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About the Library

Penrose Library: An Educational Partner

Penrose Library fosters the intellectual engagement and scholarly practice of the Whitman community. We curate and provide access to diverse and unique collections, and teach the skills and concepts needed to navigate complex information environments at Whitman and beyond.

Penrose Library has been consistently highly ranked by the Princeton Review. The library’s digital environment, with more than 85,000 unique journal titles, 210 databases, 376,000 eBooks and 45,000 streaming videos, complements its more than 500,000-volume print collection. Penrose Library has generous open hours, often available 24 hours a day to the Whitman Community, and the facility itself was built to facilitate inquiry, study, and learning. Whitman College and Northwest Archives include 4,800 linear feet of archival and manuscript material and over 5,000 rare books. And Whitman College is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, which combines the assets of academic libraries throughout the Northwest to provide free access and courier delivery of millions of volumes.

Penrose Mission and Values Statement

(updated Fall 2018)
Penrose Library fosters the intellectual engagement and scholarly practice of the Whitman community. We curate and provide access to diverse and unique collections, and teach the skills and concepts needed to navigate complex information environments at Whitman and beyond.

Penrose Library Vision Statement

Penrose Library will:

  • Cultivate a welcoming and inclusive environment for our patrons built on shared values and transparent policies.
  • Provide equitable access to our collections, programs, and services.
  • Support the evolving liberal arts curriculum through our collections and our incorporation of emerging technologies into library services, programs, and events.
  • Be an innovative campus-wide collaborator and locus of expertise in information ecosystems, data lifecycles, and digital scholarship.
  • Teach information literacy concepts to ensure that students actively and critically engage with ideas and information at Whitman and beyond.
  • Expand our role as a repository for robust, unique, and local collections that document the diverse history of the Walla Walla Valley.
Penrose Library Values Statement
Respect

We act with empathy and kindness to instill mutual trust and we recognize the contributions of all employees. We challenge and engage each other in respectful, thoughtful ways.

Diversity and Inclusion

We affirm that diversity and inclusion make our institution stronger. Individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives enrich our environment. We seek to champion equity.

Integrity

We strive for authenticity and accountability in our relationships with others. By our actions we demonstrate a shared responsibility and commitment to justice, service, and excellence.

Privacy and Confidentiality

We protect and advocate for our users’ rights to privacy and confidentiality. We provide a safe environment for the freedom of inquiry.

Collaboration

We value interpersonal relationships and are committed to building a cooperative, supportive, and open community. We work together to enact policies, provide services, and manage Penrose Library’s physical and digital assets.

Embracing Challenge and Change

We see change as an opportunity for innovation. We accept challenges, take risks, and seek out new solutions.

Life-Long Learning

We inspire and enable each other and our patrons to pursue learning and knowledge. We believe that continuing education and professional development are crucial for all members of our community.

Our values are informed by our professional standards, as set forth in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and Code of Ethics.

Staff Directory

Administration

Dalia Corkrum, College Librarian — 509-527-5193
Kathleen Hutchison, Administrative Assistant — 509-527-5191

Archives and Special Collections

Ben Murphy, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian — 509-526-4731
Dana Bronson, Archives Assistant — 509-527-4703

Collection Management

Roger Stelk, Head of Collection Management — 509-527-5909
Rich Pengra, Library Assistant, Collection Development — 509-527-5912
Paige Morfitt, Digital Assets and Metadata Librarian — 509-527-5920
Rika Groff, Library Assistant, Cataloging — 509-527-5919
Julianne Hoppen, Library Assistant, Serials — 509-527-5913

Instructional, Research, and Access Services

Lee Keene, Head of Research, Instruction, and Assessment — 509-527-5917
Julie Carter, Head of User Services — 509-527-5915
Amy Blau, Scholarly Communications Librarian — 509-527-4905
Emily Pearson, Instructional & Research Services Librarian — 509-527-5918
Jen Pope, Access Services Manager — 509-527-5914
Christel Holce, Circulation Supervisor (Weekday Evenings) — 509-527-5192
Tim Odeen, Circulation Supervisor (Weekend Evenings) — 509-527-5192
Tom Call, Circulation Supervisor (Weekend Nights) — 509-527-5192
Emily Barron, Circulation Supervisor (Weekday Nights) — 509-527-5192

Systems

Kun Lin, Systems and Applications Librarian — 509-527-5916

Library Hours

During the academic year, Penrose Library is open the following hours to the Whitman community.
Sunday, 9 am – no closing time
Monday, 24 hours
Tuesday, 24 hours
Wednesday, 24 hours
Thursday, 24 hours
Friday, open until 11 pm
Saturday, 9 am – 11 pm
You will need your Whitman ID to access the building between 9 pm and 9 am.

Whitman Archives is open Monday – Friday between 10 am – 12 pm and 1-4 pm, and by appointment. It is closed on college holidays.

