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PSU Library Faculty -- Sarah Beasley


Sarah Beasley, MLS, MAIS

Humanities/Social Sciences Librarian
Scholarly Communication Coordinator

BA,(1984) English/Secondary Education - Goshen College
MLS, (1989) Academic Librarianship - Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor
MAIS,(1996) American Literature, Composition, Mass Media - Oregon State University


Areas of Responsibility in the Library

Reference, instruction, and information resources management for English, Women Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Honors Program, and information resources management for all programs in the Graduate School of Education.
Scholarly Communication Coordinator


Research Interests

  • Information access and emerging publishing environments
  • Role and function of academic libraries in a digital, distributed and increasingly for profit information environment

Current Projects

Library Assessment

PSU's participation in Everybody Reads

Developing Scholarly Communication education materials, resources and programming

Developing instruction materials to support literary research and scholarship

Recent Publications / Presentations 

Presenter, "Carnegie Conversation on Emergent Forms of Scholarship: What Counts in the 21st Century". Portland State University, April 8, 2010.

  • Presenter, "Collection Containment Plan: Portland State University", Charleston Conference, November 2008.

  • Editor, "Keep Keeping Up; Renewing Ourselves," A Presidential theme issue, OLA Quarterly, vol. 14 no. 2, Summer 2008.

  • Panel on e-journals, with subscription agents and Alliance librarians. Program organizer. Orbis Cascade Alliance Joint Collection Development & Management and Electronic Resources Committees meeting. October 6, 2006, Portland, OR.

  • Northwest Interlibrary Loan & Resource Sharing Conference. The Changing Face of ILL: Implications of Summit and Patron-Initiated Requesting.  September 16, 2005, Portland, OR.

  • (R)evolution:Scholarly Communications at the X-roads. ACRL Oregon chapter conference. October 2004.Conference chair for biennial meeting of regional academic librarian professional association.Primary responsibility for programming and speaker recruitment.

  • ORBIS/PORTALSEjournal Workshop. I Just Get This Online Somewhere? May 9,2002, Reed College, Portland, OR.
  • Oregon Library Association Annual Conference. "Ebooks: From Selection to Circulation, or How To (or Whether To) Get Started with Electronic Books, and What to Do With Them Once You Get Them." Program coordinator and moderator. March 27, 2001. Seaside, OR.

  • "Collaboration Through Instructional Teams in a First-Year Experience" in Case Studies in Collaboration: Lessons from Five Exemplary Programs. Chicago : ACRL, 2000.

  • OLA Annual conference, "New Learners, New Libraries: Impact of Oregon Educational Reform on School, Public and Academic Libraries", program moderator. April 6, 2000.

Current University Service

  • Graduate Council 2009-

Current Professional Involvement

  • ACRL Education and Behavior Science Section Higher Education Committee (2008-2012)
  • ACRL Education and Behavior Sciences Section ERIC User Group (2005-2009)
  • ACRL Oregon Chapter past president (2004-2005)
  • ORBIS/Cascade Collection Development and Management Steering Committee (2004-2006)
  • ORBIS/Cascade Alliance Collection Development and Management Committee (2004-present)
  • Oregon Library Association, President 2007-2008
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