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New Digital Collection: Sustainability History Project

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In recognition of Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday, October 22, PSU Library University Archives is thrilled to announce our new digital collection, the Sustainability History Project.

This audio collection is part of an ongoing senior capstone project at Portland State University. Launched in 2006 by Peter Kopp and Joshua Binus, the Sustainability History Project collection now contains interviews with hundreds of Portland entrepreneurs, innovators, and decision-makers who are working to implement sustainability strategies in their business practices, institutional policies, and daily lives. Over the course of seven years, more than two hundred Portland State students researched and conducted these interviews. The range of topics includes education, reuse, agriculture, housing, food supply, green building, transportation, forestry, recycling, green burial, landscaping, reclamation, and policy making.

Each interview includes an audio recording, a brief biography of the interview subject, and a description of the scope of the discussion. Some interviews include additional materials, most commonly an interview index, available as a downloadable PDF, as well as, in some cases, photographs or related publications.

Through the digitization work of PSU Library University Archives, you can now listen to these interviews online.

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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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Learn More: Open Access Week website. Open Access Week logo licensed CC BY.

Open Access Resources at PSU Library

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International Open Access Week 2014 is October 20-26. PSU 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.

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Learn more about the open access movement on the Open Access Week website. Open Access Week logo licensed CC BY.

We are pleased to highlight the following databases and resources, all of which are open access. Anyone in the world can use these databases with readily accessible articles, books, and more.

  • Ad*Access –  Advertisements printed from 1911 to 1955 in: radio, television, transportation, and beauty & hygiene.
  • arXiv – E-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, and statistics.
  • bioRxiv – Preprints of articles in biology, sponsored by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories.
  • Digital Scriptorium – Archival images of medieval and renaissance manuscripts.
  • Directory of Open Access Books – A database indexing open access ebooks across multiple disciplines.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals – A database indexing open access journals and articles across multiple disciplines.
  • Internet Archive – An archive of the Internet including newsreels, movies, texts, and audio artifacts.
  • NCBI BookShelf – Texts in life science and healthcare from the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
  • OpenGrey – Indexes grey literature produced in Europe.
  • PubMed – Provides citations and abstracts for journal articles in all areas of medical practice and research from 1953 to the present.
  • Science.gov – Features selected, authoritative science information provided by U.S. Government agencies including research and development results.
  • TIMEA – The Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA) focuses on western interactions with the Middle East, particularly travels to Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

To learn more about Open Access Week and open access materials, please contact your subject librarian or Scholarly Communication Coordinator Emily Ford, or visit the Open Access Week website.

Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 14

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Are you registered to vote? Tuesday, October 14 is the voter registration deadline for the November 4 Oregon general election.

A voter registration drive at Portland State in 1971. Photo from the University Archives Digital Gallery.
A voter registration drive at Portland State in 1971. Photo from the University Archives Digital Gallery.

You can register to vote on campus, at tables in between Smith and Cramer and Smith and Neuberger, on Monday until 5pm and on Tuesday until 3pm.

Can’t make it to campus or need to update your registration? Register to vote or update your registration online, through the Oregon Secretary of State’s website.

Learn more about the November 4 election from the Multnomah County Elections Office. Live outside of Multnomah County? Find your county elections office here.

Incorporating Open Educational Resources into Your Classes

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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.

OER Global Logo by Jonathas Mello (CC BY 3.0)
OER Global Logo by Jonathas Mello (CC BY 3.0)

Please RSVP through our online form.

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.

Special Collections & University Archives at 2014 Oregon Archives Crawl

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Each year, to highlight the many fascinating archives and heritage sites in our area, the archivists of Portland gather at three area locations and invite the public to visit each spot and learn about our region’s rich collections. More than 25 local institutions are participating in the 2014 Oregon Archives Crawl, including PSU Library Special Collections and University Archives.2014ORarchivescrawl

You’ll find our table with several others at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center, right here on on the PSU campus, on the 5th floor of the PSU Academic and Student Recreation Center (ASRC). The other locations for the 2014 Oregon Archives Crawl are Multnomah County Central Library and the Oregon Historical Society, each of which is hosting ten additional archives.

This fun and free event takes place on Saturday, October 18, from 10am to 3pm, which gives you enough time to visit each host organization.

PSU Library Special Collections and University Archives is participating in this event as part of Portland State of Mind.

Workshop: Literature Review Research for Theses and Dissertations

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A complete literature review conducted in an efficient and organized manner can set the stage for success in a large research project like a thesis or dissertation. These sessions, led by librarian Kim Pendell, will get students started on comprehensive searching and tracking of research for their literature review.photo of education research journals

Dates & Locations
Thursday, October 23, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Library 160
Wednesday, October 29, Noon – 1:00 p.m., Library 160

No RSVP required.

For more information and our full schedule of workshops and tours, please see our Workshops and Tours page.

Library Special Collections Participates in Knight Foundation News Challenge

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This summer, the Knight Foundation posted an open call for ideas and asked, “How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?” PSU Library Special Collections joined more than 600 other people and organizations to propose possible solutions.

“Let Knowledge Serve the City: Using Special Collections to Build a Holistic Cycle of Community Inspiration, Creation, and Dissemination” calls for 3 year-long collaborative resident innovators, application open to all, to focus on our unique historical collections as inspiration to build new digital resources, initiate and lead public dialogue, and develop innovative models for engagement, learning, and community documentation.

The proposal says in part:

We believe that the records of our shared history are not part of the past but are vital and living resources that can actively contribute to a thriving and forward-thinking community. Unfortunately, historical collections can inadvertently become hidden or forgotten from lack of funding and limited accessibility; significant community records can be neglected or lost as over-burdened archivists struggle to find, preserve, and make visible all that they should. This project seeks to address this problem by cultivating a broader pool of stakeholders and agents for gathering, preserving and sharing our history and by creating new connections and new models that reach more people and demonstrate the relevance of these unique materials to all arenas of inquiry, creativity and action.

The News Challenge is now in the feedback phase, and the public is invited to review and comment on proposals. The winners, to be announced January 30, 2015, will win a share of $2.5 million.

Learn more about “Let Knowledge Serve the City: Using Special Collections to Build a Holistic Cycle of Community Inspiration, Creation, and Dissemination” and the Knight News Challenge.

Workshop: Organizing Your Information

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Join librarian Michael Bowman and 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.

Tuesday, October 21, 3-4:30pm
Library Room 220J (on the second floor, near the front of the building)

All students, faculty, and staff are welcome. No RSVP required.

For more information and our full schedule of workshops and tours, please see our Workshops and Tours page.