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Throughout the 2019-20 academic year, the Western Libraries -- working in conjunction with the Western Libraries Subscription Task Force -- led the university through the challenging process of canceling 187 journal, database, and e-book subscriptions. These reductions were in response to a significant budget shortfall caused by ever-rising subscription costs. Without annual increases to the collections budget, inflation on subscriptions makes it impossible to sustain all existing commitments.
We are writing to share important information about how to host secure Zoom meetings, including a new feature implemented by Zoom last week.
As we approach a holiday season unlike any we have experienced, Western Washington University asks all members of our campus community to follow state guidance aimed at protecting public health.
Interlibrary loan for physical items is now once again available from Western Libraries. This means that in addition to requesting materials from Western Libraries or from Summit libraries for on-site pickup or mail delivery, all WWU students, staff, and faculty can now use ILLiad to place requests for physical items, such as books and other media, via interlibrary loan.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Paul ‘Chuck’ Hart, former program manager of the Center for Canadian-American Studies who retired this past January. Chuck passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 10 in Bellingham. Many of you will remember Chuck for his dedication to Western and the Center for Canadian-American Studies during his more than 40-year career. Over the years, he touched many of us with his enthusiasm, loyalty, and joy in making connections with people all across campus.
Across the nation and state, COVID-19 infections are spiking as more people move indoors. Western Washington University is no exception, as we are experiencing a surge in cases. We also note concerning COVID-19 trends in Bellingham and Whatcom County.
Over the past week, Western has seen what we view as a sudden and significant increase in positive student tests, both of individuals and in the batches analyzed in our surveillance testing program. We have seen five new positive individual tests, and other positive tests among pooled testing batches.
The Woodring College of Education will hold a peer-to-peer advising session for any students interested in teaching Elementary or Special Education on Wednesday, Nov 18 from 1-3 p.m.; Zoom info is on image at right.
Western Washington University will offer a series of events in support of International Education Week (IEW) beginning Monday, Nov.16 and running through Friday, Nov. 20.