Celebrate African American History Month

February is African American History Month and the Hatfield Library has created a display of books, films, and sound recordings in celebration. In 1976 when President Gerald R. Ford declared February to be African American History Month, he encouraged all Americans to seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” So come take a look at this interesting exhibit on the first floor of the library; all of the items are available for checkout!

“My Friends the Triangles”

Please join us this Friday, January 30th at 3:00 pm in the Hatfield Room for the first Faculty Colloquium of this semester.  Treats will be provided to accompany this talk.

Josh Laison, Associate Professor of Mathematics will be speaking about:

“My Friends the Triangles: The Study of Geometric Networks”

Mathematical networks have a wide variety of applications outside mathematics: components of an electric circuit connected by wires; genetic similarities among species in a phylogenetic tree; social networks among people; airline flights between cities; links between web pages.  My research deals with applications of these networks inside mathematics, to the study of geometric shapes.  This is an exciting new area of study, where the interesting problems outnumber the researchers working on them.  I’ll introduce this field, and then highlight a few problems I’ve worked on, including some projects with Willamette student co-authors.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Doreen Simonsen and James Miley
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators

Student Publications Collection

student-publications-collThe Willamette University Archives has recently released a new collection called the Student Publications collection.  The Student Publications collection includes literary publications, magazines, newsletters, and newspapers created by Willamette University student organizations and groups. Included are the long-running school newspaper The Collegian; the student yearbook, The Wallulah; the Tokyo International University of America yearbook; literary journals; and comedic magazines. Among the newspapers and newsletters are those published at odds with, or in addition to, The Collegian such as Another Voice, The Mill Stream and The Vanguard. In addition to newspapers, Willamette University students have compiled literary magazines, fraternity and sorority publications, and comedic newsletters. The collection ranges between 1850-2014, and has 27.5 linear feet, including files, one oversize box, bound volumes, and digital materials.

A historical note: Individual students, organizations and groups have been gathering and writing since Willamette’s founding. The first known publication, The Experiment, was created in 1850 as a way for students of the Oregon Institute to express themselves. Willamette’s longest running student publication, The Collegian, was begun in 1875. It continues to document the campus climate, events, and students’ reactions to their surroundings.

Contact Ashley Toutain (asharrat@willamette.edu) for more information about this collection, or click here to read more of what she wrote:



Your Subject Specialist Librarians

As juniors and seniors, you will research and write more than past semesters.  If you haven’t met with a librarian yet to help with your research, now is an awesome time to get to know them!  Faculty may also wish to contact them for a library instruction session for your class.

They are all very knowledgeable and friendly.  You will see them at the reference desk where you can ask for research help, or set up a time to meet with them one-on-one.

gary_sm Gary Klein
Management & Economics Librarian

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john_sm John Repplinger
Science Librarian
Web Page

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joni_sm Joni Roberts
Associate University Librarian for Public Services and Collection Development

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ford_sm Ford Schmidt
Head of Research Services

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bonzai Doreen Simonsen
Humanities and Fine Arts Librarian

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carol_sm Carol Drost
Associate University Librarian for Technical Services

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Musicality, Metaphor & Metonym

The Department of Art invites you to view “Musicality, Metaphor & Metonymy: Paintings by Tim Timmerman”, this semester’s exhibition in the Roger W. Rogers Gallery.

Timmerman’s paintings narrate the events and dynamics of his own friendships. Timmerman PaintingHe does so by physically creating small, assemblage characters (often using toys and figurines), which he then casts as protagonists and antagonists in the painted dramas that he stages and paints to illuminate, symbolically and allegorically, the dynamics of real relationships. His work shows us that we are most human in our friendships because we enact the full and messy spectrum of our humanity in these close relationships, which cast both our virtues and our frailties in high relief.

More information about the exhibition is available on the Roger W. Rogers Gallery’s website: http://www.willamette.edu/cla/arts/get_involved/exhibitions/rogers/timmerman.html

The Rogers Gallery is located in the Rogers Music Hall. The exhibition will be open to the public until May 17, 2015.


Andries Fourie (curator, Roger W. Rogers Gallery)

Summit Interface Changes

On Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 the requesting interface for Summit materials will be more streamlined. In the past, when you chose “Request Summit (5 days),” you had to login to another system, summit.worldcat.org, to request a book or video. On the 20th, you will now place your Summit requests directly in the WU Libraries’ catalog.

When you click the request option, the requesting form will be automatically populated within the catalog frame. You will then be able to select your Pickup/Delivery Location (Hatfield Library or Law Library, and submit the Request. The status of your requests can be monitored under your “My Account.”

If you want to search Worldcat, you can find a link to Worldcat on the databases page.

Please let us know if you have any comments or concerns.

Winter Break Hours

The Hatfield Library has special hours during the Winter Break.
Wed, Dec. 24 – Fri, Jan. 2    CLOSED
Sat – Sun, Jan. 3 – 4     CLOSED
Mon – Fri, Jan. 5 – 9     8 – 5 p.m.
Sat – Sun, Jan. 10 – 11     CLOSED
Mon – Fri, Jan. 12 – 16     8 – 5 p.m.
Sat – Sun, Jan. 17 – 18     CLOSED

Normal building hours resume Monday, January 19th.  The Hatfield Library staff wish the Willamette Community a most wonderful and safe Winter Break and a great start to the new year!

Finals Week: Extended Study Hours

Beginning on Monday, Dec. 1, the Hatfield Library will be open extended hours for final exams. Also, don’t forget about the free cookies and coffee provided by the library…usually the cookies are made available after 10 p.m. starting on Sunday, Dec. 7th until they run out.

These are the hours for the end of the term:

Monday, Dec. 1 – Thursday, Dec. 4 — 7:45 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 5 — 7:45 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6 — 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 7 — 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 8 – Friday, Dec. 12 — 7 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 13 — 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 14 — CLOSED

Winter break begins on Monday, Dec. 15. During the break, the library will be open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on the weekends. Also, the library (and the rest of campus) will be closed from Dec. 24 through Jan. 2. Regular hours resume on Jan. 19.

Thanksgiving Break Hours

The Hatfield Library has special hours during Thanksgiving.

Wed, Nov. 26     7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thur – Sat, Nov. 27 – 29     CLOSED
Sun, Nov. 30   1 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Normal building hours resume Monday, December 1st.  The Hatfield Library staff wish the Willamette Community a most wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Break!

Water Leak on 2nd Floor

2014-leakMassive 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.