Jan. 28: WSU Vancouver's Karen Diller to Make Case for Restorative Study Spaces

Posted: January 15, 2015 -- letizia

Karen Diller, associate library director at WSU Vancouver, will present a talk titled “Restorative Library Study Spaces” at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Terrell Library, Room 103. Based on her dissertation research, the presentation will explore how library study spaces with a view to nature can be helpful in relieving mental fatigue and supporting effective study strategies.

 

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Summit Requesting to be Streamlined (coming January 20th)

Posted: January 12, 2015 -- merrilla

Streamlined Summit Requesting through Search It

Content from the thirty-seven libraries within the Orbis Cascade Alliance (Summit) is now fully integrated through the single search interface of Search It, and as a result of this integration, the Alliance will roll out enhancements to the Summit requesting process on January 20, 2015.  Some of the benefits of these enhancements are that patrons will experience fewer authentication requests and increased availability awareness of Summit items at the point of request.

 

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Associate Dean Beth Blakesley Named Editor-in-Chief of Top Library Journal

Posted: January 8, 2015 -- letizia

Beth Blakesley, associate dean of libraries at Washington State University, assumes leadership this month as editor-in-chief of the “Journal of Academic Librarianship” (JAL), one of the top publications in the academic libraries field.

 

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Reception Dec. 18: Library Duo Kay and Lou Vyhnanek Retire

Posted: December 18, 2014 -- letizia

With a combined 65 years of service to WSU Libraries, husband and wife Lou and Kay Vyhnanek will retire Friday, Dec. 19. A reception will be 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, in Terrell Library atrium.

At WSU’s 10th annual Employee Recognition Reception on Dec. 10, the couple joined more than 560 staff and faculty celebrating a length-of-service milestone in 2014 – hers for 35 years, his for 30.

 

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‘Ephemera’ Exhibit Details Path of Yesterday’s Trash to Today’s Archive

Posted: December 11, 2014 -- letizia

The passengers aboard the S.S. Spokane cruising through Alaskan waters in 1903 probably didn’t give their lunch menu much thought beyond what they would have to eat. Granted, its totem-pole shape was interesting – a clever play by cruise company marketers to remind them of where they were sailing and maybe to buy a miniature souvenir while on shore.

Most of those menus would have been ignored, though – left on tables or thrown away. But one made it back from turn-of-the-century Alaska to wind up in Washington State University’s Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections.

 

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Reception Dec. 12: 'Renaissance Librarian' Eileen Brady Retires

Posted: December 11, 2014 -- letizia

Not every librarian can say she met Peter Graves on the set of the “Mission: Impossible” TV show during the late 1960s in Hollywood or that she helped bring an infamous book thief to justice. But WSU Libraries' Eileen Brady has done both – and much more.

In fact, after 31 years, there aren’t many mysteries or problems that Brady, Owen Science Library’s preservation manager and research librarian, can’t solve.

 

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UNIV 300 Teaches Students to be Selective Researchers

Posted: November 7, 2014 -- letizia

WSU Libraries and the Office of Undergraduate Education will team up for a class this spring that teaches university students to be more selective about the information they get off the World Wide Web – and to become more effective researchers in the process.

 

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Tales from the Crypt on WSU Libraries’ Paranormal Page

Posted: October 31, 2014 -- letizia

Even the aborigines of Australia’s Tanami Desert claim to have seen UFOs.

 

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Grant Continues Support of Indigenous Culture Preservation

Posted: October 20, 2014 -- letizia

A recent federal grant of $698,605 will help Washington State University continue to provide training to local tribal archives, libraries and museums in preserving their cultural assets through digital archiving technology.

The grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will also support a new tribal digital archives curriculum coordinator in the WSU Libraries.

 

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Oct. 21: Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Part of Open Access Week

Posted: October 16, 2014 -- letizia

If you read Wikipedia’s biographical article on Maya Angelou, especially after the acclaimed writer’s death last spring, then you’ve read the work of Washington State University’s Christine Meyer.

A sign language interpreter at the WSU Access Center, she is also a Wikipedian – one of some 75,000 who actively edit and write articles for “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit,” as the Wikipedia tagline goes.

 

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