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Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture

The 7th Annual Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture is scheduled for Monday, February 20, 2006, at 4:00pm in Council Chambers in Templeton on the Lewis & Clark College campus. This year’s lecture features a panel of “net generation” students from several academic institutions who will provide perspectives on several aspects of information management in a rapidly changing digital world. Titled "Peering Through the Net: Students' Views on the Net Generation,” the panelists will share their views on information technology and library service and how it relates (or not) to their academic pursuits. The session will be followed by a reception.

ARTstor Images

L&C has a two-week trial of ARTstor, a digital library of over 300,000 artistic and cultural images from various cultures across the world, geared towards supporting teaching and scholarship. Please send feedback on this resource to Mark Dahl or Margo Ballantyne.


Cans For Fines Food Drive

After a one year hiatus, Watzek Library will resume the annual Cans For Fines Food Drive, December 1-14, 2005. Check here for more details.

Expedition Exhibit

Exploring Lewis and Clark through Children's Literature is the current exhibit on the main floor of the Library. Children's books about the Lewis and Clark Expedition from the nineteenth century through the present day are on display. Elaine Gass Hirsch, Watzek Library Reference Librarian, is the curator of this exhibit, which continues through December 31st.

South Campus Reference Service

Library reference service is now available on South Campus for the convenience of the Graduate School community. Librarians are available on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 to 2:00 and from 4:30 to 5:30 at a table in the Commons area. Just look for the "Ask a Librarian Here" sign.

Like Our New Look?

The library catalog got a face lift over the break. Let us know how you like it. Send your comments and suggestions to dahl@lclark.edu


Google Scholar Connection

Have you tried Google Scholar? It's the same Google search engine you're used to, but it searches for scholarly literature, or citations to scholarly materials you won't find on "regular" Google because of subscription limitations, or because they're not in electronic format.

Library Delivery Service

Here's a new service that may save you some time. Grad students now have the option of requesting that books and audiovisual materials be delivered from Watzek or Boley Library to the Student Services Office, 215 Rogers Hall, for pickup there. (Undergrads may request items for delivery to Watzek from Boley.) Just look up the item in the library catalog, click on the Place Hold button, enter name and ID, and indicate the pickup point. This procedure now works for Summit requests too. Deliveries are made mid-day Monday-Friday and you must pick up materials between 9 am and 5 pm (7:30 pm on Wednesdays). Library materials may be returned by placing them in the book drop in South Campus Commons.

L&C Student Theses

This spring a pilot project was undertaken to make a small selection of theses written by L&C seniors available electronically to the L&C community. These 2003-04 International Affairs theses are now online, along with guidelines for submission. Starting this academic year theses submitted under these guidelines will be made available on the Library's Web site and included in the Library catalog.

Student Survey Results

In April students completed an online questionnaire on Watzek Library services and resources. Here is a summary of the results.

Exhibit: Communes, ...

Communes, Cooperatives, and Collectives: Glimpses into America's Counterinstitutions 1969-1978; an Exhibit from the Collection of James J. Kopp at Aubrey Watzek Library, September-December 2004. This exhibit features publications from and about the players and institutions involved in these alternative communities.

Online Audio Reserves

Students in three music classes took advantage of the Library's trial of electronic audio reserves Spring term. Instead of checking out CDs at the Circulation Desk, the students were able to log in and listen to the music assigned by their professors wherever they had Internet access. The testing period went well, so this option will be available for all future classes.

Chat Reference

Need some reference help but can't make it to the Library? Reference librarians are available to assist you by phone or email or, beginning Spring term, via a live online chat session on your computer. This service is available during regular reference hours.

Sunday Hours

The Library will open at 9:00 am on Sundays this term instead of the usual 11:00 am opening time. This is being done on a trial basis.

New Quiet Study Area

The top floor of the Library is generally a quiet place to study, but one area in particular has been posted as a Quiet Study Area. Following up on suggestions that this area had problems with noise carrying up from the work area below, we have changed the location. The new Quiet Study Area is located at the top of the main stairs and to the right.

Easier Article Finding

In many of the research databases you no longer have to re-key or cut and paste a title into the Journal Title search to find out if you can access an article. Now you just click on a link or two in a citation and are able to see immediately whether the library has the article itself in print or via electronic access, or whether you'll need to use the library's interlibrary loan service to get it. Look for the orange "Get Item" button or a link that says "Watzek Article Finder". Depending on the database, you may need to click first on "see more details for locating this item."

