Banned Books 2015

banned-bks-2015Banned Books Week for 2015 is held Sept 27-Oct 3. Celebrate your freedom to read by reading a book from our Banned Books display, which will be on display from Sept 25th throughout October on the first floor of the library.  We encourage you to check them out!

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.  It highlights the value of free and open access to information, and brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.


Over this past decade, 5,099 challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom. These are the top five reasons…

1,577 challenges due to “sexually explicit” material
1,291 challenges due to “offensive language”
989 challenges due to materials deemed “unsuited to age group”
619 challenged due to “violence”‘
361 challenges due to “homosexuality”



The top ten most frequently challenged books last year include:

1)      The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”

2)      Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi

Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”

3)      And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”

4)      The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”

5)      It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris

Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “alleges it child pornography”

6)      Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Reasons: Anti-Family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group. Additional reasons:

7)      The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence

8)      The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”

9)      A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group

10)  Drama, by Raina Telgemeier

Reasons: sexually explicit


For more information on getting involved with Banned Books Week visit the ALA Banned Books web site:

Source: ALA Banned Books web site

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!

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.




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!

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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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:

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:!doc:page:eads/4902