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New Library Website Coming Soon!

Date: 07/25/2014

Our new Library website will have a more contemporary look and feel, with improved navigation for quick access to our resources and services. The site is also responsive, meaning you will get the same user experience and content on all your devices: desktop, tablet, and smartphone.

Look for the new site on August 5th!

Beware of phishing!

Date: 07/18/2014

Some PSU people are reporting receiving emails with the subject "Library Account Access" that purports to be from "Emily Absher," the "Library Services Manager" at PSU Library. No one by that name works here, and this email is not from us. This is a phishing attempt.

If you receive this email, please "Report phishing" and forward the email to Do not click on the link, and do not enter your Odin credentials. 

If you have questions or concerns about your library account, please visit the Library website and choose "My Library Accounts." Or, ask a librarian

Screenshot of phishing email.



Library Hosts Library Instruction Conference

Date: 07/16/2014
PSU Library is pleased to host Library Instruction West 2014, a conference focused on instruction in academic libraries, on July 23-25.
Learn more about LIW 2014.

Summer Exhibit: Building Art

Date: 07/07/2014


Building Art exhibit poster

Oregon's Percent for Art Program at PSU

An Exhibit by the PSU Archives of Capital Projects and Construction

University Library, 1st Floor Elevator Lobby

Since 1975, Oregon state law mandates that at least 1% of construction funds for new or remodeled buildings with a budget over $100,000 be used for the acquisition of public art. Building Art shows how construction has generated public art at Portland State through examples of Percent for Art exhibitions on campus, with behind-the-scenes looks at the selection, design, and installation processes. Discover public art at Portland State, how it was created, chosen, and placed, and how new artists can get involved with the Percent for Art program.

Building Art was created by the Portland State University Archives of Capital Projects and Construction. The exhibit can be viewed during Summer 2014 in the PSU Library first floor elevator lobby.

Many thanks to the staff of PSU Library University Archives and Special Collections, as well as Bryce Henry and Sarah Kenney, for their work on this exhibit.

Building Art: Oregon

Closed for 4th of July

Date: 06/30/2014
The Library will be closed on Friday, July 4, for the Independence Day Holiday. We will re-open on Saturday with regular summer term hours.
Library Hours

Faculty Promotions

Date: 06/27/2014

The Library is pleased to share that two of our faculty members have been promoted. Cris Paschild (left photo) received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor. Amy Hofer (right photo) was promoted to Assistant Professor.

Congratulations Cris and Amy!

Cris PaschildAmy Hofer

Watch the USA-Germany Game at the Library

Date: 06/25/2014
Need to study but want to keep up with the World Cup? We'll be streaming the USA-Germany game on Thursday morning in the Library on the first floor, near the Circulation Desk. GOOOAAALLL!

New Library Search Catalog

Date: 06/24/2014
Our new catalog is here! This interface replaces WorldCat Local and Vikat and includes materials at PSU and Summit Libraries. Need help? Ask a librarian online or at the Reference Desk on the Library's 2nd Floor.
Learn more about the new catalog in our FAQs.

Tom Larsen Wins Butler Award

Date: 06/18/2014

Portland State University Library is pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Kenneth W. and Elsie W. Butler Award for Library Faculty Service, Professor Thomas Larsen. Prof. Larsen joined the PSU Library staff in 1998 and began his faculty position in 2003. He received tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2009, and was promoted to full professor in 2013. Now the Head of Monographic Cataloging, Prof. Larsen handles rare materials for the Special Collections, eBooks, and leads special projects. His unique blend of skills, including his doctorate in Linguistics, knowledge of rare languages, technological savvy, and deep knowledge of local and national cataloging rules and practices, make him an invaluable asset to the Library.

photograph of professor tom larsen

Prof. Larsen has been an essential member of several technology-focused committees, including the Shared ILS Team, the group overseeing PSU Library’s transition to a new cataloging and acquisitions system. Prof. Larsen’s colleagues in the Library and the greater community praise his leadership, his collegiality, and his technological expertise.

Prof. Larsen is also known as a dedicated ally to local and global indigenous communities. As subject liaison to Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University, he has pursued resource acquisitions, demonstrated a profound commitment and knowledge, and enhanced the program immeasurably. As his colleagues noted, “Tom Larsen’s dedication to service, inquisitive nature, work ethic, and collaborative instincts are truly unmatched.”

The Kenneth W. and Elsie W. Butler Award for Library Faculty Service is awarded annually at commencement to recognize excellence in Library Faculty service to students, faculty and other patrons of the University Library. Faculty winners are considered when nominated by a member of the PSU community. There is a selection committee comprised of the Chair of the Faculty Senate Library Committee, a student ambassador, a local alumna and the Butler’s daughters, Gillian, Margaret and Catherine. The award was created through a charitable gift annuity that provides endowment support created by the late Professor Emertitus Kenneth W. Butler and his wife, Elsie W. Butler.

Learn more about the Butler Award and previous recipients.

Intersession and Summer Hours

Date: 06/12/2014
The Library will be on a reduced schedule for intersession. Summer term hours begin Monday, June 23. Congratulations to graduates!
Please see our complete schedule.

Study Break!

Date: 06/03/2014
Take a break! Enjoy cookies, button-making, coloring, Legos, and more at the Library Study Break, Wednesday, June 4, 1-2:30pm in Room 160.
More about Dead and Finals Weeks in the Library.

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