UW Libraries e-news
September 2010

From the Dean

Betsy Wilson, Dean of UW Libraries (photo by Cass Redstone)
Betsy Wilson

As the seasons change and we welcome students and faculty back to campus, I’m excited about the changes that will greet them in our Libraries.   We’ve been working over the summer to create more flexible library spaces for collaborative work, individual study, teaching and learning, and integrated research. More...

In the Spotlight

Research Commons interior

Research Commons to Open in Allen Library
A new Research Commons, designed to meet evolving student and faculty needs that are emerging with the growth of data-driven research, digital scholarship and interdisciplinary studies, is slated to open autumn quarter in Allen Library. More...

Shanta Gangoli, Asian Oral History Project

South Asia Oral History Project Online
In 2003, South Asian Studies librarian Irene Joshi worried that historically important life stories were being lost as the first generation of post-World War II South Asian immigrants to Seattle and the Pacific Northwest were nearing the end of their lives. Thanks to her generous gift, the South Asia Oral History Project was born. More...

Reed Buchanan

Award-Winning Research
UW history major Reed Buchanan won the 2010 Libraries Undergraduate Research Award for his examination of floods in Washington's Puyallup Valley. The award recognizes UW students who produce significant inquiry requiring use of information resources, the library and its collections. More...


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Charles Johnson

Charles Johnson: Maxine Cushing Gray Visiting Writer Lecture
Friday, Nov. 19; 7 p.m.
Odegaard Undergraduate Library, 220
Enjoy an evening with philosopher, novelist, essayist, short story writer and scholar of black American literature and Buddhism, Dr. Charles Johnson, whose novel Middle Passage won the National Book Award in 1990. Johnson retired in 2009 after 33 years of teaching at the UW.  Preregister at uwlibs@uw.edu or call 206-616-8397.


Catharine Blaine Paine exhibit

Catharine Paine Blaine
Odegaard Undergraduate Library
Sept. 30-Dec. 31
The Catharine Blaine exhibit celebrates the 2010 Washington Women’s Suffrage Centennial by exploring the effect of new settlers' reform ideas on the development of women’s rights in Washington state. More...

Painting by Lionel H. Pries

Lionel Pries & the Lebrun Traveling Scholarship, 1922-1923
Reading Room, Special Collections, Allen Library Basement
Through Oct. 29
When artist Lionel H. Pries won the LeBrun Traveling Scholarship in March 1922, he was required to spend a minimum of six months traveling in Europe. More than 90 drawings and watercolors from that trip are in the Libraries Special Collections. This small exhibition highlights Pries' artwork and the recent gift of his decorated dining table.

Vandercook Proof Press Celebration

The Vandercook Proof Press
Celebrates 100 Years

Reading Room, Special Collections,
Allen Library Basement
Through Dec. 17
This traveling exhibit celebrating 100 years of the Vandercook Proof Press presents a portion of The Vandercook Book. Thirty-two folios from master printers reflect his or her own personal vision and long experience with the press. From abstract images to handset essays, polymer plates printed on shaped, handmade paper to a specimen sheet of antique type in mortised brass circles, the variety of approaches is enormous.

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Pride Points

This year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium featured 770 students from all across the University.

At the start of the 2009–2010 academic year, more than 3,300 international students from 112 countries were enrolled at the UW. More stats are posted on the International Scholars Office site.

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