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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

Faculty Guidance for Fall Quarter: UPDATE

UW Libraries

This post is intended to help answer the most common questions from faculty and to highlight  available resources to help prepare for Fall quarter. When in doubt, ASK US. Re-opening and access to physical materials:. The Libraries will not be open to the public in Phase 2. This message from the Dean (7/29) outlines the…


Commercial Textbooks in a Virtual Environment: Challenges Explained

UW Libraries

Thank you to our colleagues at University of Guelph Libraries for sharing their language documenting these challenges. We have adapted it with permission. As we approach the fall 2020 quarter, library staff are working hard to provide alternative access to our traditional print course reserves collection. A significant portion of the books on reserve are…


June 19, 2020

When Will Libraries Offer A Book Pick-Up Option?

UW Libraries

As the community continues to move toward Phase 2 re-opening efforts, you may start to see some local public libraries offering solutions for curb-side pick-up of books. Many of our users are wondering when this type of service will be available for UW Libraries. While UW Libraries planning teams are actively discussing the implementation of…


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…


June 2, 2020

Preparing for Summer and Fall Quarter: What You Need to Know Now

Lauren Pressley- Associate Dean, Research & Learning Services

This post was updated on 7/6/2020 We know our UW community is eager for information to help plan for summer quarter and beyond. The UW Libraries is working in close partnership with University leadership and community partners to assess and plan for return-to-work/return-to-school following the new UW Safe Start protocols. Our decisions will be guided…


May 29, 2020

UW Libraries Awarded Recordings at Risk Award from CLIR

Christina Ramler

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) recently announced that UW Libraries, Special Collections has been awarded the CLIR ‘Recordings at Risk’ Award.* The award provides a grant of over $30,000 to help with the digitization of recordings – ‘at risk’ due to their fragility, lack of equipment to play them, as well as…


May 20, 2020

2020 UW Libraries Student Video Contest Winners Announced!

UW Libraries

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…


April 27, 2020

Listen and Learn: Exploring Oral Histories at UW Libraries for #preswk

UW Libraries

It’s Preservation Week 2020! This month marks the 10th anniversary of Preservation Week®, a public awareness initiative that aims to promote preservation and conservation in communities with the help of libraries, institutions and museums. Preservation Week inspires actions to preserve personal, family, and community collections in addition to library, museum, and archival materials. It also…



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