After 34 years of service to WSU, Joe Ford with Owen Science and Engineering Library will retire Friday, June 29. A reception will be held 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, in the Terrell Library atrium.
The library and archives paraprofessional 3 worked at various WSU units through the years before joining Owen Library in 2001, including Media Materials, Biomedical Communications, Student Publications and the Daily Evergreen.
“I’ve greatly enjoyed the people and the pace at Owen and have taken a great deal of satisfaction in helping patrons find what they need there,” Ford said. “Libraries in general are such wonderful things because of the huge —nearly unlimited— amount of information we have access to. All types, all formats, for all ages, on any subject.”
Working in early media
Raised in Louisiana, Ford came to WSU originally for graduate school, earning a master’s in wildland recreation management in 1982. That same year, he married Margaret Paden, a library and archives paraprofessional 4 in WSU Libraries’ technical services department. Two years later, Ford began work as a media assistant in the former Instructional Media Services when it was located in the Holland Library basement.
There, Ford was responsible for the care, storage and maintenance of several types of now-obsolete media, such as 16-mm film and Betamax videos. He was promoted to media services supervisor, scheduling media presentations on campus as well as renting films to other institutions.
When the department was restructured, Ford was introduced to circulation procedures at Holland and stayed at the library until the new next-door addition was constructed in 1994, helping to move a large portion of Holland’s collection into what would become Terrell Library.
“Thousands of carts of books and other materials were loaded, rolled over and shelved by dozens of volunteers,” Ford recalled of the big interlibrary move. “In a remarkably short time, WSU had two big libraries full of books. The planning and layout of that move boggles my mind to this day.”
Weathering library closures
Not all changes were as welcome as Terrell’s opening. In 2012, the closure of the Fischer Agricultural Sciences, Architecture and Brain Education libraries funneled their collections into Owen Library as well as Holland. Shortly after that, one floor of today’s Animal Health Library was remodeled as office space, and many pharmacy journals came to Owen, Ford recalled.
“Budget crises seem to come and go, yet somehow WSU’s staff and faculty find ways to keep things going,” he said. “All of this moving required a lot of tearing down old shelving and rebuilding it in new places. I learned to put together quite a bit of that shelving for Owen’s growing collections.”
Helping Ford weather those crises are the people he works with in Owen, including Michael Landers, library and archives paraprofessional 2, and Robert Hart, access services supervisor. Landers and Hart describe fond recollections of their colleague.
“When I first joined the unit, my occasional lapses with respect to the use of polite language prompted the appearance of a ‘cuss jar,’” Landers said. “It didn’t have the desired effect. People started to view the penalty as absolution for cursing. After two years, everybody in the unit had deposited quarters into the jar except for Joe.”
Hart told of one student employee’s urgent voicemail needing help with his broken-down car. When Hart returned the call, he learned that Ford had come to the student’s rescue.
“Joe had not only made a special trip into town, he’d also brought a tow rope and pulled the kid’s vehicle back to his apartment parking lot for him,” Hart said. “All this, and he’d recommended a good mechanic.”
For National Poetry Month in April, Washington State University Libraries is sponsoring three weeklong activities during the month to celebrate all forms of poetry.
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture, according to the Poets.org website.
Activities, to be held in Terrell Library, include the following:
April 3-10 theme: “Spine Poetry.” Spine poems are photographs of poems created from book titles on the spines of a small stack of books. Visitors can hunt for titles in the library book stacks or their own bookshelves, build their poem, take a picture and send it to email@example.com or Twitter (@WSULibraries).
April 11-18 theme: “Dada Poetry.” The Dada or Dadaist poem sprang from the European avant-garde art movement of the early 20th century, embracing all things nonsensical, experimental and surreal. Kits will be available for people to create their own Dada poems and post them on a display board.
