February 2020 Good News

Dear Mr. Wolf,

On February 4th my husband and I, both retired faculty members, brought his new computer to the Help Desk. He had had problems with what I called competing email programs and he uses his computer a lot, mostly to work on books he is writing but also for correspondence. At the Help Desk we were assisted by a young man named Joe Manto  Joe was friendly, patient, and explained what he was doing as he worked on the problem. Above all, he was highly competent. We have had no more problems with this computer.  I would very much like our thanks and praise to the added to Joe's employment record.

If you are not the appropriate person to submit this to, could you please forward it to whoever supervises the students at the Help Desk or to somehow be added to his academic record.  Thank you.

Yours truly,

Elaine Anderson Jayne, Emerita

Edward Jayne, Emeritus

Posted By: Tom Wolf

The University Libraries has acquired the complete working archive of author and illustrator, David Small, and author, Sarah Stewart. Residents of Southwest Michigan, Small and Stewart have created a respected body of work, collaborating on six books, including The Gardener, a Caldecott Honor book.

Small’s biographical graphic novel, Stitches, was listed as one of Publisher’s Weekly’s best books of 2009, a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award for Young People's Literature and a 2010 Alex Awards recipient.

The collection includes drafts and original art, unpublished works, notebooks, sketchbooks, correspondence, and journals. Portions of the collection will debut in fall 2020 with a series of exhibits and lectures.

Due to its size and complexity, the collection will become available as materials are cataloged and prepared for public use.

Learn more about WMU Libraries’ special collections and follow WMU Libraries for more news and updates on this new collection.

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Posted By: Sara Volmering

My co-worker, Karen Algie Quada recently passed the NCIDQ exam for Interior Designers!  She has been at the university for four years and it an incredible designer!! 

Here is the link to the certification - https://www.asid.org/learn/ncidq-exam-prep

Posted By: Julie Lenczycki

I wanted to share with you the happy news that the article Pat Vander Meer (WMU Libraries), Maria Perez Stable (retired of WMU Libraries), and I (WMU Libraries) were writing with Judith Arnold (retired of Wayne State) was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal portal: Libraries and the Academy.  I have included the abstract below.

Abstract: Librarians at two research universities surveyed faculty practices and views about collaboration with librarians to gain insight into likely partners and strategies for information literacy (IL) instruction. Quantitative data on methods of collaboration revealed that the most often-practiced method of working together was having a librarian deliver an instruction session, followed by jointly developing an online course guide. Statistical differences by disciplinary area and years teaching were examined; experienced faculty reported a greater range of collaboration methods. Thematic analysis of open-ended responses on motives for collaboration, a factor less frequently studied, found that the top reason was to improve student IL skills, followed by to benefit from librarian expertise.

Posted By: LuMarie Guth

Nice highlight of WMU's history in an interview with Sharon Carlson on Wood TV.

Posted By: Julie Garrison