Primary Resources for Community Action: A Black History Forum at PSU Library

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Thursday, May 21, 2015
Library Room 160

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.

Open Position: Circulation Technician

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PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY: Come work at PSU, recognized for excellence in sustainability and community engagement.  Our campus is in downtown Portland next to the park blocks greenway. Buses, MAX, and the street car stop at our door.
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The University Library is seeking a full-time Circulation Technician to join our Access Services staff. This position includes working at the Circulation Desk, implementing all library policies and procedures, and providing service to all patrons of the library.

The starting salary rate for this position will be $14.10 with an excellent benefits package including 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse, or dependent at any of the Oregon Public Universities. Portland State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution and welcomes applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity.

If this sounds like an exciting opportunity for you, please see the full job announcement including qualifications and apply online.

Questions may be directed to Search Coordinator Stephanie Doig.

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

Deadline Extended for Open Textbook Proposals!

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As part of an initiative to reduce the costs of attendance for Portland State students, PSU Library is funding a new round of open textbooks. We invite PSU faculty to submit proposals for textbooks that will be free to students. These open textbooks can include a range of source materials, including open educational resources (OERs).

We do not require faculty to author the entire text.

Proposals are now due May 18, 2015.

This open textbook project draws upon the success of PDX Open, a reTHINK PSU initiative. As part of PDX Open, the Library published five faculty-authored textbooks using a range of source material.

Here are some ideas to help you generate your textbook proposal:

Use OERs and Creative Commons

Build upon the work of others with open educational resources that use a Creative Commons license. This was the strategy of PSU faculty Yiping Fang, Vivek Shandas, and Eugenio Arriaga Cordero for their PDX Open textbook Spatial Thinking in Planning Practice: An Introduction to GIS. The authors revised and remixed the most relevant content from the OER textbook GIS Commons to create a custom textbook for their students.

See the Library’s guide to finding OERs.

Collaborate with faculty authors outside of PSU

Samuel Sennott and Sheldon Loman of PSU co-authored their PDX Open textbook, Comprehensive Individualized Curriculum and Instructional Design, with colleagues from other universities, to share the work and to create a text used at a range of institutions.

Record audio or video

Emiko Konomi recorded audio files for her PDX Open project, Preadvanced Japanese, and Jason Gary Damron and Vicki Reitenauer’s textbook Gender and Sexualities: An Inquiry includes a recording of a discussion between the two authors.

Use library resources

Gender and Sexualities: An Inquiry incorporates several PSU Library-licensed articles and other resources.

For more information:

You may also contact Digital Initiatives Coordinator Karen Bjork at or 503-725-5889.

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.


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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.

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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.