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UW Libraries February Update 2024

While there are many free learning workshops and drop-in help sessions as always (including Podcasting as Research and our LOVE DATA WEEK events!), don’t forget to make room for the fun and fascinating this February — from our new board game collection, to a unique Valentines event in Special Collections, Tateuchi Asia Library’s grand re-opening celebration and Karaoke Fridays, UW Press and Community Reads book events, and Scholars Studio, there’s plenty of opportunity to take a break and explore. And when you do need a quiet space to join that remote study session, be sure to check out the new Zoom pods in Suzzallo!

News and Stories

New from UW Press

New Book of the WeekTreaty Justice

Treaty Justice: The Northwest Tribes, the Boldt Decision, and the Recognition of Fishing Rights by Charles Wilkinson. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1974 Boldt Decision, which affirmed the fishing rights and tribal sovereignty of Native nations in Washington State, Charles Wilkinson’s expert and compelling book weaves personalities and local detail into the definitive account of one of the twentieth century’s most important civil rights cases.

UW Press in the News

Read an excerpt from Treaty Justice in the Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine. Shaun Scott, author of Heartbreak City: Seattle Sports and the Unmet Promise of Urban Progress was on KUOW Soundside. Listen to the interview online.

Featured Event

Join UW Press for an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Boldt Decision on February 12, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Centered around Charles Wilkinson’s posthumously acclaimed book, Treaty Justice, a panel will discuss the significance of the Boldt Decision and its enduring impact on the tribal sovereignty movement in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Learn more and
photo of a group of board gamesBoard Game Collection Debuts at Odegaard: Odegaard’s newest collection of 65 board, card, and TTRPG games has hit the shelves! Games circulate for 14 days, checkouts are limited to 2 per person, holds can be placed on them, and the first game got checked out even before they were all shelved. Stop by Odegaard on your way home today to check out the collection (located to the left just inside the entry doors) for yourselves! See the Odegaard Game Collection Guide. The Secret Life of UW Libraries Catalogers and Metadata Specialists: In this second installment of our student spotlight series, learn how one student’s work is helping to increase the global visibility of research. Read the story. UW Research: A Year of Open Data with Dryad: See the top 10 UW data sets by views, downloads and journal, and learn more about the impact of our one-year-old membership with the data repository, DryadRead the story. Suzzallo Zoom Pods are Here! Building on the success of the Odegaard Zoom Pods, we have added four new Zoom pods in Suzzallo Library! Each pod provides a private, sound-dampened environment with outlets, individually-controlled lighting, and ventilation. Pods are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved, and use is limited to 60 minutes. Zoom Zoom! accessibility iconAccessibility Update: New Wheelchair Charging Stations and more! We’ve added four wheelchair charging stations, located in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library, the Open Scholarship Commons in Suzzallo Library, the Research Commons in the Allen Library, and the Foster Business Library. Over the winter break, Odegaard Library made significant updates to 14 group study rooms, installing accessible door levers, removing automatic closers and removing a wall to create an expanded space in Room 324 to better accommodate mobility devices. UW Librarian received international honor: Michael Biggins, Slavic, Baltic and East European studies librarian, was recently honored by the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) with the title of Honorary Senator of the University of Ljubljana. The title is awarded for exceptional contributions to advancing the international mission of the University of Ljubljana, the flagship research university of the Republic of Slovenia, with over 40,000 students and a disciplinary profile comparable to UW’s. Since joining UW in 1994, Michael has served continuously on the UW-University of Ljubljana Scholars Exchange Committee, becoming its Chair in 2011, and has built a permanent UW endowment to support the Exchange and other Slovenia-related programs at UW. Congratulations, Michael!

Featured Resources

Black History Month – Explore New Resources: two new databases available through UW Libraries Exploring Race in Society: this research database offers essential content covering important issues related to race in society today. Essays, articles, reports and other reliable sources provide an in-depth look at the history of race and provide critical context for learning more about topics associated with race, ethnicity, diversity and inclusiveness. In addition to proprietary essays, photographs, graphs and charts, Exploring Race in Society includes: thousands of full-text articles from academic journals; government agency reports and more. Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive: this database is devoted to the study and understanding of the history of slavery in America and the rest of the world from the 17th century to the late 19th century. Image (Left): Portrait of Dred Scott (1795-1858) by an unknown artist. Dred Scott was a slave who sued for his and his family’s freedom after having lived with their owner in several free states in the 1830s. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Scott, claiming that as a slave, he was not a citizen of the United States and therefore his case could not be heard before a federal court. Source: Appellate Case File No. 3230, Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 US 393 (19 Howard 393), Decided March 6, 1857, and Related Records, available through the database,  Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive.

