Massive 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.
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
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)
Please join us this Friday, November 14th at 3:00 pm in FORD 122 for the seventh Faculty Colloquium of this year. (Please note the change of location).
Our speaker will be: Mike Nord, Associate Professor of Music Technology and Music Education
Title: Improvised Music and Dance: Noru Ka Soru Ka and Other New Work
Abstract: Noru Ka Soru Ka is an international dance-theater and music ensemble featuring Japanese dancers Mao Arata and Makoto Matsushima (also voice), American Mike Nord on guitar and electronics, and Swiss percussionist Georg Hofmann. Friday’s colloquium will present the ensemble’s approach to collective improvisation and feature video recordings of recent performances in the US, Switzerland, and Hong Kong, along with material from a 2013 CD release.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Doreen Simonsen and James Miley
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators
Items are starting to come in already for the Tree of Giving Book Drive! We are supporting both Grant and Bush Elementary schools this year, so we are looking forward to strong community support and abundant book donations. Some key things to remember as we approach the final Drive date on December 17th:
- 25% discount at the Willamette Store for Book Drive books
- K-5 Spanish and English language books are needed
- No holiday-themed books, please
- Gloves, hats, and cash for books are also desired
- Drop off locations include the Circulation Desk in the Hatfield Library, the Willamette Store, and the Sparks Center
Please join us this Friday, November 7th at 3:00 pm in the Hatfield Room for the fifth Faculty Colloquium of this year. Treats will be provided to accompany this talk.
Professor Jade Aguilar from Willamette University’s Department of Sociology will present
Title: An Analysis of “Savage Love” Advice Columns.
This presentation examines how the popular advice column, Savage Love, gives its readers mixed messages about a particular sexual act performed by heterosexual couples. Broadly, this presentation will investigate the question “does [this] act (de) stabilize heterosexual identity or, more broadly, heteronormativity?” While much work has been done investigating how “queerness” serves as a destabilizing force, heterosexuality,…has been largely ignored.
Please join us for the final event of the Fall 2014 Hallie Ford Literary Series at Willamette, a reading and talk by acclaimed novelist and story writer Ann Pancake. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of Willamette’s library and is free and open to the public.
A West Virginia native, Ann Pancake is the author of the groundbreaking novel Strange as This Weather Has Been, which revolves around an Appalachian family living beneath a mountaintop removal mine. Based on real events, the novel explores the way communities and the environment are devastated by corporate greed and the insatiable demand for fossil fuels. It has drawn comparisons to John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath for its portrayal of ordinary people impacted by social and political forces out of their control and was named one of Kirkus Review’s Top Ten Fiction Books of 2007. Writer and environmental activist Wendell Berry calls it “one of the bravest novels I have ever read.”
Ann lives in Seattle and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University. Her fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies like Orion, The Georgia Review, Poets and Writers, and New Stories from the South, and her first collection of short stories, Given Ground, won the 2000 Bakeless award. She has also received a Whiting Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her new story collection, Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley, is forthcoming from Counterpoint Press in February 2015.
Please join us this Friday, October 31st at 3:00 pm in the Hatfield Room for the fifth Faculty Colloquium of this year. Treats will be provided to accompany this Halloween related talk.
Our speaker will be: Anna Cox, Assistant Professor, Spanish and Film Studies
Title: The Haunting Resurrection of Spanish Silent Cinema in Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves/Snow White (2012)
Abstract: Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves/Snow White (2012) retells the Brothers Grimm’s fairytale in the form of a black-and-white silent movie set in 1920s Spain. Berger’s project is a revival of time and place. In the digital age, it participates in the resurrection of early cinematic practices by filmmakers in and out of Hollywood. In Spain, it joins cultural production grappling with identity and “haunting” memory.
In this interactive presentation, I propose that the movie’s core theme is Spanish national instability, not just in the period depicted, but through time as it is represented in the movie’s reiterative imagery and sound. I argue that this way of engaging with the movie unlocks its cathartic potential for several generations of Spaniards.
DVD available at Mark O. Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) (PN1995.9.S5 B5833 2013).
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.
Please join us this Friday, October 24th at 3:00 pm in the Hatfield Room for the fourth Faculty Colloquium of this year.
Our speaker will be:
Sue Koger, Professor of Psychology
Title: Rising to the Climate Challenge: Insights from Psychological Research
Abstract: Despite increasing societal rhetoric about environmental sustainability, many relevant behaviors remain unchanged. I argue that this is because effective and sustainable solutions to climate change and other “environmental” problems require an understanding of the human (i.e., psychological) influences that created the problems in the first place, and that maintain the status quo. In this talk, I’ll describe some of the barriers to change, as well as strategies for overcoming them — both as individuals and collectively.