Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ask an Archivist - October 30th during Research Hours

Bertha Hallam, 1st Librarian of the University of Oregon Medical School

To continue with the Archives Month celebrations, the Society of American Archivists is employing a strategy from the curatorial world to engage members of the public and our own communities in understanding more about the role of archivists.  This #AskAnArchivist event is largely taking place on Twitter as a means of engaging audiences far and wide.

Maija Anderson, Head of Historical Collections & Archives and Max Johnson, University Archivist will take to Twitter during the day and provide answers to common questions related to what archivists really do, what we talk about during breaks or anything related to your own historical preservation needs (family archiving, personal electronic records, email).

In addition, as part of our regular research room hours, Max will be available in the Old Library on Campus between Noon and 3 pm for drop-in questions about archives at OHSU, maintaining electronic files or any needs or concerns related to the preservation of history and cultural heritage.

So, if you have a general question for archivists and cannot make it over to the Old Library, feel free to send a Tweet with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist

This is a great opportunity to hear from a variety of practitioners in the world of archives and cultural heritage preservation, however as a reminder, the OHSU Historical Collections & Archives Staff is always available Monday through Friday by phone, appointment and email to assist with OHSU Community needs related to archiving papers, records groups, digital materials, medical artifacts and campus history.  Just drop us a line at

Happy Archives Month !

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Oral history program update: Interview with Dr. Grover Bagby

We just received our DVD copies of our recent oral history interview with Grover C. Bagby, M.D. Dr. Bagby is hematologist whose research focused on cancer and blood diseases. He was the founding director of the Knight Cancer Institute. While officially retired, Dr. Bagby is still an active part of the campus community.

Dr. Bagby was interviewed on August 28th by Joseph Bloom, M.D. Their conversation includes significant discussions about the evolution of hematology and oncology research at OHSU, and the founding and early development of a cancer institute. Dr. Bagby also spoke about more recent history-making events, such as the discovery of Gleevec, and fundraising successes at the Knight Cancer Institute.

The video is now off to our transcriptionist. Transcripts and recordings of interviews from the OHSU Oral History Program are added to the archives, and are also available for checkout from the Main Library. HC&A volunteer Kathleen Feduccia is also adding transcript PDFs to a digital collection, with more on the way

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Doctor or Doctoress?

All of  us here in HC&A have become big fans of a new website from Drexel University College of Medicine's Legacy Center. Doctor or Doctress? presents students and educators with the opportunity to "explore American history through the eyes of women physicians." But this isn't just your garden-variety digital collection!

What's especially unusual and important about the site is that it's aimed at high school students and teachers, rather than the more traditional special collections audiences in higher education. The site content was developed to support national curriculum standards for grades 9-12, and both the content and interactive features are geared towards more structured teaching and learning.

The site is interactive and rich in content, centered around topics such as "A Female Medical Student's Life" and "Early African American Women Physicians." Each topic has a page filled with interpretive features, such as a timeline, discussion questions, and a Google map of important locations. Items from digital collections are selected to support learning objectives for the topic, and are supported by extensive yet approachable interpretive content.

And, of course, we have to point out the topic featuring our own Esther Pohl Lovejoy.
"The American Women's Hospitals and the Fire of Smyrna"  features photographs and manuscripts of Dr. Lovejoy's, contextualized within the broader response to the Greek and Armenian refugee crisis.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Hear Ye' Hear Ye' the 4th Oregon Archives Crawl is just around the corner

It is that time of the year again, time for falling leaves like old onionskin records crunching beneath your feet, the brisk air--somewhat reminiscent of the climate controls in a repository and the musty scent of autumn with its rarebook aroma.  As you can tell, it it is also time for the Oregon Archives Crawl!

This year OHSU Historical Collections & Archives will have a table at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center (PARC) located at 1800 SW 6th Ave, Suite 550. Portland, OR 97201

We plan to have a multitude of examples from our collections centered around the theme of Multiculturalism  and some examples from our collections related to OHSU history, academics and perhaps a unique artifact or two!

More information can be found here:

We hope to see you there!


Monday, September 29, 2014

Job Posting: Public Services Coordinator, OHSU Historical Collections & Archives

Job Title: Public Services Coordinator, Historical Collections & Archives (Library Technician 3)      

Department: OHSU Library                                                         

Work Schedule, Hours, FTE, Salary Range: 1.0 FTE; Monday - Friday; Salary range $18.84 - $25.25 per hour
Functions/Duties of Position
Responsible for day-to-day coordination of complex public services and programs in OHSU Historical Collections & Archives. Uses independent judgment and in-depth knowledge of collections and services to respond to patron needs. Supports outreach and public programming activities, including lectures, tours, classes, exhibits, and special events. Collaborates with library faculty, staff, student workers, and volunteers. Assists with developing departmental services, procedures, and workflows. Uses advanced searching and research skills to identify and locate materials in collections. Directs the work of student workers and volunteers. Responds to and resolves customer service issues.
Key Responsibilities
Public services: Prioritize, assign, and respond to reference questions and patron requests; schedule use of public service areas; identify, locate, and coordinate access to materials requested by researchers; coordinate requests for copies and scans; maintain security and preservation standards in public service areas; compile and report reference and instruction statistics. 

Outreach and public programs: In collaboration with library faculty and staff, support lectures, tours, classes, exhibits, and special events; update Website, online exhibits, blog, and social media content. Direct student workers and volunteers in paging and shelving materials and processing patron requests.

Coordinate custodial and facilities appointments; maintain clean and orderly public service areas.
Monitor departmental expenses; process billing for fee-based services.

Job Requirements
Required: Three years of library experience; OR A bachelor’s degree with 2 years of library experience; OR An associate’s degree and certification as a Library Assistant and 2 year of library experience; OR An equivalent combination of training and experience. Experience providing public services in special collections or archives. Experience with exhibits in a library, archives, or museum setting. Familiarity with organization and functions of special collections or archives. Experience searching bibliographic databases, online catalogs, and the internet. Excellent organizational skills; attention to detail is essential. Excellent communication and customer support skills. Ability to work in a team environment. Ability to work independently, with minimal direct supervision. Proficiency with Windows platforms, MS Office, Web page development skills.

Preferred: Experience with outreach and event planning. Knowledge of library and archives metadata standards.                           
Additional Details
OHSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or protected veteran status. Applicants with disabilities can request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148.

How To Apply: Complete an online application at . Click “Search for Jobs” then search for IRC45012

P.S. We are also hiring for two student assistant positions in our archives program! These are great opportunities for current students - for more information, go to and search for IRC 44970 and IRC 44971, or search "archives" to see all our current postings.