UW Libraries Blog

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 you whether you’re in Seattle, Wenatchee or Taipei–wherever you are, we got this, Huskies!

We know you might be missing Odegaard Library for study spaces, trusted help, social time with friends (and naps between classes!). While we can’t hang out in Odegaard in person just yet, we’ll make sure there are still ways for you to build community remotely — follow our Instagram for details.

And don’t forget…

  • UW Libraries staff are working from home to provide services you can access remotely, like research and writing help via Zoom, e-book displays, and so much more. Help is available 24/7 – just ASK US!
  • New! UW Seattle Student FAQ: We have been listening to your feedback and gathering your questions. In this new UW Libraries Student FAQ for Fall, get answers to questions about  the Libraries’ current plans for reopening, textbooks, technology, how to get help, and more.
  • Dawg Daze + UW Libraries: Check the Dawg Daze calendar in late August so you can participate in fun library orientation events to connect with fellow students and the UW Libraries: online trivia, a scavenger hunt, virtual library tours, and more. All students are welcome.
  • We’re Listening: UW Libraries staff are working with departments and programs across campus to make sure students have what they need to succeed, and your input is needed to help us understand what you need and how we can improve. Let us know: What can we do to help? What services are most helpful to you? What’s not working for you? Share your ideas and feedback with the UW Libraries Undergraduate Student Success team via email.

We can’t wait to connect with you this fall!

About the authors:

The Odegaard Library Undergraduate Student Success Team collaborates with the UW Libraries and UW partners to design memorable and meaningful experiences with the library, both social and academic, for undergraduate students, specifically first year and first year transfer students, international students, students from underrepresented communities, and first generation UW students. The team focuses on strategic planning, creativity, and leadership in designing and coordinating Libraries’ programs and services that contribute to undergraduate student academic success and engagement.