The library building will remain closed over break.
Porch pickup will be available on the following dates:
December 6 – December 23, January 5 – 26: Open for pickup 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Tuesday – Friday, closed Saturday – Monday
December 24 – January 4: Closed
Chat is not available, but librarians will be around throughout break and available via email for any questions.
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, and this year it falls on September 27th to October 3rd. Banned Books Week spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools and to support the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. At a time where conspiracy theories, disinformation, and censorship run rampant, it is critical for us to remain vigilant to any attempts at censorship.
See the list of Top 10 Most Challenged Books
Banned book week offers an opportunity for you to voice your concerns on censorship and to support authors of banned books. Here are some virtual events for banned book week that fight censorship.
- Dear Banned Author Letter-Writing Campaign
- Write a letter or email to a banned and challenged author, sharing how their words have impacted you. Or reach out to a favorite banned or challenged author by tagging them on Twitter and including #DearBannedAuthor. Check Banned & Challenged Author Addresses & Twitter Handles for information on author addresses and Twitter handles.
- Stand for the Banned Read-Out
- Create a short video of you introducing one of the banned books on your favorite video sharing platform. Here are details for Stand for the Banned.
- Scary Stories Documentary Watch Party
- Q&A with the director, Cody Meirick, at 5:45 PM PST Oct 2nd on the Banned Books Week YouTube channel
Penrose Library is committed to academic freedom and adheres to guidelines endorsed by the American Library Association and their Intellectual Freedom Manual, 9th ed. You can find our Materials Challenge Policy on our website.
Change in Operations
We know there are a lot of changes happening this semester, and we’ve worked all summer to meet your research needs as best as possible whether you’re in Walla Walla or elsewhere. We’re highlighting some of the key ways things have changed for the fall semester, and for more information consult our guide to Remote Access to Penrose.
Remote Help and Contact
Librarians are available 9-5, Monday-Friday to help you. We can help you access resources, find materials to help you with your research, plan a research project, format citations, and help answer any other questions you might have. We can be contacted via email or chat (you can start a chat conversation from the link on the library’s home page). Call us at 1-833-PENROSE to leave a voicemail that the person managing chat will receive.
Online Materials and Tools
Remotely, you can still access all of our digital resources, including e-books. For many physical materials on our shelves, it is likely we can get you a digital version or make scans of a selection of pages from the resource.
- Sherlock Search: Use the filters on the left hand side of the screen to focus on e-books, streaming audio or video, and other online resources.
- Articles & Research Databases: We have hundreds of databases that provide access to digital articles, video, and more!
- Subject guides can help you find resources specific to your major/discipline.
- Off-Campus Access: If you are not on campus, make sure you are logged in with your Whitman ID so that you can access materials. If you have any issues, please do not hesitate to contact us.
- Interlibrary loan: To the best of our ability, we will be maintaining interlibrary loan for digital materials (article and book chapter scans), though it may take longer depending on our own staffing as well as the availability of staffing at other libraries to provide materials.
Curbside Checkout – for those in Walla Walla
- Request items for pickup.
- Use Sherlock to search for items, sign-in and use the “request for pickup” link in the Get-It box.
- Wait for email notification.
- Staff will pull your items from the shelf, check them out to your account and bag them.
- You will receive a “ready for pick up” notification by email.
- Pickup is available Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 1-3 pm or Thursdays & Fridays from 9-11 am at the front entrance.
- Call us when you get here: 509-527-5192.
- Staff will bring out bagged items on a cart to the designated area on the library porch.
- Please wear a mask and take your items once staff have moved out of your way.
Remote Delivery of Materials
Not in Walla Walla? Locate the items that you want in Sherlock, sign in and use the “Remote Mail Delivery” link. Fill out the mail delivery request form (make sure your address is current) and we will ship items to you. Shipping in 2-8 business days. (Please help us save resources and get you faster service by using pickup service if you are in Walla Walla).
We have resumed Summit services, though not every school is participating so it will not be the entire breadth of materials you are used to. We are quarantining books as they arrive, and quarantining once they are returned which means they will take longer to get in your hands, and may be in your account longer than you expect (but you will not accrue any fines).
We are extending due dates for library materials to the end of the semester. Please return items to the outside book drop when you are finished with them.
This is a brief list of anti-racist books, focused on books we have digital access to while the library is closed. We also want to make a particular point to call out the years of work done by Whitman students through their theses to explore and contend with police brutality, anti-blackness, and race through a variety of prisms and disciplines.
