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Waldo Library is open 24 hours a day for finals this semester. This is a pilot program with funding from the Western Student Association. More details here.


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 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)

April Kick-off Libraries Poetry Event


New Library System

Library Search will roll out the week of May 18 - New system, better results. See 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.

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  • 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;

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.

What's Waldo?

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. 

Start at the website with PowerSearch to search the libraries' catalog, talk to a research consultant (librarian) for help with your paper, and come in for study space and a cold pop. Waldo is open Sunday - Thursday until 3 am. Service desks close at midnight with self checkout available after midnight in the lobby.

'Waldo' will be in the lobby with bookmarks that highlight the services and materials. The photo is from the 2014 Bronco Bash featuring library staff promoting 'What's Waldo?' information.

Welcome New Associate Dean of Technology

May Chang is the new Associate Dean of Libraries Information Technology. She oversees many aspects of Library technology and technology services. Please welcome her to WMU. She is listed here in the directory with an office in Waldo library administrative offices.

Welcome New Business Librarian

LuMarie Guth is the new Business Librarian for WMU. She is the library liaison for all Haworth College of Business needs. Please welcome her to campus.  She is listed here in the directory with an office in Waldo Library.

Award Winning Conference Poster

Jason Glatz, Maps coordinator and a specialist GIS at University Libraries won a bronze metal at the Association of Research Libraries conference for a research poster titled "Using GIS to Facilitate Data-Driven Decision Making." Glatz also runs the mapping service at Waldo where the WMU community can have spatial data from their research conveyed in maps.

New Bronco Study Zone Located in Waldo Library

The area is on second floor, is open to any WMU student, and will be staffed Sunday through Thursday in the late afternoon and evening. Times will be posted at the location. Students wanting to improve their study habits can enter the zone and will receive academic support and coaching by zone staff. Study Zone info.

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.

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. 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 e.g. "Diaries - the quantified self tracking device of the 19th century - available to researchers at the WMU Archives."

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 generally not designated as ‘Quiet Libraries’ so team meetings, tutoring, and other quiet talking are permitted/encouraged. Patrons seeking solitude should use the quiet zones.


Night of the Research Paper

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 4-9 p.m.
Dwight B. Waldo Library

WMU Libraries wants to help students succeed in their research assignments. Night of the Research Paper” is a fall-themed event on Wed., November 5, 2014 from 4-9 pm at Waldo Library. Don’t be a research zombie! (Getting started early can help quell the fears) More

Professor and librarian Laurel Grotzinger celebrates 50 years with WMU

Dr. Grotzinger started her career teaching in the School of Library and Information Science, rising from assistant to full professor in just four years. Known for her research on women in librarianship she also became the school’s director, chair of the Graduate Studies Council, Graduate College Dean, and president of the Faculty Senate among other positions.

"I've served under six of the University's eight presidents. But I tell people I started at WMU when I was in kindergarten," Grotzinger says with a laugh. "The University has obviously been my life in many ways and has always presented opportunities to grow and to learn.

She was recently honored at University Libraries for her service to WMU. More on her career is in this news release in which another 50 year employee is also honored. Link

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:

Extended Service Hours at Waldo

During the busy time at the end of the spring semester, services at the circulation and reference desks are extended later into the night for extra help for students. See the details on the library hours webpage, at the front information desk and door postings.

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:

Library Friends Group Annual Meeting

Thursday, April 17, 5 pm

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Park Trades Center building, Downtown Kalamazoo.

Waldo Library finalist in national photo contest - joins 3 Kalamazoo County libraries as tops

Thanks for voting for WMU's Library Photo

Waldo Library made the finals in the national Your Beautiful Library Photo Contest! Three finalists, out of 25 total, are Kalamazoo County libraries and all four Michigan finalists are in west Michigan! Kalamazoo Public Library; Lawrence Memorial Public Library, Climax; and Muskegon Library were finalists in addition to Waldo.

Sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning Company, the winners will be announced during National Library Week, April 13-19. There are cash prizes for Best of Show and the other categories in the contest. Waldo is in the 'best curb appeal' category. The entry is depicted below.

Information is also on  the Facebook page of Dwight B. Waldo Library:


Friends of the University Libraries Event: Mary Heebner Lecture

Monday, March 10, 5:30 p.m. / Richmond Center for the Visual Arts, Rm. 2008

Painter and book artist Mary Heebner will give a lecture on Monday, March 10, 5:30 p.m. in Room 2008 of the Richmond Center for the Visual Arts. The Mary Heebner lecture is a University-wide event with a reception to follow in the lobby. Mary Heebner’s work as a painter and book artist has often been inspired by her travels, including trips to Iceland, Chilean Patagonia, and Angkor Wat in Cambodia. In this lecture Heebner will show a survey of her creative work and talk about its sources. 

