Kimble Gift Continues Support of Online Northwest History Database

Posted: May 31, 2018 -- letizia

Obituaries, especially ones from the early 1900s, have much to teach the living. WSU senior Liz Cairns knows because she scans newspaper obituaries from those decades for the Kimble Northwest History Database.

Working with obituaries might not seem like the best form of student employment, but Cairns says she loves reading them. “If it’s written down, it honors the person. It’s especially interesting when the person has lived a long time, to see all that they accomplished and how many lives they’ve touched.”

WSU student holds up an obituary clipping.


May 16: Leah Benedict to Receive WSU Libraries’ Excellence Award

Posted: May 14, 2018 -- letizia

Leah Benedict will receive the 2018 WSU Libraries’ Excellence Award during a 10 a.m. reception Wednesday, May 16, in the Terrell Library Atrium.

Benedict is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of English. The award recognizes a non-library faculty or staff member who has shown consistent support for the WSU Libraries.

WSU clinical assistant professor of English Leah Benedict


Weeklong Digital Scholarship Symposium Runs Through May 18

Posted: May 11, 2018 -- letizia

WSU and University of Idaho are co-hosting the inaugural Palouse Digital Scholarship Symposium through May 18 on both campuses. It is sponsored by WSU’s Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation and UI’s Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning.

The symposium will explore a broad variety of tools, techniques and ideas informing the digital scholarship field, including the following sessions:



Kanopy Pilot Moves to Mediated Model

Posted: May 1, 2018 -- letizia

WSU Libraries will be transitioning from the Kanopy streaming video patron-driven purchasing program to a mediated purchasing model. The change will not apply to the WSU Vancouver campus.

Faculty can still browse the Kanopy catalog at, and send purchase requests to their departmental library liaison, however film trailers and previews will not be available on the Kanopy platform after this change.



'Frauds, Fakes, Forgeries' on Exhibit at MASC

Posted: April 18, 2018 -- letizia

The manuscript from Honest Abe wasn’t so honest. It took more than 60 years for the staff of Washington State University’s Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections to learn that the document was a forgery.

Part of an Abraham Lincoln collection purchased in the early 1940s, the handwritten fragment, entitled “On Administration,” was considered one of its chief attractions.

Abraham Lincoln, photo by Alexander Gardner from Lincoln’s last formal sitting. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.


Pullman Libraries Extend Hours for Dead, Finals Weeks

Posted: April 18, 2018 -- letizia

Holland and Terrell Libraries, as well as Owen Science and Engineering Library, will have extended hours for dead and finals weeks.

Holland and Terrell will open at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 22, and will not close again until 10 p.m. Friday, May 4. Owen will open at noon Sunday, April 22, and will not close again until 5:45 p.m. Friday, May 4.



Celebrate National Poetry Month in April at WSU Libraries

Posted: April 3, 2018 -- letizia

For National Poetry Month in April, Washington State University Libraries is sponsoring three weeklong activities during the month to celebrate all forms of poetry.

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture, according to the website.

Activities, to be held in Terrell Library, include the following:

National Poetry Month logo


Register by March 31 for April 6 Edible Book Festival

Posted: March 22, 2018 -- letizia

Play with your food and your words during WSU Libraries’ third annual Edible Book Festival on Friday, April 6, part of WSU Mom’s Weekend activities.

Registration for entries closes March 31; to register and for more information, visit the library guide at Participants can register individually or as a group. Entry rules are simple: Submissions must be made from edible materials and somehow relate to a book.

“Olive R Twist,” winner of the 2017 Edible Book Festival’s People’s Choice Award, submitted by WSU business and economics librarian Mary Gilles. Photo by Nella Letizia.


Common Reading Event: 80s Game Night & Crimson Key Gala Planned for March 27

Posted: March 22, 2018 -- letizia

WSU students and the university community are invited to celebrate the conclusion of this year’s Order of the Crimson Key competition and play retro board games at the 80s Game Night & Crimson Key Gala from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the Terrell Library Atrium.

The event is part of activities planned around the 2017-18 Common Reading Program book “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline.



March 27: Celebrate WSU Authors at Crimson Reads

Posted: March 21, 2018 -- letizia

The published works of WSU authors will be recognized at the fifth annual “Crimson Reads: A Celebration of WSU Authors,” 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the Terrell Library atrium. Crimson Reads is part of WSU Showcase, the annual celebration of faculty, staff and student excellence.