Library Technician Sara Read has worked at PSU Library for many years, first, from 2005-2009, as a student worker, and, since 2011, as a full-time employee.
Sara’s specific job includes staffing the Circulation Desk, retrieving books and other materials from Library storage, maintaining technology equipment for loaning, keeping supplies stocked, and giving library tours.
More significantly, she’s known to her supervisor and colleagues as a friendly, hard-working employee who excels at anticipating needs and problems before they arise and then taking care of things quickly.
We asked Molly Blalock, Sara’s supervisor, for a list of adjectives that best describe Sara. This is what she told us:
In recognition of her many contributions, this year the Oregon Library Association named Sara the Library Employee of the Year.
Sara is now moving on from Portland State. In the new year, she’ll be starting a new position as Access Services and Technology Specialist at Watzek Library at Lewis & Clark. We are sad to lose Sara but delighted for her and for our colleagues at Watzek.
The Library building will be closed from Saturday, December 20 through Thursday, January 1. We will re-open on Friday, January 2.
During the closure, we will not process Summit and Interlibrary Loan borrowing requests. You may submit these requests during the closure, and we will begin processing accumulated requests on Friday, January 2.
During the closure, the Library website and databases will be available, and we will collect books returned to the book drops located outside the building.
Chat reference help will be available through our partner libraries except for December 24-25 and December 31-January 1, when the service is closed.
Many thanks to Michael Brown in Library Technologies for his help with the newsletter design, and thanks to Anne Keech, Stephanie Doig, and Nichole Perry in Library Administration for help with mailing.
The Library will change its schedule after fall term finals. We will be on reduced hours from Friday, December 12 – Friday December 19, and closed to the public from Saturday, December 20 – Thursday, January 1.
During the winter closure, you can submit Summit and ILL requests, but we will not process the requests until Friday, January 2, so make sure to allow for extra time. We will collect books from the book returns, so please do return books if they’re due.
Branford’s Bean will be closed on Friday, December 12 and remain closed until Monday, January 5.
Here’s the Library schedule until the start of winter term:
Friday, December 12 7:30 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 13 – Sunday, December 14 Closed
Monday, December 15 – Friday, December 19 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, December 20 – Thursday, January 1 Closed
Wondering what New Seasons was like back in 2006 as it ramped up to take the Portland area by storm? Or how Hopworks Urban Brewery’s pubs can afford to have custom furniture made of old growth wood? Or why Portland Fashion Week staked its claim on eco-fashion? A new archive of candid audio interviews with local Portland entrepreneurs, innovators, and policy-makers has the answers.
With more than 140 interviews, and the intention to add more each year, the public online archive at Portland State University Library represents the hotbed that is Portland’s sustainable economy. The Sustainability History Project features candid interviews with experts in the building, farming, fashion, brewing, food, transportation, and—get this—human burial industries, among many others.
“It’s the only thing like it,” said Joshua Binus, a Portland State University Capstone instructor who launched the project in 2006 with his students.
“We wanted to get past the veneer of green marketing and see how people in the Northwest were actually incorporating sustainability strategies into their businesses and policies,” Binus said.
The archive offers a way for anyone to spend some quality time with people who have tried doing things a little differently—and have found success:
Christian Ettinger, founder of Hopworks Urban Brewery, speaks about the intrinsic marketing power of sustainably made products and the long-term payoff of using quality building materials in restaurants and brewpubs. Find out what prompted him to “feel like a Hare Krishna at the airport trying to tell people this.”
Alisa Kane spoke early in her tenure as city of Portland’s green building manager, touching on the opportunities for women in green building, the city’s moves toward composting, and her desire to address social equity as an aspect of sustainability not covered by LEED, saying “I hope we address social issues as a culture, not as a standard.”
Chris Cone, production designer for Portland Fashion Week, describes how Portland embraced the concept of sustainability to produce a week of shows dedicated to eco-fashion that drew audiences from around the world.
John Ashcraft, recycling supervisor at Free Geek, describes the global culture of electronics reuse and recycling that was incubated in Portland and talks about how the iPad age is going to change the face of e-waste. “Anyone who sees this much scrap electronics will think twice before they buy something new.”
There’s also a fairly extensive set of interviews from 2013 with people working to make our public schools healthier, happier places for Portland’s children. Like the founders of Schoolyard Farms—an urban farm at Candy Lane Elementary that runs a CSA and uses the proceeds to fund food education programs at the school. Or Kristine Garnero Obbink, a nutritionist with Portland Public Schools, who helped introduce salad bars in school cafeterias: “We knew if kids could help themselves to as much or as little fruits and vegetables as they wanted, then they tended to eat them,” she said.
More than 200 students at Portland State University have participated in the project over the past eight years. Binus says that for many students, the experience has been transformational.
“Students get to a point where they feel this doom and gloom about sustainability issues,” said Binus. “We used this project as a way to help them see past that. The interviews as a whole are pretty optimistic—they’re about solid business models that are alternatives to the status quo.”
Listen to interviews for yourself from the Sustainability History Project at the PSU Library Special Collections and University Archives website. It’s free and publically accessible.
UPDATE: Google has restored the missing links and fixed the reported problems. If you continue to have any problems accessing library content, please ask a librarian for help.
Google Scholar is usually a great way to access content at PSU Library. However, many of their links to library content are missing or broken. This problem seems to be happening with many libraries, not just PSU. Google is aware of the problem and working on a fix. Right now they estimate the links will be working again on Thursday, November 27.
Humanities Librarian Linda Absher presented “Lumpia & Fried Chicken: Biracial/Bicultural Military Families in Solano County, California” at the Third Biennial Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference held at DePaul University in Chicago on November 14th. This presentation was based on her sabbatical project collecting the stories and images from families made up of U.S. servicemen and their Asian immigrant wives making the shift from life in Asian countries with U.S. military presences to the American way of life in Solano County, California.