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Celebrate Will Eisner Week at PSU

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Portland State University Library joins with Dark Horse Comics and the Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation to recognize Will Eisner Week 2015, an annual series of events that celebrates graphic novels, sequential art, free speech, and the legacy of Will Eisner, one of the most innovative figures in the history of comics and graphic novels. This year Will Eisner Week is March 1-7.
Will Eisner Week Poster

Will Eisner Week 2015 marks the 75th anniversary of the 1940 debut of Eisner’s signature creation, The Spirit, which revolutionized comics and established Will Eisner as a giant in the medium.

During Will Eisner Week 2015, the Library has a display of Will Eisner’s books as well as The Spirit figurine.

There will also be a screening of the documentary Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist followed by a brief intermission and a panel discussion of “Eisner’s Legacy,” with participants Matt Wagner, Douglas Wolk, and Susan Kirtley, and moderated by Brian Michael Bendis. The documentary will be screened from noon to 1:45pm, with the discussion at 2pm, on Friday, March 6 in Cramer 53.

Will Eisner (1917-2005) grew up during the Great Depression in the tenements of the Bronx. He was a pioneer in the creation of comics during the “Golden Age” of the 1930s and ’40s, achieving fame with his noir crime-fighting superhero, The Spirit. At one time or another, many comics greats worked with Eisner including Jules Feiffer, Wally Wood, Jack Kirby, Al Jaffee, Mike Ploog, and others. After The Spirit ceased publication, Eisner devoted himself to producing educational and instructional sequential art, a term he coined. In 1978, Eisner once again reinvented himself, and the medium, with his graphic novel A Contract with God. Other notable Eisner graphic novels include To The Heart of the Storm, A Life Force, Last Day In Vietnam, Fagin The Jew, and The Plot. Will Eisner’s graphic novels and textbooks are still in print in 15 worldwide languages. The prestigious Will Eisner Awards, the “Oscars of the Comics Industry,” are presented at San Diego Comic-Con, the world’s largest comics convention.

Library Open Textbooks Save Students $23,800

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Portland State University Library announces the publication of five open textbooks authored by PSU faculty for PSU students. In their first term of use, these textbooks saved students more than $23,800.

Textbooks costs are growing and can be a significant barrier for students. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that, in the 2012-13 academic year, students at public universities paid an average of $1,250 for textbooks and supplies. 

The new open textbooks were published in PDXScholar by PSU Library  and funded through PDX Open: Reducing Student Textbook Costs, a project of the reTHINK PSU Provost’s Challenge. PDX Open created, through the Portland State University Library, an open textbook publishing initiative that provided technical and financial support for faculty members to create open textbooks, with the goal of reducing costs for students.

The five textbooks were created for courses in Special Education, Japanese, University Studies, Math, and Urban Studies and Planning. Each author or group of authors received $2,500 to create their textbook.


 

Cover of Comprehensive Individualized Curriculum and Instructional Design
Comprehensive Individualized Curriculum and Instructional Design

Samuel Sennott, Sheldon Loman, Kristy Lee Park, Luis F. Pérez, Michael J. Kennedy, John Romig, and Wendy J. Rodgers

Created for use in SPED 510: Foundations of Special Education, this textbook provides pertinent, practical, and current resources to future special educators who plan to serve individuals with complex disabilities.

This new textbook replaces a textbook that cost $135. In winter term, approximately 60 students enrolled in three sections of SPED 510 and, all together, saved $8,100.

 

Preadvanced Japanese

Emiko Konomi

This textbook, assigned in JPN 399,  is designed for students who have intermediate competency in Japanese. The book can be used for self-study, as part of online course, and in a traditional classroom setting. Previously, students were required to purchase a $100 textbook. In fall term 2014, the 17 students enrolled in the class saved $1,700.

 

Cover of Gender and Sexualities: An Inquiry

Gender and Sexualities: An Inquiry

Jason Gary Damron and Vicki Reitenauer

This textbook was created to accompany UNST 231 Sophomore Inquiry: Gender and Sexualities. In winter term 2015, 75 students enrolled in this course. The previously required textbook cost $100. This new textbook saved students $7,500.

 

Introduction to Mathematical Analysis

Beatriz Lafferriere, Gerardo Lafferriere, and Nguyen Mau Nam

This textbook, developed to accompany MTH 311: Introduction to Mathematical Analysis I, provides students with a strong foundation in mathematical analysis, including the completeness axiom, sequences and convergence, continuity, and differentiation. This textbook replaces a required textbook that cost $100. In winter term 2015, 34 students saved a total of $3,400.

