Faculty Colloquium: “Katriniana”: Literary and Artistic Responses to Hurricane Katrina

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us this Friday, September 4th at 3:00 pm in the Hatfield Room for our first Faculty Colloquium of this semester. Treats will be provided.

Doreen Simonsen, Humanities & Fine Arts Librarian

Title: “Katriniana”: Literary and Artistic Responses to Hurricane Katrina

Abstract:

Katriniana is a phrase coined by Susan Larson, former Book Editor for the Times-Picayune Newspaper of New Orleans, to describe the inundation of books written about Hurricane Katrina and its impact. In the ten years since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and precipitated the failure of the federal levees in New Orleans leaving 80% of the city underwater, writers, artists, photographers, musicians, filmmakers and many more have been using their skills to respond to the devastation. Benefit works, sympathetic responses, communal rebuilding efforts, celebrations of the rich cultures of New Orleans, and a little bit of carpetbagging characterize the various types of literary and artistic responses to the storm and its aftermath. Katrina Cross-Stitch

In conjunction with this talk, a collection of these works will be on display on the second floor of the the Mark O. Hatfield Library until September 23, 2015. An online guide to the books on display is available at this site: http://libguides.willamette.edu/katriniana

Please feel free to invite students to attend this talk.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Doreen Simonsen and Bobby Brewer-Wallin
Faculty Colloquium Coordinator


Katriniana Exhibit

Ten years ago Hurricane Katrina slammed into Louisiana, and causing the New Orleans’ levees to fail.  It forced hundreds of thousands from their homes and left 80 percent of the city under water.

Doreen Simonsen, Humanities and Fine Arts Librarian at Willamette, has put on display an outstanding exhibit of literary and artistic responses to Hurricane Katrina on the 2nd floor of the library.  It is a selection of various genres that range from children’s literature, art exhibitions, fiction, music, and film.  The exhibit is her personal collection and will be on display until Sept. 23rd, and also includes some rare materials.  Make sure to view it before it comes down!

Below are some photos taken of this exhibit.

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Fall 2015 Hallie Ford Literary Series

It’s my pleasure to announce this fall’s Hallie Ford Literary Series at Willamette University. The following events are free and open to the public. All will take place in the Hatfield Room of Willamette’s library. Books will be for sale, courtesy of the Willamette Store. I hope to see you there.

Wednesday, October 7, 7:30 p.m.
Reginald Dwayne Betts
Poet, memoirist, civil rights advocate; author of the prison memoir, A Question of Freedom, and two books of poetry: Shahid Reads His Own Palm (Alice James Books, 2010) and Bastards of the Reagan Era (Four Way Books, 2015); President Obama named him a member of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Wednesday, October 28, 7:30 p.m.
An Uncanny Evening with Marjorie Sandor and Friends
A performance of stories from The Uncanny Reader, edited by Marjorie Sandor. With appearances by Sigmund Freud and others. Just in time for Halloween.

Monday, November 9, 7:30 p.m.
New Voices Showcase: Poet Alicia Jo Rabins and Fiction Writer Sean Bernard
Alicia Jo Rabins is the author of Divinity School, winner of the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize; she’s also a composer, performer, and Torah scholar, whose one-woman chamber rock opera, A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, was named one of the best theater performances of 2014 by the Willamette Week. Sean Bernard won the Juniper Prize for Fiction for his story collection Desert Sonorous, and his first novel will be published this fall by Red Hen Press; he is also the fiction editor for the Los Angeles Review and a professor at the University of La Verne.

Bonus Event:
Wednesday, November 18, 5 p.m.

Creative Writing Faculty New Books Celebration
Help celebrate the success of Willamette’s creative writing program, and hear readings by three of our faculty members whose new books have been published this fall: Danielle Cadena Deulen, Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us (poetry); Stephanie Lenox, The Business (poetry); Scott Nadelson, Between You and Me (novel).

Scott Nadelson
Associate Professor of English


Announcing Deborah Dancik’s Retirement

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Deborah Dancik, University Librarian for the Mark O. Hatfield Library and Associate VP of Academic Affairs, will be retiring as of August 31, 2015.  She has served Willamette University for ten years, in addition to many regional and national committees.  She will be missed by her colleagues at Willamette and beyond, and especially by the staff at our library.  We’ll miss you Deb!

 

Dean Marlene Moore wrote the following…

Greetings,
After ten years of leadership and exemplary service to Willamette University, Deborah Dancik is retiring effective Aug. 31, 2015. While she credits the efforts, talents and goodwill of others for the many things she has accomplished, her leadership is the common factor that has resulted in so much progress.

The library has expanded and improved services during her years as university librarian. Their technologic initiatives have resulted in the creation and publication of large digital collections, the development of the university’s institutional repository, the implementation of a digital production lab, and technological support for units like the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Willamette University has been a leader in the Orbis Cascade Alliance in ways that improved our access to information, gained efficiencies on library operations, and leveraged our collection and technology dollars. We now have a well-developed archival program that supports the curriculum, serves as a draw for alumni, and houses regionally significant collections.

Two years ago, she took on the associate vice president of academic affairs portfolio and has provided support for the academic support units. In this role, she helped directors launch new ideas, solve problems, and better integrate with other campus units. She oversaw the creation of the Sustainability Institute and the Native American Program, hiring directors for both of those new units. She directed a comprehensive review of Willamette Academy that provides guidance for building on its strength and potential.

