Friday, October 09, 2015

Monday! Join us for our History of Medicine Society Lecture with David Lubin: "Behind the Mask: World War I, Plastic Surgery, and the Modern Beauty Revolution"

Don't forget! Our first History of Medicine lecture is on Monday, October 12th at noon! David M. Lubin, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art History at Wake Forest University, will be discussing the advances made in plastic surgery as a result of World War I and its effect on twentieth century beauty culture. You don't want to miss this one!

Mingling starts at 12pm, followed by the lecture at 12:15pm.

For those who are unable to attend in person, you will be able to view the event recording live (starting at 12:15 pm) or at a later date via OHSU EdComm:   
*Please note, due to ongoing renovations, there may be some noise in the building on the day of the lecture. Portable restrooms are located outside of the building, and public restrooms are available in the nearby BICC building.
For a campus map, as well as customized driving, biking, and transit directions, please visit the interactive OHSU map:

Position announcement: Repository Community Librarian, OHSU Library

Repository Community Librarian

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Library seeks a creative and service-oriented Repository Community Librarian. The successful candidate will have exciting opportunities to develop innovative new library services in a dynamic environment.

Reporting to the Director of Curatorial Services, the Repository Community Librarian works directly with the OHSU community to develop and deliver services in support of the library’s institutional repository initiative.   The position leads the community in developing a repository for active, local digital assets, including images, video, documents, and data. With critical responsibility for growth, relevance, sustainability, and innovation in the Library, the position dedicates significant effort to collaborative work with faculty, students, and staff, demonstrating outcomes through presentations, publications, and reports.

The position will:

Collaborate with a lively, cross-functional team to plan, implement, and evaluate a robust suite of digital repository services for OHSU. Play a key role in researching, testing, recommending, and implementing new technologies

Create and teach classes, workshops, and instruction sessions for the OHSU community on repository services and procedures; provide ongoing, customized consultation, training, and support to users

Develop an engaged, collaborative community around institutional digital assets; work with the OHSU community to develop shared digital asset collections

Lead ongoing, regular assessment of repository services and technologies; work with library and external staff to identify and prioritize support needs and systems improvements

Maintain and promote awareness of standards, trends, and best practices in digital assets management and institutional repositories. Participate in regional, national, and international discourse

Establish procedures and workflows for selection, intake, and access to institutional digital assets

Establish and maintain institutional guidelines for describing, managing, and delivering digital assets; ensure compliance with HIPAA, FERPA, and local information policies

The Repository Community Librarian fosters a culture of productivity, knowledge sharing, and user orientation. As a member of the Library Faculty, the position participates in planning, policy formation, and decision-making relating to library services, collections, and technologies.  This position requires scholarship and service that contributes to the effectiveness of the Library, the University, and the profession.

Position Conditions/Qualifications:

Advanced degree in library and information science, computer science, or another relevant discipline

Minimum of two years of direct experience with complex digital asset management projects, preferably in an academic or health sciences setting

Experience with reference, training, teaching, instruction, or equivalent front-line services

Demonstrated success in managing projects for cross-functional teams; ability to collaborate with people in libraries, IT, health sciences research and education, and creative fields

Strong service orientation; ability to judiciously and diplomatically interpret policies and guidelines in a service setting

Knowledge of user experience principles and best practices

Outstanding analytical, writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills; ability to represent the library effectively and positively to diverse audiences

Demonstrated experience with relevant technical and descriptive standards; knowledge of emerging standards; ability to use judgment in interpreting and applying standards

Familiarity with HIPAA, FERPA, and other regulations as they apply to electronic records and digital assets; ability to manage sensitive materials by balancing access and legal requirements

Extensive knowledge of institutional repository technologies, standards, and best practices

Demonstrated ability to contribute service and scholarship to the profession

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience collaborating with academic faculty, staff, and students

Experience applying HIPAA and/or FERPA principles to complex digital asset management projects

Extensive knowledge of trends in scholarly communications, intellectual property, research data management, and digital archives

Experience with electronic records management

The Institution: Oregon Health & Science University is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center and is made up of the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Nursing; College of Pharmacy; numerous Centers and Institutes; OHSU Healthcare; and related programs. The OHSU Library, the largest health sciences library in Oregon, serves the faculty, staff, and students of OHSU, as well as health professionals and residents of the State of Oregon.

Rank and Salary: This is a faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, minimum $50,000.

Applications: To apply please visit<> and search for IRC49894. Applications should include a resume, a letter of introduction, and contact information for three references. Screening of applications will commence immediately and continue until filled.

OHSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Applicants with disabilities can request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Oregon Archives Month Event (Crawl) 2015 recap

Dear Constant Reader,
I know you've been following our activities and thus you made your way on October 3rd to the centrally-located City of Portland Archives and Records Center for the 2015 Oregon Archives Month Event (a re-imagining of the Crawl event held from 2010 -2012 and again in 2014).  Since this is undoubtedly the case, you may skip this recap of the event.  But perhaps, the event was too exciting and some of the details were missed in the ecstasy of investigation, learning and fun.  Therefore, we at HC&A propose to provide a report of our activities in case the minutia were not recorded in the frenzy of joy and activity that surrounds the gatherings of archivists.  I'd like to start this party with a few words on the history of the Crawl and about how the event supports advocacy for archival missions with a hat-tip to some of the materials we displayed.  In the second half Meg Langford, our Public Services Coordinator, will discuss the ways these events support our outreach mission.

