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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….


August 12, 2020

Special Collections Library Launches New Digital Exhibit on Protest History in Seattle

Abbey Maynard-- Student Reference Assistant and Visual Materials Student Assistant, Special Collections

For the last few months, I have been working on creating a new digital exhibit: We Are All The Conspiracy: The Day After Protest, Seattle 7, and Community Activism in 1970s Seattle, featuring material about the Seattle Liberation Front (SLF), a political group founded on the University of Washington’s campus in January 1970. Seven members…


June 5, 2020

Responding to the Call: George Floyd, Black Lives Matter and Systemic Change

Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, vice provost for digital initiatives and dean of University Libraries

Dear UW Community: Thank you to our UW leadership across all three campuses,  President Ana Mari Cauce and Laura Cañate, UW MBA ’18, for your powerful words. We recognize the clarity of this moment and share a commitment to anti-racist work across the UW Libraries. Speaking on behalf of UW Libraries to all individuals and…


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…


January 30, 2020

Beyond Books: Building Community through Bothell/Cascadia’s Community Reads  

Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, vice provost for digital initiatives and dean of University Libraries

As public spaces devoted to teaching and learning, our Libraries have a duty and responsibility to steward diversity, equity and inclusion.  At UW Libraries, this is embedded in our Libraries Strategic Plan. At the UW Bothell and Cascadia College Campus Library, this work has long been a part of our professional learning and community engagement…