Extended Building Hours During Finals

The Hatfield Library offers extended hours to our students and faculty before and during finals.  Hours are as follows:

December 3 – 6          7:45 a.m. – 3 a.m.
December 7               7:45 a.m. – 1 a.m.
December 8               9 a.m. – 1 a.m.
December 9               9 a.m. – 3 a.m.
December 10 – 14      7 a.m. – 3 a.m.
December 15             7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

As usual, the library is closed to the general public at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Stay tuned for news about the snacks (i.e., cookies) the library provides to students after 10 p.m. during Finals week!


Extended Hours During Finals Week!!!

The Art of Collaboration

Please join us on Thursday, November 29, for The Art of Collaboration, a special event of the Fall 2012 Hallie Ford Literary Series. The event will take place at 5 p.m. in the Hatfield Room and is free and open to the public.

The event will feature a reading by Minnesota poet Katharine Rauk, followed by a moderated discussion between Katharine and James Miley, jazz composer in Willamette’s Department of Music, about collaborating across media. Katharine and James have collaborated on an original composition, part of which will premiere later that evening in a performance by the Willamette Jazz Collective.

Katharine Rauk is the author of Basil, a chapbook published by Black Lawrence Press in 2011. She has poems published in Harvard Review, Georgetown Review, Cream City Review, and elsewhere, and she is an assistant editor of Rowboat: Poetry in Translation. She lives in Minneapolis and teaches at North Hennepin Community College and The Loft Literary Center.

Composer and Jazz Pianist James Miley joined the faculty of Willamette in the fall of 2009 as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies. Recent recordings include Dan Cavanagh’s Jazz Emporium Big Band ‘s Pulse (OA2 Records, 2008) and Altered’s Angular (House of Drumming, 2008), along with releases by the jazz collective BUG (with saxophonist Peter Epstein) and classical trumpet virtuoso John Adler, both available on Seattle’s highly acclaimed Origin Records. He is also a founding member of the composer collective ECHO, which premiered his composition “Necessary Angels” for piano trio, electric guitar and human beatboxer in April, 2009.

Read one of Katharine’s poems here: http://www.versedaily.org/2012/january.shtml

Listen to a couple of James’ recordings here: http://originarts.com/recordings/recording.php?TitleID=82543

Faculty Colloquium: Meredyth Edelson

Please join us on Friday, November 30th at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for this week’s Faculty Colloquium being presented by Meredyth Goldberg Edelson, Professor of Psychology.

Why have all the boys gone? Gender differences in prosecution acceptance of child sexual abuse cases.

Cases of child sexual abuse (CSA) referred to the District Attorney (DA) are not necessarily accepted for prosecution. Two pilot studies sought to investigate whether there were gender differences in whether cases of CSA referred to the DA’s office were accepted by the DA and, if they existed, what might account for gender differences in decisions to accept cases and file charges. The results of the first study indicated that cases involving male victims were significantly less likely to be accepted for prosecution than cases involving female victims. Comparisons of acceptance rates were based on expected frequencies given CSA prevalence rates by gender in the literature and on the proportion of males and females seen at a Child Abuse Assessment Center (CAAC) from where the DA referrals were obtained. The second study assessed both disclosure-related variables (assessed by content analyses of disclosures made at a CAAC) and abuse-related variables (that occurred at or near the time of the abuse) that might explain these differences. Few variables were found to significantly differentiate males’ and females’ cases; these were the relationship of the child to the perpetrator, whether the child was offended by a juvenile, whether the child told someone of the abuse, pornography exposure, whether the child displayed concerning behaviors, and whether the child was questioned about possible abuse. Implications of these results are discussed.

Faculty Colloquium: Obama Fought the Battle of Jericho

Please join us on Friday, November 16th at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for this week’s Faculty Colloquium being presented by David Gutterman, Associate Professor of Politics.

Title: Obama Fought the Battle of Jericho

Abstract: In his first campaign for President, Barack Obama described himself not just as part of the Joshua Generation, but as the American Joshua – prepared, able, and destined to lead the nation beyond the place of Moses on the mountaintop down into the promised land. In part, this portrayal was indicative of Obama’s determination to write himself into the American story, but this story of Joshua is also an effort to tell the nation a story about itself. From his March 5, 2007 speech in Selma, Alabama where he positioned himself figuratively as a son of the civil rights activists to his November 4, 2008 acceptance speech where he answered Sam Cooke’s plaintive hopes by declaring that “change has come to America,” Obama consciously framed his mission as fulfilling the promise of the “Moses generation.”

But this story largely disappeared once Obama began governing. Indeed, one of the remarkable – and for many disappointing – aspects of Obama’s first term in office is that despite the powerful tales he told on the campaign trail, we are still waiting for him to be, as Matt Bai wrote recently in The New York Times, the “narrator in chief.” Even on the campaign trail in 2012, Obama rarely ascended to the heights of his power as storyteller that he demonstrated in the previous campaign – and he never returned to the story of Moses and Joshua. In this essay I address the disappearance of this political narrative during Obama’s term as President and in his campaign for re-election. Is this failure to tell this resonant political narrative indicative of a problem in the story itself – or in the storyteller?

WU Campus Photo Collection

Inside the Old Library

Have you heard about the Willamette University Campus Photograph Collection yet?

The Willamette University Campus Photograph collection, comprised of more than 1,700 photographic prints, negatives, slides, and copy prints of sketches and blueprints, is a rich documentary resource covering nearly a century and a half of Willamette’s history.

