Head of Acquisitions Mary Ellen Kenreich Retires

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Mary Ellen Kenreich, Head of Acquisitions at Portland State University Library, is retiring after 25 years of service.

Professor Kenreich worked at several libraries across country. One of her first jobs was at Tennessee Technological University, where she began working with purchasing and processing periodicals. Her career began during a time of fundamental change in libraries. Libraries were moving from card catalogs to online catalogs, and computers were automating repetitive tasks that had previously been done by hand. Kenreich’s early career was built around continually improving library purchasing and processing, something she was ready to continue doing when she began at PSU.

After she joined PSU Library in 1992, Professor Kenreich led efforts to streamline behind-the-scenes work done by library staff. She also made practical improvements such as consolidating vendors, as well as moving the barcodes so that the books are easier for library staff to check out to patrons. Additionally, she helped guide PSU Library during the transition to make more electronic resources available for patrons. With her improvements, the library moved from purchasing books, journals and electronic resources when they were needed, rather than ‘just in case.’ In addition to spending money more wisely, these changes ultimately make it easier for students, faculty and staff at PSU to find the items they need.

Professor Kenreich’s goal has always been to make sure PSU Library patrons have easy access to print and electronic resources at the Library. According to Kenreich, “the best thing that could happen is someone comes in and immediately finds what they need on the computer and shelves.”

Professor Kenreich is looking forward to enjoying her retirement. Her plans include traveling, birding, gardening, cooking, volunteering, and of course, reading.

Birds of North America

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Featuring Birds of North America

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Greater Roadrunner, image by Brian Sullivan/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The latest featured resource at PSU Library is the database Birds of North America. Birds of North America has information about over 760 bird species that breed in the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) and Canada. In this database, ornithologists and other bird experts write detailed accounts about different bird species. Accounts include summary information, as well as in-depth, authoritative research. Sounds, images, video, and maps give even more information for researchers’ varied needs.

Birds of North America is for everyone. Users can browse the database easily for a basic overview. On the other hand, researchers who need more in-depth research about specific species information will be able to delve into more details. Information includes a brief introduction about the bird, as well as detailed information including migration, diet, behavior, and conservation.

Try Birds of North America now (PSU login required off-campus)

Learn more with Subject Guides at PSU Library

PSU Library’s subject guides are designed to help PSU researchers learn more about topics and classes at Portland State. The Biology subject guide includes other useful resources beyond Birds of North America, as well as information about finding books and articles, citing sources, and other research help. Other subject guides include topics like Environmental Science and Management and Sustainability.

Use the Library catalog to find print publications around the library, as well as links to full-text documents available 24/7 online.

More information:
Environmental Science and Management
PSU Library catalog
Ask a Librarian

PSU Library Summer Hours

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PSU Library’s summer hours last from June through September. Library summer hours vary slightly during summer intersession and regular summer session.  For additional information, check Library Hours on our website.

Hours after 24/7 Library Ends

  • Monday, June 5 through Wednesday, June 14: Open 24 Hours
  • Thursday, June 15: Close at midnight
  • Friday, June 16: 7:30am – 7:00pm
  • Saturday, June 17: Closed
  • Sunday, June 18: Closed
  • Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 23: 8:00am – 6:00pm
  • Saturday, June 24: Closed
  • Sunday, June 25: Closed

Summer Session Hours

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Regular summer session hours begin on Monday, June 26th through Friday, August 18th.

During summer session, the Reference desk on the 2nd floor will be open from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Additionally, the 2nd floor computer lab will have tech support to assist patrons during peak hours. Please note that the library will close on Tuesday, July 4th for Independence Day.

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 9:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

After August 18th, we will be open 8:00am-6:00pm Monday through Friday until Fall term hours resume on Sunday, September 24th.

More information:
Library Hours


Library Website Sketch-a-thon

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Help Design the Next PSU Library Website

From now though June 14th, sketch your ideal PSU Library website and enter for a chance to win a $10 Starbucks gift card. 

  • No prior website design experience or art background is required
  • Simply sketch out your ideas and concepts
  • Tell us what is most important to you!

Grab a blank entry form, sketch, then drop it in the completed entry form basket at one of these locations:

  • 1st floor Circulation Desk
  • 1st floor Computer Lab
  • 2nd floor Reference Desk

Randomly selected winners will be announced June 15th.


U.S. History with ProQuest Congressional

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Learn about Congressional and Legislative Histories

ProQuest Congressional is the latest featured resource at PSU Library. Whether you are studying political science or interested in U.S. history, Congressional hearings are a valuable resource. Relive history with transcripts of witness testimony from Congressional hearings, like Howard Hughes’s testimony about the Spruce Goose. You can also see the processes of lawmaking with Congressional hearings such as the hearing about Nixon’s impeachment.

