BikePortland Article Draws on Library’s Ernie Bonner Papers

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The Ernie Bonner Papers in PSU Library Special Collections are the main source for Michael Andersen’s “The Secret History of Portland’s Weirdest Neighborhood,” the second in series of articles about the Lloyd District published by

Ernie Bonner (1932 – 2004) served as chief planner in Cleveland, Ohio before he was recruited to Portland as the City’s Director of Urban Planning in 1973. He acted as Portland’s chief urban planner until 1978. After leaving the City Council he worked as a Metro councilor, president of Sunlight Energy Systems, and as an energy conservation manager for Bonneville Power Administration. Later he worked or volunteered with various Portland groups including Riverfront for People, Metro 7, Portland Planning Commission, and the Park Blocks Foundation.

Ralph Lloyd
Ralph Lloyd, circa 1930.

The collection of Ernie Bonner Papers is comprised of materials from Bonner’s career, research, and urban planning projects. All of the documents are related directly to Portland, Oregon and are focused, with very few exceptions, on public planning. The material ranges primarily from the time Bonner was active in Portland planning and development (1970s-2003), but he also used and assembled a significant amount of historical material dating from 1919 through the early 1940s. Notably, for the BikePortland piece, it also includes a manuscript biography of Ralph Lloyd, the Los Angeles millionaire developer who purchased much of the land in today’s Lloyd District.

Michael Andersen writes:

For most of Portland’s history, the land we know today as the Lloyd District was best known for failure.

Holladay Park: named for a scoundrel who planted its trees and then gambled away his fortune. The state and federal buildings along Lloyd Boulevard: advance outposts of a government center that never arrived. And Lloyd himself: an oil multimillionaire who died all but cursing the city he’d fallen in love with 40 years before. …

But how did the Lloyd District become a suburb hidden in the middle of a city? And what happened as the 20th century ended that has started to open it back up — putting it on course to become what could be, 10 or 15 years from now, the most bike-oriented high-rise neighborhood in the country?

The answers to those questions tell a story about Portland, and a story about all American cities.

They also suggest a lesson that Portland, like all American cities, is still struggling to learn about itself.

Read “The Secret History of Portland’s Weirdest Neighborhood” at BikePortland.

See digitized materials from the Ernie Bonner Collection in PDXScholar.

Learn more about the complete collection of Ernie Bonner materials held by PSU Library Special Collections, including the Ernie Bonner Papers, 1919-2003 and the Ernie Bonner Oral History Collection, 1994-2004.

Headsets Now Available & Other Tech Updates

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Library Technologies staff have been busy adding more technology and equipment to improve your time in the Library.


Tech450pxTechnology To Borrow

Library patrons may now borrow headsets with microphones for use in the Library building. The two loaner headsets work well for videoconferencing in a tech-enabled study room or on a laptop. You can also borrow regular headphones (without microphones). Headsets and headphones check out for three hours from the Library Circulation Desk on the first floor.

We also loan mobile chargers that work with most Apple and Android devices.


Library Equipment

There is now a quick print computer on the Library’s second floor, near the book scanner and printers. At the quick print computer, you can sign-in for a brief period (15 minutes max) to print and go. This quick print station is at a lower height than the quick print stations in the Learning Ground on the first floor, so it is more accessible for people in wheelchairs.

We are updating about half of the computers on the second floor with new desktops and monitors.


Library Spaces

We’ve installed additional 3-prong and USB power outlets on the tables and carrels along the windows of the third, fourth, and fifth floors.

We now have two height-adjustable tables on the fourth and fifth floors, so you can read, write, or use your laptop while standing.


Coming Soon!

The group viewing room will be converted to a practice presentation room, bringing the total to three practice presentation rooms.

Projectable whiteboards will be installed in rooms 20 and 304, in place of the existing pull-down screens for the projectors.

The kiosk computers — the computers available for catalog searches that don’t require you to sign in — are being replaced. The new computers will run much faster.

The Sandbox touch-screen computers will be replaced with new Dell touch-screens. The new computers are much lighter and quicker than the existing ones.


Many thanks to the staff who have been working hard to keep our technology updated!

Open Position: Library Fiscal Analyst

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POSITION: Library Fiscal Analyst
LOCATION: Portland State University, Portland, OR
POSTING DATE: June 29, 2015, open until finalists identified

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. 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. The University Library welcomes more than 1 million visitors each year and provides essential resources to students, faculty, staff, and the general public. The Library is an active and influential member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 37 academic libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

The Fiscal Analyst for the Portland State Library performs professional level duties. Duties may include: analyzing, monitoring, reconciling, and reporting information; overseeing capital development projects; administering grants and contracts processes; and monitoring and coordinating budgets. The individual will be responsible for performing complex, professional level work and leadership in the financial aspects of planning, developing, and supporting library initiatives, projects, programs and acting as a financial advisor to Library Administrative Leadership Team. The Fiscal Analyst would be responsible for assisting the University Librarian during collective bargaining negotiations for classified and unclassified contracts through analysis of financial impact of various University and/or union proposals.

The Library Fiscal Analyst is privy to all content, including that of the highest confidentiality, with which the Library Administrative Leadership Team must work to administer personnel, budget, service, and donor activities. The position must have the knowledge, judgment, and ability to interpret and make decisions in order to appropriately administer the Library budget.

See the full position description and apply online.  For additional information, contact search coordinator Stephanie Doig.

Library Closed July 3 & July 4

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Portland State University Library will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.

