Letter of Support from Roberta L. Flemming

I want to thank the Librarians and Archivists for their technically-superior, generous, and wholehearted assistance to the professors and students at Western!

1. Map Librarians help students make maps!

In spring of 2015, my 4th year thesis student, Dane Harwood, had GPS locations for his olivine mineral data but we didn't know how to map this data. I sent Dane to the map library, and they worked with him to produced a wonderful contour map, which ended up being the most important figure in the discussion chapter of his B.Sc. thesis in 2015. This information is useful for diamond exploration and Dane Harwood’s B.Sc. Thesis, entitled “Examination of Olivine in the Finlay Kimberlite Dispersal Train”, was sent to De Beers Canada who gave us the olivine samples.

2. Science Librarians provide XRD database access.

The science library orders the ICDD and ICSD databases each year for use by the many X-ray labs across campus. This is saving the individual labs considerable dollars because we don't have to each carry our own licenses. The librarians have also been helpful in trouble shooting the installation of these in our labs. They were also useful liaisons between the scientists and the administration. The librarians helped us argue successfully for keeping these databases when they were slated to get discontinued last year!

3. All the librarians provide training sessions for students in how to access resources.

The Library provides really excellent training sessions on how to access the available resources: Search engines, search techniques, storage format choices, etc.  I have used these training sessions for 4th year undergraduate and graduate seminar courses. And because we are an Earth Sciences department, the Map Librarians join the Science Librarians for the training, and talk about data access for making your own maps. The library has an excellent  room for this in the Taylor Library in Nat Sci (Kellogg Room)

4. Special use of the Kellogg room in Taylor Library showed generosity over and above the call of duty.

In March 2017, I needed a computer lab to execute a computer-based teaching assignment for Mineralogy ES 3310b because the computer lab in Earth Sciences was fully booked.  I inquired about using the Kellogg room, and Dan Sich and Ron Lillycropp went out of their way to load my crystallography software onto each of the 25+ computers in the lab, to enable me to use their facility for my crystallography teaching lab.  We used the Kellogg room again that term for a SigmaPlot lab, but at least that software was already loaded, so the burden on Dan Sich was not as great. Their generosity in letting us use that wonderful space is highly commendable! I copy a photograph of our ES3310b mineralogy class in progress below: