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September 24, 2020

Welcome, Huskies: A Message from the Dean

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Hello Huskies! On behalf of UW Libraries–16 libraries across 3 campuses—a warm welcome to all new and returning students, faculty and staff. The start of the fall quarter always feels like a jumping off point – a time to learn new things, make new connections and refocus. The current remote learning circumstances are creating more…


Reflections: 2020 Graduate Student Research Institute

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On Friday, September 4, the UW Libraries capped off its final session of the 2020 Graduate Student Research Institute (GSRI), a free and asynchronous five-day online workshop aimed at helping UW graduate students learn the tools and strategies they need to research “smarter, not harder.” First developed by the Libraries’ Instructional Design & Outreach Services…


UW Libraries Curbside Pick-Up Update

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The first group of UW Libraries employees entered the Libraries for the first time just over a month ago. They have been working diligently to assess and build systems to allow for expanded services. Earlier this month, book drops were opened.  We understand our users are eager to access physical materials, and the next service we plan to launch is curbside pick-up.  Our team is currently working on testing and final logistics to…


September 16, 2020

I Wish My Parents Knew: A New Message For Parents From First Gen Students

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Meeting user needs on the basis of equity and inclusion is embedded in the UW Libraries Mission, Vision and Values. A central part of Libraries outreach and education efforts focus on collaboration with UW First Year Programs, including parent orientation to over 500 parents, many of which include those of first generation college students. In…


September 14, 2020

Dawg Daze With UW Libraries

UW Libraries

Hey New and Returning Students! We know you’re excited to start the new quarter at UW, and we are too! Although the library buildings aren’t open right now, the Libraries staff have been busy creating some fun Dawg Daze events online to welcome you and help you get oriented to the great resources and services…


August 12, 2020

Special Collections Library Launches New Digital Exhibit on Protest History in Seattle

Abbey Maynard-- Student Reference Assistant and Visual Materials Student Assistant, Special Collections

For the last few months, I have been working on creating a new digital exhibit: We Are All The Conspiracy: The Day After Protest, Seattle 7, and Community Activism in 1970s Seattle, featuring material about the Seattle Liberation Front (SLF), a political group founded on the University of Washington’s campus in January 1970. Seven members…


August 7, 2020

A Message for Undergrads!

Odegaard Library Undergraduate Student Success Team

Dear UW Undergraduate Students : We are experiencing the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice and violence together, but in very different ways. We hear your concerns, we stand with you, and we are humbled by your resilience. Although this year is not like any other year, the UW Libraries is here to support…


July 29, 2020

UW Libraries Reopening Plans: A Message from the Dean

Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, vice provost for digital initiatives and dean of University Libraries

To our UW Community, Libraries are essential to research, teaching and learning at UW. We acknowledge how challenging the ambiguity of this time is, and the desire to confirm plans and expectations for Fall quarter and beyond. Our planning teams have been working hard to develop a phased reopening approach, aligned with public health requirements…


Faculty Guidance for Fall Quarter: UPDATE

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UPDATED 9/24/2020 This post is intended to help answer the most common questions from faculty and to highlight  available resources to help prepare for Fall quarter. When in doubt, ASK US. Teaching Support:  Besides textbooks/course reserves, the Libraries provides additional teaching support including online DIY modules and videos covering information concepts and assessment you can…


Commercial Textbooks in a Virtual Environment: Challenges Explained

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Thank you to our colleagues at University of Guelph Libraries for sharing their language documenting these challenges. We have adapted it with permission. As we approach the fall 2020 quarter, library staff are working hard to provide alternative access to our traditional print course reserves collection. A significant portion of the books on reserve are…


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