Events at Collins Library – Fall 2016


Friday, September 16: Susan Lowdermilk, Book Artist. Susan is a Professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon where she has been teaching courses in printmaking, artist books and graphic design for two decades. As a book artist and printmaker, Susan works in traditional processes such as woodcut, wood engraving and etching as well as digital media. 5:30–7:00 (Library Room 020)

Wednesday, September 21: Linda Marshall and the Art of Washi Paper. Linda will discuss the art of Washi as well as showcase examples of paper. This is very much a hands on session and paper will be available for purchase. 5:30–7:00 (Library Room 020)


Saturday, October 8: So you want to write and illustrate a Children’s Book: A Conversation with Karen Robbins. Karen, an accomplished local author will share insights in the business of publishing and the creative process of writing and designing a children’s book.

  • *Family Story Hour: 10:00–11:00: Karen Robbins will read her book Care for Our World (Rocking Chair Reading Room)
  • *Lecture: 12:00–1:00: So you want to write a children’s book? Conversation/lecture with children’s author Karen Robbins (Library Room 020)

Wednesday, October 12: Vamp & Tramp. Our annual show & tell extravaganza of book arts. Tentative time: 2:00–3:30. (McCormick Room, 3rd Floor)

Thursday, October 20: Opening Reception
October 20, 2016 – January 2, 2017

  • Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound. A travelling exhibit from the Burke Museum, UW, supplemented with specimens from the Slater Museum at the University of Puget Sound, and gathering baskets from a private collector.  (Library Open Gallery)
  • Chandler O’Leary: Farm to Table. This exhibit will feature a series of illustrations, lettering, patterning and paper installations that highlight organic farming and the sustainable food movement in the South Sound region. From original sketchbooks to cut-paper pieces, the body of work illustrates the agricultural importance of our region and highlights the struggle to preserve farmland amid rapid suburban and industrial development. (Library Link)

Monday, October 24: “Words in Dust and Literary Fireworks: Contemporary Chinese Book Arts.” Amanda Clark, art historian and scholar will showcase her research on this unique art form. She will cover several works of Chinese book art, broadly defined, including Xu Bing’s Where does the dust itself collect?, Wang Qingsong’s Crazy readers, and Cai Guo-Qiang’s One night stand, among other works that push the margins of how we define and categorize art. The presentation will consider a wide variety of works produced by contemporary Chinese book artists, the paradigms they push against, and the powerful global messages their artworks convey. 3:00–4:00 (Library Room 020)

Tuesday, November 8: Dead Feminists: A presentation and celebration of the work of Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary. Join us for this opportunity to learn about the project and see the newly released book by Jessica and Chandler. 3:00–4:00 (Archives Lecture Space, 2nd Floor)

Tuesday, December 6: Diana Weymar:  Artists’ Books. Diana Weymar has studied art at Cooper Union (NYC), The Arts Council of Princeton (NJ), and The Vancouver Island School of Art. She has a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Princeton University. Her work has been shown at The Ministry of Casual Living, Vancouver Island School of Art, The Art Gallery of Smithers, 1580 Gallery, and Makehouse. She was a Build Peace 2015 Artist in Nicosia, Cyprus and will be again at Build Peace  Zurich, Switzerland in Sept. 2016. She will be the Anne Reeves Artist-in-Residence at The Arts Council of Princeton in Spring 2016.

She works in many different mediums and uses embroidery to stitch together pages of stories and personal narratives.  Her most recent project: Interwoven Stories: A Princeton Community Project was comprised of over 200 hand stitched pages. 7:00–8:00  (TBD: Library Room 020)

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Collins Library Links: Welcome Back Edition: Part I


Welcome Back Edition: Part I

Outside the Archives & Special Collections, August 2016

Outside the Archives & Special Collections, August 2016

It’s been a busy summer at Collins Library, here are just a few of the highlights:

Archives & Special Collections:

The space enhancement project is well underway with the walls up for our Reading Room and Learning/Presentation spaces.  We still have a lot of “behind the scenes” work to complete, but we can already see how terrific this new space will be for users.

