The Mark O. Hatfield Library invites you to participate in the fourth annual EDIBLE BOOK FESTIVAL!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Hatfield Room.edible-books-2015

In conjunction with the International Edible Book Festival, we are pleased to sponsor this fun and creative event again this year. Use your artistic talents or your punny side to make an edible creation inspired by a literary title, author, or character. Pick your favorite mystery, poem, or character from a children’s book—the only limit is your imagination.

Some of last year’s entries are show below. For additional inspiration and ideas, check out these Edible Book Festival entries from Seattle Public Library and Duke University, or check out flickr. Your entry doesn’t need to be baked or cooked, but it does need to be made of something edible!

Free to enter– no registration required. Drop off your entry in the Hatfield Room on March 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you have a copy of the book that inspired your creation, bring it along and we will include it in the display. Come in to cast a vote for your favorite edible book until 4:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided!

All entries will be on display from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Even if you don’t enter, you can cast a vote for your favorite edible book. At 4:30 p.m., our esteemed panel of judges– Mike Chasar (English), Karen Wood (University Chaplain), and Kaitlen McPherson (CLA student) — will announce the prizes for:

Best Student Entry

Most Literary

Most Creative


People’s Choice

Bistro gift cards will be given to this year’s winners. To view all photos of last year’s entries, go to:


For questions, contact Carol Drost, x6715, cdrost@willamette.edu

Last year’s winners:

Award Winners
war-and-peas2 “War and Peas”

Created by Alice French
Inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s
“War and Peace”
People’s Choice
pitcher-dory-gray “Pitcher of Dory in Gray

Created by Emily Wetherford
Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s
Portrait of Dorian Gray”
Best Student Entry
dune He Who Controls the
Spice Controls the Universe

Created by Christopher McFetridge
Inspired by Frank Herbert’s
Most Creative
war-and-peas War and Peas

Created by Alice French
Inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s
“War and Peace”
Most Literary
wholey-bible2 The Hole-y Bible

Created by Anna Corner
Inspired by “The Holy Bible”

New to the Archives

page050We received a wonderful piece of Willamette History last month – a bag and memorabilia given to Alumni Relations from Marian Pope.
Marian entered Willamette University in 1932 living in Lausanne Hall. She meticulously calculated her every purchase into a notebook and saved each receipt. It is a wonderful look into the life of a Willamette freshman in 1932.


In addition to living in Lausanne, Marian was a member of the Daleth Teth Gimel Hebrew letter society. Daleth Teth Gimel, organized at Willamette in 1929, was Willamette’s first national social organization for undergraduate women. In 1939 the name was changed to Dalda Dau Gamma.

Come to the Archives to find other pieces of the Willamette student experience.

(Originally posted on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 6:05 pm by on the archives blog).

The Willamette Bearcat towers over campus on Marian’s bag.

Celebrate African American History Month

February is African American History Month and the Hatfield Library has created a display of books, films, and sound recordings in celebration. In 1976 when President Gerald R. Ford declared February to be African American History Month, he encouraged all Americans to seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” So come take a look at this interesting exhibit on the first floor of the library; all of the items are available for checkout!

Summit Interface Changes

On Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 the requesting interface for Summit materials will be more streamlined. In the past, when you chose “Request Summit (5 days),” you had to login to another system, summit.worldcat.org, to request a book or video. On the 20th, you will now place your Summit requests directly in the WU Libraries’ catalog.

When you click the request option, the requesting form will be automatically populated within the catalog frame. You will then be able to select your Pickup/Delivery Location (Hatfield Library or Law Library, and submit the Request. The status of your requests can be monitored under your “My Account.”

If you want to search Worldcat, you can find a link to Worldcat on the databases page.

Please let us know if you have any comments or concerns.

Water Leak on 2nd Floor

2014-leakMassive water leak on 2nd floor of Hatfield Library this morning. As a heads up, books in the HN-HQ call number range have been removed for water damage assessment.

The roof leak was caused by a blown gauge in the HVAC penthouse. Facilities told us that water was spraying and pooling on the floor on the roof directly above the HN-HQ book section. This excess of water leaked through a seam in the roof onto the HVAC system’s insulation. The insulation collected water until it could not hold any more and then began dripping onto the ceiling tiles. These tiles in turn began dripping onto books.

Affected areas span HN – HQ, specifically the northern bays in each row. We have temporarily blocked access to these areas.

The gauge has been repaired, stopping the source of the leak. Residual water is continuing to move through the roof and ceiling. We have positioned plastic sheeting and receptacles throughout the stacks to collect this water–these will be monitored throughout the day.