Research Consultation Service

Research consultation sessions are being offered by the Watzek librarians to Lewis & Clark students, faculty and staff who would like in-depth help in finding information for papers, theses, or research projects. Submit a request form and a librarian will contact you to set up an appointment.

Wireless Network

Get a wireless card for your laptop and connect to the Internet from anywhere in the library (using your L&C email username and password). Click here for detailed information.

CD Numbers

The CD collection is in the process of getting new call numbers instead of the accession numbers currently used. The new system is the same one used for the books (Library of Congress classification) and will result in a collection of CDs in which similar items are shelved together. Until the project is finished you may encounter both numbering systems when you request CDs.

ILL Pickup Service

Watzek Library Interlibrary Loan is now offering a service by which many of the journal articles borrowed for students and faculty can be picked up electronically on the Internet. In such cases, patrons will receive an email containing the Web address, and a password needed to access their documents. It is our hope that this service will provide quicker access to materials, and make the Interlibrary Loan experience more convenient for our users.


Orbis Becomes Summit

With the merger of Orbis and the six state system universities in Washington, the resulting consortium has become the Orbis Cascade Alliance and its union catalog has been named Summit. The number of resources available to member libraries has doubled to over 22 million items. The most recent members to join are Portland Community College and St. Martin’s College.

Online Science Journals

If you're a frequent reader of Nature or Cell you'll be pleased to find that the Library now has electronic subscriptions to these journals. Articles from Cell are available beginning in 1974 and those from Nature begin with 1996. All of the Nature Publishing Group journals can be searched together as a whole, but direct access is only to Nature.

New Research Databases

Anyone doing research on a topic related to computing or information technology and its applications may want to search the ACM Digital Library. Every publication of the Association for Computing Machinery since its beginning is available here in its entirety, including the journals, proceedings, Special Interest Group publications and more.

We have replaced the general, multidisciplinary database, Academic Search Elite, with the larger, more extensive version, Academic Search Premier. It indexes many more journals and has many more articles in full text. It is an excellent starting point for doing research on almost any topic.

African American Newspapers is a full text database of 19th century newspapers written by and for African Americans. A work in progress, it currently includes complete coverage and text for seven such newspapers.

Student Lockers Available

Need a convenient place to store the library books you check out so you won't have to lug them all over campus? Lockers are available on the ground floor of the library for student use for a small fee. Check for details. These beautiful lockers were made from the maple trees that were removed from campus to make room for the new residence halls.

Web Site Redesigned

Welcome to the redesigned Watzek Library Web site. We hope you'll find this new design to be easier to navigate and more helpful for locating information and resources. We invite your comments and suggestions. Please send them to us at refdesk@lclark.edu.


New JSTOR collection

The Library has acquired access to the JSTOR Arts & Sciences II Collection, an additional 122 journal titles with full text articles from the first volume of each up to the issues of a few years ago.

New databases

Students of the environment will want to try Lexis/Nexis Environmental for finding journal articles, case law and other relevant information.

The Historical New York Times provides the full text of this newspaper from 1851-1999 and makes it fully searchable. A fine feature of the database is that the original look of an article is retained, including the ability to see how it appeared on the page and to browse the whole issue of the paper.

More Project Muse

Lewis & Clark students and faculty now have access to the full text of all the journals in Project Muse. These 200+ scholarly titles, mainly in the humanities and social sciences, can be searched all at once, individually, or by selected categories. Coverage begins as far back as 1993 for some titles.

New books notification

A feature of the Library catalog allows you to get email notices of library materials that arrive on topics of interest to you. Go to Your library account on the home page, login, do a subject search on your topic (an author search works too), and save the search. Go back to your account, choose "mark for email", and log out. You will receive emails on a monthly basis announcing new items that have been cataloged with your subject heading.

Orbis Cascade Alliance

The Orbis library consortium and the Cascade consortium (the six state-supported university libraries in Washington) have agreed to merge and form the Orbis Cascade Alliance. The union catalogs of the resulting 26-member consortium are expected to be merged next summer. This will double the number of resources available to consortium members.

This page maintained by Anneliese Dehner adehner@lclark.edu. Updated 28 February, 2006.