Library Spaces During 2014 Finals


We have prepared the library for Finals Week!  Starting April 25th we have extended library hours (click here for details) through Sunday May 11th, including our ever popular free cookies and coffee which are available after 10pm to our fabulous Willamette students.

Starting next Wednesday, the Hatfield Room will be temporarily designated as a quiet study space during finals week. This compliments the quiet second floor of the library rule. There are two large whiteboards if you need large writing areas to help you think (two more white boards are located downstairs for group study). We also bring in large tables to spread out your work, and some soft chairs for relaxing.
We have a popular reading collection available downstairs in case you need to break loose from the academic rigor of finals and just enjoy a fun, non-academic book. We will also have a coloring station to let that creativity flow!

Some other things: We have a recording room which might be handy to those who need to practice a presentation or make a recording for a language class.  We have two printers on the second floor, two on the first floor, and one printer in the Fish Bowl in case one of the printers goes down.  We have soft seating scattered around the library for relaxation, and hard wood-backed chairs if you prefer a more solid chair.  And below is a map of the power outlet to keep your laptops and cell phones humming!

We wish you the best throughout your finals!

Outlets 2013

Take a Book, Leave a Book

take-a-bookIntroducing the new Book Swap bookcase located in the Hatfield Library’s Fish Bowl (24 hour study).  The idea is simple: If you see a book you like, take it… just consider leaving a book in exchange. 

The initiative for this program came from the Hatfield Library’s Reading Group, which has a goal to encourage life long reading habits.  One idea the group had been considering was to create a book exchange area somewhere in the library for books (or dvds, magazines, etc.) that had been donated to the library, but we already owned or didn’t fit with our collection guidelines.  One of the librarians noticed that an “ancient” wooden book cart was on its way to the campus surplus.  The library staff really wanted to reuse the book cart in some fashion, so the thought of reusing it for a Book Swap bookcase occurred to a librarian who had seen a similar arrangement at another university.


The wooden cart most likely came from the original Willamette Library that was housed in Smullin Hall. Someone from Willamette’s facilities department back in the 1950s or 60s most likely built it.

Over the winter break the wheels were removed, a wood base added, and a fresh coat of paint and customized graphic were given to the former cart.  And voilà!  We now have a creative “new” way to share books.  It is kind of neat to incorporate and reuse such an interesting bit of Willamette’s history.


The concept for “take a book, leave a book” is not new. Various renditions of this sharing system have existed for many years and occurs nationally.  Salem, for example, has a few similar public “Little Free Library” stations scattered about the city. Willamette University had a similar system several years ago that essentially functioned out of a wicker basket in the Dean’s Office.  The new bookcase in the Fish Bowl makes this much more accessible to students, faculty, staff, and others connected to Willamette.

We encourage our Willamette community to participate in our Take a Book, Leave a Book program.  For comments and questions, please contact Joni Roberts, Associate University Librarian for Public Services and Collection Development,





Library Study Spaces: The Fish Bowl

The library has some commonly overlooked study areas.  One such area is our 24-Hour Study, nick-named the “Fish Bowl” because if it’s curved window shape.

Several small tables are available for small group study, along with a comfortable arm chair, small sofa, and coffee table.  The perimeter of the Fish Bowl has outlets for your mobile devices, and we have to campus computers that have Internet access.

If you need a quick snack or something to drink, we have vending machines available with food and beverages as well as a drinking fountain.  Restrooms are also located close by.  So if you need a place to study away from your noisy roommate or dorm floor, think about using our 24-Hour Study Fish Bowl!

Watch Your Belongings

A word to the wise…

This time of semester your guard is down, you’re concentrating on finishing before looming deadlines. You walk away from your belongings to get a printout, visit the restroom, chat with friends, whatever. When you come back, your stuff is missing.

There was a backpack stolen from Goudy recently, and Campus Safety is concerned that the library may be another target since such items have been stolen from our building in the past.

This is just a reminder to keep an eye on your belongings, and to be extra aware of suspicious individuals.  If you suspect anything, please let a library staff member know.  We will call Campus Safety.  So please don’t leave your belongings unwatched, EVER!

Tips for Smart Printing #5


Tip for Smart Printing: Tip #5

Actually this isn’t a printing tip, but it is very enlightening!  Below are two charts which show printing habits at the Hatfield Library by the Willamette Community. These charts capture the printing habits of the Willamette community as an average week and as an entire semester (Fall 2011). Click here for a PDF version of this post.

During an average week, most printing is done Monday though Thursday with a larger usage spike on Tuesdays. Sunday is the most popular weekend day to print and is fairly steady throughout the day. Most days show a strong preference to print in the morning. If you needed to print something, especially large documents, the best days to do it are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Afternoons and evenings are also better times to print than mornings.

During the semester, there is a HUGE printing spike during the first week of the semester and mid-semester (note: the second graph includes the week before classes begin). It also shows that the first week of class and the week prior have the most single-sided printing of the semester. Except for the week of Thanksgiving (the gap below), printing is fairly consistent weekly.

