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OSU Libraries spring workshops coming up include Zotero (5/4) and Oral History Training (5/5).

Registration is encouraged but not required. View all the offerings in the library’s spring workshop series at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. 

Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu.

OSU Libraries spring workshops coming up include Zotero (5/4) and Oral History Training (5/5).

Registration is encouraged but not required. View all the offerings in the library’s spring workshop series at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. 

Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu.

Photos and manuscripts by noted conservationist William L. Finley, his wife Irene and friend Herman T. Bohlman helped in establishing wildlife refuges in Oregon. Now those photos, manuscripts and other documents are becoming available online and will be shown at lectures around Oregon in late April through early June.

William L. Finley’s interest in wildlife conservation began when he and his boyhood friend, Herman T. Bohlman, began photographing birds around Oregon at the turn of the 20th century.

The Oregon Historical Society’s Davies Family Research Library and Oregon State University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Research Center are collaborating to make more than 40 years of photographs, manuscripts, publications, correspondence and other materials created by William Finley, his wife Irene Finley, and Herman Bohlman available online. The project, “Reuniting Finley and Bohlman,” is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through its Library Services and Technology Act grant program. The project began in July 2016 and will be completed by June 30, 2017. Many of the photographs and documents are already available on the project’s digital collection website at http://oregondigital.org/sets/finley-bohlman.

The digital collection will include approximately 6,500 photographs and 8,600 pages of manuscript material. The photographs include Finley and Bohlman’s trips to Malheur Lake, the Klamath Lakes and Three Arch Rocks on the Oregon coast – and these photographs played a key role in President Theodore Roosevelt’s decision to create wildlife refuges at those locations. 

The public lecture and slide presentation, “On the Road with Finley and Bohlman,” will be offered at these five locations in Oregon:

April 25 – Harney County Library, Burns, 6:30-8 p.m.

April 27 – Oregon Institute of Technology, College Union Auditorium, Klamath Falls, 7-8 p.m.

May 13 – Oregon State University, Valley Library’s Willamette Rooms, Corvallis, 6-7:30 p.m.

May 14 – Netarts Community Club, Oceanside, 2-3:30 p.m.

June 7 – Oregon Historical Society, Portland, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

More information about these lectures is available at http://www.ohs.org/finley

Since its origins over two centuries ago, data visualization has been transformed by new technologies, social conditions, cultural values, and cognitive advances, literally reshaping how humans see information. This lecture panel brings together three experts from diverse disciplines to examine the impact of data visualization on their work and to explore the interdisciplinary connections that bring new insight to the study and production of visualized data.

Join us for a tour of the exhibit “Beautiful Science, Useful Art: Data Visualization Through History,” followed by short lectures and discussion. 

Wednesday, May 3 on the fifth floor of the Valley Library in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center 

4:30 p.m. Exhibit Tour and Reception

5:00 p.m. Lecture Panel


Ehren Pflugfelder, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Writing, Literature and Film 

Ben Dalziel, Assistant Professor in Integrative Biology and Mathematics 

Dan Rosenberg, Professor of History at the University of Oregon and co-author with Anthony Grafton of Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline

For the first time ever: Food 4 Fines is happening at the Valley Library.

From April 16-30, the Valley Library Circulation Desk will waive your overdue fines in exchange for donations of non-perishable food and hygienic items. All donations will benefit the Human Services Resource Center's Food Pantry on campus.

What you should know:

·         Donations will only apply to overdue fines on Valley Library items that were accrued during the month of April

·         Credits may not be applied to future fines

·         Summit and Interlibrary Loan items are exempt

·         Donations will not apply towards replacement, damaged, or University Shop fees

The following list of items are items in need at the Food Pantry while the amounts next to each item indicates how much it is worth for waiving fines:

  • Tuna $2
  • Canned goods $3
  • Spices $5
  • Dried Beans $5
  • Peanut Butter $5
  • Boxed Meals $5 (Rice-a-Roni, Hamburger Helper, etc.)
  • Oral Hygiene Products $5
  • Shampoo/Conditioner $5 each
  • Feminine Hygiene Products $10

For more information on the HSRC, visit their website and check out all the programs and resources they offer to the OSU community.

If you have any questions, please contact the Valley Library Circulation Desk at valley.circ@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-7254.

Kick back with one of over 1,000 Kindle eBooks preloaded on the Kindle Voyage! Features include:

  • 6” touchscreen
  • Highest resolution and contrast display of any Kindle
  • Front light auto-adjusts brightness
  • Thin, lightweight design with pressure-based page-turn sensors
  • Origami cover for hands-free reading

Request one of the six Kindle Voyages and up to two additional titles at library.oregonstate.edu/kindles.

This speaker series is sponsored by OSU Libraries; OSU Press; OSU Ethnic Studies; and the School of History, Philosophy and Religion.


Peter Laufer, April 27, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Willamette Rooms, The Valley Library

“Alternative Facts” 

In this age of instant news and “alternative facts,” information consumers need easy-to-follow rules for sorting out truth from lies. Award-winning journalist and University of Oregon Journalism Professor Peter Laufer comes to the rescue with Slow News: A Manifesto for the Critical News Consumer, which is published by OSU Press. Inspired by the Slow Food movement, Slow News offers a timely antidote to “fake news.” With 29 simple rules for avoiding echo chambers and recognizing misinformation, Laufer’s manifesto is an idea guide to these challenging times.


