June 5, 2024

UW Libraries June Update 2024

Happy June, Huskies!   Can you believe it’s the end of the year? Congrats to all UW graduates on all of your amazing accomplishments! If you are graduating, please be sure to read our blog post below on maintaining benefits post-graduation!  Whether you are heading out for summer break, are taking summer classes or embarking on post-UW life, keep in mind UW Libraries is here for you year-round, online and in-person. In addition to Special Collections’ fantastic exhibits and summer book club events, you can access 24/7 help, personal research consultations and access our collection of e-books, news, movies, music and more, anytime, any place;  just ASK US! 

Summer Send-Off UW Libraries Family Trivia Contest! Open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni and family members! Test your knowledge of UW Libraries for the chance to win great prizes!

Featured Resources: Celebrating Pride Month

This post summarizes a variety of Libraries resources, stories and more. Learn more.

News and Stories

Announcing 2024 Student Video Contest Winners!

From a start-up’s race to create the perfect business pitch to a very relatable family phone chat, Harry Potter-worthy special effects, and so much more, this year’s submissions to the UW Libraries Student Video Contest showcased so many creative storytelling ideas highlighting why we “HEART” the Libraries. Check out all the winners!

photo of research award recipients 

2024 Undergraduate Research Award recipients: Top row, left to right:
Richer Zhao, Eva Derksen, Gabrielle Masteller, Serena Tideman, Evelyn Erickson, Thomas William Boyd. Bottom row, left to right:
Victoria Landrum, Lindsay Lucenko, Mia Oscarsson, Naeha Geogy

Congrats to our Undergraduate UW Libraries Research Award Winners

The annual Library Research Award for Undergraduates recognizes undergraduates who demonstrate outstanding utilization of library and other information resources in the creation of an original course project. 2024 recipients were honored at a special reception June 5, 2024. Learn more.

Coming Soon: Recording Studio in Suzzallo!

UW Libraries is excited to announce plans to install a recording studio space in the Open Scholarship Commons (Suzzallo Library, 1st floor)  this fall!  Made possible by UW Libraries donors, this new studio will provide students and faculty opportunities to record both video and audio, helping to meet increased demand for tools and spaces that support digital scholarship including podcasting, video production, and more.  Construction will begin this June with plans to open in fall quarter (date TBD). Stay tuned!

2024 graduation cap graphicFun Facts – 2024 UW Libraries Fact Sheet

How many classes/instruction sessions do librarians teach per year? How many items are in the collection? How many people visit the library in a year? These and many more “fun facts” can be found in our updated fact sheet. 

A Message for Graduates 

Congratulations Husky graduates! As you get ready to celebrate this monumental achievement through UW Commencement, Libraries wants to let you know what benefits and opportunities are available to you after graduation. Read here

most wanted logo image that says "UW Researcher Summer Series"For UW Researchers: Announcing UW Libraries “Most Wanted” Summer Series

This summer workshop series focuses on the tools and topics UW researchers are asking about. We welcome all members of the research community, including graduate students, postdocs, research staff, clinicians, and faculty members. These workshops will teach a variety of skills and formats to:

  • expand the visibility of your research
  • effectively communicate research findings and impact in new and non-traditional ways
  • enhance your research portfolio for tenure and future career opportunities
  • connect with others at UW to extend your research networks

Sessions are online, so you can take advantage of this learning from any location, just-in-time for the start of the 2024/2025 school year. Learn more.

Librarians’ Legacy Gifts Help Library Employees Pursue UW Degrees

“I am thrilled about the expansion of this endowment and incredibly grateful to its donors, and I hope that it inspires other Libraries staff to take advantage of the university’s resources and potential for learning.”

Through the generosity of two former UW librarians, the Libraries has been able to double the number of professional development scholarships for employees who are working at least 50% time while pursuing a UW degree. These scholarships have helped numerous employees for over the last decade, and now through a new endowment will provide much-needed support for many more years to come.  Learn more. 


OSC Community Fellow, Yubing Tian, is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington’s Information School. Her work investigates issues such as open data policies as well as challenges within data sharing and long-term preservation.

Community Fellows: A Platform for Graduate Student Leadership

The Open Scholarship Commons (OSC) Community Fellows Workshop Series, funded by the UW Diversity Council and the eScience Institute, is a paid fellowship opportunity for graduate students underrepresented in the field of open scholarship. Learn about the amazing graduate students and their experience teaching workshops as Community Fellows. Read the story. 

Op-Ed: To thrive, libraries must jointly harness human and artificial intelligence

Lucy Li is the interim China Studies Librarian at the University of Washington’s Tateuchi East Asia Library. Her recent op-ed is featured in the Northwest Asian Weekly focused on insights she gleaned from the 2024 Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) annual conference held in Seattle in March. Read the article.

Community /Events /Exhibits

Special Collections Book Club: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi- Wednesday, Jun 12, 2024, 5 – 6:30 p.m. / Special Collections Classroom

Special Collections is hosting a series of book club meetings to discuss primary texts from The Medium is The Message, an exhibit exploring the graphic novel and the potency with which they tell stories of identity, memory, and culture. Join us in the Special Collections Classroom for refreshments and conversation about Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

EXHIBIT: Breaking Bread: Foodways and Cuisine in Print

Special Collections is featuring items in our collections that connect to a multitude of different foodways and food cultures.

EXHIBIT: Citizen 13660

Explore Japanese-Americans’ stories through the graphic novels and memoirs Special Collections has collected on Japanese incarceration along with reproductions of historic documents from the time.

Missed it?

Don’t miss these great stories from last month’s Library update!

‘The Medium is The Message’: Exploring the value of graphic novels – a feature story on UW Libraries current exhibit in Special Collections by Priya Devanesan, The Daily. Read the story.

Looking Ahead

JULY 10: Special Collections Book Club: Epileptic by David B

JULY 16: Artist Tamar Stone on the Medium is the Message