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Linda Absher Presents Sabbatical Research

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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.

Thanksgiving Schedule & 24-Hour Library

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Thanksgiving Schedule

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An autumn view from the Library’s 5th Floor.

The Library will be closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We are open regular hours all other days.

  • Wednesday, November 26: 7:30am – Midnight
  • Thursday, November 27: Closed
  • Friday, November 28: Closed
  • Saturday, November 29: 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Sunday, November 30: Noon – Midnight

Dead Week and Finals Week Schedule

The Library will be open 24 hours from Monday, December 1 at 7:30am through Thursday, December 11 at midnight.

See Library Hours for more information.

Korean National Library Database Now Available

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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.

Reducing Student Costs for Textbooks

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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

Members

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

Staff
Vince Schreck, Academic Affairs

Staffing
Stephanie Doig, Library

New Digital Collection: Sustainability History Project

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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.

Through the digitization work of PSU Library University Archives, you can now listen to these interviews online.

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Special Collections & University Archives Open House

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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.

This Open House is part of Portland State of Mind.

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.
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Open Access Week, at PSU and Around the World

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International Open Access Week 2014 is October 20-26. Portland State University Library joins this global event to celebrate, promote, and discuss open access, the movement to make scholarly content readily and freely available to the public. During the week, we’re taking the opportunity to highlight library services, resources, and promote webcasts and events on open access issues. For more information please read on, or contact Emily Ford, Urban & Public Affairs Librarian and Scholarly Communication Coordinator.


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PSU’s First Open Textbook Now Live via PDX Open

As part of the Provost’s Challenge, PSU Library introduced the project PDX Open: Reducing Student Textbook Costs. As part of this project the Library is collaborating with faculty to develop open access textbooks to be made freely available to students. This fall we published the first PDX Open textbook,  Preadvanced Japanese, developed by Emiko Konomi. More textbooks are currently in development.

Make Your Works Accessible in PDXScholar

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.

 


Open Access Resources at PSU Library

Many excellent resources and databases are available online for free. We are pleased to highlight several open access resources we include in our list of databases.

 


Open Access Week Events and Webcasts

Here we highlight events at PSU Library, online, and at Valley Library at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Friday, October 17

Webcast: 8 Steps to Implementing Open Educational Resources
10 – 11:30am, PSU Library 160
Library Dean Marilyn Moody invites members of the campus community to join Library faculty and staff for a webcast on open educational resources (OER).  Please RSVP through our online form.

Monday, October 20th

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.

Thursday, October 23rd

Webcast: The Feedback Loop between Open Access and Altmetrics
10 – 11am, Online
In this one-hour webcast, Mike Showalter of Plum Analytics will describe and demonstrate altmetrics and open access; you will learn about the capabilities of using altmetrics as your own open access feedback loop. There will be time for questions. Register online.

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.

 


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Open Access Resources at PSU Library

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International Open Access Week 2014 is October 20-26. PSU Library joins this global event to celebrate, promote, and discuss open access, the movement to make scholarly content readily and freely available to the public.

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Learn more about the open access movement on the Open Access Week website. Open Access Week logo licensed CC BY.

We are pleased to highlight the following databases and resources, all of which are open access. Anyone in the world can use these databases with readily accessible articles, books, and more.

  • Ad*Access –  Advertisements printed from 1911 to 1955 in: radio, television, transportation, and beauty & hygiene.
  • arXiv – E-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, and statistics.
  • bioRxiv – Preprints of articles in biology, sponsored by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories.
  • Digital Scriptorium – Archival images of medieval and renaissance manuscripts.
  • Directory of Open Access Books – A database indexing open access ebooks across multiple disciplines.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals – A database indexing open access journals and articles across multiple disciplines.
  • Internet Archive – An archive of the Internet including newsreels, movies, texts, and audio artifacts.
  • NCBI BookShelf – Texts in life science and healthcare from the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
  • OpenGrey – Indexes grey literature produced in Europe.
  • PubMed – Provides citations and abstracts for journal articles in all areas of medical practice and research from 1953 to the present.
  • Science.gov – Features selected, authoritative science information provided by U.S. Government agencies including research and development results.
  • TIMEA – The Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA) focuses on western interactions with the Middle East, particularly travels to Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

To learn more about Open Access Week and open access materials, please contact your subject librarian or Scholarly Communication Coordinator Emily Ford, or visit the Open Access Week website.