United States Capitol building
United States Capitol building

Use ProQuest Congressional to look up legislative histories, specific bills, as well as full text of committee hearings and testimonies from 1824-1979. You can also look up members of congress, as well as find official social media accounts. In addition to important historical accounts, keep up with the latest news U.S. legislative information, regulations, and news. Finally, ProQuest Congressional updates daily when Congress is in session. You can rest assured that you have accurate information when you need it.

Try ProQuest Congressional now (PSU login required off-campus).

Learn more about United States Government at PSU Library

PSU Library’s United State Government Information guide is designed to help PSU researchers learn more about government in the U.S. Learn about government research and how to find specific information. Use this guide to also learn about U.S. government with a civics primer, information about all branches of government, and other government data.

Portland State University Library participates in the Federal Depository Library Program. The Library’s government documents are located on the fourth floor of Millar Library. These include official documents from federal, state, and local sources as well as a variety of atlases and maps. The depository collection is open to the general public for research. Use our library catalog to find other government print publications around the library, as well as links to full-text documents available 24/7 online.

More information:
United States Government Information Guide
Ask a Librarian

24/7 Library Hours for Spring Finals

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Portland State Library will be open 24/7 for Spring finals starting Monday, June 5 at 7:30 a.m. through Thursday, June 15 at midnight.

Study Services at the Library

The Reference Desk and the technology support desk will be available regular hours. Room 160 will once again become additional study space for students (on the first floor, near the elevators). Additionally, the Learning Center will continue provide tutoring and academic assistance from dead week through the Wednesday of finals week, June 14th.

Can’t make it to the Library? The Library’s Online Research Guides will help you find resources for your research. Search by subject or search for resources for a specific course. Additionally, our 24/7 online chat reference will continue to be available for those who need assistance outside of the Library.

Stress Relief for Finals

On Wednesday, June 7th, SHAC‘s Wellness and Health Advisory Team (WHAT) will once again be at the Library providing stress relief services for students. They will have a table outside the library from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and they will also hand out stress relief kits to students studying inside the library.

Late Night Library Access

A PSU ID card will be required to enter the Library after 9:00 p.m. If you need a PSU ID card please visit ID card Services in Neuberger. Follow the steps below to enter the library after 9:00 p.m. with your PSU ID card:

  1. Have your white PSU ID at the ADA-accessible entrance
  2. Touch the PSU ID card on the black card reader at the ADA-accessible entrance
  3. After scanning the PSU ID card, push the blue ADA-accessible door button
  4. Wait about 20 seconds. That door takes a long time to open!
  5. You made it in!

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Getting Around Campus Late at Night

Several services are available to assist you if you are leaving the Library late at night. Call Campus Public Safety at (503) 725-4407 for a safety escort to your vehicle or dorm. College Housing Northwest (CHN) also offers extended hours for their Goose Hollow Shuttle during the 24/7 Library service.

More information:
Library Hours
Ask a Librarian
Portland State University Academic Calendar


Library Closed May 29th for Memorial Day

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PSU Library Closed May 29th for Memorial Day

PSU Library exteriorPortland State University Library will be closed on Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.

Research help will still be available online. The PSU Library website and databases have much of the information you need for classes during the break. Browse the Research Guides for information about subjects and classes at PSU. Chat reference will also be available during the holiday if you have a question.

More information:
Library Hours
PSU Holidays and Closures

Stream Films and Documentaries with Kanopy

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Kanopy and the Criterion Collection

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Stream films, documentaries and music through the PSU Library’s databases

Kanopy is one of the many streaming media databases available at the PSU Library. With its large collection of films and documentaries available for streaming, Kanopy is the latest featured resource at the PSU Library.

Kanopy’s movie library spans across the globe and includes new and classic films, international films, as well as films from festivals. Kanopy’s collection also includes documentaries, educational films, and instructional videos across many disciplines. Use Kanopy to watch films and documentaries across many disciplines, as well as films representing many different perspectives. Additionally, viewers can enjoy features such as closed captions, transcripts, and additional related readings that provide more context to films.

The Criterion Collection in Kanopy is popular with film studies scholars. The Criterion Collection has some of the greatest films from around the world, available online in high quality. Viewers can browse genres like world documentaries, French new wave film, Japanese cinema, along with many other topics.

Try Kanopy now (PSU login required off-campus).

Streaming Media at PSU Library

PSU Library has many streaming films and music resources. You can stream popular films and documentaries, as well as music, opera and dance video, newsreels, and television archives. Our streaming content also includes educational videos about topics taught here at Portland State. Watch and learn about medical symptoms, counseling and therapy, and educational methods. Finally, PSU Library’s streaming content collection is continually updated to reflect the needs of our researchers, so be sure to check in for new content.

