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