Peter Smith, Marian Alexander
Village Books and the WWU Libraries are pleased to present WWU Connections, a brown bag speaker series highlighting the expertise of WWU faculty and staff. Bring your lunch and join us for this engaging presentation and discussion. Western Connections is co-sponsored by Western Washington University Libraries.
Topic: Western Front Goes Digital, 110 Years of History
Presenters: Peter Smith, Special Collection Librarian & Marian Alexander, retired Head of Special Collections
The historical collection of Western's student newspaper is online! Published continuously since 1899, the paper has chronicled the social, academic, athletic, and creative life of the Western community. This presentation will outline the history of the project to digitize this unique resource, reveal highlights of Western's past and its close connections to Bellingham and the region, and demonstrate how to search and find articles in the Western Front Historical Collection, which is made possible by the generous support of Don and Cindy Hacherl (class of '84) and Bert Halprin (class of '71).
Marian Alexander was Head of Special Collections at WWU Libraries from 1999 to 2010. Retired after four decades of service to Western as a librarian and library administrator, she enjoys a continuing relationship with her former colleagues, keeping a close eye on projects--such as the student newspaper digitization--that she helped plan and initiate. Marian received her BA in history from Occidental College and her professional library degree from UCLA.
Peter Smith is Special Collections Librarian for Western Libraries. Working with digital assets management software, he helps put the Western Front historical collection online by making sure the computers keep working. Digitizing the Western Front collection is his biggest project ever. Peter received his BA, MA and MLS all from Wayne State University.