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.
Portland State University has become the first institution in Oregon and 18th in the U.S. to have access to the Republic of Korea’s (ROK) National Assembly Library (NAL) database.
Portland State University students, faculty, staff, and visiting members of the general public now have online access, via two dedicated computer stations on the second floor of Portland State University Library, to the largest digital Korean language-based database. The NAL database has more than 3.5 million historical and contemporary documents and resources primarily published in Korea, including master and doctoral theses, periodicals, journals, multimedia resources, publicly available Korean government documents and white papers, and internet resources. Database users will need to be familiar with the Korean language, as the ROK NAL website and database are accessible mainly in Korean.
Since 2012, visiting librarians from the ROK NAL have worked closely with PSU faculty and administrators to implement access to the ROK NAL at PSU. An agreement signing ceremony was recently held at PSU Library, following two years of collaborative efforts between PSU and the ROK. Special thanks should be addressed to the following people:
At Portland State University
Marilyn Moody, Library Dean
Ron L. Witczak, Executive Director of Office of International Affairs
Dr. Sharon Carstens, Director of the Institute for Asian Studies
Katherine Morrow, Program Manager in the Institute for Asian Studies
Stacey Balenger, Contract Officer
Dr. Junghee Lee, Associate Professor at the School of Social Work
Dr. Junghee Lee, Professor of Asian Art History
At Republic of Korea National Assembly Library
Chang Hwa Hwang, Chief Librarian
Dr. Woo Jin Noh, General Director
Hak Myung Woo, Director
Jung Soon Hong, Director
JaeKoo Han, Program Manager
PSU Library and the ROK NAL share a mutual vision and understanding that access to information available in the NAL database provides a public service benefit to faculty, researchers, students, and members of the general public. Users with questions about the database should contact the PSU Library Reference Desk on the Library’s second floor.
The National Assembly Library of the Republic of Korea was established to collect a wealth of information from around the world and deliver it both to members of the Republic of Korea National Assembly and the general public. In doing so, the NAL helps promote parliamentary democracy and quality of life, preserves intellectual heritage, and transmits that heritage to the next generation. Through signed agreements between the ROK NAL and institutions around the world, the NAL database is available to those outside Korea.
Portland State University joins 17 institutions in the USA to have access to the ROK NAL, including 14 universities, the Library of Congress, and the Korean Cultural Service in New York, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles.
A new campus task force is strategizing ways to reduce the cost of textbooks and course materials for students. The committee of faculty, students and staff was appointed by Provost Sona Andrews; Bob Liebman, presiding officer of the PSU Faculty Senate; and Eric Noll, president of the Associated Students of PSU. “The cost of textbooks and course materials is a complex issue, but not one we should shy away from,” said Andrews. Marilyn Moody, dean of the Library, chairs the task force, which will submit its recommendations by the end of February 2015.
The cost of textbooks and other course materials is a major concern and financial barrier for students. The College Board estimates that undergraduate students paid an average of $1,207 for textbooks and supplies in 2013-14. The newly formed Task Force on Textbooks and Course Materials: Reducing Student Costs is charged with reviewing and making recommendations for PSU that will address these rising costs.
The task force will consider such topics as the use of open textbooks and open educational resources; textbook adoption strategies and policies; and the effective use of library online resources and services. The task force will also review successful initiatives and strategies used by other colleges and universities to reduce student course material costs.
“We know there are many questions as we open up the textbook/course-materials-cost can of worms,” wrote Andrews in a recent blog. “Can we really reduce costs when so much of the cost of published material is out of our hands? What role will faculty need to play? Will this be an effort to tell faculty what books/resources they can and cannot assign for their courses? Are open-source materials any good? What are the technical and policy barriers to reducing textbook cost?”
Task Force on Textbooks and Course Materials: Reducing Student Costs
Chair Marilyn Moody, Dean of the Library
Students Shadi Alkhaledi Kathleen Steppe Chelsey Weinmann
Faculty Joel Bettridge, English Karen Bjork, Library Jill Emery, Library Berrin Erdogan, School of Business Administration Emily Ford, Library Gerardo Lafferiere, Mathematics and Statistics Kim Pendell, Library Ralf Widenhorn, Physics
In recognition of Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday, October 22, PSU Library University Archives is thrilled to announce our new digital collection, the Sustainability History Project.
