From the Archives: Photographers of Puget Sound

BoatAs I walk through campus in these early autumn days I cannot help but to notice the trees turning vibrant colors, the glowing ivory tracing its way up the brick buildings, and the sunsets in the evening that transform the sky. I see so many remarkable pictures of this area that my fellow classmates have taken. The University of Puget Sound is clearly full of talented photographers.

Wilhelm Hester was enjoying many of these same things over 120 years ago. But unlike today, he was one of the only photographers in that time to take these pictures. Hester started to photograph the ships and the sailors that entered into Puget Sound in 1893. His pictures “reveal his extraordinary sensitivity to the beauty of the ships and the sea.” These pictures did not come easily, however. Today all you have to do is whip out your phone to get a good shot. In the 19th century, Hester had to carry “heavy and awkward equipment” around in difficult weather (and we all know how wet it can get around here). Even though it was a challenge to get a great shot of the boats, Hester’s pictures only show the remarkable simplicity and calmness of the sea.

Today it is easy to get a lovely picture of all that Puget Sound has to offer, but let us step back and appreciate Wilhelm Hester who brought to light the significance and beauty of Puget Sound. To read more about Hester and to see more of his photos check out “Tall Ships on Puget Sound” by Robert A. Weinstein in the library’s Archives & Special Collections.

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Puget Sound Book Artists Talk: “Tools of the Trade” is Oct. 25, 2014, 10-Noon

Callout_Oct.25_PSBATalkPuget Sound Book Artists Talk “Tools of the Trade”
October 25, 2014
10:00-12:00 p.m.

Collins Memorial Library,
Room 020

Join Puget Sound Book Artists for a morning dedicated to the tools of the trade. Learn about the various tools, papers, techniques and printing methods used in the book arts. View member’s work and take time to browse through books on books to learn more about the wonderful world of Book Arts!

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Open Access Week is October 20-26, 2014

OpenAccessWeekOpen Access Week, a global event now entering its eighth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole. Read more about Open Access Week 2014.

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Music in the Library: Flute, Cello, & Harp Trio – Friday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m.!

MusicOct24Music in the Library:  Flute, Cello, & Harp Trio
Friday, October 24, 2014
3-3:20 p.m.
Collins Library Reading Room
Performance by Bronwyn Hagerty, Whitney Reveyrand, and Frances Welsh

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Sound Ideas – Open Call for Submission: Race and Pedagogy

Callout_RandPSound Ideas is launching a new online publication, the Race and Pedagogy Journal. Submit your scholarly article, creative writing, personal narrative, and artwork via the “Submit Article” link on the Race and Pedagogy Journal site at The submission deadline is November 1, 2014 for the winter issue.

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Advice from Liz Roepke ’15, Peer Research Advisor: Get started on your final papers/projects!

CALLOUT_LizAdvice_Oct17Okay, I know you’re SO EXCITED that it’s almost Fall Break so we have a long weekend coming up, and I know you reeeeeeally don’t want to do anything but relax and have a good time, but… you should really do some homework over break.

I know, I know, it’s called a “break,” it’s supposed to be time off!

Trust me on this one. Finals are basically around the corner, and if you have final papers/projects/presentations in any of your classes (your SSI, perhaps?), I promise those deadlines will come sooner than you think.

If you’re a die-hard procrastinator and can’t get anything done without a stressful deadline looming (like yours truly), set deadlines for yourself! Make an appointment with me or with one of our liaison librarians for research guidance to make sure you have excellent sources before you begin writing (or once you’ve started and you realize you need more). Then make an appointment (or a few) at the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching to have someone look over your rough draft and final version of your paper. That way, you’re still accountable for that work being done by a certain day. (Don’t skip your appointments!)

If you really think you have a handle on your final projects, then do some studying. Make sure you really understand the material in your classes that you’ve learned so far by:

  • Actually doing the textbook reading you were assigned.
  • Making a “cheat sheet” of all the important points on every topic you’ve studied so far in each class.
  • Re-reading articles you discussed in class to remind yourself what they said – and what your classmates and professor said about each one.
  • Reading through your notes and making a list of the topics you don’t totally understand (maybe you just got back a midterm test you didn’t do so great on), and make an appointment with your professor to come ask them questions next week when classes resume.

I know you don’t want to, but doing a little homework here or there – sitting on an airplane/bus/train, doing flashcards with your friend in the car on your roadtrip – will really decrease your stress level when we get back. I promise!

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Library Link of the Day: The Future of the Book [The Economist]

BigCallout_LinkoftheDayRead about The Future of the Book [The Economist]. Papyrus to pixels: The digital transformation of the way books are written, published and sold has only just begun.

Library Link of the Day  (archive, rss, subscribe options)

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From the Archives: Cross Currents

Crosscurrents_scarsToday I learned that in the Archives & Special Collections we have something called, Crosscurrents. I found it particularly interesting, as they are a published collection of student works, ranging from poetry, photography, art, music, and much more.

In Crosscurrents students get a chance to share their opinions, work, talents, and experiences, and be individual crosscurrents; leaving their mark for others to see. A poem from the 2002 Fall issue of Crosscurrents:


Eternal storytellers

Each one significant

Each one a story

Some point in

Life where something

Life happened

And it left a mark.

-Pearl Crandall


By Monica Patterson

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Metal-Urge Activity on Display October 13 – November 16

CALLOUT_PetraknifeWhile you’re in the library, be sure and visit the display “Metal-Urge Activity” by Petra Winnwalker. Below is the artist statement.

‘Daily Practice’

As the title suggests, this body of work was developed literally by creating a piece each day. This process allowed for a freedom and spontaneity that I often struggle to find in the permanent and sometimes rigid, medium of metal.These challenges are the very things that are beautiful about metal, however, at times they also keep me stuck in the planning process, distanced from it’s expressive potential. Moving at an almost urgent pace, and calling upon the guidelines of the Art Deco movement’s use of line, shape and symmetry, this body of work took shape.

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Blind Date with a Book – is back!

CALLOUT_BlindDateIn celebration of Fall Break, Collins has decided to bring back “Blind Date with a Book” to encourage you to spend your vacation with one of our wonderful Popular Collection titles. We’ve wrapped up a variety of titles, giving you just enough details to peak your interest. It’s a fun-and daring-way to catch up on that reading you always want to do but just don’t have time for.

If going on a blind date with one of these titles is too risky for your liking, stop by the Popular Collection anyway and keep your eyes open for new additions. We’re sure you will find it worthwhile!

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