This event is sponsored by the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Friends of the WMU Libraries, the WMU Visiting Artists and Scholars Program, and the Gwen Frostic School of Art.

Research and Writing Clinics

Additional help for research and writing projects are offered Spring Semester 2014.

The University Libraries provide individual help for research projects every day (just visit one of our reference desks), but we will be holding special research and writing clinics this semester in collaboration with the Writing Center. They will be on four different Tuesday nights, from 3 - 7 pm on January 28, February 18, March 11, and April 1 in Waldo Library. Writing Center personnel and University Librarians and staff will give advice and help search for resources in individual consultations. Whether a student is just beginning a research project, trying to narrow or define a topic, find books and articles, better organize a paper, or properly cite sources as a project is being finished, help is here. 

These special clinic nights help highlight the research services that the Libraries and the Writing Center offer for students to succeed. Bring a copy of the research assignment and research questions, and we'll help you individually!

January 28, February 18, March 11, and April 1
Waldo Library: 3-7 pm

Link to a printable clinic flier

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Information

Explore the Libraries' online guide for information and Web links about the new health care law.

One can always 'Ask A Librarian' through instant messaging, email, text, or phone for more in-depth information customized to your needs. Those links are at the top of the page.

Please direct questions to Michael McDonnell, the Government Documents librarian, at 387-5208 or

Spring Break Hours Change at Each WMU Library

Check the hours of operation February 27 - March 9

Each library has modified hours surrounding Spirit Day and Spring Break, Thursday, Feb. 27 - Sunday, March 9. You can check hours one of 4 ways:

  1. Hours are posted on the libraries' web site:
  2. Hours sheets are available at the front information desk of each library.
  3. Hours are posted on the front doors of each library.
  4. Hours are available by calling (269) 387-5155 to access recorded hours.

Cool Tools for Teaching

New resources for teaching: University Libraries participated in the Teaching with Technology Symposium that was organized by Office of Faculty Development on February 19.  Carrie Leatherman, Michele Behr, and Paul Howell staffed a table display that showcased citation management software, customized subject and class guides, streaming videos, research and plagiarism awareness tutorials, course reserves, and e-books.  A guide to these technology tools is available at .

 NEWS: Waldo Library is closing early at 10 pm, Thursday, February 27.

Library Friends Event: Dr. Eng presentation on Nepal, also highlighted by National Geographic

Her talk will be Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm in the Stewart Clock Tower Room, accessible through Waldo Library Administrative offices on third floor of Waldo Library. Her work in Nepal was recently highlighted by the National Geographic Society in an October 2012 article entitled "Sky Caves of Nepal," and a February 2012 National Geographic Special entitled "Cave People of the Himalaya." That video can be viewed here:   A WMU spotlight of Dr. Eng is here: 

NOTE: there is a change of venue from the Meader Room to the Stewart Clock Tower Room (accessible through the 3rd floor library Administrative office).

Reading with Friends, WMU Common Read Event

Shari Glaser, Walter Burt, and George Brown will share selected passages from "Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong." All are welcome. Refreshments will be served!
Meader Room, 3rd floor atrium, Waldo Library; Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 4-5 pm.

Exhibits in Waldo Library

The Rare Book Room contains over 41,000 books featuring many research collections, emphasizing Cistercian and monastic studies, medieval studies, American women's poetry, historical children's books, pop-up and movable books, 19th and 20th century literature, fine printing, and artists' books. Current exhibits of Special Collections and Rare Book Room materials for Dec./Jan. include:

Third floor atrium:
- Broadside Selections
- The Renaissance Era
- Christmas Time in the Rare Book Room
- Happy Birthday Jesus from the Rare Book Room
- New Year's Day in the Rare Book Room

Second floor, atrium:
- Buddhist Books and Books About Buddhism in Special Collections (2 cases)
- Special Collections Christmas Variety Cases (2 cases)

All of these small exhibits were done by Special Collections student employees. The exhibit on Buddhist books was done by the coordinator in the Special Collections office.

University Common Read Event

Brown Bag Lunch Discussion
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, Noon to 1 p.m.
Lounge, Lee Honors College

"Re-entry after Incarceration"
Jeffrey Fink, former Kalamazoo County Prosecutor

For more information go to this link and click on the 'events' tab, or see this flyer. All are welcome.

Research Paper After Event

Never Fear! (the research assignment)

Even though research night is over you can still get one-on-one help with your research project.

