New OPB Documentary Features Library Collections

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A new OPB Oregon Experience documentary features items from the Verdell Burdine and Otto G. Rutherford Family Collection in Portland State University Library Special Collections. Portland Civil Rights: Lift Ev’ry Voice also includes interviews with Charlotte Rutherford, donor of the Rutherford Family Collection, and Senator Avel Gordly, who has placed her papers with us, as well as PSU faculty members Dr. Darrell Millner of Black Studies and Dr. Karen Gibson of Urban Studies and Planning.

Watch the documentary on OPB or online through their website.

And listen to Charlotte Rutherford discuss the family materials she donated to PSU Library.


Photo of Charlotte Rutherford
Charlotte Rutherford speaking at the Library in 2012.

For more information about PSU Library collections relevant to African American history in Portland, please see the following resources:

Say We Are Here: Selections from the Verdell A. Burdine and Otto G. Rutherford Family Collection

Selected Materials from the Rutherford Family Collection

African American History in Oregon: PSU Library Special Collections

PSU Library Special Collections and University Archives

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. 

Celebrate National Library Week 2015!

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This week, Portland State University Library joins libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.

ALA_NLW2015_375x474Libraries today are more than warehouses for books. Instead, libraries and librarians are change agents within their communities, transforming lives through innovative educational resources and forward-thinking programming. Libraries are doing their part to close the digital divide and level the playing field by providing free access to information and technologies that many in their communities would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Libraries help to ensure the American dream and promote democracy by providing service to all regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic status.

Portland State University Library serves Portland State University by providing databases, electronic and print books, journal subscriptions, research help, technology, and a range of study spaces.

“The library has always been a place of unlimited possibilities,” said Communications and Outreach Librarian Joan Petit. “Whatever your interest or need, the library and the library staff are here to provide you the resources you need to accomplish your goals.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

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

Tell Us What You Think!

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Tell us how Portland State University Library can serve you better!

The survey is now closed. Thanks to all who participated!

The survey, known as LibQUAL+®, assesses your satisfaction with our collections, services, and spaces. The same survey instrument is being used at participating academic libraries throughout the world. To ensure the broadest range of opinion, we hope you will choose to respond. Past experience indicates it takes an average of 10-15 minutes to complete the web-based survey. The survey is sponsored by Portland State University Library and administered by the Association of Research Libraries.

Your responses will provide essential information for us. Please take the time to complete the online survey. We would greatly appreciate your help and thank you for your participation – it means a lot to the Library!

This survey is important to the Library.

Portland State participated in LibQUAL+® in 2008, 2011, and 2013 and we made numerous improvements based on the results, including creating the Learning Ground and Sandbox, adding more comfortable seating, providing laptop checkout, creating partnerships with the Learning Center and Writing Center, and providing access to more online journals and books. Your voice was heard and we want to listen again.

Your responses will:

  • Help us better understand the Portland State community’s view of Library services and how we can improve those services.
  • Let us know where we can concentrate scarce resources to best serve you.
  • Allow us to assess Portland State’s results against other libraries to determine best practices.

All eight core questions must be completed for your choices to be included in the overall results. If you do not wish to respond to a particular question, just select the “NA” box in the right hand column.

Prize Drawing

To thank you for participating, the Library is offering several prizes, the winners to be randomly selected from participants completing the survey. You can enter the drawing by entering your e-mail address at the end of survey.

  • Grand Prize: iPad® Air2, WiFi 16GB ($499 value)
  • $50 Portland State Bookstore gift certificate (2 to give away)
  • $10 Starbucks gift card (7 to give away)


Survey responses will be reported in aggregate. Individual responses will not be disclosed. If you provide your email address for the prize drawing it is immediately separated from your survey responses when you submit the survey. Once the responses are saved, there is no way to link an individual’s responses to an email address. Comment data will be available to library staff for review; it may be cited in reports, presentations, or publications referencing the survey; there will be no way to identify who made the comments. All research records will be kept confidential by the Principal Investigator and the Association of Research Libraries.

If you choose to participate you may withdraw at any time. If you choose not to participate it will not affect your relationship with either Portland State University Library or Portland State University.

Answers to your LibQUAL+® questions

For more information about the LibQUAL+® Survey, including a comprehensive FAQ page with answers to questions like “What do ‘minimum acceptable’ and ‘desired’ service levels mean? Doesn’t everyone want the best possible service?” please see our Evaluation page.