Digital Humanities:

On July 27, 2016, Collins Library hosted Digital Humanities/Digital Pedagogies: A NW5C Workshop, which was organized by Peggy Burge, Humanities Librarian and Coordinator of Teaching, Learning and Digital Humanities.  The 33 participants in the workshop came from all five colleges and included a mix of educational technologists, faculty and librarians.  Lightning talks highlighted an assortment of digital tools in specific pedagogical contexts.  Puget Sound faculty members—Katherine Smith in History and Alison Tracy Hale in English and Honors—explained how they have incorporated digital tools in their course assignments.  Two hands-on sessions were offered in the afternoon, one on “Using Scalar in Digital Writing, Publishing, and Exhibits” (facilitated by Peggy Burge) and the other on “Engaging the Classroom: Interactive Lecture” (facilitated by Technology Service’s Lauren Nicandri and Kaity Fain).  Want to know about the work we are doing in digital humanities?  Check out this LibGuide:

New Resources:

We have added many new electronic resources to support the curriculum, the KNOW overlay, and diversity:

Here’s a rundown of the new databases and collections that Collins now provides access to:

    • Includes the historical backfiles of the Chicago Defender.
  • EBSCO Upgrade (coming soon) which includes:
    • Upgrade to full text version
    • African American Studies
    • African Studies
    • Chinese Studies
    • Latino Studies
    • Political Science
    • A demographic data visualization and research website designed to engage users through dynamic maps and customizable reports.

Need Information? Don’t forget the Collins Memorial Library – Library Guides
Questions? Contact your liaison librarian
Comments: Contact Jane Carlin, library director
Remember – Your best search engine is a librarian!

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From internationally bestselling author, Jessie Burton: The Muse

TheMuseEngland, 1967. Odelle Bastien is a Caribbean émigré trying to make her own way in London. She begins working at Skelton Institute of Art and quickly discovers a painting rumored to be the work of Isaac Robles, a young artist whose mysterious death has perplexed the art world for decades.

Spain, 1936. Olive Schloss, the daughter of a Viennese Jewish art dealer, follows her parents to a poor village on the southern coast. She grows close to a young housekeeper, Teresa, and her half-brother Isaac Robles.

The Muse is a tale of intriguing mystery and vividly demonstrates the passage of time and the ways in which history can shape and change our lives. Now available in the Popular Reading Collection!

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Tales of The Hatchet


Students with The Hatchet in 1950

Welcome to campus, new and returning loggers alike, and a warm “Hack hack, chop chop!” to all! For you newcomers, are you wondering where this phrase comes from? Well, it could have something to do with our school relic, The Hatchet, which you can find displayed in a glass case in the Wheelock Student Center.

What is The Hatchet, and where did it come from? If you haven’t had the chance to read its story posted beside it in its case, here is a brief history of The Hatchet from The (previous) President (RonThom):

“Story goes that students found The Hatchet in 1908 in an old barn they were helping to demolish to make room for a new campus building. It was not just

A tradition of originality still drives us every day and guides our plans for the future: that sense of the living presence of our past, that determination to never rest upon what has already been done but to build something upon it—make it new, different, better.

Chop, chop, hack, hack, and make it better. To me, that’s Puget Sound.” – Autumn Arches 2008

So what is this “tradition of originality” he speaks of? Well, since becoming a beloved logger relic in 1908, The Hatchet has been subject to many years of thievery over the last century. It became a campus tradition, only to reappear again when all hope is lost. Read about the tale of the last Hatchet heist of 2000 here.

After its most recent disappearance, as it has always been, The Hatchet was returned once again, just in time for the 100th year anniversary of its discovery. This tale is a little more mysterious; see if you can put the pieces together. For the intriguing tale of The Hatchet Men of ’08, click here.

If these tales have inspired you to participate in the tradition, beware of the ASUPS replica of 2006. Getting your hands on the real Hatchet may be harder than you think!

Yet this is just the tip of the iceberg for this dear relic. There are many stories to be told, and many that have yet to occur. If you are interested in The Hatchet history, come by the Archives & Special Collections in Collins Memorial Library to learn more! We have photographs, newspaper articles, and hundreds of other historical materials full of tales and traditions; you’d be surprised what you might find.

If you can’t wait any longer, see what clues you can find in our digitized photo collection on A Sound Past!

The Archives & Special Collections is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Monica Patterson

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New in the Popular Reading Collection: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

HarryPotterNineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts… Harry Potter is now an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted.

Jack Thorne and John Tiffany bring the magic of Harry Potter into the real world with a script that allows older fans to bask in the now familiar magic of the wizarding world while also opening the doors of Hogwarts to an entirely new generation of Harry Potter fans.

Continue the saga with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Back to School

CALLOUT_BackToSchoolSoon enough we will be going back to school. All the stores are stocked with school supplies and dorm decorations. Empty rooms are waiting to be filled with posters, mini fridges, lamps, and rugs. How easy it is today to get all of that stuff. Just hop on over to Target and you’re set. I wonder where students got their school stuff in 1947? This young lady is all moved into her room in Anderson Hall. While sitting on her bed, she is sewing. The room does not seem to be much different than dorm rooms today but I am sure not many people will be sewing in them. For more pictures of dorms and campus in the 1900’s visit A Sound Past or come by the Archives & Special Collections.