Come to the one of the libraries' reference desks with your assignment and some questions. Say you are in need of research help for your project and a trained expert in research methods (a librarian) can help you. We even have specialists in areas like business, humanities and sciences. (ask about a specialist in the area of your research - they really know the specific databases.) If they are not in the day you visit, ask to make an appointment with that librarian. Here is the list of over 60 specialist areas.

Night of the Research Paper

Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 4 to 8 p.m.
Dwight B. Waldo Library

Western Michigan University Libraries wants to help students succeed. “Night of the Research Paper” is a Halloween-themed event on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Waldo Library. Don’t fear the research! (Getting started early can help quell the fear)

Students can talk to librarians, consultants from the Writing Center staff,
and more information.

Refworks Citation Management Workshop for Faculty and Graduate Students

Tuesday, October 22, 3:30  to 5 p.m.
Waldo Library Computer Classroom B

Presented by Maria Perez/Stable, Librarian and Head of Central Reference Services and Michele Behr, Librarian for Extended University Programs.

The workshop objectives:

  • Learn to organize and create a personal database of references that can be accessed from any computer with internet access.
  • Import references directly from online sources and enter citations manually for any type of material.
  • Add keywords and notes to any citation to allow writers to better structure, organize, and track textual points relevant to respective sources.
  • Output a bibliography in any style required (APA, MLA and Chicago) and in the required file format (HTML, MSWord, or text).
  • Learn techniques that facilitate citation management and scholarly professionalism in citing sources.

Register here:

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center Dedication

Friday, October 18, 2013, 4 to 5 p.m.
1650 Oakland Drive (Zhang Legacy Collections Center)

Please join the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees, President John M. Dunn, and Dean of University Libraries Joseph G. Reish at the dedication of the Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center.

University Common Read

Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong by Raymond Bonner

Author Presentation and Book Signing: Raymond Bonner

Monday, October 14, 2013, 7 - 9 pm, North Ballroom, Bernhard Center, all are welcome

Link to more information

Link to flier

Friends of the University Libraries Talk - Maira Bundza - "ScholarWorks at WMU"

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Edwin and Mary Meader Room, Dwight B. Waldo Library, 3rd Floor

ScholarWorks librarian Maira Bundza will share the work that has been done in two and a half years with Western Michigan University's scholarly institutional repository, ScholarWorks, at the meeting of the Friends of the University Libraries.

Changes in Accessing Materials through the Archives and Regional History Collections

Through October 2013

The Archives and Regional History Collections will have a new “home” and location later this fall.  We anticipate opening the Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center in mid-October 2013.  Preparing for the physical move of these collections will necessitate modifying and changing hours of operations and processes as follows in this link.

Exciting New Building Project - Legacy Collections Center

New construction that will house the Archives and Regional History Collections and library storage is now happening on the Oakland Drive campus of Western Michigan University. It is known as the Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center and move-in is scheduled for October 2013. A future phase will include an Athenaeum, a multipurpose room for meetings and presentations. More information and photos are here. Donations are being sought for this phase. Link to donations site.

University Common Read

Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong by Raymond Bonner

Brown Bag Lunch Panel Discussion

Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 11:30 am - 1 pm, Faculty Dining Room 119, Bernhard Center, all are welcome

Associate Dean Candidates Presentations Early September

University Libraries are interviewing two Candidates for the position of Associate Dean for Information Technology Services.  This position is responsible for leading WMU Libraries' technological innovation and infrastructure to deliver user-focused services.  Members of the University community are invited to join us for their public presentations, Library IT Services: What and How, and Q and A sessions in classroom A, Waldo Library.

The candidates and dates are:
Ray Uzwyshyn, Director of Online Libraries, American Public University, Wednesday September 4, 10:45-11:45am

Teri Oaks Gallaway, Interim Director for Public Services, Loyola University, New Orleans, Monday September 9, 10:45-11:45am

Ray Uzwyshyn, has a Masters in Library Science from the University of Western Ontario and a PhD in Media Studies from New York University.  As Director of Online Libraries for the American Public University System he leads the libraries online and physical administrative and technology infrastructure and associated services.  Previously he was Head of the Department of Digital and Learning Technologies at the University of West Florida (2006-2010) and Web Services Librarian at the University of Miami (2002-2006).

Teri Oaks Gallaway has a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music from Bowling Green State University.  As Director for Public Services she has leadership and administrative responsibilities for online learning and technology services.  Previously she served as Systems and Web Coordinator (2008-2012) and Technical Services Librarian (2008-2008) at Loyola University.

