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September 24, 2020

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…


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 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…


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 3, 2020

Summer Tips: What to Know Before You Go

UW Libraries

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…


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…


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…


May 12, 2020

Recommended Reads for Equity – Evolving the Collection for Remote Engagement

Caitlin Stewart and Sydney Krueger - Master of Library and Information Science 2020 iSchool Graduates

As students in the iSchool’s Library and Information Science program, we have been working at UW Libraries during our tenure here. Our capstone project is focused on the UW Libraries Recommended Reads for Equity collection, an initiative that was launched in 2018 with the support from a UW Diversity and Inclusion Seed Grant and the…



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