To get the ball rolling I'd like to talk about how this event has grown throughout the years and how archival advocacy plays a strong role in the rationale for putting together this opportunity to gather and show off our typically locked-away materials.  In 2010 members of the Portland Area Archivists decided to host an archives-crawl.  The group spent time determining how the crawl would work, who would host who and what the major areas of professional engagement would be.  It was decided that 4 member institutions would host a number of smaller organizations within their walls to increase the density of primary resources at each location.  This would drive the desire for participants to brave the October sunshine and visit each one of the locations.  We provided a passport which participants would stamp at each location and turn in for a prize at the end of the day.  The passport also included a map, which kept participants engaged in getting to the next location.  That first year we had a volunteer (yours truly) at the Saturday PSU Farmer's Market to promote the event and on the day of to help steer participants to various locations.  In the second year we expanded our media blitz and created consistent signage that assisted participants in finding locations (it wouldn't be an archival event if you didn't have to search for something, right).  For the third year we created committees to oversee the various aspects of putting the Crawl together and had a raucous after party (there ARE pictures, but you'll never see them).

We took a break in 2013 to catch our breath and reconfigure.  In 2014 the Crawl was back on and included 3 of the 4 original host institutions and again was a great success.  2014 saw the first display of the North Pacific Dental School skull, which is a lightning rod for "ooohs" and "ahhs," as well an excellent conversation starter--"Did you see PSU's building models?  Cool, we have a skull."

For 2015 OHSU HC&A was invited to participate in an Archives Month Event in which the City of Portland Archives and Records Center hosted a number of organizations under one roof.  While not technically a "crawl" in the literal sense, this had all the rapture and serious engagement we have come to expect from events in which archivists emerge from their hallowed stacks and gather to chat about who we are, what we do, what we preserve and provide access to, and how to get in touch with us when you want to research . . . well . . . anything.

From the advocacy standpoint, it really helps to give the public a clear idea of what types of materials we maintain and that we do so following strict professional guidelines.  This reinforces the need, dare I say "critical need" for archives to remain relevant in the popular mind.  In many cases the budget of an archival institution is at the mercy of administrators who are looking at the return on investment, or at the very least to see how well the archives functions to support wither the institution of the public.  In either case showing our relevance is a way of engaging that area of advocacy as it reminds potential patrons as well as institutional stakeholders that people engage archives from a wide variety of standpoints including wanting to learn more about the history and development of an institution (or in our case, the history and development of higher education in North America); people wanting to conduct genealogical research, or scientists researching legacy data, or historians researching social history vis-a-vis the records of institutions who were involved in various aspects of the social world.

Closely related to this mission is the mission of outreach.  For this I'm passing the keyboard to Meg...
Max and I exhibiting the ABCs of archives outreach:
Always Be Communicating the research possibilities of your collections!
Photo: Brian Johnson, City of Portland Archives and Records Center.
Meg here! One thing you'll notice about all of the photos from the Archives Month celebration is that we're all talking... in every. single. picture. That's a big part of the festivities, and one of the reasons, I think, that the event is so successful.
...Or maybe as Max might put it, Always Be Advocating (nb: appearance of supplicating hands merely coincidental). Photo: Brian Johnson, City of Portland Archives and Records Center.
This is definitely not the kind of event where one packs up some materials, arranges them on a table, and then sits back quietly to make sure no one tries to make off with one of the Victorian scalpels (although we are monitoring that, too!). We planned our materials so that we'd have LOTS to discuss with folks. We brought not only our brochures, bookmarks, and cards, but also a whole host of items from our Big Three of collection materials: archives, rare books, and artifacts. Our HC&A-to-go kit included:
  • A surgical kit owned by Dr. Cusick, one of the first three graduates of University of Oregon Medical School and one-time member of the Oregon State Legislature
  • The aforementioned skull signed by North Pacific Dental School students
  • A corrosion cast heart (a.k.a. the heartifact)
  • A late 19th c. stomach pump
  • A late 19th c. cupping set, with handy scarifier (a.k.a. artificial leech)
  • Aerial images of campus, 1920-1999
  • Samples from our LSTA project: a scan of the original Record of Deaths document, and an example of the extracted data

Maija wowing the crowd with explanations of our artifacts.
Photo: Brian Johnson, City of Portland Archives and Records Center.

As you can imagine, this kept us talking! Our main goals at an event like this are to share the kinds of collections we have, talk about what kinds of research we support, and just generally answer questions and be friendly representatives of OHSU and our department. This part is really essential -- We're excited about the research people use our materials for and the projects we're working on to expand our reach, and we want to share our services with you!

If you're thinking to yourself, "this sounds like one of those politicians-kissing-babies public events," you're partially right... I'll close with a photo of Max holding one very adorable baby/budding archivist/friend of HC&A:
Alternative blog post title: "New Accessions: A human child!"
Photo: Brian Johnson, City of Portland Archives and Records Center.
-- Meg