This audio collection is part of an ongoing senior capstone project at Portland State University. Launched in 2006 by Peter Kopp and Joshua Binus, the Sustainability History Project collection now contains interviews with hundreds of Portland entrepreneurs, innovators, and decision-makers who are working to implement sustainability strategies in their business practices, institutional policies, and daily lives. Over the course of seven years, more than two hundred Portland State students researched and conducted these interviews. The range of topics includes education, reuse, agriculture, housing, food supply, green building, transportation, forestry, recycling, green burial, landscaping, reclamation, and policy making.
Each interview includes an audio recording, a brief biography of the interview subject, and a description of the scope of the discussion. Some interviews include additional materials, most commonly an interview index, available as a downloadable PDF, as well as, in some cases, photographs or related publications.
PSU Library Special Collections & University Archives is pleased to invite the PSU community, alumni, and the public to an Open House on Friday, October 24, from 2-5pm, in Library 180.
See highlights of PSU history and rare treasures from our collections, including Medieval manuscripts, our Galileo manuscript, and Salvador Dali’s illustrations for a 1969 edition of Alice in Wonderland.
Below, on the left, an illustration by Salvador Dali in his 1969 edition of Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. On the right, a woodcut from the Dialogo di Galileo Galilei manuscript. Both items are held by PSU Library Special Collections and will be on display at the Open House.
PSU’s Institutional Repository, PDXScholar, contains over 6,000 items created by PSU faculty, students, and staff, including but not limited to journal articles, technical reports, conference papers, research data, theses and dissertations, and books. Every day, people all over the world use search engines like Google to discover and then download items from PDXScholar. If you’re interested in making your work readily accessible, consider contributing your work to PDXScholar.
Highlight your Work with a Faculty Profile
A SelectedWorks faculty profile is a great way to highlight your openly accessible works, and to share more about your research interests with the world. The profile is a customizable webpage that allows you to highlight your scholarship the way you want. Join the growing number of PSU Faculty who have created their profiles. To get started, email PSU Library Digital Initiatives.
Webcast: Generation Open, the OA Week Kickoff Noon – 1pm, PSU Library 170 or Online Register online, or join colleagues to watch the webcast in Library Room 170. The program will focus on this year’s theme of “Generation Open.” Speakers will discuss the importance of students and early career researchers in the transition to Open Access and explore how changes in scholarly publishing affect scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers. Hosted by the WorldBank.
Tuesday, October 21st
Open Access @ OSU Presents Mythbusters! 12 – 2pm, 2nd Floor Rotunda, OSU Valley Library in Corvallis Have you heard people say,”I don’t want to have to publish in an Open Access journal. And I want my article peer-reviewed. And who’s going to protect my copyright?” Drop in for a session on debunking common myths about the OSU Open Access policy.
Wednesday, October 22nd
Organizing Your Photos: Make Them Public or NOT 2 – 3 pm, Autzen Classroom, OSU Valley Library in Corvallis Your photos are all over the internet: Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, your blog, your friend’s blog… Learn how to manage your photos while understanding your rights.
Screening: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz 6:30 – 8:30pm, Milam Auditorium, OSU Campus in Corvallis Programmer, activist, and Open Access proponent Aaron Swartz committed suicide after two years of prosecution for downloading large numbers of academic articles from MIT. This documentary film follows Aaron’s life from computer prodigy to Internet activist.
Webcast: The Right Metrics for Generation Open 11am – 12pm, Online The traditional means of sharing your impact–citation counts–don’t meet the needs of today’s researchers. Generation Open needs altmetrics. This presentation will cover what altmetrics are and the types of altmetrics today’s researchers can expect to receive; how you can track and share those metrics to get all the credit you deserve; and real life examples of scientists who used altmetrics to get grants and tenure. Register online.
Monday, October 27th
Connecting the Dots: Open Access, Open Education and an Open Future 1 – 2pm, 2nd Floor Rotunda, OSU Valley Library in Corvallis, or Livestream Guest Speaker: Nicole Allen, SPARC Considerable strides have already been made toward Open Access in the realm of scholarly and scientific research, with millions of papers now available online through Open Access journals or institutional repositories, and hundreds of institutions adopting self-archiving policies. The movement for open education is following suit, expanding the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) to hundreds of thousands of students and saving tens of millions dollars on textbooks. As these two movements mature, connecting the dots between the areas of overlap and common lessons learned will become increasingly important. Open Access and OER are essential building blocks for a more open future for higher education, and they are stronger together.