April 19-27 theme: “Poem in Your Pocket.” Visitors can pick up poems to take home or share them with others. Some suggestions: take two poems for your pocket and that of a friend; post a poem on Twitter (#pocketpoem); write or photocopy a poem and leave copies anonymously all over campus; and leave a copy of your favorite poem in the dullest book you can find as a treat for the next reader.
Play with your food and your words during WSU Libraries’ third annual Edible Book Festival on Friday, April 6, part of WSU Mom’s Weekend activities.
Registration for entries closes March 31; to register and for more information, visit the library guide at http://libguides.libraries.wsu.edu/ediblebooks. Participants can register individually or as a group. Entry rules are simple: Submissions must be made from edible materials and somehow relate to a book.
Edible book festivals take place around the country and world to celebrate books, art, food and culture. They got their start with the first International Edible Book Festival (http://www.books2eat.com) on April 1, 2000. Since then, organizations and universities have served up their own versions of the popular event.
WSU’s festival begins with public viewing and judging at 2:30 p.m. in the Terrell Library atrium, with winners announced at 3:30. Awards will be given for people’s choice, best visual presentation and punniest/funniest. Light refreshments will also be available.
“We really hope that people will take inspiration from a favorite book or author and run with it,” said organizer and first-year experience librarian Erica England. “Last year’s festival drew more than 100 people who voted for their favorite entry, including many WSU moms with their students. We’d like to see this become a popular Cougar tradition as well as a celebration of literature.”
“Celebrity judges” for the event will be Noel Schulz, WSU’s First Lady and a professor in the WSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Jamie Callison, executive chef and catering manager with the WSU School of Hospitality Business Management; Sarah Frame English, a WSU alum, donor and librarian with the Libraries of Stevens County (Wash.); and Marie Dymkoski, executive director of the Pullman Chamber of Commerce.
WSU students and the university community are invited to celebrate the conclusion of this year’s Order of the Crimson Key competition and play retro board games at the 80s Game Night & Crimson Key Gala from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the Terrell Library Atrium.
The event is part of activities planned around the 2017-18 Common Reading Program book “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline.
The Crimson Key game was created in summer 2017 by staff and faculty. The goal was to help participants increase their engagement with the campus and learning activities, with clues and phases linked to book topics. Points were earned by solving clues, riddles and puzzles.
While nearly 1,700 students—freshmen through grad students—earned one or more points throughout fall and spring semesters, everyone attending the gala is eligible to win raffle prizes at the event. They include:
Tickets to the March 28 Pullman premiere of Steven Spielberg’s movie “Ready Player One,” courtesy of Village Centre Cinemas
CRIMZONE football passes for Dad’s Weekend 2018
Framed “Ready Player One” movie posters
Common Reading books and posters signed by Cline
Cougar fleece blanket and throw
Gift cards to local business, including passes to regional gaming centers
Those attending the gala can play Clue, Game of Life, Trivial Pursuit, Twister and more ‘80s board games, as well as try out Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets at three stations in the library. Refreshments will include famous ‘80s candies plus popcorn and soda.
“The gala gives WSU students one last opportunity to be immersed in the themes of perseverance, personal transformation and collaboration that Ernest Cline’s book raises,” said Erica England, first-year experience librarian with WSU Libraries. “This event is also a chance for attendees to see the technology side of libraries through the Oculus Rift headsets, which are available for checkout in the Dimensions Lab.
“Plus, I’m a huge fan of ‘80s everything, so what better way to celebrate the end of the Crimson Key game than to throw an ‘80s party?” England added.
The gala is sponsored by WSU Libraries in partnership with the Common Reading Program, Office of Undergraduate Education, Student Involvement and the Student Entertainment Board. For more information about this and other Common Reading Program events, visit https://commonreading.wsu.edu/.
The published works of WSU authors will be recognized at the fifth annual “Crimson Reads: A Celebration of WSU Authors,” 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the Terrell Library atrium. Crimson Reads is part of WSU Showcase, the annual celebration of faculty, staff and student excellence.