The Archives & Special Collections is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Sierra Scott

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Limitless Possibilities: Ceramics @ Puget Sound Exhibit, August 15 – September 30, 2016. Organized by Ronda Peck

"Cat" - Hand built, Red Earthenware by Kendall Harman, ARTS 248

“Cat” – Hand built, Red Earthenware by Kendall Harman, ARTS 248


The students inspired me to organize a non-juried exhibit to display the many different types and styles of art work being created here at Puget Sound. I wanted to provide a place where “loggers” could showcase the results of our hard work from inside the ceramics building.

I was motivated by the artists featured in the Kittredge Gallery exhibits during the academic year. Going to hear the artists speak about their art and what motivated them, and what inspired them was a most genuine experience. The common denominator was obvious that each artist possess a true passion for what they are providing for everyone who sees it. During my first year at Puget Sound, I have seen so much talent emerge from the ceramic classes. When a piece is created from a person’s mind and then watch their hands attempt to design the piece from clay.

Phases of Dedication

There is so much hard work and dedication that occurs under one roof. Starting with gaining knowledge and experience with mixing a clay body from dry ingredients and water. Creating, reacting and forming the raw clay to better understand your own limits and possibilities as well as the clay. Learning and evolving as you keep moving forward towards your anticipated result. Surviving the heat working along the clay during the bisque fire. The next step is preparing your piece for glaze firing. This next step can be just as challenging as the building or construction process. Much like in the beginning, when we are mixing clay from dry ingredients, the glaze components are dry and in separate containers.   The science and chemistry involved at this phase is truly an entirely different world. Here is where you decide how colors will enhance the message you are conveying through your art. The final step is a very high heat exposure to the piece to ensure the chemicals in the glaze are going to perform as expected. The end result can be absolutely breathtaking and amazing.

My experience

I have been working with clay for approximately 4 years. I started out like most, I took a class in high school. Shawnee Heights High School in Tecumseh, Kansas. My teacher was Ms. Jan VanMeter. She was amazing! I never realized how much I was able to retain until I came here to Puget Sound and was met with the diverse types of clay, firing methods, and glazes.

Clay is so versatile. The possibilities are virtually endless. You can focus on something that is 2D or 3D. There are so many decisions to be made when creating a form. As long as you have an understanding of how clay needs a balance of moisture at the right times of forming and creating there is an opportunity to create for hours on end. There are so many delicate steps to getting a final piece.

About me

I am originally from Tecumseh, Kansas. Wanting to see the world was my dream and joining the United States Air Force was the best way to travel. I have lived in Texas and Germany and now Washington. My job in the USAF was a medical technician. My rank when I retired was an E-7, Master Sergeant. I served proudly and faithfully for 21 years and 3 months. It was an amazing adventure and what I miss the most are the people I met along the way. I retired in 2014 at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, with my family and friends in the audience and my young son standing by my side. I was ready to put my military career in my past and challenge myself with a new adventure. Being a part of the Puget Sound student community has honestly been a very remarkable and rewarding experience.

Ronda Peck, Puget Sound student

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Collins Library acquires fantastic new resources over the summer

CALLOUT_NewSummResourcesHere’s a rundown of the new databases and collections that Collins now provides access to:

  • Oxford Bibliographies Online – subjects included are:
    • African American Studies
    • African Studies
    • Chinese Studies
    • Latino Studies
    • Political Science
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Susan Lowdermilk, Book Artist: Friday, September 16, 2016, 5:30-7pm, Library Rm. 020

Lowdermik_2imagesSusan is a Professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon where she has been teaching courses in printmaking, artist books and graphic design for two decades. As a book artist and printmaker, Susan works in traditional processes such as woodcut, wood engraving and etching as well as digital media. To see more:

Susan Lowdermilk | Book Artist, Printmaker


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We are so excited! Construction is underway on our new Archives & Special Collections space.

New Spaces:  Renovations in the Archives & Special Collections! This project has been three and a half years in the making and we are so excited to see it begin. Over the past few weeks we have relocated all of our collections and supplies in preparation for construction and anticipate our new space being open for the start of classes at the end of this month. Stay tuned for a full reveal of our new space in the next few weeks and an opening reception early in the spring semester.

Outside the Archives & Special Collections, July 2016

Outside the Archives & Special Collections, July 2016


The materials arrive, August 8, 2016



Materials in front of Archives & Special Collections, August 9, 2016

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Walls under construction, August 12, 2016



Outside the Archives & Special Collections, August 15, 2016


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