Whom to Contact

About your participation in this study or your rights as a research participant, contact the Human Subjects Research Review Committee in the Office of Research and Strategic Partnerships, 600 University Technology Services, Portland State University, 503-725-4288.

About the survey itself, please contact Tom Bielavitz, or (503) 725-4576.

This document is the informed consent notice. If you agree to participate, you may print this document for your records. By clicking on the survey link, you are giving your informed consent to participate in the survey.

This survey is available in print format upon request.

Many thanks for your help on this important project.

Marilyn K. Moody
Dean of the University Library

Books for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. During April, the Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) is partnering with Portland State University Library, as well as other local libraries and bookstores, to provide a list of books for survivors of sexual assault, their friends and family members, and the community as a whole.
SARC provides services, resources, and referrals for counseling and case management as well as a 24-hour support line.

If you or someone you know would like to speak to an advocate, please call the support line at 503-640-5311 or toll-free at 888-640-5311.

Here are books suggested by SARC. Links for books go to these titles at PSU Library and Summit, if available. Please ask a librarian if you need help locating these or other books.

Sexual Assault and Recovery

Healing Trauma, by Peter Levine
I Never Called it Rape, by Robin Warshaw
Sexual Healing Journey (3rd ed.), by Wendy Maltz
Trauma and Recovery, by Judith Herman
Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation, by Suzette Boon
The Trauma Tool Kit, by Susan Pease Banitt
The Rape Recovery Handbook: Step-by-Step Help for Survivors of Sexual Assault, by Aphrodite Matsakis
Life After Trauma: A Workbook for Healing, by Dena Rosenbloom and Mary Beth Williams
The Courage to Heal, by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis

Sexual Assault and Recovery (Spanish)

Superando El Dolor, by Eliana Gil
El Coraje de Sanar, by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis

For Friends and Family

Allies in Healing: When the Person you Love was Sexually Abused as a Child, by Laurie Davis

Ending Sexual Violence

Transforming a Rape Culture, by Emilie Buchwald
Yes Means Yes! Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

Girls Like Us, by Rachel Lloyd
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn

Social Impact of Pornography

Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity, by Robert Jensen
Pornland, by Gale Dines

Books for Children

Hands are Not for Hurting, by Nora Gaydos
Hey Little Ant, Phillip M. Hoose
A Very Touching Book, by Jan Hindman
It’s My Body, by Lory Freeman
Something Happened and I’m Afraid to Tell, by Patricia Kehoe
Laurie Tells, by Linda Lowery

Note: The issues of sexual assault and sexual exploitation are manifested in a variety of ways and have multiple components. This book list represents a variety of opinions, not all which are endorsed by SARC or PSU Library. However, SARC feels that these books are worth examining.

Task Force Authors Report on Costs of Course Materials

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The Reduce Student Costs Task Force has released Reducing Student Costs: A Report on Textbooks and Course Materials. Appointed by the PSU Faculty Senate, the Associated Students of PSU, and the Provost, the Task Force led by Library Dean Marilyn Moody was charged with making recommendations for lowering the cost of course materials for PSU students.

The Task Force’s recommendations focused on five themes:taskforcecover

Theme 1: Expand on the initial investment of the Task Force
The Task Force recommends that PSU pursue a “full environmental scan” of students and faculty in a range of disciplines to address the complexities of the challenge.

Theme 2: Pursue collaboration among all stakeholders
The Task Force encourages collaboration among PSU Library, the Office of Academic Innovation, PSU students, PSU faculty, the state Higher Education Coordinating Commission, local businesses, and more. They recommend that stakeholders support faculty in using open educational resources and pursuing further development of open textbooks.

Theme 3: Develop and incentivize use of open education resources
The Task Force would like to see an investment of time, money, and infrastructure allocated to the development of open education resources (OERs) at Portland State.

Theme 4: Investigate other cost-reduction initiatives
The Task Force suggests an examination of other approaches, including the adoption of open textbooks by multiple sections of individual classes and further investments in the Library for textbook and course material acquisitions as well as to assist faculty in identifying appropriate OERs.

Theme 5: Address challenges of copyright and intellectual property
The Task Force recommends PSU review “current copyright and intellectual property guidelines and policies. Faculty members’ intellectual property rights and copyrights do not provide the latitude and incentives needed for the investment in the creation of OERs.”