“Crimson Reads publicly acknowledges and honors our faculty, students, staff, alumni and retired university community members who have authored, co-authored or edited a book, including e-books, within the past year,” said Chelsea Leachman, co-organizer and science and instruction librarian at Owen Science and Engineering Library. “The event is an opportunity to create a greater awareness of the diverse publishing activity and achievements of WSU authors.”
Robert Clark, editor-in-chief of WSU Press, will discuss the development of a publishing project in a presentation titled “Hustling Hanford: From Manuscript to Book” during the Crimson Reads reception, which is open to the public.
According to Clark, WSU Press is launching a new series on the Hanford nuclear site, beginning with a four-volume collection based on oral histories. The series will also include collected papers from a symposium held in Richland, Wash., last year, a photo book and more.
Clark has worked with faculty and staff at WSU Tri-Cities, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Park Service, the Hanford History Project and other stakeholders in the Hanford area on series development.
“My intent is to describe the acquisition editor’s job in developing a concept and working with a variety of authors to build the publishing project,” Clark said. “After planting the idea of a broadly focused collection of histories and contemporary studies, the job of WSU Press has been to move the project forward to manuscript stage and then into production. The adage about herding cats is apropos.”
A member of the Association of University Presses, WSU Press is known for its books on the American West, particularly the history, prehistory, environment, politics and culture of the greater Northwest region.
The press has published roughly 200 titles and earned recognition through such organizations as the American Library Association, the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild and the Washington State Library, as well as receiving Washington State Book Awards and Idaho Book Awards.
A panel of WSU faculty members and students who have used open educational resources (OERs) in their courses will be held from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in Lighty Student Services Building 405. The presentation will also be streamed at https://li.wsu.edu/streaming/.
Panelists include Kate Watts (English, member of the WSU President’s Teaching Academy), Myiah Hutchens (Murrow College of Communication), Carrie Cuttler (Psychology) and Colleen McMahon (ASWSU, director of University Affairs). Watts, Hutchens and Cuttler all participated in the Affordable Learning Project in 2016-17—an effort funded by a Student Success Seed Grant to revise courses to feature zero- to low-cost materials.
OERs are educational materials that are freely available and openly licensed for reuse by other students, instructors and the general public. OERs are being seen as a potential solution for the sharp rise in the cost of educational materials—and as a means of engaging students more deeply in their courses.
The panel is part of a series of faculty-led workshops sponsored by WSU Academic Outreach and Innovation and WSU Libraries.
WSU Libraries will host the 16th U.S. Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) Biennial Conference May 13-16 in Pullman, the first time members will convene in the state.
“This conference has never been hosted west of Arizona, so it’s a big opportunity for WSU to showcase Washington state agriculture,” said WSU agriculture librarian and conference chairwoman Lara Cummings. “Approximately 100 agriculture and science librarians from around the nation will attend.”
USAIN provides a forum for information professionals to discuss food and agricultural issues; influences the formation of a national information policy related to food and agriculture; makes recommendations to the National Agricultural Library (NAL) on agricultural information matters; and promotes cooperation and communication among its members and with other organizations and individuals.
Keynote speaker for the conference will be Carolyn Ross, associate professor and director of WSU’s Food Science Sensory Laboratory. One of WSU’s top food scientists, Ross has studied waste streams in food production and worked to look at the influence of long-term ozone exposure on the nutritional and sensory properties of different crops. She has conducted sensory studies on the biodynamics and organics of fruits and vegetables through her lab.
NAL director Paul Wester will also speak at the conference. Prior to heading NAL, Wester worked for the National Archives and Records Administration and was the U.S. government’s first chief records officer. The NAL is one of four national libraries and houses one of the world’s largest collections devoted to agriculture and its related sciences.
WSU Libraries will host a celebration of International Open Access Week from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Terrell Library Atrium, featuring a jack o’ lantern judging contest and cookie-decorating station with an open-access theme.