More information:
Streaming Film & Music

Find Statistics for Your Research

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What is Statista?

Statista is a database covering statistics on a wide range of topics like business, media, and demographics from trustworthy sources. It includes both free data like government information, as well as proprietary information purchased from market research firms. Researchers can easily find the sources of the statistical data, and also download the results in multiple formats (XLS, PPT, PNG, and PDF). Scholars can use Statista to look at the big picture or specific details when doing statistics research. Find the answers to questions like:

  • What is the market analysis and forecast for a specific company? What about for a specific product?
  • How do Americans read, and how does this compare worldwide?
  • Why does a specific age group live tweet a television show or movie?

Try Statista Now (PSU login required off-campus.)

Business, Media and Demographic Information

Survey about public confidence in US economy from Pew Research Center
“Infographic: Public Confidence In The U.S. Economy Hits 10-Year High” from Statista

Statista has both statistical information as well as forecasts for many different topics. Learn about specific industries and industry forecasts, or find dossiers for different markets. You can also find information about digital markets and physical markets.

Students and researchers in disciplines beyond business will also find Statista useful. Examine statistics about the media, as well as demographic information. Learn about companies and employment information, popularity of genres or specific titles, and also specific information about how consumers behave with books, video games, and other kinds of media. Finally, explore demographic information within industries and markets, or look at demographics of media consumers.

Build upon your research when you explore a topic within Statista. Examine a company to find news, statistics and forecasts, as well as information about competitors, related markets and related trends.

More information:
Sociology Data and Statistics Guide
Urban Studies Statistics and Demographics Guide

Please note that off-campus access to Statista is restricted to current PSU students, faculty, and staff.

Award-Winning Student Projects in PDXScholar

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Student Urban Planning Projects Online

Portland State University Library’s digital collection of student-created urban planning projects is continuing to grow in size and popularity. This collection of projects is the result of a collaboration between the PSU Library and the Dirce Moroni Toulan Library of Urban and Public Affairs. These projects, created for both public- and private-sector clients, are the culminating works of Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) student teams.

MURP planning projects are available through the PSU Library’s PDXScholar platform. The Library has digitized 151 contemporary and historic projects ranging from 1977 to 2016.  Additionally, 17 newly digitized planning projects have been added to the collection. As of this writing, researchers across the globe have downloaded over 13,000 MURP Workshop Projects to study innovative urban plans.

Award-Winning Student Projects

Image with caption: "The Night Access Plan lays out a strategy to make getting to and from OHSU at night and early in the morning safer, more convenient, and affordable"
Night Access Plan (2016)

MURP planning projects evaluate current urban plans and develop alternative plans, as well as recommended courses of action. The projects are problem-centered and geographically-focused, and they also incorporate innovative public involvement efforts.

These projects have made major contributions to their clients, and have influenced the practice of planning locally and regionally. State and national award-winning projects  provide creative and practical solutions to everyday problems. MURP projects have received national recognition. They provide context and a lasting impact on urban planning issues that still affect Portland today.

Projects with Lasting Influence

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The Value of Place: Planning for Walkability in the Tigard Triangle (2016)

Many urban issues faced by people in the Portland metropolitan area are long-term problems. Researchers can examine older MURP projects to look at trends related to specific issues. Additionally, these historic projects give insight into changes that resulted from the projects.

The Lents Gateway proposal looks at a community that was divided by the I-205 highway. The original proposal gives background information into a community that seeks to repair damage by urban planning. This proposal from 1996 has had a lasting impact on planning in Lents. More recent Portland development and urban renewal plans seek not only to repair, but also to further grow the neighborhood. There are now plans to also connect the neighborhood with light rail and rapid transit. Additionally, it provided growing opportunities for small business development and jobs.

A low-income housing project examined ways to improve housing for Native Americans in Portland. This project looked at research on communities and demographics to provide information for a community group and to plan for solutions. This planning project researched short-term needs like rental units and housing, as well as long-term goals like economic development and community building. Finally, this historic study provides a broader context into the current low-income housing shortage that persists in Portland today.

About MURP and PDXScholar

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning is a two-year, 72 credit professional degree program designed for those interested in working as professional planners. The curriculum includes a 46-credit core that focuses on the history and theory of planning as a field, plan implementation, analytical methods (including Geographic Information Systems [GIS]), and the dynamics of metropolitan development.

PDXScholar, a service of Portland State University Library, provides open access to a diverse collection of academic, scholarly, scientific, and creative content produced by faculty, students, and staff. PDXScholar increases the visibility of authors’ works, maximizes research impact, facilitates interdisciplinary research. It also provides regional and global communities with immediate and permanent access.