New “Summit” Library System

Big changes are in store for Willamette University. Starting in June 2013 the movement from 37 to one begins. We are moving with our Summit partner libraries from 37 stand-alone library systems to one shared system to improve the research experience for our students and faculty and to better manage our resources. The popular library system you have used to search for information and borrow library materials is being replaced by a new, improved user interface which will make it easier for you to find the information you need and get the items you are looking for both here at Willamette and through Summit.

Willamette University is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 37 academic libraries across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The Alliance is the engine behind Summit but it is not the only initiative on which the 37 libraries collaborate. As a group, we are working toward unlocking opportunities that will help us to build our collections as a single collection, share services and resources, and exploit new technologies. This move from 37 to one will help us achieve those goals. Better managing our resources and creating efficiencies in processes will enable staff to focus on value added activities that will benefit our users and our institutions.Under Construction

Because this is a big migration from many systems to one, it will take 18 months to get all Alliance libraries up and running. In the meantime, you will experience a hybrid system, with many of the advantages of the new, next generation system and a few remnants of the old. All the benefits of the new system will become operational when the last group of libraries goes-live. Willamette is one of the first institutions to move to this new environment, so our services may be a bit bumpy during the transition. Information on how to use this new interface (including use of mobile apps) will be coming soon!

We appreciate your patience and good humor as we move to this better, easier to use library system.

Find out more about our new system coming in June 2013, or go to our FAQ page.


Popular Books Reading List

The semester is wrapping up, and you see the light at the end of the tunnel.  You may even begin to wonder what you’re going to do with your spare time over the summer.

Consider picking up a fun book to read.   Below are some books from . This collection includes a wide variety of materials such as fantasy, science fiction, mysteries, biographies, memoirs, and more. We’ve got something for everyone!  All of the titles from this collection are included in the library’s catalog so you can search by title or author to locate these items or  do a keyword search of the phrase “Hatfield Popular Reading collection.” To view all of the book in the Popular Reading Collection, click this link.

Below are some examples of items you’ll find in the Hatfield Library’s Popular Reading Collection.


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Life after life: a novel – Atkinson, Kate

Call Number: PR6051.T56 L54 2013


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House of earth: a novel – Guthrie, Woody

Call Number: PS3513.U9 H68 2013


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Six years – Coben, Harlan

Call Number: PS3553.O225 S59 2013


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The golden egg – Leon, Donna

Call Number: PS3562.E534 G65 2013



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The burgess boys: a novel – Strout, Elizabeth

Call Number: PS3569.T736 B87 2013


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Fuse – Baggott, Julianna

Call Number: PZ7.B14026 Fu 2013




Summer Hours 2013

The end of Spring semester and beginning of summer are upon us!  The Hatfield Library’s building hours will also transition from finals hours to commencement weekend hours and then to our summer schedule.

May 1-2:  7:45 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.
May 3-7:  7:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.
May 8:  7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
May 9-10:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
May 11:  Noon – 4:00 p.m.
May 12:  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
May 13:  Summer Schedule begins, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., CLOSED Saturday, Sunday and holidays

For the entire schedule visit:

Archives & Special Collections: Robert C. Notson Papers

The Robert C. Notson Papers consist of the personal and professional papers of Robert C. Notson, journalist, editor and publisher of The Oregonian from 1925 to 1975 and long-time Willamette University Board of Trustee member.

While at The Oregonian, Notson also served on various committees and boards. He was director of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) from 1962 to 1968 and served as president from 1966 to 1967, during which time he had occasion to meet with President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House. He was President of Willamette University’s Alumni Association in 1930 and served on the Board of Trustees from 1931 to 1971 (vice president from 1958 to 1971), later honored as a Willamette University Life Trustee. He served as a board member of the Associated Press Managing Editors Association (APMEA) from 1959 to 1965 and he was a member of the Advisory Council of the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center (UOHSC) after his retirement from The Oregonian. In his capacity as a Mayflower descendant, Notson was an active participant in both the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) and the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Oregon (SMDSO), serving, among other roles, as deputy governor and program chair of the latter organization.

The collection also contains materials related to his involvement in the Society of Mayflower Descendants and scrapbooks of Notson’s life as well as scrapbooks belonging to his wife, Adelia (White) Notson, and daughter, Jane (Notson) Gregg, documenting their respective experiences while students at Willamette University.

More information is available at:!doc:page:eads/2876/cpd/0/16/0



Digital Field Scholarship Outcomes

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For the 2012-2013 academic year, students at Davidson, Lewis and Clark, Muhlenberg, and Reed Colleges have been experimenting with digital field scholarship as part of the Lewis and Clark-sponsored Digital Field Scholarship Sandbox. In this seminar, faculty and staff from those institutions will share outcomes of the experience. Projects represented include:

Davidson College, Math Maps, Directed by Tim Chartier, Associate Professor of Math. Students create geotagged math maps as a service-learning project in a course on Finite Math.

Muhlenberg College, Documentary Research Storymapping, Directed by Lora Taub-Pervizpour, Associate Professor and Chair, Media and Communication. Students in a Documentary Research Course create a collaborative storymap that aims to capture the human particularity of places in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Reed College, Carbon Field Studies, Directed by Kristen Bott, Instructional Technologist, with Julie Fry, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Environmental Studies, and Chris Koski, AssistantProfessor, Political Science and Environmental Studies. Students use smart device geolocation and collaboration to place issues of carbon sources and sinks in a spatial context via the Digital Field Scholarship WordPress site.

Lewis and Clark College, Digital Field Scholarship Seminar, Led by Dr. Jim Proctor, director of the Sandbox. Students are participating in an upper-division seminar, cultivating skills in geospatial fieldwork, analysis, and communication, and completing a variety of semester-long digital field scholarship projects.

This panel will describe how students in various disciplines have used mobile web-mapping for applied learning experiences and undergraduate research and discuss the learning outcomes from these projects.