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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 21, 2020

The Magic of UW InterLibrary Loan

Adebola Fabiku, Interim Co-Director of Access Services / Head, Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is magical! I don’t just believe that ILL is magical because this is the work that I do, but it is the opinion of others as well.  We hear that phrase a lot from our users, especially in this remote learning environment. Interlibrary Loan has always been committed to helping the UW…


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…


7 Essential Tips for Research: Advice From a UW Librarian

Elliott Stevens, English Studies & Research Commons Librarian

Whether you are a new undergraduate or a PhD student, navigating the Libraries vast resources can feel overwhelming, especially when you are working remotely. Fortunately, UW Librarians like me (Elliot Stevens, English Studies & Research Commons Librarian) are here to help.  My fellow Librarians and I regularly talk with students (over email, on the phone,…


#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…


April 6, 2020

Documenting COVID-19 – A Service of UW Libraries Special Collections

Ann Lally, Digital Collections Curator for Special Collections

The University of Washington Libraries Special Collections brings together the most rare and unique resources held by the larger University of Washington Library community. From papyrus to born digital, our holdings span history and the globe and offer boundless opportunities for exploration and discovery. While many people associate our work with physical materials—our digital archives…


March 26, 2020

UW Libraries donates N95 respirators and personal protective equipment (PPE) to UW Medicine Emergency Response

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The needs of our health care workers are top of mind right now, evermore so with consideration of our own UW medical community. Many libraries and museums stock protective gear for collections processing and disaster response and there is a growing effort among institutions to donate these critical supplies during this unprecedented time of need….


March 25, 2020

The New National Emergency Library and Why It Matters for Huskies

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The New National Emergency Library and Why It Matters for Huskies The Internet Archives recently announced the creation of a National Emergency Library, opening up more than 1.4 million ebooks to address the increased global demand and need for electronic reading and research material to serve the nation’s displaced learners. Why is this action important?…


March 20, 2020

Moving to Online Learning: Top 5 Resources For Faculty

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The UW Libraries is committed to supporting UW students, staff, and faculty to prepare for online teaching and research in Spring 2020.  We are continually evaluating our services and working with partners across the university to support faculty during this time of significant change. Please see also our LIBRARIES RESOURCES FOR REMOTE LEARNING page, accessible…


March 15, 2020

A Message from the Dean: FAQ and Libraries Response To COVID-19

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

Betsy Wilson

This post was updated on 3/21/20 6:40PM . Along with many other public institutions, businesses and community members in our region, UW Libraries has been working continuously to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with the University’s and Public Health – Seattle & King County guidelines. We recently announced additional changes to operations this…



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