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June 19, 2020

Our Top 3 Digital Scholarship Tools

UW Libraries Digital Scholarship Team

Whether you are planning courses for summer or fall quarters or beginning to take a deep dive into your research this summer, the Libraries stands ready to help! The UW Libraries is in year one of a three-year pilot exploring new digital scholarship tools. Use these tools to help teach new knowledge creation skills in…


June 2, 2020

Faculty Guidance for Choosing Online Materials

UW Libraries

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

UW Libraries

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 6, 2020

HathiTrust Expands Access to Materials for UW Libraries

UW Libraries

Updated 7.20.2020 On March 31st,  HathiTrust  announced that it is offering an Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) which will allow students, faculty, and staff from eligible member libraries to access a significant amount of online materials that are currently unavailable to them in library collections.  The importance of HathiTrust to Libraries re-opening strategy: As we consider…


March 25, 2020

The New National Emergency Library and Why It Matters for Huskies

UW Libraries

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?…


November 21, 2019

Mythbuster: The Facts About Greta Thunberg’s Photo Twin

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

One of the images within UW Libraries Special collections has garnered a lot of media attention lately regarding the resemblance of a young girl in a photograph from 1898 to 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg. Several creative theories abound from time travel to how Greta’s image may have been inserted into a historical…


October 22, 2019

UW Press and Libraries Collaborate on Open-Access Books

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

Reposted from UW Press Blog 10/21/2019 From October 21st to 27th, the University of Washington Press will be highlighting its open-access publications and partnerships as part of International Open Access Week. UW Press and Libraries Collaborate on Open-Access Books Thanks to a new partnership between UW Press and Libraries and a grant from the Kenneth…


“Open for Whom?” – Accessibility and Open Access

Elizabeth Bedford

At UW we’ve been thinking about OA Week’s theme of “Open for Whom?” in the context of our efforts to increase the accessibility of our resources and services. We’re pleased that the latest version release of the Manifold digital book publishing platform included substantial accessibility improvements, largely due to a partnership between Cast Iron Coding,…