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

Government Info during the 2013 Shutdown


Thankfully, the government shutdown is now over and most of the “free” resources we regularly access are back online.  We just want to remind you that we have a Government Information guide that will help lead you to available government information after the 2013 Government Shutdown at http://libguides.willamette.edu/gov-info

The government shutdown may have impacted your research, depending on your research interests. If you depended on sites like the USGS, US Census Bureau, USDA, NASA, NLM (National Library of Medicine’s PubMed,, and Whitehouse.gov you will have encounter messages like the ones below. While Willamette relies a great deal on e-resources from government web site, we still do get selected print materials as do many of our Summit libraries since we are apart of the Federal Depository Library Program.  We also have a great deal of electronic documents such as ERIC (Dept of Education) and PubMed (aka Medline) through our subscription databases. So while official web sites and search engines may have been down, check our library catalog for print materials, and our databases for electronic materials.



USGS Shutdown Message













Institute of Education Shutdown Message









NASA Shutdown Message











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.


Better than Printing Tip #12: Condensing Photos and Image DPI

Condense your images. Shrink your photos or reduce Dots per Inch (DPI).

Large images can slow down your printing and waste paper on drafts. Here are some tips to help reduce waste and speed up printing.

    • Use placeholders for your images until your final drafts. Not only will it save a ton of paper but it can help you focus on the flow of the words and transitions.

  • If you have high resolution images (DPI — dots per inch), save them at lower resolution.  One way is to use Photoshop to change your DPI.  Copy your image, then open Photoshop, and click File and new.  A box will open in which you can change your DPI.  We recommend 75 DPI.  Photoshop is available on all campus computer labs.  


Featured Database: PsycINFO

PsycINFO is currently one of our most heavily used databases at Willamette. This database is the APA’s renowned resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations, and technical reports. It is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health, with the majority of the covered material being peer-reviewed. Whatever you find in PsycINFO will likely be high quality and reliable information. It covers the professional and academic literature in more than 1,300 journals in more than 30 languages!

Similar to all other Ebsco databases like Academic Search Premier, you can limit results to only full text and peer-review. If the full text is not available, don’t forget to click the little red “Find it at WU” button.  This button searches Willamette’s catalog for journals we have in print and electronically, and if we don’t have e-access to it or have it in print an interlibrary loan option will be provided.  It takes 2-3 days to get an article through interlibrary loan.

Another nice feature of this database is its ability to limit results to peer-reviewed literature just by checking a box (what is peer-review?).

One of the most powerful functions of this resource is the citation tool (screen shot below).  When you click on any of the article titles, an option on the right appears for citing the item.  You can copy and paste or export the citation info into bibliography management software like RefWorks.

If you’re doing psychology related research and haven’t tried PsycINFO yet, give it a shot and let us know what you think.  We’re sure you’ll like it!

Contact John Repplinger (jrepplin@willamette.edu) for comments or questions about this resource.


Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier is one of those library resources that people really enjoy to using for their research.  They love how easy it is to use, and its wide range of coverage.  Whatever your research topic might be, you will likely find relevant literature whether it is in the social sciences, humanities, general science, education, or multicultural topics.

There are nearly 8,000 journals indexed by Academic Search Premier, and over half of these provide the full text of articles.  There is also an option to limit your results to only full text, which allows you to either save or print articles.

If the full text is not available, don’t forget to click the little red “Find it at WU” button.  This button searches Willamette’s catalog for journals we have in print, and if we don’t have it an interlibrary loan option shows up (it takes 2-3 days to get an article through interlibrary loan).

A nice feature of this database is its ability to limit results to peer reviewed literature just by checking a box (what is peer-review?).  Did you know that 3,500 journals in Academic Search Premier are peer-reviewed?  That is nearly half of the journals!  So chances are very good that you will receive high quality information within your results.

Is Academic Search Premier limited to articles only?  No!  It also includes select newspapers, magazines, trade magazines, book reviews, and a number of books.

One of the most popular and least known functions of this resource is the citation tool (screen shot below).  When you click one of the titles, an option on the right appears for citing the item.  You can copy and paste or export the citation info into bibliography management software like RefWorks.

If you haven’t tried Academic Search Premier before, give it a shot.  We’re sure you’ll like it!

Contact John Repplinger (jrepplin@willamette.edu) comments or questions about this resource.


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.