We will formally celebrate her accomplishments and wish her well on the next stage of her journey in August. In the meantime, please join me in thanking her for her administrative skills, multiple accomplishments, and dedication to improving Willamette University. It has been a pleasure to work with her on so many projects. She will be missed.


Katriniana: Literary and Artistic Responses to Hurricane Katrina

Katriniana is a phrase coined by Susan Larson, former Book Editor for the Times-Picayune Newspaper of New Orleans, to describe the inundation of books written about Hurricane Katrina and its impact.Katrina Cross-Stitch In the ten years since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and precipitated the failure of the federal levees in New Orleans leaving 80% of the city underwater, writers, artists, photographers, musicians, filmmakers and many more have been using their skills to respond to the devastation. Benefit works, sympathetic responses, communal rebuilding efforts, celebrations of the rich cultures of New Orleans, and a little bit of carpetbagging characterize the various types of literary and artistic responses to the storm and its aftermath.

A collection of these works will be on display on the second floor of the the Mark O. Hatfield Library until September 23, 2015.


Welcome New Students!

We want to give our new students a big welcome to Willamette and the Hatfield Library!

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As you’ll discover, the Hatfield Library is a treasured gem on campus.  It is centrally located on campus, and it is a popular place to hangout for group study sessions on the first floor and also for quiet study times on the quiet second floor.

Starting August 31st, the library will be open regularly throughout the school year from 7:45 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and closes early on Fridays at 9 p.m.  During the weekends, the building is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Sundays.  The building is officially closed to the general public at 9 p.m. every night.  To view our current calendar, click here.

We also offer help with your research through individual consultations with librarians (set up an appointment here), online chat, and in-person help at the reference desk in the library (M-Th 10 a.m-9 p.m., Fri 10-4 p.m., Sun 3-5, 6-9 p.m.).  The hours for our Archives and Special Collections are 9 -12 p.m., 1-4 p.m.

To learn about some of the most essential services and resources we offer, visit our Welcome Students Page.  We’re really excited about the new academic year, and our staff are all looking forward to working with you!

Welcome to Willamette!


Customized Library Course Guides

This is the perfect time to contact your librarian to create a library guide (LibGuide) for your course!  Once created, you can link to it from your WISE course. These library guides are very customizable and are designed to show students a variety of important library resources and services that are available to them.  Whether for an introductory course or for a senior seminar, we can design a resource list that will benefit your students.

A guide may include important reference books, e-books, or print books from the stacks.  In addition, a search box can be incorporated to search our library’s holdings as well as Summit, the consortium of 37 colleges and universities in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

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Essential databases can be listed to help students find articles on broad topics or very specific issues.  Interlibrary loan directions can be included to help walk students through the process of getting articles that are not available electronically or print at Willamette.

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We can include a list of complimentary web sites that are useful in a student’s research process and relevant to the course or specific assignments.  Some of these web sites may be integral to your course and you may already plan on students using the site.  Talk to your librarian about any resources that you have in mind for the course.

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If students are writing a paper for the course, faculty may require using a particular citation style.  There are a number of citation styles beyond the most commonly used styles (APA, MLA, and Chicago) that show  examples for how to cite an information source within their paper (in-text) and as a reference list/bibliography.

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In addition, you may also consider including some of the suggested information literacy topics that may be helpful to integrate into your course.

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Examples of library guides for specific courses can be found here.  It takes time to put these guides together, so please be mindful about providing a few weeks time for librarians to assemble resources.


Read It Again

Summer time is often a little slower paced academically, but also filled with work and extra curricular activities.  Why not have a book on hand to read between those activities?  And how about re-reading something you enjoyed?

Come get a book or movie from our current “Read It (or watch) Again” collection.  Relive the joy of a favorite book or watch a movie you really enjoyed watching before.  They are located on the first floor of the library.

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Summer Hours 2015

The Hatfield Library’s building hours have now transitioned to our summer schedule.

May 18:  Summer Schedule begins, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., CLOSED Saturday, Sunday and holidays

During the summer the Reference Desk is staffed from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For the entire schedule visit: http://library.willamette.edu/about/calendar.php


Willamette University May Weekend Collection

may-pole-danceWillamette University’s first May Day celebration took place in 1909. In the early years, campus literary societies elected and coronated a King and Queen of festivities, participated in intramural athletic competitions, and welcomed alumni back to campus. By the early 1930s the May Court no longer elected a King and consisted of a May Queen and her Attendants. As literary societies were largely defunct by this time, sororities played a much larger role in the voting for Queen.may-day-dinner

In 1970 several of the regular events attached to May Day, or Spring Weekend as it was later called, were dropped due to lack of interest. This included the election of the Spring Weekend court. Willamette then chose to emphasize the academic instead of the social facet of campus life. The event changed shape to become primarily a preview-day for prospective students.

The Willamette University May Weekend collection contains photographs, newspaper clippings, and event programs related to the university’s celebration of May Day. Some of the scenes of May Day depicted include the winding of the May pole, coronation of the May King and Queen, and group dances. Newspaper articles detail the merit of the 1956 May Queen and court. Programs outline the events of the weekend, including activities such as tug-of-war over the mill stream, and theatrical performances.

Originally written by Christopher McFetridge.  View more photos and documents at:

http://libmedia.willamette.edu/cview/archives.html#!doc:page:eads/4902

 

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