Four smiling students leaning against the railing of a campus bridge.

WMU goes all in to promote student success

Some 4,700 incoming freshman and transfer students are part of a sweeping new program that immediately connects them to campus and orients them to college life and WMU.

Paul Gallagher welcome photo

Welcome Paul Gallagher

Paul is the new Associate Dean at University Libraries. He will provide leadership to three library departments that oversee library resource management, IT services, archives, digital projects, GIS and data services, institutional repository, scholarly communications, and special collections.

Stephanie Chapman, Welcome to University Libraries

Welcome Stephanie Chapman

We are pleased to welcome Stephanie Chapman to the position of Metadata Digital Resource Specialist at University Libraries. She will work with digitized materials to make them easier to find by creating proper metadata. Many are original resources created by WMU and published in image databases.
Makerspace in brown text on gold background.

Makerspace in Waldo Library

New in Waldo Library is a collaborative space to create and learn by doing. The Makerspace is operated by the Western Michigan University Innovation Club. It is dedicated to providing a free space where people can collaborate, experiment and learn. Open to the WMU community; Second Floor, Room 2030, open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Staff person is trying out the Virtual Reality Lab.

Library fall hours and special labs

Longer fall semester hours at WMU Libraries are now in place at all four locations. Hours are posted on the web for Maybee Music and Dance Library in Dalton Center, Swain Education Library in Sangren Hall, Zhang Legacy Collections Center: Archives and Regional History on East Campus, and the main library, Waldo, in the center of campus. https://wmich.edu/library/hours. Special labs have their own hours.

Kalamazoo Youth Explore Virtual Reality at the Waldo Lab

Waldo VR Lab Nationally Recognized

The American Library Association (ALA) recognizes our Virtual Reality (VR) Lab in Waldo Library in an article about the Future of Libraries in the United States. The page on their website features 3 university libraries as they encourage other libraries to think about their future.

September 21

Virtual Reality Workshop "Intro to VR," 0135 Waldo Library, 10:30 a.m. to noon. No registration required. Free.
Virtual Reality Workshop "Creating an Exterior VR Environment in Unity," 0135 Waldo Library, 2 to 3:30 p.m. No registration required. Free.
Virtual Reality Tournament Play the VR game "The Unspoken," 0135 Waldo Library, 5 to 8 p.m. No registration required. Free.

September 28

Virtual Reality Workshop "Creating Art in VR with Quill and Medium," 0135 Waldo Library, 2 to 3:30 p.m. No registration required. Free.
Virtual Reality Tournament Play the VR game "The Unspoken," 0135 Waldo Library, 5 to 8 p.m. No registration required. Free.