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Gifts, project open door wider to city history

Gifts, project open door wider to city history

A few taps on any smartphone can tell you that Eldon House, London’s oldest residence, was once home of the Harris Family, but it takes a collection like the Harris Family Fonds to gain a deeper understand of what that legacy means.

Wiki project adds Western knowledge to mix

Wiki project adds Western knowledge to mix

From the prosaic to the arcane, Wikipedia offers a world of factual tidbits, images and data about millions of people, places and things. Now a group of volunteers is looking to add Western-rich content to a number of entries in the crowd-sourced public database.

Publisher, university clash stokes debate

Publisher, university clash stokes debate

The decision by one of the world’s largest university systems to end its relationship with the world’s largest scholarly publisher is just as much a clash over universal open access as it is about unsustainable costs, according to postsecondary libraries officials.

Library reno consultations to start in January

Library reno consultations to start in January

Western’s largest and busiest library is “past-due” for a revitalization, and detailed consultations on its transformation will take place with the campus community during next few months, said Catherine Steeves, vice-provost and chief librarian. Opened in 1972, The...

Western Libraries takes Barnett legacy into future

Western Libraries takes Barnett legacy into future

In 1918, visionary bibliophile John Davis Barnett donated his personal collection of 40,000 books to enrich the relatively modest library holdings at Western – at the time, housing less than 1,000 works. His only condition was that every page be available to “any earnest seeker of knowledge.” Today, Western Libraries is honouring that century-old pledge by extending the reach of the Barnett collection further than the philanthropic curator and would-be-librarian could have ever imagined.

A walk through black history in Canada

A walk through black history in Canada

  Western Libraries’ Archives and Research Collections Centre is home to rare, and in some cases unique, resources that illuminate important insights into black history in Canada and beyond. Here, we highlight just a few of the collection’s primary and secondary...

5M downloads and counting

5M downloads and counting

The global community has enjoyed Scholarship@Western research papers to the tune of five million downloads – a remarkable achievement for the university’s institutional electronic repository. “Five million downloads is pretty significant, especially in a decade. Its...

Best books of 2017, according to Western

Best books of 2017, according to Western

As 2017 winds down, Western News brings you a list of book recommendations from members of our campus community. Included are the year’s favourite reads from students, staff, faculty and alumni.

Access lab revamped for students with disabilities

Access lab revamped for students with disabilities

At one point, it was a darkroom. Later, it turned into a room where librarians counted coins from photocopiers. It also served as a storage closet. And then, more than a decade ago, with few changes to the space, the small room on the ground level of The D.B. Weldon...

Gift adds Bard’s Fourth Folio to collection

Gift adds Bard’s Fourth Folio to collection

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhFFxXOm5zI Even in elementary school, Robert Luton loved Shakespeare. The storytelling, the drama, the beauty of the language – it all kept him in rapt attention during performances at the Stratford Festival Theatre. English teachers...

New fragments of history link students to past

New fragments of history link students to past

When it comes to researching medieval manuscripts, Samantha Tyson says photocopies or digital versions cannot hold a candle to the real thing. “And don’t hold candles to them,” laughed the third-year Medieval Studies student. Today, Western students can touch a...

‘Big deals’ straining academic library budgets

Canadian academic libraries are increasingly challenged to maintain strong collections while grappling with unfavourable currency exchange rates, yearly subscription increases and a ‘big deal’ that is not necessarily a good deal. Despite this publishing environment,...

Art donation makes East-West connection

Art donation makes East-West connection

As Jamelie Hassan sees it, libraries are a hub where research, conversation and culture intersect to inspire human connection. And it’s precisely why the London-based artist selected two library spaces – on opposite ends of the world – to display one of her most personal works.

The problem with framing as ‘non-STEM’

The problem with framing as ‘non-STEM’

I read with interest two recent Western News articles about Juan-Luis Suárez’s new role as Associate Vice-President (Research) for arts, humanities and social sciences (“Suárez tapped to lead non-STEM efforts,” May 2 and “Suárez: Time of retreat is over for...

Libraries partnering on shared-storage project

As of this month, Western Libraries will partner with university libraries at Toronto, Ottawa, McMaster and Queen’s in the Keep@Downsview project, a shared print preservation initiative among the five institutions. The project aims to preserve the scholarly record in...

Free Press, Western Archives showcase London 50 years ago

A lot has changed in the 50 years since Canada’s centennial – from fashion and sports to architecture and technology. In London, Ont. and the surrounding region, a collection of nearly 8,000 images from the centennial year, captured by London Free Press photographers,...