Bob Schroeder Wins Butler Award

Portland State University Library is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Kenneth W. and Elsie W. Butler Award for Library Faculty Service, Associate Professor and Education Librarian Bob Schroeder.

Robert Schroeder joined the PSU Library faculty in 2004. Professor Schroeder has served most recently as Education Librarian. As his colleagues noted, Professor Schroeder is a tireless advocate who learns from students, and views his reference and instruction work as a transformative dialogue between student and librarian. Rosalyn Taylor, Coordinator of Instruction/Adviser for the TRiO program, explains that Professor Schroeder excels in “…creating a welcoming atmosphere and sense of belonging to new students. He demystifies the library for students, encouraging them to inhabit it in the may ways they are while reminding them of his role in their experience at PSU.”

With Kimberly Pendell, Social Work and Social Sciences Librarian, he developed the Culturally Responsive & Inclusive Curriculum Guide, intended to support PSU Faculty in learning and exploring how to create curriculum and engage in pedagogical practices that honor the rich breadth and diversity of experiences and backgrounds of Portland State students. In 2014 his book Critical Journeys: How Fourteen Librarians Came to Embrace Critical Practice was published, and he published a series of two articles, “Exploring Critical and Indigenous Research Methods with a Research Community: Part I – The Leap, and Part II –the Landing.” Professor Schroeder serves as a co-editor-in-chief of the journal Communications in Information Literacy (CIL) and spearheaded the journal’s move from its former online home to reside as a journal published in partnership by the Portland State University Library, making CIL the fifth journal in the Library’s portfolio of journals.

Congratulations to Bob on this well-deserved award!

Professor Emeritus Kenneth W. Butler and his wife, Elsie W. Butler, established a fund to recognize outstanding performance by a member of the Branford P. Millar Library faculty each year. The award recognizes excellence of library service to students, faculty, and other library patrons.

Learn more about the Butler Award and previous recipients.

Explore the Library’s Manga Collection at the Manga Café, May 22-June 4

Portland State University Library is pleased to present the Manga Café on the Library’s third floor from May 22-June 4.

Artwork by Chihiro Howe

Our collection of manga will be on display in the southwest corner, overlooking Stott Field.

On Friday, May 25, manga artist Chihiro Howe will offer a free drawing session to PSU students. Supplies will be provided. After the drawing session, the Library will serve snacks.


Workshop: Manage Citations with Zotero and Mendeley

""Citation management software allows you to download citations and articles from various websites and databases, electronically store and organize the citations, annotate and highlight articles, and format the citations for your paper and bibliography. This workshop covers the advantages and disadvantages of Zotero and Mendeley, helping you decide which one is right for you.

Date Offered
Wednesday, May 2, 4–5:30 p.m.

Library, Room 160
1st Floor, Across from the elevators

Stephen Fadel

No RSVP required. This is a drop-in workshop.

Library Publishes New Open Textbook for English Language Learners

Portland State University Library is pleased to announce the publication of a new open textbook, Transition with Purpose: Pathways from English Language to Academic Study, by Michele Miller and Anne Greenhoe.

Book coverThis open access textbook will guide students through their English language to academic degree studies. The textbook is used for three seminars in the Portland State University Undergraduate Pathways Program for English language learners.

Part one of this textbook is a guide for moving from ESL study to academic study at Portland State University.* It includes the resources students will use to understand policies and processes governing their degree study and their transition to academic coursework. Part two focuses on how academic skills are used across various disciplines and is comprised of activities and assignments designed to practice these skills.

Key elements include culture and expectations in an American university, transferring academic skills from ESL to content-specific academic courses, and helpful exercises to be academically successful.

The book is the work of Michele Miller, Academic Advisor, Intensive English Language Program and Anne Greenhoe, Instructor, Intensive English Language Program.

Transition with Purpose is licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Portland State University Library publishes open textbooks through PDXOpen, an open access textbook publishing initiative. The Library works with Portland State University faculty authors to publish high-quality open access textbooks designed specifically for their courses. These books are free to students at Portland State and to anyone in the world.

PDXOpen textbooks are available in PDXScholar. 

*While much of the content of this book relates specifically to Portland State University, it is the hope of the authors that the structure of the text and the activities within it may inspire adaptations to fit the needs of other colleges and universities.

Library Purchases Arden Shakespeare Database

portrait of shakespeare

Portrait of William Shakespeare from the National Portrait Gallery in London (a public domain image).

The Library has purchased a new collection of play texts in the database Drama Library Online. 

The Playtext Core Collection segment of Drama Library Online has 1300 play texts from the British publisher Bloomsbury including the entire Arden Shakespeare as well as Methuen Drama and plays from Farber and Farber.

Students in all humanities disciplines will in particular find the Arden Shakespeare valuable. Theater students and faculty will appreciate the tools to find monologues and plays.

