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Welcome to Sherlock!

by Amy Blau  Jan 26 15

When Penrose Library switched to its new catalog system, Sherlock, on January 8, 2015, it was a momentous occasion for library staff here at Whitman, who have been working hard since last June to implement this change. But we’re not the only ones who are celebrating. Over the last two years, the 37 libraries in the Orbis Cascade Alliance (aka “Summit”) have all been moving to a shared catalog system. Whitman was the final piece in the puzzle, so all of the Summit libraries were excited about our switch! Now that all of the libraries are using the common system, we will be able to share information and collaborate more easily. For example, one great new feature is Summit item requesting within Sherlock.

We’re looking forward to introducing you to Sherlock in the Spring 2015 semester. There are lots of ways to learn more about Sherlock.

  • Information is available in our FAQ.
  • You can register for a Sherlock information session on Tuesday, February 3 at noon or Thursday, February 5 at 7 pm; please email Amy Blau (blauar) to register. (We’re aware that more than one date has appeared for the noon information session; February 3 is the correct date.)
  • You can use our “Ask us” feature in the Sherlock site to contact us (and send a screenshot!) if you have questions or difficulties while you are using the system.
  • You can send an email with questions (or feedback) to [email protected]
  • For informal questions or one-on-one assistance, email or speak with a reference librarian.


Resources to help you find, cite, use, and manage data for classes and research

by Kun Lin  Aug 28 14
Resources to help you find, cite, use, and manage data for classes and research

If you need to find data to support an argument in a paper or to analyze for a project, where do you start? Our new Data Resources LibGuide suggests starting points for the social sciences, the sciences, and the humanities, and provides links to online resources that support data analysis and visualization. We also have guidance for writing Data Management Plans, and best practices for citing datasets that you use in your research. Check it out, and let us know what additional data resources would help you!

Image Source: British Library

First-Year Students: Find Your Personal Librarian!

by Kun Lin  Aug 28 14
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Personal Librarians at Penrose

First-year students: do you need an introduction to college level library research? Your very own personal librarian can give you a quick orientation to finding and using library resources, help you get started on a paper or assignment, and generally answer any library-related questions you may have.

Penrose Library is proud to present the Spring 2014 Library Newsletter

by Kun Lin  May 12 14
Penrose Library is proud to present the Spring 2014 Library Newsletter that highlights our news, achievements and staff developments. We need to thank Lynne Vieth, Research & Instruction Librarian, who was instrumental in developing and producing this piece. Please direct any questions or comments you might have to Lynne.

Access the complete newsletter here.

We also extend our congratulations to our graduating Seniors!
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New High Tech Smart Dock

by Kun Lin  Jan 15 14

The scanner on the main floor of Penrose Library is now even more high-tech! Our nifty new Smart Dock allows you to connect your Android or iOS device via the KIC Scanner wifi network, then upload your scanned document directly to your device. And if you’re using Google Docs for your document storage, the upgraded software allows you to send documents directly to your personal or Whitman accounts. Come by and check it out!

Penrose Library makes list of Top 10 Best Academic Libraries in the Country!

by Dalia Corkrum  Aug 26 13

Penrose Library is delighted to learn that The Princeton Review has named it to the list of Top 10 College/University Libraries for 2014. Based upon a survey of 126,000 students at 378 schools, Penrose was ranked #9. We’re very proud that students at Whitman are so pleased with our library services, collections and programs!

Café ’41

by Kun Lin  Sep 20 12

What’ll it be? A Café Mocha, Café Latte, Espresso, Latte Breve, Café Americano, Steamer, Cappuccino, Macchiato, Chai, or Italian Soda…?

Café ’41 is located on the 1st floor of the Library and is designed for those who want to recharge. Enjoy a late night espresso or an express grab and go sandwich, salad or a variety of hand-scooped ice creams.

They’re open Sun. – Thurs. from 8pm to 1am.

Take a library class to become a better researcher!

by Kun Lin  Aug 21 12

Do you want to know how to find the best resources for your papers and assignments? Would you like to navigate the Library’s resources with ease? Take a library class!

Library 100 – Information Literacy will introduce you to the resources and services of Penrose Library, and help you feel comfortable and confident doing research. We’ll focus on developing information literacy skills, helping you find, evaluate and effectively use sources, and understand intellectual property. It’s a one credit class, meeting once per week. This Fall semester it’s offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:20.

Please contact Lee Keene (509-527-5917) or Julie Carter (509-527-5915) with questions. One section will be offered Spring semester.

New e-Resources in the Library

by Kun Lin  Feb 4 11

Just in time for the start of another semester, Penrose has added some great new e-Resources to our collection. You can find all of these in our A-Z List of e-Resources.

Annual Reviews Electronic Back Volume Collections consists of a comprehensive online collection of all available Annual Reviews with content covering the Biomedical, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences. The collection provides access to more than 1,100 volumes, consisting of over 24,000 review articles from 1932-2005.


JAMA, is an international peer-reviewed general medical journal and is the most widely circulated medical journal in the world. The key objective of JAMA is “to promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public health.”  Coverage is from 1998 to the present

JSTOR Arts & Sciences IX Collection provides coverage in archaeology, anthropology, sociology, business, economics, population studies, and political science.  The collection consists of more than 2.5 million pages culled from more than 150 journal titles.

Project MUSE Premium Collection is MUSE’s foremost collection of high quality, peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journals. All journals available on the MUSE platform are included in the Premium Collection. Coverage is provided for 469 titles.

Penrose Director elected to OCLC Global Council

by Kun Lin  Jul 19 10

Dalia Corkrum, the Director of Penrose Library, was elected as an Americas Regional Council (ARC) Delegate to the Global Council of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).

OCLC describes itself as a “nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs.” Corkrum is one of 14 delegates tasked with representing more than 22,000 OCLC members from libraries and cultural heritage organizations in Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States.

Read more about Corkrum’s election to Council at the Whitman College press release.