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



‘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.



Through Oct. 1: Banned Books Week Display in Terrell Library

Posted: September 28, 2016 -- letizia

Lorena O’English’s love of books was, not untypically, nurtured by her parents. They also gave her another gift: no limits on what she could read. So when she was 11, O’English checked out “Green Darkness,” a 1972 novel by Anya Seton, from the Tucson public library.



WSU Joins Open Textbook Network

Posted: September 23, 2016 -- letizia

Washington State University has joined the Open Textbook Network (OTN), a consortium of colleges and universities working to advance open textbook initiatives.

OTN supports the Open Textbook Library, which provides a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed and openly licensed textbooks. The network now encompasses more than 40 universities and colleges from around the country, including University of Washington, Oregon State University and Portland State University in the Pacific Northwest.



A Message from WSU Libraries Dean Regarding Hold on Journal Cancellations

Posted: September 20, 2016 -- letizia

With assistance from WSU Provost Daniel Bernardo and use of one-time money, the WSU Libraries have been able to put off journal cancellations planned for this year. Each year, even when we receive increases in funding, we must cut journals due to price inflation from publishers. This problem has been growing in severity for years and impacts even the largest universities across the country.



Aug. 10 Art in the Library Reception: Photo Exhibit Features Animals of Japan

Posted: August 2, 2016 -- letizia

While her husband was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, three years ago, Heather Wiegmann photographed a Japanese white-eye, or mejiro, amid the first cherry blossoms of spring.

“When looking up into the trees, it isn’t uncommon to see tiny birds flitting around and lapping up nectar,” said Wiegmann, a 2011 graduate of WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “Mejiro are sociable birds that don’t sit still for long and are a challenge to photograph well.”



New Video Streaming Tool Available at WSU Libraries

Posted: July 26, 2016 -- letizia

Thousands of award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases will be available to Washington State University faculty and students this fall through a service offered as a pilot by WSU Libraries.



Through Aug. 13: After-Hours Creativity Displayed in Terrell Library

Posted: July 21, 2016 -- letizia

It is part of human nature to collect things. Washington State University Libraries’ exhibit of personal employee collections includes such treasures as vintage purses, holiday Beanie Babies, 1940s-era menus, shot glasses and gaming miniatures.

“After Hours 3: Gathering Our Spare Time” will run in the Terrell Library atrium display case through Aug. 13. The annual “After Hours” exhibit shows the interests and creative works of library employees. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m.-8:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday; until 5:45 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Saturday; and noon-8:45 p.m. Sunday.