Feb. 9: Grand Opening for Terrell Library’s New Study Lounge

Posted: February 3, 2017 -- letizia

The grand opening of the new Palouse Study Lounge in Terrell Library will be 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, on the atrium ground floor. Refreshments will be served.

“Studies have shown that student success is closely linked to the amount of time spent in libraries,” said Jay Starratt, dean of WSU Libraries. “We are consistently working to enhance the student experience by expanding the libraries’ physical spaces, and this new study space is one of our more ambitious projects.”



Affordable Learning Grant Applications Due Feb. 15

Posted: January 31, 2017 -- letizia

WSU faculty members interested in integrating open educational resources (OERs) and/or library-licensed resources into their courses are invited to apply for affordable learning grants of $1,000-$5,000 by Wednesday, Feb. 15.

The grants will be offered this summer through WSU Libraries and WSU Academic Outreach and Innovation. Recipients will receive assistance as needed from instructional designers and librarians to locate, adapt, remix and create OERs for use in 2017-18.



Jan. 24: Keeping Up with (Fake) News

Posted: January 20, 2017 -- letizia

How and why people get news, how to keep up with current events and how to think critically about news will be discussed by WSU librarian Lorena O’English at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 203 – a free, public presentation of the WSU Common Reading Program.

“We live in an exciting and event-filled world, but it can be hard to keep up with what is going on internationally,” said O’English. “This talk will provide strategies for staying current with big world events.”



Jan. 20 reception: Spring Animal Art Exhibit Runs through May

Posted: January 19, 2017 -- letizia

WSU veterinary student Zena Hemmen painted a tribute to the victims of one of the country’s most horrific animal massacres. Called “49 Lives,” the painting shows exotic animals like those killed in 2011 in Zanesville, Ohio.

“I truly love ‘49 Lives’ because it represents a strong story, and I think the emotions I felt while creating the piece come through in the animal’s expressions,” she said.



Jan. 5: Live Demonstration of New Course Reserves System

Posted: December 19, 2016 -- letizia

WSU Libraries will hold a live demonstration of a new course reserves system, ExLibris Leganto, from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Jan. 5, in Terrell Library 20E. A pilot of the system will be introduced in select courses for spring semester, with a campuswide rollout in the summer.



Business and Economics Librarian Mary Gilles Selected as Provost’s Featured Faculty Member Nov. 5

Posted: November 3, 2016 -- letizia

Mary Gilles, WSU Libraries’ business and economics librarian, has been selected by WSU Provost Daniel Bernardo as the Featured Faculty Member for the WSU home football game Saturday, Nov. 5, against University of Arizona.

The honor recognizes outstanding contributions by WSU faculty members at each home football game during the fall semester. Featured Faculty Members receive two tickets to the game and are publicly recognized on the field, as well as being hosted by the provost.



Nov. 7: ‘Painted Horses’ Author to Give Reading, Lecture

Posted: November 3, 2016 -- letizia

Malcolm Brooks, author of the region’s 2016 Everybody Reads book selection, “Painted Horses,” will give a reading and lecture at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in the Terrell Library Quiet Study Lounge.

His debut novel is set in 1956 Montana where Catherine Lemay, a young archaeologist assigned to survey a canyon before dam construction, meets John H, a former mustanger and veteran of the U.S. Army’s last mounted cavalry campaign. “Painted Horses” is “a tale of the modern and the ancient, of love and fate, and of heritage threatened by progress,” according to the book description.



Halloween 2016: Feathered ‘Fiend’ Has Long Played on Our Fears

Posted: October 31, 2016 -- letizia

It’s Halloween, when one WSU Libraries patron’s mind turns to things that go bump – or, in this case, flap – in the night from a literary and not-so-literary point of view. This year, the subject is birds, the stuff of nightmares for many since Alfred Hitchcock’s film “The Birds” was released in 1963.

Turns out birds have raised goose bumps (pun intended) long before the Master of Suspense. In fact, Wikimedia has a “legendary birds” category that lists 119 specific names of birds representing different cultures, nationalities, religions and levels of scariness.



Oct. 24-30: ‘Hacktivist’ Film, Events for Open Access Week

Posted: October 19, 2016 -- letizia

Presentations about open access textbooks, a screening of a documentary on the late Internet “hacktivist” Aaron Swartz and a workshop about social media presence will make up events celebrating International Open Access Week Oct. 24-30 at WSU.

Open Access Week is a global event to promote free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research and the right to use and reuse them. For more information, see http://libguides.libraries.wsu.edu/openaccessweek.



‘Death of a Textbook’ Exhibit Highlights Importance of Open Educational Resources

Posted: October 18, 2016 -- letizia

Some things are scarier than the ghosts, ghouls and goblins of Halloween. For college students (and for many of their parents), the cost of textbooks and related course materials can make their hearts skip a beat more than the annual holiday’s worst horror movie.

WSU Libraries is sponsoring a display in Terrell Library in October highlighting the spooky reality of college textbook expenses and how to bring dead checking accounts back to life with open textbooks and other educational resources.