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UW Libraries January Update 2024

Happy New Year, Huskies! Here’s wishing you a great start to winter quarter and 2024!  This month’s update features some incredible new stories including an insightful essay by The Boys in the Boat author, Daniel James Brown as well as features on our work to preserve Seattle’s music history, and student-centered scholarship documenting UW student sports experiences (Go Dawgs!) .  Speaking of  articles, all UW users now have faster, more direct access to journal articles (read our story on LibKey below) and access to the Atlantic magazine (see details below).   As always, be sure to check out all of the free workshops, exhibits and events happening this month – for learning and for fun – including journal creation and info sessions on the very popular Data Science for Social Good summer program!

Pop-Up Exhibit:

Racing Toward the 1936 Olympics

Don’t miss UW Libraries Special Collections’ pop-up exhibit Racing Toward the 1936 Olympics. The exhibit features a timeline of the events leading up to the Olympics beginning in 1931 and period rowing equipment courtesy of Pocock rowing historian Al Mackenzie, who also served as a rowing consultant for the film. The exhibit will be on display in the first-floor exhibit case in Allen Library North, through Friday, February 2, 2023.

Images: (left) A coxswain megaphone used by George Pocock, and (right) a sliding seat, rigger and foot stretcher from boats used by the team.

News and Stories

“The Boys in the Boat happened only because of the vast collection of carefully preserved documents and artifacts I was able to unearth at Suzzallo.”

In our most recent blog, Daniel James Brown shares his UW research journey writing the acclaimed book, The Boys in the Boat, now a major motion picture. Read the essay, stop by the exhibit ‘Racing Toward the 1936 Olympics” (see right) and check out UW Libraries new digital collection, UW 1936 Rowing Team!

UW Libraries Launches LibKey – new service behind Libraries Search will significantly improve efficiencies in accessing academic journal articles. Read the announcement.

Archives of The Rocket, influential Seattle music magazine, go digitalfeaturing UW curator of the UW Ethnomusicology Archives, John Vallier and Jessica Albano, head of UW Libraries’ government publications, maps, microforms and newspapers.

Student Stories of Campus Sport Experiences: A Case of Engaged Learning – A recently published article in the  the Sports Innovation Journal highlights the Libraries role in supporting digital scholarship and open pedagogy practices, in particular through the use of Pressbooks. Co-authored by Lauren Ray, Open Education and Psychology Librarian with Jennifer Hoffman, Assoc. Professor in the Center for Leadership in Athletics at the UW College of Education and Regena Pauketat, doctoral candidate in the College of Education.

Community /Events

January 11- Film Screening: Bill T. Jones: Still/Here Bill T. Jones: Still/Here follows dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones as he develops his acclaimed “Still/Here” dance production based on his workshops inviting people battling serious illness to express their angst, hopes and fears through original gestures, which he incorporates into dance moments for his piece. This film screening accompanies the exhibit Someday This Will be Over: AIDS Remembered, in the Allen Library Lobby through January 15, 2024. Learn more.

Mise en Place: Special Collections Open HouseJanuary 31- Mise en Place: Special Collections Open House A rare opportunity to go behind the scenes — tour and learn more about special collections and current exhibits.  Enjoy food, a scavenger hunt, insights from the curators, and get “hands on” access to many treasures from the collections, including items from our current exhibits: Breaking Bread: Foodways and Cuisine in Print AND Magick and Mystery: Exploring the Supernatural.! OPEN TO ALL! Learn more.

NEW Resources!

The Atlantic online: UW users now have online access to The Atlantic! From the log-in page click “Sign in through your institution,” find the University of Washington, then create an account with your UW email. Get access  



Israel-Hamas War Research Guide: This new research guide provides access to tools and sources for learning about the Israel-Hamas war, representing a variety of academic and political perspectives.



Special Programs/Upcoming Application Deadlines

  • February 4th- UW Libraries Fellowship in Research Communication and Equity:  This unique fellowship program is aimed at Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) graduate students who want to share their research or other academic work. Fellows will create a physical artifact that visually communicates their research and receive a $500 award. Applications due February 4th. Learn more.

Learning Workshops

  • January 23- Student Journals Hack the Academy -online and in-person sessions. Hear from representatives of five UW student journals about the importance of student-produced scholarship and how student journals “hack the academy” by pushing the boundaries of traditional scholarship and publishing! See also our “So you want to start a journal?” workshop on January 31st!
  • January 23- Textual Studies & Digital Humanities Minor Open House. Learn more about studies relevant to careers in libraries and archives, publishing and editing, and fields dedicated to preserving and making accessible cultural materials and documents! You don’t have to know your career plan to explore the many opportunities in these fields and how these UW courses can support your exploration.

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


Someday This Will Be Over: AIDS RememberedOn the 35th anniversary of World AIDS Day, this exhibit highlights the history of the HIV/AIDS pandemic with a focus on the political, social, and cultural impacts in the United States and Seattle. The exhibit will also feature film viewings in Allen Auditorium. Now-January 15th.  Learn more. 


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.

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.