Trischa Goodnow, May 3, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Willamette Rooms, The Valley Library

“Fake News is the New V.D.: Verbal Deception as a Means of Manipulation”

Noted Presidential Rhetorical scholar, Kathleen Hall Jamieson has coined the phrase “verbal deception” to better describe what has popularly become known as fake news. By changing the name of the phenomenon, Jamieson attempts to warn audiences of the real danger in fake news. In this lecture/discussion, OSU Professor Trischa Goodnow will attempt to unpack the ways in which fake news or verbal deception are being used in the current political climate to manipulate audiences. Once these methods have been unpacked, the lecture will provide a simple solution to the problem: logic and reason. 

Katherine Hubler, May 11, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Willamette Rooms, The Valley Library

“Der Stürmer, Fake News, and the Making of the ‘Jewish Criminal’ in Nazi Germany”

While it is well known that National Socialist propaganda frequently spread fake news about European Jews, few Nazi publications were as belligerent and unrestrained in their antisemitic attacks as Der Stürmer (The Stormtrooper). Published by Julius Streicher between 1923 and 1945, Der Stürmer notably perpetuated the myth of Jewish criminality by soliciting public slander about German Jews—in the form of readers’ letters—and passing it off as fact. With its lurid imagery, reader-sourced content, and public visibility (the paper was available to read at no cost in public display cases), Der Stürmer prefigured contemporary methods of fomenting bigotry and spreading misinformation. Katherine Hubler, Ph.D., is an instructor and Ecampus coordinator with the OSU School of History, Philosophy and Religion. 

Patricia Sakurai, May 18, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Willamette Rooms, The Valley Library

“Manufacturing 'Military Necessity’: Japanese American Internment during World War II”

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which ultimately resulted in the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans living on the West Coast. Forty years later, the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians found that the internment "was not justified by military necessity" but instead was the result of “race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership.” In this talk, OSU Associate Professor Patricia Sakurai will consider the particular convergence of misinformation, political and business interests, news media, and longstanding anti-Asian sentiment and legislation that sat just below the surface of assertions of “military necessity” during the period. 

The Valley Library Circulation Desk has 12 Dell Latitude laptops available for long term borrowing. These laptops are intended to be term-long laptop substitutes for students without computers. As such, we are prioritizing students in need of a laptop due to hardship or unexpected misfortune.

For more information or to fill out the online application, go to bit.ly/valley-laptops

Applications are due by Friday, April 7th. Laptop recipients will be notified by Wednesday, April 12th. If you are not contacted by this date, you may be contacted at a later date as laptops are returned and become available. You may apply in all terms that you need a laptop.

If you have any questions, please contact the Valley Library Circulation Desk at valley.circ@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-7254.

Kelly McElroy of OSU Libraries and Press is being honored as one of the 50 Movers and Shakers for 2017 among the world’s librarians by Library Journal magazine. She is also a winner of the Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). McElroy is the Student Engagement and Community Outreach Librarian at OSU Libraries and Press. 

The Movers and Shakers awards from Library Journal acknowledge 50 or more emerging library leaders from around the world who are innovative, creative and making a difference in shaping the future of libraries. According to Library Journal, McElroy was selected because of her commitment to the profession and her work as a community builder at OSU and within librarianship. 

McElroy also just received the 2017 ACRL Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award for the two-volume Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook that McElroy coedited in 2016 with Nicole Pagowsky, an Associate Librarian and Instruction Coordinator at the University of Arizona Libraries. This annual award recognizes an outstanding new publication related to instruction in a library environment. The two co-authors share a $3,000 award that will be presented at the American Library Association Annual Conference in June. 

About her award-winning efforts, McElroy says, “My work is inherently collaborative in nature. The ‘community’ piece of my job title is really core to the work I do, both at OSU and in librarianship.”

"Professor McElroy is well-deserving of these awards,” says Jane Nichols, Head of the Teaching and Engagement Department at OSU Libraries and Press. “She is exceptionally skilled at building intentional and lasting relationships to create a more just environment that supports students, whether through direct service or by creating opportunities for colleagues to do the same." 

The Oregon State University Libraries are once again soliciting applications for their Resident Scholar Program. Now celebrating its tenth year, the program provides research grants of up to $2,500 to support work done in the OSU Libraries Special Collections and Archives Research Center.

SCARC collects in five primary areas: the history of science; the history of OSU; natural resources in the Pacific Northwest (including hops and brewing, but also forestry, marine resources, and Northwest agriculture); multicultural communities of Oregon; and rare books. Historians, librarians, graduate, doctoral or post-doctoral students, and independent scholars are all invited to apply for a research grant for research that they propose to do at the Special Collections and Archives Research Center at the Valley Library. 

Much more about the program, including its application form, is available at http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/residentscholar.html

Applications must be received by April 30.

For more information, please contact scarc@oregonstate.edu.