Contact the University Libraries administration office with questions; 387-5202

Exhibit of New Children's Books

A showing of the latest in children's picture books is available on second floor in Waldo Library atrium. Fifteen colorful books are on varied topics such as 'A Storm Called Katrina' and a creative retelling of 'The Little Red Hen' but this time it is a 'Red Pen'. On exhibit through July 2013 many illustrative styles are represented. They especially will be of interest to many elementary education majors.

Parking Lot Closure at Archives

Starting July 15  Lot 2 at East Hall will be fenced off and inaccessible by the normal routes.  The Archives and Regional History Collections are open for business until August 1.  Below are adaptions for parking and entry to the Archives. Thank you for your patience during this transitional time.

Parking: All patrons should be directed to Lot 1, (drive is right next to Lot 2) accessible off Oakland Drive with parking meters and ample WMU parking permits for faculty and students.  The metered parking is closer to Walwood Hall but there is public parking.

East Hall Access: East Hall will be accessible by the original front doors to the building.  The doors are under the portico (huge white column area) on the east side of the building facing downtown and Davis Street. (from parking lot 1, the door is on the right side of the building.) Please note; the wide sidewalk to this area will also be used by vehicles for deliveries and accessing other buildings.

Seminar Series in Digital Research

- Curious about digital research and publications at WMU?
- Come and explore the types of digital projects at Western
- Learn about the tools and technology to start your own digital project
- Explore how to share an existing article/project digitally

May 30, June 4, June 5, June 11: Co-sponsored by The Graduate College and University Libraries
with presenters from many units across campus. More info.

Medieval Prayer Book Newly
Available Online in WMU Libraries Collections

A fifteenth century prayer book for nuns is now digitally available from the medieval manuscript collections of the Special Collections and Rare Books Department of University Libraries at Western Michigan University (WMU). This high-resolution version employs color management to assist researchers. There is a digital display of the book in the Rare Book Room and Waldo Library lobby.More

Friends of the University Libraries Event: Annual Meeting: Salute to a Grand Old Lady

May 14, 2013, 2 p.m.
111 East Hall

NOTE: Just recently the tour has been expanded to include the four buildings on the original quad.  North Hall, West Hall, Speech Pathology, and East Hall will be part of the tour. All are welcome to attend.

The Friends Annual Meeting will be on May 14, 2013, at 2:00 pm at 111 East Hall (WMU Archives and Regional History Collections). This event will serve as a final salute to the building which has housed the collection for a "temporary" 20-plus years. In fall 2013, the WMU Archives and Regional History Collections and the remote storage of the University Libraries will move into the Zhang Legacy Collections Center. Be prepared to learn about the original uses of some of the East Campus buildings and the preparations for moving the collections.

Coffee and Snacks for Finals 'Crunch Time' in Waldo Library

Late night studying in Waldo Library Sunday and Monday will be supported with free beverages and snacks. In the lobby volunteers will be serving coffee, tea, water, popcorn, and donut holes 10 pm - 2 am. Thank you to the sponsors: Kalamazoo 10 Theaters and Sweetwaters Donut Mill. Good luck with exams!

Exemplary Library Staff Win Awards

University Libraries is proud to have two staff been named as Western Michigan University’s 2013 Make a Difference Award winners. Receiving the awards are Alison Thor, the Coordinator of Reference Services, and Faizan Haq, Coordinator of Science Reference, for their dedication and positive impact through work performance and expertise. The pair will be honored at the Award Ceremony Reception on Monday, April 15, at 2 p.m. in Bernhard Center room 157.

The WMU Make a Difference is a campus-wide peer-to-peer program that recognizes WMU staff for exceptional service and accomplishments. Up to fifteen members may be selected by multiple peers for each of the two semiannual award periods—fall and spring. Faizan Haq demonstrated a major service-oriented commitment to the CMS website project and in assisting engineering students. Alison Thor was nominated by multiple peers for exemplary attitude, great smile, and willingness to go above and beyond the call to keep the Reference Services Department running smoothly and efficiently.

Friends of the University Libraries Event: The Columbian Exposition:  Dr. Diane Dillon

April 9, 2013, 3:30 p.m. (note corrected time)
1260 Chemistry Building

On April 9, 2013, at 3:30 pm in Room 1260 in the Chemistry Building, Dr. Diane Dillon (Director of Scholarly and Undergraduate Programs  at the Newberry Library) will present "The Devil is in the Details: History and the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893." Because some attendees stayed in Kalamazoo, and many local citizens journeyed to the event, the Archives and Regional History Collections have artifacts from the Exposition which will be displayed to accompany Dr. Dillon’s talk. The exhibition of artifacts will be on the Third Floor of the Upjohn Rotunda of Waldo Library.

