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Propaganda poster collection online

A new digital collection at Washington State University Libraries shows how propaganda posters – or “weapons on the wall” – helped governments influence citizens’ public and private behavior and decisions during World Wars I and II.

The Propaganda Poster Digital Collection, roughly 520 images of posters made 1914-1945, is available at

For more about the collection, see the WSU News story and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer article.

Have a Science or Architecture question? Owen Library Reference…

Did you know that the Owen Science and Engineering librarians are available to help you find science resources? 

Architecture and the children’s literature collections are also now hosted in Owen. Stop by during reference hours for assistance with any of these collections!

Librarians are available Monday through Thursday from 10:000 AM to 12:00 PM and from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.


Get online answers 24/7 through new library service

Get online answers 24/7 through new library service

Starting Aug. 19, asking a Washington State University librarian for help with a research topic, citation styles or other resources will be just as convenient as searching the Web anytime day or night.

WSU Libraries has joined Ask-WA, a service coordinated by the Washington State Library in participation with libraries statewide. WSU faculty, students and staff can get a quality answer within minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through the website at

Ask 24/7

WSU Libraries’ staff members answer chat questions weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All other hours—4 p.m.-10 a.m. Monday-Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday—chat questions are answered by librarians from other academic institutions who have access to WSU’s policies, catalog and library guides. They use their professional expertise to answer questions or refer them to other experts.

In 2012, college students and faculty statewide asked 16,430 questions using Ask-WA.

“Now that WSU Libraries are part of the statewide cooperative service, our library users can get help all of the hours they are searching for information, not just when the library is open,” said Marilyn Von Seggern, WSU Libraries’ government information librarian. “Other academic libraries in the state have shown how useful and convenient Ask-WA is for their library users.”

For more information, contact Jane Scales (, WSU Libraries’ electronic projects librarian.

Vicki Croft receives founders award for animal health work

Vicki Croft (third from the left), head of the Animal Health Library, recently received the Founders Award from the International Conference of Animal Health Specialists. The award was given to Croft during this year’s Medical Library Association’s Awards Ceremony in Boston. Croft’s award was covered by WSU News Service in a recent article. Also shown in the photograph are (left to right) Esther Carrigan (Texas A&M University), 2012-2013 VMLS/MLA chair; Trenton Boyd (Missouri), awardee; and Jane Blumenthal (University of Michigan), 2012-2013 MLA president.

Weathermon honored for support of WSU Libraries

PULLMAN, Wash. – Karen Weathermon, director of Washington State University’s Learning Communities/First-Year Focus (formerly Freshman Focus), has received the 2013 WSU Libraries’ Excellence Award. The award recognizes a non-library WSU faculty or staff member who has shown consistent support for the libraries.

Weathermon has been a strong supporter of information literacy and librarian teaching in the programs she directs, said social sciences librarian and nominator Lorena O’English. She has encouraged faculty to partner with librarians as they develop lesson plans and teach classes.

“A university is not just a structure for teaching, learning and research; it is also a framework for the development of personal relationships and connections across disciplines and job titles,” O’English said. “Karen is a connecter – she seems to know everyone and is always collaborating.”

O’English cited comments and stories from other librarians, such as Corey Johnson, head of the Library Instruction unit, who described how Weathermon asked a group of librarians to present during the First-Year Focus program’s spring workshop series several years ago.

“Each December, librarians write a summary memo of their work with the First-Year Focus program,” Johnson said. “Karen always takes the time to provide written feedback to our summaries.  She is an outstanding colleague and supporter of librarian work.”

As co-director of WSU’s Common Reading Program, Weathermon has invited librarians to be part of the Tuesday evening lecture series and has actively encouraged library involvement at every stage of the common reading process, O’English said. Libraries’ faculty and staff have taken part in book selection, event brainstorming and scheduling, image collections from Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections, companion displays in the Terrell Library atrium, reading guides and more.

For Weathermon, the libraries have been part of her life since she first came to WSU as a master’s student in 1987. She recalled how WSU Libraries’ emerita professor Alice Spitzer showed her how to begin navigating the libraries and their extensive resources. She also credited Laila Miletic-Vejzovic, former head of MASC, for keeping the archives open during holiday hours so she and other graduate students could continue their work without disruption.

“This is a library that has completely shaped my professional life,” Weathermon said. “This award is meaningful for me because many of those who have earned the award were mentors to me. The community I’m part of keeps me learning all the time.”

The WSU Libraries’ Excellence Award program began in 1980, honoring C. Gardner Shaw of WSU’s Department of Plant Pathology as the first recipient. Nearly 30 faculty and staff have received the award.

– Nella Letizia

Nature Boy in (and outside of) the Libraries

Current and past WSU Pullman students have probably walked by the Nature Boy wall statue on the side of Holland Library thousands of times during their WSU careers. Have you ever wondered about the history behind this massive wall statue? Anna Wheately, WSU Libraries’ Interim Director of Development, recently worked with Manuscripts Archives and Special Collections to create an exhibit on the history of this campus landmark. The exhibit was covered by the WSU News Center in a recent article.

April Reference Items!

April is National Poetry Month! Did you know that the WSU Libraries have a wide selection of poetry – poems to help celebrate spring, poems that wail and cry, poems that make you laugh, poems that make you think! We hope you’ll check out some poetry during the month of April. And, if you’re looking for some inspiration or ideas of what poetry and poems to read, our April Reference Items of the Month may help you out.

Libraries Honor Golden and Diamond Grads

Thursday, April 25th: Reception, Tours, and Music for Golden and Diamond Grads!

The Libraries will be hosting a reception in the Atrium and offering tours for the Golden and Diamond Grads on April 25 from 1-3 p.m. Music will be provided by pianist Jered Kostenko who is a graduate student at WSU’s School of Music. Please feel free to participate in the event and meet some wonderful WSU alumni.

2013 Reunion Class Gift

The Golden and Diamond Grad classes traditionally make a dedicated class gift as a way of showing how much WSU means to them. We are pleased to announce that President Floyd selected The Libraries as the recipient of this year’s Reunion Gift: National Geographic Virtual Library.

For more than 100 years National Geographic has educated and inspired learners of all ages. The iconic monthly publication provides unparalleled, in-depth coverage of cultures, nature, science, technology and more. Thanks to the Golden and Diamond Grads and the advancement of digital technology, we are seeking the opportunity to offer unlimited access to National Geographic to students and faculty: Every article from every issue, each fully searchable by keywords.

Visit: National Geographic Virtual Library to access a free trial of this amazing resource!

To learn more or make a gift, please contact Anna Wheatley at 509-335-6205 or or donate online:

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Thank you Washington State University Diamond and Golden Grads!

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