April 1, 2024

UW Libraries April Update 2024

STUDENTS: The UW Libraries Student 2024 Video Contest deadline has been extended to April 30th! Your one-minute video could be worth up to $1,500!


Spring is definitely in the air, Huskies! While you may be feeling more like studying outside under the cherry blossoms these days, don’t forget to take advantage of the Libraries’ services and support, on campus and online. If you’re a researcher looking to improve your research profile with digital storytelling, this quarter’s Storytelling Fellows workshop is for you! Student parents/caregivers— check out our new kid-friendly study room. Don’t miss the launch reception for our newest exhibit The Medium is the Message!  STUDENTS— earn some extra cash for that summer vacation by entering our annual student research award and video contests! This month’s update has some GREAT stories and points you to the many FREE workshops for all UW students, staff and faculty.  Finally — a huge thanks to everyone who has and will support the UW Libraries on UW’s annual one-day giving campaign – Husky Giving Day!

News and Stories

Julie Tanaka

Welcome Julie Tanaka new Associate Dean for Distinctive Collections – UW Libraries newest leader starts April 1! Learn more about Tanaka’s days as a Husky her new role in UW Libraries Special Collections.  Read the announcement.


New Family Study Room! UW Libraries and the University of Washington RSO Student Parent and Caregiver Advocacy Group are excited to announce the opening of a Family Study Room in located in Allen South 386F! This study room is overseen by the RSO group which is an organization of students who are also parents or caregivers. The room is furnished by the RSO with toys, books, and other child-appropriate items, along with a study table for the adults and a print release station. The study room is accessible via a parent/caregiver code provided via a request form. Learn more.

The new Family Study Room in located in Allen South 386F


2024 Undergraduate Student Research Award Applications open April 1! Turn that project into cash – all forms of scholarship are encouraged – papers, posters, art, music and more. Get the details.


Your Voice, Your Books: The Return of Recommended Reads for EquityUW Libraries is excited to re-launch this unique crowd-sourced book recommendation forum that directly influences a dedicated book collection in Odegaard Library for books about equity, diversity, and inclusion. Learn more.


Safeguarding Your Digital Footprint: A Workshop on Privacy in Online Platforms. We click “accept” on Terms of Service agreements without a second thought, trusting that our data is in safe hands. But is it really? Blindly accepting terms and conditions is no longer a viable option. It’s time to empower ourselves with knowledge and critically evaluate tools we work with every day. Learn about digital privacy tips and tools in this new blog and get ready for an essential UW Libraries workshop coming up in May. Learn more.


image of Joe Brazil
Archival Silences and Sounds @ the UW Ethnomusicology Archives. this comprehensive update gives insight into the most recent and important work of the Archive’s new acquisitions and digitization efforts of cultural heritage works such as  recordings by Joe Brazil, Robert Garfias, Hiromi Lorraine Sakata, the Native Northwest Online partnership and student engagement. Read the story.

Community, Events, and Exhibits

Wednesday, Apr 3
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. / Allen Library North Lobby
Exhibit Launch Reception: The Medium is The Message: Lived Experience is the Story
Tuesday, April 9
4 – 6 p.m./ Allen Library South, Basement, Special Collections Lobby
UW Teaching and Learning Symposium
Tuesday, April 16
1 – 2:30 p.m. / Kane Hall
Special Collections Book Club: Maus by Art Spiegelman
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2024,
5 – 6:30 p.m. / Special Collections Classroom
Book Talk: North Korea’s Mundane Revolution with Andre Schmid
Thursday, Apr 18
4:30 – 6 p.m. / Allen Auditorium
Persepolis Film Screening
Thursday, Apr 18
5 – 8 p.m. / Allen Auditorium
Special Collections Book Club: Maus by Art Spiegelman
Persepolis Film Screening

Learning Workshops

ATLAS.ti Training – Basic Skills
Friday, Apr 5, 2024, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Open Scholarship Commons, Presentation Space
Misleading data visualizations (and how to avoid making them)
Tuesday, Apr 16
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. / Online
Open Scholarship Commons Community Fellows Workshop Series: Accessibility of Online Data Visualizations
Monday, Apr 22
1 – 2 p.m. / Open Scholarship Commons: Presentation Space
Building Digital Collections Using Minimal Tech
Tuesday, April 23
1 – 2:30 p.m. / Suzzallo Library: Open Scholarship Commons: Presentation Space
Creative Commons WorkshopCreative Commons Workshop
Wednesday, Apr 24
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. / Online
Building Digital Collections Using Minimal Tech [Zoom]
Tuesday, Apr 30
1 – 2:30 p.m. / Zoom

Office Hours / Drop-In Help

Online Text Mining Support Office Hours
Thursday, Apr 4
5 – 6 p.m. / Zoom
Data Visualization Office Hours
Wednesday, April 10
1 – 2 p.m. / Suzzallo Library: Open Scholarship Commons: Group Work Space B

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The Secret Life of UW Libraries Catalogers and Metadata Specialists Spotlight  This series of blog posts highlights our brilliant student employees and the work they do to make finding library resources easier and more effective. You may be surprised to hear that before you can access a library resource when you need it, a lot of work must be done to get that resource into the UW Libraries catalog. A whole department of librarians, staff, and students are quietly working away behind the scenes to get new resources into the catalog and to find innovative ways to enhance the Libraries’ metadata. Learn more.