Reading lists are inherently a passive solution to a problem. As white library workers, we can feel like they absolve us by creating them. However, we still need to do the reading ourselves, and we hope others join us. One way to hold yourself accountable to doing the work is creating a reading group with friends, family, neighbors, or other communities to work through texts together. It’s also important to acknowledge that having time to read is a privilege, and even with the time, many of us do not have the attention spans or mental energy to engage in reading right now. You may find something like the Justice in June calendar useful to engage at the level that you are able to.
Books we have digital access to
- Affirmative acts: political essays by June Jordan
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Color of violence : the INCITE! anthology
- Freedom is a constant struggle : Ferguson, Palestine, and the foundations of a movement by Angela Y. Davis
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
- Resisting state violence : radicalism, gender, and race in U.S. culture by Joy James
- Sister outsider By Audre Lorde
- Stay woke : a people’s guide to making all Black lives matter by Tehama Lopez Bunyasi and Candis Watts Smith
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- The possessive investment in whiteness : how white people profit from identity politics by George Lipsitz
- Violence against black bodies : an intersectional analysis of how black lives continue to matter Edited by Sandra Ellen Weissinger, Dwayne Mack, Elwood Watson
- Warfare in the American homeland : policing and prison in a penal democracy by Joy James
Whitman Theses (if marked “Limited Access,” you will have to have a current Whitman ID and log-in to view)
- “I’m not racist!” : white fragility and mindset theories of racial bias by Zack Rahmes, and Danica Wilbanks
- Black Lives Matter, Bernie Sanders, and resistive rhetoric on the electoral stage by Jessica Danielle Kostelnik
- Whiteness at Whitman : a discursive study by Christopher Lee Cahoon
- The future is feminist : an analysis of Black women’s rage in American society through Beyoncé’s Lemonade by Cherokee C. Washington
- Specters of racial trauma in Beloved, “Strange Fruit” and “Paris is Burning” by Marlene Z Anderson
- Revocation of token status : the day O.J. Simpson ‘turned’ Black by Lily Parker
- Creating the enemy : the FBI and the Black Panther Party by CJ Fritz (not yet available)
- Rhetoric and “race traitors” : reading Charles Mills’ The Racial Contract as Afro-modern political thought by Olivia Nicole Gilbert
- “The people with burned faces” : Greco-Roman anti-black racism and its modern effects by Christopher David Cox
- Reimagining what never was : the Welfare Queen, PRWORA, and a new legacy of racism by Paige Marie Joki (limited access)
- Conditions of possibility : racialized reporting in the New York Times by Rachel Marie Brock
- Unwritten and unravelled : the Roots’ undun as sociopolitical critique in the tradition of black protest music by John Julian Helmer (print only)
- The construction of Black maleness in popular culture by Meghan Ann Hughes (print only)
- The reality of police brutality : poems about agency and activism in Portland, Oregon’s Black community by Andrew G. Shoals (print only)
- Criminal minded : discipline as a forum for Black resistance by Christopher N. Gorman (print only)
Black Thought and Culture (requires a Whitman Login)
Black Thought and Culture contains 1,303 sources with 1,210 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamplets, letters and other fugitive material. Includes the complete run of the Black Panther Party newspaper.
In collaboration with students in Library 160: Documentation and Representation in Archives, the Whitman College and Northwest Archives is creating a digital archive of the Whitman community’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we move classes online, work, teach and learn from home, and practice social distancing, our normal experiences and routines have been displaced and disrupted. We hope to collect the stories, experiences, and evidence of our changed lives, both the painful and difficult, and the unexpectedly beautiful and hopeful.
You can view submissions to the digital archive in ARMINDA, our institutional repository.
How to participate
You can record your experience in whatever format is comfortable for you. Some options include:
- Writing: letters, emails, diary-entries, blog posts, rants, etc.
- Images: what is the view from where you are? Photos, screen captures of social media posts, digital art produced in reaction to the current situation
- Audio files: voice memos, phone-interviews with a friend (note: make sure you have consent of all parties before recording them), music, podcast
- Videos clips: short recordings of your daily life or routines; Zoom, Google Meet, or other video conference recordings (note: make sure you have consent of all parties before recording them)
- Other things you can think of: be creative! What would you like to be saved now so that Whitman students in 5 or 50 years can understand the moment we are currently living through?
