Through June 12: Terrell Atrium Case Exhibit Explores Government Management of Trash

Posted: May 20, 2015 -- letizia

An exhibit opening this week in Washington State University’s Terrell Library continues the yearlong exploration of America’s garbage problems through the entity in charge of monitoring and fixing them: the government.

“Government and Waste” runs in the Terrell atrium exhibit case until June 12. It is organized by the WSU Libraries’ working group on government information to coordinate with the common reading book for 2014-15, “Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash,” by Edward Humes.



May 12: Tushingham to Receive Libraries’ Excellence Award

Posted: May 8, 2015 -- letizia

Shannon Tushingham, assistant director of the Washington State University Museum of Anthropology, will receive the 2015 WSU Libraries’ Excellence Award during an 11 a.m. reception Tuesday, May 12, in the Terrell Library Atrium.

The award recognizes a non-library WSU faculty or staff member who has shown consistent support for the WSU Libraries.



Civilian Conservation Corps Study Earns Student National Scholar Award

Posted: May 8, 2015 -- letizia

A Washington State University student who delved into the local history of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s has earned a national award, one of 16 in the country.



Two Win University Awards for Outstanding Contributions, Leadership

Posted: May 1, 2015 -- letizia

Two WSU Libraries employees were recognized for their efforts in the university community this spring with President’s Awards at two separate events.

Graphic designer Amy Grey received the 2014-15 President’s Employee Excellence Award at the Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet on March 27, part of WSU’s annual Showcase celebration of faculty, staff and student achievement.



Connecting Flight: Student Worker Ying Lee and the Kimble Northwest History Database

Posted: April 23, 2015 -- letizia

For Ying Lee, the yellowing newspaper clippings she scans for Washington State University Libraries unexpectedly opened the door to a conversation with a stranger on an airplane this past Christmas.

Lee, one of several WSU students working on the libraries’ online Kimble Northwest History Database, had been reading articles about Alaska—an intriguing state to the native of Taiwan. Coincidentally, seated next to her on the plane was a man headed for Anchorage. Lee and the stranger turned what could have been a dull connecting flight into a discussion on all things Alaska.



Through August: Exploring Hidden Cost of Grand Coulee Dam

Posted: April 22, 2015 -- letizia

During the 1930s, proponents of the Grand Coulee Dam were quick to emphasize the progress the dam would bring to the country. Indeed, Grand Coulee provided thousands of jobs during the Great Depression, aided the American World War II effort and irrigated vast areas of central and western Washington. The dam remains the largest energy producer in the United States.



April 19: Film Festival, Partnership Based on Late Professor’s Work

Posted: April 17, 2015 -- letizia

Before filmmaker Humphrey Leynse came to work at Washington State University in 1970, he made the movie of his dreams. The subject was a remote island 180 miles east of the Korean mainland in the Sea of Japan: Ulleung-Do.

“Out There, A Lone Island” and more than 50 other documentaries he filmed of Asian peoples, cultures and countries in the 1950s-60s are part of a collection in WSU’s Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections (MASC).



Owen Library Group Study Rooms Now Available

Posted: April 13, 2015 -- letizia

Study room reservations are now available at the Owen Library in addition to the Holland and Terrell Libraries.

The group study rooms can accommodate 4-6 people and have dry erase boards. To book a room, visit




Jesus or Judas? WSU Bible Fix Featured in Folger Blog

Posted: April 13, 2015 -- letizia

A rare 17th-century Bible at WSU is part of a discussion of Bible errors in a recent blog from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

The Folger is home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and a primary repository for research material from the early modern period. This includes a 1610 Geneva Bible printed with the mother of all typos in John 6:67.



The World on Wheels: Bookmobile the Center of Rural Life

Posted: April 8, 2015 -- letizia

While one little girl in Boise, Idaho, mistook the pink van parked down her street for an ice cream truck in the 1970s, teenager Barb Stone of Benton City, Wash., was already an old pro of the bookmobile circuit. A July 1960 photo shows 4-year-old Stone holding a small stack of books, standing next to the librarian and driver of the Mid-Columbia Regional Library’s Bookmobile.