Current news at the WSU Libraries.
If you plan to use the Thanksgiving Break to work on research papers and projects, remember that the WSU Libraries will offer help whether you're on campus or miles away from Pullman!
Assistance is available at the Holland / Terrell reference desk November 25-27 (Monday-Wednesday) from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Come in, or give us a call at (509) 335-9671.
And as always, 24/7 help is available from the "Ask a Question" page through the Ask-WA consortium. Chat with a librarian who can help you explore resources and answer questions specific to our databases and other resources.
Libraries on target for December Search It launch
WSU Libraries is on track to launch Search It, a new shared library management service, by the end of December.
Once the system goes live, patrons can use a single search box to find journals, books and digitized collections. They also can access some 9 million titles and 26 million resources from 36 other higher education institutions.
For more about the changes, including any updates, visit http://libguides.wsulibs.wsu.edu/search_it.
“Our library faculty and staff have been extremely busy gearing up for this launch,” said Beth Blakesley, associate dean of WSU Libraries. “They attended training over the fall to learn about the new service applications and certify for the switchover.
“Several working groups are now testing the new system to ensure that library users have the smoothest transition possible when Search It goes live,” she said.
Search It is shared by a consortium of Pacific Northwest universities, colleges and community colleges called the Orbis Cascade Alliance. Six alliance universities were the first to make the switch to the system over the summer: Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.), Marylhurst University (Marylhurst, Ore.), Pacific University (Forest Grove, Ore.), University of Washington (Seattle), Western Washington University (Bellingham) and Willamette University (Salem, Ore.).
WSU will join the second group to migrate before the end of the year. All 37 libraries are expected to switch by December 2014.
For more about the Orbis Cascade Alliance, visit http://orbiscascade.org.
Preserving treasures of the past: Lab tour, open house for new libraries conservator set for Nov. 14
Linnea Nelson, the new conservator for WSU Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections (MASC), will conduct a tour of the MASC conservation lab during a free, public open house 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, starting in the MASC main lobby, Terrell Library ground floor. She will also describe basic ways to care for and preserve historical documents.
Nelson discusses the field of archival conservation and its roots in the WSU News story.
War posters comprise new WSU Libraries digital collection
A new digital collection at Washington State University Libraries shows how propaganda posters – or “weapons on the wall” – helped governments influence citizens’ public and private behavior and decisions during World Wars I and II.
The Propaganda Poster Digital Collection, roughly 520 images of posters made 1914-1945, is available at http://content.wsulibs.wsu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/propaganda.
The WSU Libraries are co-sponsors of the Palouse-area Everybody Reads program. This year, the selection is Tree Soldier, by J.L. (Janice) Oakley. Copies of the book are available at the WSU Libraries, Neill Public Library, and other libraries in the region. A local author reading/event will be held at 6:30pm on Thursday November 14th at Neill Public Library (see http://everybody-reads.org/ for more information and a complete schedule of events)
Tree Soldier: A Novel of the Civilian Conservation Corps, inspired by stories told by the author’s mother.
“One mistake can ruin a life. One mistake can transform it. A government forestry camp set deep in the mountainous forests of the Pacific Northwest might not seem the likely place to find redemption, but in 1935, Park Hardesty hopes for just that. Blaming himself for the fiery accident that caused his brother's disfigurement and the death of the bootlegging woman he loved, planting trees, building bridges and mentoring tough, homesick New Jersey boys brings him both penitence and the renewal of his own self-worth. When he wins the love of Kate Alford, a local naturalist who envisions joining the Forest Service, which allows only men, he also captures the ire of a camp officer who refuses to let her go. Just when he is ready to seek his brother's forgiveness, he is falsely accused of rape. Every aspect of his life he has tried to rebuild is put in jeopardy. In the end, the only way he can defend himself is to tell the truth about his brother, but he risks being kicked out of the camp. Worse, he could lose Kate's love forever.”