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Changes to Chat Reference During Summer 2016

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This summer, PSU Library is transitioning to a new online chat reference service. As we work to implement the new system, we will temporarily reduce the hours our chat reference services are available.SummerChat300px

Beginning July 1, our chat service hours will be Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

After 5:00 p.m. and on weekends, please email us your questions, and we will respond the next business day.

24/7 chat service will return for fall term.

Would you like more information? Please ask a librarian. 

Congratulations to Newly Promoted Librarians!

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Congratulations to recently promoted librarians at Portland State University Library!

Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian Linda Absher has been promoted to Professor. Professor Absher is the subject librarian for World Languages and Literatures, Applied Linguistics, Chicano/Latino Studies, and International and Global Studies. She joined the PSU Library faculty in 2002 and won the Butler Award for Library Faculty Service in 2008.
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Jill Emery, Collection Development Librarian, has been promoted to Associate Professor with Indefinite Tenure. Professor Emery joined the Library faculty in July 2011 and directs the work to provide annual collection analyses as well as managing the collections budget to be more responsive to the Library’s needs. With her collaborator Graham Stone of Jisc, Professor Emery received the 2015 Ingram Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resource Management.
Jill Emery

Social Work and Social Sciences Librarian Kimberly Pendell has been promoted to Associate Professor with Indefinite Tenure. As a subject librarian, she is responsible for Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, and Child and Family Studies. In addition to her teaching, research, and service, Professor Pendell led the development of the current Library website, launched in 2014. She was also a member of the research team on the three-year IMLS-funded research grant Tutor-facilitated Digital Literacy Acquisition. Professor Pendell joined the Library faculty in October 2010.
Kim Pendell

Kim Willson, Reference & Instruction Librarian, has been promoted to Assistant Professor. Professor Willson, who joined the Library faculty in May 2011, is the Librarian for University Studies, the Challenge Writing Program, and IELP. In addition to her service and instruction, Professor Willson leads the instructional design of the user interface of the PSU Library catalog; she also was on the development teams for Library DIY and five library research tutorials for the Provost’s Challenge.
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Congratulations to Linda, Jill, Kim, and Kim!

Library Publishes New Hatfield Graduate Journal of Public Affairs

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Portland State University Library is pleased to announce the publication of the inaugural issue of The Hatfield Graduate Journal of Public Affairs.

The Hatfield Graduate Journal of Public Affairs (HGJPA) is a graduate student-led academic journal of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government in the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University. The journal features faculty, practitioner, and graduate student submissions that explore a range of public affairs issues.

In their introduction to the issue, co-editors Ethan C. Snyder and Barbara Payne write,

“One of the guiding principles of this journal was to present high quality public affairs discussions from an academic and professional lens. The area of public affairs and policy is informed through the interdependence of field observation and work coupled with academic study. As a journal, we recognize that challenges in public affairs do not simply reside in the hypotheticals of an aging text but have current, tangible impacts on real people. With a respect for informing public affairs professionals and an aspiration to archive the ever growing number of works in this field, HGJPA is committed to fostering critical analyses and diverse perspectives.”

The faculty advisor to the journal is Dr. Bruce Gilley.

The journal is published in PDXScholar and is freely available online.  HGJPA joins Anthós and the PSU McNair Scholars Online Journal as student-led journals published through PDXScholar.

PDXScholar, a service of Portland State University Library, provides open access to a diverse collection of academic, scholarly, scientific, and creative content produced by Portland State University 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.

Read The Hatfield Graduate Journal of Public Affairs in PDXScholar.

Celebrate GLBT Book Month

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Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), GLBT Book Month is “a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.”

Portland State University Library is pleased to join ALA in celebrating GLBT Book Month with a display featuring a range of fiction and non-fiction books by and about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

The display includes picture books for younger children, young adult literature, and a range of fiction and non-fiction for adults.

You’ll find the display on the first floor, near the front door. GLBT Book Month logo

Library Hours Shifting for Summer

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Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Graduation2016With the end of spring term, Library building hours are shifting.

Through Sunday, June 19, we will be on intersession hours.

Friday, June 10
7:30 a.m. – 7:00 pm

Saturday, June 11 – Sunday, June 12
Closed

Monday, June 13 – Friday, June 17
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 18 – Sunday, June 19
Closed

Summer term hours begin on Monday, June 20.

Monday – Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday
Noon – 6:00 p.m.

