Special Collections and the University Archives at Portland State Library is proud to announce the online debut of the Center for the Moving Image Collection.
For nearly three decades, educator and scholar Andries Deinum challenged and inspired Portland to critically engage with the medium of film. In 1969, Deinum and his former student, Tom T. Taylor, established the Center for the Moving Image (CMI) at Portland State University. It was the first academic film program in Oregon. CMI exemplified Portland State’s motto, “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” encouraging students to use the tools and language of film and video to document, connect, influence, and inspire their surrounding community. Alumni of CMI went on to become filmmakers, cinematographers, media artists, writers, journalists, educators, and activists.
Committed to preserving and sharing the story of this influential confluence of educators and students, Portland State Library has published online eleven oral history interviews with former CMI students and colleagues by film scholar and former Portland State student Heather O. Petrocelli and digitized a selection of films by Deinum, Taylor and CMI, including “Albina Murals,” “Riches of the City,” and “The Seventh Day.”
With comfortable furniture in a variety of sizes and shapes, white boards on wheels, and plenty of floor outlets, the Library's newly-renovated third floor is a flexible, inviting study space for PSU students. Please join Provost Sona Andrews and University Library Dean Marilyn Moody at 3pm on Tuesday, March 4 for an open house to showcase this transformation. Remarks begin at 3:30pm and light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!
Urban and Public Affairs Librarian Emily Ford is offering two free, online workshops for graduate students and faculty interested in learning more about Ovid MEDLINE and data.
Wednesday, February 19, 12-1pm
Advance registration required!
Learn to use Ovid MEDLINE like the pros! Creating power searches in Ovid MEDLINE will save you time, energy, and frustration as you complete that research project, literature review, or other school work. This session will cover the ins and outs of finding appropriate subjects to search, constructing searches using the "explode" and "focus" features, and general tips. All graduate students are welcome to attend, but it will be especially useful for students working toward MPH degrees, Gerontology Certificates, MA/MS in Health Studies, or an MPA in Health Administration.
Friday, February 21, 12-1pm
Advance registration required!
You've read the theories and articles, and you know it must be true, but sometimes finding concrete data to back it up can be difficult. This hour-long workshop will cover where and how to find data sets for social sciences research.
Portland State University librarians Meredith Farkas, Amy Hofer, Lisa Molinelli, and Kimberly Willson-St. Clair have been selected to receive the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section (IS) Innovation Award for their work on Library DIY, which assists students in finding the information they need quickly. Social Sciences Librarian and General Education Coordinator Farkas, Distance Learning Librarian Hofer, and Reference and Instruction Librarians Molinelli and Willson-St. Clair created Library DIY along with librarian Andrea Bullock (formerly of PSU, now at Clark College), with support from Mike Flakus and Chris Geib in Library Technologies and instructional designer C.K. Worrell (formerly of PSU). Drupal designer and librarian Tom Boone (from Harvard Law School) created much of the technological infrastructure for the project, with the support of funding from the PSU Office of Academic Innovation.
Sponsored by the library database vendor ProQuest, the annual award recognizes a project that demonstrates creative, innovative, or unique approaches to information literacy instruction or programming. A prize of $3,000 and a plaque will be presented to the group during the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas.
“The committee liked the DIY approach and was impressed by the scope of the project and ease of use,” said award committee co-Chairs Lori Dubois of Williams College and Susanna Eng-Ziskin of California State University-Northridge. “While many libraries have comprehensive information literacy tutorials, this project provides a model for libraries considering how to help students quickly answer questions as they are doing their research."
Library DIY is a system of learning objects designed to give students the quick answers they need for point-of-need support. The content and information architecture of Library DIY is designed to mirror a reference desk transaction; students can drill down to the specific piece of information they need rather than having to skim through a long tutorial to find what they’re looking for.
For more information regarding the ACRL IS Innovation Award, including a complete list of past recipients, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website.
Congratulations to Meredith, Amy, Lisa, and Kim for this recognition of their work!
The snow may be mostly gone, but we're still buried under a pile of Summit and Interlibrary Loan requests that came in during the closure. We ask for your patience, as it may take us a few extra days to process recent book and article requests.