Community /Events

Karaoke FridaysKaraoke Fridays are Back!:Come to enjoy FREE Karaoke at Tateuchi East Asia Library. Songs of East Asian languages and more are available. No reservation required – first come first serve! Cover ArtFebruary 6- Community Reads: For our winter quarter event, Community Reads will be hosting a discussion of the short story “Tidings,” from the book Afterglow: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors. Join us for snacks, a discussion of the story, and a conversation about climate fiction and new ways of visioning the world and our relationship to it. Whether you’ve read some, all, or none of the story, you are welcome! Attend in person (room LB1-205) or on Zoom. Learn more.  Feb 8-10: Contaminating Archives: Documenting Power and Resistance in Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian America. A conference to bring together Critical Archival Studies scholars with archives practitioners, communities of interest and artists engaged in cultural projects addressing reconciliation and restitution. Learn more.  Feb 12Town Hall Seattle Presents Boldt at 50: Reflecting on Treaty Justice and Tribal Sovereignty (see side bar for details) Feb 14- Tarot for Friends and Lovers: Join Abigail Vasquez, one of the best tarot readers in the Pacific Northwest, for a special Valentine’s Day event learning to read tarot cards for relationships AND enjoy the current exhibit in Special Collections Magick and Mystery: Exploring the Supernatural. Space is limited, so registration is required. RSVP and learn more. Feb 21-Tateuchi East Asia Library Grand Reopening Celebration. Enjoy a festive program celebrating rich East Asian cultures, our special collections and support for East Asian scholarship. The event is open to all, so please feel free to share with your colleagues, friends, and family. RSVP appreciated!
  • February 29th- Scholars’ Studio: Scholars’ Studio is a fun, informal event that features 10 rapid-fire ignite-style presentations (5 minutes each) given by graduate students and postdocs doing research on topics related to an interdisciplinary theme.

Learning Workshops

  • February 12th- UW Libraries Hacking the Academy: Podcasting as Research and as a Way to Communicate Research: In this installment, a faculty member, two graduate students, and a program manager will share how they’ve made podcasts a part of their research and also in order to communicate about research, issues, and emerging things in their fields. This event will be a great look at how podcasting is being done at the UW, and attendees should come away with some practical next steps for starting their own podcasts.

Love Data Week EventsLove Data Week graphic
    • February 15th- Love Data Week: Finding Datasets: This workshop will cover where to find open and proprietary datasets, as well as considerations for using them.

  • February 16th- Creative Commons Workshop: Join us to learn how the CC works and where to find and share media freely and easily.
  • February 23rd- Fair Use Workshop: Join us to explore how the doctrine of fair use facilitates commentary, scholarship, and innovation.

Office Hours / Drop-In Help

Digital Scholarship Project Help Office Hours- Tuesdays: Learn about getting started with digital projects at UW. We offer consultations for research and course related projects. Examples include support for digital publishing, building digital exhibits, and more! We can help you find the right tools, resources and instruction whether you’re just getting started or are working on an on-going project. Learn more Citation Tools Cafe- Rotating: Drop in and connect with the UW Libraries Research Commons citation management tools experts at a variety of cafes around campus! Learn more Data Visualization Office Hours- Wednesday : Drop by office hours to get help with data visualization! We can help you choose the right tools, find resources, and discuss how to prepare your data for visualization. Learn more. Graduate Funding Information Service Office Hours: The Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) works with current and admitted UW graduate students.  Learn more.

Missed It?

Check out this great story on the recent digitization of iconic Seattle music magazine, The Rocket:  


EXHIBIT: Magick and Mystery: Exploring the Supernatural in Special Collections – Opens September 12. Explore the supernatural in this exhibit featuring all manner of magic and mischief. Opening in Fall 2023 and running until the end of Winter Quarter 2024, Magick and Mystery will feature items from Special Collections, in the UW Libraries, on topics ranging from local folklore and mysteries to 19th-century spiritualism, and even TikTok tarot trends. Learn more. EXHIBIT: Breaking Bread: Foodways and Cuisine in Print – opening September 26 For the 2023-24 academic year, Special Collections is featuring items in our collections that connect to a multitude of different foodways and food cultures. With four rotations at the end of each quarter, the items from Special Collections demonstrate complex systems of cultural celebration, continuance, and suppression that are wrapped up in food systems. Learn more.