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DATE: April 26, 2012 11:09:51 AM PDT
Western Libraries Speaker Series 'Redefining the Academic Library' begins on May 2

Contact: Chris Cox, Western Washington University dean of libraries (306) 650-3050 or chris.cox@wwu.edu

BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University’s Libraries Speaker Series is bringing four speakers to campus to talk about the changing roles and challenges faced by academic libraries across the country.

The series is put on by the Western Libraries, with support from the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and is free and open to the public.

The series will be held at 4 p.m. every Wednesday in May in Wilson 164 on Western’s campus. Each presentation will be recorded and posted as a part of an online forum to engage the campus community.

On May 2, Doug Way from Grand Valley State College in Allendale, Mich., will discuss how library collections are rapidly changing in support of scholarship as well as the evolving roles of academic librarians. The Grand Valley State College Library is the 2012 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.

On May 9, John Popko from Seattle University will speak about the 10-year planning and construction project which has resulted in the Lemieux and McGoldrick Learning Commons, a world-class transformative space supporting academic endeavors at Seattle University. Popko will also talk about the value that a learning commons environment brings to a university.

On May 16, John Helmer, Executive Director for Orbis Cascade Alliance, will talk about the benefits consortia participation brings to members through efficiencies and purchasing power. Helmer has been involved with library consortia for 20 years and is the 2012 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Award which recognizes him as a risk-taker and an effective leader and champion of new ideas and initiatives.

On May 23, Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, Dean of the University of Washington Libraries, will speak about new roles opening up for academic librarians and how these will benefit teaching and learning through academia. Wilson was the 2007 Academic/Research Library of the year and under her leadership, the University of Washington Libraries was the 2004 ACRL Academic Library of the Year.

For more information about the series please contact Chris Cox, Western Washington University dean of libraries, at (360) 650-3050 or at chris.cox@wwu.edu.

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