On Thursday, September 16, Watzek Library held a campus-wide book discussion in anticipation of the arrival of Lewis & Clark's new president, Barry Glassner. Staff, faculty, and alumni discussed Glassner's book The Gospel of Food over lunch, in an event held in collaboration with the Human Resources Staff Development office.
Paulann Peterson, Oregon's current poet laureate, and Lawson Inada, who held the title from 2006-2010, read to an overflowing crowd of students, faculty, and guests in Watzek Library's classroom on the evening of Thursday, October 28. The reading opened an exhibit by Watzek Special Collections on Oregon's six poets laureate. Watzek Library has growing digital and print collections of materials from regional poets, exemplified by the William Stafford Archives and Oregon Poetic Voices.
In November the College said thank you and farewell to two long-time employees of Watzek Library, Associate Director Elaine Heras and Reference Librarian Betty Ann Smith. Elaine and Betty retired after a combined total of 50 years of service at Lewis & Clark.
Senior history majors showcased their research projects at a poster session held in the library atrium, the afternoon of Wednesday, December 8. Projects with topics ranging from ancient to modern times made extensive use of library resources. Watzek Research Services librarians work closely with students writing theses by meeting with seminar courses and providing students with one-on-one consultations.
Seventy students in Greta Binford's Perspectives in Biology course collected spiders on campus and in local neighborhoods, photographed them, and identified their DNA. Watzek's Digital Initiatives team helped the students organize the data and present it on the web site, The Spider's of Lewis & Clark. On January 11, nineteen faculty attended a library-sponsored workshop to find out more about opportunities around digital scholarship like this project.
Beginning this month, students and faculty may easily search for books and retrieve the call number for a book on their smart phone. Library hours, directions to the building, and a limited number of research databases are also available on the mobile site.
The library invites students to display their creative and intellectual work, including art, readings, and posters. Throughout the month of March, Sophia Diaz '11 exhibited "17622" which challenged "societal notions of 'personal space' and intimacy through the context of a limited sensory experience."
"Watzek Screens" debuted during the Spring semester with a series of Soviet films. The series included screenings of Shepitko's Wings, Paradjanov's Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, and Klimov's Come and See, which showed on the evening of April 1. The Friday evening film screenings are a special attraction for foreign language students and serve to showcase Watzek's collections.
The library's Student Advisory Committee organized and provided free food, massages, and pinata bashing during Spring Reading Days to support students and reduce stress prior to their final exams.
Even in the digital age, library statistics reflect robust usage of electronic and print resources as well as of the library building. As students took on ambitious research projects, they engaged Watzek's librarians in a record number of research consultations for the year. Read more about the library's achievements in the 2010-11 Watzek Library Annual Report.
Watzek Library went through a major refurbishment during the summer of 2011, which included new carpeting, lighting fixtures and sound-proofing, modernized plumbing and updated bathrooms.
On August 31, Sara Miller '14 and Devin Owen '14 won the first ever Watzek Library First Year Research Awards, given in honor of former Watzek Library director, Jim Kopp. A librarian and scholar of Utopian Studies, Kopp exemplified the spirit of inquiry so central to the liberal arts. He taught in Lewis & Clark's E&D program while serving as library director from 1999 to 2010.