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Friday, September 28, 2018

Giving Day at the Libraries

October 3 is Giving Day at WMU.

 Give to the University Libraries and help us do so much more for our students.
- Together we can provide access to free textbooks.
- Together we can make spaces to study, collaborate, and create.
- Together we can transform historic paper into digital objects that can be shared across the world.
- Together we can offer emerging learning technologies like virtual reality and 3D printing.


Together we can do it!
You can choose any WMU Library fund in the list.
Donations count all of Homecoming Week, Oct. 1-6, to our WMU donor numbers competition. THANKS!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Libraries' Annual Report is Published

University Libraries Annual Report is now available. The new summary report covers the 2017-2018 academic year. The digital publication summarizes program highlights, transformed spaces, improved accessibility, investment in libraries and employees along with statistics from the year.

More information is linked for the highlighted programs. The printed summary version will be available in October.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Go Beyond Google - Make an Appointment with Your Librarian

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

With the goal of greater student success, University Libraries is promoting an awareness campaign for students. It works to help all understand that 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.

Your major is covered by 1 of 14 librarians who know the subject areas.

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.

Fourteen librarians are available for these research consultations on 57 WMU subjects/majors. One can get started here:

For students to better understand the complexities of library research, quotes from previously helped students are used to help relate to the ‘hows and whys’ of talking to a librarian. ‘ “My research went so much faster” – Alena, education major, "I learned how Library Search can get great results on my topic" -- Sarah, psychology major,'  are examples. More are shared throughout the campaign of eBulletin boards, flyers, bookmarks, and instructors' syllabi. 

Librarian appointments are available as each librarian schedule allows. Calling the library service desk, (269) 387-5059 will get you help for making an appointment or any other information question. Open all hours that Waldo Library is open. Appointments are also available to WMU instructors and staff. 

WMU libraries have over 4.5 million items – a librarian can help you find the ones you need.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Welcome Paul Gallagher

University Libraries is pleased to announce that Paul Gallagher is joining Western Michigan University in the new role of Associate Dean for Resources and Digital Strategies. Mr. Gallagher will collaborate across campus and throughout the community to build partnerships and leverage WMU Libraries collections, technology, and specialized services to support research activities at WMU and beyond. He will provide leadership to three library departments that oversee library resource management, IT services, archives, digital projects, GIS and data services, institutional repository, scholarly communications, and special collections.

Since 2016, Mr. Gallagher has served as Assistant Dean of Wayne State University Libraries, providing direct oversight of significant fiscal and human resources and a wide-array of library operations including user experience, collections, acquisitions, technology, reference services, and scholarly communications and digital publishing. Mr. Gallagher began his career at Wayne State University as the Developer Librarian in 2009 and progressively moved into leadership roles of Associate Director of Discovery Services and Director of Operations and User Services before moving into the Assistant Dean role. Mr. Gallagher earned a Master of Library and Information Science and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from Wayne State University in 2009 and 2003 respectively.

Mr. Gallagher is actively engaged with library profession and serves as the president of the Michigan Academic Librarian Association and a board member for the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS). Mr. Gallagher scholarly interests include library technology and information architecture, collections management, and the digital initiatives, including the Michigan hub of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Mr. Gallagher has also successfully secured several grants for archival and digital projects, including a $267,000 grant funded by the Library of Michigan and Institute for Library and Museum Services. Join us in welcoming him to WMU.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Welcome, Stephanie Chapman

We are pleased to welcome Stephanie Chapman to the position of Metadata Digital Resource Specialist at University Libraries. Stephanie has worked as a Digitization and Metadata Specialist at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum since January 2017. Stephanie previously worked as a Library Serials Assistant at WMU and a Circulation Clerk and Cataloging Assistant at Ransom Public Library in Plainwell, MI.  In addition, Stephanie earned an MLIS from Wayne State University in 2015. Stephanie’s knowledge and experience with metadata, digitization, and electronic resources will be assets in her new role at WMU. Please join us in welcoming Stephanie to the University Libraries.