Each play’s entry screen has a discrete DOI so it’s easy to navigate to a specific play.

""Please note that the database includes content that we have not purchased. To see only the content that we can access, go to the upper right hand corner of the page and set the “Show subscribed content only” slider button to “on.”

If you have questions about this database, please contact your subject librarian.

Bring Your Kids to Campus on Friday, April 13

The University Library is pleased to participate in Bring Your Kids to Campus Day, sponsored by the PSU Resource Center for Students with Children, on Friday, April 13.

""PSU’s Bring Your Kids to Campus Day is a day-long, campus-wide celebration inviting students, staff, faculty, and their children to campus for events and activities. As a non-instructional day for Portland Public Schools, it’s the perfect opportunity for PSU parents to spend the day with their children.

Lounge at the Library

Stop by Room 160 in the Library in the afternoon, anytime from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., to see some highlights from our collection of children’s books. We’ll also have coloring, button-making, and healthy snacks.

More Information

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This event is FREE for all students, staff, and faculty.

Digital Social Justice: Editing Wikipedia with Your Students

The Office of Academic Innovation and the University Library invite PSU instructors to a workshop on developing assignments using Wikipedia.

Discover how Wikipedia can be a catalyst for creating engaging research projects in this interactive, half-day workshop where you will learn how to…

  • Discuss the context and implications of Wikipedia demographics with your students
  • Identify bias in Wikipedia editing and publishing
  • Use Wikipedia in your assignment creation
  • Design assignments that are authentic and espouse Open Educational Practices
  • Edit Wikipedia with your students

Wednesday, April 18
8:30 am to Noon
Office of Academic Innovation, SMSU

A light breakfast will be provided. Please bring your laptop.

Register for this free workshop.

Origins of Modern Middle East Studies: Scholarly and Travel Writing Before 1900

Illustration from a sketch of the ruins at Tadmor (Palmyra, Syria) by author Emily Beaufort Smythe (1861).

Middle East Studies in the West is informed by centuries of intellectual exchange which includes seminal works by Middle Eastern historians, language and cultural studies developed by European scholars, and popular travel writing, including works by women who toured Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Turkey in the 19th century. The Library’s exhibit, richly annotated by PSU alumnus and Middle East historian Gary Leiser, presents examples of works that contributed to the development of Middle East Studies in Europe, England, and the United States.

“Orientalism” in Academia and Printing

Map from Moeurs et usages des Turcs (1747).

French scholars coined the term “Orientalism” in the 18th century to describe the European scholarly study of the geographical region in which Arabic, Turkish, and Persian were spoken. For Europeans, this region began at the Eastern Mediterranean and, by extension, where the Christian and Islamic worlds met.

Detail from the Psalms printed in Arabic and Latin by Francois Savary de Breves (1614).

Initially, Orientalism focused on translation, acquisition of scientific knowledge, and support of Christian missionary activities, but new approaches to texts and history broadened the field after the Renaissance. The first books were printed in Arabic in the 16th century, and many Western scholars sought to consult (and publish) important Arabic works in the original.  European universities promoted Middle Eastern studies by establishing chairs of Arabic.

As European commercial and diplomatic relations with the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East in general expanded during the 18th and 19th centuries, study of the region developed as well and became increasingly secular, incorporating natural and cultural studies drawn from field research in addition to works on languages and religion. The exhibit features a printing of the first book set in Arabic type at Oxford (by the university’s first chair of Arabic), an edition of the Psalms in Arabic and Latin printed in France in 1614, and several examples of important works in printed Arabic written by Middle Eastern historians from the medieval era to the 18th century.

Egyptology and Travel Literature

Letter to James Cooley from George Gliddon (1842).

In the 19th century, travel literature from the East gained popularity with the Western public. The new field of Egyptology also inspired tourism and spurred book sales. Popular Egyptologists in the exhibit include women like Amelia Edwards, whose journey up the Nile in 1873-4 inspired her life’s work of professional study and preservation of Egyptian antiquities, and Americans James Cooley and George R. Gliddon, who came to blows in New York City over Gliddon’s scathing refutation of Cooley’s poor scholarship and mockery of the American consulate in Egypt in 1842.

The materials selected for this exhibit are part of Special Collections’ Middle East Studies Collection, which originated with the founding of PSU’s Middle East Studies Center in 1959. The dynamism of the MESC made Portland State almost synonymous with Middle East Studies in the 1960s and 70s, especially with instruction in Arabic. As one of the ten federal depositories receiving materials from Egypt after 1961, the PSU Library built one of the best Arabic collections in the western U.S.

This essay is drawn in part from a sketch of the history of Middle East studies by historians Gary Leiser and John Mandaville. Portland State University Library Special Collections thanks the Tarbell Family Foundation for supporting the ongoing development of the Middle East Studies collection.