Upcoming Talk: Care & Repair of Books

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Monday, October 26, 2015
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Library Room 160

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A book being bound. Photo courtesy of Carolee Harrison.

Do you have a favorite book from childhood with a torn page? Or a hand-me-down cookbook that’s seen better days? Have you ever wondered how a book is physically put together?

Join book repair expert Carolee Harrison from Portland State University Library Special Collections and University Archives and learn the basics of book structure and simple techniques for maintaining your personal library.

Carolee will share:

  • A brief history of book structure, with physical models
  • How to protect and repair your own books from your personal collection

These tips are directed towards understanding, storing, and repairing regular books in personal collections, not rare or unique materials.

This event is free and open to the public. PSU Library is hosting this event as part of Portland State of Mind.

See more information and photos on the Facebook event page.

Questions? Contact Joan Petit.
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June Is GLBT Book Month

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Starting in 2015, the American Library Association will mark GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.GLBT Book Month

Originally established in the early 1990s by The Publishing Triangle as National Lesbian and Gay Book Month, this occasion is an opportunity for book lovers and libraries with the very best in GLBT literature.

Portland State University Library joins the American Library Association in celebrating GLBT authors and books. During the rest of the month of June, the Library will offer a revolving, circulating display of books by GLBT authors and about the GLBT experience in the Library’s new books area near the front door.

PSU Library is also pleased to share the following lists of excellent literature:

GLBT Book Month™ is an initiative of the American Library Association, and is coordinated through its Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table.

Strategic Snacks!

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The Library is planning our future, and we want your input!

Wednesday, June 3
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Library Room 170

Stop by, answer a few questions about the Library, and enjoy some tasty snacks!

Extended Hours for Dead Week & Finals Week

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The Library will be open 24 hours for Dead Week and Finals Week, from Monday, June 1 at 7:30 a.m. to Thursday, June 11 at midnight.

Only PSU students, faculty, and staff may be in the Library overnight. After 11:30 p.m., when the doors are locked, enter by scanning your white PSU ID Card at the card reader by the ADA-accessible door. Don’t have a white ID card? Stop by ID Card Services in Neuberger Lobby.Copper Beech Tree in front of library

Happy Birthday, Copper Beech!

The Library’s iconic copper beech tree, planted around 1890, turns 125 this year! Join us for a birthday party with tasty treats on Monday, June 8, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., on the Library porch. RSVP via Facebook.

More information about Dead Week and Finals Week at PSU Library.

Workshop: How To Make Your Research Data Sing

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Date & Time
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Library, Room 170
1st floor, across from elevators

Michael Bowman & Brent Wilson

Want to learn skills that will boost your research and your career? What do you need to consider when you’re working with research data? Learn about file formats and organization, documentation so you can reuse your data later, and metadata to prepare for deposit in a data repository.

Please email Michael Bowman if you plan to attend, and provide your department name. That will help Michael and Brent prepare discipline-specific examples.


Texts of Time: The Portland State Book of Hours and the Medieval Manuscript Tradition

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May 4 – July 17, 2015
First Floor Exhibit Space

Please note: the Book of Hours manuscript will be on display Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. The accompanying materials are on display whenever the Library is open.

Photo of Book of HoursWith support from the Gordon Hunter Fund, Portland State University Library Special Collections recently acquired a late 15th century French Book of Hours, the first intact medieval manuscript owned by the Library. The Book of Hours was the most popular text during the late Medieval period.

A Book of Hours consisted of prayers and meditations that guided readers through the eight liturgical hours of the day celebrated by medieval Christians in Western Europe. These manuscripts were usually small enough to be carried around and sometimes decorated with colorful miniature paintings and gold leaf. A Book of Hours was an essential companion to a devout reader. Royal and wealthy patrons often owned several, lavishly decorated Books of Hours, but for a family of lesser rank, it was often the only book they owned.

Books of Hours were a compact version of the prayers recited at monasteries. They included calendars highlighting feast days, Gospel prayers, prayers to saints, and most importantly, prayers to the Virgin Mary. The prayers were divided into sections to be read from Matins to Compline with illuminations and decorative flourishes throughout. Books of Hours were highly personalized in their original design and later additions to the text made by their owners. Many Books of Hours were given as gifts and remained in families for generations. The Book of Hours presents a wealth of information about daily life and culture in medieval Europe.

Professor Anne McClanan’s art history seminar in winter 2015 prepared a digital and physical exhibit of the Portland State University Library Book of Hours. The physical exhibit is on display in the Library’s First Floor Exhibit Space from May 4 – July 17. The digital exhibit is available online.

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Primary Resources for Community Action: A Black History Forum at PSU Library

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Thursday, May 21, 2015
Library, 3rd Floor

PSU Library Special Collections invites you to a free forum on the exciting community and history projects stemming from the archival collections of Senator Avel Gordly and Otto and Verdell Rutherford.

Politician and educator Avel Gordly and community activists and historians Verdell and Otto Rutherford are key figures in Oregon history. Their dedication to social justice, racial equality, and advocacy for the Black community is documented in the historical records they maintained and preserved.

PSU Library Special Collections is the proud steward of the Gordly and Rutherford archives, which have served as vital resources for students, activists, historians, artists, and filmmakers, inspiring creativity and fortifying action.

Please join us to engage with people and projects that carry forward the spirit and the commitment of Senator Gordly and the Rutherford family. After a series of lightning talks by invited presenters, all will have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas for collaboration, mentorship, strategic action, and the creation and preservation of a representative historical record.

Come share common ground enriched by these important historical collections and consider how the history you are creating today can be preserved as a foundation for future action.

Families are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact PSU Library Special Collections by email or phone at 503-725-9883.

RSVP on Facebook

This event is hosted by PSU Library Special Collections with support from the PSU Diversity Action Council and the Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion.

Workshop: Managing Resources with Zotero and Mendeley

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Zotero and Mendeley are web-based and desktop citation and PDF management tools that make it easy to collect, organize and cite research materials. Both are terrific tools for anyone working on a research project, as they can help you manage your research materials from multiple sources and insert them into your publications with ease.
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Librarian Michael Bowman will offer two sessions of this popular workshop in April and May:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Library Room 160

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Library Room 160

PSU Library Workshop Schedule

Earth Week at the Library

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In recognition of Portland State University’s 8th Annual Earth Day Festival and the 45th anniversary of Earth Day in the United States, the Portland State University Library Green Team is devoting the week of April 20-24 to showcasing library materials that support the tenets of the original Earth Day: ecological awareness and encouragement of respect for life on day flag

Books are on display in the New Books area just inside the Library entrance.

Streaming films and documentaries are available online through the Library’s subscriptions.

Electronic books and databases are available online through the Library’s

Learn more about PSU Earth Week and the Earth Day Festival.