Café 41 is open Sunday – Thursday from 8pm – 1am.

Non-Whitman community members can visit the library between 9 am and 9 pm.

Library Newsletter

Past issues of Library and Archives newsletters can be found in ARMINDA, the institutional repository.

Gifts to Penrose Library

Gifts to Penrose Library are very welcomed and valued. Through the generous support of friends and alumni, donations to the Library have helped build outstanding collections. Gifts, often those that memorialize or honor loved ones, continue to help foster the traditions of scholarship, critical thinking, and lifelong learning that are hallmarks of a Whitman education. Modest gifts are very much appreciated, as are bequests, endowments and larger contributions.

The collections at Penrose are carefully selected to provide balanced, vibrant and timely materials that serve to support the curricular and research needs of our faculty and students. In order to safeguard quality, consistency, and relevance to the needs of the College, donated materials are reviewed using these same criteria. Moreover, due to space, staffing, and resource limitations, we are unable to accept all gifts of materials.

General Policy

Gifts-in-kind, especially library materials, are accepted with the understanding that they become the property of Whitman College. Penrose Library retains the right to decline, retain, or dispose of the materials at its discretion. Only the Library Director, Collection Management Librarian, or Archivist/Special Collections Librarian may accept in-kind donations on behalf of the Library. A signed Gift of Property statement must accompany all such donations.

General Library Materials Gift Form

Special Collections Materials Gift Form

Guidelines
General Library Materials

We welcome books and media appropriate for the general library collections if they support the College’s curriculum and faculty research needs. The Library does not accept duplicates of held materials, textbooks, outdated or materials in poor condition, mass-market paperback books, general interest magazines, cassette tapes, software, photocopied materials, vanity press books, popular pamphlets or promotional materials. Only commercially produced DVDs in like-new condition will be accepted.

Before bringing gifts of 25 volumes or more to the Library, please contact Roger Stelk, Head of Collection Management (509-527-5909 or [email protected]) to discuss the potential donation. He may also be able to suggest other resources if the potential gift is deemed not appropriate for Penrose Library. Donations are boxed and delivered at the owner’s expense.

Special Collections Materials

Gifts of manuscript collections, rare books, and unique materials, especially those that pertain to Whitman College and northwest regional history, are encouraged. Before such items or materials are donated to the Whitman College and Northwest Archives, please consult with Ben Murphy, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian (509-526-4731 or [email protected]). The Development Office encourages donors to consider providing financial support for the processing and preservation of such donated materials, especially if the collection is of substantial size and/or significance.

Appraisals

Donors are responsible for obtaining an appraisal and consulting with a tax advisor in order to obtain such information. Generally, gifts with a declared value over $5,000 will require an independent qualified appraisal; those with a declared value over $500 will require that the donor file IRS Tax Form 8283. Please read IRS publications 526 and 561 for more information.

Appraisers may be located through the American Society of Appraisers, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, or the Appraisers’ Association of America. If you wish to have an appraisal conducted, please do so before donating the materials to Whitman College’s Penrose Library.

All gifts will be acknowledged by letter with a count of the donated items. The Library does not provide a detailed, title-by-title listing.

Access Restrictions

Generally, gifts for which the donor places restrictions on access are not accepted. Exceptions may be made, for a limited time, for certain sensitive materials donated to Whitman College and Northwest Archives. Penrose Library abides by the American Library Association/Society of American Archivists’ 1994 Joint Statement on Access to Original Research Materials.

Donated items that Whitman College’s Penrose Library retains are cataloged and listed in the Library’s catalog. Access to other materials will be governed by established library policies. Materials added to the general collections are interfiled with like books on the same subject. Separately named collections are not maintained.

Financial Support

Monetary gifts, especially those that would enable the purchase of new materials, the delivery of innovative services, additional furnishings, technology enhancements, or the support of special program areas are actively encouraged. Please contact Dalia Corkrum, Library Director (509-527-5193 or [email protected]) or John Bogley, Vice President for Development and College Relations (509-527-5979 or [email protected]) for more information.

Please contact Dalia Corkrum, Library Director (509-527-5193 or [email protected]) if you have any questions or wish to discuss a specific donation.

Student Employment

Below are the positions for which students are usually employed at Penrose Library. Jobs will be posted on Handshake before the beginning of the semester as they become available. Please apply directly through the Handshake website and refer to the specific postings for more information.

  • Archives Assistant
  • Cataloging / Serials Assistant
  • Circulation Assistant
  • Library Office Assistant

Additional information about student employment can be found on the Student Employment page on the College’s website.

Location and Directions

Penrose Library
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Penrose Library is located at the heart of the Whitman College campus. On the campus map below, we are building 40, to the left of Ankeny Field. Parking is available, both on street and in the lot off Park Street.

Campus Map