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 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.
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.
The novel The Residue Years, written by Portland native and PSU alum Mitchell S. Jackson, is this year’s Everybody Reads selection from Multnomah County Library. As part of Everybody Reads and sponsored by Literary Arts, Mitchell Jackson will speak at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Tuesday, March 10 from 7:30-9pm. Tickets are available for $15, but several lucky PSU students will earn a free ticket courtesy of PSU Library!
PSU students have three different ways to get a free ticket:
Take a selfie in the Library, and share it with PSU Library through social media. Post your photo to our Facebook page (make sure to “like” us first!) or tweet it to @PSULibrary on Twitter (make sure to follow us!).
Take a photo of your favorite place to study in the Library and share it with PSU Library through social media. Post your photo to our Facebook page (make sure to “like” us first!) or tweet it to @PSULibrary on Twitter (make sure to follow us!).
Tell us what you love about PSU Library by completing the form below.
Note: You only need to do one of these things, not all three!
Tickets will be given away in order that photos and forms are submitted, until we’ve allocated all of the tickets. PSU students enrolled in winter term 2015 are eligible. We’ll ask you to show us your current student ID to pick up your ticket.
The fine print: when you share your photo or comments with us, you also give us permission to re-use those materials on the Library’s website, promotional materials, and social media.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Davis is the author of nine books, including the following titles which are available through PSU and Summit Libraries:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Library Dean Marilyn Moody invites members of the campus community to join Library faculty and staff for a webcast on open educational resources (OER). The webcast, “8 Steps to Implementing Open Educational Resources,” will be Friday, October 17, 10:00 to 11:30am, in Library Room 160.
The continued increase of textbook prices is a barrier for many students. Students in both online and on-campus environments often find that they cannot afford to purchase required course materials. OER are openly-licensed textbooks and other teaching and learning resources that are available online, for free. The adoption of open educational resources, particularly online and open access textbooks, is a strategy to lower this barrier for students.
If you can’t make the webcast but would like to learn more about open educational resources, please see the Library’s OER guide.