Deadline for $500 MOHL Awards

The MOHL Research Award, sponsored by the Hatfield Library, is awarded for an excellent paper in any subject that demonstrates outstanding research using library and information resources. Up to two $500 cash prizes may be awarded. Any student paper written in the sophomore or junior year as part of regular class work is eligible to be considered for this award. The paper should have been written in the current academic year, that is, fall 2014/spring 2015.

Note: papers done as a senior project but in the junior year are excluded.

Deadline: all paperwork must be in by the last day of finals, May 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Details at:

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!

Research Award $500 Cash Prize!

Money, Money, Money…

Have you written and researched an amazing paper this year?  If so, we’ve got good news…the library is sponsoring its annual MOHL Research Award and you may be eligible to win a $500 cash prize! The award will be given for a student paper in any discipline that demonstrates outstanding research using library and information resources.  Last year’s award winner was then junior Miles Sari’s for his paper “‘Piece of Me’—A Framing Analysis of the Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Britney Spears.”

To be eligible for this award, the paper must have been written in the sophomore or junior year as part of regular class work and in the current academic year (Fall 2013/Spring 2014). For complete details and instructions see:

*Papers done as a senior project but in the junior year are excluded.


Win Cash for Your Research

The Hatfield Library is sponsoring its annual Research Award, with the winners earning a $500 cash prize. The award will be given for a paper, in any subject, that demonstrates outstanding research using library and information resources.  Any student paper written in the sophomore or junior year as part of regular class work is eligible to be considered for this award*.  The paper should have been written in the current academic year; that is, Fall 2012/Spring 2013. For complete details and instructions visit the Academic Commons.

*Papers done as the senior project but in the junior year are excluded.

World Book Night, April 23, 2012

World Book Night, April 23, 2012

Book Lovers needed!!!  World Book Night (WBN) is April 23rd.  On this night, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities to spread the joy and love of reading by giving out free WBN paperbacks.

This is our first year participating in this event, and we have selected “The Book Thief” of the 30 available titles as our book to distribute to 20 students somewhere on campus.  The books are provided for free courtesy of the World Book Night organization.

Visit the World Book Night organization web site for more details:

These are some photos we took of the books on display after they arrived, with our wonderful  student workers from the circulation desk whom decorated our WBN bookmarks with graffiti, and two of the twenty students that received a copy of The Book Thief.

This book is in the Hatfield Library’s Curriculum Collection if you would like to read it, and can also be borrowed from other regional libraries as well.

20 Free copies of The Book Thief.

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

Student workers, Kelly Rose Oster & Kaileigh Westermann, add "graffiti" to WBN bookmarks and a message that says the "Hatfield Library Rocks."

John Repplinger, Science Librarian, hands out copies to two students in Jackson Plaza.

Kelly Rose, Hatfield Library student worker, hands out copies.

Kelly Rose, poses with "The Book Thief."

Handing out free copies.

Students enjoying the sun by the Mill Stream receive "The Book Thief."

"The Book Thief" is a great book that is hard to turn down.

Talking to a Biology Faculty member about "The Book Thief."

Handing out books in the Bistro.

First Edible Books Festival 2012


First Annual Edible Book Festival!!!

Our first annual Edible Book Festival was held yesterday in the Hatfield Room. This is in conjunction with the annual International Edible Book Festival held around April 1st. Edible books are made of food and inspired by literary titles, characters, or authors.

The Statesman Journal also provided wonderful coverage and photos of this event in the April 5th newspaper. Below are photos of the entries, the winners, and photos during the judging and awards ceremony.

