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  • Portrait of Ruth Hartman
    Library Receives Generous Endowment From Former Librarian

    Through the generosity and foresight of Professor Emerita Ruth Hartman, generations of CWU students and faculty will benefit from an annual enrichment to library collections. 

    Ruth (Dahlgren) Hartman (1916-2014) was a member of the faculty at Central Washington University from 1965 until her retirement in 1985. She was a pioneer at CWU and served as the inaugural head of the Documents, Maps, and Microforms Department. Professor Hartman initiated the organization and development of the Government Publications collection.

    Professor Hartman grew up in a farming community in North Dakota in a Swedish immigrant family. She received a BS from Minot State College in North Dakota and an AMLS degree from the University of Michigan. Before her arrival at what was then Central Washington State College, she taught in in the North Dakota public school system, served as a librarian in the Glendale (California) Public Library, the University of Nevada in Reno, and Fresno State College. Her passion for her specialized field of Government publications developed during her tenure in Fresno as the Government Depository program began.  In 1967, she married local rancher Donald Austin Hartman and made Ellensburg home for the rest of her life.

    During Professor Hartman’s career, librarianship transformed with technology and Central’s Library grew and evolved. The library collection and its services moved from Bouillon Hall to our current James E. Brooks Library building.  Research discovery went online with the digitization of the card catalog.

    Active in her discipline, Professor Hartman served as a member of ALA’s Government Documents Round Table, the Washington State Library Association, Kappa Delta Pi, and the Western Association of Map Librarians. She published articles, bibliographies, papers, and periodical reviews. Holding the position of Liaison to the American Library Association, she promoted access to information, stating, “We’ve worked to convince the Government Printing Office that is has to do something to get their information to the people.” Professor Hartman was named a lifetime member of the North Dakota State Historical Society by the North Dakota Legislature.

    Professor Hartman willed Central Washington University with an endowment for the library. We will strive to be excellent stewards of her legacy.

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    New Issue of the Notes From the Stacks Newsletter

    Curious about what's been going on in the library lately, including the incredibly generous endowment we received and the 1st floor refresh projects? Be sure to check out the latest issues of our newsletter, Notes From the Stacks available online:

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    Scholastic Book Fair - Postponed

    The Scholastic Book Fair has been postponed. Once we have new dates, we will be sure to share. Stay tuned!

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    Open Access Week Events

    We have a series of three events all related to open access coming up later this month! 

    Data Management Faculty Workshop
    Tuesday, October 22
    Brooks Library - Room 288
    Join us for a hands-on data management workshop in the library.  Learn about managing your data including, storage and back-up, file naming, preservation, metadata and data management plans. Coffee, water and dessert will be provided.

    Brown Bag Lunch Discussion--The Use of Open Education Resources at CWU: Now and Into the Future
    Wednesday, October 23
    Brooks Library--Student Commons
    Join us for questions and answers about Open Access and Open Educational Resources. Coffee, water and dessert will be provided.

    Discussion of Open Education Resources, Grants, and Development Opportunities
    Friday, October 25
    Samuelson 126
    Informational session regarding Open Educational Resources, grants, and development opportunities in partnership with the Brooks Library. Lunch will be provided. Co-sponsored by Multimodal Learning. 

    For more information: 

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    Panel Discussion and Reception for Author Dr. Daisy Verduzco Reyes

    October 24, 2019
    3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Brooks Library - Student Commons

    Daisy Verduzco Reyes Ph.D. is associate professor in the Department of Sociology and El Instituto: The Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies at the University of Connecticut. In her research she is primarily interested in how race and ethnicity are constructed and mobilized within institutions, with particular focus on sites critical for social mobility, like colleges and universities. She is author of Learning to be Latino: How Colleges Shape Identity Politics.‚Äč

    Dr. Reyes is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation college graduate. She grew up on the east side of the San Fernando Valley. She holds degrees from the University of California Santa Barbara (BA 2005) and the University of California Irvine (MA 2007, PhD 2012).

    Sponsored by Brooks Library and the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies. 

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