Events

24 Hour Library Begins Tuesday, May 31

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Portland State University Library will be open 24 hours from Tuesday, May 31 at 7:30am through Thursday, June 9 at midnight.

Promotional flyer for 24 hour libraryStudents who wish to enter the building after midnight will need to use their PSU Student ID/Access Card (the white card).

The Library building will be closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.

A few reminders:

  • Please be careful not to leave your things around during finals if you leave your seat. We’ve had thieves in the Library building.
  • Don’t forget to return your library books before you leave campus for the summer.

For more information, please see the Finals page on the Library website.

Study hard! Good luck on finals!

Library Open 24 Hours March 7 – March 17

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The Library will be open 24 hours for Dead Week and Finals Week from Monday, March 7 at 7:30 a.m. through Thursday, March 17 at midnight. 

StudentIDCardLate Night Entry

Only PSU students, faculty, and staff may be in the Library overnight. After midnight, when the doors are locked, enter by scanning your white PSU ID Card (shown here) at the card reader by the ADA-accessible door. Don’t have a white ID card? Stop by ID Card Services in Neuberger Lobby.

Getting To and From the Library

Campus Public Safety will walk you to your car or residence hall when they are available. Ask the Officer in the Library or call Dispatch at (503) 725-4407.

College Housing Northwest (CHN) offers extended hours for their Goose Hollow Shuttle.

photo of library with 24-hour datesStudy Space

Room 160, near the elevators on the 1st floor, will generally be open as extra study space.

Please keep your valuables with you if you leave your desk or table!

Don’t Forget to Return Your Books!

Return your books inside the Library, or use one of the two book drops outside.


Good luck on finals, all!

Find more information about Dead Week and Finals Week at PSU Library.

See the complete Library schedule. 

Library Lunch for Grad Students This Friday!

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Note: We are no longer taking RSVPs for this event. Stay tuned for our next student listening session in March.

Grad students: join Portland State librarians for a pizza lunch on Friday, February 5!

tree in front of libraryWe want to find out what you think about PSU Library. What’s your favorite place to study? What’s your biggest frustration in the building? Are library hours working for you? How can we make your life easier as a grad student?

We’ll have fresh pizza from Sizzle Pie, soda and water, and a chance to talk about your interactions with PSU Library.

Questions? Contact librarian Joan Petit at 503-725-2397 or jpetit@pdx.edu.

February Workshops Cover Zotero and Mendeley, Research Data, and Information Organization

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Librarian Michael Bowman is offering his popular workshops again this winter term. Here’s what’s coming up:

workshop infoManaging Resources with Zotero and Mendeley

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.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 4–5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 4–5:30 p.m.
Library Room 160


 

workshop infoOrganizing Your Information

Learn how to efficiently review and manage information of all types. This covers software such as Twitter, RSS readers, read later programs, note taking and storing applications and citation management software.

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 4–5:30 p.m.
Library Room 284


 

workshop infoHow to Make Your Research Data Sing

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? What file formats and organization should you use? What documentation should accompany your data so that you (and others) can re-use it at a later date (or incorporate it with data collected by others) — possibly years from now? What are the current standards in your field for adding metadata to describe your data and prepare it for deposit in a disciplinary repository or in PDXScholar?

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 4–5:30 p.m.
Library Room 160


 

You can always find our upcoming workshops on the workshop page.

Study Break Snack & Chat

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Join Portland State librarians for a study break with snacks and a chance to chat with some librarians about PSU Library.

event informationWe want to find out what you think about PSU Library — your favorite places to study and what we could improve — and we also want to learn more about how we could better communicate with PSU students.

We ask you to commit to joining us for at least 45 minutes. Questions? Want to RSVP? Check out the event on Facebook or contact Librarian Joan Petit.

See you Monday!

Undergrads: Eat Pizza and Chat with Librarians!

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Are you an undergraduate student at Portland State? The Library wants to hear from you. How do you use the Library’s spaces and services? What’s working great? What could be better? Over the next several months, we are inviting you to join us for a series of conversations to discuss these very topics.

Our first conversation is coming up Monday, November 9 at noon. We’ll have pizza!

event flyerInterested in joining us? Email librarian Joan Petit with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your major (if it’s declared)

Joan will get back in touch with you with more information, including the location.

Questions? Please contact Joan Petit via email (jpetit@pdx.edu) or phone (503-725-2397). Hope to see you there!

Please note: this first conversation is for undergrads. Grad students, stay tuned! We’ll be inviting you to a conversation in winter term. 

Fall Workshops on Zotero and Mendeley, Information Organization, and Research Data

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Join librarian Michael Bowman for these upcoming fall workshops. See our complete list of workshops here. 


 

Managing Resources with Zotero and Mendeley

workshop informationDescription
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.

Dates Offered
10/21/2015 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
11/17/2015 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Location
Library, Room 160
1st Floor, Across from the Elevators

Instructor
Michael Bowman


 

Organizing Your Information

workshop informationDescription
Learn how to efficiently review and manage information of all types. This covers software such as RSS readers, read later programs, note taking and storing applications and citation management software.

Dates Offered
11/4/2015 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Location
Library, Room 284
2nd Floor, Across from the Elevators

Instructor
Michael Bowman


 

How to Make Your Research Data Sing

information for research data workshopDescription
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 on attending and let him know what department you are in. That will help him prepare discipline-specific examples. Registration in advance is only being requested for the data management workshop.

Dates Offered
11/24/2015 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Location
Library, Room 170
1st Floor, Across from the Elevators

Instructor
Michael Bowman

Faculty: Apply to Attend Open Textbook Workshop

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Registration is closed. Similar workshops may be offered in the future.

The Portland State University Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Academic Innovation, and the University Library are pleased to announce a workshop led by the Open Textbook Network. This workshop introduces the concept of open textbooks, their benefits, and how to find and incorporate them into courses.

When:     Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided!)
Where:   
PSU Library, Room 160 (1st floor, across from the elevators)

Participants are asked to write a short review of an Open Textbook Library textbook in their field following the workshop. Departments will receive $200 as recognition of the faculty member’s contribution. Please note: open textbooks are not available for all subjects, so please check textbook availability.

Why Open Textbooks?

According to the National Center for Education Statistics

  • Seven out of ten students don’t purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.
  • The average undergraduate can expect to pay $1,225 for textbooks/supplies during one academic year.
  • The cost of textbooks is rising at four times the inflation rate.

Open Textbooks can lower students costs without comprising their learning.

  • Open textbooks are freely available online and can be used in whole or part at no cost to students.
  • Open textbooks are often written by professors and other scholars in their fields of expertise.
  • Open textbooks are often published with the same editorial rigor as commercial textbooks.
  • The number of open textbooks is increasing across a variety of subject areas.

Apply to attend the workshop and learn how open textbooks can benefit our students, both academically and financially.

The workshop will be led by David Ernst of the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Library and Sarah Cohen of the Open Textbook Network.

Questions about the workshop? Please contact Karen Bjork, Head of Digital Initiatives, or Sarah Beasley, Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian and Scholarly Communication Coordinator.

This workshop is sponsored by OAA, OAI, and the Library.