Library News

New Database: Scopus

SCOP-WOSWe have replaced our Web of Science databases, a package consisting of the Science Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation index, with a new citation database, Scopus. We appreciate that Web of Science is used by many of you at Willamette, so we did not take this decision lightly. Before making this decision we examined content and functionality for Scopus and Web of Science; given these factors and that Scopus is a fraction the price, the decision was clear.

Currently, the main content differences are that Scopus covers more current content while Web of Science has deeper historical coverage.  Scopus indexes roughly 20,000 journals while Web of Science covers about 12,300 journal titles.  To give you a perspective on the number of unique journal titles that are not indexed by the other, Scopus currently indexes over 15,000 unique journals while Web of Science indexes nearly 4,400 journals not covered in Scopus.  A substantial amount of journal titles are indexed by both databases.

Scopus will have the same “Find It @ Willamette” button that links to the library catalog for fulltext, print, and interlibrary loan options.  Scopus also works smoothly with the citation tool called RefWorks.  In case you would like to know more about these two databases, here’s a link to more info: http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca/index.php/Scopus_vs._Web_of_Science

The Scopus database will be available for use starting in January, and our access to Web of Science will cease at the end of December.  If you have any questions about this process, please contact Ford Schmidt (fschmidt@willamette.edu, extension x5407).

Finals Week: Extended Study Hours

Beginning on Monday, Dec. 2, the Hatfield Library will be open extended hours for final exams.
These are the hours for the end of the term:

Monday, Dec. 2 – Thursday, Dec. 5 — 7:45 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 6 — 7:45 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7 — 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8 — 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 9 – Friday, Dec. 13 — 7 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14 — 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15 — CLOSED

Winter break begins on Monday, Dec. 16. During the break, the library will be open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on weekends. Also, the library (and the rest of campus) will be closed from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2. Regular hours resume on Jan. 13.

Annual Giving Tree 2013

giving-tree-2013-1Items are starting to come in for the Tree of Giving Book Drive!  We are supporting both Hallman and Richmond Elementary schools this year, so we are looking forward to an excellent turnout of books.  Some key things to remember as we approach the final Drive date on December 17th:

- 30% discount at the Willamette Store for Book Drive books

- K-5 Spanish and English language books

(No holiday themes please)

- Drop off locations are at the Circulation Desk in the Hatfield Library & the Willamette Store

- Gloves, hats, and cash for books are also desired

- Check out the LibGuide  for more information: http://libguides.willamette.edu/tree-of-giving

This is our seventh annual Tree of Giving Book Drive!  Please visit our Tree of Giving located near the entrance of the library, and see the beautiful ornaments adorning it.  For every book donated, we add one ornament to our Tree of giving.

So think of the Tree of Giving as you do your Black Friday shopping!  And thank you for your support from the Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette Store, and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

 

 

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Thanksgiving Break Hours

The Hatfield Library has special hours during Thanksgiving.

Wed, Nov. 27     7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thur – Sat, Nov. 28 – 30     CLOSED
Sun, Dec. 1   1 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Normal building hours resume Monday, November 26th.  The Hatfield Library staff wish the Willamette Community a most wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Break!

This Week’s Faculty Colloquium: Representing Renaissance Queer Crips

Hobgood_smPlease join us this Friday, November 15th at 2:00 pm in the Library’s
Hatfield Room for a presentation by Professor Allison Hobgood (English Department) on:

Title:  Representing Renaissance Queer Crips

Abstract My latest scholarship explores literature produced by the famous, seventeenth-century poet Andrew Marvell. Specifically, I am interested in a burgeoning theoretical disposition in English Renaissance studies, one that investigates the history and literary representations of disability. In my talk, I use a disability studies framework to show how Marvell’s poetry interprets and makes sense of human variation and bodily difference, from wounds to blindness to castration. I’ll discuss Marvell’s representations of castration, impotency, and non-normative, sexual physicality and then examine how those representations relate to Renaissance medical and cultural ideas about sexualized bodily difference. For example, Marvell’s poem “Upon a Eunuch” might be understood as a kind of disability narrative in which verse is imagined as an alternate means of sexual activity and impregnation; for Marvell, poems become prosthetic objects that enable the eunuch to procreate in ways “typical” able-bodied individuals often do.  In examining Marvell’s meditation on poems as sexual prostheses, my argument also illuminates the useful intersections of sexuality/queer studies and early modern disability studies. Much has been said in the last decade or so about the productive reciprocity between queer and crip identities and theories, though predominately in a modern context: among other things, sexual minorities and people with disabilities share a history of injustice and activist resistance to the prejudicial demand that corporeal “defects” be normalized. This talk aims to open up new conversations around sexualized bodily difference and disability in modernity and, especially, in the context of 17th c England.  

Doreen Simonsen and Stephanie DeGooyer
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators

Brownbag Discussion with Former Staff to Senator Hatfield

BA feature-length documentary film highlighting the leadership and career of the late Senator Mark O. Hatfield will also premiere Tuesday, November 19 in Portland.

In conjunction with this event, the Mark O. Hatfield Library and University Archives are pleased to announce that several former Congressional staff members to Senator Hatfield, including a number of WU Alums, will be reuniting on campus and making themselves available for a conversation about Senator Hatfield.  This will take place on November 18th at 12-1pm in the Hatfield Room of the library. This gathering will provide an opportunity for an informal discussion of the Senator, his career, and most importantly, the staffers’ personal experiences working alongside the Senator through many incredible moments in Oregon and United States history.

