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.

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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. 

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.
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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.

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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.