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
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!
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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.
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.
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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.
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