Cougar Kids Camp Visit Is Part of Libraries K-12 Outreach

Posted: June 26, 2014 -- letizia

How many books can a Washington State University student check out at a time? What magazine is at call number 901 B772i? And how many copies of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” does the WSU Libraries own?

About 80 K-6 students attending Cougar Kids Camp Mini Cougar Week learned the answers (299; “Ideas and Men;” and six) during a visit this week to Holland and Terrell libraries. The visit – combined with a related “treasure hunt” through book stacks, archives and landmarks – introduced the youngsters to the world of an academic library.



FindIt!@WSU changes coming July 1st

Posted: June 23, 2014 -- merrilla

Starting July 1st the Findit!@WSU will merge with the Search It discovery interface


In an ongoing effort to minimize barriers to information and provide a consistent user interface the FindIt!@WSU interface will be merged with the Search It discovery interface.  For a complete description of the changes with  please visit: 

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WSU Vet Student’s Quirky Animals on Exhibit at Animal Health Library

Posted: June 12, 2014 -- letizia

In one of Victoria Olsen-Mikitowicz’s artworks, Tyrannosaurus rex stomps across a page of the 1937 “Dispensatory of the United States of America,” once the pharmacy profession’s comprehensive guide to drugs, including those used in veterinary medicine. The book, like the subject matter, has gone the way of the dinosaurs.

Olsen-Mikitowicz, a fourth-year Washington State University veterinary medicine student, has a soft spot for the animal kingdom’s extinct and odd members.



Through June 20: Library Exhibit Explores Identity Theft

Posted: May 30, 2014 -- letizia

In 2012, some 17 million people nationwide were victims of identity theft, incurring direct and indirect losses of $24.7 billion, according to one report by the U.S. Department of Justice. A WSU Libraries exhibit delves into the problem and government efforts to combat it.

“The Secret Life of Your Personal Information: Government Resources on Identity Theft” spans 15 years, since Congress passed the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act in 1998 that makes identity theft a federal crime. The exhibit will go through June 20 in the Terrell Library atrium exhibit case.



Longtime AHL Head Vicki Croft to Retire June 1; Reception Set May 30

Posted: May 28, 2014 -- letizia

Former Washington State University pharmacy librarian Sarah McCord literally had just rolled into town, U-Haul trailing behind her, when she learned about the impressive reach of Vicki Croft, head of WSU’s Animal Health Library (AHL).



Holland and Terrell Operating Hours Extended Permanently

Posted: May 21, 2014 -- letizia

Washington State University’s Holland and Terrell libraries will permanently extend near-round-the-clock operating hours for the upcoming academic year after feedback and requests from ASWSU.

Beginning Sunday, Aug. 24, Holland and Terrell will open at 10 a.m. Sunday and remain open until 7:45 p.m. Friday. Saturday hours will be from 10 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Student leaders and others initially lobbied for the extension during dead and finals weeks last academic year.



Advocate for Research Bryan Fry to Receive Libraries’ Excellence Award on May 15

Posted: May 9, 2014 -- letizia

Students of Bryan Fry’s “Honors Writing and Research” (English 298) class earn every bit of their research chops over the course of the semester. The bibliography for their final paper counts for 50 percent of the class grade.

A senior instructor in Washington State University’s Department of English, Fry said he believes the process leading up to the first typed word means everything.



Improvements to Search It Implemented May 12

Posted: May 9, 2014 -- scales

Starting on May 12, the WSU community will see a number of improvements and increased functionality within Search It.  Listed below are an explanation of these changes:



Through May 16: WSU Student Exhibit Explores Hanford’s Labor Force, Residents

Posted: May 7, 2014 -- letizia

Washington State University history graduate students studying the oral histories of the Hanford Site have created an exhibit of its labor force and residents, running through May 16 in the Terrell Library atrium exhibit case.

“Hanford’s Voices: Exploring Labor at Hanford Through the Stories of its Residents” pulled together students from the Vancouver, Tri-Cities and Pullman campuses enrolled in History 528, “Seminar in Public History,” according to course participant and history master’s student Robert Franklin.



New Digital Collection: Extension Bulletins Bear Fruits of Early Research, Outreach

Posted: May 6, 2014 -- letizia

For today’s information seekers, who can find answers in minutes with a few keystrokes, it’s hard to imagine a time when rural dwellers were cut off from knowledge for the most fundamental reasons. No electricity. No car. No phone. No nearby expert to explain why a cow gave birth to her calf prematurely.