Fall Term Update

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Welcome, new students and faculty! Welcome back, all!

The Library has been busy this summer. Here’s news you might have missed.

to Search the New Catalog

In June, we implemented a new catalog as part of a cooperative effort by the Orbis Cascade Alliance (Summit) to consolidate all 37 institutions’ holdings into one single, shared system. Sign in with your Odin when you search to get more results and access PSU Library content. Also, please double check any library links you have in your syllabi and D2L to make sure they still work. Questions about the catalog? Check our FAQs, ask a librarian, or use our Guide on the Side.

A screenshot of the virtual browse feature in the new catalog.

New Virtual Browse

One of our favorite features of the new catalog: in the search results page, click on “Virtual Browse” under any item to see what’s next to it on the bookshelf.

Place Course Materials on Reserve

One big benefit of the new catalog system: it’s much easier for students to find items placed on Library Reserve. Faculty who wish to place materials on Reserve can use the request form here.

New Library Website

This summer, we launched our newly-designed, responsive website, which offers the same content whether you’re on your desktop computer, cell phone, tablet, or other mobile device. It might take some time to adjust, so please let us know if you have questions about finding content.

New Databases

  • PBS Video Collection – Frontline, American Experience, Ken Burns films, and more
  • BioRxiv – Open access repository of preprints in biology


  • We have so many ebooks! You should be able to find them in our catalog. If you’d like to browse some of our larger ebook collections, this list of ebooks will get you started.
  • Project Muse – we’ve added more than 3000 titles in film, history, Latin American studies, poli sci, international studies, and other areas
  • Knowledge Unlatched – open access ebooks from academic publishers, all of which are included in our catalog; PSU Library contributed to the pilot that succeeded in making these ebooks open

Extended Faculty Loan Period

Until recently, faculty checked out books through the end of the academic year. Now, thanks to the new catalog, we’ve changed the faculty loan period to a rolling 12-month check out. This means that faculty will now have books for an entire calendar year (but please do check your email for recall notices).

Upcoming Workshops

Managing Resources with Zotero and Mendeley

  • Tuesday, October 7, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Library 170
  • Tuesday, October 28, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Library 160

Organizing Your Information

  • Tuesday, October 21, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Library 220J

Literature Review Research for Theses and Dissertations

  • Thursday, October 23, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Library 160
  • Wednesday, October 29, Noon – 1:00 p.m., Library 160

See our workshops page for descriptions and more information. 

Library Tours

Offered the first four weeks of term on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. & Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. Dates for fall:

  • Tuesdays at 11am: September 30, October 7, October 14, October 21
  • Wednesdays at 4pm: October 1, October 8, October 15, October 22

To join a tour, please go to the Library Circulation Desk on the first floor.

New Digital Collection: Oregon Speakers Series

Between 1958 and 1979, Portland State hosted over two hundred speeches, interviews, panel discussions, and readings by scholars, activists, politicians, authors, artists, and community members. In our newly-digitized collection, listen to Robert F. Kennedy, Toni Morrison, Stokely Carmichael, Margaret Mead, Jessica Mitford, George McGovern,  Johnetta Cole, Timothy Leary, Carl Sagan, Allen Ginsberg, Alex Haley, Vera Katz, B. F. Skinner, and many others as they speak on campus.

A member of the 1966 Portland State women's bowling team.
A member of the 1966 Portland State women’s bowling team.

Help Us Identify Student-Athletes!

The University Archives Digital Gallery now includes 3,200 athletic photos from 1953 through 1991. The collection includes dynamic action shots as well as team and individual portraits from a range of sports, including football, basketball, gymnastics, bowling, fencing, and more. Who are all these athletes? In many cases, we don’t know! We would love your help in identifying the names of people in these photographs. Look for the “Tell Us!” option under each photo.

Fall Exhibit

Women Committed to Community Action: Honoring 104 Years of Service
The Junior League of Portland 1910-2014

On display through December in the elevator lobby of the Library’s first floor.

Have a great fall term!