Convocation: Robert Hass

Robert Hass, United States Poet Laureate (1995-1997), National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet, Environmentalist and Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, will be the speaker at Convocation on Friday, August 26th.

The Mark O. Hatfield Library owns several books by and about him.  He will be speaking about “Meaning a Life: How to Become a Reader and a Human Being.”

New Look for RefWorks

The Hatfield Library has enabled RefWorks 2.0 with a new, easier-to-use design.

Users logging in to RefWorks will see the new interface. Those wishing to use the old interface can toggle between designs using the link in the the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Users are able to switch back and forth at any time without affecting any data.

Some RefWorks tools, including Write-N-Cite and RefGrab-It, still have the old look, but they work seamlessly with the new interface and will be updated later this year.

Questions about the new look?  Contact Bill Kelm ( or John Repplinger (

Farewell to Senator Mark O. Hatfield

Photo of Senator Hatfield at the dedication of the Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University, 1986

Senator Hatfield at the dedication of the Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University, 1986

Senator Mark O. Hatfield ’43 passed away peacefully this evening (Aug. 7, 2011) at the age of 89. He was a beloved son of Willamette University — a student, professor, dean and trustee. He was also a beloved son of Oregon. Elected the youngest secretary of state and the youngest governor in the state’s history, Senator Hatfield went on to serve five terms in the United States Senate — our longest-serving senator. Throughout his distinguished political career, he never lost an election…

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New Database on Women’s Issues

The Hatfield Library has access to a new database called Contemporary Women’s Issues.

The database is a multidisciplinary, full-text database that brings together relevant content from mainstream periodicals, gray literature, and the alternative press, with a focus on the critical issues and events that influence women’s lives in more than 190 countries.