Open Access Week, this year scheduled from Oct. 23-29, is a global event to promote free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research and the right to use and reuse them. For more information, see http://www.openaccessweek.org/.
Spooky fun with open access
The jack o’ lantern judging contest is part of making WSU’s Open Access Week celebration more fun and tied to Halloween, according to organizers and WSU librarians Talea Anderson and Gabriella Reznowski. Terrell visitors will vote for the spookiest and best open access-themed pumpkins on display, carved by library employees.
“Orange is the official color of open access, so pumpkins are a natural fit,” Reznowski said.
As for the cookies, Anderson said the libraries worked with a 3-D print shop on campus to produce a cookie cutter shaped like the open access logo. The idea came from Gettysburg College’s Musselman Library in Pennsylvania, which made the cookie cutter for its Open Access Week events in 2014.
WSU Libraries’ Access Services Manager Sue Shipman—whose after-hours passion is baking and decorating cookies and cakes—will bring the open access cookies to the Oct. 25 reception for visitors to decorate.
“This year we wanted to share some of the great things that are happening in open access while having a little fun in the spirit of fall and Halloween,” Anderson said. “We’re looking forward to seeing everybody on Wednesday.”
Examples of open access at work
Some avenues for providing open access to resources have been around for some time; others are newer. Founded in 2001, Creative Commons is a system that helps creators of music, artwork, images and more to share their work with others. Using a Creative Commons license, authors can communicate to others how they’d like their work cited and used. As of 2016, more than 1.2 billion items have been licensed under Creative Commons. That’s up from 100 million in 2006.
Open educational resources (OERs), or course materials made available to students at no cost, are helping universities address the skyrocketing prices of college textbooks, largely due to corporate monopolies in academic publishing. As of 2017, the Open Textbook Library—a catalog of open textbooks being used across the country—contains some 400 textbooks in 14 subject areas. OERs can also include full courses, modules, streaming videos, software and more.
A more recent example of open access activism is the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI), founded in 2012 by a group of plant breeders, farmers and seed companies interested in curtailing corporate monopolization of seed breeding and sales. Some corporations use patents and restrictive contracts to prevent sustainable practices in saving, replanting and sharing seeds. OSSI invites breeders to pledge open access to the genetic code behind seed varieties they develop. In fact, WSU’s Sustainable Seed Systems Lab has pledged two types of spelt to OSSI.
HYDE PARK, NY — The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will present “Close-ups of Time Forgotten: The WSU Hirahara Photos Created in a Secret World War II Underground Darkroom” with Patti Hirahara at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. The talk is part of the Roosevelt Library’s new special exhibit, “Images of Internment: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II.”
Hirahara, of Anaheim, California, is the last-born descendant of the Hirahara family in the United States and a third-generation photographer. Her family’s unique story of how her grandfather George Hirahara built a secret photo darkroom and mini photo studio under his family’s barrack apartment in Heart Mountain, Wyoming, and produced an over 2,000 photo collection is relatively unknown. From 1943-1945, George—and his high school-aged son Frank C. Hirahara—took and processed what is considered to be the largest private collection of photos taken at this Japanese American incarceration camp.
In 2010, Hirahara donated her grandfather’s and father’s Heart Mountain photographs to WSU, Frank’s alma mater. A National Park Service grant the following year funded the collection’s digitization and preservation—giving the public access to the documented weddings, cultural events, sports, funerals and more that took place under barbed wire and the watchful eyes of guards.
Since then, the collection’s images have been part of ground-breaking projects delving into the history of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II. These have included the Emmy Award-winning documentary “Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain,” co-produced by ABC7 Los Angeles Eyewitness News anchor David Ono and Emmy Award-winning TV editor and videographer Jeff MacIntyre; and “Allegiance,” a musical inspired by the personal experiences of actor George Takei.