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Open Position: Science and Social Sciences Librarian

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Portland State’s 49-acre downtown campus is located in the heart of one of America’s most vibrant centers of culture, business, and technology. We are recognized throughout the world for programs like Urban Planning, Social Work, and Environmental Studies that directly engage the community, and aim our students towards the creation of a better, more sustainable world. Comprising eight schools and colleges, Portland State is the largest public university in Oregon and is one of the 100 largest public universities in the nation, enrolling more than 28,000 students. Located centrally on campus on Portland’s Park Blocks, a greenspace and urban city park, the University Library welcomes more than 1 million visitors each year and provides essential resources to students, faculty, staff, and the general public. The University Library is an active and influential member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 37 academic libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.Exterior of Library

The Science and Social Sciences Librarian consults and collaborates with scholars; participates in a dynamic instructional program, including classroom and online instruction; provides reference and information services for the University’s students and faculty as well as members of the community; and selects information resources to support the instructional and research needs of a diverse institution. This position will serve as a liaison to academic units and area studies such as Anthropology, Environmental Sciences & Management, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Geography, and Geology depending on the needs of the Library. Some evening and weekend reference duty and/or instruction is required. Portland State University faculty members contribute to faculty governance activities within the Library and the University, engage in community and professional service, and pursue an active scholarly agenda including publication, research, and seeking grants as appropriate. This full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position reports to the Assistant University Librarian for Public Services.

The annual salary rate for this position is $68,856 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.

For more information and to apply, please see the full job description.

Students: Help the Library for a Starbucks Gift Card!

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The Library is conducting usability testing on our website. We are looking for PSU students to help us with this testing. In exchange for 30 minutes of your time, we will give you a $10 gift card to Starbucks.starbucks logo

What is usability testing?

Usability refers to how well our website works to allow you to quickly and easily achieve your goals. We test the website by asking users like you to answer questions using the site.

How does it work?

During the session, your voice and the computer screen will be recorded as you “think out loud” while completing tasks on our website. We make improvements to the site based on what we learn from you.

The usability tests will take place in the Library building on the mornings of Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 21.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Content and Usability Strategist Sherry Buchanan via email or by phone at (503) 725-3877.

Note: you may receive one incentive per calendar year from PSU Library. Contact Sherry for details if you have questions about this. 

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
6:00-8:00pm
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.

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

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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 pdxscholar@pdx.edu 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 earth.earth 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
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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.