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October 22, 2019

“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,…


April 7, 2019

An iterative approach to space planning

Jason Sokoloff

In the Foster Business Library, we were excited to recently welcome the first students into our newly developed Business Research Commons. Modeled (very modestly) on the UW Research Commons, the new space allows us to offer topical events and programs, separate from classroom visits, for all business researchers — whether or not they are business…


February 2, 2019

A team-based approach to supporting UW research and learning needs

Chelle Batchelor

To enhance our support for faculty and student research, teaching, and learning, UW Libraries Research & Learning Services embarked in 2018 on a significant restructuring of staff reporting relationships. Directly aligned with the Libraries strategic goal of transforming working practices to enable collaboration and efficiency, the portfolio now functions across 5 departments: Responsible for circulation…


November 3, 2018

Looking at libraries strategy with open eyes

Maryam Fakouri

In recent months, many new strategic initiatives have sprouted across the university to share the fruits of UW-conducted research. They all grow under the philosophy of open—the movement to make information publicly available online at no cost to readers. Here’s a review: The Tri-Campus Digital Scholarship Group was charged to formulate a broad and unified vision…