We will be closed on Monday, July 4 for Independence Day.

See Full Hours Schedule

New Outlets Added to Floors 3, 4, 5

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Thanks to the staff of the Library Technologies, it should now be easier to charge your laptop, phone, and other electronics when you are studying in the Library.

The newly-installed boxes provide three power outlets and four USB charging ports. The new outlets are mounted on study carrels along the north and south walls of the Library’s third, fourth, and fifth floors, towards the front of the building.

What if you forget your charger for your phone? Stop by the Circulation Desk on the first floor, where you can borrow a bag full of chargers.

We hope this saves you some time in searching for power. Good luck on finals!

 

Emily Ford Wins Butler Award

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Portland State University Library is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Kenneth W. and Elsie W. Butler Award for Library Faculty Service, Assistant Professor and Urban and Public Affairs Librarian Emily Ford.

Emily FordProfessor Ford integrates library instruction into both undergraduate and graduate coursework, provides individual guidance and support to students, and works with faculty to bring high quality materials into the Library’s collections. As one of her CUPA colleagues noted, “Emily Ford goes out of her way to make herself available to faculty and students and her expertise and dedication to service are extreme assets to the University.”

Professor Ford’s scholarship is focused both on student learning and on scholarly communication, specifically open peer-review. She led the reTHINK PSU “Digital Badges for Creativity and Critical Thinking” project, providing faculty the ability to integrate information literacy skills into their pedagogy and assessment of student work. Dillon Mahmoudi, PhD Candidate in the Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning, noted, “Through our interactions I have seen first-hand how she has cultivated cultures of both critical thinking and intensive research. Her various work on the incarnations of ‘open’—from open peer review to open access—have been key in influencing the open and collaborative nature of graduate students and been imperative in recent published work.”

A dedicated librarian, Professor Ford’s knowledge, creativity, and commitment to serving library patrons have made important and lasting contributions at Portland State University.

The Kenneth W. and Elsie W. Butler Award for Library Faculty Service is given annually to recognize excellence of library service to students, faculty and other patrons of the Portland State Library. The award was established through an endowment by Professor Emeritus Kenneth W. Butler and his wife Elsie W. Butler, and it continues to be supported by their daughters.

Learn more about the Butler Award and previous recipients.

24 Hour Library Begins Tuesday, May 31

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Portland State University Library will be open 24 hours from Tuesday, May 31 at 7:30am through Thursday, June 9 at midnight.

Promotional flyer for 24 hour libraryStudents who wish to enter the building after midnight will need to use their PSU Student ID/Access Card (the white card).

The Library building will be closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.

A few reminders:

  • Please be careful not to leave your things around during finals if you leave your seat. We’ve had thieves in the Library building.
  • Don’t forget to return your library books before you leave campus for the summer.

For more information, please see the Finals page on the Library website.

Study hard! Good luck on finals!

Librarian Joan Petit Named Fulbright Scholar to Ethiopia

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Joan Petit of Portland State University Library has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to Ethiopia for the 2016-2017 academic year. Petit, an associate professor and librarian, will be based in the Information Science department at Jimma University, where she will teach and research.

Petit2016“It’s an incredible honor to be chosen as a Fulbright Scholar,” said Petit. She is one of more than 1,200 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and provide expertise abroad for the 2016-2017 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Petit will teach Information Science classes, train staff, and work with the Jimma University Library as well as conduct a research project focusing on open educational resources in Ethiopia. Open educational resources (OER) are course materials authored by faculty and made available online for free, for use and adaptation by other instructors at other institutions. However, in less economically developed countries, infrastructure limitations can be a barrier to the adaptation and use of OER.

“Jimma University is an ideal host for my project,” said Petit. “Their Information Sciences program is one of the few in Ethiopia that offers library and information science education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The university is well-established and offers a range of programs serving a large number of students. The city of Jimma is several hours away from the Ethiopian capital and lacks the internet and power infrastructure that follows expats, tourists, and NGOs. If OER can work well at Jimma, it suggests OER may be a reasonable option for higher education elsewhere in Ethiopia, East Africa, and beyond.”

Petit holds an M.S. in Library Science and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as an M.A. in English from Western Carolina University. She previously lived abroad for two years when she worked as a librarian at the American University in Cairo. She will be on sabbatical from Portland State University during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries that are needed to solve global challenges.

For further information about the Fulbright Program, please visit the Fulbright Scholar Program website.