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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.

New Book Drop

Date: 05/28/2014

The Library has a new book drop, to replace one that was damaged this winter. The new book drop is near the corner of SW 10th and Montgomery, outside of the Science Research and Teaching center. 

new book drop

We're on Instagram!

Date: 05/27/2014
Follow PSU Library University Archives and Special Collections on Instagram for historic photos and other fascinating materials from our unique collections.
PSULibArchives on Instagram

New Library Catalog Coming Soon

Date: 05/27/2014
On June 23, you'll see a new catalog interface on the Library homepage. This new catalog replaces WorldCat and Vikat and includes materials at PSU and Summit Libraries. The switch is part of a major cooperative effort by the Orbis Cascade Alliance (Summit) to consolidate all 37 institutions' holdings into one single, shared library system.
Learn more about the new catalog in a letter from the Library Dean.

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