Click here for all past printing tip posts. If you have a tip for us, email John Repplinger at

Ralph W. Barnes Special Collection

The Ralph W. Barnes Papers in the Archives and Special collection contains materials that relate to Ralph W. Barnes’ fourteen year career as a foreign correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune. Barnes reported in Europe from 1926 to 1940, and was stationed in Benito Mussolini’s Italy, Joseph Stalin’s Russia, and Adolf Hitler’s Germany. The collection includes items related to Barnes’ career as well as his personal life. Correspondence, journals, and scrapbooks created by his wife, Esther Barnes are also included. The majority of Barnes’ published stories are documented in scrapbooks created by his father, E.T. Barnes. A notable item in this collection is a letter from Joseph Stalin to Barnes, written in 1933.

Ralph Waldo Barnes was born on June 14, 1899 in Salem, Oregon to Edward Talbot Barnes and Mabel Nancy Baker Barnes. Barnes attended local public schools and graduated from Salem High School in 1917. The summer after graduation Barnes took military training at St. John’s Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin. He returned to Salem in the fall of 1918 to begin studies at Willamette University, but his studies were interrupted when his military reserve unit was called for training at Fort McArthur in Waco, Texas. He returned to Willamette and graduated in 1922 with a degree in history. After receiving a Master’s degree in Economics from Harvard University, Barnes returned to Salem to marry his longtime sweetheart, Esther Parounagian, who had graduated from Willamette in 1923.

In 1924, Barnes and Esther moved to New York City where he found a job working for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. A brief stretch with the Evening World allowed Barnes to leverage himself into a position with the New York Herald Tribune, which he held from 1924 until his death in 1940.

His first assignment as a foreign correspondent took him to Paris, France in 1926. In 1930 Barnes was given a promotion and transferred to Rome, Italy where he reported under the rule of Benito Mussolini. In May of 1930, Esther gave birth to a daughter named Joan in Italy. Almost a year later, Barnes was transferred to Russia during the height of Joseph Stalin’s government. He was assigned to the Moscow bureau where he reported from 1931 to 1935. Barnes was an avid reader and heavily supplemented his news reporting with background research. During his first month in Moscow, he wrote to his father “My Britannica is not here yet; hope to have it within a couple of weeks; for, without it, I feel like a nearsighted man who has lost his spectacles.” In the fall of 1931, a second daughter, Suzanne, was born while Esther and Joan were in Paris.

Barnes was conscious of his unique position in Russia, “Here I’m one of a few observers of what is undoubtedly the most important experiment of this century; and perhaps for several centuries; either for good or bad.” He carried this perspective to each of his subsequent posts throughout Europe.

Barnes left Moscow to take over the Berlin, Germany bureau in 1935 and spent four years under the rule of Adolph Hitler. In March of 1939, just before the start of the Second World War, he was offered a position as head of the London bureau in England. In 1940, Barnes returned to Berlin to report on the war. On June 21, 1940 he was expelled from Berlin for a story that government censors found abrasive. Due to escalating tensions in Europe, a few weeks earlier on June 2, Esther, Joan, and Suzanne returned to New York from Dublin, Ireland, via the ship the U.S.S. Roosevelt.

Disheartened by his expulsion, Barnes questioned his ability to continue reporting. However, he did not give up his career, traveling from Berlin to Budapest, Hungary and then on to Bucharest, Romania and eventually Egypt. In Egypt, Barnes became an official war correspondent and was stationed with the British Army. When Italy invaded Greece, Barnes and the other correspondents accompanied the British forces to Greece on a warship. On November 17, 1940 Barnes was given permission to accompany the Royal Air Force (RAF) on a night raid. Weather conditions drove the plane off course, causing it to crash into a mountain range in Yugoslavia, killing all on board. Barnes was the first war correspondent to be killed in WWII. He was buried with military honors in Yugoslavia. Leland Stowe, a longtime friend and colleague of Barnes, wrote an obituary in which he quoted a war correspondent also assigned to the RAF, “Ralph always wanted to know everything about everything. He had to see for himself. He always asked more questions than the rest of us put together. Out in the desert he got interested in the stars, so he bought several books on astronomy as soon as he got back to Cairo. Of course, he was a veteran and we were lots of us younger than he, but he could never get over his enthusiasm.” Three years after his death, a Liberty ship was christened the S.S. Ralph Barnes in his honor.

Esther raised her two daughters in Salem and married Chester Downs in 1946. Esther died in 1985 and is buried in Salem, Oregon.

Music Scores Collection

Our collection of music scores is amazingly large!  You will find a range of works ranging from the classics of Bach, Beethoven, Handel, and Mozart to more contemporary works.  Some of the classics include pretty much the entire works of these composers, many of which are full scores.

Virtually all instruments are included in these arrangements, such as over 400 pieces for clarinet and 2,800 for piano.  And there are hundreds of pieces for choir as well.

Location of Music Scores

Do we have Broadway and musicals?  Yes, we do! Solos, duets, trios, quartets… We have those too! Jazz for guitar or piano? We’ve got you covered!

So where is the Music Score Collection located?  It’s located on the second floor in the “M” call number range in the middle of the stacks.  Many of the scores came from the Music Department, and have generic binding (see photos below).

If we don’t have what you need, you can borrow it from another library through our regional borrowing system called Summit or our national borrowing service called interlibrary loan. Our librarians will be more than happy to track down copy of what you need!



The generic binding of many music scores.

Literally thousands of scores.












A general sample of scores.








Musicals include My Fair Lady & Pirates of Penzance.