Books that were removed from affected shelves have been sorted based upon water damage with dry books being placed out of harms way on the study tables near the leak. Technical services staff is currently addressing damaged materials–there are to date 311 damaged books.


UPDATE (11-21-14, 2:18pm):

Displaced dry books have been moved to the ranges which used to house the curriculum collection. Books have been grouped by call number (e.g. all HF books have been shelved together) and will be returned to call number order at a later date.
Facilities staff have set up dehumidifiers near the location of the leak in an attempt to expedite the drying process.
The leak, for the most part, has stopped. Plastic sheeting will remain in place, though, for the time being.

Faculty Colloquia for Spring

Dear Colleagues,

The Faculty Colloquium presentations for this semester have come to an end.  Karen Arabas’ previously scheduled presentation on “Ecological Restoration Work at Zena Forest” has been moved from this coming Friday to February 13th.  Please mark your calendars and join us to hear the intriguing presentations of your colleagues work next Semester.

Time and place:  Friday afternoons at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room.

Refreshments will be served

Spring Semester:

Jan. 30:  Josh Laison: “My Friends the Triangles: The Study of Geometric Networks”

Feb. 6:  Marva Duerksen: “Prosody in Emily Dickinson, and in Musical Settings of her Poems”

Feb. 13:  Karen Arabas:  “Ecological Restoration Work at Zena Forest”

Feb. 27:  Kelley Strawn:  “What’s Behind All This ‘Nones’-Sense? – Examining Religious Non-Affiliation in the United States Over Time”

Mar. 6:  Holland Phillips:  “Echoes of the Danish Folkelig Tradition in Carl Nielsen’s Op. 48.”

Mar. 13:  Bill Duvall:  “Unexpected Writing from an Engaged Intellectual: Ahmed Kalouaz and Adolescent Literature.”

Apr. 3:  Bobby Brewer-Wallin:  “My Case Is Altered or Bodies of Elizabeth: Code-switching in Solo Performance”

Apr. 10:  Abigail Susik: “Surrealism, Stenography and the Ouija Board”

Apr. 24:  Panel on “How Your Research influences Your Teaching”  (Followed by a Reception to celebrate another year of research and excellent teaching)

Faculty Colloquium Coordinators,

Doreen Simonsen

James Miley

“The Collegian” Online Archive

Collegian-1900Digitization is complete!

Willamette University’s long running newspaper, the Collegian, is now available digitally and fully keyword searchable. With unprecedented access to history at your fingertips, what will you search for?

Beginning in November 2013, over 100 years of Collegian issues needed to be unbound and assessed for completeness. Microfilm copies were used to fill in any gaps. The unbound Collegians were then mailed to iArchives and digitized. Once scanning was complete, each image was reviewed to ensure its readability. Over a century of Collegian data was then uploaded to the Academic Commons for publication. The Collegian is now searchable, and browsable, all the way back to its first issue in 1875.

The Collegian is available at: http://library.willamette.edu./archives/collegian

MOHL Research Awards 2014


To start the new semester off on a bright note, the Hatfield Library is pleased to announce the winners of our MOHL Research Award.  This award is given for a student paper in any discipline that demonstrates outstanding research using library and information resources.  The paper must have been written in the sophomore or junior year as part of regular class work.  Up to two awards are given each year and winners receive $500.

The winners for 2014 are:

Giuliana Alfinito for her paper “Understanding the Tito-Stalin Split” (faculty supporter–Bill Smaldone)

Jenny Grauberger for her paper “The Fundamentals and Applications of the Argon Ion Laser.”  (faculty supporter–Chuck Williamson)

Congratulations to Guiliana and Jenny for their outstanding work!

Welcome our new Circulation and Stacks Supervisor

dillon-lgPlease welcome Dillon Peck, our new Circulation and Stack Supervisor at the Hatfield Library.  If he looks familiar, that is because he just graduated from Willamette this spring with a BA in English, and he has been working in the library for several years, most recently as a circulation student manager.

Some fun things to note about Dillon is that he is involved in rowing, his senior thesis was on The Lord of the Rings, and he is a talented juggler (5 things at one time!).

Feel free to contact Dillon regarding anything about borrowing, course reserves, or interlibrary loan.


Library Catalog Briefly Unavailable

The library catalog will be offline from 1:00 AM – 4:00 AM Sunday, July 20. This downtime is needed to support a maintenance operation. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.