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July 22, 2021

Getting back to the stacks!


With a fall return to campus around the corner, Western Libraries is preparing to welcome you back.

One of the ways Western Libraries is getting ready for onsite visitors is to discontinue use of HathiTrust’s emergency temporary access service – known as ETAS – that provides remote access to digitized versions of physical books and materials.

With library locations reopening in August, Western Libraries must discontinue ETAS to comply with copyright law and so we can once again offer fuller access to physical collections.

What does that mean for you?

  1. You can still request physical materials for pick up at Western Libraries or affiliated university college library locations.
  2. Starting in September, you can book appointments to visit the Weldon Library stacks – Weldon continues to be closed for general use due to construction.
  3. Throughout August, other Western Libraries locations will reopen to provide study space, computer and printing access, and other resources.
  4. Western Libraries remains a HathiTrust member so you can take advantage of the hard-to-find and obscure primary sources in their digital library, including rare government documents, newspapers, photographs, and maps. You can also download entire books in the public domain.

Keep an eye on the Western Libraries website for the most up-to-date news on location reopening, service improvements or changes, and the latest resources to help you with your studies, teaching, and research.

Have questions about ETAS? Email or Ask a Librarian with Western Libraries’ online chat service.

July 08, 2021

REGISTER NOW: Dissertation Writers' Retreat Online | July 29 - 30, 2021


Dissertation Writers' Retreats are designed to provide Western PhD candidates with dedicated time for intensive writing. Participating in the Retreat can help you make significant progress in writing your dissertation and help establish good writing habits.

DATE:  July 29-30, 2021
TIME:  9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Retreat is an opportunity for participants to remove themselves from daily distractions and time demands to focus exclusively on dissertation writing. As well as dedicated writing time, there will be short check-in mini-seminars and support from expert writing advisors.

The Dissertation Writers' Retreat is specifically for writing your dissertation. Participants can register from the Own Your Future calendar on Western Connect.

What are past participants saying about the Writers' Retreat?  Read Gavin's blog HERE.


Contact Doug Campbell or Julie Jonkhans if you have questions or need additional information.

July 05, 2021

JOB POSTING: Senior Research Editor | The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO)


The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) is an agency of the Ontario government which brings evidence-based research to the continued improvement of the province’s postsecondary education system. HEQCO is looking for an experienced editor to provide editorial and writing expertise, services and guidance in support of the research and communications initiatives of the agency.

As a member of the communications team, the senior research editor will work alongside the research teams to ensure HEQCO reports and materials are accessible, engaging, credible, concise and in a tone and style that is easy to read. The Senior Research Editor will work closely with the research team throughout the project design and report writing processes to ensure a high standard of writing, cohesive structure and deliverable timelines are met. The role will also coordinate logistical issues for publication including translation, accessibility compliance and formatting.


June 21, 2021

TO ALL GRAD STUDENTS: MFA Required to Access Office 365 | June 22, 2021


On Tuesday, June 22, Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) will be required to access your Western Office 365 account (including email).

You will need the authentication device (landline, mobile phone, hardware token) that you enrolled when you set up MFA to access your email and other Office 365 applications tomorrow. If you have not yet up MFA, when you try to open Office 365 (including email), you will receive a message that will include a link to “Start Setup”. Click on that to set up MFA. After you have set up MFA, you will be able to complete the log in process to Office 365 (including email) by responding to the MFA prompt

Where to get help
If you need assistance, please contact the WTS help desk: Due to expected high volume of support requests, you may experience some wait time.

MFA at Western
Setting up MFA is done just once for use with any Western service or application that requires it.  For more information about MFA at Western, including a guide for managing your Duo Security profile, visit:

June 16, 2021

PhD Candidate Diana Wu wins the Society for American Music’s prestigious Robert Walser and Susan McClary Fellowship


Diana Wu, PhD candidate (musicology), has won the 2021 Society for American Music’s (SAM) prestigious Robert Walser and Susan McClary Fellowship.

Wu was recognized for her research “Ghosts of Madwomen Past: Historical and Psychiatric Madness on the Late Twentieth-Century Operatic Stage” and is supervised by Associate Professor Emily Ansari. It's a huge achievement to win this award as she competed with top talent from across the continent.

Intended to diversify the field of scholars working on American music, the Robert Walser and Susan McClary Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding PhD candidate at a US or Canadian university who is a member of a historically underrepresented group in the field. SAM embraces and promotes diversity of race, ethnicity, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, and religion, among other expressions, among our membership and throughout all Society activities.

The award recognizes academic achievement and future promise in the study of American music. Upon completion of the endowment, the fellowship program will be expanded to support two full-year fellowships.

This fellowship, granted biennially, provides a twelve-month stipend of $22,000 for PhD candidates enrolled full time at their educational institution. SAM is dedicated to the study, teaching, creation, and dissemination of all musics in the Americas.

Congratulations, Diana!

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