2016-2017 Oregon State University Libraries & Press Program Highlights
- The Libraries and Press are a living laboratory for experiential learning. Students develop skills in communication, problem solving and critical thinking by work- ing on engaging, authentic projects. In 2016-17, library staff served as clients for a Computer Science Senior Capstone class team that designed and built an interactive navigational map app for the Valley Library to be launched in 2017-18. The app helps library users and locations and services within the six expansive floors of the Valley Library.
- OSU Libraries faculty members were again recognized for their scholarly productivity. A study published in College and Research Libraries (May 2017) ranked OSU library faculty #2 in the nation for articles published per professional staff member. We were edged out of the #1 slot by the slimmest of margins (0.09).
- Assistant Professor Kelly McElroy was recognized nationally and internationally by garnering two separate awards. She was named one of the 50 Movers and Shakers for 2017 among the world’s librarians by Library Journal magazine, a huge honor. In addition, McElroy and co-editor Nicole Pagowsky received the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Irene Rockman Publication of the Year Award for their two-volume Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook. The award recognizes an outstanding new publication related to instruction in a library environment.
- With the purchase of access to the Early English Books Online (EEBO) collection — which includes the very first book published in English through the age of Shakespeare — OSU Libraries increased access to content that supports research and teaching. Students and faculty can browse, read, mark up, download and mine more than 130,000 texts and more than 17 million scanned pages originally published from 1473 to 1700 in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Access to the EEBO collection, which includes contributions from more than 200 libraries worldwide, was funded entirely by donor gifts to the Libraries. Thanks to our donors, Oregon State students and faculty now have convenient access to these outstanding collections.
- ScholarsArchive@OSU makes scholarly output of the university freely available to the campus, the state and the world. ScholarsArchive is an institutional repository containing more than 60,000 items including reports, theses, dissertations, scholarly articles and data sets. Between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, there were 1,504 new deposits into ScholarsArchive and 8,877,572 downloads (yes, more than eight million downloads). Libraries staff are currently working on a new version of ScholarsArchive@OSU that will enhance discoverability of items in the repository and improve work flows and analytics.
- The Special Collections and Archives Research Center produces wide ranging outreach activities that provide unique experiences for a variety of learners. The range of activities continued to grow and included two major exhibits, five Collections at the Center presentations, four Oregon Archives Month activities, four readings of plays pertaining to women in science, a book collecting contest event, the Fall Family Weekend open house that drew more than a hundred attendees, and public programs as part of two digitization projects. These activities reached hundreds of participants and viewers, including many from outside the OSU community.
- The Guin Library at Hat eld Marine Science Center in Newport worked to add additional resources that increase the ambience and services provided there, including adding new bookshelves, end unit displays to highlight our book collection, new furniture in one of the meeting rooms, whiteboards for the graduate student carrels, and a collaboration table to our group study room.
- The Libraries’ Emerging Technology Services department partners with other institutions to improve access for Oregonians. One of these e orts is Oregon Digital, a shared repository of more than 600,000 OSU and University of Oregon historic and archival images and multimedia.
- Three OSU Press books were named IndieFab Book of the Year Award winners. Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions by Michael Helquist took home the gold in the LGBT category. Wild in the Willamette: Exploring the Mid-Valley’s Parks, Trails and Natural Areas, edited by Lorraine Anderson and Abby Phillips Metzger, is a silver winner in the Travel category. And Shaping the Public Good: Women Making History in the Paci c Northwest by Sue Armitage received a bronze for Women’s Studies; it was also a nalist for an Oregon Book Award and the WILLA Award for Scholarly Nonfction.