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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 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….


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…


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…


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…


April 28, 2020

Insights from Going Public: Opening Scholarship to All

Verletta Kern, Digital Scholarship Librarian and Elliott Stevens, English Studies & Research Commons Librarian

UW Libraries inaugural Going Public event launched in 2017 as a forum for sharing ideas and exploring ways researchers communicate their work to the public through the media. In the following years, other topics were explored–like public scholarship, citizen science, and community-based participatory research. Hosting events like this is central to UW Libraries mission and…


March 5, 2020

The Top 5 Things You Should Know About the Census 

Veronica Talley, MLIS Graduate Student

UPDATED 3/31/2020 April 1st is Census Day! The 2020 Census kicked off mid-March and runs through July 2020. UW Libraries is here to help you understand all the ins and outs about the Census, how to do it and why it’s important. Check it out: 1. The COVID-19 pandemic won’t change a lot about how…



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