Events

PSU Library Celebrates Open Access Week

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Open Access Week internationalInternational Open Access Week is upon us! Celebrate open access and publishing with the PSU Library from October 24 through October 30, 2016. Open access the movement to make scholarly endeavors available to the public without financial and licensing barriers. Open access is the immediate, online availability of research that have minimal license restrictions.

During Open Access Week, the PSU Library will highlight library services that support open access publication and open access resources offered by the Library. The PSU Library will join other libraries, academic institutions, researchers and publishers to celebrate, promote, and discuss open access. 

Open Access Services at the PSU Library

PDXScholar, Portland State Library’s institutional repository, is our foremost open access service. PDXScholar makes PSU student and faculty research available to researchers anywhere in the world. The Library also supports the publication of open access journals such as Anthos, Hatfield Graduate Journal of Public Affairs, and the PSU McNair Scholars Online Journal.

The Library supports the development of Open Educational Resources, educational materials that everyone can use, modify, and freely share. PDXOpen projects have already saved PSU students $61,294! Stop by the Library this week to see a display highlighting some of these books on our new books shelf.

More Information:
PSU Library on Open Access
PDXScholar
Open Access Explained!
SPARC Open Access Fact Sheet (PDF)
PSU Library Facebook
PSU Library Twitter

Fall Term Drop-in Workshops & Tours

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Upcoming Workshops

Managing Resources with Zotero and Mendeley

Description
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 documents with ease.

Dates Offered
Tuesday, October 11th 4–5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 26th 4–5:30 p.m.

Location
Library, Room 160
1st floor, across from elevators

Instructor
Michael Bowman

Research for Thesis and Dissertation Literature Reviews

Description
A thorough literature review sets the stage for success in a large research project like a thesis, dissertation, or grant proposal. This session will give students tips and strategies for conducting an effective and comprehensive literature review.

Date Offered
Thursday, October 20th, 12 – 1 p.m.

Location
Library, Room 160
1st floor, across from elevators

Instructor
Kim Pendell

Research Data Management

Description
Your research data needs care and maintenance in order to be effective and retain its viability. What file formats and organization should you use? What documentation should accompany your data so that you (and others) can re-use it in the future? What are the current standards in your field for adding metadata and prepare it for deposit in a repository? Learn the answers in our workshop!

Date Offered
Wednesday, November 2nd 4–5:30 p.m.

Location
Library, Room 160
1st floor, across from elevators

Instructor
Kim Pendell

Tour the Library

During the first 4 weeks of the term, guided tours are given Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. & Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.

Meet at the 1st floor Circulation Desk.

Celebrate GLBT Book Month

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Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), GLBT Book Month is “a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.”

Portland State University Library is pleased to join ALA in celebrating GLBT Book Month with a display featuring a range of fiction and non-fiction books by and about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

The display includes picture books for younger children, young adult literature, and a range of fiction and non-fiction for adults.

You’ll find the display on the first floor, near the front door. GLBT Book Month logo

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!