- Keep in mind that we want to collect material that gives evidence of your personal experience, or that of others in the Whitman Community, not national news stories, media reports, or other types of material that are best documented elsewhere.
Questions and themes we hope to explore include:
- How students, faculty and staff are transitioning to remote teaching and learning
- How social distancing is impacting our lives
- What is the changing nature of faculty, staff and student work, on- or off-campus
- How you are staying in touch and communicating with friends and family
Please comply with county and state stay-at-home orders, and practice social distancing, while self-documenting.
Submitting Material to the Archive
- We can accept material in most common formats. But if you have questions, please direct them to [email protected].
- Materials submitted to the project will be retained in the Archives and made available to researchers under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license, which will allow others to share and adapt the material while crediting the creator(s) of the material.
- Please use this Google Form to submit your items. You will be able to sign an agreement allowing the Archives to preserve your submission, and you will receive important information about the copyright and use of your content.
- If you interview other people in the course of your documentation, or if any materials are co-created by you and another person, we will also need their permission so that we can preserve and share your materials with future researchers. Please have all co-creators fill out this form. If we do not receive releases from all participants we cannot preserve the materials. But only one person will need to attach the files to the form — co-creators can simply fill in their personal information along with a description of the materials.
- Do you want to contribute but are running short on time? Fill out our quick response form! We provide five brief prompts, and you can type as much or as little as you would like. All questions are optional, so you can pick and choose which prompts to respond to.
This project has been inspired by, and borrowed from, ideas generated from Documenting Your Community’s Experience of COVID-19: A Resource List. In particular, we acknowledge the work of Atkins Library Special Collections & University Archives at the UNC Charlotte.
Many academic publishers have made any coronavirus articles freely available. Here are some resources to learn more about COVID-19 coronavirus from government and academic sources.
This winter, Penrose is getting a sustainability upgrade. We appreciate your patience while work crews convert all lighting to energy-efficient LED lamps. Please watch out for ladders and work crews. During this process, lights may also be turning on and off. This changed will reduce energy consumption of the lighting system by about 50%.
For any questions, please contact Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Elissa Brown ([email protected])
Learn more about sustainability efforts and Whitman College’s Climate Action Plan at whitman.edu/sustainability
Penrose Library hours between Fall semester 2019 and Spring semester 2020 will be as follows:
Friday Dec. 20: close at 5 pm
Dec. 21 – Jan. 1: CLOSED
Jan. 2 – Jan. 3: 9 am to 5 pm
Jan. 4 – Jan. 5: CLOSED
Jan. 6 – Jan. 10: 9 am to 5 pm
Jan. 11 – Jan. 12: CLOSED
Jan. 13 – Jan. 19: 9 am to 5 pm
Jan. 20: 9 am to 10 pm
Jan. 21: 8 am; resume 24 hours
Please note: The Whitman College Northwest Archives will be closed January 6-10, 2020 for a major collections maintenance project. There will be no public access to archival collections, the reading room, or reference services during this time. We anticipate that normal hours and services will resume on Monday, January 13.
Are you writing a thesis? Librarians are here to help! Want to make a research plan? Unsure about the difference between an annotated bibliography and a literature review? Feel like you’re having a hard time figuring out sources? Need a citation management tool? We can help with all of these, and more!
Here are a couple things to know:
1. Our thesis page is your go-to place for all thesis info, including including citation management tools and how you can download Word for free.
2. Librarians are available and happy to help with any questions you may have, and you can find our contact info here.
We have office hours in the library from 9-12, 1-5 Monday through Friday. Just look for the Research Help sign to find the right office (all near the circulation desk). You can also schedule an appointment with one of us if you would like. In November we will be hosting drop-in help sessions.
In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the graduation of Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas (1920), we have an exciting new exhibit on the Second Floor (Main Level) in Justice Douglas’s honor. The exhibit uses materials from the Whitman College and Northwest Archives to highlight aspects of Douglas’s legal career, work on the environment, and lifelong connection to Whitman. Along with photos and textual materials documenting his work on the Supreme Court, we also have on display every book from his prolific work as a writer. It was curated by David F. Schmitz, Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History, and Rachel Glover, Class of 2019, with the assistance of Dana Bronson, Associate Archivist, and Emily Pearson, Instructional and Research Services Librarian. The exhibit will remain up through the Fall 2020.