Faculty Workshop: Finding and Embedding Library Content in D2L

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Portland State University Library provides access to a wealth of online materials that can be used as online course content. Learn how to seamlessly integrate online articles, books, and multimedia into D2L and your syllabus while respecting copyright and licensing agreements.Rhododendrum in bloom outside library

Join librarian Beth Pickard for this drop-in workshop on Thursday, April 9, 2015, from 11am to noon, in Library Room 170 (on the first floor near the elevators).

Faculty and graduate students are welcome.

Portland State University Library Workshops & Tours

Extended Hours for Dead Week & Finals Week

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The Library will be open 24 hours starting the night of Monday, March 9, and remaining open until midnight on Thursday, March 19. After 11:30 pm, only PSU students, faculty, and staff may be in the Library building. library_winternight

Branford’s Bean will again provide free coffee, while it lasts, after close when the Library is open overnight. Many thanks to PSU Dining!

The Portland State Board of Trustees has scheduled a meeting to take place on the Library’s 3rd floor on the afternoon of Thursday, March 12. In order to prepare the space and accommodate the meeting, the southwest corner of the Library’s 3rd floor (the carpeted area overlooking the football field and Stott Center) will be closed from the afternoon of Wednesday, March 11 through the evening of Thursday, March 12. We apologize for the inconvenience.

For more information, check out Dead Week & Finals Week at PSU Library. Good luck on finals!


Celebrate Will Eisner Week at PSU

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Portland State University Library joins with Dark Horse Comics and the Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation to recognize Will Eisner Week 2015, an annual series of events that celebrates graphic novels, sequential art, free speech, and the legacy of Will Eisner, one of the most innovative figures in the history of comics and graphic novels. This year Will Eisner Week is March 1-7.
Will Eisner Week Poster

Will Eisner Week 2015 marks the 75th anniversary of the 1940 debut of Eisner’s signature creation, The Spirit, which revolutionized comics and established Will Eisner as a giant in the medium.

During Will Eisner Week 2015, the Library has a display of Will Eisner’s books as well as The Spirit figurine.

There will also be a screening of the documentary Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist followed by a brief intermission and a panel discussion of “Eisner’s Legacy,” with participants Matt Wagner, Douglas Wolk, and Susan Kirtley, and moderated by Brian Michael Bendis. The documentary will be screened from noon to 1:45pm, with the discussion at 2pm, on Friday, March 6 in Cramer 53.

Will Eisner (1917-2005) grew up during the Great Depression in the tenements of the Bronx. He was a pioneer in the creation of comics during the “Golden Age” of the 1930s and ’40s, achieving fame with his noir crime-fighting superhero, The Spirit. At one time or another, many comics greats worked with Eisner including Jules Feiffer, Wally Wood, Jack Kirby, Al Jaffee, Mike Ploog, and others. After The Spirit ceased publication, Eisner devoted himself to producing educational and instructional sequential art, a term he coined. In 1978, Eisner once again reinvented himself, and the medium, with his graphic novel A Contract with God. Other notable Eisner graphic novels include To The Heart of the Storm, A Life Force, Last Day In Vietnam, Fagin The Jew, and The Plot. Will Eisner’s graphic novels and textbooks are still in print in 15 worldwide languages. The prestigious Will Eisner Awards, the “Oscars of the Comics Industry,” are presented at San Diego Comic-Con, the world’s largest comics convention.

Author Mitchell S. Jackson at Schnitzer Concert Hall

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The novel The Residue Years, written by Portland native and PSU alum Mitchell S. Jackson, was the 2015 Everybody Reads Selection by Multnomah County Library. As part of Everybody Reads and sponsored by Literary Arts, Mitchell Jackson spoke at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Tuesday, March 10. RESIDUE PAPERBACK COVER

“I always intended this book to be for Portland… The issues in the book are very present today: What are the effects of gentrification? How do people of color institute change?” -Mitchell S. Jackson

PSU Library bought a bundle of tickets and sent more than 55 students to the talk.  

Thanks to the many students who participated!


OAI Workshop: Using PDXScholar

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This Wednesday, Library Digital Initiatives Coordinator Karen Bjork will stop by the Office of Academic Innovation (OAI) for a discussion about the possibilities of PDXScholar for teaching and learning.

Karen Bjork
Karen Bjork

Event Details
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
1:00pm to 2:00pm
OAI (SMSU 209 Mezzanine)

PDXScholar, a service of Portland State University Library, provides open access to a diverse collection of academic, scholarly, scientific, and creative content produced by faculty, students, and staff. PDXScholar increases the visibility of authors’ works, maximizes research impact, facilitates interdisciplinary research, and provides regional and global communities with immediate and permanent access.

Workshop: Organizing Your Information

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Learn how to efficiently review and manage information of all types. Led by librarian Michael Bowman, this workshop covers software such as RSS readers, read later programs, note taking and storing applications, and citation management software.

Tuesday, February 10
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Library, Room 220J (2nd floor, Northeast Corner)

PSU students, faculty, and staff are welcome.

Books by Angela Davis at PSU and Summit Libraries

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Dr. Angela Davis, a world-renowned author, educator, and activist, will be the MLK Tribute Week keynote speaker at Portland State University on January 21 at 6pm at the Peter Stott Center. Through her activism and scholarship over decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in social justice. Her work as an educator, both at the university level and in the larger public sphere, has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice. Angela Davis/close

Davis is the author of nine books, including the following titles which are available through PSU and Summit Libraries:

Learn more about Angela Davis and the MLK Tribute at PSU.