Scholarly Communication Coordinator Sarah Beasley is offering a series of workshops on publishing, authors’ rights, and measuring and increasing impact.
Keep Your Author Rights and Increase the Impact of Your Scholarship: Open Access Practices and PDXScholar
Wednesday, February 5, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Library Room 170
This workshop will discuss strategies for retaining the rights to your publications, open access concepts, and how to use PDXScholar, Portland State University's Institutional Repository, to create global visibility for your scholarly work and address open access mandate requirements.
Publishing Your Work
Thursday, February 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Library Room 170
This workshop will cover resources to help you determine where to place your articles (what journals publish in your area and how can you evaluate their quality), open access publishing, as well as your rights as an author and strategies for retaining them when you publish.
Beyond the Journal Impact Factor: Introduction to Altmetrics, New Ways of Measuring Scholarly Impact on the Social Web
Wednesday, February 26, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Library Room 170
Learn about alternative measurements for the impact of your publications, and how they fit into the scholarly landscape.
Do you have questions about publishing? Please contact your subject librarian.
Librarian Michael Bowman is leading several upcoming workshops on citation management software and managing information. See our workshop calendar for more information.
Zotero and Mendeley Basics
Managing Information for Faculty and Graduate Students
Zotero for Beginners
Mendeley for Beginners
Advanced Zotero User Group
Advanced Mendeley User Group
Managing Information for Faculty and Graduate Students
If you have questions about any of those workshops, please contact Michael Bowman.
The Library is pleased to provide PSU faculty, staff, and students free electronic access to The Chronicle of Higher Education. You can read the Chronicle for free online, on your iPad, or on your mobile device whether you are on- or off-campus.
On-campus, navigate to the Chronicle website for complete access.
Off-campus, access the Chronicle through the Library's subscriptions in one of three ways:
If you have questions about accessing the Chronicle, please ask a librarian for help.
The Library strives to collect materials written by PSU faculty, students, and staff. Here are some recent acquisitions of books written by PSU faculty.
Carl Abbott (Urban Studies and Planning), Colorado: A History of the Centennial State, 5th edition, UP of Colorado, 2013.
Kenneth M. Ames (Anthropology), Robert T. Boyd (Anthropology), and Tony A. Johnson, Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia, U of Washington, 2013.
Paul Collins (English), Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery, Crown, 2013.
Kevin Corcoran (Social Work) and Joel Fisher, Measures for Clinical Practice and Research: A Sourcebook, 5th edition (2 volumes), Oxford UP, 2013.
Tugrul Daim (Engineering & Technology Management), Terry Oliver, and Jisun Kim, Research and Technology Management in the Electricity Industry: Methods, Tools, and Case Studies, Springer, 2013.
Michele Ruth Gamburd (Anthropology), Golden Wave: Culture and Politics after Sri Lanka's Tsunami Disaster, Indiana UP, 2013.
David L. Morgan (Sociology), Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods: A Pragmatic Approach, Sage, 2014.
James E. Morris (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Nanoelectronic Device Applications Handbook, Taylor & Francis, 2013.
Masami Nishishiba (Public Administration), Matthew Jones (Public Administration), and Mariah Kraner, Research Methods and Statistics for Public and Nonprofit Administrators: A Practical Guide, Sage, 2014.
Larry Price (Geography), Mountain Geography: Physical and Human Dimensions, University of California, 2013.
Nina Spiegel (Judaic Studies), Embodying Hebrew Culture: Aesthetics, Athletics, and Dance in the Jewish Community of Mandate Palestine, Wayne State UP, 2013.
Nora Wendl (Architecture) and Isabelle Loring Wallace, Contemporary Art about Architecture: A Strange Utility, Ashgate, 2013.
The Library is pleased to announce a new service, Article Delivery. The Library's Resource Sharing Department will scan and deliver electronically any journal article that we own in print that is not accessible through the Library's electronic holdings.
To request an article, complete the article request form through Interlibrary Loan & Article Delivery. Our Resource Sharing Department will locate and scan the article, and you can expect delivery in 2-3 business days in most cases.
We may not be able to scan more than one article per journal issue or any article with more than 50 pages. However, in these cases, we will happily hold the bound journal behind the Circulation Desk for you.
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