 

Cover of Spatial Thinking in Planning Practice: An Introduction to GIS

Spatial Thinking in Planning Practice: An Introduction to GIS

Yiping Fang, Vivek  Shandas, and Eugenio Arriaga Cordero

Created for USP 531: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Planners, this textbook aims to help students acquire the technical skills of using software and managing a database, and develop research skills of collecting data, analyzing information, and presenting results. Before this new textbook was published, students were required to purchase a text that cost $141. The 22 students enrolled in winter term saved $3,102.

 


With the success of the PDX Open pilot, the Library invites PSU faculty to contact us with ideas for open textbooks for other courses. Contact Karen Bjork for more information about book publishing with PSU Library.

PDX Open was led by a Library team of Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian Sarah Beasley and Digital Initiatives Coordinator Karen Bjork,  project leads, along with Jill Emery, Kim Pendell, Marilyn Moody, and Jennifer Wilkerson.

PDXScholar, a service of Portland State University Library, provides open access to a diverse collection of academic, scholarly, scientific, and creative content produced by faculty, students, and staff. PDXScholar increases the visibility of authors’ works, maximizes research impact, facilitates interdisciplinary research, and provides regional and global communities with immediate and permanent access.

Librarian Jill Emery Receives Innovation Award

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Congratulations to Assistant Professor Jill Emery, Collection Development Librarian at Portland State University, and her collaborator Graham Stone, Information Resources Manager at University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom, the recipients of the 2015 Ingram Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management. This award is given by the Association of Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Collection Management Section (CMS) of the American Librarian Association and recognizes significant and innovative contributions to electronic collections management and development practice. Emery and Stone are recognized for their work on the Techniques for Electronic Resource Management (TERMS) and Open Access Workflows for Academic Libraries (OAWAL) projects.

Jill Emery
Jill Emery

Emery and Stone first developed TERMS, a crowdsourced guide to best practices for managing electronic resources with input from hundreds of librarians worldwide and six editors from three countries. TERMS successfully documents effective processes and procedures that can be implemented by libraries of any size or situation. Building on the achievements of TERMS, Emery and Stone are currently developing a new process and structure for managing open access content by sharing draft guidelines in OAWAL via blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and in-person at conferences. Their methods have been shared broadly, have encouraged participation, and have demonstrated significant impact on an international level. By addressing selection issues and processes, Emery and Stone have created effective organizational structures for electronic resource workflow management that have positively influenced the worldwide library community.

Graham Stone
Graham Stone

The Ingram Coutts Award will be presented at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association Annual Conference and Exposition on Saturday, June 27, 2015 in San Francisco. Emery and Stone will share a $2,000 award donated by Coutts Information Services, a division of Ingram, and a citation.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, metadata, collection management, preservation, electronic and continuing resources. ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.

Congratulations, Jill and Graham!

Carole Pope Project Explores Alternatives to Incarceration for Women

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Carole Pope was a social innovator and activist who changed the lives of 3,500 women and children through Our New Beginnings, a Portland-based residential and outreach program she created and ran for women offenders from 1980-1992. Carole’s visionary thinking and her belief that the women she served could turn their lives around with the proper assistance convinced many initial skeptics in the legal and law enforcement communities.Carole Pope

After Carole passed away in 2013, her papers were donated to Portland State University Library. PSU Library archivists are now gathering first-person perspectives for the Carole Pope Oral History Project, to build upon Carole’s papers to create an invaluable resource that offers a road map for those striving to create meaningful alternatives to incarceration for women.

Learn more about the Carole Pope Oral History Project and how you can help create a unique and powerful resource for all those inspired to build upon Carole’s legacy of support for incarcerated women and their families.

Carole Pope Oral History Project

Win a Ticket to Hear Author Mitchell S. Jackson!

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The novel The Residue Years, written by Portland native and PSU alum Mitchell S. Jackson, is this year’s Everybody Reads selection from Multnomah County Library. As part of Everybody Reads and sponsored by Literary Arts, Mitchell Jackson will speak at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Tuesday, March 10 from 7:30-9pm. Tickets are available for $15, but several lucky PSU students will earn a free ticket courtesy of PSU Library! RESIDUE PAPERBACK COVER

PSU students have three different ways to get a free ticket:

  • Take a selfie in the Library, and share it with PSU Library through social media. Post your photo to our Facebook page (make sure to “like” us first!) or tweet it to @PSULibrary on Twitter (make sure to follow us!).
  • Take a photo of your favorite place to study in the Library and share it with PSU Library through social media. Post your photo to our Facebook page (make sure to “like” us first!) or tweet it to @PSULibrary on Twitter (make sure to follow us!).
  • Tell us what you love about PSU Library by completing the form below.