Please bring your own lunch and lots of questions for this causal get-together. Light refreshments will be provided.  For additional information please contact Mary McRobinson, University Archivist, 503-370-6764; <mmcrobin@willamette.edu>

Information on The Hatfield Project and documentary film The Gentleman of the Senate: Oregon’s Mark Hatfield, including ticket information, can be found at: http://hatfieldfilm.com

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Hallie Ford Literary Series: New Voices Showcase

Please join us for the final event in the Fall 2013 Hallie Ford Literary Series at Willamette. On Monday, November 18, at 5 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of the library, we will host a New Voices Showcase, featuring poet Emily Kendal Frey and memoirist/essayist Jay Ponteri. The two debut writers will read from and discuss their work and answer questions about the first book experience. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be for sale courtesy of the Willamette Store.

Emily Kendal Frey’s first full length poetry collection, The Grief Performance, won the Poetry Society of America’s 2012 Norma Farber First Book Award. She teaches at Portland Community College and The Independent Publishing Resource Center.

Read Emily’s poems here: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/22629 and here: http://bombsite.com/issues/1000/articles/6252.
Read an interview with her here: http://www.bookslut.com/features/2011_06_017747.php.

Jay Ponteri is the author of the memoir Wedlocked, released in the spring of 2013. He directs the creative writing program at Marylhurst University and is the founder of a summer creative writing camp for high school students. His essay, “Listen to This,” was cited as a Notable Essay of 2009 by the editors of Best American Essays.

Read some of Jay’s recently published work here: http://www.ghostproposal.com/issue3/jayponteri.php.
Read a review of Wedlocked here: http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2013/04/wedlocked-by-jay-ponteri.html.

Or listen to a podcast in which Emily and I discuss his book here: http://latenightlibrary.org/wedlocked/.

Colloqium: Gauging and Strengthening Quantitative Skills at Entry

Please join us this Friday, November 8th at 2:00 pm in the Library’s Hatfield Room for a special presentation by Margot Black, Director, Symbolic and Quantitative Resource Center, Lewis & Clark College. James Friedrich (Department of Psychology) is sponsoring Professor Black’s presentation.Margot_Black_sm

Title: Gauging and Strengthening Quantitative Skills at Entry: New Options for Improving Students’ Course Placement and Academic Success

Abstract: Mathematically underprepared students are a large and growing concern in higher education. This can pose special challenges for small, liberal arts colleges with limited course offerings. Identifying and addressing the needs of these students enhances their success across a wide range of courses in the sciences, humanities, and arts. Doing so also contributes to broader institutional success in terms of graduation rates and retention. If a college admits students with such varied quantitative preparation, I suggest that it bears the responsibility of providing certain resources necessary to help them be successful in their courses. In this talk I will discuss how Lewis & Clark College handles math proficiency and placement testing as well as options for remediation for those students who need it most. Such placement and support efforts ultimately contribute to the academic success of all students, including those initially seen as having strong quantitative preparation.

Update for the New Catalog

orbis-exlibrisThe shared catalog of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, known more commonly as SUMMIT, has had some major changes lately.

The second of the four “phases” of the change in catalogs has begun.  The second group of libraries have begun to upload their old local catalog content into the new shared catalog.  The go-live date for the new libraries to publicly appear in the new catalog is December.

Why is this significant?  The second group of libraries is very large, so a sizable chunk of new library records will appear in the new catalog around December.  This will increase the amount of materials that one can borrow through the new catalog interface instead of being bounced to the old Summit catalog system.  In essence, this will make one’s use of the new system more efficient and ultimately more pleasant.  As more libraries join, the need to use the old catalog will naturally decrease.

Libraries in each group (cohort) are listed below along with their go-live dates.

It is important to remember that a major purpose for this new catalog is to remove the need for local catalogs for each institution.  We are attempting to share one catalog resource with 37 member institutions.

Cohort plan for the Shared ILS implementation

Cohort 1 (Go-Live June 2013)
Linfield College
Marylhurst University
Pacific University
University of Washington
Western Washington University
Willamette University
Cohort 2 (Go-Live December 2013)
Concordia University
Eastern Washington University
Evergreen State College
Lewis & Clark College
Portland Community College
Reed College
Saint Martin’s University
Seattle Pacific University
University of Idaho
Warner Pacific College
Washington State University
Cohort 3 (Go-Live June 2014)
Clark College
Mt Hood Community College
Oregon Health & Science University
Oregon Institute of Technology
Portland State University
Southern Oregon University
University of Oregon
University of Portland
University of Puget Sound
Western Oregon University

Cohort 4 (Go-Live December 2014)
Central Oregon Community College
Central Washington University
Chemeketa Community College
Eastern Oregon University
George Fox University
Lane Community College
Oregon State University
Seattle University
Walla Walla University
Whitman College

Assignment Calculator Tool Updated

We have updated our Assignment Calculator tool to offer even more accountability and support to help you complete your assignments from start to finish.

The assignment calculator is a simple tool that students and faculty can use to help calculate when parts of a research paper or assignment should be worked on and completed.  Basically, all you need to do is plug in the beginning date of an assignment and the due date, and it does the rest for you!

Then the calculator lists all of the steps needed to complete your assignment and when each step should be done.  Below is an example.  This is a wonderful tool to help with time management!

Last year we used a bare bones structure, as outlined in our blog entry.  This year you can create an account which will email you notification of what you should be doing, the days left to complete the step, and the time you should spend on this step.

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Below is an example of what you could expect to see from the Assignment Calculator tool.

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