Special Collections & University Archives Open House

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PSU Library Special Collections & University Archives is pleased to invite the PSU community, alumni, and the public to an Open House on Friday, October 24, from 2-5pm, in Library 180.

See highlights of PSU history and rare treasures from our collections, including Medieval manuscripts, our Galileo manuscript, and Salvador Dali’s illustrations for a 1969 edition of Alice in Wonderland.

This Open House is part of Portland State of Mind.

Below, on the left, an illustration by Salvador Dali in his 1969 edition of Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. On the right, a woodcut from the Dialogo di Galileo Galilei manuscript. Both items are held by PSU Library Special Collections and will be on display at the Open House.
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Open Access Week, at PSU and Around the World

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International Open Access Week 2014 is October 20-26. Portland State University Library joins this global event to celebrate, promote, and discuss open access, the movement to make scholarly content readily and freely available to the public. During the week, we’re taking the opportunity to highlight library services, resources, and promote webcasts and events on open access issues. For more information please read on, or contact Emily Ford, Urban & Public Affairs Librarian and Scholarly Communication Coordinator.

Open Access logoOpen Access Services from PSU Library

PSU’s First Open Textbook Now Live via PDX Open

As part of the Provost’s Challenge, PSU Library introduced the project PDX Open: Reducing Student Textbook Costs. As part of this project the Library is collaborating with faculty to develop open access textbooks to be made freely available to students. This fall we published the first PDX Open textbook,  Preadvanced Japanese, developed by Emiko Konomi. More textbooks are currently in development.

Make Your Works Accessible in PDXScholar

PSU’s Institutional Repository, PDXScholar, contains over 6,000 items created by PSU faculty, students, and staff, including but not limited to journal articles, technical reports, conference papers, research data, theses and dissertations, and books. Every day, people all over the world use search engines like Google to discover and then download items from PDXScholar. If you’re interested in making your work readily accessible, consider contributing your work to PDXScholar.

Highlight your Work with a Faculty Profile

A SelectedWorks faculty profile is a great way to highlight your openly accessible works, and to share more about your research interests with the world. The profile is a customizable webpage that allows you to highlight your scholarship the way you want. Join the growing number of PSU Faculty who have created their profiles. To get started, email PSU Library Digital Initiatives.


Open Access Resources at PSU Library

Many excellent resources and databases are available online for free. We are pleased to highlight several open access resources we include in our list of databases.


Open Access Week Events and Webcasts

Here we highlight events at PSU Library, online, and at Valley Library at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Friday, October 17

Webcast: 8 Steps to Implementing Open Educational Resources
10 – 11:30am, PSU Library 160
Library Dean Marilyn Moody invites members of the campus community to join Library faculty and staff for a webcast on open educational resources (OER).  Please RSVP through our online form.

Monday, October 20th

Webcast: Generation Open, the OA Week Kickoff
Noon – 1pm, PSU Library 170 or Online
Register online, or join colleagues to watch the webcast in Library Room 170. The program will focus on this year’s theme of “Generation Open.” Speakers will discuss the importance of students and early career researchers in the transition to Open Access and explore how changes in scholarly publishing affect scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers. Hosted by the WorldBank.

Tuesday, October 21st

Open Access @ OSU Presents Mythbusters!
12 – 2pm, 2nd Floor Rotunda, OSU Valley Library in Corvallis
Have you heard people say,”I don’t want to have to publish in an Open Access journal. And I want my article peer-reviewed. And who’s going to protect my copyright?” Drop in for a session on debunking common myths about the OSU Open Access policy.

Wednesday, October 22nd

Organizing Your Photos: Make Them Public or NOT
2 – 3 pm, Autzen Classroom, OSU Valley Library in Corvallis
Your photos are all over the internet: Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, your blog, your friend’s blog… Learn how to manage your photos while understanding your rights.

Screening: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
6:30 – 8:30pm, Milam Auditorium, OSU Campus in Corvallis
Programmer, activist, and Open Access proponent Aaron Swartz committed suicide after two years of prosecution for downloading large numbers of academic articles from MIT. This documentary film follows Aaron’s life from computer prodigy to Internet activist.

Thursday, October 23rd

Webcast: The Feedback Loop between Open Access and Altmetrics
10 – 11am, Online
In this one-hour webcast, Mike Showalter of Plum Analytics will describe and demonstrate altmetrics and open access; you will learn about the capabilities of using altmetrics as your own open access feedback loop. There will be time for questions. Register online.

Webcast: The Right Metrics for Generation Open
11am – 12pm, Online
The traditional means of sharing your impact–citation counts–don’t meet the needs of today’s researchers. Generation Open needs altmetrics. This presentation will cover what altmetrics are and the types of altmetrics today’s researchers can expect to receive; how you can track and share those metrics to get all the credit you deserve; and real life examples of scientists who used altmetrics to get grants and tenure. Register online.

Monday, October 27th

Connecting the Dots: Open Access, Open Education and an Open Future
1 – 2pm, 2nd Floor Rotunda, OSU Valley Library in Corvallis, or Livestream
Guest Speaker: Nicole Allen, SPARC
Considerable strides have already been made toward Open Access in the realm of scholarly and scientific research, with millions of papers now available online through Open Access journals or institutional repositories, and hundreds of institutions adopting self-archiving policies. The movement for open education is following suit, expanding the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) to hundreds of thousands of students and saving tens of millions dollars on textbooks. As these two movements mature, connecting the dots between the areas of overlap and common lessons learned will become increasingly important. Open Access and OER are essential building blocks for a more open future for higher education, and they are stronger together.


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