Prizes awarded:

  • People’s Choice – Carol Drost
  • Most Beautiful – Leslie Whitaker
  • Most Creative – Carol Drost
  • Most Literary – Joni Roberts
  • Punniest – Tie between Saran Walker & Robert Minato
“Tortilla Flat”

Inspired by
Tortilla Flat
By John Steinbeck
Created by
Leslie Whitaker

“Heart of Darkness”

Inspired by
Heart of Darkness
By Joseph Conrad
Created by
Joni Roberts

“Swiss Family Rubinson”

Inspired by
Swiss Family Robinson
Created by
Carol Drost

“The Invisible Flan”

Inspired by
The Invisible Man
By H.G. Wells
Created by
Saran Walker

“The Invisible Jam”

Inspired by
The Invisible Man
By H.G. Wells
Created by
Robert Minato

“Spuds in Your Eye”

Inspired by
Suds in Your Eye
By Mary Lasswell
Created by
Alice French

“Jane Pear”

Inspired by
Jane Eyre
By Charlotte Bronte
Created by
Liz Butterfield
“Jack & the
Jelly Bean Stalk”

Inspired by
Jack & the
Bean Stalk
By Steven Kellogg
Created by
John Repplinger
“Game of Scones”

Inspired by
Game of Thrones
By George R. R. Martin
Created by
Clara Timpe
“Fall of the House
of Gushers”

Inspired by
“The Fall of the House of Ushers”
By E. A. Poe
Created by
Max H. Gurnard
“The Girl with the Dragon Tofu”

Inspired by
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto
Created by
Dylan Goldade & Brittany Chin

Viewing and Judging the Exhibits

For questions, contact Carol Drost, x6715, Click here for the entry rules.

Tips for Smart Printing #4

Here is this week’s Tip for Smart Printing: Tip #4

Use the Sticky Notes tool and Highlighter tools in Adobe Reader to take notes on the articles you are reading…
The Sticky Note Tool in Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional allows you to create a virtual sticky note with a comment in regards to the PDF. This sticky note can be placed anywhere in the document and will alert a reader to click on it.
Click here for all past printing tip posts. If you have a tip for us, email John Repplinger at

Faculty Colloquium: Josh Laison

Please join us on Friday, March 2nd at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for the weekly Faculty Colloquium. This week’s Colloquium will be presented by Josh Laison, Associate Professor of Mathematics. The title of the talk is: “A Sampling of Pure Mathematics Research for Non-Mathematicians”.

Abstract: In this talk I’ll provide an introduction to the experience of doing research in pure mathematics by guiding attendees through some of the stages of progress made so far in my current projects. I’ll use two projects as case studies: one with a current Willamette mathematics major, and one with colleagues at Willamette and a few other schools. Rated E for Everyone.

New Video Recording Room

A joint venture between WITS and the Library has brought together video capture technology and a space in the library that you can be used to record presentations for practice or for a course assignment. Possibilities are only limited by your imagination, but include recording SSRD practice sessions, mock interviews, how-to demonstrations and language exercises.

As well, the Tegrity recording technology provides the ability for you to combine Power Point slides, websites or anything that can be displayed on a computer screen into your recording in combination with audio and video of themselves as presenters. The room, on the first floor of the library, is available on a first-come-first-served basis for all the hours the library is open. Staff are available in the library to provide assistance.

Faculty Colloquium: Rouslin

Daniel Rouslin, Professor of Music, will be the third presenter in this year’s Faculty Colloquium Series. Rouslin will present on, “Omitting the Basics: The risks of failing to teach music comprehensively”, Friday, Dec. 2nd at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room at the Library.

Applied teaching of music in America tends to focus on helping students learn to play or sing, but sorely neglects the language of music itself. As a result, too many students learn to manipulate their instruments in such a way as to produce a series of notes, rather than music. Recently strained budgets have led to the elimination of general music classes in many parts of the United States. As a result, many students embark on instrumental study without having acquired most of the basics of music that used to be covered in the early grades. Therefore it is incumbent upon applied teachers to make sure that their students become literate in the language of music; that they know, for example, that a phrase and its cadence are like a sentence and its ending punctuation, albeit in a uniquely musical way.

This talk suggests ways to address the following: dynamics and tone color, both explicit and implied by the writing; harmony and how it affects phrasing; form and its dramatic implications; the composer and his or her inspiration in writing the music at hand; music history: how performance style changed over the centuries, and how this affects the music at hand; counterpoint: balancing the voices; becoming a team player in any ensemble, no matter how small; and improvisation and its importance. While it might seem daunting to an instructor to implement all of the above, this needn’t be done all at once. Still, as suggested by this talk, the teacher needs to develop a strategy for implementing each of these aspects of music making when appropriate to the literature being undertaken.