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Doreen Simonsen, Humanities & Fine Arts Librarian: Home

Doreen Simonsen

she / her / hers
Humanities, Fine Arts,
& Rare Books

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Doreen Simonsen has been the Humanities & Fine Arts Librarian at Willamette University since 2001, and in 2015 she became the library's Rare Books Librarian, too.  She developed and co-taught courses, Digital Humanities Workshop: Voyages of Discovery in the Vault and Research in the Information Age, and she coordinates Library Instruction for Willamette University's College Colloquium program.  She is the liaison or subject librarian for the following areas:                                                        

Archaeology English Latin American Studies
Art History French Music
Art (Studio) German Philosophy
Chinese Global Cultural Studies Russian
Cinema Studies History Spanish
Classical Studies Japanese Theatre

In her free time, she loves to watch Scandinavian films and television series while doing counted cross-stitch, all with a good cup of coffee.  When traveling, she always goes to Art Museums, and going to bookstores has filled her house with perhaps too many books.  She enjoys cooking Cajun and Creole dishes, like Gumbo and Shrimp Remoulade, as well as Danish specialties like Frikadeller, Ris à l'Amande, and open-faced sandwiches---but never combines the two cuisines.  She is fluent in Danish and German, has a fair command of French, and welcomes any opportunity to speak these languages.



- Masters of Information and Library Studies, University of Michigan
- Masters of Arts, Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon
- Bachelor of Arts, Dual degrees:  Linguistics, German Area Studies, University of Oregon
- Exchange Student, Universität Konstanz, Constance, Germany
- Student, Grundtvigs Højskole, Frederiksberg, Hillerød, Denmark


Professional Interests

- Digital Humanities
- Rare Books
- Katriniana (Literary & Artistic Responses to Hurricane Katrina)
- Danish American History and regional ethnic History research