Note: You only need to do one of these things, not all three!

Tickets will be given away in order that photos and forms are submitted, until we’ve allocated all of the tickets. PSU students enrolled in winter term 2015 are eligible. We’ll ask you to show us your current student ID to pick up your ticket.

The fine print: when you share your photo or comments with us, you also give us permission to re-use those materials on the Library’s website, promotional materials, and social media.

Questions? Please contact librarian Joan Petit.

“I always intended this book to be for Portland… The issues in the book are very present today: What are the effects of gentrification? How do people of color institute change?” -Mitchell S. Jackson

OAI Workshop: Using PDXScholar

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This Wednesday, Library Digital Initiatives Coordinator Karen Bjork will stop by the Office of Academic Innovation (OAI) for a discussion about the possibilities of PDXScholar for teaching and learning.

Karen Bjork
Karen Bjork

Event Details
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
1:00pm to 2:00pm
OAI (SMSU 209 Mezzanine)

PDXScholar, a service of Portland State University Library, provides open access to a diverse collection of academic, scholarly, scientific, and creative content produced by faculty, students, and staff. PDXScholar increases the visibility of authors’ works, maximizes research impact, facilitates interdisciplinary research, and provides regional and global communities with immediate and permanent access.

Brew to Bikes and Other Top Downloads in PDXScholar

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PDXScholar, the university’s repository for faculty and student scholarship, saw tremendous growth in 2014, with more than 342,000 downloads.  A new report from the Library’s Digital Initiatives Unit details the fourth year of operation for PDXScholar, highlighting growth, milestones, and accomplishments of 2014 and goals for 2015.

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An illustration from Brew to Bikes: Portland’s Artisan Economy

Student and faculty work continued to garner considerable attention. The most downloaded item was Brew to Bikes: Portland’s Artisan Economy, published by Ooligan Press in 2010. The book, authored by Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning Associate Professor Charles Heying, with chapters contributed by students and others, was downloaded 5,741 times in 2014 alone.

Next on the top-downloads list? Social Control Theory and Delinquency, a dissertation written in 1978 by Michael Wiatrowski for his PhD in Urban Studies.

The top-downloaded items from 2014 represent the diversity of participants and disciplines in the Library’s repository and publishing program, with contributions from faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students from the social sciences, humanities, and sciences.

Here’s the complete list of the top 20 downloads in 2014:

The Digital Initiatives Unit added 2,766 new items to PDXScholar in 2014, and the average download per item was 72. PDXScholar has grown to include over 6,700 items, including faculty scholarship, student publications, archival photos, and campus events.

PDXScholar documents, preserves, and promotes the academic achievements and scholarly work produced at Portland State University.

See the report: PDXScholar Annual Report (2014)

Donor Spotlight: Tom and Ann Pfingsten

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During Tom Pfingsten’s 23 years as director of Portland State University Library, the collection doubled, the building was expanded and renovated twice, and technological advances provided more convenient access to materials. Now Tom and his wife have established the Tom and Ann Pfingsten Endowed Library Fund to support the library’s greatest needs and create a legacy for library excellence.

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Tom and Ann Pfingsten

“The diversity of the student body, the dedication of faculty and staff, and the opportunities afforded by a research university in an urban setting have caused us to extend our commitment beyond retirement,” says Tom.

The library’s role has expanded with electronic resources and investing in that change is investing in the future of Portland State, he says.

University Library Dean Marilyn Moody is grateful for the Pfingstens’ generosity and foresight. “Tom and Ann’s decision to establish an endowed library fund demonstrates their commitment, not only to the library, but also to intellectual vitality and innovative thinking at Portland State University,” she says.

For more about supporting the University Library, please contact Lauren Clark, Development Officer at 503-725-2675 or lauren.clark@pdx.edu.

Workshop: Organizing Your Information

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Learn how to efficiently review and manage information of all types. Led by librarian Michael Bowman, this workshop covers software such as RSS readers, read later programs, note taking and storing applications, and citation management software.

Tuesday, February 10
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Library, Room 220J (2nd floor, Northeast Corner)

PSU students, faculty, and staff are welcome.

Open Position: Library Circulation Technician

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This job posting is now closed.

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 position also coordinates the work of up to 15 student employees.

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.