A strength of the collection is the visual documentation it provides of Willamette’s ever-developing campus; particularly the buildings and landscape. Images show ground-breakings, construction, renovations, fires, and demolitions of various buildings. Transformation of the campus grounds, through activities such as the redesign of the Mill Stream and the removal of trees, is also evident. Aerial views of the campus provide yet another perspective of campus architecture and grounds and, to a lesser extent, downtown Salem, Oregon.

Two tablets with Bible & Shakespeare passages unearthed from beneath the Star Trees.

Willamette, TIUA, and American Studies Program students are depicted in various facets of their lives, both formally and informally. Students are shown interacting with faculty and administrators, engaging in studying, dining, and recreation, and participating in ceremonies and festivities.

Faculty, administrators, and staff are also represented, often in the capacity of interacting with students, officiating at an event, or posing for a portrait.

Additional notes: If a building has been known by more than one name an attempt has been made to list all names. For example, a search for “College of Medicine”, “Science Hall”, “Music Hall”, or “Art Building” will return images of the building that currently serves as the Art Building located at the corner of State and Winter Streets. Similarly, a search for the “College of Law” will return images of the Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center as well as the building currently known as “Gatke Hall” which formerly housed the College of Law. Some of the photos that you’ll find in this collection include the following.

The Archives staff is asking for assistance in identifying images. Please use the comment feature on the website if you are able to provide info relating to any of the images.

For permission to reproduce any of the images please contact the University Archivist, Mary McRobinson, at mmcrobin@willamette.edu.

“Baby” Star Trees that are as tall as the Collins Science Hall.

Waller Hall, from northeast in winter, with the College of Medicine to the right.















Aerial view of the College of Medicine, Willson Park, the First United Methodist Church, and some of Salem










Willamette students stand in a W and seniors stand in ’19 formation for Chapel March/Spectacle Day









[Old] University Library, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon.

Poet David Biespiel

Please join us for the third event in the Fall 2012 Hallie Ford Literary Series, with a reading by poet David Biespiel on Wednesday, November 14. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of Willamette’s library and is free and open to the public.

David Biespiel is the author of five books, including The Book of Men and Women, winner of the 2011 Oregon Book Award in poetry. He is the founder and executive director of the Attic Institute, an independent literary center in Portland, and writes a regular column on poetry for The Oregonian. Among his many awards are a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, and a Lannan Fellowship. He currently teaches at Oregon State University and in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University.

In citing it as one of the best books of the year, The Poetry Foundation had this to say about The Book of Men and Women: “In his book about regret, longing, and loss, Biespiel explores the intricacies of relationships between men and women in settings both real and imaginary.”

Read some of David’s poem’s here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/david-biespiel#about

Read his provacative essay on the role of the poet in public and political discourse here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/article/239284

Read his latest poetry column in The Oregonian here: http://www.oregonlive.com/books/index.ssf/2012/10/poetry_punctuated_with_poise.html

Relaxing & Fun Reads!

Why not take a fun book to read during the Thanksgiving break?  Our Popular Reading Collection, located on the first floor by the elevator, has nearly 400 books from a wide variety of genres that range from fantasy, SciFi, and suspense to biographies, YA, and romance.  Check out this list of books in our popular reading collection.

Also, check out our WU Reads page that lists award winning books in our collection, most read books at Willamette, books written by Willamette faculty and staff, and more.

Feel free to ask questions at the reference or circulation desk!


Faculty Colloquium: Me (Brenda Ueland)

Please joins us on Friday, November 9th at 3 p.m. in Cone Chapel for this week’s Faculty Colloquium. Me (Brenda Ueland), a song cycle for piano and voice composed by Libby Larsen and published in 1994; performed by pianist, Marva Duerksen and soprano, Christine Elder.

Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), an American journalist, editor, freelance writer, and teacher of writing, is best known for her book If You Want To Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit. Carl Sandburg liked it so much that he claimed “it was the best book ever written on how to write.” In the unrelated field of Arctic exploration, Brenda is famous for her letter exchange with the Norwegian explorer, Fridtjof Nansen. Only his letters to her survive, but they are so explicit in their sexual details that one must be over 18 to read them at the Minnesota Historical Society!

All of this brings us to our presentation for Friday’s faculty colloquium. Here, you will encounter Brenda Ueland through the words of her autobiography, Me: A Memoir (1939), excerpts from which comprise the text for American composer Libby Larsen’s marvelous song cycle for soprano and piano. Ueland was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota into a relatively progressive family in which her father was a prominent lawyer and judge and her mother a suffragette and first president of the Minnesota League of Women Voters. After completing her baccalaureate at Barnard College, Ueland spent some years in New York and its environs working as a staff writer, composing scripts for radio broadcasts, and eventually teaching writing classes. She married three times, had one child and, by her own account, numerous lovers. Her autobiography details elements of her childhood, time in college, life in Greenwich Village, and various love affairs. In our reading of Ueland’s autobiography, we have found Ueland to be engagingly self-confident, witty, insightful, and wise, but never preachy. As Libby Larsen explains in a note to the published score of her cycle: “Ueland’s gist is to confirm in us the true art into which we are all born, the art of living.”

Holiday Hours

The Hatfield Library has special hours during Thanksgiving.

Wed, Nov. 21     7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thur – Sat, Nov. 22 – 24     CLOSED
Sun, Nov. 25     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!

Assignment Calculator?

What is the Assignment Calculator?  And who is it for?

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! Check out the Assignment Calculator at: