Events

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.

Oregon Archives Month Celebration on Oct. 3

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Join Portland State University Library Special Collections and University Archives and ten other local archives at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center for an Oregon Archives Month Celebration.
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History: Feed Your Head
Saturday, October 3, 2015
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
City of Portland Archives & Records Center
PSU Academic & Student Recreation Center (ASRC) 1800 SW 6th Ave, Suite 550
Free and open to the public!

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the City’s archives and chat with local archivists representing 11 different archives:

  • City of Portland
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Mazamas
  • Metro
  • Multnomah County
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Oregon Historical Society
  • Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
  • Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
  • Portland State University
  • PSU’s Architecture, Engineering and Construction

Learn more about the Oregon Archives Month Celebration.

RSVP via Facebook.

Upcoming Talk: Care & Repair of Books

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

a book being bound
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.