The reported was authored by Task Force members Marilyn K. Moody (chair), Shadi Alkhaledi, Chelsey Weinmann, Kathleen M. Steppe, Jill Emery, Kimberly D. Pendell, Joel Bettridge, Karen Bjork, Emily Ford, Vincent Schreck, Berrin Erdogan, Gerardo Lafferriere, and Ralf Widenhorn. Many thanks to Stephanie Doig, PSU Library, for her contributions.

The Task Force report, Reducing Student Costs: A Report on Textbooks and Course Materials, is available online in PDXScholar.

College District Images Show Campus in 1960s

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PSU Library Special Collections & University Archives is pleased to announce a new collection of historic photographs created in collaboration with PSU Capital Projects and Construction. Explore the Portland State “College District” as it appeared from 1962-1966, in the early days of urban renewal and campus expansion, in a series of images in the University Archives Digital Gallery.

Muzak, 1962, a storefront at the site of the current Peter Stott Center.

Compiled by Capital Projects and Construction Archivist Bryce Henry as part of the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Archives, the College District collection includes more than 300 images of single-family and duplex houses, businesses, and other commercial buildings in locations now part of the Portland State campus. Many of the buildings photographed were torn down for large campus construction projects. The collection also includes images of buildings still in use on campus, including Lincoln, Cramer, and Neuberger Halls in various stages of completion.

The notes in the images identify the year the photograph was taken, the location of each building, and, in many cases, information about what buildings are in those locations today.

Photographed in May 1964, this duplex was demolished one month later. The site is the current location of Parking Structure 1.
Photographed in May 1964, this duplex was demolished one month later. The site is the current location of Parking Structure 1.

The University Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to the historical records of Portland State from its beginnings as Vanport Extension Center to the present day. The archives includes documents, correspondence, publications, program materials, photographs, moving images, and ephemera from administrative departments, academic units, student organizations, and faculty and staff.

The University Archives Digital Gallery documents Portland State’s history through more than 11,000 images.

Explore the College District collection in the University Archives Digital Gallery.

Call for Proposals for Open Textbooks

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Portland State University Library recently published five open access textbooks authored by PSU faculty for use by PSU students, as part of a pilot project called PDX Open. In just the first term of use, students saved a combined $23,800.

With the success of these first five textbooks and the support of generous donors, PSU Library is pleased to announce a new round of funding for the development of open access textbooks by Portland State University faculty.

Proposals are due May 4, 2015.

Open textbooks are digital in format and made freely available over the web for students at PSU and beyond. PDX Open textbooks are published in PDXScholar, the university’s institutional repository managed by PSU Library. See examples of open textbooks here.

We seek proposals for texts that are comprehensive works geared toward a specific field of study. Preference will be given to proposals with applicability towards multiple, high-enrollment undergraduate courses taught by faculty in a single department at PSU.

Faculty authors whose proposals are accepted for publication will receive a $2,500 stipend. These funds can be allocated at the faculty member’s discretion, for professional travel, research support, peer-reviewers, accuracy checkers, and copy-editors.

Proposals should include the following:

  • Faculty member’s contact information and current CV
  • Textbook title
  • Description of contents
  • Table of contents with chapter descriptions
  • Estimated length of manuscript
  • Intended audience
  • Sample chapters (preferably the introduction and one or two others)
  • Statement of support from department chair, associate dean, or dean
  • Suggested peer reviewers for manuscript

See Open Access Textbooks for more information and complete submission requirements.

Important dates

Proposals due: May 4, 2015
Responses sent: Late May
Anticipated publication: By January 2016

If you have questions, please contact Digital Initiatives Coordinator Karen Bjork at or 503-725-5889.

Submit your proposal online.

Reduced Hours for Spring Break

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The Library will be on reduced hours for spring break. Please check our website for the complete schedule. 

A student napped outside the Library on March 20, 1974. The large tree in the background is the copper beech that the Library now wraps around.
A student napped outside the Library on March 20, 1974. Photo from the University Archives Digital Gallery.

Friday, March 20
7:30 am – 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 21 – Sunday, March 22

Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27
8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday, March 28

Sunday, March 29
Noon – Midnight

Monday, March 30
Regular hours resume

Library Hours