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Jacob Lawrence in Seattle: UW Students and Libraries create a new book

Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) is widely recognized as one of the most important American artists of the 20th century. A Professor of Art at UW in the later part of his life, Lawrence’s work and teaching are now the subjects of a new UW course, and through a collaboration between UW Libraries and students using open publishing and digital scholarship tools a book dedicated to Lawrence has been created.

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Simon Neame named Dean of University of Washington Libraries

Simon Neame was appointed the new dean of University Libraries, University of Washington. The appointment, pending approval by the UW Board of Regents, is set to begin Sept. 1.

Neame will take the position vacated by Vice Provost of Digital Initiatives and Dean of University Libraries Betsy Wilson, who plans to retire July 1 after a nearly 30-year career with UW Libraries, including 20 years as dean.

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By the Numbers:

UW Libraries During the Pandemic

While many of our buildings have been closed since March 2020, Libraries staff have continued to serve our users through remote instruction, programming, research and clinical support, services, and collections. Thousands of students have utilized new services via the Open Scholarship Commons and Undergraduate Researcher Tutorials, and record numbers of grad students participated in online services and events – even more than pre-pandemic times.

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  • Digital Dynamo, UW Libraries has undertaken a massive effort to expand access to digital resources and teach the skills to use them.

    Digital Dynamo

    UW Libraries has undertaken a massive effort to expand access to digital resources and teach the skills to use them.

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  • The Language of the Land, The documents and recordings from first-language speakers are invaluable to today’s learners. Read how the UW libraries supports the Department of American Indian Studies through recordings digitized and archived by UW Libraries’ Ethnomusicology Archive.

    The Language of the Land

    The documents and recordings from first-language speakers are invaluable to today’s learners. Read how the UW libraries supports the Department of American Indian Studies through recordings digitized and archived by UW Libraries’ Ethnomusicology Archive.

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  • Shaping the future of history, Creating historical records, archiving photos, recording oral histories—it’s all in a program of UW Libraries with the Ethnic Heritage Council.

    Shaping the future of history

    Creating historical records, archiving photos, recording oral histories—it’s all in a program of UW Libraries with the Ethnic Heritage Council.

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  • Rare books curator, Sandra Kroupa, UW Libraries’ book arts and rare books curator Sandra Kroupa discusses personal experience, special collections, and artist books including “Mortal Salt” during a Zoom interview.

    Rare books curator, Sandra Kroupa

    UW Libraries’ book arts and rare books curator Sandra Kroupa discusses personal experience, special collections, and artist books including “Mortal Salt” during a Zoom interview.

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  • Rare Music Digitization, UW Libraries Preservation Department has a reputation for excellence. When asked to preserve a rare music collection through digitization the team was able to use new technologies to make these incredible pieces available digitally.

    Rare Music Digitization

    UW Libraries Preservation Department has a reputation for excellence. When asked to preserve a rare music collection through digitization the team was able to use new technologies to make these incredible pieces available digitally.

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  • , Essential Stories of Frontline Workers: The Struggle for Rights & Survival During COVID-19 features a panel of workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by a discussion of recent efforts by researchers and the Labor Archives to document and preserve the impacts of the pandemic on workers through a collaborative oral history project.

    Essential Stories of Frontline Workers: The Struggle for Rights & Survival During COVID-19 features a panel of workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by a discussion of recent efforts by researchers and the Labor Archives to document and preserve the impacts of the pandemic on workers through a collaborative oral history project.

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