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Watzek Library's Digital Services unit develops and maintains information resources and systems that support the academic activities of Lewis & Clark students and faculty. We maintain the library website, the catalog, off campus access to databases, and the library's digital collections systems. We also collaborate with librarians, faculty and other institutions on digital projects that advance the academic mission of Lewis & Clark. Our day to day work consists of developing and managing projects, writing grant proposals, designing websites, creating metadata schemas, performing web programming and administering computer systems.

We are always interested in developing new partnerships and exploring new projects the use digital resources to further research and teaching at the College. If you have an idea for a project that might benefit from a partnership with us, please visit our project proposal page.



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Founded in spring 2008, fills a gap in digital image collections of artwork on the web: it provides images of contemporary ceramic art by recognized artists delivered in a way that is tailored to ceramics education. accessCeramics uses the Flickr photo sharing service to support an innovative model of artist contributed images and metadata. The project, a partnership between Watzek Library's Digital Services and Visual Resources and Lewis & Clark's Ceramics program, has received financial support from NITLE and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Alternative Distribution

Alternative Distribution


This site supports the Special Topics Studio Art course, Alternative Distribution, taught by Garrick Imatani during the fall 2011 semester. Students were instructed to create art based upon engagement in the Portland area. This site shows the student geographical routes, and their artistic responses to their surroundings.

Arachnids of Lewis & Clark


The goal of this project is to share information about the spiders that are generally found in Portland, Oregon, and specifically on the campus of Lewis & Clark College. The project began as part of Fall 2010 Perspectives in Biology course, designed to teach basic scientific inquiry to non-science majors. This iteration of the course was taught by Professor Greta Binford and focused on Biodiversity using arachnids as examples. The Spiders of Lewis & Clark showcases the research efforts of Binford's students, who collected and identified spiders from the Lewis & Clark campus and surrounding neighborhoods, and then contributed their work to this digital archive. The site displays geographic locations of spiders of Lewis & Clark, and shows a number of high magnification images of the collected spiders.

Digital Field Scholarship

Alternative Distribution


A joint initiative with Dr. Jim Proctor from Lewis & Clark's Environmental Studies Department and NITLE. The project creates a framework for place-based research and class projects.


A growing database of geospatial data for use in GIS applications created in collaboration with the Environmental Studies department. Our vision is that this will be an interdisciplinary repository of geospatial data at the College and beyond.

Lewis & Clark Around the World


This site was a collaboration between the department of Overseas & Off-Campus Programs and Watzek Library at Lewis & Clark College. The purpose of this site is to provide a place for student-contributed, topic-based content to facilitate discussion and learning. The site also provides an opportunity for students, parents, and other interested parties to follow the experiences of students during these programs. 

Lewis & Clark Digital Collections


We support the technical side of Lewis & Clark College Digital Collections, an Omeka based digital archive of objects highlighting the collections of Watzek Library's Special Collections and Archives

Lewis & Clark Collaborative Research


This site serves to foster awareness of student-faculty research and creative activities at the College of Arts and Sciences. Funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the site is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary connections between areas of the College through linkages between projects and to disseminate research activities to external audiences including scholars, prospective students, and the general public. 

Lewis & Clark Senior Projects


The site contains electronic theses and studio art capstone images submitted to Watzek Library over the past several years. We hope this will allow our users to easily find and access the great work generated by current and past Lewis & Clark undergraduate students.

Rabat Geneziah Project


The Rabat Genizah Project brings together an international team of scholars, local stake-holders, archivists, and information technologists to develop an interactive digital archive of Jewish documents from the Rabat Genizah. The Rabat Genizah Project invites participation from interested scholars, students, and community members. Questions and requests can be sent to the project director, Dr. Oren Kosansky, at: 

William Stafford Archives


We developed the site archictecture and design for the William Stafford Archives website, an initiative of Watzek Library's Special Collections and Archives sponsored by a Lewis & Clark President's Strategic Initiative Fund grant. The site has an interactive design that allows students and teachers to explore the development of a poem from it's initial draft to the point when it is published.