In February 2011, the OSU Libraries sent out the 10 Minutes to a Better Library ( LibQual+) survey to a random sample of OSU students, faculty and staff. Our purpose was to learn more about how you use the library and what we can do to improve library services. Well, the results are in. Please go to http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/1491-10-Minutes-to-a-Better-Library-Survey-Results to see who responded and to see some of your comments and our responses.
OSU Libraries News
Welcome to the OSU Libraries News and Events page!
OSU Libraries will be performing a routine upgrade to our systems which will require an outage of a number of services at the library.
This outage will begin at 10pm this evening and will last for a few hours. Services should be restored by 4am.
Services affected by the outage include:
OSU Press website
OJS Library Journals sites
Beaver Tracks website
Archives Omeka site
Special Collections Omeka site
Wordpress MU Blogs
Library a la Carte
All LibraryFind instances (excluding ODL and Libraries of Oregon)
September 19, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Come discover your ideal study space, learn where to borrow audio/visual equipment and get your laptop fixed, find ebooks, uncover OSU’s history, and MORE at the Valley Library. Food & Prizes, too!
In celebration of Latino/a Heritage Month the Oregon Multicultural Archives invites you to view a small exhibit documenting OSU’s Association of Latin American Students and the Centro Cultural César Chávez.
Find out more on the Oregon Multicultural Archives Blog Post
Check out the Digital Collection in Flickr
Location: 3rd Floor of the Valley Library, University Archives, Display Case
Date: September 2011
Exhibit Curated by OSU University Archives Student Worker Kelsey Ockert
For More Information Contact:
Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian
natalia [dot] fernandez [at] oregonstate [dot] edu
The OSU Libraries’ Oregon Multicultural Archives (OMA) mission is to acquire, preserve and make available collections that document the lives of African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American communities of Oregon.
Cliff Mead, Head of Special Collections for OSU Libraries, will retire effective January 1, 2011 after 24 years of service at OSU Libraries. Mead's expertise in special collections administration has resulted in the development and growth of a world class collection that serves as an outstanding resource not only for the OSU community but for scholars from across the globe. OSU's Horning Professor of Humanities and Professor of History Emeritus, Mary Jo Nye stated, "Special Collections provides an ideal on-campus physical environment for study and research, but, even more significantly, Cliff and his staff have pioneered online website communication of historically valuable documents, photographs, films, and other resources to the public. He has been a real treasure at OSU whom countless visitors have found to be their engaging and omniscient guide in Special Collections."
The focus of OSU Special Collections is on the Ava and Linus Pauling Papers with a broader emphasis on the history of twentieth-century science and technology. Professor Mead has led the Special Collections Department's development of outstanding digital resources, especially those that provide in-depth coverage of the life and work of Linus Pauling, the only recipient of two unshared Nobel Prizes. "In addition to Professor Mead's leadership in developing a truly innovative and world renowned web presence for displaying the vast resources of the Special Collections department, he has provided exceptional opportunities for OSU students to have firsthand experience working with primary research materials," noted Karyle Butcher, former OSU University Librarian/Press Director.
Professor Mead is recognized internationally as the authority on the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers. He has authored several publications, including Thomas Pynchon: A Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources (1989). His most recent book, co-edited with Chris Petersen, is The Pauling Catalogue: Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers at Oregon State University (2006). He also has co-edited Linus Pauling: Scientist and Peacemaker (2001) and The Pauling Symposium: A Discourse on the Art of Biography (1996). Professor Mead received his master of library science from Syracuse University School of Information Studies, Syracuse, New York and a B.A. in English from the Utica College of Syracuse University.
Paul Farber, OSU Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Editor, Journal of the History of Biology, summed up Professor Mead's accomplishments, "Cliff has that rare combination of intelligence, organization, personality, wit and humor that makes a university collection of papers and books into a Special Collection. He has been at the center of creating this major asset at OSU, one that has large portions available online, and one that brings scholars from around the world to campus. He cannot be replaced, but he has built an institution that will persist."
Larry Landis, University Archivist, will serve as interim director of the Special Collections beginning January 1, 2011 until a permanent head is named. Landis is an experienced library administrator, having served as the University Archivist since December 1996. Landis started his career at OSU in January 1991 after having worked for 7 years at the University of Texas at Austin at what is now the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Landis earned an M.A. in history from Texas Christian University and completed post-graduate work in archives.
The Center for Research Libraries has announced its most recent purchases of primary source materials. It's an eclectic mix, ranging from Missionary Society Papers to facsimiles of significant post-war Japanese manga artists to the 1939-1949 issues of The Sacramento Bee, a newspaper known for its support of workers' rights and environmental protection. The complete list of new purchases is available at http://www.crl.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/pages/pp10purchases.pdf.
Through the OSU Libraries' membership, OSU faculty, staff and students have access to the complete CRL collection, which includes the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America, nearly 40,000 foreign journals rarely held in U.S. libraries, and major microform and paper collections from around the world. CRL materials are loaned to member libraries for 90 days with unlimited 90-day renewals.
To learn more about CRL and the collections available to you, visit http://www.crl.edu/.