Circa 1911 postcard depicting 4th of July illustrations
1911 postcard via the New York Public Library.

Otherwise, our schedule remains the same for summer session:

Monday, June 22 – Friday, August 14
Regular Summer Session Hours
Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 9:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

For more information, see Portland State University Library hours.

June Is GLBT Book Month

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Starting in 2015, the American Library Association will mark GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.GLBT Book Month

Originally established in the early 1990s by The Publishing Triangle as National Lesbian and Gay Book Month, this occasion is an opportunity for book lovers and libraries with the very best in GLBT literature.

Portland State University Library joins the American Library Association in celebrating GLBT authors and books. During the rest of the month of June, the Library will offer a revolving, circulating display of books by GLBT authors and about the GLBT experience in the Library’s new books area near the front door.

PSU Library is also pleased to share the following lists of excellent literature:

GLBT Book Month™ is an initiative of the American Library Association, and is coordinated through its Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table.

Library To Publish 5 New Open Textbooks

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Following the successful publication of five open textbooks through PDX Open, Portland State University Library is pleased to announce the forthcoming authoring and publication of five additional open textbooks, all of which will be authored by PSU faculty and published in PDXScholar. Publication is scheduled for January 2016.

A stipend of $2,500 is being provided to each faculty author, with support from Library donors as well as a contribution from PSU Intensive English Language Program (IELP).

The selected faculty authors and textbooks are:

Amber Bliss Calderón, Intensive English Language Program
Textbook Title: Untitled
Course Information: LING 124

Robert Sanders, World Languages and Literatures
Textbook Title: Leyendas y arquetipos de España: Terror y fantasía en la modernidad española
Course Information – used by Spanish majors and minors

KyungAh Yoon, World Languages & Literatures
Textbook Title: Learning Korean Through Folktales
Course Information: KOR 103, KOR 203, KOR 301

Emiko Konomi, School of Business Administration
Textbook Title: Beginning Japanese for Professionals
Course Information: MIM505: Beginning Japanese 1, 2, and 3

Lina Gomaa-Moulds, World Languages & Literatures
Textbook Title: From MSA to CA
Course Information: Arabic majors and minors

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

PSU Library thanks the faculty members who submitted textbook proposals as well as the faculty and staff who assisted in proposal review.


Library Hours for Intersession & Summer Session

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The Library’s hours will shift for intersession and summer session. Please see Library Hours for complete information.

Photo of Library windows & treeThursday, June 11
Close at midnight

Friday, June 12
7:30am – 7:00pm

Saturday, June 13 – Sunday, June 14

Monday, June 15 – Friday, June 19
8:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday, June 20 – Sunday, June 21

Monday, June 22 – Friday, August 14
Regular Summer Session Hours
Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 9:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Please note that we will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.

Jill Emery Wins Butler Award

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The Kenneth W. and Elsie W. Butler Award for Library Faculty Service is awarded annually to recognize excellence in Library Faculty service to students, faculty, and other patrons of the University Library. Assistant Professor and Collection Development Librarian Jill Emery is the 2015 winner. As her colleagues in the Library note, Professor Emery “has significantly enhanced collection development within the Library, strengthened the Library’s connection to the Orbis Cascade Alliance, and demonstrated innovation in her field.”Emery, Jill

Professor Emery joined the PSU Library faculty in 2011 with an already established national reputation in librarianship. Her two ongoing projects, “Techniques for Electronic Resource Management” (TERMS) and “Open Access Workflows for Academic Librarians” (OAWAL), have won accolades, including the 2015 Ingram Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management from the American Library Association. Additionally, Professor Emery was named a Library Journal “Mover and Shaker” in 2004 and received the American Library Association Esther J. Piercy Award for leadership and contributions in library technical services in 2006. Professor Emery is frequently an invited speaker at national conferences on topics such as electronic resources management analytics, publishers and libraries, and more recently open access publishing.

James Bunnelle of Lewis & Clark College writes that that Professor Emery “is a dedicated advocate of academic freedom, championing open access and using her TERMS project as a helpful road map for librarians struggling with the complexities of electronic resources management.” And as another colleague notes, “Professor Emery’s distinction in the library field has also enhanced the reputation of PSU and our Library as a place of vision and innovation.”

At Portland State, Professor Emery is guiding investment in collections that will both serve the new demands of a changing higher education landscape and support our community in the long term.

Congratulations to Kris Kern, Joan Petit, and Kim Willson-St. Clair!

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Congratulations to recently promoted librarians at Portland State University Library!

Kris Kern-smallerFine and Performing Arts Librarian Kristen Kern has been promoted to the rank of Professor. Kris started at PSU Library in 1972 as a part-time Arabic cataloging assistant, a position she held for many years before moving into the position of Preservation & Cataloging Librarian. More recently, she moved into her current position as a subject librarian, serving as liaison to several departments and programs, including Middle East Studies.

Photo of Joan PetitCommunications and Outreach Librarian Joan Petit, who joined Portland State in 2009, has been promoted to Associate Professor with Indefinite Tenure. Joan formerly served as a subject librarian and liaison to several departments, including History and Judaic Studies. She continues to serve as liaison to Black Studies while also coordinating the Library’s communication and marketing efforts.

kimjuly2012Reference and Instruction Librarian Kim Willson-St. Clair has been promoted to Senior Instructor I. Kim started at Portland State University Library in 1997 and has held positions in several areas of responsibility, including public relations, development, reference, student supervision, and instruction. She has held her current position since 2011 and works extensively with international students.

Congratulations to Kris, Joan, and Kim!