Library News

The UO Libraries/Ithaka S+R Faculty and Graduate Students survey conducted in Spring Term 2022 aimed to help us understand faculty members' and graduate students' research and teaching behaviors and the role our libraries play in supporting those. Here are some highlights from our findings.
Congratulations to Hilary Rose Dawson, PhD student in Biology, who won the 2022 Book Collecting Prize! Her miniature collection began with 32 works of loosely defined “miniatureness” housed in a small bookcase her grandfather made. It includes a tiny copy of Peter Rabbit, a dream dictionary, and a hand-bound alphabet book made by her sister. Since then, she's amassed more than 500 titles. Read more about it in Unbound, a blog featuring news and updates from Special Collections and University Archives.
Special Collections and University Archives is thrilled to announce the recent acquisition of the Brian Lanker Collection, a large and compelling selection of his photography, interviews, and film work. Lanker (1947-2011) was a Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist and artist based in Eugene, Oregon, whose repertoire encompassed a wide range of subjects, from Steve Prefontaine to advertising for Nike and documentary photography for Life Magazine.
UO Libraries implemented a new resource-sharing tool to make submitting requests for interlibrary loans (ILL) even easier. Patrons are now able to access their ILLiad accounts (through June 2023) but can now use LibrarySearch to submit borrowing and Scan & Deliver requests.
Current plans being reviewed have the second floor of the former Concordia Library building designated as our new home. This floor will include spaces for research collections currently housed in the White Stag Block, study rooms, open seating, popular adult nonfiction and fiction for community and student readers, and a children’s reading room.
From supporting undergraduate students on class projects to providing instruction in data management tools to being embedded in study abroad programs, UO librarians support research in exciting, though sometimes less visible ways. This term, we spotlight four research projects they've been supporting.
See how far Rowan Glass, Class of ‘23, and Emily Kraschel, ‘22, were able to take their research with the help of librarians and access to thousands of resources via UO Libraries. Celebrate the students on Dec. 1, 4–5 p.m., in Knight Library Browsing Room. Hear from them. Refreshments provided.
Morning Star Padilla brings valuable knowledge about indigenous art to UO, along with an excitement to connect with students and faculty at the College of Design.
Deadline extended to Nov. 21! The bi-annual Book Collecting Prize is established in partnership with the Himes & Duniway Society, who has generously donated prize funds, to recognize and encourage undergraduates and graduate students at the University of Oregon to collect printed works, to build their own libraries, to appreciate the special qualities of the printed word, and to read and collect for pleasure and education.
The UO’s Oregon Humanities Center is collaborating with UO Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives on a new undergraduate student internship and fellowship program focused on building primary archival research and career readiness skills. UO undergraduates interested in the humanities and humanities-affiliated social sciences and professions can earn six internship credits and a $3,000 stipend during this new 20-week program. Students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Three historic phone booths have been given a new purpose as Tiny Galleries in Knight Library. UO Libraries invited student proposals for installations that showcased creative and engaging projects, transforming the phone booths into immersive or interactive experiences.
Knight Library
A free, online Plenary session called “Memory Work for Black Lives” is being held in conjunction with the Archives for Black Lives: Liberated Archives Exhibit by Don't Shoot Portland on October 21–22. This two-day event aims to bring Black activists, community members, speakers, librarians, and archivists together to discuss the power of Black archival memory and community archives.
UO Libraries warmly welcomes everyone to the University of Oregon campuses this year! All seven branches are here to help you be successful.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) updated U.S. policy guidance to make the results of taxpayer-supported research immediately available to the American public at no cost. UO Libraries Vice Provost and University Librarian Alicia Salaz sent a letter in support of that policy guidance to the White House.
We sat down virtually with Taylor Ginieczki, the editor-in-chief of the Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal, to learn how the publication supports undergraduate student success.
UO Libraries and Oregon Poetry Association are extremely pleased to announce the winners of the second Library Undergraduate Poetry Prize: Amelia Hamerlynck and Mia Vance. Read more about the winners and find their poems in the Special Collections and University Archives' blog, Unbound.
Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce the acquisition of the records of the Gum Moon Women’s Residence. The collection consists of resident files, diaries, photographs, and publications from 1870 to 2007. Gum Moon was established in 1868 with the goal of providing shelter, education, and vocational training for Chinese girls rescued from human trafficking. Read more about this important acquisition in the Unbound blog, here.
The Data Stories Presentation Award is part of the annual UO Undergraduate Research Symposium. Students can choose to present on the "Data Stories" track to discuss their journey with data. The focus is on how they located, collected, and analyzed the data. Congratulations to this year's three award winners!
Joe Williams and Le Yang will join the University of Oregon Libraries in senior leadership roles, accelerating the development of UO Libraries as a center for research development, student engagement, and knowledge stewardship, with local and global impact.
The Libraries' Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence (LAURE) recognizes students who demonstrate high-quality academic work and excellent library research skills. Awards of $1,000 - $1,500 are given to single term papers and projects from a 200 level or above, and to theses or multi-term papers and projects. For consideration for this award cycle, all entries must be submitted prior to your graduation date and by June 15, 2022. Find out more and how to apply here!
You can help make education more affordable for students through the UO’s Open Educational Resources (OER) program at the UO Libraries. Open Educational Resources (OER) are free and openly licensed course materials, such as free textbooks, that can help ensure that all students, regardless of their financial situation, have free access to required course materials on the first day of class. Read more about it here!
We want to hear from you! Follow this link for more information. Faculty members and graduate students are invited to participate in a survey by UO Libraries this this spring term. Survey launch date is April 19th and will be open for four weeks. Survey data will help the Libraries gain insights into how faculty and graduate students access and use library resources, teach, and engage in research and scholarship. Participation is voluntary and anonymous. Feedback will help the Libraries create new services and programs and results will be shared widely.
With the University of Oregon’s current access to Elsevier journals set to expire at year’s end, the UO Libraries, in coordination with the university libraries of Oregon State University and Portland State University, are entering into contract negotiations for continued access in 2023 and beyond. How will the outcome of these negotiations impact you? What questions do you have? Help us by weighing in.
In partnership with the University of Idaho Libraries and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the UO Libraries is excited to offer the remote 3-week workshop series — “Building Digital Archives & Storytelling with CollectionBuilder“ to the University of Oregon and University of Idaho academic communities. Read all about it on the DREAM Lab blog here!
This guide brings together UO Libraries resources to support Black Studies research including journals, archival materials, audiovisual media, news sources, and more.
Join us in celebrating Black History Month with this year's theme of: "Nuance Noir(e)." Discover stories, find resources, and learn more about events on campus and the how we are celebrating Black History Month here.
The DREAM Lab is excited to announce the list of a wide variety of remote workshops happening this winter term. Workshops will support web and data development skills building in different technical areas including, JavaScript, Wordpress, HTML/CSS, GitHub, and more! Search the schedule and register here!
Drawing primarily from the library’s Special Collections and University Archives, "Our Impact through Images" foregrounds photography, documents, art and ephemera telling the often-untold stories and hidden histories of underrepresented communities at the UO. Read about it in "Around the O" here!
We are pleased to announce that the Open-ONI project at UO Libraries and University of Nebraska has received an NEH Research and Development tier II grant! Grant awards support humanities initiatives at college campuses, innovative digital resources, conservation, research, and infrastructure projects at cultural institutions. Read more about the Open-ONI project here!
Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce the publication of a newly revised finding aid for the Kurt Wiese papers (Ax 445). This is one in a series of posts related to our NHPRC-sponsored project: Twentieth Century Children’s Literature: Exploring the Past, Understanding the Present. Read more about it and start exploring the collection here!