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Join in the WMU conversation, Life of Pi, WMU Common Read

Pick up a copy of "Life of Pi" and join the University Common Read!  This book is being read by all First Year Experience students and will be accompanied by campus and community events taking place throughout the 2014-15 academic year.  Book kits complete with discussion guide are available at Waldo Library Circulation desk for your book group. More.

Featured Items for Your Summer Reading

At Waldo Library browse these unique collections

Suggestions for interesting books for reading in the hammock or between classes can be found in the WMU Author Collection and in the current popular books section. We have a wide variety of books for your summer needs.

The WMU Authors Collection includes over 530 books on many topics that you can browse on 1st floor, main aisle, of Waldo or in the online catalog. If you are a WMU author, your book is here if you or your dept. submitted it. More info - summer reading.

The current popular books section contain many best sellers. There are also 2 ways to browse through them. From the library home page one can search and browse through the list (114 books came up in this week's search) Click the more info link for the details. Another way to browse them - Waldo circulation desk has binders with dust jackets in alpha order and the books are in reserve at that desk. More info - summer reading.

Head of Special Collections named NEH scholar

Susan Steuer, University Libraries, has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 30 seminars and institutes supported by NEH. Steuer will take part in a four-week program titled “Arts, Architecture and Devotional Interaction” at the University of York in England. The 16 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a $3,300 stipend. NEH is an independent federal agency and one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. Steuer is head of Waldo Library’s Special Collections and Rare Books Department and teaches in the history department. Her research covers historical and library-related topics, and she uses rare materials to teach courses ranging from engineering to medieval studies.

New Exhibits this Month

African-American poets

On the third floor, atrium area in the wooden case: A selection of broadsides featuring the poetry of African-American poets.

World War II materials

On the third floor, atrium area - 'Researching World War II in WMU Special Collections'. A combination of primary and secondary sources are on display. *Note: Among the German materials in this exhibit there are some anti-Semitic items. These are exhibited only with the intention of showing the ugly truth of this period of history. The exhibit was created by the Special Collections and Rare Book Room WMU Public History Summer Intern.

 A Song of Ice and Fire series

The Special Collections Department has put together an exhibit of maps from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. All twelve maps by cartographer Jonathan Roberts are held in the WMU Libraries Map Room. The exhibit displays seven of the maps in cases around the Upjohn Rotunda, and the second and third floors of Waldo Library. The exhibit continues through June 27. Waldo Library hours vary and are on the webpage:   Happy summer reading.

WMU Common Read book announced

The Life of Pi

The critically acclaimed novel is starring in the 2014-15 University Common Read. The common read officially begins the first week in June, when new students arrive on campus for orientation. Many students and employees will be reading Martel's book over the summer in preparation for events being planned to run through the 2014-15 academic year, which ends next April. Waldo Library will have books for checkout. More information.

On Twitter - WMU Archives and Regional History Collections

Information from the Western's Archives and the Regional History Collections is now appearing on its Twitter feed. Search for 'WMU Archives Twitter'. Tweets include items of historical note like this example: "On this day in 1957, Western Michigan College became Western Michigan University." Also, community events, regional history facts, and collection information are on the feed: "Diaries - the quantified self tracking device of the 19th century - available to researchers at the WMU Archives" See more here:

Well-Marked Quiet Zones in University Libraries

Quiet zones are easier to locate

Students and other readers will find it easier to locate quiet study areas in Waldo Library and the Music and Dance Library. Updated library maps will designate the quiet zones and new signage is posted at the entry into those areas. New notations are also attached to study tables as reminders. Library users are asked to please respect those around them in these areas and keep noise to a minimum. For audio files being used on the computers there are ear buds available for purchase at the Waldo Library Copy Center, and the Music and Dance Library has many computers equipped with headphones. The Education Library in Sangren Hall has a separate quiet room with study tables.

The central stairwell is the designated cell phone area on all floors in Waldo and contains benches for phone conversations. Please note that Waldo and the WMU branch libraries are not designated as ‘Quiet Libraries’ so team meetings, tutoring, and other quiet talking are permitted/encouraged. Patrons seeking solitude should use the quiet zones.