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New Library Search Tool Debuts May 19
The Library website will be changing on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The new website will include the new Library Search tool, along with updated and revised links. This new library system will replace the previous Books+, PowerSearch and Classic Catalog search tools. In addition, it will take the place of the previous Journals button on the Library homepage. Holds and recall requests are temporarily suspended while this transition takes place.
Access to specific databases (e.g. JSTOR, Scopus) will not be affected. Borrowing periods for library materials and interlibrary loan services will remain the same as well.
Library staff is available to provide help and individual support both before and after the switch over. For more information, please contact the Ask-a-Librarian service at http://wmich.libanswers.com/ or call the University Libraries Reference Desk at: (269) 387-5178.
April, National Poetry Month
WMU Libraries Celebration
- Please note two events have changed from the original published list of events:
Tue., April 14 Poetry of Tuba has moved to Friday April 17, same time and place, Education Library in Sangren at 11 am.
Wed., April 15 CELCIS Poetry readings are cancelled.
This is the time to celebrate WMU arts with the art of poetry. A host of collaborative events will spring up at all four libraries; Dwight B. Waldo, Harper C. Maybee Music and Dance, Gary and Rita Swain Education, and Archives libraries. It begins with an opening event of music, readings, and refreshments. There will also be 'pop up' poetry readings, the poetry of music, all-the-time poetry table games, art displays, and more.
Learn about beat poetry, surrealist poetry, performance poetry, Calligrammes, echo poetry, local poetry, foreign language poetry, erasure poetry, broadsides, book spine poetry, women's poetry, cut up poetry and the WMU Libraries poetry collections.
Come to understand how poetry is so much more than words: an expression of emotion, a means of enlightenment and redemption, a source of provocation and entertainment, and more.
The schedule is over 25 events with some fun 'pop up' events. Check the Kick-off Event and Full DETAILED schedule of all events below for up to date information.
Full Detailed Schedule NOTE 2 changes. April 1 - 17 WMU Libraries Celebrate Nat'l Poetry Month (Legal size)
New Library System
Library Search will roll out the week of May 18 - New system, better results. See http://wmulibrariesils.blogspot.com/ for details.
Hacking the Stacks
The Inside Scoop on Library Resources for Graduate Level Research
from WMU’s Research Experts Hosted by University Libraries, The Graduate College, & The Graduate Student Association
Education Library, 2800 Sangren Hall, Tuesday, February 17, 2015; starting at approx. 1:45pm. More details on flier.
- Creating Your Digital Portfolio
- Ethics of Writing and Citation Management
- Preparing to Publish
- Hidden Gems of the Library
- Thinking Ahead: Dissertations & Theses
- Drop-in Research
New Library System Will Benefit All
The University Libraries is in the process of implementing a new library system complete with a new discovery and search interface. Scholars and first time users will each benefit from the intuitive but comprehensive search engine. Better integration between information sources and more efficient library workflows will allow streamlined services responsive to student and faculty needs.
The Libraries completed its selection process during 2014 and will be ready to preview the new interface with the WMU community in April 2015. Training sessions and online help will allow library users to familiarize themselves with the new system and incorporate any needed revisions into course materials and workflows. For more in-depth information see our Integrated Library System Project news blog; http://wmulibrariesils.blogspot.com/
New Education Library Leadership
University Libraries is pleased to announce that Brad Dennis, associate professor, is the new Head of the Gary and Rita Swain Education Library at Western Michigan University. His appointment is effective starting Spring Semester 2015. He came to University Libraries on July 1, 2002 as an Education Services Librarian and has served the College of Education and Human Development through its three iterations. Mr. Dennis was instrumental in bringing the national LibQual survey improvement program to Western and works to explore various teaching methods in his promotion of Information Literacy. Brad has long established relationships with faculty and students in the College.
Michele Behr is named Education Services Librarian in the Gary and Rita Swain Education Library located in Sangren Hall. Michele has been the Extended University Programs (Off-Site) Librarian since 2001. During this time she has liaised with many graduate programs, the majority of which are housed in the College of Education and Human Development. The move underscores her unique abilities to work with graduate populations both off and on campus. She has played a major role in the development of Information Literacy through workshops and presentations at the Graduate College. She will retain her seat on the Graduate Studies Council.
Please welcome them as they serve the campus community in their new roles within University Libraries.
Food for Hungry Students
University Libraries is joining in the WMU Invisible Need Project's food pantry for students.
The increase in students going hungry is a national trend and several Michigan universities have set up food banks for those in need.
All libraries will be drop off locations for the program. Faculty, staff, community members, and students are invited to bring in non-perishable food to help stock the cupboards in Faunce Student Services. Thirty other units across campus are also drop off locations. The drop box location for Waldo Library is in the lobby to the right by the elevator.
So, in the spirit of the holidays, please consider bringing in food to donate.
Waldo Library is highlighting 'What Waldo is all about' with a promotion of its services and resources for the new academic year. There are hundreds of services and millions of resources for the WMU community at Waldo and the three branch libraries: the Archives and Regional History Collections in the Zhang Legacy Center, the Maybee Music and Dance Library in Dalton, and the Swain Education Library in Sangren. Examples include: over 5 million items; individual help with research projects, 'Ask a Librarian' through text, chat, phone, or email; articles delivered by email.