Third University Librarian Candidate

The Mark O. Hatfield Library is announcing the third candidate for the University Librarian position, Annie Downey.

Dr. Downey served as a Reference, Instruction, and Outreach Librarian, as the Instructional Unit Manager, and then as Head of Research and Instructional Services at the University of North Texas; since 2012 she has been the Director of Research Services at the Reed College Library.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the faculty forum on Wednesday, Oct 7th at 4:15pm in the Hatfield Library.

Students are encouraged to attend the student forum on Thursday, Oct 8th at 11:45am in the Hatfield room.


Second University Librarian Candidate

The Mark O. Hatfield Library is announcing the second candidate for the University Librarian position, Craig Milberg.

Mr. Milberg began his library career as Systems & Acquisitions Librarian for Credit Suisse, and later served as Global Head of Information Systems Support, and as project Manager & Business Analyst there; since 2009 he has served as the Assistant Director for Discovery Systems in the E.H.Little Library at Davidson College.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the faculty forum on Monday, Oct 5th at 4:15pm in the Hatfield Library.

Students are encouraged to attend the student forum on Tuesday, Oct 6th at 11:45am in the Hatfield room.


First Candidate for University Librarian

The Mark O. Hatfield Library is announcing the first candidate for the University Librarian position, Patricia Tully.

​Ms. Tully has served, among other positions, as Head of Technical Services in the Musselman Library at Gettysburg College; as Head of Technical Services in the Hilles ​and Lamont Libraries at Harvard University; and as first Associate University Librarian and then University Librarian at Wesleyan University.

Students are encouraged to attend the student forum this Thursday,  October 1st, at 11:45am in the Hatfield room.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the faculty and staff forum later that day on October 1st at 4:15pm in the Hatfield Room.


Alumni Weekend, 2015

This is Alumni Weekend at Willamette, and the Hatfield Library has two activities lined up for you!

9:30-10:30am, Hatfield Room (2nd Floor)

Get a behind-the-scenes tour through the Hatfield Library and Archives. See our Digital Productions Lab, Archives, and Book Repair center. Explore some of the Archive’s digital collections and maybe even dig up something from your Willamette days.

10:30-11:30am, Hatfield Room (2nd Floor)

Curious to know how Willamette’s campus evolved from a single building in a field to the beautiful setting we appreciate today? Come hear public historian Dr. William F. Willingham ’66 as he shares information that he has accumulated while researching Willamette’s architectural and natural landscape for his forthcoming book on the subject.

3-4:30pm, Hatfield Room (2nd Floor)

There will be a panel discussion on the Fulbright Program in the Hatfield Room from 3-4:30 p.m.  Jim Nafziger will be the moderator, and several CLA faculty will talk about their Fulbright experiences: Bobby Brewer-Wallin (Silk Road, China), Jeanne Clark (Jordan), Ron Loftus (Japan), Elliot Maltz (The Philippines), Pamela Moro (Thailand), Scott Pike (Greece), and Xijuan Zhou (Silk Road, China).


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Introducing Paul Meuse


Introducing Paul Meuse, our new Political Papers Archivist at the Mark O. Hatfield Library.  Paul is a Willamette grad, BA in Politics, and served as an archival assistant while he was a student, and also worked in our library’s Digital Production Lab during the summer after graduating.

After teaching in Japan from 2008-2010, Paul returned to Oregon and received his Masters in Public Policy from Oregon State University in 2013. Paul served as campaign manager for Bill Dalton, candidate for State Rep, House District 19, in 2014, and most recently has been employed as a legislative research assistant for the City of Portland.  His processing experience includes working with the papers of Senator Mark Hatfield (while an undergraduate at WU) and with Governor Ted Kulongoski’s papers (while completing his MPP) at the Oregon State Archives.

Paul brings solid processing experience and a comprehensive understanding of political processes.  He will help implement the processing of Senator Packwood’s congressional papers.  We hope you welcome Paul when you see him!

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


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…

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.

Welcome New Students!

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


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!

Finals Week: Extended Study Hours

During finals week, the Hatfield Library is open extra hours to help students studying for finals exams. Don’t forget our new printer in the 24-hour Fish Bowl.  A reference librarian is available for research help until 5 p.m., and we will begin putting out cookies and coffee the first night before Finals until they run out after 10 p.m. if you need a brain food break!

Here are the hours:

  • Fri, May 1: 7:45 a.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Sat, May 2: 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Sun, May 3: 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.
  • Mon, May 4: 7:45 a.m. – 3 a.m.
  • Tues, May 5: 7:45 a.m. – 3 a.m.
  • Wed, May 6: 7:45 a.m. – 3 a.m.
  • Thurs, May 7: 7:45 a.m. – 3 a.m.
  • Fri, May 8: 7 a.m. – 3 a.m.
  • Sat, May 9: 7 a.m. – 3 a.m.
  • Sun, May 10: 7 a.m. – 3 a.m.
  • Mon, May 11: 7 a.m. – 3 a.m.
  • Tues, May 12: 7 a.m. – 3 a.m.
  • Wed, May 13: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Thur, May 14: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Fri, May 15:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sat, May 16:  Noon – 4 p.m.
  • Sun, May 17:  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Mon, May 18:  Summer Schedule begins: Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  CLOSED Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

Spring Break Hours, 2015


Starting Friday, March 19th, the library will switch to Spring Break hours.  Visit the calendar at:  These are the library’s hours during Spring Break.

Friday, March 20, 7:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 21, Closed

Sunday, March 22, Closed

Monday, March 23-March 27, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 28, Closed

Sunday, March 29, 1 p.m – 2 a.m.