Alan Lomax Recordings Are Digitized in a New Online Collection

Alan Lomax made it his lifelong mission to archive and share traditional music from around the world. He spent decades in the field, recording heralded artists like Muddy Waters and Woody Guthrie, as well as far more obscure musicians, from the British Isles to Haiti. He also created systems to classify this music and explore the links between cultures. Continue reading the article here. 

Register for “Going Public: Sharing Research Beyond the Academy”

President Cauce has encouraged us to share our expertise for the public good but what role can academics play in solving today’s pressing problems?  How can we break out of the cloistered world of academic journals and conferences and share our research with a broad audience? How can we bring facts to the forefront of today’s urgent issues? Join us on Saturday, April 29th from 9am-3pm in the Allen Library South, Research Commons to learn more.   This interdisciplinary program will provide faculty and students practical guidance on engaging the public and policy-makers via the press (print & radio), social media, and other venues.  An unconference style lunch is included with registration.  Space is limited so register today!


What? The UW Library Research Award for Undergraduates recognizes outstanding research projects in all formats created by undergraduate students.

Why? Winners receive $1,000 and University-wide recognition for their outstanding accomplishment.  New this year: additional awards of $250 are available for projects aligned with the theme of population health

When? Deadline to submit is Monday, May 15, 2017, by 5:00pm PDT.

Where and How? Submission criteria and guidelines are available online.

National Recording Registry Picks Are “Over the Rainbow”

Judy Garland’s hit single “Over The Rainbow”; the original-cast album of “The Wiz”; the rap group N.W.A’s seminal album, “Straight Outta Compton”; the Eagles’ 1976 “Their Greatest Hits”; and the national anthem of black America have been designated as aural treasures worthy of preservation as part of America’s patrimony. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these recordings and 20 other titles to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, artistic and historical importance to American society and the nation’s audio heritage.  Read more here. 

Why Journalism Matters: News Literacy in a Democracy

In response to the growing unrest around issues involving the media, politics, and an informed citizenry, the UW Department of Communication and UW Libraries will present a half-day conference dedicated to media and news literacy, on Saturday, April 1 in the Research Commons. Through a series of breakout sessions, event attendees will gain the tools and knowledge they need to positively influence their communities and feel empowered to tell their stories.

The day will begin with Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson being interviewed by UW Communication professor, Andrea Otanez, followed by several breakout sessions, including these topics:


  • Evaluating Government Information
  • Photojournalism and Visual Literacy
  • Making Your Voice Heard
  • Underrepresented Voices in Media
  • Being a Savvy News Consumer
  • The Citizen Journalist
  • Transparency, Access, and Open Records


Registration is now open. You can sign up for the Event HERE.


Seating is limited to 120 tickets, so if you are interested in attending, please RSVP at your earliest convenience!


Be sure to also sign up for your preferred breakout sessions, using the links embedded in the main Eventbrite page. Finally, you are encouraged to submit questions that Dr. Otanez can incorporate into her interview with AG Ferguson.


If you have any questions, please contact Megan Jeffrey at