Reality
Set up with 6 stations and supporting over 20 titles the lab is open late staffed with students which works to reach more types of people in a neutral, easily accessible space on campus -- the main library. Workshops on the concepts and technology were taught to millennials and baby boomers alike, fostering more cross-creativity.

Summer brought interest from the county Parks and Recreation ‘All Things Possible’ Program, IT Girl Conference, library staff doing competitions, an autism program, and the Girls Who Code Program at a nearby university.

Workshop for instructors, staff and students

The programs second semester will consist of more workshops (look for soon), recreation department expo visit, multiplayer tournaments, and a library research services department in-depth workshop series for its staff. “Imagine walking into a 14th century manuscript virtually, or a map growing into a 3D space that was just plotted from your research data in layering geospatial software. These are some of the possibilities for teaching and learning.” says Scott Russell, Library IT Director and co-director of the lab.

A Lee Honors College course focuses on technology in the arts and uses the VR Lab to create an experiential environment conveying a sense of place and emotion. A multimedia journalism course is utilizing 360-degree documentary video allowing viewers more interaction. “The potential is extremely broad . . .” says Kevin Abbott, Interactive Media Specialist and co-director of the lab.

VR is poised to be an important tool in teaching, learning and research.

Library staff explore with a friendly lunchtime contest

Lab staff consult with students on final team project

Monday, August 13, 2018

Welcome, Amy Bocko

Amy Bocko, Assistant Professor / Digital Projects Librarian
University Libraries is pleased to announce that Amy Bocko is joining Western Michigan University as an Assistant Professor in the new role of Digital Projects Librarian. Ms. Bocko will collaborate with librarians and other stakeholders to make informed decisions about the future of digitization in the University Libraries. She will provide leadership to digitization staff, coordinate cross-departmental digital project workflows and provide consultations, demonstrations and education to the WMU community about emerging trends in digital scholarship.

Since 2015, Ms. Bocko has worked as the Digital Initiative Librarian for the Iwasaki Library at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She previously held roles as Digital Asset Curator/ Digital Initiatives Librarian at Wheaton College and Visual Resources Specialist and Digital Initiatives team member at Vassar College. Ms. Bocko earned a Master of Library and 

Information Science from Rutgers State University of New Jersey and a Bachelor of Arts, with an emphasis on Art History and Art Studio, from State University of New York (SUNY) College at Geneseo.

Ms. Bocko is actively engaged in professional service and has served on a range of regional and professional committees, including serving as a member of the Digital Library Federation planning committee and as co-chair of the Oberlin 17 Unconference planning committee. Her scholarly interests include launching digital initiatives, digital project management, and developing personal digital archiving programming for librarians, archivists and information professionals.