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October 21, 2020

The New Virtual Open Scholarship Commons

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Research in the 21st century is based on interdisciplinary connections and relies on technology to create and share for the public good. We know that it can be challenging for students and faculty to connect across disciplines, access technology, learn relevant skills, and share research openly. We are excited to bring together a suite of…

October 20, 2020

Improving Accessibility During the Pandemic 

Andy Andrews, Accessibility Coordinator, UW Libraries, Hana Lavay, Collection Assessment Librarian and Andrew Weaver, Media Preservation Librarian

When UW Libraries buildings were closed at the start of the pandemic, our teams needed to respond quickly to adapt work for many employees whose jobs do not easily lend themselves to telework by identifying projects that could be completed remotely. At the start of the pandemic, we had multiple accessibility projects underway, but given…

October 19, 2020

International Open Access Week 2020 

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International Open Access Week (October 19-25) is a coordinated annual effort by scholarly communities across the world to celebrate both our achievements and aspirations in making “openness” the default for research and ensuring that equity is at the center of this work.  This year’s theme, Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and…

October 16, 2020

Labor Archives of Washington Spotlight: Creating Bilingual Access to Collections Documenting the Latinx Experience

Conor Casey, Head of the Labor Archives of Washington and Crystal Rodgers, Labor Archivist for Processing

This summer, the Labor Archives of Washington (LAW) within the UW Libraries Special Collections, was lucky enough to have Diana Rocha, MLIS student from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, complete their final semester practicum with us. Working remotely, Diana enhanced access to several important collections documenting the histories of the Latinx community in Washington….

October 9, 2020

UW Libraries Response to New WA State Guidance for Libraries

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The UW Libraries Cabinet has reviewed our current plan for phased re-opening, and have decided to maintain our approach at this time. Based on the protocols outlined within University of Washington COVID-19 Safe Start Phases,  Libraries spaces will remain closed to the public during Phase 2. Per our current plan, limited study spaces will be…

October 7, 2020

UW Libraries Launches No Contact Pick-Up Service 

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UW Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of no-contact pick-up service– now available on all three campuses– Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma!  The health and safety of our UW community has been our number one priority in planning for this new service. Anyone with an active UW Libraries borrowers card or current UW student, staff…

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…

UW Libraries Curbside Pick-Up Update

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The first group of UW Libraries employees entered the Libraries for the first time just over a month ago. They have been working diligently to assess and build systems to allow for expanded services. Earlier this month, book drops were opened.  We understand our users are eager to access physical materials, and the next service we plan to launch is curbside pick-up.  Our team is currently working on testing and final logistics to…

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

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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…

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