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PSU Library Faculty -- Emily Ford

Emily Ford
Assistant Professor
Urban & Public Affairs Librarian

Master of Library Science, Indiana University, Bloomington (2007)
Master of Information Science, Indiana University, Bloomington (2007)
Bachelor of Arts, German, Reed College (2002)


Areas of Responsibility in the Library

Reference, instruction, and collection development.

Liaison to the College of Urban and Public Affairs including: Urban Studies & Planning, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Political Science, Public Administration, Community Health.

Research Interests

  • Scholarly publishing practices, copyright, and intellectual property
  • Health in the academic library workplace
  • Library instruction, adragogy, and services for students in professional programs

Current Projects

  • Open Peer-Review: Models for academic discourse and growth
  • Returning to Learn: Research and the prodigal student
  • Navigating Complex Library Resources for the Oregon MPH in Portland

Selected Publications / Presentations

  • Ford, E. & Zeigen, L. (2013). "Oregon Master of Public Health Program: A case study of inter-institutional library collaboration." Mergers, Alliances, Collborations, and Partnerships. Advances in Librarianship, 36. Eds. Woodsworth, A. & Penniman, W. D. Emerald Publishing Group. Forthcoming
  • Ford, E. (2012). What Do We Do and Why Do We Do It? In the Library with the Lead Pipe. August 8.
  • Ford, E. (2012). What do We do and Why do We do It? Oregon Virtual Reference Summit, May 25, 2012, Gleneden Beach, OR. [slides]
  • Ford, E. (2012). What's in Your Filter Bubble? Or, how has the Internet censored you today? Oregon Library Association Annual Conference, April 25-27, Bend, OR. [slides]
  • Ford, E. (2012). Consensus Decision-Making and its Possibilities in Libraries. In the Library with the Lead Pipe. January 25.
  • Ford, E. (2011). What Libraries Can Learn from Kanye. Oregon Virtual Reference Summit, June 10, 2011. [slides] [video]
  • Ford, E. (2011). Struggling to Juggle: Part-time temporary work in libraries. In the Library with the Lead Pipe. February 9. 
  • Ford, E. & Hannon, T. (2010). Oregon Health Go Local: A retrospective look. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, 14(2), 95-108. 
  • Ford, E. (2009). How Do You Say No? In the Library with the Lead Pipe. December 16.

Current University and Community Involvement
  • Oregon Library Association, Library Development and Legislation Committee, Member
  • American Library Association, Washington Office Committee on Legislation Copyright Subcommittee, Member
  • American Library Association, Office of Information Technology Policy Digital Literacy Taskforce, ACRL Representative

Recent Awards
  • Portland State University Faculty Enhancement Award: Returning to Learn: Research and the prodigal student, 2012. With Meredith Farkas. 
  • American Library Association Emerging Leader, 2008.


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