PSU Library has recently released the Library DIY infrastructure as an open source platform for creating point-of-need instructional content. Library DIY is a system of learning objects designed to give students the quick answers they need to continue with their research or library use. This award-winning project can now more easily be replicated at other institutions.
Library DIY joins other valuable PSU Library-developed open source initiatives, including the contextually aware library widget in every D2L course homepage and the study room reservation system. The library widget in particular has been used by other libraries to connect their resources to their learning management systems.
Thanks to the team that developed Library DIY, including Meredith Farkas, Lisa Molinelli, Kim Willson-St. Clair, and Amy Hofer, as well as Mike Flakus and Nathan Mealey in Library Technologies, for building and making open source a well-regarded project other libraries and organizations want to use and adapt.
PSU Library will be open 24 hours from Monday, March 10 at 7:30am until Thursday, March 20 at midnight.
Only PSU students, faculty, and staff may be in the Library building overnight. The Library doors will be locked overnight; students, faculty, and staff may enter the building using an official PSU ID/Access Card. The card reader is on a post near the ADA-accessible door.
Students who do not have a white Student ID/Access Card can get one from ID Card Services in Neuberger Hall Lobby.
College Housing Northwest will provide overnight shuttle service via the Goose Hollow Shuttle, from March 10-19, on this schedule:
Monday - Friday
Saturday - Sunday
Students may be picked up from other College Housing NW buildings by texting 971-998-7306. Service will be offered from the Library to other buildings by request. Please notify the driver when you board at the Library.
Study hard, students! And good luck on finals!
Entering the Library Overnight: A Photo Essay
PSU Library will be open 24 hours from Monday, March 10 at 7:30am until Thursday, March 20 at midnight. Make sure you can get into the Library overnight! Here's a photo essay, starring Mary, to illustrate the important steps you need to take to enter the Library overnight.
1. Mary needs her white PSU ID/Access Card to enter the Library late at night. Don't have one? Stop by ID Card Services in Neuberger.
2. Mary places her PSU ID/Access Card at the card reader near the ADA-accessible entrance to the Library. The card reader scans her card.
3. After scanning her PSU ID/Access Card, Mary pushes the blue ADA-accessible door button.
4. After pushing the blue ADA-accessible door button, Mary waits a few seconds. That door takes a long time to open!
5. Hurray, Mary! She made it into the Library. Follow the same steps as Mary to make sure you can enter the Library during 24/7 late nights.
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.
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