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July 29, 2020

Faculty Guidance for Fall Quarter: UPDATE

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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. Re-opening and access to physical materials:. The Libraries will not be open to the public in Phase 2. This message from the Dean (7/29) outlines the…


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…


June 19, 2020

When Will Libraries Offer A Book Pick-Up Option?

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As the community continues to move toward Phase 2 re-opening efforts, you may start to see some local public libraries offering solutions for curb-side pick-up of books. Many of our users are wondering when this type of service will be available for UW Libraries. While UW Libraries planning teams are actively discussing the implementation of…


June 3, 2020

Summer Tips: What to Know Before You Go

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Congratulations, you’ve made it through the year! Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions for graduating students, people who are not studying during summer quarter, or whose student status may be changing in summer quarter.  As UW Libraries physical buildings remain closed due to COVID-19, all of the information here has been updated…


June 2, 2020

Faculty Guidance for Choosing Online Materials

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Why choose online alternatives to standard textbooks or physical course readings?   1) Ease of use. These existing resources are immediately available and avoid potential delays (sometimes of several weeks!) that may occur in trying to source and license new electronic materials for courses.  2) More equitable access. In accordance with existing UW guidance, all classes…


May 22, 2020

Libraries Superheroes: Procuring eBooks for UW Students

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As faculty across campus raced to prepare for spring quarter, there were many concerns over how classes could be conducted without access to the Libraries. For example, Izumi Matsuda, a senior lecturer in Asian Language and Literature, was considering not offering her Tadoku class because of its reliance on the physical books available in the…


May 20, 2020

2020 UW Libraries Student Video Contest Winners Announced!

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The annual UW Libraries Student Video Contest asks students to create original videos showcasing the Libraries through the lens of student experience. Across all three campuses, UW Libraries is the “heart” of the University – our people, places, resources and programs support students, faculty and our local community in so many ways. As this year’s…


April 27, 2020

Listen and Learn: Exploring Oral Histories at UW Libraries for #preswk

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It’s Preservation Week 2020! This month marks the 10th anniversary of Preservation Week®, a public awareness initiative that aims to promote preservation and conservation in communities with the help of libraries, institutions and museums. Preservation Week inspires actions to preserve personal, family, and community collections in addition to library, museum, and archival materials. It also…


April 17, 2020

Spring Quarter Survival Tip: Get to Know Your Subject Librarian

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Do you know YOUR subject librarian? Have you ever utilized the Libraries’ consultation services for help with your research?  While UW maintains remote learning, our UW Libraries staff will be here to help you, huskies!  Beyond helping users find the electronic books and resources they need, Librarians are talking with students and faculty on the…


#IHeartUWLibraries: Ari’s Story

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With Libraries buildings closed, many students, staff and faculty are missing their favorite place to study, access to computers and software, and their friendly librarians at the reference desk; but Libraries staff are working remotely every day to connect you with the tools and support you need. As Ari Hock, a UW PhD student realized…



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