Happy birthday, UW Tacoma Library Blog!

A group of toy dinosaurs wearing birthday party hats. In the background is a slice of cake.
Photo by Joyce Adams on Unsplash

A year ago today, we launched this blog to help us share more library stories with our campus community. It’s been a great first year of sharing our work, and we’re enjoying taking a moment to look back at the things we’ve done, the people we’ve worked with, and the cool things on campus we’ve gotten to be a part of.

Check out some highlights from our first year of blogging below, and feel free to let us know what posts you liked, and what kinds of posts you’d like to see more of.

Our work

Two women
UWT Library’s Marcia Monroe meeting Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden (left).

One of the coolest things about working a library is the very wide range of things you get to do. Help with research? Check. Support for Open Access publishing and free or low cost textbooks? Check. Contributions to our profession, 3D printing, and innovative approaches to working together? Check, check, and CHECK. Below are some favorite stories about the work we do from the last year.

Our resources

Black and white graphic novel illustration of a tall skeleton, striding.
Graphic Novel illustration by Frans Masereel. CC BY 2.0

We have a ton of cool, useful, and relevant resources available for you to use and check out, including plenty of items featured on the blog. In the last year we developed a new graphic novels collection focused on reflecting campus demographics; created displays addressing topics ranging from climate change to multiple ways of knowing; highlighted resources from our local oral history collection; and spotlighted useful databases. Get the details below!

Our events

A person standing in front of a large projector screen where Angie Thomas is talking to the audience via Skype.
Librarian Alaina Bull introducing author Angie Thomas (on screen).

Libraries aren’t just about resources. We’re also about creating spaces to learn, socialize, and connect with community. We did a lot of that in the last year, including hosting book clubs, creating places to unwind during finals, and working with campus partners to host UWT’s first ever hackathon. Check out some past events and activities below, and follow us on the blog and social media to see what’s coming next.

Our people

Library worker bringing in books from book drop
Library student worker Fatuma Hassan bringing in books from the book drop.

The most important thing about libraries is always people — the people who use them, support them, and work in them! Here are some favorite stories from the last year about our truly amazing library staff.

Instagram highlights from 2018-19

Top UW Tacoma Instagram posts for the first part of the 2018-19 school year.Top UW Tacoma Instagram posts for the second part of the 2018-19 school year.



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