Your feedback on WMU Libraries is important, plus there are prizes

Take the survey March 11 through April 8
Win Prizes

All students, faculty, and staff at Western Michigan University are encouraged to participate in an important online survey, called LibQUAL+, being conducted this month by the University Libraries. LibQUAL+, conducted only once every three years, is an electronic survey presented by academic libraries nationwide.  Comparative national data allow libraries to improve services to faculty and students whom they serve. Those who complete the survey, which takes about 10 minutes, have the option of entering a random drawing for an iPad4 or one of three $100 pre-paid Visa cards.

"The survey will help us better understand student, faculty, and staff information needs and any concerns they might have with respect to our services," says Dr. Joseph G. Reish, dean of University Libraries. "We would like to improve our collections, accessibility to materials, and services provided for our users.”

The survey is available from March 11 through April 8, 2013. If there are questions or comments please email: For more information and to take the survey, go to:

Library Workshop for Graduate Students –
Advancing Your Research Skills for the Digital Age

March 21, 2013, 1-4 p.m.
Education Library, 2300 Sangren Hall

Graduate students will gain valuable insights into doing research more efficiently. Please register with the Graduate College to reserve your spot.

Breakout sessions will focus on different topics:

  • Beyond JSTOR: for the humanities, for the social sciences and education, and for the sciences
  • Dissertations before and after: has your topic “been done before” and what to do once it is written
  • Books beyond the library walls
  • Mapping services
  • Patent searching
  • Digital scholarship
  • Make your publications count!
  • Start your professional digital portfolio using ScholarWorks
  • Census data resources
  • Congressional sources

Note: Some sessions will repeat   Link to more information (pdf)

Friends of the University Libraries Event:
Behind the Scenes Tour of the New Education Library

March 7, 2013, 4-6 p.m.
2300 Sangren Hall

On Thursday, March 7, 2013, from 4-6 pm, Dennis Strasser and Brad Dennis, librarians in the Education Library, will host an event to introduce the Friends to the Education Library in the new Sangren Hall.

Spring into Research Night

February 19, 2013, 4-10 p.m.
Dwight B. Waldo Library

WMU Libraries welcomes students to bring their research assignments to "Spring into Research". Come before you break for the beach to an event complete with tropical refreshments. This drop-in session will be held on Tuesday, February 19 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Waldo Library. Students will receive help through all or part of the process of a research project by librarians, Writing Center staff, and other WMU experts. Help will be available on narrowing/defining a topic, finding reliable and/or scholarly information, organizing paper format, and appropriately citing sources. Participants are asked to bring a hardcopy of the research assignment to these one-on-one consultations. We want to help our students do their best work and learn about the great materials available through the library.

Appreciation goes to these supporters: The College of Arts and Sciences, Writing Center, Lee Honors College, Haworth College of Business, and the Friends of University Libraries.

Also to note: Research assistance and writing help are always available at Waldo Library's Central Reference Desk, 387-5178, and the Writing Center, 387-4615.

David "Sonny" Lacks and Family

February 11, 2013, 4:30-8 p.m.
Fetzer Center Auditorium

David Lacks and another member of the Lacks Family will be participating in a question-and-answer session regarding the University Common Read book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."  Book signing to follow.  Open seating.

Research Writing and Ethical Choice: A Panel Discussion of Rebecca Skloot's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

January 30, 2013, 4 p.m.
University Center for the Humanities, 2500 Knauss Hall

Panelists: Elizabeth Bradburn, English; Sue Ellen Christian, Communication; Linwood Cousins, Social Work; and Ann Miles, Sociology. Moderated by Jil Larson, English.  Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society.

The WMU Libraries website will have a new look

December 2012

As the use of mobile devices to access web-based services is greatly increasing, University Libraries' website has undergone a redesign to improve accessibility for users with hand-held devices.  The reformatting is part of a project undertaken across the University.  Responsive Web design will better accommodate the wide variety of devices employed by students, faculty and community members.  A growing number of sites at WMU have already been migrated into the content management system and responsive design, including the College of Fine Arts, WMU News and more than a dozen others.

With respect to the homepage and top pages of the principal sections of the website of University Libraries, users will rediscover the same major content areas.  The formatting will be different.

Dean Joseph Reish encourages faculty, staff, and students to familiarize themselves with these changes by taking time to investigate them and then inform their friends and colleagues about how the look and dynamics have changed to accommodate our 21st century users.

For support, you may wish to click on the “Ask A Librarian” service:, a link on the home page and top pages throughout the site.